October 2020 Functional Forum: Stress and Chronic Disease

Monday, October 5, 2020
5pm PDT, 7pm CDT & 8pm EDT


  • Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH
  • James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
  • Melody Hartzler, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM

In the past year, we have become more and more excited about the many opportunities for pharmacists to be the game-changers in the delivery of functional medicine. Not only are they America’s most trusted profession, but they have much more frequent contact with patients than practitioners, which allows them to be an invaluable guide and resource to patients on their journeys to better health.

George Washington University recently hosted a virtual symposium that focused on the role of pharmacists as first responders in the crisis of chronic disease. Though the event focused on pharmacy care, it was open to all healthcare professionals because an understanding of the role pharmacists play in transforming medicine is critical to moving medicine forward.

We will hear from Dr. Carrie Jones, who is an integrative functional medicine practitioner, hormone expert and medical director at Precision Analytical. She will be talking about the best methods and strategies for measuring cortisol. She will also break down lab testing and explain what it can tell us about cortisol levels and overall health.

Jim LaValle, a clinical pharmacist, author and one of the top educators in the functional and integrative medicine space, will then discuss stress-induced nutrient depletion. This is a critical, but often overlooked, facet of patient care. As you’ll hear on the Forum, the effects of stress related to chronic elevation of cortisol can result in widespread physiological damage.

Finally, Melody Hartzler, a family medicine clinical pharmacist and one of the cornerstones of the functional pharmacy movement, will discuss nutrient protocols for key areas of stress, which include glycemic dysregulation and inflammation.
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