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Hypermethylation: Are We Overdoing It with Methylation Support?

By Romilly Hodges, MS, CNS, Contributing Writer

Over the last few years, clinicians have become increasingly aware of the importance of methylation as a determinant of health. In general, that's a good thing. But over-methylation, driven by zealous use of supplements like methylated folate and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12), can be as much of a problem as under-methylation.

Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: A New Tool for Resolving Inflammation

By Robert G. Silverman, DC, MS, Contributing Writer

Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, represent a portion of the omega-3 fatty acid spectrum that has a powerful effect on reducing inflammation. As such, SPMs taken as dietary supplements, are an important new tool for regulating the inflammatory response in our patients.

Facing Huge Demand, Cleveland Clinic Doubles Its Functional Medicine Center

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Faced with, "unbelievable pent-up demand," the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine (CFM) will be doubling its physical size and patient care capacities in the coming year.

In Hypertension, Kidneys Are Often “Villains,” Not Victims

By Anne Williams, ND, Contributing Writer

Most scientific research portrays the kidneys as victims of high blood pressure. Yet, the evidence and good logical thinking suggest that kidney disease can act as the "perpetrator" in hypertension.

Clinicians Play Catch-Up With the Genome Revolution

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. Summer, 2015

genomics graphicIt's an increasingly common scene, playing out in clinics all over the country: A patient comes in with a worried look and a fat printout from 23andMe. She wonders what all those scary red boxes mean, and whether cancer, Alzheimer's, or some other bad disease is lurking in her genes.

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine: A Test Kitchen for Healthcare’s Future

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

From the outside, there's nothing about the Cleveland Clinic's new Center for Functional Medicine that suggests a healthcare revolution in the making.

“Everything Wrong with Medicine Can be Traced to This”-- A Conversation with Dr. Leo Galland

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

According to Leo Galland, MD, an early pioneer in the now burgeoning field of functional medicine, conventional diagnostic thinking has become so rigid, so codified, and so fixated on the notion that diseases are discrete entities, that it is doing more harm than good.

PLMI Leadership Consortium: Notes from a Parallel Universe

By Niki Gratrix, BA, DipION, mBANT, Contributing Writer

With a stellar line-up that included leaders in preventive health science research, biotech, academia and functional medicine, last Fall’s Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI) Thought Leaders Consortium was a vivid snapshot of life at the crossroads of communication technology and whole-systems biology.

Fed Vitamin D Guidelines Off by an Order of Magnitude

By August West | Contributing Writer

The Federal RDAs for vitamin D are, "grossly inadequate" for most ordinary people, let alone people with pronounced vitamin D deficiencies, according to a detailed analysis of 3,885 episodes of vitamin D supplementation in over 1,300 individuals.

Making Sense of MTHFR Polymorphisms

By Jill C. Carnahan | MD Contributing Writer

Heart attack and stroke. Multiple miscarriages. Chronic migraine headaches. irritable bowel syndrome. Depression. Autism.

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