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Regulatory Actions Signal Storms Ahead for Integrative Medicine

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Fed RegulatorsOver the last six months, federal agencies have made regulatory moves that could have significant impact on the practice of holistic, functional, and integrative medicine in the coming years.

While none of these actions represent a direct threat to practice freedom, they set precedents that could greatly limit access to dietary supplements and other foundational tools in the practice of holistic and functional medicine.

In August, the Food and Drug Administration published revisions to its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification process which, if implemented, would “pharmaceutical-ize” supplements, potentially forcing many existing products off the market, and stifling innovation in the field.

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Fracking for Natural Gas Linked to Surges in Asthma

Written by Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Living in close proximity to natural gas fracking sites worsens asthma symptoms, according to a new study published by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Stop Fighting, Start Restorative Healing: A Functional Approach to SIBO

Written by By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The key to helping people dealing with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is to initiate restorative healing of the affected tissues. We need to shift physiology so that the internal environment no longer favors the overgrowth of hostile bacteria in the small intestine. If we fail to do that, treatments aimed at eradicating the bugs will have little long-term efficacy

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