Functional Medicine

Ten Tips for Boosting Immunity & Building Resilience

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Immune system health, while not the only determinant, is certainly one of the most important factors in determining how someone will fare if exposed to this virus. Here are 10 ways to boost immune defense, support tissue repair systems, and reduce the risk of infection and illness.

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. 

Botanicals Can Ease the Silent Suffering of Incontinence

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Urinary incontinence is far more common than many people realize. Those affected often feel ashamed, and they hide their suffering. Further, the commonly prescribed drugs can cause adverse effects so unpleasant that patients choose to forego treatment. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Several botanical medicines, used in combination, can safely address urinary dysfunction without the concerning side effects.

Can Personalized Nutrition Save Healthcare?

By Robert Bonakdar, MD, Contributing Writer

Even though poor diet is the leading cause of death in the US, and kills more people than smoking, there are big disparities in the level of nutrition counselling offered during medical visits. The challenge for physicians is how best to connect available evidence to the individual needs of each patient. Fortunately, personalization tools like the DayTwo glycemic control algorithm are making it easier.

Six Essentials for Optimal Wintertime Health

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contrbuting Writer

With shorter days and colder weather, many people have trouble finding the motivation to stay healthy during the winter. The following tips can prepare people for what winter has in store for us, and more.

A (Relatively) Short History of HRT

By Sarah Falcone & Becky Wright, Contributing Writers

Medical perspectives and public attitudes about post-menopausal hormone replacement have swung widely in the century since hormones were first described. Here we review a brief history of the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Timing is Everything in HRT for Menopause

By Sarah Falcone & Becky Wright, Contributing Writers

The current landscape for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a confusing one.

Pharmaceutical industry marketing, conflicting study data, variable medical opinions, and confusing social messages about gender and aging have left many modern women completely baffled about what to do when faced with the challenges of menopause.