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Dr. Kara Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix (now Genova) Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She regularly lectures internationally for several organizations and is in private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

  • Doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon
  • Post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix
  • Residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center
  • Lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for IFM’s Textbook of Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for Oxford University Press Integrative Gastroenterology, 2nd edition
  • Author of Fitzgerald KN, Hodges R. (2016). Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. (n.p).
  • Co-researcher, in collaboration with the Helfgott Institute at NUNM, Methylation Diet & Lifestyle Study
  • Faculty member at Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)
  • Approved supervisor for Certified Nutrition Specialist candidates seeking experience hours
Dr. Kara Fitzgerald on Instagram

The National University of Natural Medicine, who I have worked with for our recent clinical trial, is collecting COVID-19 cases from naturopathic and complementary medicine practitioners to benefit everyone in the field.
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More information via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/26/covid-19-case-registry-for-integrative-practitioners/
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BOOKMARK THIS || A client asked me for ways to get vitamin C. Since stores are selling out, I shared the following: -- Jill Sheppard Davenport, nutrition team.
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Food is a great bio-available way to boost your vitamin C intake.
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Here are sources of Vitamin C, from most to least, per average serving size:
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Red bell pepper (1/2 cup) 95.1mg.
Cantaloupe (1 cup) 65mg.
Kiwi (1 medium) 64mg.
Green bell pepper (1/2 cup) 59.9mg.
Orange (1 medium) 58.7.
Brussels sprouts (1/2 cup) 48.4mg.
Broccoli (1/2 cup) 40.6mg.
Grapefruit (1/2 medium) 38.4mg.
Clementine (1 small) 36.1.
Raspberries (1 cup) 32.2mg.
Honeydew melon (1 cup) 31.9.
Cauliflower (1 cup) 25.8mg.
Blackberries (3/4 cup) 22.7mg.
Cranberries (3/4 cup) 10.5mg.
Spinach (1 cup) 8.4mg.
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Also, one tbs of rosehips pieces provides about 33 mg of vitamin C, and some percentage of that makes it into your cup if you steep it as tea. All makes it into your cup if you blend the rosehips with the hot water after you make your tea.
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Based on USDA data.
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I think that it is important for us to remember that COVID-is a lifestyle disease that is remediated through the way we live, act, eat, and socialize. It is the classic example of a personalized lifestyle health care issue. We will always be confronted with communicable viruses. It is how we as a global EACH manage our environment, lifestyle and social structure that determines its pathogenicity.
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The Functional Medicine matrix provides the only way to address these aspects of a condition such as COVID-19 in the absence of an immunization to prevent it. We look to medicines to be a solution to treat these viruses when we know that there are still 770,000 people who died of HIV infection last year.
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Pharmaceuticals are only a part of the solution, the majority of the solution lies within the social determinants of disease addressed by the Functional Medicine model. - Dr. Jeff Bland // @drjeffreybland [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/27/thoughts-on-covid-from-jeff-bland-phd/
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Did you know we have a recipe page curated by our wonderful nutrition team? From desserts to bone broth, we have healthy recipes that work with most diets.
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PLUS --> Look out for our MDL-approved recipes badge. These recipes support optimal gene expression and methylation health!
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These recipes contain abundant nutrients that are either substrates, cofactors or enzyme activators in methylation pathways, and/or modulate DNA methylation for healthy gene function.
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Click LINK IN BIO to go directly to our recipe page now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipes/
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For those physicians called to the hospital front lines, MedCram has a free video series on mechanical ventilation. From MedCram: “We understand that medical professionals (and students) that don’t have significant experience with mechanical ventilation may be called upon to help ventilator management teams in critical care settings.
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And clinicians with extensive ventilator experience may want a refresher or a tool to aid in teaching mechanical ventilation strategies to other clinicians.” They also have another class on ARDS. Also free. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/27/for-physicians-called-to-inpatient-care-a-refresher-on-ventilation-management/
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Warm beautiful day in CT. Appreciated the warmer weather and this view on my morning ride. ...

Scientists are working OVERTIME on every angle of COVID19 and across the globe. There is tons of collaboration happening, some competition (which I appreciate- it moves science forward faster). It’s pretty extraordinary to witness, and I like being able to easily access and think through the newest clinical reports, the newest science.
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This pre-peer reviewed preprint.org look at medicinal plant inhibition of a COVID19 protease out of Indonesia is an example. Yes, it needs to go through peer review, but we can get a jump on considering these interventions given their long use histories and previous investigations. Another example is NEJM- much of their COVID19 content is available, too.
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I found this report which first mapped the genome of the then-unnamed bat-to-human virus and characterized the variant symptom picture of the first family infected to be illuminating, also.
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The caveat is that we don’t know how this is all going to shake out in the end- what will be identified as useful, what won’t. But I appreciate getting to think through how we might approach this deadly pandemic now, when we might be able to save lives.
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Click LINK IN BIO to see the full report.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/27/scientific-collaboration-is-at-an-all-time-high-thats-appreciated/
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How’s your commute this morning? #stayhome #stayhealthy ...

Quenching the cytokine storm. In part, it might be our own immune system – made dysfunctional, imbalanced in its hyper response to certain viruses (COVID19, influenza) – that needs interruption. Two key interventions are topping my list:
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👉 Omega 3 fatty acids for their ability to generate specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPMs). Or, since some of us who are vulnerable to COVID19, like diabetics, don’t make SPMs efficiently, take SPMs directly.
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👉 Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA): 600mg daily for prevention; increase to 600mg tid at first sign.
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More via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/16/covid19-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-western-options-for-the-non-tcm-trained-clinician/
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While the COV19 crisis has the world reeling and digging deep for answers, protocol, and support, before this hit full-force, yet I had the opportunity to talk with @drterrywahls.
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We didn’t know what lay ahead just a few months ago, yet this interview provides great support and solace as we look move forward to how research and case studies can help pave the way.
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Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/09/episode-79-dr-terry-wahls-on-how-the-wahls-protocol-came-to-be-and-how-to-launch-your-own-clinical-research-trial
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A jar of fresh ginger tea....warming, immune boosting. I can reuse the ginger, too. Just add more water and simmer. 🍵😊 ...

New Blog // The cytokine storm seen in SARS Cov1 and Cov2 might be due to chronic pyroptosis activation. However, known activators of NLRP3 in SARS-CoV differ from CoV2. While SARS Cov1 and COVID19 are genetically very similar, the extraordinarily high rate of infectivity of COVID19 is unique. Prepublication research suggests the cause might be a unique furin-like cleavage site on the spike protein of Cov2 that was absent in Cov1.
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Understanding that treatments for COVID19 are speculative, click LINK IN BIO for some considerations based on what we’re learning about pathophysiology.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/25/a-few-additional-treatment-possibilities-in-covid19-sars-cov-2-addressing-furin-like-cleavage-and-pyroptosis-caspacin-1-activation-of-inflammasome-nlrp3/
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Top two botanicals used in a recently COVID19 prevention formula, administered in 23 provinces in China are:
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👉 Astragalus.
👉 Licorice.
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Additional botanicals known in the West shown to be active against SARS Cov1 (in vitro, in vivo)
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✅Scutellaria Baicalensis (scutellarein; inhibits SARS-Cov enzymes).
✅Artemisia annua (demonstrated to have anti SARS effect from screening analysis).
✅Buplerum (prevents early stage infection, including attachment and penetration).
✅Andrographis.
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More via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/16/covid19-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-western-options-for-the-non-tcm-trained-clinician/
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This is a recipe that supports immune health across its many different potential manifestations.
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Chicken broth is superbly nourishing for the gut, which is an absolutely essential foundation for immune health – over 70% of the immune system is located in the gut! We love this recipe for chicken broth.
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Turmeric and ginger are superbly anti-inflammatory and help calm inappropriate immune actions. Cumin and coriander are excellent for digestion.
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Not only that, but a good curry is so warming, comforting and soul-nourishing.Take-away versions often fall short of that, and can often leave your stomach feeling bloated and upset.
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Make your own and enjoy a healing meal! [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/anti-inflammatory-coconut-curry/
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For those interested, here is the link to Nick Ortner’s page for free tapping meditations for anxiety, stress, and fears around the Coronavirus. You can also check out the science and research. They are offering healthcare workers 6 months of free membership to their tapping solution app.
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Click LINK IN BIO for more information.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/24/healthcare-workers-get-free-membership-to-the-tapping-solution/
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Test kits for COVID-19 are still scarce. For clinicians looking for potential sources, here are two via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/23/two-clinician-resources-for-sourcing-test-kits/
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Our bikes 😉 Izzy's already rocking her balance bike. ...

As we all adjust and respond to Cov19 crisis, we must continue to help patients with a wide range of other conditions. In this podcast, I talk with the fantastic Dr. Strand, Director of Clinical Education at Bio-Botanical [ @biocidin ], going deep into SIBO, SIFO, and dysbiosis.
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Prepare yourself: this is a very actionable podcast for clinicians using BBR. And for me, a huge pearl on refractory SIBO was unaddressed oral microbiome.
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Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/02/episode-78-sponsored-got-good-guts-clinically-effective-applications-for-sibo-sifo-and-dysbiosis
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Quercetin is a great flavonoid for many reasons: It’s a known anti-histamine. It’s considered essential in anti-aging protocols. It modulates DNA methylation and epigenetic expression. It also may drop blood cholesterol through inhibition of PCSK9. McGill scientists looking at quercetin’s ability to lower cholesterol are also looking at it as a potential antiviral agent.
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A study is now underway in China looking at quercetin and COVID19. While there are online resources recommending quercetin now, and you may choose to prescribe it to your COVID19 patients or for prevention, know that outcome of the COVID19 trial will not be available for months. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/22/quercetin-for-covid19/
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“The nose and sinuses are designed to protect us from viruses using small, finger-like projections called cilia that literally beat back infections. Cilia love humidity; when your sinuses and nasal passages get too dry, the cilia have a hard time doing their job and microbes get stuck in there.
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This is why pediatricians love humidifiers and saline nasal spray. Help your cilia help you: avoid decongestants, irrigate your nostrils and humidify your air.” -- Dr Elizabeth Bird [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/22/humidity-helps-your-nose-eliminate-viruses/
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