Functional Medicine Research and Technology Center

We aim to prevent and reverse chronic illness.We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity for optimal health. We are dedicated to providing the necessary support, education, and technology so that people at risk for and living with chronic illness can live their healthiest lives.We work to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities in those populations with chronic illness. Through scientific innovation and advancement, we are building a new data-driven care ecosystem to address the global chronic illness epidemic.

Through education, research, and innovation we aim to:

- Improve proper diagnosis, treatment and recovery for vulnerable populations most at risk for chronic illness
- Increase medical and scientific understanding and visibility of chronic illness and autoimmune disease
- Modernize use of tech, wearables, and data visualization to create new chronic illness prevention and management ecosystem
- Reduce all-cause morbidity and mortality for people with chronic illness
- Create savings in healthcare, work comp, sick time and societal costs going towards chronic illness and complication management
We’ve been hard at work to expand our efforts, and we need your help. In order to expand our work, we are participating in A Community Thrives, a program that supports community improvement ideas with grants up to $100K. To qualify for a grant, we must meet a fundraising goal from our own network. And that’s where you come in. Please help us raise awareness and funds by making a donation online at the link below from July 18th through August 12th at our Mighty Cause Profile Page.Please help us protect those who protect us.

Educate

Through our group-based wellness programs, we target various chronic illnesses in vulnerable populations, working on prevention and treatment. Some of our current areas of focus include our Protect Wellness First Responders Program, our Long Covid Recovery Program and our Tickborne Illness Recovery Program

Research

We research key topics for those suffering from chronic illness. We aim to discover effective interventions and treatment methods for conditions commonly mistreated and misdiagnosed, improving health for those at risk as well as advancing scientific, academic and medical knowledge.

Innovate

We envision a new chronic illness ecosystem that is data-driven, high-touch, and high-tech. We leverage technology and data visualization to optimize care. The development and use of our VisualMD platform allows patients and practitioners to collaborate and interact in real time, helping to inform disease trajectory and recovery and bi-directionally track clinical symptoms.


First Responders

The health and wellbeing of our society depends on our First Responders. Our firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMTs face serious and high-risk occupational health impacts which are often left unaddressed. Sadly, the consequences of these occupational traumas are often deadly. Given the unique job-related stresses and exposures, First Responders are at an increased risk for health challenges including but not limited to sleep imbalances due to shift work and disrupted circadian rhythm; cardiovascular disease; behavioral health challenges, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and an increased incidence of suicide; and cancer.It is critical that First Responders have access to the education, support, and technology needed to protect their wellbeing, so they can continue to protect us. It is our goal at FMRTC to deliver innovative, robust interventions that help First Responders achieve health behavior changes in key lifestyle areas to solve both short and long-term occupational risks. FMRTC also endeavors to provide robust research data to prove outcomes.


Long Covid

Long COVID, also known as Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), is the collection of persistent COVID-19 symptoms, devastating the lives of many who have become informally known as “long-haulers.”Preliminary data shows many similarities between PASC and other chronic illnesses known to be associated with viral and bacterial triggers, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Lyme and tickborne diseases, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).Long COVID is rapidly on its way to becoming one of the largest mass disabling conditions in history, and this public health crisis clearly demonstrates that long haulers need answers while receiving compassionate and integrative care.Our research and Long COVID Recovery Program aim to address these dire and pressing needs through scientific, medical and academic innovation and ingenuity.

Tickborne Illnesses

Approximately 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by chronic Lyme disease (or long Lyme) and tickborne coinfections as of 2020. Lyme disease may become chronic when Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme, morphs from a free-living form to a “persister" form capable of evading the immune system and of establishing chronic infection and immune disruption.The symptoms of long Lyme disease are frequently mistaken for other illnesses and are often misdiagnosed.With nearly 500,000 new causes in the USA annually, Lyme disease is on the rise globally. Few physicians and healthcare providers are aware of the magnitude of the problem, let alone understand how to test for and treat it effectively. Those providers who are aware of this complex illness often have a limited understanding of the disease. Only 0.3% of the NIH’s Lyme Disease research budget went to treatment and exploration.FMRTC aims to increase awareness of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment mechanisms for those dealing with chronic tickborne diseases through the Tickborne Illness Recovery Program and future research.

New Chronic Illness Care Ecosystem

VisualMD, our chronic illness management platform, will be incorporated into all current and future FMRTC programs and research. It will use data from high-tech tools, wearables, and patient symptom tracking to optimize patient care and aid ongoing research into chronic illness.By recording and analyzing symptoms, treatments, and wearable/device data, VisualMD will build a digital phenotype and allow patients, providers, and care teams to collaborate in real-time. It will enable optimal tracking of complex, multi-system, fluctuating symptoms, help inform disease trajectory, and recovery. Once built, it will be made available to other health practitioners and health systems to aid in the wider research, prevention, and treatment of chronic illness.This platform and model will innovate and advance the current antiquated model where adjustments to a patient’s regimen come only when the doctor and the patient meet face to face. With adoption, we can facilitate real-time care management, leverage a care team approach, and maximize the inter-visit time period. As the data set grows, the data can be leveraged and mined to look for trends, best practices, and optimal treatment protocols for helping patients recover.

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FMRTC is a California nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to FMRTC are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.©FMRTC. All rights reserved.

Thank you!

We’ve been hard at work to expand our efforts, and we need your help.We are fundraising for Protect Wellness, our wellness program designed to meet the unique health demands of firefighters. Our goal is to help firefighters and first responders achieve peak performance and maintain an optimal level of wellness. This innovative program uses a comprehensive, data-driven functional medicine approach. By leveraging cutting edge education, support, and technology, Protect Wellness addresses the unique health concerns of firefighters, offering a holistic, high-touch, and high-tech program that provides measurable and quantifiable change.In order to bring this program to more firefighters, we are participating in A Community Thrives, a program that supports community improvement ideas with grants up to $100K. To qualify for a grant, we must meet a fundraising goal from our own network. And that’s where you come in. Please help us raise awareness and funds for Protect Wellness making a donation online from July 18th through August 12th at our Mighty Cause Profile Page.Please help us protect those who protect us.
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