Synthesis by Jeffrey Bland
“ We need to listen to the patients' story and develop a response to it. The approach to complex syndromes may be much more profound than just trying to point a round peg into a square hole and get a singular diagnosis. ”
Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD
 

Jan 31, 2012
Statins and Type 2 Diabetes
In this video, Dr. Bland discusses a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine about a correlation between statin use and incidence of Type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. Could interruptions in bioenergetic signaling be a hypothesis for consideration? Here is a link to the article abstract: http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/172/2/144

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Jan 13, 2012
January 2012 FMU Clip #1
Dr. Bland interviews Jake Orville, President & CEO of Cleveland HeartLab, and Dr. Marc Penn, Chief Medical Officer, in this issue.

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Dec 21, 2011
December 2011 FMU Clip #1
Listen to a clip from Dr. Bland's interview with Susan Brienza, Esq., an attorney specializing in regulatory law. The December issue is all about proposed changes to FDA guidelines in regulating dietary supplements.

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Dec 13, 2011
Dr. Jay Lombard Visits Gig Harbor
Jay Lombard, DO, was welcomed into the studio this morning to record an interview for a 2012 issue of Functional Medicine Update. In this clip, Dr. Lombard and Dr. Bland discuss current approaches to helping Alzheimer's patients.

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Dec 6, 2011
Past, Present, and Future of Calorie Restriction
The past, present, and future of calorie restriction (in less than 10 minutes!). Dr. Bland's past as a university professor is clearly evident today!

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Nov 18, 2011
November FMU
The November issue of FMU, featuring Part II of the clinician roundtable discussion, is now available for subscribers to download. Do you think there is (or should be) sacredness in medicine? Listen to Dr. David Jones, President of IFM, describe his experience in the exam room.

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Nov 10, 2011
Epigenetics
Listen to Dr. Bland hail the arrival of some of his favorite subjects in the mainstream media, including a piece this week in The Atlantic about epigenetics: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/11/how-health-and-lifestyle-choices-can-change-your-genetic-make-up/247808/

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Oct 25, 2011
Jay Lombard, DO
Listen to neurologist Jay Lombard, DO, describe his work teaching medical students about communicating with patients. One pearl: “Behavioral change comes about in one of two ways: people either move away from pain or move towards pleasure.”

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Oct 15, 2011
October 2011 FMU
The October issue of FMU is available for subscribers to download. This is a very special issue featuring Part 1 of a roundtable discussion Dr. Bland hosted for a group of experienced functional medicine colleagues. In this clip, listen to Dr. David Jones, President and Chief Science Officer of the Institute for Functional Medicine, describe how he thinks the categories of public health, lifestyle medicine, and functional medicine can be differentiated.

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Sep 29, 2011
September 2011 FMU part 2 feat Gerard Mullin, MD and Kathie Swift, RD part 3
Here's a third clip from the September issue of FMU. The September issue of FMU is now available for subscribers to download. This issue features a dual interview with Gerard Mullin, MD, and Kathie Swift, RD, co-authors of the just-released book The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Tract-Guide-Digestive-Health/dp/1605292648/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316115758&sr=8-1

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Sep 21, 2011
September 2011 FMU part 2 feat Gerard Mullin, MD and Kathie Swift, RD
Second clip from the September issue of FMU. The September issue of FMU is now available for subscribers to download. This issue features a dual interview with Gerard Mullin, MD, and Kathie Swift, RD, co-authors of the just-released book The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Tract-Guide-Digestive-Health/dp/1605292648/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316115758&sr=8-1

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Sep 16, 2011
Happy Birthday Albert Szent-Gyorgyi!
So who was Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and why is Google recognizing his birthday today? He was arguably one of the most creative and important developers of biological chemisty in our era. His span of influence on what we think about life and health was tremendous. Not only a Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine, but for most of us the discoverer of the anti-scurvy factor in foods that he termed "a-scorbutic acid" or ascorbic acid or in common terms, vitamin C. He recognized that what Captain James Cook had employed from the discoveries of his friend and Scottish Naval physician Robert Lind in the 18th century on the prevention of the most dreaded ship board disease scurvy occurred when certain foods were included in the diet of sailors. And so the "limey' was born in the British Naval tradition for their ration of citrus. It was Szent-Gyorgyi that identifed the chemical principle in foods that prevented scurvy, vitamin C, in the 20th century. Beyond this Szent-Gyorgyi created the sense that biochemistry had value in the understanding of the origin of disease and how nutrition could be a field of clinical biochemistry that could be employed to prevent and treat chronic disease. In a sense Szent-Gyorgyi, Linus Pauling and Roger Williams gave birth to the field of "molecular medicine", molecular nutrition, and "nutrigenomics" from which the new medicine of the 21st century is being born where nutrition and nutrient therapy will play an ever increasing role in improving patient outcome with chronic diseases. Happy birthday Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi

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Sep 15, 2011
September 2011 FMU feat Gerard Mullin, MD and Kathie Swift, RD
The September issue of FMU is now available for subscribers to download. This issue features a dual interview with Gerard Mullin, MD, and Kathie Swift, RD, co-authors of the just-released book The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health

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Sep 9, 2011
Kristi Hughes, ND
Friday wisdom: Watch Kristi Hughes, ND, describe her experience practicing lifestyle medicine. This clip is from a roundtable discussion with clinicians Dr. Bland hosted this week

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Sep 8, 2011
FMU August 2011 part 3
The August FMU interview is now available for download! In this issue Dr. Bland interviews Dr. Garth Nicolson. Dr. Nicolson is founder and president of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and was a speaker at the 2011 International Symposium on Functional Medicine. Dr. Nicolson’s research career has focused on cell membrane dynamics and even more specifically on mitochondrial structure. This research has translated to work on understanding a range of chronic conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, AIDS, cancers, and Gulf War illness.

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Aug 30, 2011
Dr. Bland in September issue of Vitamin Retailer
Dr. Bland is featured in the "Back Talk" section on the back cover of the September issue of Vitamin Retailer. The full issue can be read here, Dr. Bland's feature is on page 79.

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Aug 25, 2011
FMU August 2011 part 2
The August FMU interview is now available for download! In this issue Dr. Bland interviews Dr. Garth Nicolson. Dr. Nicolson is founder and president of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and was a speaker at the 2011 International Symposium on Functional Medicine. Dr. Nicolson’s research career has focused on cell membrane dynamics and even more specifically on mitochondrial structure. This research has translated to work on understanding a range of chronic conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, AIDS, cancers, and Gulf War illness.

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Aug 16, 2011
FMU August 2011
The August FMU is now available for subscribers to download. In this issue Dr. Bland interviews Dr. Garth Nicolson. Dr. Nicolson is founder and president of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and was a speaker at the 2011 International Symposium on Functional Medicine. Dr. Nicolson’s research career has focused on cell membrane dynamics and even more specifically on mitochondrial structure. This research has translated to work on understanding a range of chronic conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, AIDS, cancers, and Gulf War illness.

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Aug 8, 2011
July 2011 FMU part 4
Here's a final clip from this month's FMU interview. The July FMU features Edwin Lephart, PhD, of Brigham Young University. He and Dr. Bland discuss his research on equol, a powerful antioxidant found in soybeans.

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Aug 4, 2011
Avoiding America’s Obesity Ceiling: Our Plan to Improve Health, Save Taxpayers Billions
After an eventful week of debate about the debt ceiling in Washington DC, Dr. Neal Barnard, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, blogs about cuts and revisions to the US agricultural system that he suggests would reduce obesity rates and healthcare costs:

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Aug 2, 2011
July 2011 FMU part 3
Here's a third clip from this month's FMU interview. The July FMU features Edwin Lephart, PhD, of Brigham Young University. He and Dr. Bland discuss his research on equol, a powerful antioxidant found in soybeans.

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Jul 27, 2011
Heart Disease is not a Lipitor or Crestor Deficiency
"Heart disease is not a Lipitor or Crestor or even an “anacetrapib” deficiency. It is a complex end result of multiple factors driven by our diet, fitness level, stress and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, social connections, and, increasingly, environmental toxins."

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Jul 25, 2011
July 2011 FMU part 2
Part 2 of this month's FMU interview. The July FMU features Edwin Lephart, PhD, of Brigham Young University. He and Dr. Bland discuss his research on equol, a powerful antioxidant found in soybeans.

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Jul 22, 2011
Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated, New Research from Experts at Harvard
New research, by five nutrition and public health experts at Harvard University, is by far the most detailed long-term analysis of the factors that influence weight gain, involving 120,877 well-educated men and women who were healthy and not obese at the start of the study.

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Jul 20, 2011
Happy 189th Birthday Gregor Mendel
Today is the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel as you can see on the Google site. Why is this so auspicious that his birthday is being celebrated after all these years? His contributions represent the point in time that mathematical proof of genetics and the concept of dominant and recessive characteristics of our inheritance was advanced. It didn’t come from a “scientist” but rather a monk who challenged the church dogma of his time through extraordinary observations and experiments through the breeding of peas.

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Jul 17, 2011
Will an Eye Test Someday Detect Signs of Alzheimer's?
Will an eye test someday detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Both Australian and American researchers are studying the possibility:

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Jul 15, 2011
July 2011 FMU
First clip from this month's FMU interview, featuring Edwin Lephart, PhD, of Brigham Young University. He and Jeff discuss his research on equol, a powerful antioxidant found in soybeans.

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Jul 14, 2011
CNN: Facing Chronic Pain without Drugs
CNN sought out different perspectives from different clinicians for this article on long-term use of painkillers for patients with chronic pain. A quote of note: “Taking a narcotic for pain without treating the root cause of the pain is akin to popping a pill for a toothache without fixing the tooth.”

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Jul 12, 2011
Boston World Heath Forum
The 2011 World Health Forum will take place at Harvard Medical School October 26th and 27th. This event is co-hosted by: Jeff Bland, Jonathan Bush, Howard Cox, Michelle Dipp, Ashley Dombkowski, Chris Gabrieli, Rob Kaplan, Neil Kirby, Steve Pagliuca, Bob Pozen, Charles Tate, Chris Varma, and Christoph Westphal. At the World Health Forum, leading experts will discuss policy efforts, advances in healthcare delivery and management, the growing global concerns regarding obesity and diabetes, as well as lifestyle, demographic and financial trends impacting world health. Speakers include experts from academia, industry, government agencies, insurance companies and integrated health systems. Approximately 300 attendees from pharma, biotech, academia, and healthcare are expected to attend. Please register at: http://www.bostonworldhealthforum.com.

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Jul 12, 2011
FMU June 2011 part 4 feat Nathan Bryan, PhD
Part 4 of Dr. Bland's June FMU interview with Dr. Bryan. Dr. Bland interviews Nathan Bryan, PhD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Nitric Oxide (NO) was named the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992, and in 1998 three scientists shared the Nobel Prize for their research in this area. But what has been happening since then, and what therapeutic applications—beyond Sildenafil—are scientists looking toward? Dr. Bland and Dr. Bryan bring everyone up to date.

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Jul 11, 2011
Facial Masking and Parkinson's Disease
NPR’s health blog features an interesting post about a Tufts University study published in Social Science & Medicine. The study was on a phenomenon called facial masking and specifically focuses on patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Jul 8, 2011
FMU June 2011 part 3 feat Nathan Bryan, PhD
Part 3 of Dr. Bland's June FMU interview with Dr. Bryan. Dr. Bland interviews Nathan Bryan, PhD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Nitric Oxide (NO) was named the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992, and in 1998 three scientists shared the Nobel Prize for their research in this area. But what has been happening since then, and what therapeutic applications—beyond Sildenafil—are scientists looking toward? Dr. Bland and Dr. Bryan bring everyone up to date.

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Jul 8, 2011
World Health Forum at Harvard Medical School
Just added to the calendar! Dr. Bland will be hosting a workshop on medical foods on October 26, 2011 at the World Health Forum at Harvard Medical School: http://www.bostonworldhealthfo?rum.com/agenda.php

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Jul 6, 2011
Food Ark
Don’t miss an opportunity to read the story of biodiversity in the food supply—from 10,000 years of domestication to a looming crisis of population growth and production—as only National Geographic can chronicle it (complete with beautiful pictures from around the globe).

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Jul 6, 2011
Why Exercise Makes Us Feel Good
The New York Times wellness blog features an article today highlighting three recent studies on exercise and stress reduction...

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Jul 5, 2011
New study of twins suggests that environmental factors may be as important as genes in causing autism
A new study of twins that is to be published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that environmental factors, including conditions in the womb, may be at least as important as genes in causing autism:

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Jun 30, 2011
Diet Soda Consumption Linked to Increased Waist Circumference and Risk to Diabetes
Two translational research studies by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were presented at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions last week. The studies link diet soda consumption to increased waist circumference and risk to diabetes.

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Jun 27, 2011
FMU June 2011 part 2 featuring Nathan Bryan, PhD
Here's a second clip from Dr. Bland's interview with Nathan Bryan, PhD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Nitric Oxide (NO) was named the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992, and in 1998 three scientists shared the Nobel Prize for their research in this area. But what has been happening since then, and what therapeutic applications—beyond Sildenafil—are scientists looking toward? Dr. Bland and Dr. Bryan bring everyone up to date.

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Jun 22, 2011
JAMA: Risk of Incident Diabetes With Intensive-Dose Compared With Moderate-Dose Statin Therapy
meta-analysis of statin trials that examines the increased risk of new-onset diabetes in cases of intensive-dose stain therapy compared with moderate-dose therapy.

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May 24, 2011
IFM press release: "Pioneering thought-leader of functional medicine receives Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award"
Though chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are reducing our life expectancy, according to a recent New England Journal of Medicine article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15784668), they can be prevented, managed, and perhaps even reversed. Jeffrey Bland, PhD has devoted his life to helping people realize optimal health by addressing the causes of impaired metabolism and physiology, then applying individualized responses. Dr. Bland has inspired many with his groundbreaking work in the fields of nutrition and nutrigenomics—the study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. On the occasion of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 2011 International Symposium, held April 28–30 in Bellevue, Washington, Jeffrey Bland, PhD was honored by receiving the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his wife, Susan Bland, founded the Institute 20 years ago...

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May 19, 2011
Mark Hyman's TEDMED talk on a systems approach to medicine
Mark Hyman explains why diseases don't exist and explains the "medicine of why," functional medicine, to get the causes

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May 16, 2011
New research on soy
Dr. Bland discusses his upcoming interview with Dr. Edwin Lephart of Brigham Young University on new research on soy. Look for the interview in the July issue of FMU. (The photo in the background is just a coincidence!)

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May 11, 2011
IFM Symposium 2011- Jeff's right hand, Kathy Sawyer
Have you ever considered what it would be like to be Jeff Bland's right hand? To be responsible for juggling his calls, meetings, mail, speaking schedule, and travel arrangements? Only one person in the world truly knows: Kathy Sawyer, his assistant of 15 years. Listen to Kathy describe what her daily life is like in "the world of Jeffrey Bland." She prepared this video tribute for his recent award ceremony.

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May 11, 2011
IFM Symposium 2011- Dr. Mehmet Oz congratulates Dr. Bland on his Linus Pauling Lifetime Achievement Award
Synthesis and Jeffrey Bland congratulate Dr. Oz on two Emmy nominations. And how does Dr. Oz congratulate Jeffrey Bland? “I love you, man!” Listen now:

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May 9, 2011
IFM Symposium 2011- Glenn Doman's congratulations
During the presentation of the Linus Pauling Lifetime Achievement Award at the IFM Symposium, Dr. Bland received some congratulatory wishes via video. One video featured Glenn Doman, now 92 years old, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, first recipient of the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine award, and longtime mentor to Dr. Bland. Here is the isolated audio of Mr. Doman’s heartfelt congratulations.

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May 3, 2011
IFM Symposium 2011- Dr. Bland/Dr. Hyman interview
Go behind the scenes! Jeff Bland and Dr. Mark Hyman interviewed one another at the annual IFM Symposium in Bellevue, WA last weekend. Some of the interview will be featured in the May 2011 issue of Functional Medicine Update coming out this month. Here’s a preview: “Epic things have gone on this week in the functional medicine revolution.” (Jeff Bland, 4/30/2011)

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May 1, 2011
Functional Medicine was born in 1991 and through today it has been reaffirmed to be around and flourishing for a long time to come
Functional Medicine was born in 1991 and through today it has been reaffirmed to be around and flourishing for a long time to come. -Dr. Jeffrey Bland

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Jan 26, 2011
Dr. Steven Gundry
Dr. Bland welcomed Dr. Steven Gundry, heart surgeon and Director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, to the FMU studio today to record an interview for the March issue of Functional Medicine Update. Watch the clip, and then learn more about Dr. Gundry and his new book, Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, by visiting his website, www.drgundry.com.

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Jan 26, 2011
February 2011 FMU Preview
This morning Dr. Bland interviewed David Sinclair, PhD, from Harvard University Medical School, for the February issue of Functional Medicine Update. You may recognize Dr. Sinclair’s name from his work on resveratrol, but this interview will cover so much more! Listen to Dr. Bland describe his experience and his excitement about the upcoming February issue.

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Jan 1, 2011
Natural Medicine Trials
The results of a study on Echinacea on cold and flu symptoms was recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bland discusses trials in natural medicine and why he feels positive findings are elusive

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Nov 22, 2010
Moshe Szyf
Dr. Bland comments about his experience interviewing Dr. Moshe Szyf of McGill University

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