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Advanced Supplement Pearls for Practitioners


I am so excited to share this Facebook Live and THESE POWERFUL PEARLS of functional medicine with you. At SAFM we honor that scientific knowledge is always evolving. That’s why we are always revising our content in light of new research findings.

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Supplements are a provocative topic! Due to popular demand, we are revisiting this topic of Supplements and taking it to a new level. Catch the previous video hereTargeted nutrient or therapeutic supplementation can indeed be a powerful tool. But there are some common mistakes that we see practitioners make over and over again.

In this video, you will learn about ADVANCED (and not so common) pearls about Supplementation and some good old-fashioned myth busting! 

Are you confident in some of the advanced concepts of this arena? 

Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new that you can apply right away in your practice. 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:

  • What lowly herb will boost cortisol function *and* address the excessive testosterone often at play in PCOS?
  • What mistake in the supplement aisle to counter acid reflux might make hypertension worse?
  • A powerful food extract that helps insomnia and also ADHD (and yes, it’s safe for kids!)
  • What’s an often-missed additive to candida overgrowth protocols that can minimize die-off symptoms?
  • A powerful option for estrogen metabolism is often misused – and can make symptoms worse
  • By far the biggest mistake I see savvy practitioners make when using B-complex supplements
  • And much, much more!


Thank you very much for joining in the fun and learning!

With warmth, love, and gratitude to you for sharing your gifts with so many –

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12 Questions for “Advanced Supplement Pearls for Practitioners”

  1. 8
    Angela Smith says:

    So what do you do if a woman with PCOS has leaky gut? Can you still give them licorice?

  2. 7
    Keira Coverdale says:

    Is there a transcript for this?

    • 7.1
      SAFM Team says:

      Thanks for joining us! No, we don’t provide transcripts for FB Live sessions, only for internal SAFM courses.

  3. 6
    Dawn Auletta says:

    I really enjoyed this, answered many of the supplement questions and piqued my interest more.
    Thank you for being so passionate about sharing your knowledge!

  4. 5
    Michelle says:

    Thank you Tracy for a wonderfully informative webinar. So packed with great information. I was especially interested to know how high levels of calcium intake without taking k2 can lead to excess build up of calcium in the arteries. Thanks again for all the wonderful pearls. I will definitely rewatch the webinar.


    Michelle Hanson

  5. 4
    Linda K Puder Puder says:

    Want to thank Tracy again and say that I loved the natural response to vaginal health and yeast overgrowth
    and itch…thank YOU

  6. 3
    Tracey Powers says:

    For someone with high fibrinogen with no other inflammation markers being out of optimal range, do you see results/recommend high vitamin C (i.e. 4-8,000mg/day buffered containing GMS-ribose) to reduce fibrinogen?

    thank you!

    • 3.1
      SAFM Team says:

      Yes, actually vitamin C has a good track record as being effective in supporting healthy levels of fibrinogen. Fibrinogen is an important clotting factor that gets elevated in the times of stress as the body prepares itself for potential healing and repair, just like cholesterol(!). Thus, one of the first steps as part of the big picture support for a person who has consistently higher levels of fibrinogen is to help them get out of the sympathetic dominant state.
      This as a good overview of what plays into the fibrinogen dynamic:
      Also, as a deeper dive into the Vit C and its mechanism of action on clotting this study investigated the effect of vitamin C on measures of hemostasis that have been associated with cardiovascular risk:

  7. 2
    Dawn Cordone says:

    Would like to know more about MTHFR. I don’t understand the methylation process. My daughter is MTHFR and having issues with borderline elevated blood pressure and I would like to understand the process more so I can recommend something other than a blood pressure pill.

    • 2.1
      SAFM Team says:

      MTHFR is a gene that encodes an important enzyme that allows the body to process folate. Here are a couple of good resources to read about the process and the mutation:
      Please keep in mind that being heterozygous (-/+), or even homozygous (+/+) for either MTHFR variant doesn’t mean that a person has issues with folate metabolism and this should be verified with additional lab work, such as homocysteine levels, serum folate and B12 levels, or better yet, with organic acid testing (FiGlu and MMA).
      When there are concerns about blood pressure, I’d explore broader root causes than just zeroing on the MTHFR SNP:
      – does this person have insulin resistance
      – are their magnesium levels replete
      – are they in a sympathetic nervous mode or a parasympathetic nervous mode most of the time
      – are there any metabolic/sex hormone imbalances
      – what’s their electrolyte balance; thinking about sodium/potassium in particular
      There’s a lot that can be done with lifestyle changes even without any supplements if the person is willing to do the work.

  8. 1
    Ellen says:

    Is vitamin B helpful for insomniacs? I’m thinking about my aunt who has struggled with this for years. Your webinar was very informative thank you very much.


    Ellen Adams

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