Evolution of Medicine Podcast
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?


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.


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
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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.


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
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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.


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
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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..."


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
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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?


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.


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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Two Major Hurdles in Private Practice

Episode #11

Such was the feedback from our last segment we are back for another practice management special with Matt Lowman from Freedom Practice Coaching, talking about a range of topics relevant to the modern doctor in private practice.


Matt, fresh off his killer performance as keynote at the Functional Forum, takes us through some of the biggest blockages he sees in turning physicians into entrepreneurs. You can find out more about FPC and go for an all expenses paid trip to San Antonio for their 2 day bootcamp by going to fcpbootcamp.com What you will learn

  • The two biggest problems that doctors face in private practice
  • Why fee-for-service doesn't work for Functional Medicine
  • How to grow your positive impact, locally and internationally

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Direct download: 11-Two_Major_Hurdles_in_Private_Practice.mp3
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Health Evolution or Revolution?

Episode #10


Last week I announced through social media, and also at the Functional Forum, that I would be giving my first TEDx talk at TEDxStPetersPort, on the island of Guernsey on March 26th 2015. The man who gave me the slot is Marc Winn, a man with a plan to help Guernsey, a tax haven with 65,000 residents, into the healthiest place on the planet, as part of a greater plot to make it the best place to live on earth by 2020. Functional Medicine and technology will form the bedrock of this minor revolution. I am sure you will as inspired as I am by this great man and some of his ideas. What you will learn

  • Why Guernsey is perfectly placed for a sustainable health revolution
  • What lessons changing medicine can learn from Uber
  • Why bureaucracy is the biggest factor holding humanity back from greatness

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Direct download: 10-Health_Revolution_or_Evolution_.mp3
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Bio Intelligent Medicine

Episode #9

Where is the leverage in improving population health? Dr. Eden Fromberg is an OB/GYN from NYC and thinks it starts earlier than we think, and has been a passionate advocate for evolving birthing practices for a long time. You might have seen her in the film The Business of Being Born, which had a profound effect on my life. You can see it on Netflix or watch it on YouTube.

Dr. Fromberg is an amazing doctor and has a ton of value to add to all varieties of practitioners and patients. This podcast covers birthing, functional, structure, visceral, chakras, manipulation and much much more in this broad ranging discussion of "Biointelligence", a core principle that drives her practice. We cannot recommend her work on this discussion, highly enough! What you will learn

  • The new science on the microbiome and the birth process (placental microbiome!)
  • What the 'mechanobiome' and  why it is so important to overall health
  • How you can improve health, structure and function with basic movement

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Direct download: 9-Bio_Intelligent_Medicine_with_Eden_Fromberg.mp3
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From Doctor to Entrepreneur

Episode #8

Amongst the many problems facing medicine currently, one looms the largest. The two groups that really need medicine to work for them, are being failed by the system. Patients are not getting the care they need to meet the complex, chronic epidemics we now face and doctors have been relegated to cogs in a machine. Our vision is to change that. We envision a patient centered medical system where physicians are empowered to be a central part of their local health community, 'quarterbacking' the care of those people that find themselves to be out of balance. We have been looking for a long time for partners in this endeavor, and in Freedom Practice Coaching, we believe we have found those partners. Matt Lowman and Charlie Webb, the two principals of FPC, bring expertise in diverse areas and have brought it together to create a business that is inspiring, educating and coaching doctors towards controlling their own destinies and building robust local practices focused on patient empowerment. Matt will be speaking on our November 5th Functional Forum and we took some time to interview them about their innovative system. What you will learn

  • Their WHY. What is at the heart of Freedom Practice Coaching?
  • How to turn employees into an amazing practice team
  • Why aggressively educating your community is the best way to ensure unending new patients

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30 Years of Toxin Advocacy

Episode #7

Our understanding of how toxins affect our health is growing rapidly and moving onto a national stage, with incredible organizations like Environmental Working Group (EWG) leading the charge. During our September Functional Forum we had an environmental medicine panel with Dr. Frank Lipman and Heather White, Executive Director of EWG.


However, 30 years ago, there was nothing of the sort. Debra Lynn Dadd was the first person to talk about household toxins and illness, and has since written a number of books and has her own radio show. In this podcast we celebrate the 30 year anniversary of her first book, published in 1984. Debra has been a great supporter of our for a couple of years and we are very excited to share her groundbreaking work with our tribe. In this podcast you will learn:

  • What it was like talking about these issues 30 years ago
  • Debra's own journey from her own health to being a consumer advocate
  • Her current work and how we can all get involved

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ACAM - Intelligent Immunity

Episode #6

The America College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) has been on the cutting edge of medical education for almost 40 years. Their 2012 conference we attended was excellent, with a focus on the new microbiome research, which in the last two years has become the most exciting areas of medicine. This is where you get ahead of the curve.


The 2014 Conference looks like a watershed moment in medical education, with a conference aptly named 'Intelligent Immunity: Opportunity for Regulation in the New Era'. The new science on mucosal immunity signals a turning point in our understanding of the immune system and where the leverage is in maintaining health. When you add in the multiple revelations of fraud at the CDC and vaccine manufacturers, the timing is crucial for a conference such as this. On this week's podcast we speak to ACAM conference coordinator Dr. Dana Cohen, who is also a regular guest at the Functional Forum in New York. In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why ACAM decided to focus on this topic
  • Why vaccination policy must be featured at medical events
  • The most exciting presentations of the event

For more information about ACAM and their upcoming Conference, held in Las Vegas, November 14-16th please click here.

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Direct download: ACAM_-_Intelligent_Immunity_with_Dana_Cohen.mp3
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Don't Call It a Recap!

Episode #5

It has been an incredible month for the Evolution of Medicine team. Our summit wrapped on September 15th and we have been busily working on the October Forum and a whole lot of exciting stuff that you will see very soon.


Gabe Hoffman is the co-founder of the Functional Forum. Hopefully you have seen seen his talk "Empowerment is the New Compliance" on the summit or at the Forum.

After our recent trip to San Antonio and Austin, we thought we would take a moment to catch our breath and look back on an amazing month. Hope you enjoy this format, we would love your feedback, good bad or ugly!

In this podcast you will learn:

  • The inside scoop on what its like to put on a summit
  • James's feelings on the EvoMed Summit and where we go from here\
  • What went down in Texas and what it means for you
Direct download: 5-EoM_Podcast_with_Gabe_Hoffman.mp3
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11 Days of Global Unity

Episode #4

This year James had the great honor of being a speaker in the Shift Network's 'Summer of Peace' speaker series, specifically the 11 Days of Global Unity, which ran September 11-21st 2014, culminating with the 400,000 person climate March in NYC. Some of the other speakers included Desmond Tutu, Eckhart Tolle, Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman and more.


James was chosen to speak on September 15th as part of the health segment alongside Dr. Deepak Chopra, whose comments were so enlightening we had to put the segment on our podcast. The interviewer is Rick Ulfik, from We.Net.

In this podcast you will learn

  • Why 'we' and 'they' are constructs of the mind and not reality
  • The new science showing our interconnectedness
  • Why activism needs to be seen in a new way to be truly healing
Direct download: 4-11_Days_of_Global_Unity.mp3
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National Kale Day

Episode #3

Did you know? October 1st is National Kale Day! #KaleDay2014 is the brainchild of NYC Psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey, who also happens to be one of the funniest and best looking doctors on the planet. He is author of a couple of kale related books, including '50 Shades of Kale'! Thousands of people have downloaded the 2014 #KaleHero Toolkit and you get get it here.


In just his second year, this amazing event will be serving 300,000 kale salads to every child in the NYC school system as well as many other amazing accomplishments! We are super excited to have Dr. Ramsey as a panelist on our next Functional Forum on October 6th, the 'Evolution of Brain Health.' Click here to register for tickets or the live stream!

In this podcast you will learn:

  • The valuable lessons that kale teaches us about nutrient density
  • Why all physicians, including psychiatrists, should be prescribing kale
  • The benefits of getting your whole practice team fired up about #KaleDay2014
Direct download: 3-National_Kale_Day.mp3
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Flip the Script on Fear

Episode #2

If you listened to the Evolution of Medicine Summit, you know the empowerment was one of the core fundamentals of the evolving medical paradigm. Empowering patients and empowering medical professionals to share responsibility and drive a mutually respectful relationship.


In this episode, game-changing psychotherapist, author and coach Terri Cole talks empowerment, fear and so much more! Terri has an amazing TEDx talk and her upcoming training "How to Flip the Script on Fear and Become Unstoppable" looks to raise the bar for empowerment training.

In this podcast we cover:

  • Why doctors unwittingly slip into the role of surrogate parent
  • Why guilt and shame cannot be tactics of evolved medicine
  • How to flip the script on fear and say hello to true freedom
Direct download: 2-Flip_the_Script_on_Fear.mp3
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Technology in Holistic Medicine

Episode #1

For our first ever podcast, we are excited to welcome someone who is the personification of the Evolution of Medicine. Dr. Andrew Brandeis is a licensed naturopathic doctor, who worked in an innovative interdisciplinary practice in San Francisco before starting SharePractice, a new app for physicians. Touting 'Experienced Based Medicine', this app allows doctors to 'consult the collective experience'.


In this podcast we cover:

  • Why standard of care needs to be socialized and democratized
  • How Sharepractice taps the collective experience of physicians for best optimal protocols
  • How technology and holistic medicine can solve medicine's biggest problems
Direct download: 1-Technology_in_Holistic_Medicine.mp3
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