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You've already learned about Functional Medicine and what to expect when working with a Functional Medicine practitioner. Here, we've compiled the "Best of Functional Medicine" from around the web so that you can learn from the experts and become connected to the Functional Medicine patient community.

Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner

Are you looking for an IFM-trained practitioner? Visit our Find a Practitioner listing to search for a Functional Medicine practitioner by location and specialty. 

The following resources will help you prepare for your first office visit:


House Call With Dr. Mark Hyman

In this issue of the House Call Series, IFM Board Chairman Dr. Mark Hyman explains how Functional Medicine can help cure chronic disease. He also describes how you can find a Functional Medicine practitioner. The Huffington Post blog article related to this video can be read here.

Dr. Mark Hyman at TEDMED 2012

Dr. Mark Hyman speaks at the prestigious TEDMED 2012 conference,  saying that unhealthy lifestyles have brought on a social epidemic of "diabesity,"  and community-driven solutions may be the only way out.

The Fantastic Four or "The Disease Detectives"

In an episode that aired on January 13, 2012, Dr. Mehmet Oz features the "Fantastic Four of Functional Medicine" whom he also calls the "Disease Detectives." IFM Chairman Mark Hyman, MD, IFM Faculty Member David Perlmutter, MD, along with IFM-trained clinicians Susan Blum, MD, and Wendy Warner, MD, discuss the difference between treating symptoms and treating the root causes of disease.

What is a Functional Medicine Approach to Gluten Allergy?

In an interview with Dr. Oz, IFM-trained clinician Amy Myers, MD, talks about the Functional Medicine approach to gluten allergy. In the episode, Myers recommends that patients find a Functional Medicine doctor to help them find the best treatment strategy if they think they might have a gluten allergy.

Functional Medicine Patient Stories

On World Diabetes Day, writer Amy Lynn Smith shares her story about the power of taking control of her own wellness. Click here to read her story.

From the TEDMED: Examined Lives Series

Quirky Girl blogs about her experience at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

Diana Castaldini writes about the frustrations and rewards of switching to an organic, whole foods diet with the help of IFM faculty member Elizabeth Boham, MD: "Western medicine wasn’t offering me anything other than an Rx to keep symptoms at bay, but what I wanted and needed was healing."

Kathy writes about becoming her own best advocate for health and well being at Journey Into Functional Living.

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Experience Life Magazine

Experience Life magazine featured Functional Medicine in an article entitled "Functional Medicine: A Science Whose Time Come" in their December 2013 issue. Read the article to learn how Functional Medicine compares with conventional medicine, the answers to frequently asked questions about Functional Medicine, and which basic laboratory tests may be offered by a Functional Medicine practitioner.


Download a printable version of the article. To learn more, read Experience Life's six-part series in which Dr. Mark Hyman describes the emerging practice of Functional Medicine and explains how it can improve your well-being.

How We'll Fix Health Care

An article published in The Daily Beast describes Functional Medicine as a movement that could solve the problems we see in health care today. Dr. Mark Hyman, Board Chairman of IFM, who also consults Bill and Hillary Clinton, shares his perspective on the ways in which Functional Medicine differs from conventional medicine.

Read the full article to learn about the role of Functional Medicine in today's changing health care landscape.