Evolution of Medicine Podcast

In this episode, Dr. Tom Guilliams rejoins the podcast to explore the complexities and misconceptions surrounding botanical medicine and how clinicians can maximize the therapeutic effects of herbs.

We learn from Dr. Guilliams that clinicians using herbs should consider the role of the microbiome in terms of absorption and activation of botanical compounds. He explains that because absorption varies from person to person, a personalized approach is needed for optimal outcomes.

Dr. Guilliams also discusses the limitations of traditional clinical trials in evaluating botanical medicine, and he proposes a new framework that considers individual characteristics, such as genetics and microbiome composition. While Dr. Guilliams encourages listeners to embrace the use of botanicals, he also advises questioning the source and efficacy of herbal products and considering the traditional uses of herbs in addition to the isolated compounds.

Please check out the full conversation to learn more about:

  • The limitations of curcumin and the need to consider the whole components of herbs.
  • Why herbology is complex and requires specialized knowledge.
  • The historical and traditional uses of botanical medicine for healing.
  • Issues with applying the pharmaceutical model to botanical extracts.
  • Why we need to rethink research processes and clinical trial methodologies for botanical medicine.
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20240219_Podcast__Tom_Guilliams_V2a.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:26am CDT

In this podcast episode, James Maskell interviews Dr. Navaz Habib about the importance of the vagus nerve in healing and overall health.

Dr. Habib explains that the vagus nerve plays a critical role in shifting the body from a sympathetic (fight or flight) state to a parasympathetic (rest and digest) state, which is necessary for healing. He emphasizes the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for patients to feel connected and reduce stress. Dr. Habib also discusses the role of physical trauma, such as head injuries or spinal misalignments, in affecting vagus nerve function.

He recommends various strategies to improve vagus nerve tone, including diaphragmatic breathing, gargling, humming and physical exercise. Dr. Habib's new book, Upgrade Your Vagus Nerve, provides further information on these strategies and their impact on overall health.

Listen to the full conversation to learn how:

  • The vagus nerve is the organ of unity, connecting all organs and systems in the body.
  • Chronic diseases are diseases of disconnection, both internally and externally.
  • Breathing exercises, such as slow, nasal and diaphragmatic breathing, can help regulate the breath and shift the body into a parasympathetic state.
  • Gargling, humming and vocalization can stimulate the vagus nerve and activate the parasympathetic system.
  • The vagus nerve is a unifying topic for health professionals and can be beneficial for patients of all ages and conditions.
Direct download: 20240206_Podcast_Dr._Navaz_Habib.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am CDT