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

Kara Fitzgerald, ND IFMCP

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Biography

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

Having a slightly enlarged tongue can be telling… a FxMed clinician may discern this by a consistent scalloped pattern on the side of your tongue, indicating that it has been pressed up against your bottom teeth.
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Since macroglossia, the scientific name for an enlarged tongue, can be caused by several factors, including nutrient deficiencies, food reactions, and dysbiosis, it can provide an important clue to underlying imbalances that need correcting. Macroglossia can also promote sleep apnea, which itself has a number of adverse health effects.
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New data also show that loosing tongue fat, through overall weight loss or tongue exercises such as by playing a wind instrument (really!) can improve sleep apnea by reducing tongue size. Digeridoo anyone?
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Click LINK IN BIO to see the full article now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/02/research-and-news-january-2020/
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MDL Golden Infusion is derived from a centuries-old recipe for golden milk that contains therapeutic spices – turmeric (as a highly bioavailable form of curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and moringa – known to favorably balance epigenetic DNA methylation.
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These are the “MDL adaptogens” that intelligently modulate gene expression. This is a great-tasting and convenient way to add these powerful nutrients into your daily food routine.
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Order now via LINK IN BIO.
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Hygge (pronounced HYU-gah) is a Danish lifestyle concept and currently one of their most popular exports.
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Danes are some of the happiest people on Earth, in fact they ranked number one in the UN’s world happiness report for the last two years.
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Although there’s no easy, direct translation, hygge is a state of mind that embraces coziness, comradeship, conviviality and contentment, all rolled into one. Remember that glowing feeling you might have had over the recent holidays? Perhaps you felt a kind of warmth from being with friends and family? Feelings of gratitude, sharing with others, wooly sweaters, warm drinks and roaring fires. These are all very hygge concepts.
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We like hygge for all the reasons that it overlaps with Functional Medicine, and for the ways it can help fight those winter blues. Click LINK IN BIO to read.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/01/17/winter-blues-danish-hygge-meets-functional-medicine/
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#sad #hygge #winterblues #Seasonalaffectivedisorder #Danish #Gratitude #winter #depression #mentalhealth #functionalmedicine
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"... People need to have the safe collaborative space to ask the questions, to mull over the latest science, to think about what intervention they’re going to use, and to vet that. Vet the supplements, vet the labs, learn from industry leaders, learn from thought leaders.
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I’ve been in this space a long time, and am lucky to have access to FxMed thought and industry leaders. I vet all the time, especially as a doctor when working with a patient. You bet I’m going to ping brilliant friend X who’s really good at intervention X when I need it for this human being sitting in front of me."
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Continue listening to my conversation with Dr. Jeff Gladd now with LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/12/12/business-functional-medicine-secrets-your-own-fxmed-practice/
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#thoughtleaders #practitioners #labs #supplements #fullscript
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Feeling under the weather this time of year?
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Feed your defense system with fortifying, immune-boosting, and anti-microbial foods. Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Soup is a perfect way to banish those pesky winter bugs, since it contains wonderful immune-boosting wild mushrooms, anti-microbial ginger, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and detoxifying onions, garlic and parsley.
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All those lovely, colorful root veggies will nourish both body and soul too. Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/wild-mushroom-and-root-vegetable-soup/
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#mushroom #veggies #soup #winterrecipes #healthyrecipes #souprecipes #immune #winterbugs
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SMALL changes can make a HUGE difference. #makeachange #nutrition #foodmatters #eathealthy ...

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Alcohol-related deaths increased by over half in the last 20 years, according to new data. Levels are similar to drug overdose deaths, a recognized public health crisis. White women had the highest increase in alcohol-related death rate during this period.
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Binge drinking and general increases in alcohol consumption are blamed for these increased deaths. Official guidelines recommend no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women, and two for men, although this may still be too much for some.
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Do you need to cut down on your drinking?
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Click LINK IN BIO to see the full article now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/02/research-and-news-january-2020/
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ZERO time to make breakfast? @janine.opn , from our nutrition team, is here to help!
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• one raw egg (pastured, Organic)⁣ ~ choline, Omega 3, B vitamins.
• MCT oil⁣ ~ quickly converts to ketones.
• ghee⁣ ~ butyrate feeds the gut.
• Black Rifle Coffee - HOT 🔥
• Blend and go 🏃🏼♀ 💨 ⁣.
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Don't have MCT Oil? Click LINK IN BIO to order it now.
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#mct #mctoil #breakfast #healthybreakfast #nutrition #nutritionist
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Learn how to implement the dietary and lifestyle recommendations for the Methylation Diet & Lifestyle (MDL) with these comprehensive resources.
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You’ll receive detailed guidelines, recipes, cheat sheets, checklists, and planners.
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Everything you need to put MDL into practice. Click LINK IN BIO to buy now.
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#methylation #functionalmedicine #integrativemedicine #healthresources
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Optimal Epigenetics Through Functional Medicine FREE Webinar. Register to Watch this Recording on-demand via LINK IN BIO.
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In this webinar recording, you'll learn:
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👉 The many profound and interconnected roles of methylation in the body.
👉 What is DNA methylation, and how it impacts our health and the health of future generations.
👉 What we know about how we can impact DNA methylation.
👉 What is the epigenetic clock, healthspan and lifespan – can we influence it.
👉 Why we need a more comprehensive, yet nuanced, approach to methylation support.
👉 The role of methylation ‘adaptogens’.
👉 Our in-progress research study – evaluating the epigenetic and metabolic effects of a Methylation Diet & Lifestyle.
👉 Where you can find information to help apply these principles in practice.
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https://bit.ly/30CcBOV
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#methylation #dna #epigenetics #genes #genetics #dnamethylation #lifespan #adaptogens
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A prescription for allergic disease: spend time in forests and nature (but not in chemically-managed farms)! Microbes in the soil and on plants play a hugely-important role in immune health and the prevention of allergies.
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Scientists studying two different, neighboring areas in Finland and Russia found that those on the Finnish side, where living environments had been modernized over the last 70 years, had higher rates of allergic disease.
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On the Russian side, where traditional forest and non-chemical farming environments still persisted, rates of allergic disease remained near zero. The latter also had more, and more diverse, skin bacteria, especially of the genus Acinetobacter, commonly found on plants.
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Click LINK IN BIO to see the full article now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/02/research-and-news-january-2020/
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You can treat the mouth from the inside and the outside.
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Just like the gut, the mouth and the oral microbiome thrive on a healthy diet with plenty of plant-based whole foods. You have to remove sugar, allergenic foods, and dysbiosis in the mouth. And also similar to a gut protocol, you then need to repopulate the oral microbiota and heal and nourish the oral lining.
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One of the great things about the mouth is that it is easy to access. You can directly interfere with bacterial biofilms in the mouth with brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, oral rinses, oral probiotics, and probiotic toothpastes. There are many ways to manipulate the oral microbiome.
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The most important ways to impact your patient’s oral health are:
👉 Diet.
👉 Nutrients.
👉 Dental hygiene.
👉 Balancing microbes in the mouth.
👉 Lowering inflammation.
👉 Healing the oral mucosa.
👉 Boosting immunity.
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Click LINK IN BIO to read more.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/08/19/everything-about-the-mouth-learned-from-the-gut/
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#mouth #oralhealth #microbiome #healthydiet #nosugar #dentalhygiene #immunity #probiotics #functionalmedicine
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Double tap your favorite squash and comment what you do with it.
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If you’re not currently vegan or vegetarian, and currently consume high levels of meats and few plant foods, then adding healthful plant foods to your diet and reducing meat consumption is most likely a very good idea.
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We don’t recommend for health reasons, however, that you need to be completely meat free. To reduce your ecological impact, consider meats and fish with lower carbon footprints, such as pork, poultry and fish – these foods have similar carbon footprints to vegetarian and vegan foods.
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Challenge for 2020! To get more phytonutrients into your diet, eat 8-12 servings of colorful plant foods per day. Consider our 6-day at-home healthRESET program (suitable for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and omnivores) for additional detoxification support and to reset your eating patterns for the New Year.
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Click LINK IN BIO to sign up now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/our-clinic/healthreset/
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In functional medicine, we are best-prepared to support those individuals with the above conditions in building resilience against the flu and any forthcoming pandemic.
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It’s essential we rely on a full functional (i.e. systems) approach, leaning on the tools of functional medicine including a careful history and physical, dietary prescriptions and specialty testing we’re familiar with, along with nutrients and lifestyle interventions.
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Mapping our findings to the IFM’s Matrix will guide us in administering an efficacious plan over the long haul.
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Sleep, exercise, meditation have all been shown as beneficial in preventing the flu.
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As a teacher in functional medicine, I hit this home over and over again to those training in our Clinical Immersion Program: I cannot underscore enough how a careful, system-wide investigation followed by the enactment of an equally careful plan is the best chance of restoring and building resilience.
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Read more via LINK IN BIO now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2018/01/12/an-influenza-pandemic-is-inevitable-time-to-prepare/
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Eat Your Methylation Adaptogens!
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Real foods are some of the best sources of methylation adaptogens.
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You can find some of our favorites in this FREE download.
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Click LINK IN BIO to download now.
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http://ow.ly/u2jY30c8u5i
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#methylation #methylationsupport #b12 #folate #functionalmedicine #health #methylationadaptogens #nutrition
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Nutritional genomics and epigenomics hold huge potential to advance the practice of personalized medicine. Epigenomics, the study of the regulatory layer sitting atop of your genes, is especially interesting since it allows us to influence gene expression – promoting the expression of helpful genes such as anti-tumor genes, and reversing the expression of unhelpful genes such as those that perpetuate chronic inflammation.
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Despite tremendous progress, we are still early in our journey of understanding the vast genomic landscapes. That’s why my focus has been on a upstream approach – using diet and lifestyle to augment and nuance beneficial epigenetic effects. It’s an extremely practical and effective way to apply the knowledge that is pouring forth in this arena.
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Recently, I was invited to take part in The Genius of Your Genes Summit. It’s a free event, with many different experts all sharing their knowledge in this field in a down-to-earth and accessible way.
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Click link in bio to register for free today! The event runs from Feb 10-16 2020.
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https://geniusofyourgenes.com/?idev_id=20789
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Nearly half of all American adults have at least one chronic disease – these are conditions that are responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths and 75% of healthcare costs.
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There is no one diet that will solve these issues. Arguably, the development of population-wide nutrition advice has gone hand-in-hand with increased rates of obesity and chronic disease.
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We need a new approach – an understanding that nutrition can and must be personalized. The same dietary approach will not have the same effect from one person to the next.
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We also need to evolve how we study nutrition, since food is inherently complex. Click LINK IN BIO to read more.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/10/diet-wars-why-well-still-take-personalized-over-veganuary/
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#veganuary #vegan #vegandiet #chronicdisease #nutritionist #nutrition #healthcare #dietculture
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For some folks, being vegan or vegetarian is a calling; more than a simple dietary decision. Once upon a time, my significant other was a vegetarian. For him, (ie. his body type, dietary preferences and limited exercise habits) being vegetarian was a shoe-in for diabetes.
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I was newly enrolled in school and challenged him on his diet frequently. In hindsight, I deeply regret my approach. Dan’s choice to avoid meat was a calling, not a health decision…and there is much I now know I could do to support him in manifesting an extremely healthful diet.
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Fast forward to now, at the clinic, we’re actually super supportive of reducing excess meat intake, with some caveats of course. – DrKF
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Are vegan diets really a good idea for all? Click LINK IN BIO to find out.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/10/diet-wars-why-well-still-take-personalized-over-veganuary/
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Why is it so important to stem chronic inflammation?
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Inflammation and the oxidative stress it generates is one factor that draws on the pool of methylation resources since it encourages homocysteine to convert to glutathione (a master antioxidant molecule) rather than to produce methyl donor compounds such as SAMe.
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Reduce gut inflammation and support healthy methylation and gene expression with our super-strength MDL Flora.
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Buy it now via LINK IN BIO.
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