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Don’t Miss Vitamin B12 Deficiency

February 23, 2017 | 26 Comments | SAFM Team

This is one from our clinical tip archives (ha – it was 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Practioner 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 Practioners

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 […]