In this podcast Drs. Jeff Bland and Kara Fitzgerald discuss the origins of Functional Medicine, how it has evolved over the years, and how technology has advanced the way data is collected, influencing the lives of many clinicians today, on a global scale. This remarkable conversation takes us on a journey through Functional Medicine yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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Originally posted February 2016 on the New Frontiers in Functional Medicine Podcast Series you can find it at www.drkarafitzgerald.com/fxmed-podcast/
Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS, is an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field. He co-founded of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 and is known to many as the “father of functional medicine.” Dr. Bland was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthComm International, a global company that became a leader in the development of medical foods, Chief Science Officer of Metagenics, Inc., and President of MetaProteomics, where he led a research team of more than 100 scientists in studying metabolic factors associated with chronic diseases.
A biochemist by training, Dr. Bland is a Fellow of the both the American College of Nutrition, where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Bland served as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980’s, working directly with two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, whom he considers his lifelong mentor. Dr. Bland has authored several books about nutritional medicine both for the healthcare professional and for the general public, and he is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry and medicine.
Kara Fitzgerald, ND received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix (now Genova) Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald regularly lectures internationally for several organizations and is in private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.