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The Learning Center is an educational resource library to help clinicians incorporate integrative and functional medicine into practice.  New content is published all the time, so check back often!
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Vitamin D and Vitamin E

Dr. Richard Lord

Dr. Richard Lord discusses laboratory evaluations for synthetic vitamins. The discussion focuses on the differences between Vitamins D3 and D2, and 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid (5-MTHF) and Unmetabolized Folic Acid (UMFA).

A Case Report of a 53-Year-Old Female with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis: Focus on Lab Testing and CAM Therapies

Kara Fitzgerald, ND - Alternative Medicine Review

In this case, the patient presented with inflammatory arthritis of almost seven years’ duration. She described the pain in her hands, wrists, and elbows as frequently unbearable, rating it 8/10 to 10/10, with 10 being the highest level of pain.

Clinical Toxicity of Volatile Solvents and the Gulf Oil Spill

Richard Lord, PhD

A one hour webinar focusing on volatile solvents and the gulf oil spill. The last 15 minutes of the webinar are dedicated to a question and answer session.

The Effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Weight Loss and How to Mitigate Them

Elizabeth Redmond, PhD, MMSc, RD and Terry Pollock, MS -

Research now indicates that a patient's levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) should be evaluated prior to weight loss. Because POPs are stored in body fat, weight loss can generate significant releases of toxicants into the body.

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Evaluating Environmental Effects on the Body's Biochemistry and Cancer

Todd LePine, MD

This presentation explores the impact of environmental toxins on the body's metabolism. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market that we are exposed to, with the added insult of combined exposures being more toxic to the body. Metametrix testing is explored and various analytes are explained as markers for toxicity.

ION Profile in Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Very high quinolinate & picolinate signal strong activation of the kynurenine pathway, secondary to cell-mediated immune activation. Over-stimulation of the kynurenine pathway can diminish tryptophan levels to the point that T-cell responses are inhibited, leading to poor prognosis in leukemia patients.

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President's Cancer Panel: Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk

National Cancer Institute: President's Cancer Panel -

With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action.

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Mineral Testing and Osteoporosis

This is a case study involving a postmenopausal woman with osteoporosis. The case illustrates how whole blood minerals and toxic metals testing can give clues to causes of osteoporosis and help with supplement recommendations.

High 2-methylhippurate and Low Sulfate

Xylene exposure found in elevated levels of 2-methylhippurate and low levels of sulfate.

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Chlorinated Pesticides: Threats to Health and Importance of Detection

Walter Crinnion, ND - Alternative Medicine Review

Persistence of banned chlorinated pesticides in the environment poses an ongoing threat to health. Eight of the most commonly found and harmful chlorinated pesticides are reviewed in this article, along with the most common sources of exposure and possible action steps.

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