What the Helminth! Are “Purposeful Parasites” The Next Probiotics?

By Megan Copeland, MS, CNS, Contributing Writer

Helminth Hymenolepsis

If the idea of utilizing parasitic worms as immune system modulators makes you squirm, you’re certainly not alone. Sure it sounds strange, but the use of “purposeful parasites” is not as far-fetched as it seems.

Researchers like William Parker, PhD, of the Division of Surgical Sciences at Duke University, believe certain types of helminths can be helpful in treating immunological, gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and even cognitive disorders.

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In Genomics, as in Life, the "80/20 Rule" Applies

Written by Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS

There’s a lot of hype around genomics these days. From a patient care perspective, it comes down to two basic questions: What types of tests give truly useful information? And, who benefits most from having the testing done? Thought leaders in the field gathered at Maryland University of Integrative Health for a three-day symposium on these issues. 

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Susan Blum, MD: Actualizing “Food as Medicine” in Real-World Practice

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Food is medicine: It’s easy to say. To make it work in a modern medical practice is not quite so simple.

"Dr. Susan Blum is a leader in applying the principles of functional medicine to the care of people with autoimmune diseases. The Blum Center for Health, her thriving clinic in Rye Brook, NY, is a prime example of a new practice model that supports a truly holistic approach.

In this video, from the Heal Thy Practice 2014 conference, Dr. Blum gives an inside "nuts & bolts" look at her practice and shares key lessons she learned along the way.

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