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The Healthcare System

The healthcare system is broken, but the Functional Medicine approach can fix it. Find out more in the articles below, and share your thoughts on our healthcare system.

Becoming a Health Coach? Here’s What to Look for in a Training Program
If you’ve decided to become a health coach, you’ve got a chance to make a difference in your clients’ lives. Here’s an infographic on what you should look for in a health coach training program.
Becoming a health coach
Should Health Coaches and Nutritionists Interpret Lab Tests?
One of the most contentious topics in Functional Medicine recently is whether health coaches and nutritionists should interpret lab tests for their clients. Here are my thoughts on the issue.
Should health coaches and nutritionists interpret lab tests and blood work, including these samples in test tubes?
What Is Functional Medicine?
What is Functional Medicine? Simple: It’s true healthcare. It’s a distinct medical model that promotes wellness and helps both prevent and treat chronic disease. Find out how it differs from the conventional approach.
What is Functional Medicine? It’s a method of healthcare—not “sickcare”—that emphasizes real connections between practitioners as patients, as shown here.
Life Expectancy in the U.S.: Why the Numbers Are Falling
How can you gauge the health and well-being of a population? Overall life expectancy is one key measure. However, life expectancy has been declining in the U.S. How we can turn the tide?
Though life expectancy in the U.S. is falling, active, healthy seniors—like this grandfather gardening with his grandson—can still enjoy long, fulfilling lives.
CT Scans and Cancer: What Are the Risks?
The doctor orders a CT scan for your recurring abdominal pain. When you ask about radiation, she assures you that the dose is low and that CTs are safe. But are they? Is there a...
CT scans are used to generate images—such as these images of a patient’s chest—that can help doctors diagnose an illness or injury. However, there is a small, but non-negligible, link between CT scans and cancer.
How Working with a Health Coach Can Help You Fight Chronic Disease
Change is hard. Find out how working with a health coach can help make changing your diet, exercise, and lifestyle easier.
By working with a health coach, this man can make progress changing his diet and lifestyle.