New Frontiers in Functional Medicine

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Welcome to New Frontiers in Functional Medicine™. Each month, I interview the best minds in Functional Medicine. Expect thought provoking ideas, new research, lots of clinical pearls for practitioners and step-change information for consumers and pat...Show More
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Episode 61: Must-know Causes for Refractory Sibo with Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis

1:03:37 | Apr 23rd

A huge, constant question we get from clinicians and patients is: what to do about refractory SIBO? Patients want hope, clinicians want to successfully resolve… Listen to my podcast to discover what one of the greatest minds thinks about all this and...Show More
Episode 60: SPONSORED: Dutch™ Research and Validation in Peer-Reviewed Journal

39:05 | Apr 19th

What’s the best way to test hormones? That is the key question that drove Mark Newman to create the DUTCH test. DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones and it gives clinicians a robust picture of a patient’s hormone levels and fu...Show More
Episode 58: SPONSORED Borrelia Research & Clinical Strategies using Botanical Antimicrobials

44:37 | Mar 4th

Lyme disease (and co-infections) can be tough to treat. The Lyme spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, has adopted loads of devilishly clever cloaking devices – from thriving in biofilm to existing in pleomorphic forms – to ensure survival despite aggres...Show More
Episode 56: SPONSORED Advances in Stool Testing: The GI-MAP™ GI-Microbial Assay Plus

1:16:40 | Feb 13th

DSL’s GI-MAP stool test is, as CEO Tony Hoffman states, “a clinician diagnostic tool;” it’s not a microbiome test. Yes, of course the GI-MAP looks at the microbiome, but it's not a broad sweep of the myriad of bugs taking up residence. Rather, it’s a...Show More
Episode 57: The Future is Great with Medicinal Mushrooms with expert Jeff Chilton

1:00:55 | Feb 13th

A wide body of research—not to mention centuries of use in Chinese medicine—has shown the power of medicinal mushrooms in promoting health, and no one knows more about the cultivation, manufacture, and distribution of supplemental mushrooms in modern...Show More
Episode 55: Plant Medicine, Photonutrients, and the Health Benefits of Eating a Rainbow

1:05:29 | Jan 9th

Dr. Deanna Minich preaches: Eat a rainbow. Why? There are over 700 carotenoids found in plants – all bioactive, and generally pleotropic (ie: they do more than one thing in the body). We don’t need tons of any single carotenoid, and indeed – if anyon...Show More
Episode 54: SPONSORED Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Dr. Robert Rountree shares his Expertise

1:07:28 | Jan 3rd

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is an urgent, often unrecognized concern. It’s the hepatic pandemic of the 21stcentury, and there is NO approved pharmaceutical therapy (the race is on, however…). Fortunately for us, there is MUCH we can do in funct...Show More
Episode 53: SPONSORED From Biological Plausibility to Clinical Efficacy w Food Sensitivity Testing

47:25 | Dec 7th, 2018

Dr. Joel Evans – you probably know him as long-time IFM faculty teaching in the Advanced Practice Hormone Module. He’s also donned a newish hat as KBMO’s Medical Director. Dr. Evans loves the FIT test for delayed hypersensitivities to foods, and stat...Show More
Episode 52: Ground Zero for Gut Health: Probiotics, Microbiota Manipulation and Dr. Jason Hawrelak

57:48 | Dec 5th, 2018

The centrality of gut health in overall health cannot be overstated, and for many years researchers and practitioners have encouraged probiotic use to promote gut health. But their recommendations have been based on early and inchoate research. Today...Show More
Episode 51: All things Mast Cell with World-Renowned Clinical Researcher Dr. Theoharides

1:44:04 | Nov 20th, 2018

In my Tour de Force conversation with the brilliant Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, we covered all things mast cells, from “bench to bedside.” In case you have not yet encountered his work yet, he is one of the most highly decorated, well-published clinic...Show More
Episode 50: SPONSORED Multi-mechanistic approach to treat anxiety & depression w Dr. Corey Schuler

57:15 | Nov 16th, 2018

Some of our most popular podcasts have been with Dr. Corey Schuler: he’s down-to-earth, practical in his approach to patient care, and very evidence-informed. And today is no exception! Join me and Corey as he talks through his “4 Pillar” approach to...Show More
Episode 49: SPONSORED Prescribing bioidentical hormones using DUTCH test w Dr. Lynne Mielke

56:39 | Oct 29th, 2018

It’s not often that I get to spend an hour chatting with a busy clinician on pearls learned over years of practice. In today’s podcast, I’m talking with long time integrative medical clinician and anti-aging expert Lynne Mielke, MD about her approach...Show More
Episode 48: Mastering Diabetes with Dr. Mona Morstein

1:10:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

Dr. Mona Morstein has focused the bulk of her career on treating all types of diabetes (DM). In late 2017, she published the a superb 500+ page very well-referenced book on the topic, titled Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach...Show More
Episode 47: Dr. Stephen Sinatra and the Past, Present and Future of Integrative Cardiology

1:02:38 | Sep 4th, 2018

If you’ve listened to my podcasts, you surely know that I love what I do. And my podcast with Dr. Stephen Sinatra is no exception. One of my most inspiring conversations to date, Dr. Sinatra is, as you know, a pioneer in the field of integrative car...Show More
Episode 46: SPONSORED Endotoxemia: The Underlying Reason Most of Your Patients Need Immunoglobulins

37:33 | Jul 25th, 2018

Endotoxemia. A fundamental driver of chronic disease. What is it? And more importantly, what do we do to address it? In my podcast with Dr. Jill Carnahan this month, she unleashes a torrent of compelling science and clinical savvy on all things endot...Show More
Episode 45: Acupressure Tapping in Clinical Practice - A conversation with Jessica Ortner

51:03 | Jul 24th, 2018

Anxiety can get in the way of patients achieving their health goals—especially when a practitioner recommends significant lifestyle and nutrition changes. Patients may feel suffocated by the new regimen and then make changes for a while but revert ba...Show More
Episode 44: The Lyme Solution: A conversation with Dr. Darin Ingels

1:03:55 | Jun 28th, 2018

After suffering through a lengthy Lyme infection himself (with classic presentation), which initially responded to antibiotics but didn’t resolve the infection, Dr. Darin Ingels went on a years-long quest to recover, returning to naturopathic princip...Show More
Episode 43: Fasting Mimicking Diet: Beyond caloric restrictions with Dr. Valter Longo

1:02:34 | Jun 8th, 2018

Wow! What a great conversation with Dr. Valter Longo, director of USC’s Longevity Institute. It’s always exciting to talk to someone in the trenches of bench and clinical research, especially a rock-star like Valter Longo! You can hear my nerves as w...Show More
Episode 42: SPONSORED Unlocking the potential of endocannabinoid system w Dr. Jacqueline Jacques

55:40 | May 16th, 2018

Yes, hemp & marijuana are major providers of cannabinoids, and in the FxMed space, we are extremely excited about this potent family of bioactive molecules. In particular, we are looking at CBD for indications ranging from pain to mood, inflammation,...Show More
Episode 41: Food: What the Heck Should We Eat with Expert Dr. Mark Hyman

44:22 | May 6th, 2018

In my conversation with Mark Hyman on his new NYT best seller, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, we discuss the myriad challenges consumers face in figuring out the correct diet, but also, what WE as clinicians caring for patients – what do we presc...Show More
Episode 40: The Epicenter of Epigenetics; Discussing the Agouti Mice Study with Dr. Randy Jirtle

1:14:43 | Apr 12th, 2018

I am thrilled and honored to podcast with Dr. Randy Jirtle. The field of epigenetics has exploded in the last decade, initiated almost exclusively by the groundbreaking research of Randy and his colleague Robert Waterland. Their 2003 study on the eff...Show More
Episode 39: SPONSORED: Scientific Serendipity: Beautiful Bio-Botanicals with Dr. Rachel Fresco

49:59 | Apr 6th, 2018

A lot of scientific discoveries are borne out of serendipitous moments where a brilliant idea and unmet need collide. Such is the case with one of my all-time favorite “workhorse” botanical combination products, Biocidin. Listen to Dr. Rachel Fresco,...Show More
Episode 38: SPONSORED HPA, Organic Acids and the DUTCH Test with Dr. Carrie Jones

45:38 | Mar 21st, 2018

Why would Precision Analytical, the laboratory famous for the ground-breaking DUTCH test (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) and Cortisol Awakening Response test, decide to offer a handful of key organic acids on their panel (incidentally, ...Show More
Episode 37: The Gut/Thyroid Connection with Dr. Michael Ruscio

1:05:11 | Mar 16th, 2018

Join me for an interesting, clinician-friendly conversation on the gut/thyroid axis with Dr. Mike Ruscio. Dr. Ruscio challenges both conventional understanding (where the gut/thyroid relationship isn’t recognized outside the research setting) and in ...Show More
Episode 36: Changing the World with Unconventional Medicine – A Conversation with Chris Kresser

55:41 | Feb 20th, 2018

When Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac, was in his early twenties, he traveled the world surfing and learning to meditate. Along the way, he fell ill — and when he returned to the States he discovered that the conventional medical paradigm had little to offe...Show More
Episode 35: SPONSORED: Dr. Kenneth Brown / Atrantil

52:01 | Feb 13th, 2018

Small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, is notoriously hard to treat. Patients often experience persistent bloating—and even when they find relief, symptoms can return months later, seemingly out of the blue. After struggling to help patients...Show More
Episode 34: Miracle Mind, Warrior Heart: A conversation with JJ Virgin

57:53 | Nov 22nd, 2017

JJ Virgin was a well-known fitness and nutrition expert and author of several books when her son was hit by a car and severely injured. The doctors told her to prepare for the worst; they didn’t expect him to make it through the night. But, Grant liv...Show More
Episode 33: SPONSORED: Further Down the Elemental Diet Road with Dr. Corey Schuler

59:14 | Nov 18th, 2017

Elemental Diets have a long therapeutic use history for myriad GI issues. EDs allow the gut to take a break from the hard work of digestion, offering the GI tract a chance for renewal and repair. They have been shown to help with a variety of condit...Show More
Episode 32: SPONSORED | The Cortisol Awakening Response With Mark Newman, MS

50:40 | Oct 25th, 2017

Mark Newman is the founder Precision Analytical and the developer of the DUTCH test, one of the most accurate and patient-friendly measures of sex hormones on the market. The test eliminates the need for multiple types of testing by using dried urine...Show More
Episode 31: Calorie-Restricted Ketogenic Diet for Cancer with Miriam Kalamian CNS

58:55 | Oct 17th, 2017

Tumor cells have more insulin receptors than healthy cells, so they preferentially metabolize glucose. When you cut off the glucose supply to tumor cells, they struggle to make the fuel they need to proliferate. The ketogenic diet sharply limits the...Show More
Episode 30: Transformational Approaches to Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmunity with Dr. Terry Wahls

51:34 | Sep 29th, 2017

Dr. Terry Wahls was a practicing primary care physician when she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Despite treatment at some of the finest medical institutions in the United States, her health progressively declined until she could no longer...Show More
Episode 29: The Vaccine Balancing Act with Dr. Hilary Andrews

1:04:16 | Aug 30th, 2017

I went to school with Dr. Hilary Andrews. She graduated before me, but I recall her then—she had a reputation for brilliance (and was voted class valedictorian, incidentally). Hilary applied that brilliance to childhood health and nutrition, which in...Show More
Episode 28: Moving Beyond SIBO with Dr. Vincent Pedre

1:01:51 | Jun 26th, 2017

Small Intestinal Microbial Overgrowth: A Conversation with Dr. Vincent Pedre, MD IFMCP All microbes, not just bacteria, can contribute to problems in the small intestines. Today more than ever, we see patients with hard-to- treat gut problems. Dr. P...Show More
Episode 27: SPONSORED | Using DUTCH hormone Test with Dr. Carrie Jones

47:57 | May 28th, 2017

Dr. Carrie Jones and I went to medical school (National College of Natural Medicine) together. She was a brilliant, awesome friend then, and still is. What a privilege it’s been to watch her grow into the expert she is today. As you’ll see in her bio...Show More
Episode 26: SPONSORED Practical Application: Using An Elemental Diet in Clinical Practice

55:41 | May 27th, 2017

Dr. Corey Schuler is a man of many talents- an educator as well as a practitioner in integrative and functional medicine. In today’s podcast, Dr. Schuler will be wearing his nutritionist hat as we discuss individually designed elemental diets. Some o...Show More
Episode 25: Stem cell therapy: Is it ready for Prime Time FxMed?

34:04 | May 3rd, 2017

As you probably know, stem cell therapy outside of the research setting is the Wild West. It’s offered everywhere, here and outside of the US (there’s a whole “stem cell tourism trade”). Radical claims are made routinely without much evidence or over...Show More
Episode 24: The KBMO FIT: A Novel and Reliable IgG Food Sensitivity Test.

48:29 | Apr 17th, 2017

In general, I am a fan of IgG food sensitivity testing. While we can in some cases manage just fine using a standard elimination and challenge protocol, IgG testing can benefit patients in a few ways, such as: providing motivating data, individualizi...Show More
Episode 23: Functional Strategies for the Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders

1:07:31 | Mar 21st, 2017

Functional hypochlorhydria is a condition we see so often, yet Prilosec is a top ten medication: what’s the disconnect? Probiotics: which ones, how much, combo or single strain? What does the research really show probiotics are actually doing? Is th...Show More
Episode 22: Gene Whispering with Dr. Moshe Szyf

53:25 | Feb 27th, 2017

Have you been wondering what you should really do with the 23andme genetic data that you’ve gathered? Wondering if you should even take the test at all? Or wondering what the future of genetic/epigenetic medicine is? This podcast is for you. I am e...Show More
Episode 21: Arthritis - oxidative stress, microbes, gut permeability and more with Dr. Susan Blum

52:22 | Feb 15th, 2017

Thanks to Dr. Susan Blum, functional medicine has even more to offer for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). She shares new insights about RA’s underlying causes, details what goes missed in treatment plans, and gives pra...Show More
Episode 20: A Deeper Understanding of Fibromyalgia and Clinical Approaches

1:07:09 | Dec 28th, 2016

Fibromyalgia can be a particularly difficult condition to address conventionally, but Functional Medicine really has a lot to offer here. In this podcast, we mine the wealth of information that Dr. David Brady brings to the table on this important to...Show More
Episode 19: Functional Gynecology Practice Pearls with Dr. Anna Cabeca

58:38 | Nov 14th, 2016

Dr. Cabeca is a wealth of information and inspiration when it comes to women’s health. I am delighted to share my conversation with her this month, in which you’ll learn about: - How Dr. Cabeca transitioned from performing multiple surgeries per we...Show More
Episode 18: Launching a Soul-Satisfying and Financially Successful FxMed Practice

1:00:30 | Nov 9th, 2016

Everyone is abuzz with Functional Medicine these days- the IFM Certification process is humming along, and record numbers of clinicians are making the transition to this amazing and satisfying practice. But what about the business of FxMed? Ahhhh! Da...Show More
Episode 17: Cancer Prevention & Management: A Conversation with Dr. Lise Alschuler

57:55 | Sep 18th, 2016

Dr. Alschuler is a world-renowned expert in integrative oncology. Lise is well-versed in the current literature and has done a remarkable job in translating findings into actionable steps (listen for her approach to the five key bodily pathways in on...Show More
Episode 16: Cancer as a Mitochondrial Metabolic Disease & The Calorie-Restricted Ketogenic Diet

1:04:21 | Aug 1st, 2016

Dr. Seyfried has dedicated his career to changing the way we think about- and therefore treat- cancer. Going back to Otto Warburg and others, couple with newer research Tom and his colleagues are actively conducting, it’s clear that the origin of can...Show More
Episode 14: Taking a Deeper Dive into Eat Fat, Get Thin with Dr. Mark Hyman

39:54 | May 31st, 2016

Science has demonstrated for over a century that fat simply isn’t the macronutrient villain it’s been made out to be. Join me and Dr. Mark Hyman as we spend some time discussing his new NYT best-selling book Eat Fat, Get Thin. We drill down into the ...Show More
Episode 13: Functional Dentistry and the Oral-Systemic Connection with Dr. Mark Burhenne, DDS

53:37 | Apr 11th, 2016

The oral-systemic disease connection has long been established (recall older recommendations for prophylactic antibiotics before dental work in individuals with endocarditis or joint implants), but with the emerging data on the oral microbiome, new a...Show More
Episode 12: Always Hungry? A Conversation with David Ludwig, MD PhD

46:04 | Mar 7th, 2016

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is Founding Director of the Op...Show More
Episode 11: DUTCH: A Novel (and useful!) Urinary Hormone Test with Mark Newman

51:58 | Feb 9th, 2016

As a clinician measuring urine, serum and salivary hormone levels in my patients routinely, I’ve always got questions around which testing method is the best. Thus, I was excited to chat with Mark Newman and pick his brain on all things hormone test...Show More
Episode 10: The History (& Future) of Functional Medicine: with IFM Co-Founder, Dr. Jeff Bland

58:41 | Jan 17th, 2016

JEFFREY S. BLAND, PhD, FACN, CNS, is an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field. He co-founded of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 and is known to many as the “father of functional medicine.” Over the past 35 ...Show More
Episode 9: The Functional Medicine Health Coach with Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum

47:08 | Dec 20th, 2015

Imagine: You’re a busy FxMed clinician, working overtime treating, educating and supporting your patients as they transition to a new state of health. It’s exciting, and you’re inspired to be practicing medicine in a way you never thought possible. B...Show More
Episode 8: Functional Psychiatry with Bob Hedaya, MD

56:14 | Dec 12th, 2015

According to Dr. Bob Hedaya, it’s malpractice NOT to use functional medicine when practicing psychiatry. ALL of the nodes on the Functional Medicine Matrix [gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune, toxicity, nutritional status and especially psychologica...Show More
Episode 7: From Cell to Soul with Dr. Sara Gottfried

1:00:15 | Nov 14th, 2015

From Cell to Soul: A Functional Approach to Women’s Hormone Management with Sara Gottfried, MD. Dr. Sara Gottfried has elegantly distilled her years of clinical experience and thousands of patient contacts into a user-friendly body of knowledge for ...Show More
Episode 6: Enacting an Elimination Diet: Tips for Patients, Clinicians with Jennifer Fugo

55:34 | Oct 13th, 2015

One of the cornerstone tools of functional medicine is the elimination diet, be it a straightforward gluten/dairy free plan, or an involved, customized removal of many different foods. On top of this, we want our patients to choose clean, organic sou...Show More
Episode 5: Osteoporosis- Metabolic Disease of the Bone with Dr. Keith McCormick

53:32 | Sep 6th, 2015

As a former Olympian and current Iron Man triathlete, (he qualified for the world championship in Hawaii this year!) Dr. Keith McCormick was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at 45 years old. His own healing journey lead him to become a world expert...Show More
Episode 4: Natural Cures for Dummies - with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Dr. Banks

58:46 | Aug 12th, 2015

Just released April, 2015, Natural Cures for Dummies is a superb survey of all things Natural Medicine. In this podcast, Dr. Banks and I cover a ton of content: The book, appropriate diets, including the elimination diet and the perils of gluten, we ...Show More
Episode 3: The Oral Microbiome - with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS

57:23 | Jul 6th, 2015

The oral microbiome is an important part of the gut microbiome and tending to its balance should a routine part of any good “gut protocol.” Indeed, dysbiosis of the oral microbiome (and a leaky oral mucosa) might be key underlying imbalances in path...Show More
Episode 2: Air Pollution with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Winston Cardwell

58:54 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Dr. Winston Cardwell’s podcast: best home mold testing, laboratory testing for toxin exposures, best air filtration systems, home cleaning products, “green” building materials, “green” flooring sources and much more!
Episode 1-Chronic Pelvin Pain with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Jessica Drummond

47:40 | May 15th, 2015

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP), including interstitial cystitis, chronic UTI, myofascial pain, pelvic floor pain, dyspareunia is a common, underappreciated problem in women. Indeed, one study looking at primary care practices found pelvic pain an issue in...Show More