Evolution of Medicine Podcast

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with Dr. Asfia Aftab, a GP partner in the National Health Service in the UK and founder of the Birmingham Functional Forum meetup group. She is also one of the heroes of James’s book, The Community Cure. Dr. Aftab is a dynamic person, with an energy and passion for her work that is inspiring. Her commitment to her practice and to her patients is leading the charge toward a new era of the NHS. There is so much to learn from her in this episode, and we think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • What inspired Dr. Aftab to pursue medicine and join the NHS
  • How Dr. Aftab is creating change in the NHS
  • Why the term “social prescribing” is trending in the NHS right now, and what it means for all functional medicine practitioners
  • How Dr. Aftab uses online tools to create offline connections with her patients and colleagues
  • How she implements group visits in her practice, and how she continues to grow and develop these groups with her patients
  • How Dr. Aftab has built a community around the Functional Forum meetup group she founded—and how this can be a model for all meetup groups to follow
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

January 2020 Functional Forum
Prescribing Functional Medicine
Group Visit Series on EvoMed Podcast

Direct download: 01-22-2020_Dr_Aftab.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:12pm CST

Bioavailability vs. Microbiome Availability

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with Dr. Tom Guilliams, who had our most-downloaded podcast of the year in 2019. Dr. Guilliams talks about a topic most clinicians have strong opinions on: bioavailability. With a background in molecular immunology and extensive research on nutrition and dietary supplement efficacy, Dr. Guilliams brings a unique and refreshing perspective to functional medicine clinicians of any discipline who are trying to get the best results with their patients. Highlights include:

  • Bioavailability and the new science on what that looks like in the era of the microbiome
  • How traditional herbal preparations can maximize microbiome availability
  • How attempting to replicate the pharmaceutical model for dietary supplements has brought us to opposite conclusions simultaneously, and how this will be a refreshing conversation for the new decade
  • How researchers are devising new ways of thinking about how evidence works in the evaluation of non-drug therapies
  • The questions practitioners who want to maximize dietary supplement effectiveness should be asking
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

goevomed.com/lmrc

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-phenotypic-flexibility

thecommunitycure.com

Tickets for PLMI Conference in Chicago

Direct download: 01-08-2020_Dr._Guilliams.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:50am CST

Group Visit Series Part 10: If an Ophthalmologist Can Run Group Visits…

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we sit down with Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD for Part 10 of our Group Visit Series. This episode looks at group visits from a different perspective—a much narrower one than we have previously shared, and I really love that. If you’ve been following our series or are familiar with group visits, you know that they are effective in so many areas of medicine, but in general, they affect the reversal of chronic diseases. In this episode, we’re talking about group visits in a very specific application: retina disease.

Dr. Kaushal is a pioneer on this front, bringing the power of group visits and community to super specific disease cases. His work exemplifies the broad range of application group visits can have, and how their positive impact can reach across the spectrum of medicine, from the general to the specific. If an ophthalmologist can run group visits, so can you! Highlights of this episode include:

  • How Dr. Kaushal got his start in functional medicine
  • When he realized he needed to deliver care in a group format
  • What he has learned from his work as a medical specialist and group visit practitioner
  • How he has used Group Visit Toolkits in practice
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

lifestylematrix.com

lifestylematrix.com/gvthome

reversalchronicdiseases.com

Direct download: 12-18-2019_Shalesh_Kaushal.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:30am CST

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine Podcast! This week, we’re talking with Jeremie Kubicek, the well-known speaker and bestselling author who has appeared on our podcast twice before to discuss business aspects of functional medicine practice. In this episode, Jeremie discusses strategies for goal setting in 2020—something we’re all thinking about as 2019 winds down, and even more poignant as we prepare to embark on a new decade. What I appreciated most about the conversation with Jeremie is that he shares actionable steps to make your vision for 2020 a reality. It’s not about avoiding the obstacles that will come your way, but planning how you will overcome them. The process is self-reflective and, I think, a necessary exercise for anyone who wants to make positive change happen in 2020. Highlights from this episode include:

  • Learning from Mount Everest’s Sherpas to become a leader worth following
  • Jeremie’s strategy for identifying pain points, setting your vision for the future and overcoming resistance
  • How overcoming obstacles to your vision might be as simple as how you communicate
  • Thinking about group visits as a way to mitigate common sources of dissatisfaction for practitioners
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

100xleader.com

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-getting-the-most-out-of-your-staff-juggling-personalities

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-the-power-of-full-engagement

Direct download: 12-11-2019_Jeremy_Kubicek.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:50am CST

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, we talk with Dr. Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist by trade and a celebrated and well-known practitioner in the functional medicine space. He is the bestselling author of Clean and Clean 7, and the founder of Clean, a 21-day detoxification experience. Dr. Junger is an expert on detoxification, and one of the first practitioners to advocate for its benefits and widespread use—a detox OG, if you will. He shares his health journey and a powerful testimony to functional medicine. It was a really engaging conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • How Dr. Junger combines detoxification and intermittent fasting in his new book, Clean 7, to help more people reap the benefits of healthy detoxification
  • Dr. Junger’s own health journey and path to functional medicine and detoxification
  • Why community is the best approach to successful detoxification
  • Why Dr. Junger believes in the power of groups
  • His tips and tricks for running successful group visits
  • The role of toxicity in chronic disease, and how it is more damaging than most people realize
  • How to stop the naysaying and alleviate the tension between the old way of thinking about detoxification and the new way
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:
cleanprogram.com
cleanprogram.com/pages/clean7
functionalforum.com/biotransformation-the-2020-challenge
goevomed.com/groupchallenge

Direct download: 11-27-2019_Alejandro_Junger.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:46am CST

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, part of our Group Visit Series, we sit down with Dr. Elizabeth Markle to talk about her revolutionary practice, Open Source Wellness. It's an incredible story of their journey to organize and synthesize a consistent group visit model. In this episode, you're going to hear about their thoughts about why behavior change was difficult, how to democratize it and make it available for prescription. Dr. Markle also talked about the sequence of behavior changes that happen through patients’ 16-week visit at Open Source Wellness. You’ll also hear a lot about how to facilitate behavior change in a group. It was a really interesting conversation, and I think you'll really enjoy it, especially if you’ve been thinking about starting group visits. Highlights include:

  • The origin story of Open Source Wellness and Dr. Markle’s and her c-founder’s vision for the future
  • Why patients need democratization and experiences to build healthy lifestyle behaviors and overcome health issues
  • Human behaviors that predispose us to crave community, especially when creating healthy habits
  • Markle’s secret sauce for developing a thriving community in your practice
  • How group visits reward the patient with improved health and community, and practitioners with a deep sense of purpose in their healthcare practice
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

opensourcewellness.org

Direct download: 11-20-19_Elizabeth_Markle.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:24am CST

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we sit down with Dr. Elroy Vojdani, a preeminent functional medicine physician, researcher, and educator. Dr. Vojdani and his father, Dr. Aristo Vojdani, widely recognized as the godfather of functional immunology, have partnered to research intestinal permeability and the gut-brain axis. These are two key areas in understanding and resolving autoimmune conditions, which affect millions of patients. Dr. Vojdani shared some of his clinical findings, the strategies and products he uses in clinical care, and why his new practice will feature a meeting space dedicated to group visits. It was a fascinating 30 minutes and if you’re interested in the future of autoimmune disease reversal (and based on that growing number of patients, we all should be), I think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • The autoimmunity research Dr. Vojdani and his father are tackling and their latest findings
  • The three subtypes of leaky gut and how to treat them
  • Why antibody testing is the gold standard for understanding leaky gut
  • The best tools for reversing leaky gut
  • The strategies and products Dr. Vojdani uses in clinical care to address autoimmune conditions
  • Vojdani’s thoughts of precision public health and the future of healthcare
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

regeneramedical.com/

researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/39442278_Elroy_Vojdani

orthomolecularproducts.com/sbi-protect-capsules/

apexenergetics.com/enterovite

joincyrex.com/the-cyrex-system/array-10-multiple-food-immune-reactivity-screens

Direct download: 11-13-2019_Elroy_Vojdani.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:23am CST

Direct download: 10-23-19_-_Shilpa_Saxena.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:22am CST

Direct download: 10-16-19_-_Carrie_Jones_Part_3.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:25am CST

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we’re continuing our Group Visit Series with Donna Naumann, NP. She has been successfully running group visits in the St. Louis area for nearly three years, and has seen amazing moments of patient transformation that have convinced her of the power in community care. Her perspective adds so much to the group visit conversation because it is from the front lines of group visit implementation—she shares her experiences, plus practical tips on recruiting patients for group visits and running successful appointments that you can apply to your practice. No matter what topic you’re planning for your next group visit, or if you’re still on the fence about getting started with group visits, you will take away important, real-world information from this episode. Highlights include:

  • Her transition to group visits and the resources she used to make implementation a breeze
  • Examples of how the group dynamic motivates patients and builds connection in ways that one-on-one consultations cannot
  • How to successfully recruit patients for group visits and keep them engaged
  • How to structure group visits that are focused on stress and weight loss, two topics that many patients struggle with
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

lifestylematrix.com

lifestylematrix.com/gvthome

Direct download: 10-02-19_-_Donna_Naumann.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:29pm CST