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LOCAL CLINICIAN RECOGNIZED AS A GRADUATE OF THE INSTITUTE FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE’S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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Thomas A. Sult, M.D. Joins Elite Group of IFM Certified Practitioners

Willmar, MN, January 7, 2014 –
Of total healthcare costs in the United States, more than 75% is due to chronic conditions.

The key to reversing the rapidly spreading epidemic of chronic disease is to address the underlying causes and solutions for chronic disease, which are primarily driven by the lifelong, daily interaction among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine not only incorporates the latest in genetic science and systems biology, but it also enables health care practitioners to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine while empowering patients to take an active role in their own health.

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in providing clinical education in functional medicine, is pleased to announce Thomas A. Sult, M.D., as a member of the first graduating class of certified functional medicine practitioners.

As a graduate of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Certification Program (IFMCP), Thomas A. Sult, M.D., is uniquely trained in the functional medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. In order to achieve the designation of IFM Certified Practitioner, Thomas A. Sult, M.D., has completed 7 onsite training seminars and passed stringent written and case study evaluations.

Thomas A. Sult, M.D. joins an elite group of 124 practitioners who are among the first graduates of IFM’s Certification Program.

ABOUT THOMAS A SULT, M.D.
Dr. Sult is a medical doctor, medical educator, author and inspirational speaker. Dr. Sult studied at St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies for two years, and transferred to UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Sult is on the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine, where he has taught hundreds of medical professionals of all disciplines the art of functional medicine; Sult is Board Certified with American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine since 2000. He has been and continues to be a constant learner striving for answers to his patients’ needs. Sult is a contributing author to The Textbook of Functional Medicine and other publications and maintains a private practice, 3rd Opinion, in Willmar, Minnesota. For more information about Dr. Sult’s medical practice, see www.3rdopinion.us. To arrange an interview with Dr. Sult, please contact: Jodie Heuring, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-905-2962. Dr. Sult also recently released a book Just Be Well and it is available online at www.justbewell.info.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
The Institute for Functional Medicine believes that good health and vitality are essential to the human spirit. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care. Functional medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. For more information, please visit: http://functionalmedicine.org/.

ABOUT FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
The rising rates of chronic disease are creating a huge burden on the economy and the current health care system is not adequately addressing the problem. Conventional health care is rooted in an acute-care model focused on rapid diagnosis and long-term pharmaceutical interventions. Functional medicine is a model for 21st century health care that focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of chronic disease by recognizing that each patient is biochemically unique, a product of the continuous interaction between their genes, their environment, and their lifestyle choices. Only by finding the specific causes of each patient’s disease and providing treatment that is individualized to that patient will we be able to reverse the epidemic of chronic disease.