Evolution of Medicine Podcast

James interviews Michelle Simon, PhD, ND, president and CEO of the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). Dr. Simon sees an increasing awareness that our current healthcare system is not delivering the results we need. She advocates for alternate solutions through her work with INM.

Some have argued that iatrogenic disease is the third-largest cause of death in America. Applying the Therapeutic Order, which is a guiding principle for naturopathic medicine, can reverse that trend. Naturopathic medicine combined with the group visit model has the potential to address most of the population’s health issues. It is an excellent option to improve healthcare on a large scale. 

Listen to the full conversation to learn about:

  • The Therapeutic Order: what it is and why its important
  • The reasons we need to change how we view primary care
  • A new residency program for naturopathic doctors
  • Projects that the Institute for Natural Medicine is working on
  • How lifestyle and naturopathic medicine prevent iatrogenic disease

This week’s podcast is a series of interviews with a handful of physicians who are involved with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Dr. Luby is the Director of Medical Education Initiatives at IFM, which works to scale functional medicine and make it more accessible and easier to adopt into larger healthcare systems. The pandemic brought to light weaknesses in our healthcare system for which functional medicine offers solutions!

Dr. Penn is an infectious disease specialist and works in epidemiology and infection prevention at Nebraska Methodist Hospital. He has worked closely with Dr. Luby, and Dr. Penn is planning to implement more of the IFM’s principles into his healthcare system. Dr. Nancy Cutter and Sharon Williams are from the Veterans Affairs (VA) in New Jersey. They are also working towards integrating lifestyle medicine into their systems in part by utilizing group visits.

Listen to the full panel discussion to learn more about:

  • The benefits offered by functional medicine for the VA in New Jersey
  • The problems in our healthcare system, which functional medicine can help
  • How Nebraska Methodist Hospital has seen the IFM’s principles improve their COVID outcomes
  • And much, much more!

Our guest on this episode, Dr. Michael Ash, is a researcher who discusses lipid replacement therapy. The applications for this treatment include all fatigue related illnesses, including but not limited to environmental toxin exposure, Lyme disease and long COVID. Oxidative damage, which this therapy addresses, occurs in aging and all chronic and acute illness.

When the immune system is activated (e.g., after an infection), mitochondria can be damaged. The defective mitochondria become swollen and leak electrons, which results in the oxidation of membranes. Oral lipid replacement therapy is used to remove and replace damaged membranes. Listen to this episode to learn:

  • Mechanisms of action of inflammasomes
  • What causes danger signals in cells
  • Supplement dosing and sources of this nutrient through diet
  • Symptoms and consequences of poor membrane health
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20220525_Podcast_AUDIO_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

Dr. Mary Pardee, who specializes in fecal macrobiotic transplantation (FMT), explores how personal history with trauma (emotional or physical) often contributes to chronic disease, the necessity of physicians acknowledging their patients’ journey into disease, and the paramount importance of community during the healing process.

Highlights include:

  • Empaths are more susceptible to chronic illness
  • Connection, bonding and community are pillars of health
  • Why group medical visits are necessary to transform the future of medicine
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20220518_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:30am CDT

On this episode, we speak with Josiah Bartz from the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center. The LMRC is driven by the same purpose as Evolution of Medicine and supports growth of lifestyle and functional medicine by providing clinicians with practical resources and tools to get their practices off and running.

The LMRC was born out of thousands of hours of speaking and working with functional medicine practitioners who want to start or build their practices but feel overwhelmed and in need of support or guidance. After years of developing a library of resources, the LMRC is now offering a membership to provide clinicians with ongoing, thorough and personalized practice management and clinician education support. Listen to learn more about:

  • The history of shared medical appointments or Group Visit Toolkits
  • Successful frameworks to empower patients
  • Features available to members of the LMRC
  • Business growth for functional medicine practices
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20220510_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Penney Stringer, a family medicine physician, shares her journey into functional medicine and her experiences moving in and out of conventional medicine. Dr. Stringer shares anecdotes from her exceptionally successful HealCommunity group. Listen in to hear Dr. Stringer and James explore:

 

  • The power of community in medicine
  • How patients with chronic illness are underserved
  • The importance of group support for behavior change
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20220420_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Cheng Ruan, MD is a Functional Medicine practitioner who trains other physicians to work through insurance systems. He discusses value-based care and it’s current limitations, physician services that are currently billable to Medicare or insurance which are underutilized, how to foster a sense of empowerment with patients, rather than trying to be the “hero” as a physician. Listen to the full conversation to hear about:
  • How physician entrepreneurs should be thinking about scalable growth
  • Coaching concepts for physicians
  • Statements of guidance and focusing positive energy towards collaborative health care 
  • And much, much more!

 

Direct download: 20220413_Podcast_8.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Chris McChesney is a behavior change expert who wrote The 4 Disciplines of Execution. His fascinating perspective offers practical tips about how to manage “The Whirlwind” of competing priorities and make meaningful strides towards focused goals. James dives into the business-oriented concepts exploring their applications in the Business of Functional Medicine series on the podcast.  Listen to the full episode for insights that will help you build your own practice, improve patient relationships and trust, and encourage positive behavior change.

Direct download: 20220323_Podcast_6.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:30am CDT

When we started Evolution of Medicine, we saw a theme emerging that conversations about evolution were going to be critical for understanding all the different ways in which medicine was evolving. With that in mind, who better to have on the podcast than two evolutionary biologists?

Direct download: 20220316_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

On this episode, we share an amazing story of four doctors from across the country brought together to form new friendships that transformed their businesses. Tune in as we hear from three chiropractors, Dr. Bill Hammer, Dr. Russell Sher and Dr. Todd Di Leo, and Tracy Jones, DO, as they share how they've moved toward their own practice vision in the last five years, how those visions differ dramatically, and how they've built strong connection and friendship, even though they've never met in person.

Direct download: 20220223_Podcast.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:55pm CDT

In this episode, we have Dr. David Perlmutter on to talk about his new book, Drop Acid. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how he chose this topic and the profound impact of restoring metabolic health and controlling uric acid with simple dietary and lifestyle tweaks.
Direct download: 20220216_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:27pm CDT

This episode is part of our Success Leaves Clues Series and features Helen Perks, a nutritionist from the UK. She joined the Practice Accelerator in 2017, and as you listen to her story, you’ll hear just how valuable a supportive community of practitioners can be when building your practice.
Direct download: 20220201_Podcast.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

On this episode, we talk about the changes in the 2022 coding, with guest, Sonda Kunzi. She runs Coding Advantage, and is a leading biller and understands the world of not just medical billing, but medical billing as it applies to the functional medicine community.
Direct download: 20220126_Podcast_v3.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

Every year, Evolution of Medicine picks a theme, and this year’s theme is Growth. And who better to kick off our year of growth than Dr. Mark Hyman? In this episode, we talk about the growth of the movement and the surprising places where functional medicine is really starting to take off.

Direct download: 2022019_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

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