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Health Coach KEYS to the Future of Functional Medicine

December 26, 2016 | 4 Comments | SAFM Team

I had the great pleasure of a few minutes on stage – live – at the Functional Forum’s (FF) December gathering in Manhattan.  (In case you’re not familiar, the FF is the largest ongoing, online hub of functional medicine practitioners, especially physicians.)  With this audience in particular, I wanted to highlight what I know to […]

Downstream Drug Dysfunction: NSAIDs

October 3, 2016 | 1 Comment | SAFM Team

Some of the most potentially damaging or debilitating medications are not taken via prescription.  They are “over the counter” drugs, a category that many intelligent people assume is necessarily safe to use regularly.  Perhaps even in a daily preventive mode.  Which is, of course, not true!  If you’re going to use functional medicine know-how competently, […]

Naturopathic Doctors for Heath Coaches

September 21, 2016 | 2 Comments | SAFM Team

I hope you enjoy learning more about Dr. Millie and Dr. Selassie, two naturopathic doctors who are part of our SAFM Medical Review Board.   I so appreciate the open, warm honesty with which they shared their stories in this interview.  Their individual, personal stories of struggle and healing and why they are so passionate […]

Downstream Drug Dysfunction Steroids

August 9, 2016 | 2 Comments | SAFM Team

A powerful patient education opportunity!  Glucocorticoids are prescribed to aggressively calm the immune system.  A great example of a blessing in medication (e.g. prednisone) where short-term use might prevent a truly life-threatening outcome. However, suppressing the immune system can have lasting and dangerous side effects, especially when they are used chronically (and in non-critical situations where […]

MDs and Diabetes and Eating Crow

July 25, 2016 | 6 Comments | SAFM Team

What do you think about having an MD as a client or patient in your practice? A pretty intimidating thought for most coaches, even those with medical backgrounds.  Maybe it triggers some limiting beliefs about “not knowing enough” or being “out of my league”?  I confess I used to have a few of those pesky […]

Functional medicine is NOT enough

July 2, 2016 | No Comments | SAFM Team

One of our prospective students asked a question that is something I simply have to share. A health coach asked, “I totally get the power of functional medicine. But if someone goes to see a good FM doc, why in the world would they still need a health coach?” Well, because functional medicine is not enough. Quick story about […]

Leaky brains?

June 21, 2016 | 8 Comments | SAFM Team

I want to introduce you to a client, Mary, who is delightedly free of debilitating, daily anxiety. Great news!  Life-changing relief for Mary. But I bet you are going to be surprised to find out what helped her…. If you’ve studied functional medicine concepts even a small bit, you are well familiar with the concept of […]

Female Pattern Baldness or Alopecia Areata?

June 9, 2016 | No Comments | SAFM Team

Do you know what you’re seeing? The smaller photo with a marked bald “spot” is an example of alopecia areata.  The larger photo with the overall thinning and low-grade balding all along the top of the head is an example of hormone-mediated female pattern baldness.  Did you guess correctly? The detailed write-up below about these […]

Psoriasis and Bile: What’s the Connection?

May 18, 2016 | 3 Comments | Shannon Vanasse

If you missed last week’s video about gallbladders and simple solutions for gallstones, be sure to check it out . Indeed, disease usually begins in the gut, especially autoimmune disease.  Endotoxins are highly inflammatory in humans, and breaking down endotoxins is another critical role of bile (be sure to check out the video).  This is a […]

Lessons from Asparagus Pee

May 18, 2016 | No Comments | Shannon Vanasse

My best friend often says, “Our greatest weakness is usually when we become pathologically certain that we know the truth in a given situation.”  We lose our curiosity.  We shut down our openness.  We stop learning.  Nowhere is that perhaps more true than when we are asserting we know the full “truth” about the human body.   […]