In the discussion about nutrition, genetics and genomics, invariably the topic of methylation and genes related to methylation will find their way into the discussion. Chief among the genes mentioned in such conversations is MTHFR, the gene encoding...
Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD | February 14, 2022
The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) developed dietary folate equivalents (DFEs) to reflect the higher bioavailability of supplemental folic acid compared to that of food folate. The intake recommendations for folate are provided in the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) as micrograms (mcg) of DFEs.
Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD | September 16, 2021
The role of epigenetics on fetal and human development is of paramount importance to all of us as healthcare practitioners and parents. Toward the end of World War 2, after the battle at Arnhem, in what was known as the "Hongerwinter" (hungry winter), the Nazi's surrounded and cut off supplies to an area in the Netherlands. It was a tragic experiment on the long-term effects of famine. From December 1944 until Germany surrendered in May 1945, food was rationed to under 1,000 dietary calories per day and dropped as low as 580 calories per day in the height of winter.
Steve Amoils, MD | February 16, 2021
As we get ready to get back to school during this difficult time of a partially treated pandemic, parents will be faced with one additional problem: How do we get kids to eat delicious and nutritious meals without breaking the bank or their parents' psyche?
Steve Amoils, MD | August 16, 2020
There are many phytonutrients that have a bidirectional relationship with the gut microbiome. That is, the nutrient affects the types and/or metabolic activities of the gut microbiota, and the activities of the gut microbiota affect the bioactivity of the phytonutrient, typically through metabolism to more bioavailable and/or more bioactive compounds. The popular phytonutrient compound, berberine, is a classic example of this bidirectional relationship.
Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD | July 16, 2020
As functional medicine providers, we know that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have many benefits. The health benefits include inflammatory balance, cardiovascular fitness, brain health, and normal growth and development. We have learned that these benefits come from EPA and DHA. However, new research shows that many of the benefits attributed to EPA or DHA may actually be from a lesser-known omega-3, docosapentaenoic acid or DPA.
Bill Hogarth, DC, MBS | January 16, 2020
It is the start of a busy Wednesday morning and I walk into treatment room #2. One of my long-time patients is sitting on the treatment table, beaming at me, and says, "Doc, that stuff you gave me last month just rocked my socks!" Not quite knowing how to take that statement, I inquired, "Umm, how do you mean?" They replied, "My chronic knee pain is significantly better, and that deep hip pain is now well enough for me to sleep through the night!"
Adrian den Boer, ND, DC, IFMCP | December 16, 2019
As functional medicine providers, we go beyond traditional medicine and root out underlying causes of health issues as well as attempt to restore normal physiological function and homeostasis. Often during this quest, we recommend nutraceuticals to support recovery. While the physiological effects of nutraceuticals are well-documented, the effects of nutrition at the genetic level are often overlooked. This knowledge can be incredibly useful when managing a variety of patient cases. Here are three examples of nutrients that have pleiotropic effects on the body...
Bill Hogarth, DC, MBS | June 16, 2019
Vitamin D is a pro-hormone with ubiquitous effects throughout the body. It has been shown to have a multitude of benefits, including bone health, innate and adaptive immune function, and vascular health, yet we live in country where, depending on the source you consider, 40-70% of the population is vitamin D deficient and people are routinely told to limit sun exposure.
Steve Amoils, MD | January 16, 2019
The year 2020 will go down in history as an extraordinary year for all of us. In fact, this year will likely be remembered as the biggest experiment ever done on mankind. For many years to come, researchers will examine how societal norms, human behavior, medications, and underlying conditions affected not only COVID-19 outcomes, but a host of ancillary illnesses. We are likely to see studies on depression in adolescents, domestic violence, elder neglect, and failure to adhere to medical advice.
Steve Amoils, MD | October 16, 2018
Promoting health and vitality is something we all know how to do, yet life can sometimes conspire against us. We get caught in time crunches, food deserts, insomnia vortices and other places where making smart, healthy choices is not always easy, or for that matter, a priority. Yet maintaining good health requires work, a strategy and the occasional checkup and test. Life itself can act as a healing catalyst if we learn how to use it.
Steve Amoils, MD | April 16, 2018
What does a typical day look like in your practice? Do you find yourself moving from one patient crisis to the next, all day long? You work with patients for several months to help them move the needle on their health and then poof! they disappear until the next crisis occurs.
Bill Hogarth, DC, MBS | August 16, 2016
In the previous two posts, I discussed the importance of niching down to make it easier for your ideal patients to recognize your expertise and relevance, and how to employ lead magnets to build your email list and then nurture your prospective patients to know, love and trust you enough to take the next step.
Uli Iserloh, PhD | June 16, 2015
In my last post, I discussed the importance of niching down to make it easier for your ideal patients to recognize your expertise and relevance.In this post, I'll highlight how to develop preeminence in your community, so that your audience considers you the go-to choice before they even take up any of your precious time.
Uli Iserloh, PhD | May 16, 2015
Imagine Thomas Edison only tinkering in his workshop, but never telling the world about inventing the lightbulb...crazy, right?Yet that's exactly what many health care practitioners do, thinking that their clinical expertise alone should be enough to attract new patients!
Uli Iserloh, PhD | April 16, 2015
If patients are experiencing low back pain, they're not alone. About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes, and it is one of the most common reasons patients seek out medical care. Most causes of low back pain are not acute broken bones or traumatic accidents, but subacute/overuse injuries in which increased mechanical stress accumulates and degenerates body tissues over time, resulting in tissue failure. Any injury, whether categorized as a micro or macrotrauma, results in biomechanical dysfunction and is commonly characterized by both pain and inflammation.
Adrian den Boer, ND, DC, IFMCP | July 16, 2014
No matter the terminology-Integrative, Functional, Holistic, Wellness or Anti-Aging-a growing cadre of clinicians are now competing for the cash dollars of patients seeking a more personalized, root-cause health care experience. Don't just take my word for it; let's do the math: In this case, a simple LinkedIn search (February 2017) shows the following number of practitioners: Read more
Mark J. Tager, MD | September 16, 2011
It's my hope that this article inspires you to offer Group Visits to your patients. With the tools, support and coaching offered by the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center, I know every practitioner can do this!!Read more
Randi Mann, WHNP-BC, APNP, NCMP | August 16, 2011
Every health care business has a major goal. You want to get noticed, known, and remembered so you can attract the types of patient you'd like to treat. In the process of caring for your patients, you must also create an experience that meets or exceeds their expectations. The better the patient experience, the more likely you will gain a good reputation and be the recipient of positive referrals. Read more
Mark J. Tager, MD | January 16, 2011
As we all know, our health care system is in crisis. The media constantly bombard us with this message. However, while I agree with this assessment, I have a different opinion than the media on the nature of and solution to this crisis.
Terry Wahls, MD | November 16, 2010
Presence. The healthcare marketing and social media gurus will tell you that you can't have enough of it. They even tell us that increasing your presence can be automated and systematized. It's easy: Turn on the machine, get more followers, enjoy the results of greater influence. For healthcare practitioners, especially physicians, it's a very seductive message. he prospect of gaining more online followers appeals to our achievement addicted, success scoring, comparison-creating nature. These are attitudes and behaviors that were reinforced in our upbringing and training. Don't get me wrong. I'm in favor of you getting more Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn followers.Practice and marketing management companies provide a valuable service in this regard. Read more
Mark J. Tager, MD | March 16, 2010