Functional Medicine

Honeybees May be Allies in Fight Against MRSA

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

Swedish researchers recently discovered unique lactic acid bacteria in fresh honey and in the honey-producing organs of bees that are strongly active against several virulent human pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

COVID & Doctor Suicide: Converging Epidemics

By Kristen Schepker

Doctors die by suicide at an alarmingly high rate. It’s a painful reality that is far too often ignored––or worse, intentionally concealed.
Treating patients in the midst of a global pandemic has become yet another factor contributing to physician distress and suicide in recent months. The stories of medical professionals lost to suicide amid the Covid-19 outbreak are shining new light on some long-standing and dangerous shortcomings in our systems of medical education and practice.

Nutrients & Phytochemicals to Ease Pulmonary Inflammation

By Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD Contributing Writer

The intense immune reactions seen in severe COVID and other forms of Acute Respiratory Distress (ARDS) are mediated in part by Inflammasomes–multi-protein complexes produced by lung cells. Dr. Nalini Chilkov shares how substances found in common herbs and plant-based foods can reduce pulmonary inflammation.

The COVID Testing Conundrum

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Am I infected? Am I infectious? Am I immune? These are simple, reasonable questions that millions of people—practitioners and patients alike—are asking every day, all over the world. It would be nice if there were simple answers. There aren’t.

The Virome: 10 Facts about Viruses You Might Not Know

By Anita Teresa Boeninger & Val Elefante

The COVID pandemic has triggered an unprecedented surge in viral research, with hundreds of new papers posting every day. All that we are now learning underscores how little we really know about the virome—the fascinating and vast world of viruses. What is known about viruses is both fascinating and unsettling.

Evaluating COVID Serology Tests

By Erik Goldman, Editor

The Institute for Functional Medicine’s COVID-19 Task Force has developed a set of practical questions to help you assess the validity of COVID-related serological tests.

New Autism Treatment Targets Gut Health

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A novel therapy targeting the gut microbiome could open new doors in the treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Investigators at Arizona State University (ASU) found that autistic children who received fecal transplants experienced long-term improvements not only in gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, but in core Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms as well.

Why the Mediterranean Diet is the Best Diet on the Planet

By Steven Masley, MD, Contributing Writer

Mediterranean countries have some of the longest life spans on the planet. Despite their high rates of tobacco use, and they have lower rates of heart disease, memory loss, cancer, and obesity. Physician-Author Steven Masley set out on a 7-month journey to discover how cuisine and culture converge to engender health across this diverse region.