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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!

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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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    Nancy Dougherty says:

    Loved this session! I loved learning about the interconnectivity of all systems in the body and the functional medicine approach of puzzle piecing symptoms with health histories to look for the root cause of “dis-eases”. I liked the practical approach of first looking at sleep, stress reduction, crap food, hydration, and toxins as initial life style change opportunities. Also, fascinated by how often the root cause of disease can be in the gut. Cannot wait to take the 101 semester and learn more!!!!!!!!!

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    Debra says:

    First I have to thank you for your web talk today. You are so energetic and I can tell that you really enjoy doing what you do. So encouraging and inspirational.

    I love that you stress the basics first and not to jump into something specific. I also loved that you stress listening instead of always speaking. Most of the time the client will give you answers to questions before you even ask them.

    I have been a RN for 27 years and now into health coaching. I have seen our “healthcare crisis” for too long. It extends to everyone and everywhere. Its very difficult to treat the end stage disease. We have to focus on healing and teaching people to care about and for themselves and their loved ones.

    I myself have many allergies and have been working on my diet and health for many years. I also had to watch my mother in law get very ill and pass away from the end stage organ failure as a result of having Diabetes and not taking care of herself. She was just 70 years old. She would still be with us had she taken care of herself all those years ago. I don’t want anyone to suffer the way she did. I want to help as many people as I can!

    Thanks again.

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    Dana J Camera says:

    Thank you for these pearls! What I found most fascinating was that having Type II diabetes leads to a decrease or clinically low digestive enzymes, I’ve never heard that fact and it makes so much sense!
    I’m so excited to start this course, someone was looking out for me, my family and my clients!

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    Laura Hutchens says:

    Thank you so much Tracy. I am in love with functional medicine, the pearl today was to learn more about the side effects of medications in the body. Warfarin can cause calcification of arteries after long term use. Happy New Year! Hugs from Massachusetts! ????????????

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    Maria Trevino says:

    Great information!! I am so excited to start a new learning phase in my life. I am currently a health coach and would like to learn more about thyroid, diabetes and how to read labs. I can’t wait to start a fundamentals.

  6. 135
    Jennifer Smallwood says:

    Your pearls are always jam packed and I can’t get enough of them!! How important to remember the basics when we feel overwhelmed or not knowing where to start because the obvious to us may not be obvious to others! I love the reminder to ask clients questions and see what their awareness/intuition is telling them. What do they know about what is going on for them and their bodies? Thank you so much for being willing to be different and generous in sharing all of this information with us! How does it get any better?

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    Dawn sugg says:

    Functional medicine approached needs to br taught to all nee practitioners; such as myself. In followinf FM work and reading the evolution of medicine it seem so clear as to what we need to do. However in facing clinicals, its just so far from it. Its daunting but is such a passion of mine. I hope to someday complete FM training so I can join the movement!

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    Stephanie Goode says:

    I loved everything you talked about today! It was complete confirmation for me! First, you confirmed things I know I need to do for myself like take my own advice and de-stress, get more rest and many things will fall into place. Second that I’m on track with others and third, I need this course! So I signed up and I cannot wait to start and deepen my knowledge so that I can better help my clients! So good! Thank you for sharing so many of your “pearls” with us!

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    Alissabeth says:

    Great reminders to not skip over the most basic things that need to be addressed. I love the analogy of the puzzle. It’s so interesting to hear the interconnectedness of disease processes and interesting how so much of what we deal with is the gut! As you were talking, I could think of names of individuals who are dealing with each issue and could use the help of addressing it. A great reminder to let the client give their input and that they have the power to control their situation and give input. Thanks for your pearls of wisdom!

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    Melissa Cornett Bock says:

    I watched this twice! Imagine! Interconnectedness being a thing! I still can’t figure out how our western medicine has become so compartmentalized. Little to no true investigation for root cause, throwing medications at symptoms, and the untoward effects of this. I learned such a wonderful biggest of info on insulin that has never been taught or presented like this in nursing school. I’ve learned so much already just listening to these videos, it has me craving more! The gut, inflammation and pain….I see this every day! I work in psychiatry and have become so disillusioned with the whole practice, medications…with most of my patients having such poor nutrition, lack of knowledge, enormous medical problems and the plethora of medications they take, I begin to feel like I’m fighting a fire with a glass of water. So much going on, not a lot of time to investigate and lack of education and engagement from patients. To learn how to assess from a functional medicine perspective seems like the way to go, the only way to go. I think this is how western medicine model needs to be taught!

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    Tiffany says:

    I think was resonates with me most is the idea of getting to the root causes versus just treating the symptoms. It pains me to see patients that aren’t more involved with their care. It’s time for revolution! It’s time to empower our patients to live their best lives. This is the solution and I am so glad that thought leaders like Tracy are sharing this message far and wide!

  12. 129
    Nicole Nachtegaele says:

    Wow! I love every video and webinar that you have! I love the pearls and learn so much every time Iisten! I can’t wait for the one on Tuesday!

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    Rebekka Maestre says:

    Thank you Tracy!
    I have a client who I am quite certain is suffering from thyroid dysfunction as she has many classic symptoms such as constipation, losing eyebrows, thinning hair, lethargy. I asked her to if she could get a full thyroid panel but told me that her Kaiser endocrinologist won’t give a full panel a thumbs up as her last test over a year ago was all WNL. Grrrrr! She’s a teacher on limited budget and I have optimized to the best of my knowledge her sleeping and most of her eating though she won’t completely let go of all gluten and dairy (though I did get her to go organic on those accounts). Anyway, I don’t know if a comment is required or if I just need to rant a bit. 🙂

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    Kaitlyn Cooney says:

    As a Nurse Practitioner, I have recently started to consider the transition to Functional Medicine. I find each day I become increasingly interested in treating the root cause of medical conditions and diseases. I recently spoke with someone who completely the school of applied functional medicine and now works closely with Tracy. She suggested I look further into the school and I sure am glad I watched this video.

    There wasn’t a part of this video that didn’t spark some sort of interest in me. From the information on diabetes to the value of sleep and diet to stress reduction. Diabetes is SO much more than just a numbers game. It’s also amazing the effect that gut health can have on everything. I also learned the importance of taking a complete history which is so important when trying to treat someone and to help get to the root of their problem. I have over and over again seen medications and treatments recommended that don’t address the underlying issue but instead serve as a bandaid and lead to other problems.

    I think functional medicine is the way of the future. As I spoke about with Jodi, your passion for what you do is overflowing in this video. I would love to start my journey and be a part of this movement. I hope to spread the word to those everywhere of how vital this information is!!

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    Stephanie Krol says:


    Thank you for the opportunity to qualify for tuition reimbursement! Pick me, pick me! 🙂

    That said, two items that inspired me the most from your talk were: 1. Your interpretation of drugs as triage and 2. The way in which you explained the interconnectedness of drugs and how to off set negative impact on the body.

    Honestly, both were fascinating as I am the type of person that can get into reading on Functional Medicine and look up and its been an hour or more.

    So, your interpretation of item one from my list above, actually well 1. Really caught my attention and 2. Expanded my thinking relative to drugs a lot. I have always been an anti-drug person (DARE generation), but based on what you said, I have shifted my thoughts on drugs to exactly what you said.

    I have worked with clients, with upwards of 12 medications, and have never been truly comfortable talking/explaining against drugs or against traditional medicine due to most folks mindset, however, each area does just have their specific area of concentration, but what you said really made sense and allowed me to positively place all three topics into a new way of simplifying understanding, that I can use to positively talk about why, how they interact, etc. and you truly expanded my thinking, so thanks a lot for that!

    And, 2. The interconnection of medications and how to offset the negative effects relative to degradation of b12 for the diabetes drug metformin for example. That item in itself and learning that same content relative to all drugs, can truly have such a major positive impact on a persons life. (Wow!)

    This is my second career and two decades later, having started out in clinical psychology, then actually going into Higher Education for the last two decades, I feel like I have found my true passion (helping people enjoy life) and my true interest (functional medicine) and therefore, my calling for the rest of my life!

    I started out getting my Certified Health and Wellness Coaching certification from Wellcoaches, as I wanted to be taken seriously since it was said to be the gold standard for health and wellness coaching due to the affiliation with Harvard, the required BA in a health science field and the accreditations, given I have a few traditional degrees, but I felt personally limited in my scope as I am used to running in 20 different directions and finding enjoyment in the balance of them all. I also felt I was lacking the authority I had felt from my previous career and when I found your program, I said, that’s it!

    My original interest was Functional Medicine, but I couldn’t find a program at the time and didn’t want to get another doctorate to qualify to be a Functional Medicine Doctor and really wanted to continue working from home.

    However, now with the solid coaching education I got from Wellcoaches, I will be able to help my clients sustain meaningful change and now with the education from you, I will be able to add, the identification of root causes and healing rather than putting a bandaid on their health issue and another drug, until another one is added, then another, etc.

    Thank you again for the opportunity and pick me, pick me! I cannot wait to truly help and change people’s lives who have been told, “oh thats just getting old,” or “there’s nothing wrong with you, your blood tests are great” as thats what happened to me, so I know first hand the relief I can bring to others and I am so excited to get started!

    Thank you!

    Stephanie Krol

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    Kim says:

    I found it all very interesting and a reiteration of my IIN studies as well as my own studies since my course ended. I am very interested in the digestive enzyme info as I have been studying them in regards to helping cancer patients. I have been following Dr. Nicolas Gonzales on the subject for some time now. And I was also interested in the information about the thyroid as I myself have just had to conquer Graves Disease and wound up realizing hiw much more stress causes problems then I originally realized. Overall awesome info makes me want to learn more and more!

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    Jill Connelly says:

    Almost overwhelming the amount of great information. But as always, we need to not get too far away from the basics of stress, sleep, toxins, poor nutrition, etc. I would love to be able to help my clients with their more personal issues that aren’t so easily resolved with looking at just the basics. I love all your content!

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    Olga Manguno says:

    This was a very informative session and especially love the simple language Tracey used. Several things resonated with me however it is clear to hear from someone of Tracey’s experience what the 3 main root causes of disease are: crap food, stress and toxins. So simple and so true. I wish more education was available in schools for the young people to understand that they need to take better care of themselves. Thank you again!

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    Jamie Turpin says:

    Great presentation!

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      Jamie Turpin says:

      Sent that before I finished. After listening to you and your pearls of wisdom, I always wish the information could be broadcast-ed to the entire medical community! If only everyone thought the same way. Thanks again for all valuable information on living our best life and sharing with others.

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    Kara Foster says:

    The single pearl from today is more of a big picture gain, so I hope that counts. I’ve watched all your intro videos and already begun skimming the student library. I can’t get enough of this info! But each time I listen to you speak, info tidbits I already hold in my brain, suddenly, begin to weave together in a new way. It’s like the gymnastics instructor who was able to break down the movement in a way that I, then, understood the value of the individual progressions. Your ability to “back it up”, so to speak, and then connect the dots between biology, physiology, environmental factors and even medications is a gift to health coaches, like me, seeking to serve clients better and more effectively right this minute.

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