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Hypothyroidism and Bones

November 17, 2020 | No Comments | Greg Dawson

 “Sluggish thyroid, sluggish anything; maybe sluggish everything”. Even sluggish bones! Practitioners know that hyperthyroidism can negatively affect bone density – increasing the risk for both osteopenia and osteoporosis. But few understand that hypothyroidism can also play a powerful role in these dysfunctions. Think about it. Hypothyroidism is rampant. Especially when subclinical. With the inadequate […]

Poor Gut – Poor Bones

November 11, 2020 | No Comments | Greg Dawson

 Yes, disease begins in the gut. Again.  I’m sure you’ve heard of LPS and IL-6. But you might be surprised at their direct impact on systemic diseases, including long-term bone health! Check out this clinical tip video for details. Like the rest of the body, bones go through a life-long cycle of resorption and […]

Powerful Practitioner Pearls for Bone Health

November 4, 2020 | 157 Comments | Cheryl Wooster

Hi! Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video about Powerful Practitioner Pearls for Bone Health. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away. Here are some of the things we’ll be discussing: The […]

Stress and Bone Health

October 28, 2020 | 3 Comments | Greg Dawson

A link between stress and bone loss?  You bet. Check out this clinical tip for a deep dive on the mechanisms of this all-too-common dynamic. Practitioners know that exogenous glucocorticoid prescriptions are associated with a notable increase in fractures and appreciable reductions in bone density. Logic would dictate that elevations in endogenous glucocorticoids would carry […]

Biggest Levers for Weight Loss

October 14, 2020 | No Comments | Greg Dawson

(This is another rich, sample entry from our Q&A Treasure chest, a database with hundreds of entries to support students with their patient and client work.  Unlimited access is included as part of our Core 101 Semester program.) Student Question: What are the most common dynamics in the body that prevent people from losing weight?  What can […]

Weight Loss Myths and Truths Through the Functional Medicine Lens

October 7, 2020 | 199 Comments | Greg Dawson

Hi! Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video about Weight Loss Myths and Truths Through the Functional Medicine Lens. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away. Here are some of the things […]

Reverse T3 and the Body Preventing Weight Loss, on Purpose

October 2, 2020 | 12 Comments | SAFM Team

We have highlighted many times the powerful role that hormones play in controlling weight loss, especially thyroid hormone.  So often when we are trying to support patients with weight loss, we are focused on minor factors and missing the major impact of hormones. There were many excellent, follow-up questions from practitioners about thyroid labwork and […]

Key Reads for Progressive Practitioners

September 2, 2020 | 2 Comments | Greg Dawson

Do you have a list of books you recommend Practitioners read to enhance their knowledge and confidence? Always looking to improve my library and extend my learning.  Thanks! Yes, of course!  Here are some of my favorites: The Healthy Deviant by Pilar Gerasimo. Finally!  A book that deeply explores a truth we teach at SAFM every […]

SAFM Top 30 Clinical Pearls for Practitioners

August 26, 2020 | 2 Comments | Greg Dawson

This is a list I don’t want you to miss! It’s the SAFM Top 30 Clinical Pearls for Practitioners, a potent list of foundational, functional medicine truths that is constantly evolving. I suggest you print it out and have it handy – on your office wall or your desktop – for ready reference when you […]

Top Patterns of Disease: What Functional Practitioners Are Missing Most

August 19, 2020 | 164 Comments | Greg Dawson

Hi! Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video about Top Patterns of Disease: What Functional Practitioners Are Missing Most. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away. Here are some of the things […]