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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

Shakshuka checks all the boxes: it’s flavorful, easy to prepare, and can be eaten for any meal. Our version also includes several methylation “superfoods” including shiitake mushrooms, leafy greens, leeks and carrots.

Carrots and leafy greens provide plentiful amounts of Vitamin A and key minerals such as zinc, potassium, iron, and magnesium.

Eggs, in particular, provide choline, B vitamins and specific amino acids (methionine, cysteine, taurine) which are all necessary to metabolize homocysteine and produce methionine, an important methyl donor. Eggs are also a great source of selenium, a micronutrient that plays a critical role in the development of our immune response.

Shiitake mushrooms, a methylation “superfood”, have been recognized for having beneficial bioactivities such as anti-oxidation and immunomodulation due to the presence of β glucans.

Try it for dinner tonight or for a delicious brunch this weekend.

Link in bio: https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/middle-eastern-shakshuka/

#methylation #recipeshare #functionalmedicine #functionalnutritionist #healthyrecipes #winterrecipes #recipe #shakshuka #food #healthyeating
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We have the ability to determine our genetic expression with the foods we eat, how much sleep we get, what stressors we experience, and so much more. My goal in 2021? Make more choices to help me live carefree, like my daughter Isabella whose big gift this year was a flashy new car!

#newcar #toycar #toyjeep #epigenetics #integrativehealth #integrativemedicine #biohacking #functionalmedicine #sleep #stress #food
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Is the American medical system broken? Why is it that the healthcare model is incentivized around the wrong principles? How did this happen and what can we, as healthcare practitioners and patients, do to advocate for changes within this system?⁣

Our guest, John Weeks, has worked in integrative health and medicine for nearly four decades, was previously the editor-in-chief at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and has been a leader and guide in the field.⁣

In this episode of New Frontiers, he discusses the need for a collaborative effort and vision to reform public policy, the challenges of navigating the current medical and insurance models and shares a wealth of resources for taking an active role in advocating for change.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2021/01/01/the-future-of-healthcare-policies-advocating-for-reform-with-john-weeks/
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The vegan diet is seemingly everywhere at the moment. The convergence of interests from celebrity personalities and ecological proponents has created a perfect storm for it to surge in prominence.⁣

We do get many inquiries about vegan diets, for reasons that include ethical, health and environmental, including by many people who simply want to reduce their meat intake, aka ‘flexitarian.’⁣

But are vegan diets really a good idea for all?⁣

Click LINK IN BIO to find out.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/01/10/diet-wars-why-well-still-take-personalized-over-veganuary/
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{{Let’s Talk Labels}}⁣

You probably check the labels of your food, your household cleaners, and your cosmetics...but what about the products in your medicine cabinet? When was the last time that you looked at the labels in your go-to pain relievers, indigestion tablets or immune support products?⁣

When you’re trying to support your health, the last thing you want to do is take a product that’s filled with things like:⁣
🔸Cornstarch⁣
🔸Dyes⁣
🔸Talc⁣
🔸And other fillers.⁣

@hilma_co has delivered an incredible option. They use only non-toxic, natural ingredients that actually work -- and they have the clinical research to prove it.⁣
It’s great for anyone looking for an herbal alternative to OTC products for occasional heartburn, head tension, sinus support and immune support.⁣

LINK IN BIO: Hilma is inviting all US-based practitioners to join their Practitioner program to get free samples, receive commission and get exclusive offers.⁣

>>> Head to the link in bio to sign up! #Hilma, #GetBetterFeeling #NaturalRemedies⁣

https://forms.gle/QvQimWnZePoxFD4m7
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Supplement quality is a hugely important issue. There have been many instances of supplements not containing what they claim to, containing contaminants they are not supposed to (including ones that can be harmful), cost-cutting with cheaper nutrient types, and overstating health impacts. Yet we want to continue leaning on strategic supplement use for optimal health outcomes.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO to learn how to navigate your dietary supplement selection right here with advice from our Nutrition Team.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/03/03/essential-advice-for-choosing-dietary-supplements/
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New Teach-In available now! Have you signed up for our FREE Clinic Immersion membership? Sign up now to gain access to our monthly Teach-In’s.⁣

This month, Dr. Neda Gioia explains how the eye can serve as an important biomarker of nutrient deficiencies and can provide us with a wealth of information about overall health. Since the eye is exposed to light damage continuously, a quick and non-invasive eye exam can identify retinal biomarkers of health disturbances at their initial stages, thus allowing for the early prevention of many conditions.⁣

To learn more about Dr. Neda Gioia’s work on ocular wellness, click the link in our bio and access the Teach-In today.⁣

https://www.drkfeducation.com/register-free/
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A Functional Medicine Approach to Resolving Migraines was our top consumer blog from 2020!⁣ 🎉🎉

“Migraines are a headache disorder ranked as the third most common disease in the world, affecting nearly 1 out of 7 or 29.5 million Americans. Women experience migraines three times more frequently than men. Although this disorder is largely treatable, it is under-recognized, under-diagnosed and undertreated" -- Josette Herdell LDN, CNS⁣

Click LINK IN BIO to read it now.⁣

*Image by Ali Harrison⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/12/07/best-of-the-year-in-functional-and-integrative-medicine-2020/
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When we eat food, we are influencing a complex community of gut microbes, which in turn influences the body’s immune response. In addition, nutrient deficiencies due to poor-quality food, inadequate nutrient intake, altered gut health, and other factors increase disease susceptibility.⁣

More than 70% of the immune system is located in the gut. When the gut is compromised, it becomes hyperpermeable (also known as “leaky gut”) and can allow undigested food particles and toxins into the bloodstream, which can lead to immune dysregulation and chronic inflammation. Our blog on leaky gut dives deeper into this topic if you’d like to learn more. By focusing on dietary and lifestyle choices that support gut health, you will also strengthen the immune system.⁣

Things you can start working on include eating a diverse diet that is high in colorful plant foods. In addition to the other foods you eat, these will boost your nutrient, antioxidant and fiber intake. Limit the worst immune-offenders as much as possible – high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates like white rice, white bread, and white pasta, and highly processed foods that contain poor-quality ingredients and artificial additives.⁣

Key nutrients that support the immune system include vitamins A, B, C, D, K, and E, zinc, selenium, pre-and probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyphenols such as quercetin, curcumin, and rosmarinic acid.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for more information on these key nutrients.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/11/03/5-steps-to-boost-your-immune-resilience-this-winter-season/
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As 2020 comes to an end…

We reflect. We explore. We review.

It goes without saying, although I’ll still say it again, that 2020 has been a year for the books not only in the world of Functional and Integrative medicine, but in all ways possible.

Staying true to tradition here at DrKF.com, we are focusing on as much positive as possible, and sharing our favorite and most popular content of the past year. We hope that some of these bits have helped bring some more awareness, education, and gumption to your day-to-day.

Here is to constantly moving forward, even if it’s one small step a time, not just in FxMed, but as a society, and as individuals.

Click LINK IN BIO to see the full list.

Comment on your favorite piece of content for this year below, I’d love to hear from you.

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/12/07/best-of-the-year-in-functional-and-integrative-medicine-2020/
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Hygge (pronounced HYU-gah) is a Danish lifestyle concept and currently one of their most popular exports.⁣

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.⁣
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.⁣
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.⁣
https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/01/17/winter-blues-danish-hygge-meets-functional-medicine/
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FxMed approach can offer much to even the most severe allergy sufferer.⁣⁣
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In my practice, I think about addressing all allergic disease using a “6R” framework. Yup, the 6R protocol shares much with its famous sibling we use for gut healing, the 5R protocol.⁣⁣
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In fact, if you’re familiar with the 5R, jump right into it with all of your allergy patients and you’ll take them a good distance. However, there are specific considerations for the allergic patient, and particularly the tough allergic patient, for which the 6R protocol is ideally suited.⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to learn more... PLUS we also included a case study.⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/05/03/functional-approach-asthma-allergic-sinusitis/
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Methylation adaptogens are crucial nutrients and plant polyphenols that modulate the level of methylation occurring on our DNA – this is the key mechanism for EPIGENETIC regulation.⁣

Harnessing the power of epigenetics is truly incredible, allowing us master even our own genetic destiny.⁣

Find out all about methylation adaptogens – what they do and where to source them in this free handout. Click LINK IN BIO to download it now.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/methylation-adaptogen-free-download/
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Reflexology and a book: Luxury and self care. I’m loving 🥰 this little break in the action we are all taking this week. What are you up to?? ...

You know those "other" ingredients in your supplements that may look a little familiar (maybe) but when looking at them, you know you have no idea what they actually are? Yes...those. Let's talk about them.⁣


What's NOT in our bottles and supplements is just as important as what is. We are fully dedicated to the purity and quality of our clean, preservative-free products that do not contain any of the following:⁣

-Fillers⁣
-Binders⁣
-Added excipients⁣
-Magnesium stearate⁣
-Titanium dioxide⁣
-Stearic acid⁣

Not only have we never found them necessary, but we know the importance of [providing you with the nutrients you need and nothing more.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for more information from @metabolicmaintenance⁣

https://www.metabolicmaintenance.com/
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New Teach-In available now! Have you signed up for our FREE Clinic Immersion membership? Sign up now to gain access to our monthly Teach-In’s.⁣

This month, Dr. Neda Gioia from @integrativevision discusses how blue light exposure is associated with a list of eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and cell carcinomas as well as circadian rhythm disruption, reduced melatonin levels and poor sleep.⁣

To learn more about the impact of LED lighting and how blue light blocking glasses can help mitigate some of these negative effects click the link in our bio to access the Teach-In today!⁣

https://www.drkfeducation.com/register-free/
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Rosmarinic acid, thought to be a real rock star component of rosemary, is a natural phenolic compound that has adaptogenic properties which support balanced methylation. In other words, rosmarinic acid can aid in healthy cellular regeneration and optimal gene expression. It’s one of the epigenetic adaptogens that we recommend in the Methylation Diet and Lifestyle eBook.⁣

So, if you thought you were stuck with the genes you were born with, think again! Your genetic expression is a product of your genes AND your environment, including dietary factors such as #rosemary.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for the recipe.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/eating-genes-rosemary-lemon-tea/
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