Functional Medicine

Restoring Digestive Health is Key to Optimizing Weight Loss

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

The problem with most medical weight loss programs is that they focus too much on weight loss and not nearly enough on overall health. Somae Health is a new 12-week, medically guided weight management program that begins with restoration of healthy gastrointestinal function.

Popularity of Bioidentical Hormones Puts Spotlight on Compounding Pharmacies

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

The rising popularity of bioidentical hormones, HCG-based weight loss protocols, and chelation has fostered a resurgence of compounding pharmacies in recent years. Regulation and quality control in the compounding industry are tighter than many doctors realize.

H1N1 is No Match for a Well-Primed Immune System

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Maintaining the functional integrity of the innate immune complex through a vegetable-rich diet, and immune enhancing vitamins & minerals obviates the need to fret over which strain of flu virus will predominate. A competent immune system will defend against them all.

Electrodermal Testing: What It Can and Cannot Tell

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

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

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

Is Acupuncture Useful in Treating Hypertension?

By John C. Longhurst, MD, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

By reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, acupuncture can be a valuable tool in treating mild-to-moderate hypertension. In some cases, it can obviate the need for antihypertensive drugs which often have a lot of side effects. Researchers at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, are learning how acupuncture works at the neuronal level.

Inflammation, Autoimmune Reactions Underlie Many Common Thyroid Problems

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Effective management of thyroid problems requires an approach that goes beyond simply manipulating thyroid hormones. Many thyroid problems are related to underlying inflammatory processes, environmental toxin exposure and dietary factors. A guide to assessing and treating thyroid disorders from a holistic viewpoint.

Functional Medicine: Nutrition's Info Revolution

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

The core tenet of the emerging discipline of functional medicine is that nutrition is the major determinant of gene expression, and therefore of health and disease. Functional medicine pioneer Jeff Bland, PhD, explains how, in a sense, food is information that tells the genes what to do. Depending on the signals we send our genes, they can produce health and happiness or depression and disease.

Holistic Genetics: "Genovations" Brings Predictive Genomics to Primary Care Practice

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

The Genovations series of tests, developed by Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories, allows primary care physicians to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms---small genetic changes in central metabolic processes---that can increase an individual's risk for many common disorders including osteoporosis heart disease, and autoimmune diseases. Information from the Genovations tests can help doctors develop nutritional interventions tailored to each person's genomic profile.

Whole Grains Mean a Whole Lot Less Diabetes

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

Daily consumption of magnesium-rich whole grains took a 30% bite out of the risk of diabetes among a cohort of more than 40,000 Black women, according to a recently published transatlantic study.