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Pulmonary Hypertension: Where to Focus?

April 2, 2017 | No Comments | SAFM Team

(This is a sample entry from our Q&A Treasure chest, a database with hundreds of entries to support students with their patient and client work.  Unlimited access is included as part of our Core 101 Semester program.) Student Question: A potential client of mine was just diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and given a depressing prognosis. Are you […]

Showing Your True Colors?

March 30, 2017 | 2 Comments | SAFM Team

I was visiting my Mom, my brother Rob, and his lovely wife Bonny in Memphis, TN this past weekend. Lots of fun.  Deeelicious food.  And a chance to see how spring is busting out in another part of the country. Usually epiphanies about life touch us in unexpected places.  Touchstone moments that can be easily lost […]

Vitamin D cause Hot Flashes?

March 19, 2017 | 12 Comments | SAFM Team

Yes, this is an example of interconnectedness in the body that might surprise you! Hot flashes can be a seriously debilitating client symptom – and an excellent item to focus on in bringing them rapid relief early on in your program.  I’ve written before about potential remedies for hot flashes.   But be sure you […]

Surprising Hormone Truths

March 4, 2017 | 12 Comments | SAFM Team

Hormone imbalance is often an upstream root cause in many of our patients’ challenges.  We know this.  Our challenge is that so much practitioner education overly simplifies hormone dynamics.  Sure, distilling information down to core pearls is a worthy goal (one I am very passionate about).  But many times, information is simplified to the point […]

Don’t Miss Vitamin B12 Deficiency

February 23, 2017 | 20 Comments | SAFM Team

This is one from our clinical tip archives (ha – a few haircuts ago!) that I just want to share with you again for Inspiration. Neural transmission requires substantial levels of Vitamin B12.  By looking at everyday “annual physical” labwork, we quickly saw that Cheryl’s B12 was likely VERY suboptimal (in the mid 300s).  That […]

The Power of Organic Acids Testing

February 13, 2017 | No Comments | SAFM Team

As a practitioner, you already know this:  labwork data is helpful.   Sometimes, very helpful. Many of you have heard me say it a hundred times: Test; don’t Guess.  Wherever possible, I recommend we use objective lab data to help identify the root causes of our patients’ dis-ease, imbalance, and blockage. Sure, it’s only one part […]

Acid Reflux Truths and Myths

February 2, 2017 | 17 Comments | rec1

In the center of your chest, there is a small, muscular tunnel that separates the end of your esophagus from your stomach. Think of it like a fist that can be closed tightly or loosely. It’s called your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When you’re eating, the fist should be open and loose, so food can […]


January 30, 2017 | 2 Comments | SAFM Team

A sample entry from our student Q&A Treasure Chest which features hundreds of similar topics, available as an ongoing resource for our Semester students… A question from a Practitioner:  I have several questions about shingles. I have a client who is relatively young (early 40’s) and in general good health. She does have some food sensitivities, […]

Learning from Stumbling: Advanced FM Practitioner Pearls

January 16, 2017 | 5 Comments | SAFM Team

Unlike many other light-and-fluffy, fly-by-night, or I-went-to-a-weekend-class “certifications”, our program was designed from the beginning to be highly credible, rigorous, and to truly certify that a practitioner has deep and demonstrated knowledge of functional medicine principles.  Skills that potential clients and medical practice hiring managers both value.  Our students are setting themselves apart from their […]

Reverse T3 and the Body Preventing Weight Loss, on Purpose

January 3, 2017 | 4 Comments | SAFM Team

In my facebook video last week about Weight Loss Pearls, I highlighted the powerful role that hormones play in controlling weight loss, especially thyroid hormone.  So often when we are trying to support patients with weight loss, we are focused on minor factors and missing the major impact of hormones. After the video, there were […]