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.
Optimizing Outcomes: The Benefits of Health Coaching for Patients and Practitioners
Collaborative care teams can enhance the quality and efficacy of care delivered to patients. Leveraging the expertise of multiple healthcare providers including nutritionists, pharmacists, psychiatrists, health coaches can improve long-term outcomes and keep patients engaged in the lifestyle modifications. Studies indicate that patients who work with health coaches in particular, demonstrate consistently higher rates of treatment adherence, improved self-efficacy skills, and a decreased recurrence of hospitalization. On today’s episode of Pathways to Well-Being, we welcome Monique Class, director of coaching development for the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, to discuss the role health of coaching in improving both patient and practitioner outcomes. Working on a collaborative care team, with or as a health coach, has many benefits and can help reinforce several core concepts of functional medicine, including sustainable lifestyle change and facilitating the therapeutic partnership with patients.
Targeted Healing Inside the Brain: HYLANE Technology for Neuropsychiatric Care
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, noted psychiatrist Robert Hedaya, MD, ABPN, DLFAPA, IFMCP discusses the innovative HYLANE technology for addressing neuropsychiatric conditions like PTSD or TBI.
Where Does Functional Medicine Go From Here? The 2021 AIC in Review
On this episode of Pathways to Well-Being, James Maskell from the Functional Forum discusses his top takeaways from AIC and what they mean for functional medicine in the future.
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.