Functional Medicine

In Genomics, as in Life, the "80/20 Rule" Applies

By Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS

There’s a lot of hype around genomics these days. From a patient care perspective, it comes down to two basic questions: What types of tests give truly useful information? And, who benefits most from having the testing done? Thought leaders in the field gathered at Maryland University of Integrative Health for a three-day symposium on these issues. 

What the Helminth! Are “Purposeful Parasites” The Next Probiotics?

By Megan Copeland, MS, CNS, Contributing Writer

If the idea of utilizing parasitic worms as therapy makes you squirm, you’re certainly not alone. Sure it sounds strange, but the use of “purposeful parasites” is not as far-fetched as it seems. Researchers like Duke University's William Parker, PhD, believes certain types of helminths can be helpful in treating immunological, gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and even cognitive disorders.

Probiotics Have Adjunctive Role in Diabetes Care

By Lucy Karanja, PharmD, Contributing Writer

Nearly a decade ago, microbiome researchers began publishing reports suggesting that bacteria in the intestines play a role in glucose metabolism.  Recent studies support that thesis, and provide a basis for use of probiotics as adjunctive treatments for people with type 2 diabetes. 

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.

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.