Functional Medicine uses the latest advances in the areas of genomics, epigenetics, nutrition, and lifestyle to find personalized solutions that lead to improved patient outcomes. Now, more than ever, the Functional Medicine approach is critical to address the rising tide of chronic disease and increase resilience among the most vulnerable populations in the time of a pandemic. Everyone deserves to find their own pathway to optimal health, which requires expanding access to high quality medical care for all individuals. Pathways to Well-being is a clinician-focused podcast that will feature leading practitioners and researchers from around the world engaged in conversations about the foundations of health, the latest medical advances from the front lines of health care, and the ways in which we can all help increase access to quality Functional Medicine care for everyone.
Food Access & Insecurity with Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN
Food insecurity and insufficient access to healthy foods have been associated with negative health outcomes, including an increased vulnerability for micronutrient deficiencies and a higher probability of developing chronic diseases. Nutrition interventions are essential therapeutic strategies for combatting many chronic diseases, yet food insecurity and limited access to affordable, varied, and nutritious foods may impede healthcare efforts. Clancy Harrison, a registered dietician with two decades of experience in nutrition and food insecurity, challenges the way food insecurity is approached in the US. In this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, she will discuss the ways in which she is working to demolish the stigma around healthy food access.
The Fasting Mimicking Diet: Impacts on Aging and Chronic Disease with Valter Longo, PhD
Fasting can be an important clinical tool to promote patient health. There are various approaches to fasting, which allows for the use of the most appropriate therapeutic application for each patient. Intermittent fasting strategies such as periodic fasting mimicking diets have a range of potential health benefits and may improve physical and mental health through multiple pathways, from triggering autophagy to enhancing mitochondrial health. On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, our guest Valter Longo, PhD, discusses the research into mechanisms behind the fasting mimicking diet and how fasting interventions impact disease risk factors and aging. Dr. Longo is also a plenary presenter at IFM’s AIC 2021 exploring new insights into fasting and the fasting-mimicking diet.
Pediatric Allergies, Atopy, & Autoimmunity: Influencing the Atopic March, With Julie Buckley, MD
Research suggests that the presence of atopy itself may be considered a risk factor for the development of autoimmune diseases in adulthood. Atopic conditions often manifest in the first years of life, so as a clinician treating pediatric patients, how might we intervene in this atopic march during childhood to change outcomes? In this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, our guest Dr. Julie Buckley will discuss the connection between early childhood development, the atopic triad of eczema, allergies, and asthma, and how these atopic conditions might influence autoimmune development later in life.
Improving Immune Resilience in Every Patient
Susan Haddow, MD, IFMCP, board-certified in family medicineandintegrative medicine, who has worked primarily in underserved populations shares her clinical experiences in building immune resilience with all kinds of patients and how the environment around us can influence the potential of our immune systems.
Overcoming Barriers to Physical Fitness
Crossfit Games athlete and family physician Julie Foucher, MD, MS, discusses the overall anti-inflammatory effect of regular, moderate bouts of exercise and how to get patients started on an exercise prescription.
Top Functional Medicine Clinical Themes of 2020
The year 2020 has been noteworthy in medicine for several reasons. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were several other clinical themes that impact functional medicine care. This episode of Pathways to Well-Being is a conversation with IFM Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP and IFM Director of Medical Education Initiatives Robert Luby, MD, IFMCP about the top functional medicine clinical themes of 2020 and what they mean for your practice.