Many remarkable, gutsy clinicians, scientists and thinkers merged together in a synchronistic way to birth what we now call Functional Medicine. Who are the pioneers? What key ideas influenced the FxMed revolution? Who came up with “antecedents, triggers and mediators” and the Matrix (roughed out on a napkin during a burst of inspiration)? What about recognizing the importance of the gut, the microbiome (the heretical term “leaky gut”) and the influence of the environment interfacing with genes on disease? From the early ideas of Archibald Garrod, Weston Price, Linus Pauling and Roger Williams to the many amazing FxMed leaders of today (check out the PLMI conference proceedings) – – listen to this remarkable conversation with Dr. Jeff Bland as he takes us on a journey through FxMed yesterday, today and tomorrow!
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KARA FITZGERALD, ND, received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME (Council of Naturopathic Medical Education)-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova) under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a lead author and co-editor with J. Alexander Bralley, Ph.D. of The Metametrix Institute’s Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. One of her most recent articles is a case report on the efficacy of the functional medicine in addressing diabetes which was written with Dr. Hyman and Kathie Swift and published July 2015 in the Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research. Dr. Fitzgerald lectures globally on functional medicine, in India, Hong Kong and the UK. She is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She was formerly on faculty at University of Bridgeport in the School of Human Nutrition and the School of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a clinician researcher for The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery and maintains a private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Dr. Fitzgerald also shares her latest clinical pearls and insights for clinicians and patients in her monthly blog and podcast which can be found at drkarafitzgerald.com.