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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.

Cleveland Clinic Gets "Functional"

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

The Cleveland Clinic has teamed up with functional medicine pioneer, Mark Hyman, MD, to establish a multi-million dollar Functional Medicine Institute, slated to launch this September.

Welcome to the Microbiome: Holistic Medicine’s New Frontier

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

DANA POINT, CA -- Think of it as a physiological version of cloud computing, says functional neurologist, David Perlmutter, MD.

"The microbiome in the human gut represents over 3 million different genes.

Questioning a "Diseased Illusion:" An Interview with Jeff Bland

By Niki Gratrix, BA, Dip ION, mBANT, Contributing Writer

With his newest book, The Disease Delusion, functional medicine pioneer, Jeff Bland, PhD, endeavors to help practitioners and patients alike fundamentally change how we view illness, health, and healing. HPC correspondent, Niki Gratrix, caught up with Dr. Bland for an in-depth interview.

23 Skidoo: FDA’s Genomics Clampdown Gets Mixed Reviews

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

skidoo-main-imageThe FDA’s recent regulatory action against popular genomic testing company, 23andMe, is generating mixed responses among integrative clinicians. While many share regulators' concerns over the validity of the tests and the public's unguided use of genomic information, they also believe in peoples' right to know how to read their genomic "Book of Life."

Recognizing Subtle Signs of Early Stage Neurodegeneration

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A few simple physical tests can reveal a wealth of information about early-stage neurodegeneration and open up a window for lifestyle-based interventions.

Functional Blood Chemistry Sheds Light on Patients with Non-Specific Symptoms

By Datis Kharrazian, DC - Vol. 14, No. 1. Spring, 2013

Routine blood chemistry analysis can be useful to rule out overt pathology, but it is not much help to us in dealing with patients who have complex but non-specific symptom patterns. Functional blood chemistry (FBC) analysis is an emerging approach that provides functional reference ranges that identify problems not yet pathological.

Are Grains Destroying Our Brains?

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 14, No. 3. Fall, 2013
In his forthcoming book, Grain Brain, functional neurologist David Perlmutter contends that America's grain-heavy diet is a prime driver of dementia. That means dementia's preventable, but it requires eliminating grain foods.

Glycation: Tackling an Underlying Driver of Chronic Disease

By Gaetano Morello, ND, Contributing Writer - Vol. 14, No. 3. Fall, 2013

Glycation--a process by which sugars bind to proteins forming inflammatory compounds--is at the center of the chronic disease storm. Clinicians need to understand as much as possible about this process and the interventions that can be used to attenuate it.

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