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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

These bars are filled with sunflower seeds, which are a great food to support balanced methylation, since they are rich in zinc, methionine, cysteine, magnesium, potassium, B3, B6, folate, and betaine. Phew! Their simplicity makes this a great recipe for even the most basic of cooks.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/sunbutter-crunch-bars/
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It’s an understandable concern based on past experiences with other viral infections, such as influenza and measles, where children are known to be significant transmitters. However, according to several recent publications, infected children are less significant spreaders of COVID-19 and their own source of infection may more likely be symptomatic or pre-symptomatic adults. Adults who contract COVID-19 are infectious for up to 48 hours before symptoms develop.⁣
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In the current issue of the journal of Pediatrics, Posfay-Barbe et al. report on contact tracing data gathered in Switzerland in March and April 2020, showing that children <16 years old have only introduced COVID-19 into their households in 3 percent of cases they tracked. In all other cases, the child’s symptoms did not preceed adults in the same family, suggesting that the children were not the source of the infection.⁣
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Recently-published data from China, Australia and France also support the argument that children aren’t major transmitters, although another large study from South Korea suggests that while transmission from children under 10 years old was around half as likely as from adults, older children aged 10-19 years may transmit the virus as well as adults do.⁣
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According to some mathematical modelling studies, fewer than 5 percent of COVID-19 deaths would be prevented by school closures. This is estimated to be much less than other potential social distancing interventions. And school closures alone are not expected to be enough to stop the pandemic spread. Not only that, but continued school closures are expected to have major adverse effects on children and on the workforce.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO for resources cited.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/07/29/are-children-major-covid-19-spreaders-evidence-is-mixed-but-leans-against-school-closures/
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You can treat the mouth from the inside and the outside. Just like the gut, the mouth and the oral microbiome thrive on a healthy diet with plenty of plant-based whole foods.⁣
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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. 😁 click LINK IN BIO to read my blog now.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/08/19/everything-about-the-mouth-learned-from-the-gut/
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What do you think is going on here? The main report is that the death counts lag behind infection rates. But the pandemic (I like the term “patchwork pandemic”) has been raging through Florida, Arizona and Texas for quite some time now.⁣
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Are we looking at a less lethal SARS CoV-2? It would appear so. Or, will we see a jump here in the weeks that come like we did back between 03-21-20 and 03-28-20? Or, was the incidence of COVID-19 much, much higher than reported in the North East (yes, it was…) and the death rates reflected that?⁣
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Anyway, at a glance this figure would suggest a very different pandemic from the one scourging the NorthEast corridor a few months ago. Curious about your take. If you go to the CDC site, you can look at death counts for age categories if you scroll your cursor over the figure.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO for more information.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/07/29/from-cdc-weekly-death-counts-for-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-02-01-20-through-07-18-20/
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Patented formula combining the powerful benefits of ginsenoside Rg3 and nicotinamide riboside, which can include methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin, for neurological and cognitive health. Ask @wellnesspharmacyal for resources. Call them at 8002272627.⁣
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🔸 Supports neuronal health.⁣
🔸 Supports NAD+ production in the central and peripheral nervous system, and supports healthy sirtuin expression.⁣
🔸 Supports healthy mitochondrial function.⁣
🔸 Supports the attenuation of microglial activation11. -- @pccarx document #30-4969⁣
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/35114nbfdpoqchd/Synapsin%C2%AE%20info%20sheet.pdf?dl=0
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BRCA1/2 gene mutations, not included in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, are associated with higher rates of ovarian cancer (17-44%) and breast cancer (69-72%). A new study argues that routine testing for these gene vulnerabilities could prevent up to an estimated 2,666 cases of breast cancer per million women, and up to 449 ovarian cancer cases per million women.⁣
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Not considered in this study is the important epigenetic mutations on the BRCA genes, brought about by excessive methylation on that DNA region that behaves the same way as a gene mutation would, hampering gene function and increases the risk for those cancers. BRCA genes are important anti-tumor genes, and their reduced activity is what increases cancer risk.⁣
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It’s possible that the methylation adaptogens that we refer to often, are useful here. These powerful plant flavonoid compounds, such as EGCG and sulforaphane, work selectively on the epigenome, ‘normalizing’ regions of hypermethylation, and potentially improving anti-tumor gene activity.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to the the full article.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/07/29/brca-gene-mutations-and-hypermethylation-the-flavonoid-potential/
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🌟 𝘾𝙃𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙀𝙉𝙂𝙀 𝘼𝘾𝘾𝙀𝙋𝙏𝙀𝘿 🌟⁣⁣
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I am of course, disgusted with this now-retracted study. So unaware, so “blinded”. That said, I am wildly impressed with the global SHUT DOWN that lead to a prompt retraction, an apology and a promise to bring more women (and how about black doctors?) to their editorial board. We need to now watch for all that to unfold.⁣⁣
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See the retracted study via LINK IN BIO.
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https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31882313/

Challenging my amazing all female nutrition team: @romillyhodges @karenaboutnutrition @foodiefarmacist
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Dozens of papers strongly demonstrate that diets high in certain fats combined with high glycemic foods (those high in sugars and other refined carbohydrates) lead to increased intestinal permeability via increased lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from mainly gram-negative bacteria.⁣
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A recent review of US food intake states that the average diet includes 70.9 percent of our total calories each day in ultra-processed foods that fit this high fat, high glycemic pattern. These contain fewer micronutrients, plant bioactives, and fiber and increase our intake of “acellular nutrients” such as flours, sugars, processed plant starches, in which the cellular structure of the food has been processed out. These omissions are likely also a big contributor to the negative effects. These stripped carbohydrates are rapidly metabolized, leading to stimulation of toll-like receptors (TLR) and increased LPS, leading to leaky barriers, inflammation, and immune activation.⁣
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These diets also activate our immune system and activate inflammation; contribute to high blood glucose levels; and decrease beneficial short-chained fatty acids (SCFA). This increases dysbiosis which leads to obesity, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes. This is expressed in the diagram here.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO for 'How Gut Health Impacts Cardiometabolic Disease'.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/07/10/how-gut-health-impacts-cardiometabolic-disease/
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Supporting fitness goals with diet and lifestyle is essential for achieving your goals. The science is clear about what works and provides a reassuring path through conflicting nutrition advice often shared online. Our highly-qualified nutritionists have funneled that scientific knowledge into a straightforward dietary and lifestyle plan for you to learn and adopt through this program.

What you’ll learn:
1. How to use the therapeutic potential of food and nutraceuticals to support optimal fitness.
2. Why what we don’t eat is as important as what we do and how to avoid those foods and habits that derail our fitness goals.
3. Why gut health is vital for optimal metabolic function and how you can support it.
4. How to implement our straightforward plan with easy and delicious meal preparation, even on your busiest days!

In this small group setting, you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered by our experienced nutritionists and benefit from the support of like-minded individuals. Support extends between sessions within a private, member-only Facebook group moderated by our Nutrition Team.

Session Dates: Thursday August 13, 20, 27 at 12:00pm EST.

Click the link in our bio to register now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/product/nutrition-group-package-athletic-performance/
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Functional medicine is well positioned to address the pandemic of chronic disease, and by extension, improve immune system fitness. However, functional medicine is not (yet) adequately addressing the profound racial disparity in medicine.⁣⁣⁣
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Did you catch our webinar, 'Functional Medicine, COVID-19 & Racial Disparities: Bridging the Gaps'?⁣
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The webinar has ended but you can register to watch this recording on-demand. Click LINK IN BIO now.⁣
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https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9515940618777/WN_pd08gUjhQQWopr4AlLlsUQ
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One of my all time favorite foods is brussels spouts, I love them boiled, roasted and barbecued, they are just so versatile.
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This yummy roasted brussels sprouts with apples and pistachios will please any table.
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-apples-and-pistachios/
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"For physicians, the words “I can’t breathe” are a primal cry for help. As many physicians have left their comfort zones to care for patients with Covid-19–associated respiratory failure, the role of the medical profession in addressing this life-defining need has rarely been clearer.⁣
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But as George Floyd’s repeated cry of “I can’t breathe” while he was being murdered by a Minneapolis police officer has resounded through the country, the physician’s role has seemed less clear. Police brutality against black people, and the systemic racism of which it is but one lethal manifestation, is a festering public health crisis.⁣
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Can the medical profession use the tools in its armamentarium to address this deep-rooted disease?" Click the LINK IN BIO to read the full article now.⁣
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https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2021693?query=TOC
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Research has shown that low-dose exposure over long periods of time can add up, eventually contributing to disease.⁣
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Some of us are more vulnerable to this effect than others – in fact, there is much individual variability in our body’s own detoxification pathways that would normally help us clear these toxins. Genetics and nutrient status are two examples of factors that can reduce our ability to detoxify efficiently.⁣
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According to researchers, the top environmental toxin categories associated with cognitive decline are heavy metals, mold & mycotoxins, plastics, as well as pesticides.⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO for the growing body of medical literature that demonstrates that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2018/12/19/environmental-toxins-cognitive-decline-6-steps-to-reduce-your-risk/
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Join us for a roundtable discussion on racial disparities in healthcare and medicine TODAY!
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As we witness the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, it’s clear we are looking at a pandemic within a pandemic: comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are associated with much worse COVID outcome. And in the United States, Black people are far more likely to suffer with these comorbidities, and thus COVID mortality rates are higher amongst people of color.⁣⁣
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Functional medicine is well positioned to address the pandemic of chronic disease, and by extension, improve immune system fitness. However, functional medicine is not (yet) adequately addressing the profound racial disparity in medicine.⁣⁣
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We are excited to welcome @drsafiyand (just added!), @dralauna and @drjeffreybland for what we hope will be an insightful conversation!
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Register now to watch live or on demand later ➡️ Click the link in our bio.
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Visit our stories to meet our speakers!
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https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9515940618777/WN_pd08gUjhQQWopr4AlLlsUQ
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Glutathione nasal spray - an easy and effective way to deliver glutathione. -- @wellnesspharmacyal⁣
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See article on glutathione deficiency via LINK IN BIO.⁣
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/7fwcv5gnf2hl3ur/A%20clinical%20trial%20of%20glutathione%20supplementation%20in%20autism%20spectrum%20disorders.pdf?dl=0
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