Functional Medicine

Breast Thermography: Can It Open a Window for Breast Cancer Prevention?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Breast thermography is safe, radiation-free, relatively inexpensive, and it can detect early and possibly reversible metabolic and vascular changes associated with later growth of breast cancer. Though underutilized in the US, it is poised for a resurgence.

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Digital Pulse Wave Analysis Offers Non-Invasive Early Heart Risk Assessment

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

Central Aortic Systolic Pressure (CASP) is one of the most powerful early predictors of cardiovascular risk. New digital pulse wave analysis technology is putting this valuable test in the hands of preventive primary care doctors.

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A Role for Probiotics in Preventing, Treating Bacterial Vaginosis

By Brad J. Douglass, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

Say the word “probiotic” and people think, “gastrointestinal health.” That’s natural, since probiotics are invaluable in the management of digestive system problems. But they are also helpful for other health challenges, including infections of the female urogenital tract, like bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis and related problems.

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Functional Approaches to Pain Management: Highlights of the 15th Symposium on Functional Medicine

By Allison Templet | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

Pain is a highly individual experience, and therefore demands a personalized approach for its management. For each patient, various psychosocial, biomedical, and environmental factors converge to produce pain that is unique to that individual.

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Oximation in Practice: Listen for the Fuse, Don’t Wait for the Bomb

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

Whether you’re looking at arthritis or atherosclerosis, psoriasis or sinusitis, asthma or acne, the “usual suspects” of inflammation and oxidative damage, aka “oximation” show up in the affec

Some of the most important things I learned in medical school I learned from an oncologist, Dr. Phillip Perriman. He stressed the importance of keeping up with medical research by reading journals, and gave me my first exposure to the power of fruits and vegetables to influence cancer risk.

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Electrodermal Testing: What It Can and Cannot Tell

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. , 2008

Based on the idea that organ system functions are reflected in galvanic currents on the skin surface, electrodermal testing has become a very popular “alternative” diagnostic technique. Available data suggest that there are electrical currents on the skin, and one study shows that ET can, indeed, detect internal problems. But data are scant, and there’s no evidence this controversial technique can identify specific causes of internal problems, as ET practitioners often claim it can.

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Hypothyroidism: Very Common But Easily Missed

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Hypothyroidism is very common, and it has serious health consequences, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, menorrhagia, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, depression, psoriasis, and urticaria. But you’ll often miss it if you rely solely on conventional diagnostic criteria.

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When Doing the Right Thing Means Choosing the Lesser of a Few Evils

By Janet Brown - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Greater eco-consciousness means making better choices about the materials we use. But sometimes, there are no clear-cut “good” substitutes for toxic materials, and the choice comes down to selecting the least impactful of available options. Case in point: compact fluorescent lightbulbs which save energy but contain mercury.

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Hair Analysis, Antioxidant Testing: Popular with Patients, But Are They Clinically Valid?

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

In their effort to get a grip on their health, many people are utilizing “alternative” diagnostic tests that claim to identify nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, and disease risk factors. Some of these tests are backed good science, others are not, but even the legitimate ones may not be able to provide the type of guidance that patients are seeking. In Part One of this series, Cathy Creger Rosenbaum looks at hair analysis and antioxidant testing.

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Connexins: Optimizing Health by Improving Intercellular Communication

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 1. , 2007

Connexins are the molecules that connect cells together and regulate passage of biochemical signals through our tissues. Their degree of openness, and consequently, the level of intercellular information flow, is greatly affected by nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors-especially the relative acidity of one’s diet. Neurophysiologist Darrell Tanelian, MD, PhD, has developed a comprehensive, user-friendly diet and lifestyle program aimed at improving health by improving connexin function at the cellular level.

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