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.
Fasting, Hormones, and Men’s Sexual Health
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, we welcome Dr. Mark Holthouse to discuss male hormone imbalances and how they affect men’s sexual health and function. We’ll explore the potential antecedents and mediators related to male infertility and erectile dysfunction and discuss how dietary interventions including fasting and aromatase-inhibiting foods can help naturally bring the body back into balance.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/fasting-hormones-and-mens-sexual-health/.
Utilizing Patient Data In Your Functional Medicine Practice
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, Dr. Shilpa P. Saxena joins the conversation to explore the concept of evidence-based practice and how the functional medicine approach is designed to support innovations in clinical care. She’ll also discuss how we can collect practice data and leverage that knowledge to increase practice efficiency and streamline effective patient care. Dr. Saxena will be presenting at the upcoming Annual International Conference, where she will be speaking on the topic of practice data analytics.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/utilizing-patient-data-in-your-functional-medicine-practice/.
Building the Functional Medicine Evidence Base
Conducting research into the effectiveness of the functional medicine model requires overcoming some barriers, including the inherent difficulty of studying multimodal treatment strategies in randomized controlled studies. Even so, such research is critical to improving access to functional medicine care for all. On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, we discuss the efforts undertaken by the research team at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine to build a robust functional medicine evidence base. Michelle Beidelschies, PhD, and Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD, join us to discuss not only their most recent study on the benefits of shared medical appointments and lifestyle-related interventions in an under-resourced community, but also to share how their studies from the past, present, and future aim to highlight the feasibility, value, and effectiveness of the functional medicine model of care.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/building-the-functional-medicine-evidence-base/ .
Functional Fertility & Preconception Health
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, Leslie Stone, MD and Emily Rydbom CN, HN, CNP explore the intersection of functional medicine and pregnancy, from supporting fertility to optimizing fetal and maternal health through collaborative personalized care.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/functional-fertility-pregnancy-and-fetal-health/.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: The Functional Medicine Approach
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, Greg Plotnikoff, MD, will explore a topic that has been the subject of an increasing amount of research lately: mast cell activation. He’ll discuss how the functional medicine approach can help recognize when hyperactive mast cells may be contributing to a patient’s dysfunction and how we can begin to address this complex issue.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/mast-cell-activation-syndrome-the-functional-medicine-approach/.
In this podcast, Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, discusses how to create sustainable dietary interventions for patients with cardiometabolic concerns, including fasting and time-restricted feeding.
To view the transcript for this episode, click here: https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/fasting-sustainable-dietary-change-and-cardiometabolic-health/.