I finally graduated from the Advanced Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine this December. Hundreds of doctors and health care providers from all over the world gathered at the 24th Annual Anti-Aging Conference in Las Vegas.

It is so refreshing to have the opportunity to discuss real life medical situations with experts like David Perlmutter, MD, David Ludwig, MD PhD, Mark Houston, MD Andrew Heyman, MD, David Agus, MD, Michael Gregor, MD, Dave Asprey, and many others who are authors of bestselling books on health.

Dave Asprey was a keynote speaker who introduced himself as an “unlicensed biohacker.” He is the founder of Bulletproof Coffee. His message focused on maximizing brain potential and actually increasing IQ, decreasing biological age, and improving sleep efficiency with Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting. This approach reduces insulin and, therefore, may reverse type 2 diabetes.

The strongest theme of the conference, in my opinion, was to get back to the “Primum non Nocere” which means “First, Do No Harm.” Dr. Michael McGregor, MD, New York Times bestselling author, talked about the top 15 causes of death in an entertaining, but very disturbing, way. He noted that the 6th leading cause of death, in all irony, is medical care. This validates the reason why I changed my practice to functional medicine and took the time to educate myself.

There is so much research and new information coming out everyday such that there are now more pieces of the puzzle of true health and well-being, but the puzzle is often too difficult to complete. This is the challenge of medicine today.

To maximize our strength in solving the difficult puzzles, IMI has formed an association with a new program called the Metabolic Code. This program provides a comprehensive evaluation of your lab results using the integrative physiology of the Metabolic Code Triads. This was created by brilliant practicing physician scientist to more thoroughly analyze laboratory values. Knowing how the body works in triads allows better outcomes. We are excited to provide this service to our patients.

Despite all of the studies and theories, what it boils down to is that the root causes of illness revolve around not having enough of what you need or having too much of what you don’t need. The only way to identify the root cause is to make the effort to do the correct laboratory testing. Many biomarkers of health and disease exist and are available to proactively alert you of future impending disease. The conference reinforced that we must get back to the core basics of diet, supplementation, and detoxification to extend our quality of life.

Interested in finding out more about this topic? Give us a call at 208-426-0052 and schedule an appointment.

Mary Migliori, MD

Director, Integrative Medicine of Idaho

2200 E. Warm Springs Ave. Ste 102,

Boise ID 83712