Evolution of Medicine Podcast
Physician Suicide: Do No Harm

This week we welcome back Dr. Pamela Wible.  Last year she joined us on our podcast to speak to her practice evolution from a "production line" to a "relationship medicine" practice in our Micropractice Evolution series of podcasts.  You can listen to it by clicking this link.

This week, Dr. Wible joins us to talk about the epidemic of physician suicide. She's filmed a powerful TedMed talk on the epidemic of physician suicide where she read the words of physicians on the edge of taking their own lives. As we lose more brilliant minds and healers to suicide, Dr. Wible has started a project to bring this epidemic to light. Her film called "Do No Harm" will do exactly that and she tells us more about the film and how we can support the movement.

 

In this podcast you will learn:

  • the genesis of Dr. Wible's Kickstarter "Do No Harm"
  • why physician suicide is a conversation that accelerates the evolution of medicine
  • what doctors and patients alike can learn from this huge issue

Proving Functional Medicine at the Mayo Clinic
This week on the Evolution of Medicine Podcast, we are super excited to have Dr. Daniel Kalish, founder of the Kalish Method.  He's one of the most interesting and influential people in Functional Medicine. He has been coaching doctors in systems for successful practices for almost a decade.

Dr. Kalish has just completed a study with the Mayo Clinic which looked at Functional Medicine, specifically, evaluating the Kalish Method as a means of improving health.  We're excited to share some insight on the study, what it could mean for the industry and more about the Kalish Method.

In this podcast you will hear:
 
  • Details about the Mayo Clinic study and what it means for the industry
  • Dr. Kalish's top tips for being successful in practice
  • How Dr. Kalish's training program fits into "Functional Medicine 2.0"

For more information about the Kalish Institute: goevomed.com/kalish


Update: Organize Goes to the White House
This week we bring back Jenna Arnold from Organize. A few months ago, we featured Jenna as an innovator in the organ donor industry.  She's leading the charge to solve the shortage of organ donors in the next two years by using technology to her advantage.

Last time we featured her, the Evolution of Medicine community showed support and interest that made a real difference. Thank you! We bring her back this week to share an update about Organize.  She and her team were recently at the White House to speak about their project with some important influencers from the industry.  She shares with us what she learned and what they were able to accomplish.

In this podcast you will hear:

  • updates from the White House visit
  • what to expect from Organize
  • what can we learn from this project to solve other problems

Crushing the Functional Medicine Membership Model

This week on the Evolution of Medicine podcast, we welcome back Dr. Robin Berzin.  The last time she was on the show, we featured her on the podcast New Models of Functional Medicine.  She had just opened up her membership based direct primary care Functional Medicine practice, Parsley Health, in New York.

We've brought her back because her practice is now a huge success.  She's implemented many of the things that we speak about in the 60 Day Practice Accelerator program and the Functional Forum.  James, as a member of her practice, has witnessed it firsthand.  Dr. Berzin is now opening more practices and looking for more physicians to bring on board.

If the membership model and Dr. Berzin's practice inspires you, check out the membership model course we're offering at the end of July in Salk Lake City.  It's a much more efficient way to capture the value of what you provide in Functional Medicine and it makes it much more affordable for patients.  Click here for more information.

Direct download: Membership20Update20with20Robin20Berzin.mp3
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State of the Evolution

Twice a year, Evolution of Medicine founders Gabe Hoffman and James Maskell record a podcast called "State of the Evolution" charting the progress of the last six months and looking forward to the next. Since our last address Thanksgiving 2015, so much has happened, and we hope you enjoy the wrap up.

Some of the highlights of this episode include

  • The Functional Forum leaving New York and hitting the road, in American and now internationally
  • The incredible growth of the Functional Forum meetup groups and associated ecosystem
  • The IFM's landmark Practice Implementation survey and how it informed our strategy for achieving our company mission
  • Our 60 Day Practice Accelerator: the genesis, the first pilot program and our hope for it 
  • Highlights of the next six months including a huge launch in Washington DC on October 10th

We hope you enjoy this episode and share it with another practitioner. Thanks so much for all your ongoing support and our mission is built on your success.

 

Direct download: State20of20the20Evolution20with20Gabe20Hoffman.mp3
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Shocking The Masses into Behavior Change

The Evolution of Medicine often highlights rule breakers and change makers on the medical technology front.  It's why we feature tools

for practitioners to keep in touch with their clients or patients in between visits, particularly, to create behavior change.

This week we feature Maneesh Sethi, the CEO of Pavlok. Pavlok vibrates, beeps, and releases an electric stimulus that ranges from pleasant to aversive to "shock" you into behavior change.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • why wearing a device that shocks you is a good idea
  • Maneesh shares his experience on the television show, Shark Tank
  • how to effectively create behavior change

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #19

This week on the news we come back to our monthly segment with John Weeks called "Charting the Convergence" where we look at news stories relevant to our community, looking at the convergence of integrative medicine with medicine itself. 

This week you will learn about:

  • The Bravewell Collaborative's Philanthropic Impact of Evolution of Medicine
  • Emerging research on the importance of diet for chronic pain
  • Oregon leading the way in returning to the therapeutic order for chronic pain

    Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues. Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360. Make sure to check out goevomed.com/MBODY360
Direct download: June_4_News.mp3
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Reversing Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast.  There has been a lot of discussion, recently, of the opioid issue in America and some of the new CDC guidelines. We reached out to a reformed pain specialist for his unique perspective.

This week we feature pain management specialist, Dr. Kevin Cuccaro.  He's been on a mission to understand the causes of pain and has gone from being an anesthesiologist to an integrative medicine practitioner. He shares his pain medicine journey and what he's learned along the way.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • 4 things you need to do to help patients avoid chronic pain
  • why chronic pain is a microcosm of the macrocosm
  • how to work more effectively with pain management in your practice

Anxiety, Nutrition and a Forum from Introverts

This week, we feature food mood expert, Trudy Scott. She's a certified nutritionist and on a mission to educate and empower anxious individuals worldwide about nutritional and natural solutions for anxiety, stress, and emotional eating.

She came to our recent Functional Forum in San Francisco and afterwards approached us with some great ideas about how we can make the Functional Forum more approachable for those with social anxiety.  If you've seen the forum, you know that Gabe and James are not introverted by any stretch of the imagination, so, it was great to learn from the experience of others.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • why introversion is a nutrition deficiency and not a personality type
  • how to become a better networker, speaker and practitioner by understanding the social anxiety of others
  • how to start a Functional Forum meetup and make it a great experience for introverts

Cancer vs. The Therapeutic Order
For more than a decade, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR) has been a central education platform for the naturopathic profession, both in print and online. Back in 2011-2013, our founder, James Maskell, wrote a practice development column for the platform.
 
This week NDNR.com launched its first Online Summit on Cancer Prevention and we couldn't be more excited to partner with them. If we truly want to be successful in cancer prevention, some of the underlying foundations of Naturopathic Medicine, like the "Therapeutic Order" are a key part of an optimal plan. We welcome their founder and publisher Razi Berry for a great discussion relevant to any practitioner in integrative, functional or naturopathic medicine... or what we like to call the "kNEW medicine".
 
What you will learn in this episode you will learn:
 
- The therapeutic order and its role the future of medicine
- Cancer prevention and where our leverage is in health creation
- Highlights from the current summit
 
Make sure to check James's talk on the Summit on Saturday or purchase the recordings here: goevomed.com/cancer-summit
 

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #18

For this week's EvoMed News Videocast we welcome a special guest, game-changing physician and best-selling author Dr. Lissa Rankin.

This week we discuss the new research that confirmed what many of us had known for a decade... Iatrogenic Disease (caused by doctors and medicine) is the third leading cause of death in America.

It was a fascinating 20-minute segment, make sure to check it out!


Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues. This week's podcast is brought to you by Dr. Lissa Rankin's Whole Health Medicine Institute. To find out more about the training for doctors, go to www.goevomed.com/rankin

Direct download: May_14th_News.mp4
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Adverse Childhood Experiences "ACEs" and Chronic Disease

This week we feature the work of Niki Gratrix.  She's an award-winning international renowned registered nutritionist and health writer specializing in stress and optimizing energy. In 2005, she founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in the U.K where they specialize in chronic fatigue syndrome.

We connect with Nikki to speak about ACE score (Adverse Childhood Experience). It plays a significant role in health and Niki has a great track record of working with ACE scores.  She's got some interesting ideas about early life stress and trauma and how it triggers chronic disease later in life.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • how to define early life stress and trauma
  • how your childhood biography becomes your adult biology
  • what functional medicine practitioners can to do become ACE aware

Anatomy of a Calling
Ever since we saw her first TEDx talk, we have been huge fans of Dr. Lissa Rankin here at the Evolution of Medicine. Her story is such great example of the vision we have for changing medicine. She is the author of two best selling books, Mind Over Medicine and her recent "Anatomy of a Calling" where she describes the hero's journey necessary for anyone to follow their calling in life.
 
In this episode of the podcast, Dr Rankin describes her hero's journey from medical school to "psycho-spiritual" medicine and what she has learned along the way, and the story is equally inspiring for doctors looking to rediscover their passion for medicine as it is patients looking to discover health.
 
Dr Rankin's Whole Health Medicine Institute starts May 19th, if you are interested in finding out more click here
 
 
In this podcast you will learn
  • The post traumatic stress disorder Dr Rankin picked up in medical school 
  • Her journey to recovering herself from that place
  • How she has created a structure to help other physicians find and live their true calling
Direct download: Anatomy20of20a20Calling20with20Lissa20Rankin.mp3
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Evoldution of Medicine News Podcast #17
This week's news podcast is another in our series with special guest John Weeks, called "Charting the Convergence". 
 
This week you will learn about
 
- The 80/20 Rule in Health Insurance and What it Means for You
 
- New research from Minnesota on the Determinants of Health
 
- The Top 12 Moments in the Last 10 Years of Health Convergence
 
Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues. Thanks to our sponsor, FullScript. Find out more about their best-in-category e-prescribe tool at www.goevomed.com/fullscript
 
John Weeks is a chronicler, speaker, change agent and executive with three decades in leadership of the movement for integrative health. He works at the convergence of that historic trend with the medical industry’s recent engagement with creating health. John has consulted and presented with multiple major health care organizations – among these the NIH, WHO, AHA, AAMC, IOM, and APHA – and numerous other academic and professional organizations. He helped found key collaborations in the field including the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. John’s writing appears regularly at the Huffington Post, Integrative Practitioner, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the Integrator Blog, and elsewhere. He speaks regularly on the movement's evolution, core challenges and opportunities. He attended Stanford for 3 years, studying history. Four institutions have granted John honorary doctoral degrees. Seattle-based, Weeks feels particularly lucky to have worked 6 of the past 15 years from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico with his spouse and their two children.
 
Direct download: April_30th_News.mp3
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Future of Patient Compliance: Part 13: HRV Patient Engagement
Welcome back to the final podcast in this series on "The Future of Patient Compliance" where we have been documenting the technologies and strategies fueling the empowerment revolution.
 
Whereas most of the technologies have focused on either training systems or practice based technologies, this week we introduce our first consumer product. Having polled our community, we asked what are the technologies you use to empower the patient between visits. The answer was HeartMath.
 
HeartMath has been used by over 5 million people and is recommended by 25,000 health professionals around the world. Evolution of Medicine co-founder Gabe Hoffman used it successfully in his NYC practice for years.
 
In this episode we interview Dr. Tim Culbert a developmental and behavioral pediatrician from Minnesota who has been using the technology with great success for more than a decade. 
 
In this podcast you will learn
  •  Why Dr Culbert brought HeartMath into his practice and the results
  • The power of Heart Rate Variability to measure good health
  • Clinical and practical best practices for getting the best results with HeartMath

Future of Patient Compliance: Part 12: Doctor Compliance
 
 
Welcome back to our popular podcast series entitled "The Future of Patient Compliance" where we document the journey from compliance to empowerment as medicine shifts from a patriarchal model that was a good fit for acute disease, to more of a nurturing, community model that is more suited to chronic disease.
 
One of our first sponsors on the Functional Forum was Freedom Practice Coaching, who have bemuse the biggest company in the industry for helping doctors transition to a more suitable model for chronic disease care. We have shared some of their best strategies on previous podcasts, but this week we talk about a different area of compliance.... doctor compliance.
 
How compliant are you with what you need to do to improve your practice? If you are asking patients to change behavior or make investments into their health, how do you comply with your own areas of weakness?
 
In this podcast we speak with Deborah Matthew, MD a physician leader from North Carolina who speaks openly about what it really took to build a successful practice model, from being just busy to building a profitable, efficient practice.
 
In this podcast you will learn
  • Why a busy practice isn't always a successful practice
  • What it took for this doctor to get out of her own way
  • The key strategies Dr. Matthew took from FPC to take her to success
Freedom Practice Coaching is excited to announce they have a new weekend program to teach practitioners their lead flow and packaging system and have them leave with a 90 day plan to implement. The Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine community can sign up at vastly discounted rates until the end of April.
 
Find out more here
 

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #15

Welcome to our news podcast for April 16th 2016.

Each week we look at the stories that are important to the integrative medicine community.

In this week's episode we cover:

- New review shows healthcare will cost $18tn per year by 2040
- 3-D printed ovaries and what it could mean for fertility
- Conflict of interests to be shown prominently on PubMed
- Sean Parker gives $250 to solve cancer through cooperation

Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360​. Find out more about their adherence and plan delivery app at www.goevomed.com/MBODY.

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues.

Direct download: April_16th_News.mp3
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Future of Patient Compliance: Part 11: Delivering Plans
 
We have been thrilled at the feedback from our community from our "Future of Patient Compliance" series, where we have started the conversation about how we can shift the conversation on "compliance" to "empowerment" and see how technology can best help us to scale and automate that transition.
 
More than any other podcast in this series, we are thrilled to bring this interview to you. One of the main reasons for this is that the Functional Forum had a role in bringing this technology into the world. One of our goals at the Forum was to bring together technologists and Functional Medicine doctors to see how those collisions could lead to solutions for our community.
 
If you have been following the Forum you know about MBODY360, an app that creates a new level of engagement between patient and practitioner. In this episode you will hear from Kari Thorstensen, the creator of the app, and Dr. Vincent Pedre, Functional Medicine physician and digital innovator.
 
In this podcast we discuss
  • How Kari came to create the underlying technology for MBODY360
  • How MBODY360 tracks actively and passively to create real connection
  • Why MBODY360 has become a key tool in Dr Pedre's practice

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #14
Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine News Videocast for April 9th 2016
 
This week we bring in a special guest news curator, Dr. David Ludwig, and we bring you the most compelling articles from his Facebook page and his Medium blog. Dr Ludwig is an Endocrinologist and Researcher at Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital, and #1 NYT Best Selling Author of "Always Hungry"
 
Top stories this week
 
- CDC Announces Declining Life Expectancy in the USA for the first time
- 3000+ Person Study Shows Full Fat Dairy Reduces Type 2 Diabetes
- Price on Insulin Tripes from 2002 - 2013 and Implications
- Endocrine Society Reports Bisphenol S (BPS) as Toxic as BPA
 
Please keep your favorite news stories coming to us, send them to news@goevomed.com
 
Thanks so much to our sponsors "The Uber for Phlebotomists" who are radically improving the efficiency of Functional Medicine. Sign up now at www.goevomed.com/IGGBO
Direct download: April_9th_News.mp3
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Future of Patient Compliance: Part 10: Healthwave to Fullscript
Future of Patient Compliance: Part 10: Healthwave to Fullscript
 
If you have been following our work for the last year, you know we have been big supporters of Healthwave. As a technology platform that makes it easy to prescribe professional grade supplements with no overhead requirements and a best in category user experience, we see it as a key tool in the development of a low overhead, high value practice model.
 
When we started this "Future of Patient Compliance" series, marrying the shift from compliance to empowerment with the technological tools to accelerate it, Kyle Braatz, the CEO of Healthwave was our first guest on the first episode. A year later, Healthwave has undergone a transformation to Fullscript.com. As we find out in this podcast, this is more than a branding change, this represents a massive upgrade in their service, not only adding full online and offline integration of inventory, but not the availability of all product lines on the platform, making it truly brand agnostic.
 
In this podcast you will learn
  • Why an e-prescribe platform is a key part of any integrative micro practice
  • What was the reason for Healthwave to shift to Fullscript
  • Some of the exciting new adherence features of the new service

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #13
Welcome to our video newscast for April 2nd 2016.

In this week's episode we cover 
 
- Opioid Induced Constipation and its relevance to our community
- A new technology to tell you exactly whats in your food
- The AAP recommends that breast feeding should not be referred to as 'natural' 
 
Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues.
 
Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360. Find out more about their adherence and plan delivery app at www.goevomed.com/MBODY.
 
Direct download: April20220News.mp3
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Future of Patient Compliance: Part 9: Solving Organ Donation

We are thrilled to welcome back our most popular podcast series "The Future of Patient Compliance" where we talk to technologists helping to solve problems in medicine, specifically those charting the shift from "compliance" to empowerment.

This week we feature a real mover and shaker, Jenna Arnold, co-founder of ORGANize.org, a technology start up aiming to solve the complex problem of organ donation forever in 4 years. As audacious as it sounds they have made amazing progress in the last to years and are under a month away from a major White House policy announcement.

Register here: http://organize.org/

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • Why organ donation is such a seemingly complex problem
  • How ORGANize is solving the problem and how you can  help
  • Lessons for practitioners on how to inspire your patients WHY

Evolution of Medicine News Podcast #12

In this week's episode we announce a new regular segment for the news. The last Saturday of each month we will do a new spin on the news called "Charting the Convergence", discussing specifically how the practitioner community is converging to make maximum impact in medicine. Choosing the stories and joining us each month will be John Weeks, journalist, campaigner and chronicler of the movement for more than three decades.

This week you will learn about

- The CDC's recent communication on opioid abuse

- How DCs, NDs and L.Acs responded to the news

- The important role of pain care in the convergence

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues. Thanks to our sponsor, Healthwave. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/healthwave

John Weeks is a chronicler, speaker, change agent and executive with three decades in leadership of the movement for integrative health. He works at the convergence of that historic trend with the medical industry’s recent engagement with creating health. John has consulted and presented with multiple major health care organizations – among these the NIH, WHO, AHA, AAMC, IOM, and APHA – and numerous other academic and professional organizations. He helped found key collaborations in the field including the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. John’s writing appears regularly at the Huffington Post, Integrative Practitioner, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the Integrator Blog, and elsewhere. He speaks regularly on the movement's evolution, core challenges and opportunities. He attended Stanford for 3 years, studying history. Four institutions have granted John honorary doctoral degrees. Seattle-based, Weeks feels particularly lucky to have worked 6 of the past 15 years from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico with his spouse and their two children. 

 
Direct download: March202620News28129.mp3
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Leaders of The kNEW School: Collaboration vs Competition
Welcome back to the Leaders of the kNEW School podcast series where we speak with female leaders in medicine who are bringing their feminine qualities into healthcare.

This week, I speak with my friend, JJ Virgin.  She is a celebrity nutritionist and NY Times best selling author.  She, also, organizes The Mindshare Summit where she brings health entrepreneurs together into one room to brainstorm ideas to make everyone's ventures more successful. In this podcast, she speaks to the importance of collaboration versus competition and how healthcare providers can start collaborating and leave the competition model behind.

What you will learn in this podcast:
 
  • JJ's motto for development of collaboration over competition
  • What is the Health Mafia?
  • Which event will James be speaking at in August?

Evolution of Medicine Newscast #11
This was our best news ever... 
 
Welcome to our video newscast for March 19th 2016.


In this week's episode we cover

 

- "Spring Forward" - what are the health ramifications

- Meditation and exercise - synergistic tools for depression

- Dr. Kelly Brogan hits #1 in various categories with no media

 

We welcome your thoughts and feedback! Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleague.

 

Thanks to our sponsor, Liberty Direct. Find out more about the first affordable alternative to health insurance go to www.goevomed.com/liberty

Direct download: March2019th20News.mp3
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Leaders of The kNEW School: Hormones and Complexity
Each week on the Leaders of the kNEW School series, we are speak to female physicians who are changing the conversation with medicine and building us towards a medical system that is much more effective at treating chronic disease.

Today we feature Dr. Stephanie Daniel and we speak about thyroid and hormonal health.  We'll also be featuring Dr. Daniel at the next Functional Forum on April 4th in San Francisco. You can find more out more about her work on her website at functionalmedicineSF.com

What you will learn in this podcast:
  • thyroid and hormonal health and it's complexity
  • the role of evolutionary biology
  • how intuition plays a role in her practice

Evolution of Medicine Newscast #10
Welcome to our newscast for March 12th 2016.

In this week's episode we cover 
 
- How a bears hibernation is driven by its microbiome
- Dr. David Katz makes fun of the modern medical headline
- Donald Trump's 7 Point Healthcare Plan
 
Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues 
 
Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/MBODY.
Direct download: March_12th_News2.mp3
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Leaders of the kNEW School: The Power of Listening

Our new podcast series focused on leading female physicians bringing feminine qualities to medicine continues this weekend with Dr. Tami Meraglia. "Dr Tami MD" rose to fame last year with her best selling book "The Hormone Secret" and lectures across the world on hormones, health and even bio-hacking.

What many practitioners don't know is that Dr Tami has been a keen proponent of integrative and functional medicine for many years and has built a thriving membership practice in the Seattle area. In this episode we not only looked at what she feels is the key skill to being a great doctor, listening, but also why she started a membership practice and how that practice model provides a more matriarchal framework for patient engagement.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • The key skills practitioners have to learn to be great listeners
  • The best types of questions to ask for real engagement
  • How technology empowers her membership practice

Leader of the kNEW School: Intergenerational Inattention
We continue this exciting series "Leaders of the kNEW School" with a fresh new face for our content. Dr Tasneem Bathia (Dr Taz) is becoming an increasingly visible figure in the integrative medicine space, teaching about all aspects of modern practice to physicians across the country, as well as many TV appearances.
 
Her practice is focused on families, women and their children, and this gives her an interesting viewpoint of the heart of medicine. We cover some of the most innovative areas of kNEW medicine, including intergenerational epigenetics, the power of attention with tips for delivering higher quality care. 
 
In this episode we cover:
 
What is the heart of medicine?
The intergenerational legacy of inattention
How to bring kNEW medicine to institutions

Evolution fo Medicine Newscast #9
Welcome to our video newscast for February 26th 2016.
 
In this week's episode we cover 
 
9 Steps to End Era of 'Complex Incentives' and 'Excessive Measurement' in Health Care
- The Cleveland Clinic doubles it's Functional Medicine Center
- Bernie vs Hillary on Integrative Healthcare
 
Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/MBODY.
Direct download: Feb_27_News.mp3
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Leaders of the kNEW School: Community and Leadership in Action
 
It is always a great feeling when serendipity makes its way into the programming of the Evolution of Medicine. This "Leaders of the kNEW School" series had been planned for a while with the topics of female leadership, community and empowerment planned into the narrative.
 
Last Friday, we had the opportunity to connect with three female doctors who have been taking our structure for creating community to the next level with the vastly accelerated growth of their Orange County, CA Functional Forum meetup. Dr. Sunny Raleigh, Dr. Kelly McCann and Dr. Carrie Ganek have grown their meetup to over 100 participants and now have serious sponsors, expanding interest and we thought it would make the perfect story for this podcast series of community and leadership in action.
 
More than anything we hope this podcast inspires YOU to start a community of health providers in your area, wherever in the world you find yourself.
 
In this podcast you will learn
  • The intrinsic need for community and connection and how this meetup came to be
  • How these three doctors worked together to grow their community locally
  • Next level community: Sponsors, momentum and vulnerability

Evolution of Medicine Newcast #8

Welcome to our video newscast for February 20th 2016. In this week's episode we cover:

-3-D Printed pills - Is this the future of supplements?
-T-Cell cancer breakthrough - 94% remission from new therapy
-Zika Virus update - What should we all think about it?

Thanks to our sponsor, Healthwave. Find out more about their new point of sale platform at www.goevomed.com/healthwave


Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

Direct download: Feb202020News.mp3
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Leaders of the kNEW School: Intuition and Community
With such great feedback on our new podcast series, we are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Aviva Romm, who was a speaker on our first Evolution of Medicine Summit in 2014. Unlike previous "Leaders of the kNEW School" like Dr. Kelly Brogan and Dr. Mimi Guarneri, Dr Romm started not as a doctor, but as a midwife and herbalist, eventually doing her medical training at Yale.
 
In this podcast we talk about this transition, what she has learned along the way and talk about two massive topics in the shift from patriarchal medicine to a more feminine medicine: intuition and community. Dr Romm's unique perspective is a breath of fresh air for all health professionals.
 
In this episode you will learn.
 
- What Dr. Romm learned in her journey from herbalism to medicine
- The important role of intuition in her clinical practice
- The role of community and matriarchy in the new medical paradigm

Evolution of Medicine Newscast #7
Welcome to our video newscast for February 13th 2016.

In this week's episode we cover

- Microcephaly - how to pronounce it, and is it caused by Zika or an insecticide?
- How does music affect the health of your patients?
- Implantable technologies and the future of biohacking

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

Thanks to our sponsor, MBODY360. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/MBODY
 
Direct download: Feb201320News.mp3
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Leaders of the kNEW School: Female Leadership
Leaders of the kNEW School: Female Leadership
 
After the incredible response from our community to our first episode of this new podcast series with Kelly Brogan, MD we are thrilled to welcome, for the second episode, a giant of the Integrative Medicine space.
 
Dr. Mimi Guarneri is an internationally recognized leader of the movement, acting as President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and is quadruple board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine.
 
In this podcast we track Dr. Guarneri's journey from interventional cardiologist to leading integrative physician and what she has learned along the way in the context of the conversation of kNEW medicine.
 
In this podcast you will learn
 
- What lead to Dr Guarneri's change of practice almost 25 years ago
- The prominent role of female educators in the integrative space
- The role of intuition in medicine and it's relevance to complexity

Evolution of Medicine Newscast #6
 
Welcome back to our weekly video newscast. This week we welcome a special guest to join us for the news, the long time industry leader, activist and journalist John Weeks.

In this week's episode we cover

- The scary implications of the new depression guidelines
- Dr David Katz' angry response to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

- What Obama's $1.1bn ask for opioid addiction was missing

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

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Direct download: Feb20620News.mp3
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Leaders of the kNEW School: Feminine Medicine
Evolution of Medicine is thrilled to announce a new series of podcasts for February and March 2016 called "Leaders of the kNEW School". Over the last two years, through our Functional Forum, our two Summits and our podcast we have featured a heroic tribe of (mostly) young, passionate doctors leading medicine towards the new paradigm.
 
When we took a step back to examine what the common features of this new paradigm were, two things became very clear. 
 
Firstly, through our second Summit "Healthcare from Scratch", it became clear that the current system and this new paradigm look remarkably different. Whilst the Western medical model is primarily patriarchal in nature (use of force, domination of disease, deterministic and mechanical) the common characteristics of this new paradigm (empowerment, community, nurture, intuition) are decidedly more feminine in nature. 
 
Secondly, there is much value in the new paradigm in knowledge and understanding. How much more effective would medicine be if you..
  • kNEW you were capable of reversing your chronic disease?
  • kNEW your genetic weaknesses and strengths?
  • kNEW the predictive antibodies in your system and what that meant?
  • kNEW other people in your community with the same disease?
  • kNEW yourself so well you didn't need a doctor?
These two understandings underpin this new podcast series. We have chosen an exciting group of female physicians leading the charge towards a new paradigm in medicine. Over the coming weeks you will hear from industry leaders like Dr. Mimi Guarnieri, Dr. Aviva Romm and many more. For our first episode we speak to holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, author of upcoming book "A Mind of Your Own" and fan favorite on our Summits and Forums.
 
On this podcast you will learn
  • Why the paradigm shift in medicine is towards feminine medicine
  • How we predict and reverse disease before they manifest
  • The powerful role of intuition in cases of complexity

At the December 2015 Functional Forum, Holistic Nutrition Lab's Andrea Nakayama referred to 2016 as 'The Year of Empathy'. It seemed to elicit a great response from the audience and so we asked her back in the studio to expand on her thoughts.

We have been a big fan of Andrea's work for a year now, one of the major reasons being that she has created a completely scalable education program to help an unlimited number of health professionals reach mastery in the field of Functional Nutrition. It is one thing to be able to deliver great care, but to reverse engineer the process so others can follow in her footsteps consistently.

What you will learn in this podcast:
  • Why empathy is having a comeback in medicine
  • Andrea's 8 Part Framework for delivering empathy in a clinical setting
  • The role of intuition in medicine and how to develop it

Andrea made one of her video trainings available free for all listeners and you can access the video training here: www.goevomed.com/empathy

Direct download: James20Maskell_Andrea20Nakayama.mp3
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Evolution of Medicine Newscast #5
Welcome to our fifth video newscast for January 23rd 2016.

In this week's episode we cover

- Why BPS is the new BPA and what that says about marketing and plastic
- How Flint, Michigan's water became an international news story on toxicity
- The absurdity of the official emails released regarding Flint

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

Thanks to our sponsor, Holistic Nutrition Lab. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/HNL
Direct download: Jan202320News.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Social Genomics: The Science of Community

Last August, our Functional Forum came from the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Annual International Conference in Austin TX. Of all the amazing speakers, we chose to highlight the talk of George Slavich, PhD, a researcher from UCLA’s Stress Lab.

Check out the highlights from his talk here.

His field: Social Genomics: A new area of science that looks at the correlative and causative factors behind social stress, and their effects on gene expression. The answers they are uncovering are fascinating, as are the questions those answers lead us to.

This is a must listen for any health professional passionate about ‘root cause resolution’ and opens up a new paradigm in diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease. UCLA has also developed "STRAIN", an "X-Ray for Stress" that allows you to compare patients stress objectively. Check it out here.

 
 What you will learn in this podcast:
  • What is social genomics and what are they measuring?
  • Why the brain and the immune system are so intimately linked?
  • Social isolation vs. diet, exercise and smoking.. what’s worst?
Direct download: Social20Genomics20with20George20Slavich.mp3
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Evolution of Medicine Newscast #4
Welcome to our fourth video newscast for January 16th 2016.

In this week's episode we cover:

- The recent massive raising of drug prices and the implications
- What General Mills buying the epic bar says about future of nutrition
- What lead Detroit Public School teachers to a 'sick-out' 

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

Thanks to our sponsor, Holistic Nutrition Lab. Find out more about their functional nutrition education at www.goevomed.com/HNL

Direct download: Jan_16_News.mp3
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The Paleovedic Diet
At first glance, the concepts behind 'paleo' and 'Ayurveda' might seem completely at odds. Ayurveda is all about eating vegan and 'typing' and paleo is all about dogma and eating meat, right?
 
Not according to, Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard trained physician and author of the new book 'The Paleovedic Diet', one that draws from the strengths of each to create something unique. By personalizing paleo concepts by type and emphasizing vegetables in a paleo framework, you can get the best of both worlds.
 
This diet has been particularly successful for the treating of autoimmune disease which is a particular focus for Evolution of Medicine in 2016. Dr Palanisamy is also the host of an upcoming event on Evolutionary Medicine at UCSF with other EvoMed favorites like Chris Kresser. Check it out here!
 

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • The rationale and proven success of the "Paleovedic Diet'
  • How much more nutrient dense a wild apple is than a 'regular apple'
  • What evolutionary medicine is and why it is important

Get your copy of: The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease

Direct download: The20Paleovedic20Diet20Akil20Palanisamy.mp3
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Evolution of Medicine Newcast #3

Welcome to our third news videocast for January 9th 2016.

   
In this week's episode we cover:

  

- The Los Angeles gas leak that has doctors worried
- Patients need information at a 6th grade level
- Why you might not want to rely on Fitbit data

  

Please send us your best news stories to news@goevomed.com and feel free to share this with colleagues

  

Thanks to our sponsor, Holistic Nutrition Lab. Find out more about their functional nutrition

The Motivation Molecule
We wanted to start 2016 with something equally motivating and valuable. Over the last year we have been tracking Dr. Sachin Patel's work at the Living Proof Institute. If you haven't started following him on Facebook, I highly recommend it. 
 
If you were watching the December Functional Forum you saw this wisdom from him, which is typical! 
 
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In this week's podcast we hear from Dr Patel on a range of topics related to his upcoming book "The Motivation Molecule." Using the strategies you hear in today's podcast you can help even your most stubborn patients get motivated for a transformative 2016.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • What is the motivation molecule?
  • How do we individualize our motivation strategy to engage every patient?
  • What is the most important question to ask each patient?
Direct download: The20Motivation20Molecule20with20Sachin20Patel.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Evolution of Medicine Newscast #1
 
Welcome to our second video newscast for January 2nd 2016.
 
In this week's episode we cover
 
- The surprising drinking dichotomy of older and younger Americans
- A Nobel Prize for Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Harvard study on meditation and medical costs
 
Please share with a colleague!
 
James
Direct download: Jan_2_News.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

2016 Gameplan: Doctor to Entrepreneur?
 
If you have been following the Functional Forum for a while you know that we recommend Freedom Practice Coaching for practitioners looking for a high touch coaching relationship. You would have heard Matt Lowman on the podcast a few times and twice on the Functional Forum.
 
It is Matt's partner, Dr. Charlie Webb, who actually built the model practice that FPC trains practitioners in. We had a chance to visit his practice last year and have also been featured in the same conferences as Dr. Webb this year and found his message inspiring.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to 'go big' and make 2016 the year you transform your practice, you will find Dr Webb's message inspiring and empowering.
 
In this podcast you will learn
 
- The mindset and assets required to build a strong practice in 2016
- 'Presidential Marketing' - what it is and how to do it effectively
- FPC's new offering for 2016 and how it is different from what has come before
 
Direct download: Doctor20to20Entrepreneur20with20Charlie20Webb.mp3
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"What I Learned from Speaking to 1000 Doctors"
What you might not know about the Evolution of Medicine and the Functional Forum is the origin story. How did we learn about the needs of doctors to create this vibrant community?
 
From 2007-2010, CEO, James Maskell had the opportunity to meet thousands of doctors and health practitioners during his role as a sales rep for a supplement company. This experience proved invaluable for creating the Functional Forum.
 
Fast forward to 2015, where we launched the Evolution of Medicine company, and one of the first things we created was the Evolution of Medicine concierge program, a 30 minute free session for doctors and practitioners interested in building their own integrative micropractice. (you can still book a session now)
 
Our co-founder, Gabe Hoffman, has been running the concierge program for the whole year, speaking to over a thousand practitioners. In this podcast he wraps up what he has learned from this experience. This should be required listening for any practitioner looking to build a successful practice.
 
What you will learn from this podcast:
  • The common thread of 99% of all the practitioners
  • Why the large wellness center is a dangerous vision
  • Common pitfalls that practitioners fall into

Evolution of Medicine Video Newscast #1
This is the first episode of our new weekly newscast. Each week we wrap up the news making the rounds that are relevant to the modern integrative practitioner. This week we look at:
 
- American Medical Association and pharmaceutical ads
- The level of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan
- Most cancer isn't down to luck
- Lettuce is worse for the environment than bacon
- Martin Shkreli gets arrested for fraud
 
Please send your favorite news stories to news@goevomed.com.
 
Thanks to Healthwave for sponsoring. Open a free account today at www.goevomed.com/healthwave
 
 
Direct download: Dec_18_News.mp3
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#8 Best Of 2015- The Micropractice Evolution: Ideal Medical Care

Dr. Pamela Wible is one of the leading voices for the shift from production based medicine to relationship based medicine. We were first introduced to Dr Wible at the Heal Thy Practice Conference in Long Beach, CA, where she was interviewing doctors about their experience in production based medicine.

The story of how she decided what her Eugene, OR practice would look like is an incredible addition to our Micropractice Evolution series and shows off the massive value of a patient centric medical model.

In the last few years, she has gained much recognition (and a spot in this years TEDMED roster) for speaking about a taboo subject in medical circles... Physician Suicide. In this podcast Dr Wible shares some incredibly sad statistics on just how many people this affects and some of the never-spoken-of causes. This has lead to multiple TED talks and media opportunities, and we support Dr Wible 100% in her quest to bring light to these shadows!

In this podcast you will learn

  • The shocking statistics of physician suicide in America. How many doctors and how many patients affected?
  • What are some of the underlying causes of this epidemic
  • How ideal medical care, and micropractices, can solve this issue

Click the link below to visit her website!

Learn More!


#7 Best Of 2015- Functional Corporate Wellness: $bn Opportunity

This week's podcast one of the most important messages we have ever put out through this medium. Our vision for creating a vastly more effective health system is to empower 100,000 integrative micropractices focused on root cause resolution and community health. That might seem awfully far away at first glance, but many forces are converging to accelerate this reality, and one of them is corporate wellness.

Want new patients? Lower overhead? Cash over insurance? All this is possible when you contract directly with businesses.

America is unique in it's system of having businesses pay majority of the the health care insurance of their employees. The reasons date back to the great depression when there were wage freezes and businesses competed for talent via these types of perks. Once it was written into the tax code in the 1950s, it took off. Now, it has the potential to be the driving force behind your work, and your practice, being more valuable than ever.

Check out this 2 minute clip from our February Forum where I asked Tom Blue, Chief Strategy Officer of the AAPP, about the opportunity for functional and holistic providers to take advantage of working directly with businesses.

Businesses need to cut costs. Businesses know how to cut costs. They likely know the costs of each one of their employees. More and more of them are self insuring and looking for innovative ways to reduce the long term costs of chronic disease management. You are the answer to their problem, you just need to connect the dots. This week's webinar will help that process.

We have brought in Pedram Shojai, founder of Well.org to help us navigate the tricky terrain of corporate wellness. Pedram is not only a Oriental Medical Doctor by profession, but is also contracted with over 2200 companies looking for the services you provide, and is ready to empower you to engage the companies in your area. This week's podcast gives a great overview of the potential, and we have created a special event on Monday with a lot more information. Save the date!

Please join us this Monday, April 20th at 8pm EST, for a special webinar on how to attract and retain corporate business in your clinic.

REGISTER HERE

In this podcast you will learn

  • How Pedram got involved with corporate wellness
  • Why now is such a hot time for business and wellness providers
  • Some practical first steps for courting corporate business
Direct download: Functional_Corporate_Wellness_with_Pedram_Shojai.mp3
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#6 Best Of 2015 - The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 1

Here at the Evolution of Medicine our goal is to help to create structures that are capable of dealing with the modern epidemics of lifestyle driven chronic disease. Central to this shift is a movement from a patriarchal "Doctor Centric" model to more of an empowerment "Patient Centric" model. How can we create structures and systems that accelerate this movement? That is the purpose of this podcast series.

If you have been following our work for a while, you know that our co-founder, Gabriel Hoffman, is passionate about this topic, and has spoken on it at the Functional Forum, Evolution of Medicine Summit and more. Gabe has been a health coach for 10 years and in this series we marry the power of coaching to inspire behavior change with the power of technologies to scale and systemize these empowerment structures.

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Each week our two co-founders, Gabe Hoffman and James Maskell, will lead a discussion on this crucial topic with CEOs of some of the most technologies tools that we have seen to accelerate the Evolution of Medicine. For our first podcast, we feature Healthwave CEO Kyle Braatz.

In this podcast you will learn

  • Gabe's simple three step strategy to engage patients into their process
  • The abysmal adherence of the current model for supplement prescribing
  • How Healthwave makes it easy for patients to be "compliant"
  • The different stages of building practices and how Healthwave empowers that growth

To find out more about Healthwave, please follow this link!

Learn More!

Direct download: The_Future_of_Compliance_-_Part_1_with_Kyle_Braatz.mp3
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#5 Best Of 2015- IHPC Part 1: How Integrative Medicine Won

At the very first Functional Forum in February 2014, the first thing that Founder and Host James Maskell gave the rallying cry ‘we need to start acting like we are winning, and stop acting like we are losing’. This simple concept gave the Forum the momentum and energy it needed to become the world’s largest integrative medicine conference.

 

One of our favorite talks at the AIHM Annual Conference in San Diego this year was cut from the same cloth. John Weeks, with a career spanning over two decades supporting this emerging field, gave an incredible talk called “Connective Tissue: How Integrative Medicine Won” giving a 50 year history of the integrative medicine movement and sharing the people, strategies and timelines that moved integrative medicine to mainstream acceptance.

 

This is must listen material for every integrative medicine professional, not only cataloging the past but also energizing the future of the movement, in a way that is 100% congruent with the mission and goals of the Evolution of Medicine.

 

What you will learn in this podcast 

  • How and why the movement was born  in the sixties
  • The three major eras of development from 1980 to today
  • Why the health professional of the future will be a change agent

#4 Best Of 2015- BBC PrimeTime: "Doctor in the House"

If you have been following the Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine, you have seen more and more of Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. He was interviewed in both our August and September Functional Forums, and was the keynote speaker for our Evolution of Medicine Summit launch in September. We have referred to him as a game changer in medicine, but without the ability to exactly share why or how he is going to change the game.

Well, we are excited to finally break the news! Dr Chatterjee will make his prime time TV debut on BBC1 (in the UK) tonight, Thursday, November 19th, as the star of a new show "Doctor in the House". Over the next three episodes, Dr Chatterjee will show 5m+ viewers the full power of lifestyle and functional medicine, reversing complex, chronic cases in just four weeks.

Hear the back story of how he got picked for the show, what it was like to do and the impact that this will have on medicine in a critical time for the NHS and all health systems trying to find sustainable solutions for chronic disease.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • The crazy story of how James and Rangan first met
  • How he beat out 900 doctors to become the star of the show
  • A behind the scenes look into a TV show that will change the world.

You can follow Dr. Chatterjee on Facebook and Twitter

Learn More


#3 Best Of 2015- The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 3

Here at the Evolution of Medicine our goal is to help to create structures that are capable of dealing with the modern epidemics of lifestyle driven chronic disease. Central to this shift is a movement from a patriarchal "Doctor Centric" model to more of an empowerment "Patient Centric" model. How can we create structures and systems that accelerate this movement? That is the purpose of this podcast series.

In our first episode in the series we spoke to Healthwave CEO Kyle Braatz and in the second episode we spoke to Freedom Practice Coaching CEO Matt Lowman, two companies whose technologies can drive and systematize effortless patient empowerment. In this episode we bring in Holistic Nutrition Lab Founder and CEO Andrea Nakayama, a technology that trains practitioners in the art and science of Functional Nutrition. Her ideas on empowerment really resonated with everything Gabe and I have seen in the field and so we are excited to add her to this series.

In this podcast you will learn

  • Why the 'therapeutic partnership' is the fundamental foundation of patient empowerment
  • How stories and metaphors help it make it easy for patients to understand the "Why" of your protocol
  • The best questions to use early in the intake form to get to root cause and empower patients
  • How Andrea's work comes together with Matt and Kyle's technologies work to form a powerful force

To find out more about Holistic Nutrition Lab, and to claim their free e-book on Functional Nutrition please follow this link!

Learn More!


#2 Best Of 2015- Bread Head: An Alzheimer's Story

Episode #22

Max Lugavere is on a very personal mission to change the way millennials think about Alzheimer's prevention. His upcoming film, "Bread Head" looks at the new science on how diet can affect your chance of developing this terrible disease. So far, he has interviewed an amazing array of innovators in this field, and you can help him co-create the rest!

Max just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the rest of this important movie. Unless we make a radical change and can prevent this disease, it looks set to bankrupt every industrialized nation, mainly because it takes 2-3 care givers for every patient.

Please visit his Kickstarter page and help this vision become a reality! This was one of our best podcasts so far.

Max Lugavere

What you will learn from this podcast

  • Why Alzheimer's prevention is a personal passion for Max
  • The emerging science of prevention and what it means for you
  • How you can play a part in co-creating this movie with Max
Direct download: Bread_Head_-_An_Alzheimers_Story_with_Max_Lugavere.mp3
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#1 Best Of 2015- The Micropractice Evolution: Corporate Wellness

​This might be the most powerful podcast we have ever recorded​. We hear from Functional Medicine Dr. Ben Edwards from Lubbock, Texas along with his employer, Doug Allen. Not only does Dr. Edwards have a powerful story about his journey to Functional Medicine, but his current employer Doug Allen's incredible story of how he has added value to his employees by engaging them with various forms of integrative medicine, from chiropractic to nutrition to a full blown Functional Medicine clinic in his factory.​

In this podcast you will learn

  • Dr. Edwards and Doug's incredible story and it's potential to change medicine
  • The impact on productivity and work site accidents of engaging workers in proactive medicine
  • The impact on all the stakeholders of innovating in corporate wellness

Click the link below to visit his website!​

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IHPC Part 2: Activating Through CoverMyCare.Org

Last week on the podcast we shared the epic history that took integrative medicine from quackery to the future of chronic disease management. One of the major recent victories, among many achieved by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), was the non-discrimination clause (Section 2706) in the Affordable Care Act that should have opened integrative medicine to the masses through their insurance.

We say ‘should have’ as the insurance companies have generally been out of compliance with that directive. The IHPC has come up with a plan (and a website) to fight this, called CoverMyCare.org, with the goal of forcing insurance companies to be compliant with the ACA.

We welcome to the podcast IHPC Executive Director Alyssa Worstel and board member Susan Haeger as they share the success of the IHPC in getting the wording into the ACA, and how our new brand of health professionals, as transformative community leaders, can work together to enforce compliance with this law and take integrative medicine to it’s rightful place in medicine, primary care.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • How the IHPC came to being and how it supports its 400k license integrative health professionals
  • What the Section 2706 non discrimination provision of ACA should have done
  • How you can get involved to help force insurance companies into compliance

The State of the Evolution: Thanksgiving Episode

Throughout the year our two co-Founders, James Maskell and Gabe Hoffman, take the opportunity to share with our community, the “State of the Evolution” address on our Evolution of Medicine Podcast, that gives a run down of the last few months and some of the plans for the months ahead.

 

Even by our standards, this last 6 months has been incredibly busy, including, but not limited to

 

  • Three Functional Forums in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine
  • The second “Evolution of Medicine Summit” including the 7 Hour Practice Hack-A-Thon
  • The launch of the first affordable alternative to health insurance, Liberty Direct
  • The Evolution of Medicine Film Festival
  • The launch of the first airborne probiotic cleaning system, Airbiotics

 

In this episode we discuss all of these events, and more, and share our appreciation for our team, our community and give some hints as to our intentions and goals for the year ahead.

 

Listen in to hear all of the above and more, including some funny stories and key emerging characters in the Evolution of Medicine

 

What you will learn from this podcast:

 

  • The impact of the IFM collaboration on our business and outlook
  • The hilarious back story of the hack-a-thon translocation
  • Our recommendation for the best holiday gift of 2015

 

Direct download: State20of20the20Evolution20-20Thanksgiving20Special.mp3
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Complexity In Medicine

One of the basics premises in Functional Medicine is systems biology. This helps providers and patients to look at the body for what it is: a complex, interconnected system. But complex medicine doesn't have to be complicated, and we are excited to feature speakers who make it easy for doctors to understand this transition from reductionism to complexity.

Dr. Bill Sutherland is a fascinating Canadian doctor whose book "Grand Rounds: Healing Wisdom for a Complex World" caught our attention at the Evolution of Medicine. In this podcast he shares with us his incredible journey from jazz to medicine, through family, martial arts, world travel and depression.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • Why we have to treat complex things in a complex way
  • Different ways to address complex situations from ADD to Cancer
  • The greater context of the role of the physician in creating health

Learn More

Direct download: Complexity_in_Medicine_with_Dr_William_Sutherland.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:52pm CDT

The Future of Patient Compliance: Episode 7

Over 70% of medical decisions start with a blood draw, and that makes it arguably the most important factor for the future of precision medicine. But how efficient is lab testing? Especially the use of specialty labs?

Throughout this series, we are looking at health technologies that have the potential to massively increase the efficiency of functional, integrative, and precision medicine. 

In this episode we interview Dr. Shaiv Kapadia, a practicing cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer of IGGBO, which has been described as the 'Uber for Phlebotomists'. With one in three blood draws never completed, this technology is helping solve a huge bottleneck in healthcare.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • Why 1/3 of blood draws aren't completed and what problems this leads to for their health
  • How IGGBO democratizes access to patient for specialized lab tests
  • Why improving the 'compliance' of blood draws is a key factor in driving behavior change

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The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 8

Every practitioner doing integrative, functional, holistic or naturopathic medicine (what we like to call "Root Cause Resolution") make some sort of dietary recommendations for their client as diet is a major cause of chronic disease and a modifiable part of health.

Unlike taking supplements of drugs, food habits go beyond "remembering to take things" but include organization, time management, shopping habits and more. Some providers are using health coaches, but there are emerging technologies that can scale the potential impact of providers at even lower cost.

Enter BodySite and their CEO John Cummings, a technology to empower patients with diet and lifestyle changes between office visits.

What you will learn in this podcast

  • Why behavior change is tougher for food than lifestyle or supplements
  • How to create more touch points for patients between visits
  • The way BodySite scales this process to deliver massive efficiency gains

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Direct download: Moises_Velasquez-Manhoff.mp3
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The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 6

Throughout this series we have been looking at a new paradigm of patient compliance, one focused on empowering patients towards their best heath. Technologies are arriving that not only create scale, but also reduce overhead.

One of the biggest truths right now is that the demand for Functional Medicine is out stripping the supply and there are many patients that are not within 25 miles of an effective provider.

Telemedicine is a technology that is changing g the game for Functional practices making it easier for them to serve patients, business and groups. In this podcast we hear from Andy O'Hara, CEO of Chiron telemedicine, and look at the role telemedicine can play in scaling functional medicine.

What you will learn

  • The most important value proposition of telemedicine
  • What doctors doing phone follow ups are missing out on
  • How the right telemedicine platform can help you create a great user experience with low overhead

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The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 5

Earlier in the year we created a series of four podcast document on the key transitions that we see are needed in the paradigm shift medicine is undergoing to get on top of chronic disease.

One of these key transitions is the shift from compliance, a patriarchal concept where the patient plays a passive role in their health, to empowerment, where the patient is an active participant.

Catalyzing this shift are technologies that help to automate and scale the way in which we engage and empower patients. In this first part of the second half of this series we speak to Dr. Priya Kamani and MD turned technologist who is equally passionate about this paradigm shift and has designed a technology to visualize and automate key parts of the functional medicine intake process.

In this podcast you will learn

  • The "4 Key Factors to Empowerment" Dr Kamani learned from her previous company
  • How LivingMatrix radically increases patient engagement and adherence
  • How LivingMatrix can form the backbone of a system to track outcomes and prove Functional Medicine

To find out more please book a demo

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Direct download: The_Future_of_Patient_Compliance_with_Priya_Kamani.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:31pm CDT

The Politics of the Evolution of Medicine

To warm up for next week's Evolution of Medicine Summit, this week on the podcast we connect with Alliance for Natural Health's Executive Director Gretchen DuBeau.

Those people in the USA that choose to live a healthy lifestyle, working actively to prevent and / or reverse chronic disease can sometimes take for granted the freedom to do so. We only have to look at Europe to see that this is not a given, and fortunately we have organizations like ANH working on our behalf to preserve our freedom of health choice.

In order to bring about the changes we would like to see in medicine, freedom of choice is a bedrock, but we need to continue to work together on retaining those freedoms.

In this podcast you will learn

  • What the Alliance For Natural Health is doing every day to maintain our health freedoms
  • The attacks on our health freedoms and where they come from
  • How we can work together with organizations like ANH to bring about real change to medicine

Evolution of Pediatrics

As we look forward to the 2015 Evolution of Medicine Summit, we are excited to bring you some of the best presentations from 2014 to whet your appetite.

Dr. Lawrence Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician in NY and has been on the forefront of educating both parents and practitioners about holistic pediatrics. Given that we are in the midst of the most rapid rise in chronic pediatric illness in human history, this couldn't be more timely.

Please enjoy the wisdom of one of our favorite educators as he takes you though the state of play in pediatrics and how we can evolve our understanding of the causes of chronic pediatric illness to prevent and recover children.

In this episode you will learn

  • Why pediatrics is so slow to evolve
  • The common causes of chronic pediatric illness
  • Best strategies to maintain and regain the health of a sick child

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Evolution of Medicine Film Festival

One of our major goals at the Evolution of Medicine and the Functional Forum is to help you build a strong community of engaged, healthy patients around your integrative practice. Back in 2013 I wrote an article for NDNR sharing a cutting edge marketing strategy used by Dr. Jeffrey Gladd to get 60 new patients in one night.

Since then, a number of practices have recreated the success of Dr. Gladd, using the power of movies to move prospective patients into their practice. It is only becoming easier and easier to pull off these events, due to technologies like Tugg that make it easy to schedule and market a movie screening.

Later this fall, we hope to inspire 500 practitioners and meetup groups to do a film screening during the same week and create a remarkable moment in this movement. Do you want to be one of those?

The movie we are recommending is "Escape Fire", as it is the film Dr. Gladd used and has been the most consistent movie for converting new patients. In this week's podcast we interview Jillian Burne, one of our most consistent attendees of our NYC Forum, about her experience doing a movie screening this Summer. Although she used a different film, the lessons she learned are invaluable to anyone looking to replicate this system.

Watch this space for the specific week we will be announcing the festival!

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Direct download: Movie_Night.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 2:17pm CDT

The Micropractice Evolution: Telemedicine

One of the biggest reasons why micropractices can be the future of primary care is that the need for physical office space is rapidly reducing due to the rise of telemedicine. With more and more insurance companies and doctors seeing the value of this approach, how do you know what are the best technologies to help you develop your telemedicine practice?

Once again, we defer to micropractice innovator and technologist Chris Kresser. Not only is he a sought after educator on the clinical side of Functional Medicine, but Chris is also an early adopter to telemedicine and technology. In this podcast he talks about his clinics evolution from Skype to more robust platforms and discusses the practicalities of practicing telemedicine.

In this podcast you will learn

  • Why telelmedicine is such a great fit for Functional Medicine
  • Chris' evolution from Skype to Zoom to Chiron
  • What to look for in a telemedicine provider

We are adding Chiron to the list of technologies we think empower a successful functional medicine practice. For more information click the link below to visit his website!

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The Micropractice Evolution: Functional on Insurance

Once we started talking about integrative micropractices on the Functional Forum, we started to hear from all sorts of doctors who had built their own practices, innovating on the model. Dr. Evan Hirsch is one doctor, who build his practice in Washington State mainly on insurance, which is pretty tough to do. Dr. Hirsch has since added some cash services but his practices may hold some key parts of a successful practice model for those doctors not looking to go all cash.

In this podcast you will learn

  • Dr. Hirsch's story of building a successful practice (via a micropractice model)
  • The codes that Dr Hirsch uses to bill his time and services with insurance
  • Revenue streams he has added to build out the model beyond insurance

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The Micropractice Evolution: H.O.M.E.

In May 2014, one of our favorite physicians Dr. Jeffrey Gladd came onto the Functional Forum to share his thoughts on what we were then calling "Integrative Medicine 2.0". Dr. Gladd has built a successful practice in rural Indiana. How could doctors use technology to deliver better integrative medicine?

One weekend before that talk, Dr. Gladd had a 'moment of clarity' and his talk on the Functional Forum started with Integrative Medicine 2.0, but ended with his vision for H.O.M.E. (Heirloom Organic Micropractices focused on Empowerment) You can see the video of his talk below.

During the talk, Dr. Gladd asked what medicine would look like if there was an integrative micropractice for every farmers market in America? That question sat very deeply with us at the Forum and lead to our vision for changing healthcare. 

100,000 integrative medical practices focused on root cause resolution and community health.

Since we shared that vision, many other doctors have got in touch to share their innovative micropractice model, leading to this podcast series. In this first episode we hear from Dr. Gladd from his talk from the 2014 Evolution of Medicine Summit, that was recorded that same weekend.

In this podcast you will learn

  • What doctors are afraid of and how to move past fear and build your dream practice
  • The H.O.M.E. model and how it can empower change
  • Dr. Gladd's other awesome innovations that have empowered great health

MindBody ToolKit

Dr. Kim D'Eramo is one of the most passionate doctors we have come across at the Evolution of Medicine. She is on a mission to change medicine by giving all doctors access to tools to combat the modern epidemics of chronic disease.

One of the major driving forces of all chronic diseases is chronic stress, and in her book, the MindBody Tool Kit she teaches patients and physicians ten of the most effective techniques for engaging the power of mind body medicine.

Enjoy the podcast, and pleas let us know your thoughts and feedback!

Click the link below to visit her website!

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Direct download: Mind-Body_ToolKit_with_Kim_DEramo.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:40pm CDT

Painful Story Turned 180 Degrees

In this podcast we hear the remarkable story of Thumper Thornton, a patient turned practitioner whose life is a perfect example of the ripple effects of Functional Medicine and recovery.

Most practitioners of integrative or Functional medicine have a unique story to tell that sent them down this path, sometimes it is personal, sometime it is a family member, but Thumper's story transcends those in a really fascinating way. Do you resonate with the message?

What you will learn

  • What drives new solutions in healthcare to meet unmet needs
  • Thumper's story and his road to recovery and what he now does to help others
  • The #1 skill needed in medicine, that has been lost, and now recovered through Functional Medicine

Click the link below to visit his website!

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Post IFM Recap: Inflection Point

After our last trip to Texas in October, we recorded a recap of everything that had happened in September, including the Evolution of Medicine Summit, and various other big events.

May 2015 was another massive month, with another trip to Texas and a lot more exciting things to share!

What you will learn from this podcast include

  • Our personal experience from the FPC and IFM Conferences
  • Who are the best dancers in the IFM Community (Gossip Section!)
  • What the relationship with IFM sets up for our mission and vision
Direct download: Post_IFM_Recap_-_Inflection_Point.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:05am CDT

Zoobiquity: What can we learn from vets?

Dr. Richard Palmquist is on the top holistic veterinarians in the country, not only building a significant t practice in Los Angeles, CA but also leading areas of research and academia.

We recorded this podcast back in April in LA, and he gave me a book called 'Zoobiquity' by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz. This book is incredible, showing the massive value of collaboration between doctors and vets.

In this podcast we look at this exact topic, looking at the value that can be added to doctors, vet and most importantly their patients by learning from each other.

This is exactly the reason why we have initiated the Functional Forum meetups (link to functionalforum.com/meetup) to create the space and community where practitioners can learn from each other.

What you will learn from the podcast

  • what doctors can learn from vets to improve patient care
  • what shopping supermarket isles can tell us about what people want
  • the differences between treating and healing, and implications for root cause resolution

To find out more about his book, please follow this link!

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The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 4

Here at the Evolution of Medicine our goal is to help to create structures that are capable of dealing with the modern epidemics of lifestyle driven chronic disease. Central to this shift is a movement from a patriarchal “Doctor Centric” model to more of an empowerment “Patient Centric” model. How can we create structures and systems that accelerate this movement? That is the purpose of this podcast series.

In our first episode in the series we spoke to Healthwave CEO Kyle Braatz and in the second episode we spoke to Freedom Practice Coaching CEO Matt Lowman, two companies whose technologies can drive and systematize effortless patient empowerment. In the third episode Andrea Nakayama, Founder of Holistic Nutrition Lab gave us her insights to the heart of an effective coaching framework.

We could not finish this series without hearing from Mette Dyhrberg of Mymee, as we are massive fans of her technology and patient empowerment is core focus of it.

In this podcast you will learn

  • How Mymee empowers a new level of relationship with all your patients and clients
  • Why a food diary is outdated in the real time world, especially when it comes to coaching change
  • How to maximize patient empowerment and speed new referrals from a technology
  • What Batman and Superman have to do with the Evolution of Medicine

To find out more about Mymee, please follow this link!

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The Future of Patient Compliance: Part 2

Here at the Evolution of Medicine our goal is to help to create structures that are capable of dealing with the modern epidemics of lifestyle driven chronic disease. Central to this shift is a movement from a patriarchal "Doctor Centric" model to more of an empowerment "Patient Centric" model. How can we create structures and systems that accelerate this movement? That is the purpose of this podcast series.

In our first episode in the series, we spoke to Healthwave CEO Kyle Braatz who shared some amazing statistics about "adherence" and how their technology can support that work. In this second episode we talk to Freedom Practice Coaching CEO Matt Lowman, a company designed to help any doctor or health professional build a successful functional medicine practice. Some of the systems they teach in their coaching program have a massive impact on "compliance" and empowerment, and it made so much sense to feature Matt as part of this series.

In this podcast you will learn

  • The powerful very personal story that fired up Matt about patients needing to 'have skin in the game'
  • Why front-loading costs on the first appointment is a big barrier to entry (and what to do about it!)
  • Why selling patients on every appointment wears on the psyche of the practitioner
  • How to set up your packages to incentivize the healthiest patient behaviors

To find out more about Freedom Practice Coaching, please follow this link!

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Direct download: The_Future_of_Compliance_-_Part_2_with_Matt_Lowman.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 12:31pm CDT

Vitamin D, Calcium and Root Cause Resolution

This week's podcast we bring in a nutrition rebel, Dr. Garrett Smith, to talk about some of his work in clinical nutrition. Dr. Smith is a Naturopathic physician practicing in Arizona with an interesting guiding principle.

"There is only one guiding principle in the philosophy of my practice. Many know it as the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” While this can be expanded in many ways, in my judgment everything eventually returns to this one concept. If I were the patient, I would want to be fully informed of all of my options, be educated as to why certain treatment approaches are preferable in my situation, understand fully what is being asked of me, and if necessary directed towards places and people where I can obtain necessary items and services for my recovery. My ultimate goal is to help patients get better and stay that way, regardless of treatment modality. That is what I would want, that is what I do my best to provide for my patients.”

In this podcast you will learn

  • The intricate relationship between Vitamin D and other essential nutrients
  • How hair mineral analysis guides his practice
  • Other clinical pearls in the goal of root cause resolution
Direct download: Vitamin_D.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT

Active Tracking for Behavior Change

We first came across Mette and her app Mymee in 2012 at Heal Thy Practice Conference in Long Beach, and we have been following it ever since. Mette is a regular at the Functional Forum in NYC and we are excited to bring you all her active tracking app to you. The concept is "Data Driven Coaching" and we couldn't be more excited about it.

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Mymee is unique in that it is the only active tracking app that is designed for use between a patient and practitioner. Imagine instead of recommending your patients a food diary and then waiting 30 days to see if they filled it out, you could see what your patients were eating, whether they were being compliant with their supplements in real time? That is the promise of Mymee and we think it is going to be a game changer. If you want to try out the technology, please visit her website.

This is part two of "tracking week", make sure to check out "Passive Tracking from the Front Lines: Oil Riggers."

In this podcast you will learn

  • Why active tracking is best for empowering behavior change How this would best work in a Functional Medicine practice The implications of this data (or lack of data) for your practice model

Passive Tracking from the Front Lines: Oil Riggers

Welcome to a podcast that is so powerful, it might cause your head to explode with excitement! We welcome onto the podcast Tyler Lafleur and Blake Bourque, two Louisianians on the cutting edge of the interaction between digital health and functional medicine. Blake is the CEO of Trinity Health, and Tyler is a nurse, Functional Medicine practitioner and President of Belle Diagnostics, and whats more they are offering an opportunity to work with your practice!

Blake and Tyler have a remarkable story to tell, one that shows that even the most unhealthy lifestyles can be empowered to change with the latest in digital technology. Blake and Tyler work with oil riggers, those well paid, strong men than run oil rigs. The are know for being very unhealthy, smoking and eating junk food. They are also so valuable to their employers that they are amongst the first people in the world to have 24 hour remote tracking of their vital signs. The good news is, as this technology gets cheaper and more widely available (think AppleWatch) that this could be a huge driver of behavior change.

This is part of our our two part series on tracking, please also see our podcast on Active Tracking with Mette Dhyrberg.

On this extremely enlightening and encouraging podcast we learned

  • Why their companies got involved in wireless diagnostics
  • The behavioral changes that arise from tracking unhealthy people
  • The incredible implication for Functional Medicine

Sustainable Micropractices: Canadian Edition

Dr. Christina Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor from Canada, and her passion and expertise covers two of the areas we are most excited about at the Evolution of Medicine... the microbiome and building a successful micropractice. Her website is www.naturalterrain.com, and you can see more about her work as a clinician and advocate for Naturopathic medicine.

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Dr. Bjorndal shared her experience from building a successful practice in Canada, which offers some unique challenges compared to the American market. Lots of value for any provider looking to create a sustainable practice model. Enjoy!

In this podcast you will learn

  • What type of marketing practitioners should focus on initially
  • How do manage expectations in building your practice
  • The benefits (and core strategies) to developing collaborative relationships in your community

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Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Structure Leads to Function

Dr. Laura Brayton has been one of the most consistent supporters of the Functional Forum since even before its inception. Back in 2012, when we started doing practitioner meetups in NYC, Dr. Brayton has always showed up and added value to her colleagues. As a Chiropractor and Nutritionist, she has built a hugely successful practice in Hoboken, NJ serving the entire family, focused on mothers and children.

Her passion for serving this community has recently taken her work to a whole new level with an upcoming book and podcast called "Well Adjusted Mama" which we are already a huge fan of. In this episode we talk "Structure Leads To Function" one of the tenets of Functional Medicine and also of the Chiropractic profession. Dr. Brayton matches a wealth of clinical knowledge to a history of building a very successful local practice, with tons of value for anyone taking time to listen!

In this podcast you will learn

  • Why structure and function are so 'aligned'
  • Why DCs are uniquely positioned to deliver Functional Medicine
  • How Dr. Brayton has developed a supportive peer group and community around her practice
Direct download: Structure_Leads_to_Function_with_Laura_Brayton.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Mold and BioToxin Illness

Functional Forum appearance on the Lyme Disease Panel. Dr. Dashore was originally trained in pediatric neurology in India, before coming to the USA. She has trained in Lyme with some of the leaders in the field of chronic Lyme, like Dr. Charles Ray Jones, Dr. Richie Shoemaker, and Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.

You can see her appearance on the Lyme Disease panel here:

Dr. Dashore, having spoken at some of the biggest Lyme conferences, has now turned some of her attention to an equally formidable foe, mold. This is a huge problem all over the world, but particularly in the Northeast of the United States, where we have the combination of lots of precipitation and old wooden houses. In this podcast, we go deep into how this issues, and look at solutions for it, both medical and clerical.

In this podcast you will learn

  • The new data on the scourge of mold on chronic disease
  • The common symptoms associated with mold toxicity
  • Best testing, protocols and tips for adding mold strategies to your practice
Direct download: Mold_and_BioToxin_Illness_with_Jodie_Dashore.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:41am CDT

Healthy Gut

Colon Hydrotherapy: Valuable to your Clinic?

This week we are excited to hear from two doctors who have been on the cutting edge of integrative medicine for a combined 80+ years. This is "Colon Hydrotherapy Week" and we look at both the science (both recent and ancient!) behind colon hydrotherapy, but also the practical value of adding this modality into your practice.

First off, Dr. Stephen Holt, who literally wrote the book. Initially trained as an Internal Medicine doctor and Gastoentorologist, Dr. Holt was also doing research on the gut microbiome decades before the Human Microbiome Project came out. He wrote the "Definitive Guide to Colon Hydrotherapy" in 2013 and is a passionate advocate for its ongoing use in optimal patient care.

What you will learn

  • The effect of Colon Hydrotherapy on the GI system, especially the microbiome
  • The drug category that took Colon Hydrotherapy out of fashion (and the Merck Manual)
  • Best practices for getting the most out of colon hydrotherapy

We also feature experienced Naturopath and Chiropractor Dr. Russell Kolbo, who has been practicing Colon Hydrotherapy for 44+ years in his clinic in Washington State. We had a very broad discussion on the value of this modality in a modern practice. We discuss the emerging understanding of the microbiome and how the naturopathic community was way ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding its role in regulation of health.

We also talked about some of the practical aspects of running Colon Hydrotherapy in your practice. You can find out more about Dr. Kolbo's practice and work at his website

This podcasts series was supported by the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapists.

Direct download: Healthy_Gut_with_Dr._Stephen_Holt.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 12:28pm CDT

Colon Hydrotherapy Demystified

Colon Hydrotherapy: Valuable to your Clinic?

This week we are excited to hear from two doctors who have been on the cutting edge of integrative medicine for a combined 80+ years. This is "Colon Hydrotherapy Week" and we look at both the science (both recent and ancient!) behind colon hydrotherapy, but also the practical value of adding this modality into your practice.

First off, Dr Stephen Holt, who literally wrote the book. Initially trained as an Internal Medicine doctor and Gastoentorologist, Dr Holt was also doing research on the gut microbiome decades before the Human Microbiome Project came out. He wrote the "Definitive Guide to Colon Hydrotherapy" in 2013 and is a passionate advocate for its ongoing use in optimal patient care.

What you will learn

  • The effect of Colon Hydrotherapy on the GI system, especially the microbiome
  • The drug category that took Colon Hydrotherapy out of fashion (and the Merck Manual)
  • Best practices for getting the most out of colon hydrotherapy

We also feature experienced Naturopath and Chiropractor Dr. Russell Kolbo, who has been practicing Colon Hydrotherapy for 44+ years in his clinic in Washington State. We had a very broad discussion on the value of this modality in a modern practice. We discuss the emerging understanding of the microbiome and how the naturopathic community was way ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding its role in regulation of health.

We also talked about some of the practical aspects of running Colon Hydrotherapy in your practice. You can find out more about Dr. Kolbo's practice and work at his website

This podcasts series was supported by the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapists.

Direct download: Colon_Hydrotherapy_Demystified_with_Russell_Kolbo.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 12:26pm CDT

Competition vs Collaboration Medicine?

We are really excited to welcome back our most popular podcast and Functional Forum guest Matt Lowman from Freedom Practice Coaching, along with co-founder Gabe Hoffman. We answer a question that comes up all the time for doctors doing integrative medicine... who is the competition?

The answers we gave we probably not what you are expecting. The potential for collaboration to build community health is huge, but we have to get over some long held beliefs to take advantage of it. Like my friend JJ Virgin says 'The Rising Tide Floats All Boats."

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In this podcast you will hear some of the practical advantages of working with other likeminded physicians (like reduce the costs of acquiring new patients) and learn about the benefits to starting a Functional Forum local meetup.

Three things you will learn from this podcast

  • Who is your real competition? The doctor down the street?
  • How do you build a collaborative community in your area
  • Why vulnerability with other providers leads to better results

Auto-Brewery Syndrome

This month at the Functional Forum we are focused on germs of all varieties, particularly the new science that is shifting our perspective on how we relate to our those 'critters' that live on, in and around us all the time. One fascinating example of symptoms that occur when this balance is off is "auto-brewery syndrome".

This syndrome refers to cases where the patient seems intoxicated (and can even fail a breathalyzer) without drinking any alcohol, as the alcohol is being made internally. Although extreme cases are not that common, there is growing evidence that the underlying issues affect many more people in a range of ways.

This week on the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Anup Kanodia, from Ohio. Not only is he one of the leading experts in this condition, but also through the lens of functional medicine he has developed successful protocols for reversing and treating this complex issue.

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In this podcast you will learn

  • The typical causes of auto-brewery syndrome and how to look for it in your patients
  • Dr. Kanodia's holistic protocol for reversing and treating it using functional medicine
  • What auto-brewery syndrome teaches us about the microbiome and more
Direct download: Auto-Brewery_Syndrome_with_Anup_Kanodia.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:28am CDT

5 Steps to Avoid Back Surgery

Healing Backs Without Surgery

Once upon a time Dr. David Hanscom was a back surgeon in the Pacific Northwest, cranking our surgeries like all of his colleagues. But in what is becoming more and more of a common story, a change in his own health made him think twice about his profession. That lead him to write his speciality-changing book "Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain".

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David Hanscom, MD • www.drdavidhanscom.com

In this podcast you can hear the amazing story, plus the 5 Step process that Dr. Hanscom has created to help anyone get our of chronic pain. It is a truly holistic approach, accessing the mind/body and emotional components of this debilitating condition.

Three things you will learn from this podcast

  • Dr. Hanscom's realization about back surgery and placebo
  • The 5-Step Process that Dr. Hanscom uses to reverse back symptoms
  • How you can replicate his protocol in your practice with ease
Direct download: 5_Steps_to_Avoid_Back_Surgery_with_David_Hanscom.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

New Models in Functional Medicine

Episode #23

New Model Week: Functional Medicine

Back in September, Dr. Robin Berzin was a keynote speaker at our EvoMed Summit kickoff event at ABC Home. In that event she dared to mention the elephant in the room for Functional Medicine. As a new doctor with student loans, she can't afford to see herself.

In that talk, that you can see here, she shared the solution to this problem was to "harness the digital technologies that are in our pockets that expand our reach and offer functional medicine services to the public at affordable prices".

Fast tracks a few months later, Dr. Berzin has her own new practice, Parsley Health, where she will be putting this into practice and setting a new model for functional medicine to be delivered at scale.

In this podcast you will learn

  • How digital technology can help make Functional Medicine affordable
  • The tools Dr. Berzin will be using in her new practice
  • How different providers can create a remarkable patient experience
Direct download: New_Models_in_Functional_Medicine_with_Robin_Berzin.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

New Models of Naturopathic Medicine

Episode #24

New Model Week: Naturopathic Medicine

Whilst at Naturopathic Medical School, Dr. Sara DeFrancesco realized there weren't many options for NDs emerging from school. Either become an employee on salary (making little impact on her student loan debt) or take a position working for another doctor and lose a large percentage of her earnings disappear. Was there another way?

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So, Dr. DeFrancesco created a new path and a new practice, called Thriving Force Natural Medicine. She has learned from a diverse groups of organizations, not only other providers with more business savvy, but also some of our work at the Evolution of Medicine. We are excited to feature young doctors looking to break the mold and attract the top graduates into integrative medicine.

On this podcast you will learn

  • The systemic problems of business training for doctors
  • The top things that Dr. DeFrancesco has learned along the way
  • Empowering news for those looking to follow in her footsteps

Direct download: EoM_Podcast_with_Fiona_and_Sarah.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

Creating a Thinking Environment

Dr. Donna Embree has been practicing a Naturopathic Doctor since the mid 1990s, before that she was a childhood educator. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Embree has taught doctors and other practitioners in holistic, bioenergetic and integrative medicine. One area of her teaching that is unique surround best practices in the patient / practitioner relationship.

As our medical model evolves to treat chronic and autoimmune diseases, getting patient 'compliance' and engagement is key. There are many strategies that are being used, but none are as effective as creating a "Thinking Environment", which comes from Nancy Kline's book "Time to Think". These strategies can also be used very effectively for creating great communication in your staff team.

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What you will learn from this podcast:

  • Why a "Thinking Environment" is crucial for optimal communication
  • Why a thinking patient is a 'compliant' patient
  • Ways to use this for better team communication
Direct download: Creating_a_Thinking_Environment_with_Donna_Embree.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:24pm CDT

The Evolution of Sex Therapy

One of our favorite regulars at the Functional Forum in NYC is TheSexMD, psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Castellanos. Her new book Wanting to Want gets into some of the most interesting areas of medical evolution that reflect her unique practice, like functional medicine and mind/body medicine.

As the link between sexual health and overall health becomes more and more clear, having skills and capacity to help with these issues is important for any truly holistic medical practice. Last week’s podcasts on vulnerability are very relevant in this area as well. Will you be trusted enough for your patients to open up in this area?

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What you will learn:

  • Why the mind / body connection is key to evolution of sexual health
  • Our new understanding of placebo and how to maximize it
  • Physical factors that influence optimal sexual health

Disrupting Therapy: Vulnerability at Scale

Back in June, my room mate at MindBodyGreen's Revitalize conference was "The Angry Therapist", John Kim. He is a licensed family therapist and has such an interesting story and mission, and is on a mission to disrupt therapy as we know it using a combination of technology and community.

Check out his great talk from Revitalize, definitely the funniest talk of the weekend!

What you will learn

  • Why technology has the potential to disrupt therapy as we currently know it
  • How John's vulnerability on his blog launched his brand (and what we can all learn)
  • The important role of exercise in optimal mental health and how to inspire it in patients

Radical Vulnerability: Developing Trust

Episode #18

Dr. Leana Wen is on a mission to change medicine. That road can be a little bumpy, especially when you ask physicians to change the way they practice. If her book, 'When Doctors Don't Listen' caused a stir among her colleagues, her ideas about physician openness opened the door to outrageous online abuse. Check out her amazing talk from TEDMED 2014!

This week on the Functional Forum we are talking about vulnerability in medicine. In this podcast Dr Wen argues, and we 100% agree, that physicians need to learn to be vulnerable with patients as it is in the only, and quickest, way to develop trust with patients. In the infectious disease model, this was not a necessary skill, but as medicine evolves to treat the causes of modern epidemics, this is an idea whose time has come.

What you will learn

  • How the physician community reacted to her calls for more transparency
  • 3 strategies for developing trust quickly with patients
  • What Functional Medicine can learn about selling supplements with integrity

Everest Learning Academy

This is our most exciting story of our podcast so far! We welcome Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren to the show, as well as Kathleen McManis. Dr Tel-Oren is a Functional Medicine doctor that travels extensively lecturing and holding skin lesion removal clinics of which the proceeds go to support his humanitarian efforts in Nepal. The Everest Learning Academy is a network of schools, community outreaches, orphanages, and day care centers that educate, nurture, and protect thousands of disadvantaged children in remote villages from child trafficking, prostitution and slavery.

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Recently, ELA was awarded status as an international Non-Governmental Organization, an honorary level given to other organizations such as Greenpeace, Peace Corps, and Amnesty International. Dr. Tel-Oren utilizes functional, dietary, clinical, and nutritional medicine plus special therapeutic modalities and in-depth detoxification protocols. Our work together is a reflection of functional medicine and energetic therapies in anti-aging, healing psoriasis, herpes and HPV, and optimal skin health.

Kathleen McManis comes to us live from Nepal as she shares what it is like being on the ground, being able to support this amazing project. Learn more about at nepali-children.org.

What you will learn

  • The Everest Learning Academy and its important role in helping children in Nepal
  • Dr Tel-Oren's unique journey to Functional Medicine via vaccine reaction
  • The important role of sulfur in detoxification and a unique source that helps kids
Direct download: 17-Everest_Learning_Academy_with_Dr._Adiel_Tel-Oren.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Solving the Sleep Epidemic

Sleep is one of the biggest areas of concern in modern medicine. Not only is lack of sleep being fingered as a leading cause of all sorts of chronic diseases, but there is an alarming lack of sleep specialists in the country to take care of these problems. As we have featured regularly in the Functional Forum or on this podcast, technology is stepping up to scale solutions to this problem.

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Dr. Rachel E. Salas is an assistant professor in Neurology at Johns Hopkins in Maryland. She has been working on a new app that empowers primary care, internal medicine and other practitioners to deliver great sleep care throughout the medical system, rather than just in the office of a sleep medicine specialist.

What you will learn

  • The real costs of sleep deprivation to society
  • Why all health providers really need to get great sleep
  • The details of this new app and how to get involved
Direct download: 16-Solving_the_Sleep_Epidemic_with_Rachel_Salas.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Hidden Genetic Switches

We at the Functional Forum as massive fans of Marks Daily Apple, a really practical paleo blog started by ex-professional athlete Mark Sisson. Mark has been inspiring people all over the world for a couple of decades and his blog is a natural digital extension of his core mission.

Mark-Sisson

With the paleo movement now in full swing, Mark is now interested in influencing the work of doctors as well as end users.

What you will learn

  • Hidden genetic switches and lifestyle mismatch
  • The rise of paleo and the microbiome
  • Why doctors need to be part of the paleo movement
Direct download: 14-Hidden_Genetic_Switches_with_Mark_Sisson.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Marketing vs Lead Flow

In the third in our special series of practice management podcasts, we looked at one of the most consistent areas of weakness for practices delivering root cause resolution medicine. Marketing. As doctors come from Western medicine they sometimes this marketing isn't necessary, but remember, pharmaceutical companies spend billions on marketing each year, driving patients to doctors by "Ask your doctor if..."

MattLowman

Matt, and his partner Dr Charles Webb from Freedom Practice Coaching, has been developing the "Patient Lead Flow" model for 10 years and now teach it to doctors as part of their FPC Bootcamp. Please visit fcpbootcamp.com for more information.

What you will learn

  • Why integrative doctors have a moral obligation to market heavily
  • Why marketing to a niche is crucial in connecting
  • How to pre-educate patients to set yourself up for success
Direct download: 15-Marketing_vs_Lead_Flow_with_Matt_Lowman.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Employees Suck; Team Members are Great

Episode #13

Our mission at the Evolution of Medicine is to inspire and empower 100,000 micropractices across America to deliver integrative care. One of the biggest steps in moving from a service provider (doctor, practitioner) to a entrepreneur is a great team. But are great teams born or made?

MattLowman

In this excellent half hour with Freedom Practice Coaching's Matt Lowman, we take a deeper dive into what it takes to develop a crack team for your practice and some practical strategies to do it. If you want to take advantage of FPC's offer of a free 2 day bootcamp, with all flights and hotels paid for please visit fcpbootcamp.com. What you will learn

  • The difference between employees and team members
  • How to develop an amazing team for your practice through training
  • How to bonus your team effectively to get them to act like business owners

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Endobiogeny - Advanced Systems Biology

Episode #12

"Holism is the tendency in nature to form wholes bigger than the sum of the parts through creative evolution"  —Jan Smuts One of the important bedrocks of Functional Medicine is systems biology, a way of looking at the body that focuses on the interaction between bodily systems. This is a necessary framework for understanding complicated, chronic conditions.

Kamyar-M-Hedayat

The American Society of Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrated Physiology takes this philosophy a step further, looking at deeper levels of systems interaction and holism with a specific focus on the endocrine system and it's key role in laying the framework for dynamic adaptation. In this enlightening half hour we speak to Kaymar Hedayat MD, the President of this society, about their framework and the implications for optimal endocrine management and standard of care. What you will learn

  • Why the endocrine system is the most foundational of the human systems
  • The advanced diagnostics and treatments offered within the system
  • How endobiogeny bridges the chasm between Eastern and Western medicine in new ways

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