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The Power of Functional Medicine Interconnectedness


I am so excited to share this Facebook Live and THESE POWERFUL PEARLS of functional medicine with you.  At SAFM we teach our students to be both confident and highly skilled at “puzzle piecing” and finding the interconnectedness between pieces of each patient’s unique case. In this presentation, I’ll share a few staples but also a number of unexpected connections which will likely surprise you!

Check out this video to get some clinical pearls you can use in your practice right away.  You’ll learn:

  • Example of unexpected connection in Arthritis, Autoimmune disease, and Type 2 diabetes (Ha – I bet you’re surprised!)
  • The Classic Mistake many practitioners are making about Rapid Relief and Root Causes (Are you doing it too?)
  • Most commonly missed impacts of medications
  • Alarming examples of where the typical remedy is actually making the disease process worse (Yes, worse)
  • Where to start when nothing seems to fit together?!? (Yep, we’ve all been there before)

Please add a comment below to share what most resonated with you in this video or feel free to ask a clarifying question. I am very interested in what you think.

Thanks very much for joining in the fun and learning!

If you are not yet a student of SAFM and have questions, you may find more information about the Core 101 Semester Program here.  Or click here and we can happily arrange for you to speak with an SAFM graduate about our program and how it may help you in your specific situation. SAFM is definitely not for everyone. But it may indeed be the next step you are looking for that will Change Everything!

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





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215 Questions for “The Power of Functional Medicine Interconnectedness”

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    Becca Moss says:

    Hi Tracy,

    I was unable to join the live Facebook video and would love to watch and comment before the deadline tonight. Is there a way to do this? Checked my video settings/etc and all looks good on my end.

    Thanks so much!


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    Amy Ray says:

    Thanks for all the great info! I found it interesting that there is a connection between, insulin/DM and decreased digestive enzymes. I know if many other issues with metformin, but did not know that it also depleted Vit B12. Again, thanks for the pearls!

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    Mark Cunningham says:

    Wish I could afford this now! Functional medicine is the future!

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    Jane Harper says:

    Tracy, I was so impressed today! You’ve made a fan out of me. I was especially pleased with the way you broke down the idea of sleep, stress, and processed food-like substances as the low-hanging fruit that can make early results possible.

    I was also pleased to hear you be inclusive about the various kinds of practitioner who have a place in functional medicine. This wasn’t clear the last time I heard you speak (and as a nurse practitioner with a nutrition PhD I have a vested interest.)

    I look forward to being able to study with you and your team, and I have started saving up for a future semester. Thanks for being here!

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    Katie Creedon says:

    I always am eager to hear what Tracey teaches and, being trained as an NP in conventional medicine, i often feel overwhelmed with how my training has not encompassed this! I work with elderly who have very poor health and multiple chronic conditions. The idea of being able to reverse these is the most motivating factor for me. What you spoke of in regards to medication use (lasix and warfarin, for example) really resonated with me, as most of my patients are on one or both. I’m excited to keep learning and making changes in my practice for thschedule betterment of the patient.

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    Jeanette says:

    I found so many interesting pearls during this video lecture – wow! I loved the jig saw puzzle analogy for seeing the inter-connectiveness of body systems and how simply addressing the simple fundamentals of sleep, stress, and food can show marked improvement in their condition. I was also intrigued by the topic of thyroid dysfunction and how a sluggish thyroid can cause sluggish metabolism, movement of bile, digestive enzyme output, and sluggish cognitive function. I also learned new pearls in the topic of type 2 diabetes when the pancreas decreases production of insulin as it goes into a protective mode and less digestive enzymes may be made leading to pathogenic overgrowth and a potential increase in food allergies & sensitivity. I was also blown away by the topic of joint pain and how a fundamental root cause may reside in the gut whereby antibodies from food/microbes/toxins can build up and get trapped in joints causing inflammation. Lastly, I enjoyed learning about medications and there potential long-term effects in the body. Thanks so much for a wonderful educational video – I learned so much and would love to be part of your upcoming class. I appreciate all you do!

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    Shika says:

    The whole lecture on how things are interconnected was so fascinating.
    I learnt so much I don’t even know where to start from. However how prolonged use of medication can cause certain nutrient depletion and lead to more problems in the long run was such an eye opener. Thank you so much.

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    Sara Robl says:

    Thank you for a great presentation. The LPS fibromyalgia/psoriasis connection was very interesting to me.
    Another indication for bile salts!

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    Heather Battaglia says:

    HI Tracy!
    Thank you for the great information session today! I watched while I making a huge batch homemade pasta sauce for canning.
    I was surprised to learn that incorporating a digestive enzyme into a person with type 2 diabetes could be helpful. And that joint inflammation is often related to the gut and what your eating. That had me paying attention because, my elbow has been bothering me the last couple days and I have been eating more potatoes then usual. I made some homemade potato soup. I finished off the soup tonight so it will be interesting to see if the pain goes away in the next day or so.
    Thank you for this opportunity to enter into the drawing!

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    Marie Powers says:

    Wonderful and informative video Tracy. What resonates with me most is that much of what is going on in the body – arthritis, fibromyalgia, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc. all relates to core and very controllable issues such as sleep, stress, toxins, hydration. In my case, I have gone back to those core issues to correct symptoms in my own body and am seeing a big improvement. What I find, though, is that asking my clients to make lifestyle changes and to eliminate certain foods temporarily or get 7 -8 hours of sleep per day is not well received. Even those asking me for help really do want some profound answer and not basics. They may eventually need some type of intervention and testing, but I think we would have a clearer picture once they start nourishing their body, spirit and soul properly with good, nourishing food, sleep, water, stress relief practices, and balanced movement. I truly appreciate your approach of asking your clients what they feel is holding them back or what they feel may be part of the problem. The only way they will buy into correcting the basics first is if they recognize the problem/solution. Although I am a Personal Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor, too often I take the authoritative route and tell them what they need to do. Obviously it doesn’t happen! :I) As a Wellness Coach, I know I need to let them get back in touch with their body and spirit and intuition. I am working hard on that! My passion in life is to help people to bloom and blossom, to reach their greatest potential. That gives me the greatest fulfillment and then I love to watch them as they share the knowledge and healing they have received. Finances are such that I could not afford at this time to take the Applied Functional Medicine Course. It would be a blessing to be able to participate in SAFM, so I ask you to consider this entry. Blessings to you. Thank you for continuing to do what you do. You are a lifesaver to many and have exponentially expanded your reach by teaching others and passing along your knowledge, but especially your insight.

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    Margo says:

    Even after studying with you for 2 years, I always manage to learn something new… who knew joints were the trash bins of the body?

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    Kim Lemberg says:

    Another great video with lots of wisdom and pearls!
    I loved crap food, toxins, and stress to start with the fundamentals. Also, the information on sleep and hydration too. Your analogy on the jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces to that puzzle to just start with the border or the flat pieces first, instead of going directly into the most complicated piece for this makes perfect sense!

    I even learned something about my own health when your were speaking on Thyroid and it’s symptoms, it was like you were directly talking to me and recommend a full thyroid panel to be done every year.

    All the information on joint pain, toxins, and the gut was very interesting as I may not of put that connection together. I really love learning and I can never get enough of it. Even if I do not win the drawling for the free semester, I will continue to listen to all your future videos. I will be going back to listen again to today’s video. Great stuff! Thanks again Tracy!

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    Kimberly Jennings says:

    I’m loving everything that I’m learning about Functional Medicine. You hit on many things (crap food, sleep, toxins and stress) that I was just preaching to my father about his RA and now new BP this afternoon. I’m a new FNP (actually start my new job this coming Monday! Yay!), and I look forward to starting my AFM journey in the future so that I can apply it in my current practice to help my patients further.

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    Achina Stein says:

    I was intrigued about LPS and it’s connection to psoriasis and would love to know more. You touched on the gallbladder and it’s connection to digestion and chronic illness that was INtriguing. I’ve been practicing functional medicine for five years and there is always so much to learn.

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    Janine says:

    Love these videos and the information shared. I appreciate that you really do break things down into simple and manageable bites. I think it is an important message when we are dealing with clients to start with the fundamentals of food, sleep and stress and work from there. Thanks again for sharing this information freely.

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    Jeff Cohlmia says:

    Thank you so much Tracy for those insights. I can tell you as a corrective exercise specialist, I have many clients who over train their bodies and put themselves in a stress response. They end up becoming hypothyroid, even though they don’t know it, and subsequently cannot lose body fat due to the fact they are catabolic. Overtraining is a big problem in the field of fitness, as much or more as being sedentary is in the general population. There is a proper dose of exercise, just as there is in medications and supplementation, and it is the individual who gets the proper dose of exercise just right that will thrive optimally. Also, thank you for reminding us how the little things like chewing your food and getting the proper amount of water can be simple but oh so impactful.

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    Tony says:

    Great content! All your vids and posts are great! Functional medicine and nutrition saved my life! Looking forward to learning as much as I can to help others. Keep rockin!

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    Michelle Wood says:

    A light bulb moment!

    During the FaceBook Live event today on the Interconnectedness of Functional Medicine, the pieces of my professional puzzle FINALLY felt like they are coming together. As a trained RN, I have always felt that there is a BIG problem with conventional medicine. Too many patients suffering from dis-ease who are in the dark on what to do next. Many who would like to find a healthier way of living that do not know where to turn. Many who do not understand the Conventional Medical system and find themselves lost amongst the millions of others who are working their way through the health system feeling alone. As a natural advocate, I have wanted to do more, to know more about the ROOT causes of dis-ease and to help those who get “lost” find their way to optimal wellness so that they can live their best life. (This is just not taught in depth in nursing school!). TODAY was the day that it all came together. The flow of thought, the ease of explanation that I KNOW I will be able to adapt into my coaching practice. This course will be a GAME CHANGER for those whom I have the pleasure of serving. My goals on completion of this first step into Functional Medicine will be to soak up the knowledge, to look deeper into the “up stream” clues and manifestations, and most importantly, to provide tools and infuse wisdom into my clients so that they will have the confidence to engage with their healthcare providers so that their own health puzzle is put together in timely and resourceful manner. I am excited for the opportunity to learn with the School of Applied Functional Medicine and look forward for class starting in just a few weeks. This gift of a paid Semester 101 course, is indeed the small pebble that will start a much larger ripple in a pond full of potential. I would be honored to be selected and would pay this gift forward ten fold.

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    Pamela George says:

    Thank you Tracy for another amazing and extremely insightful webinar. There were so many things I took away from today’s webinar but I especially loved the practical information regarding the first 3 things we all need to look at with our clients…..sleep, stress and crap foods! They seem so simple and yet are so important in the big health picture. I also found the connection between gut health and arthritis and other “itis’s” very interesting. I am beginning to piece together that the gut IS at the root of all diseases, regardless of where the symptoms show themselves.

    Thank you again Tracy for your always informative and interesting webinars! I can’t wait to start to dig even deeper during the class.

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    Dan Rosenthal says:

    Amazing how gut health plays a key role in everything. Most people have no idea…truely amazing.

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