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Helping Families Bolster Immunity As Kids Return to School

By Mark R. Engelman, MD & Chad Larson, NMD, DC, Contributing Writers

As parents and children head into a new school year in which in-person learning will once again be the norm, we as health care practitioners need to prepare ourselves for advising parents on how to protect themselves and their children. The Delta variant and other variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are grabbing headlines these days, […]

Enhance Your Medical Writing Skills

By Erik Goldman

Let’s face it: there’s a LOT of healthcare content out there, and most of it is badly written. On the one hand, there are academic research articles with their mind-numbing jargon, tedious run-on sentences, and over-reliance on passive voicings. On the other, there’s the deluge of click-bait medical “stories” that dumb down the data to […]

Building Strength & Balance: Multi-Planar Exercises for Shoulders, Low Back, & Glutes

By Stacy Collier, Contributing Writer

Balance is an essential concept in holistic medicine. The word is everywhere: we talk about work-life balance, balancing hormones and neurotransmitters, keeping an ideal acid-alkaline balance. All of those types of balance are important. But the reality is, many people struggle with a more basic issue: physical balance. This is especially true as people age. […]

Hops and Hemp: A Tale of Two ‘Sisters’

By Bill Chioffi, Contributing Writer

Why are some plants–and the substances derived from them–beloved and broadly-embraced, while others are vilified, restricted, and viewed with suspicion? The reflexive answer might be: Some are dangerous, while others are beneficial. But if you take a deeper look, it’s seldom so simple. As an herbalist, I am prone to questions like this. And lately, […]

Enhancing Fertility with Functional Medicine: Insights from the Peer-Review Literature

By Erik Goldman

Approximately 1 in 8 every couples in the US faces fertility challenges. And that’s a conservative estimate. As functional medicine practitioners, we could easily postulate that optimal fertility is even more fleeting for many more people, as are optimal maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Humans today face a daunting moment. In the industrialized world, fertility […]

Plant Sterols: An Effective Alternative For Statin-Intolerant Patients

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A recently published case series from the University of Chicago underscores the value of plant sterol supplements for managing elevated cholesterol in statin-intolerant patients at moderate to high risk for cardiovascular disease. While statin therapy with accompanying lifestyle modification remains the preferred conventional intervention for treating dyslipidemias and reducing cardiovascular risk, many patients do not […]

Can Probiotics Mitigate Stress?

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Can probiotic supplements mitigate stress and its adverse health consequences? A new study recently published in the journal, Neurobiology of Stress, attempts to answer that question. Acute and chronic impact both mental and physical health. The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is the main stress response system, produces stress hormones, including cortisol, which can […]

Maintaining Resilience by Supporting Healthy Mitochondrial Function

By Erik Goldman

In recent years, researchers and medical practitioners alike have taken interest in a particular molecule known to be the master regulator of cellular metabolism — nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). NAD+ is a ubiquitous coenzyme involved in hundreds of metabolic processes, including: mitochondrial energy production, glycolysis, and DNA synthesis and repair. It also plays a vital […]

‘Tis the Season to be Mighty: Maintaining Resilience by Supporting Healthy Mitochondrial Function

By Erik Goldman

Though our celebrations may look a little different this year, many people will still uphold the holiday habits of over-consuming alcoholic drinks and comfort foods, and becoming more sedentary and less active. Though enjoyable, these lifestyle shifts–along with the return of the cold weather– can raise metabolic stress, perturb metabolic balance, add to allostatic load, […]

How Body Recomposition Can Revolutionize Your Patients’ Health

By Stacy Collier

Body recomposition refers to the process of gaining muscle and losing fat simultaneously. It is not a specific diet or exercise plan. Rather, it is a set of principles and practices that help people build muscle and strength, lose fat, and establish healthy eating and exercise habits. When followign the 5 main pillars of body […]