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Functional Medicine and the Prevention of Breast Cancer Oct 01, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, making this a fitting time to consider this disease and Functional Medicine’s approach in dealing with it, especially steps that can be taken to try to prevent the onset of breast cancer.

But first, some sobering statistics...

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Knowing the Differences between the Two Sep 13, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are two distinct gastrointestinal disorders, but the differences between them can be confusing. While they have many of the same symptoms, they are not the same condition. Consequently, it’s essential...

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Integrative and Functional Medicine Introduction Sep 01, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

Integrative Medicine: An Introduction

In the early years of the 21st century, various alternative forms of medicine have gained increasing popularity as physicians begin taking a more holistic approach to treating their patients, no longer simply concentrating on...

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Functional Medicine and Female Infertility – A Different Approach Jul 26, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

For an individual or a couple, starting a family can be one of the most exciting times in life, but it can also be a very frustrating time if month after month you suffer disappointment in your effort to become pregnant. If that is your situation, rest assured you are far...

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Optimizing Sleep Hygiene: 10 Keys to a Good Night’s Sleep Jul 13, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

What is Sleep Hygiene and How Can You Achieve It?

Before talking about sleep hygiene and how to achieve it, perhaps we first need to emphasize the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep. Stated simply, getting adequate sleep is crucial to maintaining both your...

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Sugar Consumption and Cancer – Is There a Connection? Jul 02, 2021

By Jennifer Engels, MD

You perhaps have heard there’s a connection between sugar consumption and the risk of cancer, and you should avoid all foods that are high in sugar. But is that true? The answer is complicated, and without getting too far into the scientific technicalities,...

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“I was absolutely fascinated,” Engels says, “by this new style of medicine that saw the patient as a whole biological system rather focusing on only one organ system at a time, such as Cardiology. This was a complete paradigm shift from conventional medicine and how I was trained.”