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
  • Author of Fitzgerald KN, Hodges R. (2016). Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. (n.p).
  • Faculty member at Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)
  • Approved supervisor for Certified Nutrition Specialist candidates seeking experience hours
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In this webinar, you'll learn:
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👉 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.
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Much can be done to safely support methylation balance. In this e-book you will find:
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🔹 An explanation of the functions of methylation in the body, as well as its biochemistry and nutrient requirements.
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🔹 A description of the clinical problems surrounding methylation, including MTHFR and other gene SNPs and nutrient deficits.
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🔹 A comprehensive discussion of the pros and cons of supplemental methylation nutrients (including folic acid vs 5mTHF), as well as a review of the literature that strongly suggests we should proceed with caution in pushing enzymatic reaction rates, to avoid hypermethylation states.
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🔹 What foods provide safe forms of methylation-related nutrients, and dietary patterns that support healthy methylation.
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🔹 Two 7-day menu plans (one gluten- and dairy-free, one Paleo) with over 40 recipes, and detailed nutrient analysis so you know how much of each methylation nutrient is provided.
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🔹 Practitioner checklists for assessment and intervention options.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/product/methylation-diet-lifestyle-ebook/
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🔥 Anti-inflammatory side dish from our staff nutritionist @janine.opn.
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Turmeric (Curcumin) is well documented for its amazing anti inflammatory effects.
But wait, there’s more!
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Adding sulphur-rich, cruciferous veggies (garlic, onion and cauliflower here) helps support natural detox and glutathione production (our master antioxidant). Which is just sound nutritional health insurance.
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I paired our protein tonight with some: Cauliflower rice, onion and garlic sautéed in ghee and olive oil under low heat. I then topped it with some spinach and stirred in 1+ tbsp Turmeric.
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The last Thanksgiving 😂🦃 //Tag a family member/friend below that you are spending Thanksgiving with and has a food allergy. ...

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Whether you have any dietary restrictions or not, this is a delicious and healthy lower-carb version of a classic pumpkin pie. It’s compatible with Paleo, low-carb, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and elimination diets. I’ll be enjoying this one myself!
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Get recipe via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/pumpkin-pie-glutendairy-free-paleo/
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The holidays can be a tricky time for anyone with dietary restrictions. And for anyone who is catering for those with dietary restrictions!
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That’s why we wanted to give you this list of easy, yet scrumptious dishes that meet several common dietary needs. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/11/02/recipes-for-the-holidays-that-wont-ruin-your-diet/
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From the transcript of Making Sense of the Microbial Ecosystem with @drmarvinsingh
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Dr. Marvin Singh: "… Now you can see where my career path has taken me. I realize that there are two kinds of doctors. There’s the kind of doctor that can take care of you when you’re sick, and you’re about to die, and you need help. Then there’s the kind of doctor who wants to keep you from getting to that point in the first place.
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Right now, I do both. That’s what exciting to me, because it’s nice to have a variety. I guess it keeps my brain thinking. They call me when I’m on-call in the hospital, somebody’s vomiting blood. They’re going to need a PPI because we want to save their life. We’re not worrying about magnesium deficiency at that moment, we want them to not die. We’re going to take care of them.
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But then after that time period, then I can help them get off the PPI so that they don’t develop some of these chronic issues and symptoms."
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Listen to the full podcast by clicking the link link in bio now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/01/episode-73-making-sense-of-the-microbial-ecosystem-with-dr-marvin-singh
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In functional and integrative medicine, all roads lead to the gut when it comes to optimal health—and no one knows that better than integrative gastroenterologist Marvin Singh. Dr. Singh completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, and went on to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology/hepatology at Scripps Clinic.
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Today, Dr. Singh is an assistant clinical professor at UCSD and a contributing faculty member at Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Health, where he completed a fellowship in integrative medicine.
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In this episode of New Frontiers, Dr. Fitzgerald talks with @drmarvinsingh about his path to functional and integrative medicine, the importance of staying current in allopathic approaches, and the best strategies for testing and treating dysbiosis and leaky gut. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/01/episode-73-making-sense-of-the-microbial-ecosystem-with-dr-marvin-singh
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Learn about our comprehensive, yet nuanced, approach to methylation support.
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In this webinar, you'll learn:
👉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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Register now via LINK IN BIO.
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https://bit.ly/2peNcMO
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The nutrition team is in San Diego this week at the @americannutritionassociation annual conference. Romilly and Lara, director and manager of the nutrition programs here at the clinic, just attended the CNS supervisor networking event.
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We'll be at the Fullscript booth at 930am answering questions about the Clinic Immersion and the @fullscript giveaway for a free spot in the Live Mentorship.
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We're also posting some highlights from the team in stories!
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If you're here come say hello!
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#ana2019 #functtionalmedicine #functionalnutrition
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According to the NOVA scale, ultra-processed foods are “formulations of ingredients, mostly of exclusive industrial use, that result from a series of industrial processes, many requiring sophisticated equipment and technology”.
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Ultra-processed foods can be identified by meeting at least one of the following characteristics:
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👉 Food substances never or rarely used in kitchens: these include hydrolyzed proteins and protein isolates that are fractionated, refined, or otherwise chemically manipulated from whole foods.
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👉 Classes of additives whose function is to make the final product palatable or more appealing: these include flavors, colors, emulsifiers, thickeners, etc.
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According to the NOVA classification, both the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are considered ultra-processed food products.
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Click LINK IN BIO for a list of their ingredients, which shows the use of fractionated whole foods, ingredients with other types of industrial processing, flavors, and additives.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/08/faux-meats-good-for-the-planet-but-what-about-your-health/
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#RepostPlus @genovadiagnostics
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Our own Dr. Michael Chapman recently sat down with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald for her excellent podcast, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine® - click the link in our bio to check out the interview and transcript!
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/01/innovations-clinical-laboratory-testing-dr-michael-chapman/
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This elegant Sesame-Ginger Carrots dish makes an excellent side to any meat or fish and is a striking dish for entertaining.
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It works well hot, or at room temperature. The tahini (sesame) dressing is just so more-ish and perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the carrots, which are high in pro-vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids.
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I also sneak some turmeric in there for extra goodness! [RECIPE --> LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/sesame-ginger-carrots/
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#carrots #gingercarrots #seasame #healthyrecipe #thanksgiving #thanksgivingrecipe
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NEW BLOG // Are you curious about the surge in popularity of plant-based burgers like the Impossible and Beyond Burgers?
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Wondering our thoughts on these new food products?
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This article provides insights and recommendations that will help you make the best decisions for your health and your principles. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/08/faux-meats-good-for-the-planet-but-what-about-your-health/
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#impossibleburger #beyondburger #fauxmeat #plantbased #plantbasedburgers #vegeterian #vegan #climate #planet #health #functionalmedicine
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Your #oral #health is a significant factor for general health. We know that dysbiotic bacteria in the #mouth, such as p. gingivalis, can have systemic effects by being absorbed into the bloodstream (and/or by their toxic byproducts being absorbed and circulated).
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New research provides a comprehensive view of all the potential connections so far attributed to oral #bacteria – #diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer (especially pancreatic cancer).
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It really pays to take care of your mouth!
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For more #research and #news, click link in bio now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/03/research-and-news-november-2019/
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MDL Adapt is back in stock.
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This high phytonutrient powder supplement provides an extra dose of polyphenols to protect and optimize your gene expression.
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Click LINK IN BIO to order now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/product/mdl-adapt/
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Not all #sleep is created equal.
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Now we know that the types of #brainwaves that you have when you sleep can predict the accumulation of tau protein and amyloid-b in the brain – hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease and #Alzheimer’s.
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These may be early warning biomarkers that are detectable before more severe symptoms such as memory loss appear. It also shows how important #goodsleep is to keeping the brain healthy and clearing it of #toxins.
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For more #research and #news, click link in bio now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/11/03/research-and-news-november-2019/
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Ahhh, squashes – the epitome of fall. Though pumpkin usually dominates fall recipes, it’s not the only sweet-tasting squash that you should be featuring this season. Squashes are rich in beta-carotene, potassium (more than a banana!) and fiber.
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This recipe cuts the richness with the sharp tang of paprika and smokiness of cumin, both potent anti-inflammatory spices.
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/southwestern-roasted-butternut-squash
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#healthyrecipe #fallrecipes #thanksgivingrecipe #squash #antiinflammatory #pumpkin
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IS YOUR MOVEMENT RESTRICTED?
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If you’re suffering from stiffness, muscle ache, and restricted range of motion, @drdavidbrady 's Fibro Fix Expanded Exercise and Self-Treatment Guide will provide you with step-by-step progression of exercises and mobilization techniques that target common areas of pain and related symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the guide now!
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Click here: https://drdavidbrady.com/exercise-guide/
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#fibromyalgia #pain #chronicpain #exercise #fibrofix #movement
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Listening to Jeff Bland. #PLMI wrap-up webinar. The doubling time for info on personalized omics medicine is down to 1.5 years. That is, every 1.5 years, what we know in this arena DOUBLES. This is extraordinary to me. But I witnessed such happenings in the epigenomic data just during the MDL study time. ...

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