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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
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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.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/product/mdl-implementation-toolkit/
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My heart❤️💜💚 . Beautiful day on the rails to trails path! Iz and I joined a group ride for a while, too. Then we dropped them😂😂😂 not exactly... Fuuuuun. She was singing away. Mostly #babyshark 🙉 ...

Can you get your other essential methylation-related nutrients from food?
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YES!
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Learn how to balance your methylation support program to avoid excessive methylation and optimize long-term health outcomes.
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Click LINK IN BIO for the free download.
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http://ow.ly/u2jY30c8u5i
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Biosensors that provide realtime feedback on health-related parameters are considered profoundly useful tools for optimizing health status and encouraging adherence to healthier activities.
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A new wearable device now does this for vitamin C. The device contains the enzyme ascorbate oxidase, which on contact with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) changes the electrochemical current flow.
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Given the relevance of vitamin C status for supporting healthier outcomes in COVID-19, the developing company is looking to make this device clinically available as soon as possible. We’ll be on the lookout for it.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/29/detecting-nutritional-deficiencies-in-sweat-a-new-possibility/
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From the folks that brought us Specialized Pro-resolving Lipid Mediators (SPMs), comes a new peer-reviewed paper that highlights the potential for SPMs in addressing pro-inflammatory cytokine production and cytokine storm in COVID-19.
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SPMs stimulate macrophage-mediated clearance of cellular debris and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine levels. They also promote anti-viral B cell antibodies and other white blood cell activity.
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According to the study’s lead author, “Controlling the bod’s inflammatory response to COVID-19 will likely be as important as anti-viral therapies or a vaccine.”
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Click LINK IN BIO for the full paper.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/28/inflammation-resolution-is-a-key-strategy-for-escalating-covid-19-symptoms-a-new-paper-and-free-drkf-webinar-replay/
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COVID-19 interventions related to furin: A few ideas:
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We address underlying risk factors for COVID with our most potent interventions: diet and lifestyle. In this case, resolving cardiometabolic diseases will reduce furin and baseline inflammation, allowing the innate immune system to take charge and dispel of the virus.
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There are not a lot of pharma furin inhibitors. Is this because non-specific furin inhibition would have a severe side-effect profile given the myriad roles it plays? I suspect so…
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That said, it turns out heparin is a furin inhibitor and, given the coagulopathy seen in COVID-19, it’s in wide use in hospitalized patients and is associated with decreased mortality. Evidence for furin inhibition as an effective treatment?
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The natural world has more options, which we can use in our plans now by choosing those we are familiar with and have a good safety profile. Of course, true benefit for these compounds hasn’t yet been established in clinical trials, and molecular docking studies can be thought of as pre-in vitro, a very preliminary first step.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/12/the-furin-protease-connection-from-sars-cov-2-and-anthrax-to-diabetes-and-hypertension/
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My bike buddy ❤️💜💚 // #family #cycling #bikerides #gooutside #nature ...

NEW PODCAST // Metabolomics in the research setting has been happening for years, and today I talk with Betsy Redmond, PhD, on the ultimate metabolomic panel for clinicians and what that might look like: actionable, straightforward, and evidence-based.
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Perfect for the busy clinician, and satisfying for those who want a drill-down into the biochemistry. Thanks for listening, and please leave us a review wherever you find New Frontiers podcast! Sponsored by @dxsolutionslab
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Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/19/sponsored-the-ultimate-metabolomics-panel-for-clinicians-with-dr-betsy-redmond
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From thymosin to ivermectin to stem cells and blood purification devises…. Check out the milikin-tracked research on COVID happening around the globe. [LINK IN BIO].
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/26/covid-19-treatment-and-vaccine-tracker/
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As I was chatting with a friend of mine about furin, I did further research and noted that anthrax toxin is liberated by furin from Bacillus anthracis.
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Of particular note was the fact that furin cleavage allows the anthrax toxin to flood the body BEFORE innate immunity kicks in effectively, significantly increasing lethality.
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Sound familiar?
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The same is noted in SARS CoV-2, where viral load can overwhelm the system before innate immunity can kick in and control it. I’ve wondered whether this delay had more to do with underlying comorbidities inhibiting a directed, antiviral innate immune response because of pre-existing baseline inflammation- and I still believe this is important.
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But interestingly, could furin itself influence both the virus-initiated delayed immune response AND the problematic comorbidity response? The answer is yes.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/12/the-furin-protease-connection-from-sars-cov-2-and-anthrax-to-diabetes-and-hypertension/
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Following a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to go without when it comes to Holidays!
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Click LINK IN BIO for our top tips to celebrate Summer holidays while staying on track with your health goals. 🇺🇸 ...
They are low-carb, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, dairy-free and elimination-diet friendly.
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But don’t let that fool you, they’re absolutely scrumptious! 😋
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2015/07/02/get-your-health-on-for-the-fourth-of-july/
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These tasty parfaits have all the decadence you could want but without any dairy!
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The coconut and berries make a super antioxidant and gut balancing team. Plus, when you make these yourself you can control the amount of sugar you use (this recipe has just 5g sugar per serving), or make them sugar-free by using stevia.
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So simple, yet scrumptious! Recipe via LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/berry-coconut-parfaits/
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[FREE DOWNLOAD] // how to prevent tick borne illnesses that we so often see as ongoing drivers of chronic symptoms in our patients.
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Given the meteoric rise in tick-borne illnesses over the last decade-plus, we hope you this information is helpful to you in enjoying a safe and happy outdoors this season (and many more)! .
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2018/07/24/how-to-reduce-the-risk-of-tick-and-mosquito-borne-illnesses-and-still-enjoy-the-great-outdoors/
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Looking for answers to your autoimmune disorder. Sign Up now for our FREE online show starting on May 26th. You won’t want to miss it.
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@romillyhodges, our Nutrition Programs Director, is one of the featured speakers.
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Register via LINK IN BIO.
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https://autoimmunerecoveryrevolution.com/Romily_Hodges
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We are getting loads of questions on testing (especially antibody tests). Who’s reliable, who isn’t? And the price points can vary WIDELY.
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As far as validation goes, there are two places to watch:
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1️⃣ The COVID-19 Testing Project : This group is a a multidisciplinary team of researchers and physicians at UCSF, UC Berkeley, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and Innovative Genomics Institute. Their findings are already available on MedRXiv.org preprint, and there is a clear discussion of their validation process (ie- where they got COVID blood, where they got controls, etc).
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2️⃣ FINDDx.Org: a WHO-affiliated not for profit organization also validating testing- both molecular and immunoassays. This is is also a great resource. Many molecular tests have been validated. You’ll see the results are very good. It’s the collection process that makes the PCR testing less reliable, unfortunately. The immunoassay validation is just starting, so check in at the site frequently. You can see the list of tests scheduled to go throug validation. According to KBMO, they are on the list (recall that KBMO is distributing a test made and extensively used in China. It’s a colloidal gold assay, and you’ll see there are a few listed on the site.)
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Click LINK IN BIO to read more.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/05/22/covid-19-test-validation-what-to-know/
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Are you still looking for CNS Hours? It's not too late to apply to join our clinic in the fall.
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Our next Functional Nutrition Residency cohort will start in September. In light of recent events, we've decided to extend the deadline for applications until TONIGHT at Midnight.
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To learn more about this CNS-eligible FNRP opportunity, click LINK IN BIO.
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https://www.drkfeducation.com/cns-hours/
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Surprisingly, indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air. Since we are staying in more, it might make you wonder...
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Does Using an Air Purifier Really Make a Difference? 🤷‍♀️
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Click LINK IN BIO for more information and to find out our top picks for air purifying machines.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/08/13/the-best-indoor-air-purifying-machines-and-plants/
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