Functional Medicine

Two Landmark Studies Shed New Light--and Shadow-- on Omega-3s for CVD

By William H. Harris, PhD, Contributing Writer

Two pivotal studies on omega-3s —the long awaited REDUCE-IT and VITAL trials, attempt to clarify the clinical roles of omega-3s for cardiovascular risk reduction. While many of the mainstream headlines took a negative view of the findings, the data actually show some meaningful benefits from omega-3s. Dr. Bill Harris, developer of the Omega-3 Index test, weighs in on the negative and positive messags of these important studies.

"Don't Fall in the Ditch:" How to Help Patients Prevent Autoimmune Flares

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

When treating patients with complex autoimmune diseases, it's advantageous to, "think of the patient's biology like a landscape," proposed Samuel Yanuck, DC, FACFN, at the Institute for Functional Medicine's 2018 Annual International Conference in Hollywood, FL. Imagine a meadow. An "autoimmune flare is a ditch in the meadow," he suggested. The question to ask is: "How far are they from the ditch?" 

To Help Patients with Irritable Bowel, Clinicians Need to "DIGIN"

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) "is a very serious condition that needs aggressive intervention," said Gerard Mullin, MD, MS, at the Institute for Functional Medicine's recent 2018 Annual International Conference in Hollywood, Florida. While conventional medicine offers drugs for symptom management, Mullin believes that to truly heal IBD, clinicians need to "DIGIN," and work holistically to address the multiple facets of this condition. His DIGIN protocol offers good guidance.

Agmatine Attenuates Sciatica & Other Neuropathies

By Gad M. Gilad, PhD, Contributing Writer

Agmatine, a ubiquitous naturally occurring metabolite of arginine, was discovered in 1910. Yet, it took more than a century before researchers showed that this unique compound has clinically significant cytoprotective and neuroprotective properties. Recent work indicates that it can reduce pain associated with sciatica and other common forms of neuropathy.

Challenged by MS, the "Spice-Trekkers" Discover Their Own Culinary Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Philippe and  Ethné de Vienne an explorer by nature. He and his wife Ethné travel the world, sourcing organic spices and herbs where they’re grown. That’s their job as the owners of the Montreal-based spice company, Épices de Cru. But five years ago, when Philippe was suddenly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, their search took a very different turn--one that led to important discoveries about how to use foods and spices to alter the course of serious autoimmune diseases.