Evolution of Medicine Podcast (general)

In this Business of Functional Medicine episode, Kristen Brokaw hosts a conversation with Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a sports psychologist who also works with corporations and high net-worth professionals. In this episode, Dr. Spencer discusses the importance for clinicans to manage emotional energy and mental fatigue. Given that healthcare is usually a high-stress role, individuals must prioritize their emotional health and well-being.

Getting enough sleep, counseling and developing a mental toolbox to effectively manage emotional energy are examples of strategies healthcare providers should be employing. He also highlights the significance of creating a positive and supportive culture in the workplace, including practices like fist bumping and high fiving to foster camaraderie among staff members.

This episode validates physician burnout and offers helpful tools for managing emotional energy and mental fatigue.

If you listen to the full episode, you’ll hear about:

1.       Dr. Spencer’s scoring system, for measuring emotional energy, or one’s psychological capacity to effectively deal with immediate stressors in their life.

2.       Mental fatigue significantly impacts a person's perception of effort. When mentally fatigued, individuals are more likely to perceive tasks as requiring more effort, which can decrease their endurance and motivation.

3.       Emotional and mental fatigue can lead to negative thinking, decreased performance, and burnout.

4.       Compassion fatigue and neglecting one's own emotional well-being can have negative consequences on both personal and professional life.

5.       And more!

Direct download: 20240523_Podcast_-_Jarrod_Spencer___Kristen_Brokaw.mp3
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In this episode, Darrell Moon, founder of Aspirational Healthcare, discusses the Nuka System of Care in Anchorage, Alaska, which has been called “the best healthcare system in the world.” The system is built around the needs and aspirations of the customers, focusing on building relationships and providing support to help individuals achieve their goals in life. 

Moon encourages healthcare providers to consider offering direct primary care memberships and aligning with employers who are willing to fund this type of healthcare. He also advises business leaders to take control of their healthcare purchasing power and align with benefit consultants who work in their best interest. Nuka System of Care has achieved high levels of patient satisfaction, improved health outcomes and reduced costs.

Moon invites individuals to attend the Nuka System of Care June conference and a conference for business leaders in September to learn more about the system and how to implement an aspirational model of healthcare.

Tune in to the full episode to hear more about:

·       How hospital admissions can be reduced by focusing on preventive care and early intervention

·       How CEOs can influence healthcare systems, through their purchasing power and by practicing problem solving abilities they regularly use to lead their businesses

·       How employers can align objectives with healthcare brokers, so that the benefits consultant gets incentivized to be paid for meeting the employers’ objectives (reduced healthcare expenses through direct primary care that emphasizes prevention and customer-centric care)  

·       Nuka System of Care provides healthcare at half the cost of other systems in the US, due to their focus on providing care that is aligned with the goals and needs of the customer, rather than focusing on profit

·       Growing demand for direct primary care (DPC) membership

Check out these upcoming conferences held by Nuka System of Care:

·       June 24-28, 2024: Nuka System of Care Conference

·       September 10-12, 2024: CEO Summit in Anchorage, AK with Aspirational Healthcare

Direct download: 20240513_Podcast_-_Darrell_Moon.mp3
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In this episode James Maskell is joined by returning guest, Dr. Shilpa Saxena, MD to continue exploring the use of GLP-1 agonists, specifically Semaglutide, for weight loss and cardiometabolic diseases.

The conversation reinforces the importance of using GLP-1s responsibly and in conjunction with lifestyle medicine coaching to address underlying behavioral issues and promote sustainable weight loss. Dr. Saxena emphasizes the need to address metabolic dysfunction comprehensively, considering factors such as fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, and using a combination of interventions, including herbs, botanicals, and lifestyle modifications.

They also discuss the potential side effects of GLP-1 agonists and strategies for minimizing them. Additionally, they touch on the role of group visits and community support in facilitating behavior change and long-term success in weight management.

Check out the full episode to hear their thoughts on:

  •        Normalizing discussions around weight without enabling poor health.
  •       The role of supportive communities to support behavior change
  •       Stigma around Semaglutide use
  •        Patient personas who functional medicine providers are best able to help, and those personas that are not a good fit for the functional medicine approach to weight loss.

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Direct download: 20240415_Podcast_Dr._Shilpa_P_1.mp3
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James Maskell’s guest on this episode is Dr. Elisa Song, a holistic pediatrician whose mission is to educate clinicians and parents alike about environmental toxicity in children and how to help children thrive by improving their health. She has written books, organized conferences and is passionate about addressing environmental toxicity.  

In this episode, she discusses several sources of toxins in children and the importance of toning the vagus nerve as a strategy to improve children's well-being. Dr. Song’s upcoming book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrated Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience, provides practical guidance to help promote health and resilience in children, including advice about how to read food labels and avoid harmful additives.

Check out this empowering conversation to learn more about:

  • Food additives that contribute to leaky gut and chronic illnesses.

  • The importance of parasympathetic exercises for children with chronic symptoms or illnesses.

  • How environmental toxins are contributing to chronic illness.

  • Dr. Song’s book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrated Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience, available on May 14, 2024. 


Direct download: 20240318_Podcast_Elisa_Song.mp3
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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
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In this episode, Dr. Joan Rosenberg discusses her book, 90 Seconds to A Life You Love, and the concept of living life by design. Many believe their circumstances dictate their lives; our guest asserts that one can design their life by having a vision or big goals and working towards them despite the circumstances.

Dr. Rosenberg shares the importance of paying attention to how thoughts and feelings are expressed and managing emotional states effectively. She introduces the concept of the "Rosenberg reset," which involves choosing awareness by experiencing unpleasant feelings for 90 seconds and using insights gained from those feelings to make decisions or act.

Dr. Rosenberg also discusses how clinicians can apply these principles in their practice, including addressing difficult topics with patients and handling their own emotions. She suggests using a soft contract with patients to discuss sensitive issues and delivering information with well-intentioned kindness. Dr. Rosenberg believes confidence and resiliency can be developed when clinicians are able to confront difficult topics and handle the responses they receive.

Download and listen to this conversation to learn more about:

  • How to develop confidence as a clinician
  • Why emotional mastery is an important component of successfully collaborating with patients
  • The eight emotions we need to accept to feel more capable in our lives
  • Using “soft contracts” and offering observations tentatively to deliver difficult messages to patients
  • And much, much more

Joan I. Rosenberg, PhD, creator of Emotional Mastery™ and Emotional Mastery Training™, is a highly regarded expert psychologist, master clinician, trainer and consultant. She is a cutting-edge psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, trainer and speaker. 

Direct download: 20231221_Podcast_Joan_Rosenberg_2.mp3
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Our guest, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Mann is a former U.S. Army Green Beret, and he now shares his skills and experience as a storyteller, speaker, actor, playwright and leadership trainer. During this podcast episode, he joined Kristen Brokaw, our host for the Business of Functional Medicine quarterly series, to discuss the importance of emotional recovery and human connection for clinicians so they can combat burnout and build trust with patients.

Scott Mann's experience in the Special Forces, where relationships were crucial to his survival, has shaped his approach to leadership and communication. He now helps business, nonprofit and corporate leaders develop interpersonal influence skills to bridge trust gaps and engage with others effectively. He also highlights the power of storytelling in healing and fostering connections.

Scott encourages practitioners to share their own stories and ask thoughtful, open-ended questions to build trust and understanding with patients and peers.

Check out this episode to learn more about the following:

·       Scott Mann’s Pre-Engagement Preparation (PEP) technique (demo video) 

  • What the world should learn from acting and storytelling practices
  • High performers and mental health issues, and why clinicians must protect their well-being
  • Storytelling heals and is a sense-making tool
  • Why narrative competence may be the most important soft skill for clinicians to foster  
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20231019_Podcast_Scott_Mann.mp3
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Zandra Palma, MD practices what she calls “sub-diagnostic analysis and disease reversal,” which is primarily environmental medicine with a touch of functional medicine. Environmental medicine, according to our guest, looks for elegant solutions to chronic health conditions. This often means removing environmental toxins that trigger mitochondrial dysfunction. 

Common environmental toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, plastics like BPA, and biotoxins like Lyme and mold—among many others. She also discusses the treatments she uses to reboot mitochondrial function.

Her passion is to spread the word about the gravity of the effects environmental toxins have on human health, especially the hormone-disrupting impacts of plastics and BPAs.

She recently gave a TEDx talk, which was censored by the TED organization. Thankfully, she was able to rip the video so you can still watch it online. In her talk, she provides specific tips to protect yourself from environmental toxins and recommendations for initiating grass roots movements in your community.

Other topics Dr. Palma covered in the conversation include:

  •  Factors that motivate patients to care about their environment, such as weight loss, fertility and the health of future generations
  •   The CLARITY-BPA Program
  •  Why environmentalism is a public health issue
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20230830_Podcast_Zandra_Palma_1.mp3
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Our guest for this episode is Zeev E. Neuwirth, MD, an advocate for transforming healthcare delivery.

He is a healthcare executive with over 15 years of clinical practice in internal medicine and another 15 years in clinical operations, quality improvement, care redesign and population health. Dr. Neuwirth is also a digital health industry advisor, podcast host and author.

His most recent book released in September 2023 is called Beyond The Walls: Megatrends, Movements and Market Disruptors Transforming American Healthcare. It outlines a three-part strategy for the transformation of American healthcare and documents dozens of examples of the visionary, courageous entrepreneurs and leaders who are transcending the constraints of our legacy past.

Dr. Neuwirth is closely aligned with the Evolution of Medicine’s values, and he has been working to change healthcare from a high level within conventional systems.

Download and listen to the episode to learn more about the following:

  • How digital technology and group visits can improve healthcare
  • The importance of reducing or preventing physician burnout
  • The urgency behind transforming payment models to reduce healthcare expenses
  • Practical strategies for transforming healthcare from within large healthcare systems and “beyond the walls” of those systems
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230830_Podcast_Zeev_Neuwirth2.0.mp3
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Molly Maloof, MD joins the Evolution of Medicine podcast to discuss a shared vision: connection as a critical pillar of healthcare.

Dr. Maloof recently authored and released a book called The Spark Factor, which teaches readers how to personalize biohacking strategies for better energy and health. Dr. Maloof wrote portions of the book to fill the information gaps in biohacking for women, but 80% of its content is also applicable to men.

If you listen to this short yet powerful episode, you’ll quickly recognize how well-aligned Dr. Maloof is with our year of connection. She discussed how loneliness and lack of connection—either social or connecting with your own body and health—is a leading crisis, especially post-pandemic. 

Please listen to the full audio to learn more about the following:

  • How The Spark Factor helps readers personalize their journey to improve their mitochondrial energy
  • How the Functional Forum will be even more critical in the age of digital and medical censorship
  • The seriousness of the loneliness and mental health crises
  • Some practical tips for women to better align with their cycles
  • Tips on fasting and exercise for different patient groups
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230607_Podcast_Molly.mp3
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Guest:  Amanda Wilson, MD, CEO, Founder

In this episode, we learned about emerging, research-based treatments for alcohol use disorder (AUD) that pair well with functional medicine values. 

Traditional 12-step programs have startlingly low success rates (8% for Alcoholics Anonymous) and teach some principles that are not supported by scientific literature—for example, that patients must abstain and avoid exposure indefinitely to stay in recovery.  

James’ guest, Amanda Wilson, MD, is an addiction physician who cofounded NorthStar Care, an alcohol treatment center that approaches AUD as a medical issue and offers a year-long, physician-monitored, at-home program. They incorporate functional medicine elements, including nutrition therapy, genomics for personalized medication selection, social support groups, and several technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and wearables. 

NorthStar Care is partnering with a company developing a wearable device to continuously track not only blood alcohol levels but also glucose and sleep patterns. For their peer support group meetings, they use VR headsets so patients can participate remotely using anonymous avatars, virtual backgrounds and even voice changers for privacy. 

Download and listen to the full conversation to learn about:

  • A genetic factor that makes naltrexone ineffective for a portion of the population
  • The shortcomings of rapid-detox, inpatient rehabilitation and 12-step programs
  • The importance of medical support throughout the recovery process
  • The benefits of using VR for peer support networks
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20230612_Podcast_Amanda_Wilson2.mp3
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Approximately one quarter (25%) of the United States population has non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Patients with this reversible condition have accumulated fat in their liver cells. Over time, this creates inflammation and if left unaddressed, will eventually lead to permanent scarring or cirrhosis of the liver. The condition is highly associated with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, and it is projected to become the leading cause of liver transplantation by 2030.

Our guest on this episode of the podcast is Elizabeth Boham, MD. She is trained as both a medical doctor and nutritionist, teaches with the IFM and is the Medical Director for the UltraWellness Center.

 She joins James to share:

            Which symptoms and test results are red flags for NAFLD

            That toxins and alcohol significantly impact liver health and metabolic syndrome

            How lifestyle and nutrition strategies will help patients with the condition  

            Resources and approaches that will help your patients with cardiometabolic disease

            And much more!

Direct download: 20230313_Podcast_Elizabeth_Boham.mp3
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Nathan S. Bryan, PhD is an academic and entrepreneur who has focused his career on the study of nitric oxide for nearly 25 years. He joins the podcast to contribute to the Evolution of Medicine’s current focus on cardiovascular and endothelial health.  

Nitric oxide production is foundational to overall health. Unfortunately, many contemporary environmental and lifestyle factors reduce or prevent nitric oxide production in the body. Suboptimal nitric oxide production is a factor in insulin resistance, cardiovascular issues, erectile dysfunction, long COVID and other post-viral syndromes, chronic fatigue, cognitive disorders, and more.

Tune into this episode to learn about the many lifestyle and environmental factors that can impede or support the production of this important molecule. Some may even surprise you!

Listen to the episode to learn more about:

  • Nitric oxide’s role in cardiovascular, immune and nervous system function
  • The gold standards for measuring functional nitric oxide production
  • James’ and Dr. Bryan’s views on the public health response during the COVID era
  • Using nitric oxide to heal inflammation caused by excess spike protein
  • The risks of using some commercially available products that claim to boost nitric oxide

Also, check out Dr. Bryan’s educational website, which includes a blog, videos and more: https://drnathansbryan.com/

Direct download: 20230208_Podcast_Nathan_Bryan_1.mp3
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Dr. Patricia Restrepo is a Practice Accelerator alumna who joins the podcast to share her experience growing two businesses with the help of the Accelerator program.

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 14 years old, Dr. Restrepo pursued an education and career that allowed her to research natural solutions for weight management and diabetes. She was able to reverse her own diabetes, and now helps patients with similar diagnoses. Both of her businesses, one in Miami and the other in Mexico, help patients manage weight loss and diabetes.

 Dr. Restrepo used what she learned in the Practice Accelerator program to establish a business model that allows her to allocate time according to her personal lifestyle goals: 20% of her time is spent in clinic with patients (including groups), 40% is spent on remote consultations, and 40% is spent on her own continuing education and developing medical education for her patient community.

 Listen to this full episode from the Success Leaves Clues Series to learn about:

  • ·       The key elements that allowed her businesses to run efficiently
  • ·       How the Practice Accelerator program helped her build a patient database
  • ·       The importance of recording patient education videos
  • ·       The aspects of the business can best be delegated
  • ·       And much more!

To explore what the Practice Accelerator program has to offer, consider registering for the free 90-Minute Private Practice Sprint at goevomed.com/sprint.

Direct download: 20230117_Dr_Restrepo.2.mp3
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Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD is the founder and CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. As a leader in the field of integrative psychiatry, she joins James to speak about the advantages of leveraging a group coaching model for mental health services.

For many reasons—from the current shortage of licensed clinical psychologists to improved patient compliance—mental health group coaching offers compelling advantages. Patients often feel more comfortable being honest and open with coaches they can relate to more as peers. Because traditional therapy still carries a cultural stigma, shame is a common barrier that prevents people from seeking support. Coaches, on the other hand, can be more approachable and provide a friendly dynamic that builds trust with patients.

There is also a strong economic rationale behind practitioners adopting a coaching model: demand for mental health care is increasing, while the supply of licensed therapists is limited. Dr. Scheinbaum shares ample evidence of the benefits group coaching offers both patients and mental health practitioners. We also encourage more people who are interested in supporting their community to either employ coaches or consider becoming a coach via the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about:

  • The data on the effectiveness of health coaching
  • Conditions that often co-occur with mental health challenges
  • The downsides to patients over-identifying with mental health diagnoses
  • Issues with and opportunities for billing coaching sessions to insurance
Direct download: 20221129_Podcast_PODCAST_Sandra_Sheinbaum-Draft3_AUDIO.mp3
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We are all familiar with functional medicine and perhaps even functional fitness, but have you heard of functional joy? Our guest for this podcast episode is Radha Agrawal, a successful entrepreneur and the author of the book Belong. Radha joins us to discuss her organization, Daybreaker, which spans 28 cities and five continents with a mission to foster joy and community.

Daybreaker’s very first events in 2013 were community dance meetups held early in the morning that aimed to replicate the positive aspects of nightlife while excluding alcohol. The scope of their work continues to expand nine years on, but dance is still their primary tool. Radha is now writing another book and developing a curriculum to teach clinicians and others to systematically foster joy in their communities. Community is a factor critical to chronic disease prevention and reversal, so we invited Radha to share her extensive experience with this powerful predictor of health outcomes often overlooked by healthcare institutions.

Download the episode to learn about:

  • Consciously building communities
  • How to foster joy for yourself and your patients
  • The importance of hospitality and designing welcoming spaces in medicine
  • The biochemistry of joy (D.O.S.E.)
  • And much more!

If this episode uplifts and inspires you, we encourage you to share it with your friends, colleagues and community.

EvoMed listeners have access to a 25% discount off the Dose membership with code "EVOMED."  http://dose.daybreaker.com?code=evomed

Direct download: 20221102_Podcast_AUDIO_1.mp3
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Patrick Holford is the author of 46 books on nutrition and lifestyle factors for wellness. He is also the founder of a charity, Food for the Brain Foundation, and the voluntary director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Project.

He joins James on this episode to showcase the foundation’s resources for reversing cognitive decline and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. They discussed targeted nutrition approaches and other tools available to patients and practitioners on the foundation’s website.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about:

  • Which nutrient deficiencies correlate with poorer cognitive function
  • How to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease through supplementation
  • The success rates of targeted nutrition therapy for reversing cognitive decline—and how nutrition therapy can be more successful than pharmaceuticals
  • Cognitive function data collected from 377,000 participants via the foundation's test

Discover more valuable resources on the Food for the Brain Foundation’s website, where you can also register for their virtual Masterclass on Alzheimer’s prevention. Registrants will have access to a recording if they cannot attend the live event on November 1, 2022.

Direct download: 20221025_Podcast_AUDIO_1.mp3
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This episode features Leo Galland, MD, who outlines a systems biology approach to understanding and treating post-COVID syndrome.

Dr. Galland created the graphic below to model factors and biological repercussions of long COVID. In the interview, Dr. Galland walks us through each element in the web of long COVID.

During the pandemic, he also created and published two hour-long videos—one for patients and one for providers—containing research and recommendations on addressing long COVID. The information he shares is intended to empower and educate both health care providers and patients.

Download and listen to this episode to learn more about:

  • The deficiency that both contributes to and results from long COVID
  • Key information about what causes long covid
  • How to prevent severe infection and address symptoms
  • Downstream effects of viral damage that should be addressed by functional medicine providers


Episode assets:

Direct download: 20221019_Podcast_AUDIO_1.mp3
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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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This week on the podcast, we feature Dr. Aimie Apigian. This episode is an incredibly inspiring story about her journey from general surgery residency to addiction medicine, and now to teaching other practitioners and doctors about the nervous system and how it affects addiction.

Direct download: 20210901_Podcast_v2_2.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, Mat Boulé, osteopath and posturologist, joins us to discuss his work on posture and health creation. In our Year of Resilience, it’s the perfect time for Mat to share his insight on the significant role posture plays in health resilience and how resolving patients’ mechanical issues can transform other important lab markers. But I think the biggest takeaway you’ll get from this episode is an understanding of why the best medical teams need practitioners who can support and improve structural integrity. It was a fascinating 30 minutes—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • What posturology is, and how this medical discipline has the potential to revitalize health creation and resilience
  • How resolving mechanical issues can transform important lab markers
  • The interconnection among structure, posture and inflammatory markers
  • The body-self matrix and how it relates to the biopsychosocial model of care
  • And so much more!

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Direct download: 03-18-2020_Mathieu_Boule.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with Dallas Hartwig, who you’ll recognize as the co-founder of the Whole30 program and co-author of two bestselling books, It Starts with Food and The Whole30. He joins us on the podcast for the first time to talk about his upcoming book, The 4 Season Solution, and explore the fascinating role of seasons, starting inside the cell and emerging all the way through to the seasons of our lives. I think this book is really going to impact the future of our entire industry, especially regarding nutrition. This conversation with Dallas became one of my favorite podcast episodes ever, and I think you’re going to really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • The natural expansion and contraction cycles and how they are relevant to you and your practice, and to medicine in general
  • How Dallas’s new book, The 4 Season Solution, could kill the diet book industry and help us rethink diet and nutrition education
  • The concept of “chronic summer” and why it is so important to overall health and wellness
  • How we can shift perception of change from loss to evidence of progression as we move through seasons of life
  • Why conversations about patients’ seasons of life need to be happening in functional medicine practices to help practitioners get to the root cause of health issues
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
The 4 Season Solution preorder

Direct download: 02-21-2020_Dallas_Hartwig.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we’re continuing our Group Visit Series with Donna Naumann, NP. She has been successfully running group visits in the St. Louis area for nearly three years, and has seen amazing moments of patient transformation that have convinced her of the power in community care. Her perspective adds so much to the group visit conversation because it is from the front lines of group visit implementation—she shares her experiences, plus practical tips on recruiting patients for group visits and running successful appointments that you can apply to your practice. No matter what topic you’re planning for your next group visit, or if you’re still on the fence about getting started with group visits, you will take away important, real-world information from this episode. Highlights include:

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

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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, we’re discussing the gut-brain-pain axis with Robert Silverman, DC. As you know, chronic pain is a problem of epidemic proportion, as is dependence on opioids, with deadly consequences. Healthcare needs a new solution to treating chronic pain, and integrative and functional medicine holds the key.

Dr. Silverman is a chiropractic doctor, functional medicine expert, clinical nutritionist, international speaker and author. At his private practice in White Plains, NY, Dr. Silverman specializes in the treatment of joint pain using functional nutrition combined with cutting-edge, science-based, nonsurgical approaches. Our conversation spanned the scientific, when he discussed how the gut and brain communicate, to the practical, when he shared his seven Rs for healing the gut, to the big picture, when he theorized the protocol he would prescribe to address the opioid epidemic. It was a fascinating 30 minutes, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • A deeper understanding of the gut-brain-pain axis, and how it is critical for overall health and addressing chronic pain
  • The three pathways through which the gut and brain communicate
  • The link between the gut-brain axis and intestinal permeability
  • The seven Rs of healing the gut
  • Nutrient recommendations for addressing chronic pain
  • A vision for chronic pain treatment in the future
  • And so much more!
Direct download: 09-25-19_-_Robert_Silverman.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This episode is the first installment in our series with Carrie Jones, ND, MPH and DUTCH Test. Dr. Carrie Jones is a force in the functional medicine community, a modern doc with a holistic approach who can appreciate the best of both medical practices. In her own words, she “helps hormonally challenged people feel less crazy” by using testing and her own extensive knowledge to help people understand their hormones so they can feel empowered to take control of their health. It was an energizing, educational 25 minutes, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

In this episode, we dive into a cutting-edge topic: the cortisol awakening response (CAR). We discuss how it became the default test for assessing stress and how you can capitalize on this information in your practice. Highlights include:

  • Understanding the cortisol awakening response, and how it became the default test for assessing stress
  • How testing the cortisol awakening response answers the question, “How resilient are you?” and changes the conversation from testing for disease risk to testing for health opportunity
  • How the cortisol awakening response influences alertness and blood sugar management
  • Resources for getting up to speed on the cortisol awakening response and implementing this testing in your practice
  • And so much more!


Resources mentioned in this episode:





Direct download: 08-21-19_-_Carrie_Jones_Part_1.mp3
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In this week’s Podcast: Tour Sponsor: Genexa―The Healthier Medicine we announce our newest kNew Vision Tour sponsor: Genexa, in a special interview with CEO David Johnson, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Menolascino, MD.

Genexa is the first non-GMO, organic micro-pharmaceutical company dedicated to making healthier over-the-counter medicines free from toxic fillers, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, gluten, lactose, petroleum and other unsavory ingredients.

And they’re on a mission to educate consumers about what’s really hiding in their OTC medications.

If you’re a practitioner who recommends OTC medicines in conjunction with supplements, OR you’re a patient who uses OTC medicines for yourself or your children, you won’t want to miss this podcast.

Tune in today and learn all about it, including:

  • How Genexa—the first organic, non-GMO micro-pharmaceutical company, got started
  • Genexa’s mission to help educate the public on avoiding toxic ingredients in medicines
  • An overview of their OTC line, including: like talc-free antacids, a menthol roll-on, disodium EDTA-free nasal sprays and clean laxative chewables for children and adults
  • A crash-course in the toxic inactive medication fillers and preservatives found in nearly all OTC pharmaceuticals, and the non-toxic ingredients Genexa uses in place of these in their line
  • How we’ll work with Genexa throughout the kNew Vision Tour to create a bridge to the 95% of Americans who rely on OTC medicines and know very little about functional medicine
  • All about Genexa’s Healthcare Influencer Network, where you can promote your practice, find support, discounts for your patients, carry Genexa in-house and more

We are so excited about what this partnership will mean for the expansion of our community and the worldwide evolution of healthcare.

To learn more, listen, subscribe or read the transcript today.

Practitioners: to learn more about getting referrals, support, discounts for your patients, how to carry Genexa in-house and more, visit: goevomed.com/genexa.

Patients: if you’re interested in getting 2 free tickets to the kNew Vision Tour, courtesy of Genexa, visit: goevomed.com/tour, select your tour date/location and enter the code “Genexa”
(first letter uppercase, the rest lowercase) to claim your two free tickets

Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:

Genexa’s Healthcare Influencer Network (for practitioners)

The kNew Vision Tour

Direct download: Tour20Sponsor20-20Genexa20-20The20Healthier20Medicine.mp3
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This week on the Evolution of Medicine, we continue our popular “Success Leaves Clues” series. We feature Dr. Bill Hemmer, a chiropractor from central Illinois who is bringing functional medicine to his small hometown with a population of only 4500. It was an incredible half an hour for any health professional who is in the business of trying to transform the health of their community.

​Dr. Hemmer has been part of our Practice Accelerator ​community for the last year, and has built an incredible practice focusing on helping his community recover their health, especially using language and memes that appeal to his specific demographic. 

On this podcast you will here:

  1. Why Bill has used “the twelve-step process” and “health scoring” in a way that makes it easy for people to understand what he is doing.
  2. How Bill has used technology, including autoresponders, to educate the masses and close them into his programs consistently.
  3. Some step-by-step guides on how to set up a practice that serves a small town, and what you need to have: the health coaching and the community.
Direct download: Success20Leaves20Clues20-20A201220Step20Recovery20of20Function.mp3
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This week on the Evolution of Medicine podcast, we are thrilled to welcome back one of the speakers from the first Evolution of Medicine Summit. She is the publisher of What Doctors Don’t Tell You in the UK. She has been a writer, journalist, and activist for a few decades. Lynne McTaggart is the author of The Intention Experiment and The Field. Her latest book, The Power of Eight, looks at the power of small groups to heal. In Functional Medicine, we’ve seen the power of small groups with things like group visits and the work with the Saddleback Church. This book takes the idea even further, explaining how groups of people can support each other’s healing and transformation.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • How Lynne discovered the power of small groups through The Intention Experiment.
  • Why this is an important concept in the future of Functional Medicine.
  • How the Evolution of Medicine is planning to use The Power of Eight for growing the impact of practitioners in communities.
Direct download: The20Power20of20820-20How20Small20Groups20Can20Change20the20World.mp3
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This week on the Evolution of Medicine podcast, we welcome Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald. We continue our Success Leaves Clues series with Dr. Tevald where we feature a practitioner who has found the right tools and systems to run a successful practice. Dr. Tevald practices functional medicine at Morning Star Family Health Center in Clinton, New Jersey. We're excited to share how she has set up her membership based family practice. 

On this podcast you will hear:

  • what Dr. Jean did to build a successful functional medicine practice
  • her experience creating systems outside of insurance
  • how technology has affected the structure and success of her practice

For more information about Freedom Practice Coaching visit: goevomed.com/FPC

For more information about the Evolution of Medicine Practice Accelerator visit: goevomed.com/accelerator

In preparation for next Monday's Functional Forum, The Evolution of Primary Care, we are thrilled to welcome IFM certified practitioner, Dr. Kara Parker to the Evolution of Medicine podcast this week.  Dr. Parker has been practicing integrative and functional medicine for almost two decades, and practices in Minnesota at the Whittier Clinic. If you are interested in functional or integrative medicine, particularly how to work with the undeserved, this podcast is not one to miss.
In this podcast, we talked about not only the practice of functional medicine in an insurance environment, but also some of the innovation that they've been doing in group visits. It's an incredible story of the power of peer to peer community support, and the power of content delivered in a community environment to deliver behavior change.
In this podcast you will here:
  • the best timing for a group visit
  • the difference between a support group and a group visit
  • why patients love the group visit
  • the greatest leverage for createing behavior change with patients
Direct download: Evolution20of20Primary20Care20-20Group20Visits.mp3
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IFNA: Where RDs Go to Learn Functional Medicine

This week on the Evolution of Medicine podcast we continue our series featuring educational resources that support the emerging practice models that support integrative and functional medicine. We welcome Dr. Sheila Dean and Kathy Swift, founders of Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA). Our goal at the Evolution of Medicine is to help create 100,000 micropractices based on root cause resolution and community health. One of the ways we can make this type of care efficient enough to be available to everyone is creating a provider team. Registered Dietitians play a critical role in a provider team and this is the training to teach the front lines of nutrition about Functional Medicine.

IFNA defines Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) therapy as a leading-edge, evidence-based, and comprehensive approach to patient care that focuses on identifying root causes and system imbalances to significantly improve patient health outcomes. This emerging medical nutrition model combines the very best of modern science, clinical wisdom and critical thinking and is being driven by increasing consumer demand, advancing technology and the changing healthcare landscape.

On this podcast you will hear:

  • what type of practitioners would benefit from this type of program
  • what is the IFNA program and how did it come about
  • clinical tips
  • what role does the IFNA program play in a provider team

For more information visit: goevomed.com/IFNA

Direct download: IFNA_-_Where_RDs_Go_to_Learn_Functional_Medicine.mp3
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State of the Evolution

This week on the Evolution ​of Medicine podcast, we are back with the fifth installment of the "State of the Evolution" with co-founders of the Evolution of Medicine, James Maskell and Gabe Hoffman.  Twice a year we look back at ground take-in the last six months and look forward to the next six. We're excited to share with you what's happened and what to expect during the first half of 2017.

This has been a huge acceleration for our organization. James published his book The Evolution of Medicine. We launched the Evolution of Medicine Practice Accelerator and as always, we've had our monthly the Functional Forum episodes. We've recently introduced the "Future of Functional in 5" which allows our community of practitioners to share their stories and gifts with the whole community. Our Functional Forum meetups continue to facilitate collaboration and community building for practitioners on a local level.  James and Gabe also discuss what's new for the Evolution of Medicine and share details about a course on building a Functional Membership practice, as well as bringing new doctors into our community consistently.

Thanks for being a part of our community and here's to the next step in the Evolution. As ever, we can only achieve our vision by supporting you to achieve yours and so here's to a transformational 2017.

On this podcast you will hear:

  • a review of the past 6 months of Forums and new projects
  • what to expect from the next six months
  • a review from the founder of the current "State of the Evolution"
Direct download: State20of20the20Evolution20Podcast20November202016.mp3
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What Functional Medicine can Learn from Crossfit

This week on the Evolution of Medicine podcast, we welcome Brian Mulvaney, Director of Strategy at CrossFit. If you’ve been part of our community for awhile, you know that we’re working towards helping create 100k micropractices. Our plan for micropractices very much mirrors the Crossfit strategy – reduce the overhead, empower individuals to become entrepreneurs.

Listen in as Brian describes the evolution of CrossFit over the last 15 years and shares not only the key lessons that our movement can learn from theirs, but also the clear and present opportunity for clinicians to partner with their local CrossFit boxes to create these new centers of health creation.

On this podcast you will hear:

  • The origin story of CrossFit and the early days of web-based education
  • How the first affiliates broke through barriers to replicate successfully
  • The opportunity for CrossFit and Functional Medicine to merge for community health

This is such an exciting 45 minutes and required listening whether you are running a practice and are looking for a community of new patients or looking to start a new “Functional Micropractice”.

Get a copy of James’ new book The Evolution of Medicine free till October 14th!

The Evolution of Medicine Book

This week on the Evolution of Medicine, we welcome our first guest host. Could it be anyone else than Dr. Kelly Brogan?  Dr. Brogan is a holistic psychiatrist and has been a frequent guest speaker on the Functional Forum.  She is the author of A Mind of Your Own and has been an incredible supporter of the Evolution of Medicine from the start.  She interviews James Maskell about his brand new book, The Evolution of Medicine.

Dr. Brogan shares the story of how she first met James and the journey that she has witnessed in the years that she has known him. James shares his story from birth to deciding to becoming an investment banker to making his way into the world of healthcare. From attending conferences to now becoming a featured speaker. From helping one practitioner to setting up clinics and now after 30 episodes of the Functional Forum, reaching thousands of practitioners all over the world. James has taken his years of experience and created a roadmap for the success of modern integrative practitioners in his book The Evolution of Medicine.

On this podcast you will hear:

  • The origin story of the Functional Forum and the first episode
  • What kick started the vision of 100,000 micropractices
  • What you can do to help accelerate the evolution of medicine 

This podcast is brought to you by Nudge Coach. Nudge is a lifestyle coaching software to help better connect with your patients in between visits.  Find out more at goevomed.com/nudge

Direct download: Evolution20of20Medicine20Book20with20Guest20Host20Kelly20Brogan.mp3
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Success Leaves Clues

This week on the Evolution of Medicine Podcast, we feature Dr. Mary Caire who has transformed her former practice into a successful Functional Medicine practice.  Dr. Caire was the inspiration for our new series of podcasts called "Success Leaves Clues".

The IFM survey data showed that very few practitioners were successful when attempting to make this transition and felt there were too many barriers to entry when transitioning from traditional western medicine to a Functional Medicine practice.  We're so grateful to Dr. Caire for sharing her journey, tips, and successes to help shorten the learning curve for the rest of us.

In this podcast you will hear:

  • Dr. Caire's journey from physiatrist to a Functional Medicine practitioner
  • what percentage of income comes from which sources in Dr. Caire's practice
  • how to use genetic testing to motivate patients

What we really want to do is hear from doctors who have made the transition, successfully. If you are one of those practitioners or know someone, please share your story. Write to us at support@goevomed.com

Direct download: Success20Leaves20Clues20with20Mary20Caire.mp3
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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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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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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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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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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

Direct download: Moises_Velasquez-Manhoff.mp3
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