Evolution of Medicine Podcast (health, alternative health)

Kirkland Newman is the founder of MindHealth360, host of the London Functional Forum Community, and is organizing the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference, occurring October 10-13, 2024 just outside of  Washington, DC.

The conference aims to bring together various practitioners and professionals in the mental health field to discuss concrete solutions and advancements in mental health care. The conference will address topics such as brain health, technology addiction, gut-brain connection, trauma therapy, genomics, and more.

The goal is to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice and provide practitioners with a wider toolbox to address mental health issues. The conference is open to medical and mental health professionals, as well as passionate individuals interested in mental health transformation.

This episode offers a preview of cutting-edge perspectives on mental health, including cognitive decline. When you listen, you’ll learn about:

  1. Kirkland’s vision to integrate functional medicine into mainstream mental health practices.
  2. The epidemic of mental health issues, especially among young people, is a concern, and conventional medical practices seem ill-equipped to address the problem.
  3. An introduction to some IMMH speakers, including Dr. Daniel Amen, who focuses on brain health rather than mental health; Dr. Robert Lustig, who discusses technology addiction and the impact of the amygdala on mental health; Dr. Georgia Ede, Dr. Dale Bredesen, and more. 
  4. The gut-brain connection, trauma's impact on biochemistry and the gut, and the importance of safe connection and social engagement in healing are also highlighted in the conversation.
  5. And much more!
Direct download: 20240619_Podcast_-_Kirkland_Newman.mp3
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On this episode, our guest is Mastin Kipp, a best-selling author and creator of Functional Life CoachingTM. Mastin joined the podcast to talk about his recent book titled, Reclaim Your Nervous System, which discusses the importance of prioritizing the nervous system in healing and overall well-being.

Mastin asserts that befriending and addressing resistant parts of ourselves can promote healing and improve our relationship with our nervous system. Mastin highlights the power of group care and co-regulation in creating a safe space for emotional expression and healing.

This podcast release coincides with Evolution of Medicine’s launch of VagusFest, which is a participatory nervous system healing event that practitioners can organize to promote healing in their communities. If you’re interested in hosting your own event, please contact support@goevomed.com. 

Check out the full podcast episode to hear about:

  • Mastin Kipp’s journey into coaching and the study of the nervous system.
  • The power of group settings for facilitating behavior change and creating a sense of safety.
  • Co-regulating groups can drive the adoption of functional medicine as a standard of care, with clinicians providing support and addressing root causes when necessary.
  • Challenges of expressing emotions and the societal conditioning that often discourages emotional expression.
  • And more!
Direct download: 20240528_Podcast-Mastin_Kipp_1.mp3
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Robert Lustig, MD joins James for this information-packed episode that unifies mental and metabolic healthcare. Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist and food educator, who focuses on spreading awareness about the topic of this podcast.

During this episode he walks through the connection between nutrition, brain health, and mental health. They touch on topics such as the impact of ultra-processed food on metabolic health, the role of the amygdala in fear conditioning and chronic toxic stress, and the importance of the vagus nerve in regulating the nervous system.

Dr. Lustig also highlights the need for public education and policy change to address the systemic health crisis and mental health crisis. Dr. Lustig will be speaking at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference in October 2024.

Check out this informative, empowering episode to hear about:

  • Dr. Lusting’s new book on the amygdala and its connection to food.
  • The importance of understanding the difference between food science, nutrition and metabolic health.
  • The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in systemic and mental health disorders.
  • The potential for a cultural shift toward prioritizing metabolic health and the challenges facing it. 
Direct download: 20240514_Podcast-Robert_Lustig__MD-Take_2.mp3
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In James Maskell’s first-ever solo podcast, he introduces Evolution of Medicine’s upcoming event, VagusFest. On May 29, 2024, listeners can join the Evolution of Medicine’s debut VagusFest, a participatory education experience focused on toning the vagus nerve, that will provide hands-on healing experiences for participants.  

In this podcast episode, James previews themes that will be explored during VagusFest and expresses how the event will help advance health-promoting medicine.

VagusFest will serve as a model for clinicans to recreate similar events in their local communities as a strategy for carrying out public relations campaigns that promote functional medicine at the local level. VagusFest is a complete set of tools to run a VagusFest event in a community, including step-by-step guides, marketing materials, and PR assets.

Check out the full conversation to learn about:

  • James’ thoughts on what has been limiting the growth of functional medicine.
  • How to win over new patients who have been deterred by long treatment timelines and expectations to make lifestyle changes.
  • How VagusFest will give participants the tools to regulate their own nervous systems and create a sense of unity and healing in their communities.
  • Upcoming opportunities for practitioners to participate in VagusFest events and learn how to implement them in their own communities.
Direct download: 20240415_Podcast_-_VagusFest__James_solo_.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Dr. James Carter, the director of the Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, discusses his journey to functional medicine and his role at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Carter is also a vascular medicine specialist and is interested in vascular health from a functional medicine perspective.

He talks about the vision and growth of functional medicine at Cleveland Clinic, including the development of specialized programs for women's health, oncology, pediatrics, and cardiovascular health. Dr. Carter also discusses the importance of group visits and shared medical appointments in functional medicine practice. He shares his excitement for the upcoming Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Annual International Conference (AIC) and highlights topics he is looking forward to, such as bone health, mental health and pediatric nutrition.

Finally, Dr. Carter reflects on his decision to join Cleveland Clinic and expresses his enthusiasm for the future of functional medicine at the institution.

Check out this full conversation to learn more about:

·         A systems perspective that integrates biological systems with social context in patient care.

·         Educating medical students and integrating functional medicine into cardiology practice

·         Understanding and overcoming resistance to change with patients.

·         A preview of Dr. Carter’s upcoming IFM presentation, and what he’s looking forward to learning from other presenters.

·         And much, much more!

Register here for IFM’s AIC event, occurring May 29-June 1, 2024. You can also register for VagusFest here, which is occurring on the evening of May 29. 

Check out Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center’s new website to learn about their Group Visit Toolkits, tools to enhance patient compliance and more at lifestylematrix.com/membership.


Direct download: 20240321_Podcast__James_Carter_Jr__MD_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:35am CDT

In this episode, we learn about anthroposophic medicine from James Maskell’s guest, Adam Blanning, MD. Anthroposophic medicine takes a holistic approach to humans, nature, illness, and healing by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health. The principles and practices of this medicinal form incorporate elements of herbal medicine, homeopathy, movement therapies and more. Anthroposophic medicine was established in the early 1920s by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman.

Anthroposophic medicine can be especially beneficial for children working through chronic illnesses, such as asthma, allergies or behavioral issues. Dr. Blanning also highlights the importance of understanding developmental rhythms and providing support for children during key stages of growth.

Dr. Blanning, in addition to founding the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies, is also involved in consulting for Waldorf schools, which are rooted in Rudolf Steiner’s work.

Check out this full conversation to learn more about:

  • James Maskell’s personal experiences with anthroposophic medicine.

  • Application of anthroposophic medicine in various settings, including hospitals and private practices.

  • The importance of creating healing environments that consider the patient's comfort and well-being, such as reducing noise and promoting rest in hospital settings.

An upcoming training week through the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine on April 27 - May 4, 2024 in Loveland, Colorado.

Direct download: 20240321_Podcast__Adam_Blanning.mp3
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Guest: Zak Holdsworth, CEO of Hint Health

In this Business of Functional Medicine episode, we hear from Zak Holdsworth, a leader in the health technology industry and the CEO and cofounder of Hint Health.

Hint Health supports the direct primary care (DPC) movement and aims to provide affordable, high-quality health care by offering a successful alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model.

Zak Holdsworth’s company offers technology solutions for DPC clinics, including membership management systems and employer infrastructure. They have also developed an EMR system specifically designed for DPC clinics. Additionally, Hint Health has created Hint Connect, a network product that connects DPC clinics with employers and other health care practitioners.

Their goal is to create a unified network of DPC clinics that can work together to provide better care and reduce costs. The company's vision is to redesign the healthcare system to enable easy access to high-quality, affordable care.

Download and listen to the full episode to learn about:

  • The concept of unity and the value of working together in the DPC market.
  • Constraints of the fee-for-service model and how removing those constraints can lead to better patient care and alignment with functional medicine practices.
  • How Hint Connect allows for rapid patient onboarding and revenue generation for doctors.
  • A positive shift in the perception of DPC by insurance brokers, who now see the value in investing in high-value primary care.
  • And much, much more!

Plus, check out the visualization of the interconnected relationships across the Hint Health DPC ecosystem.

Direct download: 20240307_Podcast__Zak_Holdsworth_1_1.mp3
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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

James Maskell’s guest on this episode is Jeffrey Morrison, MD, whose clinical approach is to use nutrition to prevent or reverse degenerative and chronic disease. In both his clinical practice and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, he considers detoxification as a critical foundation to health.

During this conversation, Dr. Morrison emphasizes that toxins in the environment are a major cause of disease and that our bodies are not equipped to handle the vast array of chemicals present in our modern environment.

He explains that detoxification is a natural process where cells push toxins into the connective tissue, which then moves them through the lymphatic system, liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract for elimination (or through sweat or breath). However, if the body is overwhelmed with toxins or if the detoxification process is hindered, symptoms and illness can occur. Most often, this looks like visible inflammation, aches and pains, fatigue, skin issues and brain fog.  

Dr. Morrison recommends supporting detoxification through practices such as regular exercise, anti-inflammatory eating, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining regular bowel movements. He also discusses the importance of the lymphatic system in detoxification and the role of the nervous system in regulating detoxification.

 Please listen to this full episode to learn more about:

  • Group detox programs to save costs and time, for clinicans and patients alike. 
  • The role of saunas in detoxification
  • The American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s focus on educating practitioners and advocacy for environmental health
  • And much more!

 Evolution of Medicine’s partner, Lifestyle Matrix Resources Center can point you to patient education materials, as well as protocols related to detoxification as well. You can contact them at contactus@lifestylematrix.com.  

Direct download: 20240130_Podcast_Jeffrey_Morrison.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

In this episode, James interviews Dr. Bryce Appelbaum, a neuro-optometrist. For the first time ever on the podcast, we learn about the field of functional optometry, including how it differs from traditional optometry.

Dr. Appelbaum discusses the importance of vision for overall health and how vision problems can impact learning, behavior and daily life. His framework is shaped by his childhood experience with overcoming visual problems through vision therapy. He is passionate about his mission to raise awareness about functional vision care, even though he faces resistance from conventional optometry.

He also introduces his online vision training program, ScreenFit, which is designed to minimize the negative effects of screens on vision and promote healthy visual habits. Podcast listeners can use the code EVOMED to receive a discount on the ScreenFit program.

Tune into the full conversation to learn more about:

  • How one in 10 children have vision problems that impact their ability to learn
  • The importance of vision for neurological function, especially in childhood
  • Waldorf education and developmentally appropriate educational philosophies
  • How inflammation and cardiometabolic health relate to eye function
  • And much, much more!


Direct download: 20240122_Podcast_Bryce_Appelbaum_1.mp3
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James’ guest on this episode is Dr. Andrew Weil, the founder and leader of a fellowship program for integrative medicine through the University of Arizona. In this role and others, he has significant influence on future generations of integrative medicine practitioners.

In this conversation, Dr. Weil discusses the current state of integrative medicine and his vision for the future. Integrative medicine is becoming more mainstream in the United States, with many medical schools teaching some form of it. However, there is still a long way to go in changing the paradigm of conventional medicine and fully integrating health-promoting practices.

Dr. Weil believes that history is on the side of integrative medicine and that it will eventually become the standard of care. Listen to the full show to discover what is needed going forward to evolve medicine from our guest’s perspective.

This dynamic conversation also touched upon the following topics:

  • The role of psychedelics in integrative medicine
  • A vision of the future where allopathic medicine is a subspecialty focused on critical care, trauma and terminal care
  • The lack of financial incentives for health-promoting and preventative medicine
  • The need for studies that compare conventional and integrative medicine in terms of patient outcomes
  • And much more!

This interview was also featured in the January 2024 Functional Forum, which kickstarted the Evolution of Medicine’s year of unity.

Direct download: 20240116_Podcast_Andrew_Weil.mp3
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In this episode, Dr. Mollie James shares her experiences during and after the pandemic. She transitioned from being a critical care physician in an ICU to providing functional and integrative medicine primary care services.  

Dr. James previously had a career in surgical and critical care, which ended because she spoke publicly about providing early COVID treatments and did not receive a vaccine because she has natural immunity. She was put under investigation by a medical board for 18 months, even though the board made no accusation of wrongdoing. This led to her dropping her fellowship credentials. She was also censured by The American College of Surgeons and is now unable to work in another ICU.

You’ll hear her discuss post-vaccine syndrome and how she helps patients clear and recover from excessive spike protein. She is now dedicated to providing personalized care rooted in functional and integrative medicine principles, and she treats a broad spectrum of chronic health conditions beyond COVID and post-vaccine syndromes.

Tune in and download this episode to learn more about: 

  • How Dr. James’ first attempt at building a practice failed because she was using an insurance model
  • The ethical responsibility of physicians to keep functional medicine affordable
  • Her experience working in ICUs during four waves of the pandemic, which included having her ivermectin prescriptions canceled
  • Foundational tools to treat post-vaccine syndrome
  • And much, much more
Direct download: 20231218_Podcast_Mollie_James.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Peter Kozlowski, MD is a functional medicine physician based in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discussed the importance of detoxification and gut health in his practice. He emphasizes the need to address the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health because they play a significant role in detoxification.

Dr. Kozlowski recommends focusing on the basics of detox, such as sleep, hydration, bowel movements, and sweating, before considering more advanced testing and treatments. He also highlights the importance of community and social support for maintaining a healthy detoxification system in the body. Dr. Kozlowski encourages practitioners to work together and collaborate rather than compete in order to better serve patients and improve outcomes.

Download and listen to learn more about the following:

  • How recovering from an alcohol-use disorder led Dr. Kozlowski to functional medicine
  • The value of testing for heavy metals, mycotoxins and glyphosate
  • Addressing the skin and gut barrier during detoxification protocols  
  • Dr. Kozlowski’s experimentation with different payment models and in-person versus virtual visits
  • Using cortisol labs, stool cultures and other tests to show patients how trauma impacts their health
  • And much, much more 
Direct download: 20231211_Podcast_Peter_Kozlowski_1.mp3
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 This episode’s guest is Dr. Michelle Thompson, the medical director of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This conversation explores how Dr. Thompson is bringing lifestyle and integrative medicine into major health systems.

She began her journey practicing integrative medicine but leveraged the six pillars of lifestyle medicine to bridge the gap with conventional medicine. This hybrid path allowed her to excel at practicing in traditional settings and facilitated introducing integrative and lifestyle medicine principles into larger health systems.

Dr. Thompson also shared evidence that there is growing momentum behind the integrative and lifestyle medicine movements, including acceptance and adoption of its principles within health systems. She encourages physicians who may have previously left the system to consider returning and joining a hospital system that is open to change and supportive of these modalities.

Building upon recent podcast conversations, such as the episode with Dr. Joe Pizzorno, this episode emphasizes the importance of unity amongst the many disciplines within health-promoting care.

Download and listen to this episode to learn more about:

  • How clinicans can transform medicine by being bold and authentic in how they choose to practice
  • The responsibility of clinicians, residents and medical students to help shift the culture in medicine to better align with the principles of lifestyle medicine
  • The importance of showing empathy towards patients and letting them drive their own health journey
  • Physician burnout and the importance of clinicians prioritizing self-care
  • And much, much more

Related resources:

American College of Lifestyle Medicine: About the UMPC Lifestyle Medicine Program

Whole Hearted Medicine: Meet Dr. Michelle 

Direct download: 20231122_Podcast_Michelle_Thompson_1.mp3
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Dr. Joe Pizzorno, a prominent naturopathic doctor and Board Chair at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), joins James to discuss the unifying factors among the many channels of health medicine, which include acupuncture, naturopathic, functional, integrative, chiropractic, and Ayurvedic medicine.

This conversation addresses foundational aspects of health, such as nutrition and lifestyle, that support optimal mitochondrial function for vitality. Dr. Pizzorno also shared the need for scientific research to support the effectiveness of health medicine practices and calls for increased funding in this area. For example, he hopes that we will have access to reliable clinical testing for mitochondrial energy and ATP production in the future.

Listen to the episode to learn more about:

  •   Preventing neurodegeneration by eating organically grown food
  •   The importance of flavonoids 
  •   Vitalism (creating health) versus pathogenesis and salutogenesis
  •     The need for a clear conceptual basis for integrative medicine
  •   The great potential for Health Medicine Alliance to improve the public health baseline

Related resources:

Direct download: 20231024_Podcast_Joe_Pizzorno.mp3
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In this podcast episode, James Maskell speaks with Swathi Rao, PA-C. She is the owner of Be Well Family Care in Indianapolis, and she was featured in James’ book, The Community Cure, to showcase her successful implementation of group visits.

We explored the clinical applications of vitamin K2, which range from musculoskeletal and immune health to aesthetics and longevity. Swathi also shared how her knowledge on vitamin K2 nutrient therapy has developed throughout her career, how to identify patients who may benefit from vitamin K2 therapy and the benefits of combining vitamin K2 with vitamin D, including dosing recommendations.

Swathi emphasized the importance of patient education to enable informed decision-making when it comes to controversial health topics like vitamin K2 supplementation. She also provided insights on building a successful practice and the role of non-MD professionals in healthcare.

Please download and listen to learn more about:

  •       The forms of vitamin K and which are most beneficial
  •       When it is appropriate to recommend this nutrient
  •       Swathi’s experience with local Functional Forum meetups
  •      Vitamin K2 uses for aesthetics and longevity
  •       And much, much more!

Related resources:

Direct download: 20230914_Podcast_Swathi_Rao.mp3
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Our podcast guest, Michael Mabry, DO, works in a fully capitated medical group in Johnson City, Tennessee. Capitation is a fee-per-patient model, which tends to promote health by incentivizing preventative medicine, chronic disease reversal and helping patients maintain their health. 

Implementing group medical visits has allowed Dr. Mabry’s practice to improve patient outcomes and increase the local community’s access to lifestyle medicine. In his group visits, patients who have similar medical issues come together once a month for a two-hour visit to learn relevant health information.

Dr. Mabry also shared that he can spend more time with patients individually because he has systemized patient education. Part of the success of the group visits, according to Dr. Mabry, comes from the much-needed sense of community experienced by participants.

Early in his career, he learned about how to build and scale his practice through some of the first Functional Forum events and the Group Visit Toolkits from Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.

When you listen to this episode, you’ll also learn about the following:

  • How to connect your business needs with your passion for lifestyle medicine to evolve health care
  • The benefits of capitation as a business model
  • How you can foster connections with your local community to build your business
  • Practical alternatives for dysfunctional payment models in the health care industry
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20230920_Podcast_Michael_Mabry_2.mp3
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This week’s podcast guest is Jonathan Jones, PhD, a plant polyphenols researcher and the Chief Scientific Officer at Monteloeder, a company that provides innovative, scientifically researched botanical ingredients by assessing the botanicals’ components, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities, and mechanisms of action.

They developed a product called metabolaid®, which contains a standardized ratio of Hibiscus sabdariffa extract and lemon verbena extract to deliver active compounds, primarily anthocyanins and verbascoside, respectively. This product reduces triglyceride buildup in fat cells in the liver and adipose tissue.

We learned from Dr. Jones about how metabolaid® activates AMPK, which can switch on fat burning and block fat storage. There are numerous other cardiovascular and weight-loss benefits linked to this product, including improved microbiome diversity and others discussed by Dr. Jones in this episode.

Please listen to the full conversation to learn the following about this powerful botanical:

  •       Its cardiovascular and fat-loss benefits
  •        The plant components and mechanisms of action
  •        The research and extraction process
  •        How this product differs from incretin agonists and increases GLP-1 expression
  •        And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230920_Podcast_Jonathan_Jones-.mp3
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On this episode, Jon D. Kaiser, MD taught us about the mitochondrial health and chronic disease connection.

Dr. Kaiser is a mitochondrial specialist with over thirty years of clinical and research experience in applying functional medicine approaches to treat complex medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia and long COVID.

Dr. Kaiser began his career as an HIV/AIDS specialist in San Francisco at the height of the HIV epidemic. He found that many of his patients needed nutritional and mitochondrial support, especially after manifesting antiviral medication side effects.

He developed protocols to help patients improve their baseline health with an original nutraceutical formulation that supports mitochondrial health. Dr. Kaiser joined James to discuss how he has applied his protocols to help patients with other chronic illnesses and post-infection syndromes.

Tune in to learn more from Dr. Kaiser about the following topics:

  •        Lifestyle factors that support healing beyond other integrative interventions 
  •         How mitochondria are chemically and electrically connected and communicate with each other throughout the body
  •         Parasympathetic activation as a critical component of recovery  
  •        How the poor mitochondrial function impacts the neuro-endocrine-immune axis and gastrointestinal tract
  •        His vision for the next steps in medicine, including the need for a readily available blood test that assays the health of mitochondria in blood cells

This episode continues to explore the theme laid out in the August 2023 Functional Forum, Mitochondrial Mayem, where we learned how mitochondrial dysfunction leads to a wide range of chronic illnesses—from autoimmunity to cardiometabolic disease, neurologic disorders and more. 

Direct download: 20230814_Podcast_Jon_Kaiser.mp3
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This week, we address a hot and controversial topic in medicine: weight loss pharmaceuticals. 

Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptides (GIP) agonists are gaining popularity for their use in treating type 2 diabetes and, in some cases, obesity. These medications stimulate insulin secretion and are shown to increase weight loss and improve blood pressure.

However, significant gastrointestinal and other rare but concerning side effects make these medications controversial. Patients often also gain back much of the lost weight when these medications are stopped.

Our guest this episode is Christina Robins, MD, who has a successful clinic called RevitaLife, which blends family medicine, women’s health care, antiaging medicine and medical weight loss, among other services. Dr. Robins has long been using GLP-1 agonists with her patients, and she joined James to share her strategies for supporting patients using those medications in combination with nutraceutical support.

Listen to the full conversation to learn about the following:

  • Lifestyle and nutraceutical support before, during and after the use of weight-loss medications
  • How to prevent connective tissue and muscle loss during weight loss
  • FDA approval for weight loss and type 2 diabetes drugs
  • Appropriate uses for these medications and potential off-label uses
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230810_Podcast_Christina_Robins2.mp3
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Dan Strause is the president and CEO of Hometown Pharmacy, which is a network of 70 independent functional pharmacies across Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that deliver patient-focused care.

The Hometown Pharmacy group seeks to connect prescribing clinicians with pharmacists to collaborate and achieve the goal of moving patients from pharmaceuticals to nutraceuticals to food. They see a critical need for pharmacists to reconnect and work with prescribing clinicians, especially to mitigate or address drug-induced nutrient deficiencies.

Building relationships between patients, prescribing clinicians and pharmacists often starts with patients asking questions and engaging with their health care. Thus, the functional pharmacy approach involves empowering and inspiring patients through health education.

Listen to this full conversation to learn from Dan about the many innovative strategies the group incorporates, including: 

  • Sending dieticians and nutritionists to speak within communities about functional pharmacies to educate and inspire at a grassroots level
  • A test-teach-therapy-test approach with patients
  • Using scientific literature and dialog to build relationships with like-minded clinicians 
  • Learning how to best work with patients to foster adherence
  • And much, much more!

Dan Strause is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Functional Pharmacy Symposium on September 23 in Nashville, TN. He will be joined by other former Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine podcast guests, such as James LaValle, RPh; Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD; Mark Houston, MD; and Jeff Robins, RPh. Register to attend the conference to learn more functional medicine best practices that will support the future success of your pharmacy.

Direct download: 20230724_Podcast_Dan_Strause.mp3
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Our guest this week on the podcast is Robert Pearl, MD, a lifestyle medicine champion and leader. He is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the largest United States medical group, and the former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In those two roles, he led 10,000 physicians and 38,000 staff. Currently, he cohosts a podcast and is an author, clinical professor, contributor to Forbes, and speaker.

In this podcast episode, we discussed the economics of health care and different payment models that can support preventative care and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Pearl laid out his perspective on the issues with fee-for-service payment models—mainly that it incentivizes disease treatment rather than prevention. He proposed an alternative model known as capitation, which is the model Kaiser Permanente uses. Capitation pays a group of doctors an established, upfront fee to fulfill medical needs for a defined population of patients.

 Listen to this fascinating conversation to learn more about the following:

  • Capitation versus fee-for-service models
  • Dr. Pearl’s vision for how clinicians can contribute to building an alternative market for lifestyle medicine
  • The role of artificial intelligence in supporting patient education, compliance and outcomes
  • Using telemedicine and groups to make lifestyle medicine more economical
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20230714_Podcast_Robert_Pearl.mp3
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Izabella Wentz, PharmD is an author and pharmacist who previously spoke on the Functional Forum and specializes in helping patients overcome thyroid dysfunction. In this episode, she joins James to talk about her personal journey with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis after years of debilitating symptoms.

Her most recent book, Adrenal Transformation Protocol, was released on April 18, 2023. The book focuses on resetting the body’s stress response through targeted safety signals, and it features a four-week program that has already helped over 3,500 people. 

Dr. Wentz is also an advocate for spreading awareness about how thyroid dysfunction can produce psychiatric symptoms, which is often overlooked by conventional health care providers. Check out the full episode to learn more about:

  • The stigma around the term “adrenal fatigue”   
  • Dr. Wentz’ experience addressing adverse drug events and drug-induced nutrient depletion
  • The mental health and adrenal connection
  • Options for supporting patients with thyroid dysfunction
  • How to help your patients achieve lifestyle changes
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230626_Podcast_Izabella_Wentz.mp3
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Dr. Carrie Jones rejoins the Evolution of Medicine podcast to discuss the functional medicine approach to depression, anxiety and attention issues. She is an avid educator who specializes in stress and endocrine health.

A recent systematic review found that the serotonin theory of depression is scientifically unsupported,  which raises the question: What does this mean for patients who use either SSRIs or SNRIs? Dr. Jones explains how she answers this for concerned patients and discusses her approach to resolving mood issues by looking for root causes.

Other topics discussed in this conversation include rising mental health issues amongst teenagers in particular, group care, and mental health lifestyle factors, such as balancing neurotransmitters, stress management, social connection, nutrition, gut health and physical activity.

Tune in and listen to the whole conversation to learn about the following from Dr. Jones:

  • Examples of how blood sugar dysregulation can harm sleep quality and mental health
  • Problems that can arise when supporting only one neurotransmitter
  • Specific nutrients she uses for patients with mood dysregulation
  • The potential for technology, especially continuous glucose monitors, to empower patients in their health journeys
  • And much, much more!


Direct download: 20230626_Podcast_Carrie_Jones.mp3
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Kristen Brokaw hosts this episode which features Andy Sutton, CEO of Kare Health & Wellness. 

Andy and his wife, Keri Sutton, cofounded and grew a successful integrative health center. Andy’s background is in architecture as a project manager, and his wife is a nurse practitioner who serves as the chief medical officer of Kare Health & Wellness. At the clinic, Andy also oversees marketing, new staff hires and training.

Their clinic prioritizes developing and nurturing a strong culture amongst staff. Andy believes his staff’s cohesiveness and shared values has a downstream effect of benefiting patients and allowing their business to be more efficient, which is one of the keys to their success.

This episode belongs to the Evolution of Medicine’s Business of Functional Medicine series. Once a quarter, we bring you conversations that focus on the business and practice management side of functional medicine. 

Check out the full recording to learn more about Andy’s approach to the following:

  •        Developing a standardized staff training program
  •        Staff hiring and fostering a team culture
  •        Leveraging emotional appeal to acquire and retain patients
  •        New patient onboarding
  •        And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230519_Podccast_Andy_Sutton3.mp3
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Adrian den Boer, DC, ND joins the podcast this week to share his clinical success with collagen. As a functional medicine practitioner with extensive experience in naturopathic and chiropractic care, Dr. den Boer is just the person we needed to speak with to learn about the benefits of collagen for the musculoskeletal system.  

Tune into this episode to hear his astounding success stories, including one that did not even seem possible, according to his medical school training. He also provided clinical pearls that will help you achieve the best outcomes and improve compliance when using collagen with your patients.

Listen to the full episode to learn:

  •         How collagen helps athletes recover from injury
  •         Benefits of collagen for the aging musculoskeletal system
  •         How Dr. den Boer’s highly successful practice got started, and why he is passionate about quality testing for supplements
  •         Issues and risks with using bone broth in place of collagen supplements
  •         And much, much more!
Direct download: 20230511_Podcast_Dr._Den_Boer.2mp3_2.mp3
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Functional Forum Local Communities connect like-minded practitioners, enabling dialog, information sharing, interdisciplinary discussion, and community building for those who attend.

In this episode we hear from a Functional Forum Community host and a loyal attendee. Kristen Brokaw, this week’s host, is the leader of Saint Louis’ local Forum Community, and founder of the St. Louis Institute for Integrative Medicine (SLIIM).

Guest Grant Corsi is the Community Host of the Orange County Functional Forum Community.  He shares his story about what drove him to begin planning community events and what has made his community successful.

Our second guest is Anthony Pasek, DC who has been attending St. Louis Forum Community events for at least seven years. He speaks to the value of his community, including professional camaraderie and collaboration.

Listen to this short episode to learn:

·       Valuable tips for initiating community meetups

·       Why you should consider hosting your own local Community

·       What challenges to expect, and how to prepare for them as a new host

·        The benefits of attending local community events for physicians

·       And much, much more.

Help us honor this year’s theme of Connection by sharing this episode and consider joining or hosting a local Forum Community near you.

Find a community near you.

Host a community.

Request a community.  

Direct download: 20230503_Podcast_Grant_Corsi_V3.mp3
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“Everyone needs a good coach in life,” according to our podcast guest this week.

For this Business of Functional Medicine episode, Kristen Brokaw interviewed Coach Micheal Burt to explore his perspective on becoming and staying motivated.

He applies the term prey drive—the instinctual motivation of certain animals to find, pursue and capture prey—to human behavior and motivation.

Coach Burt began his career as a basketball coach and is now an author, speaker and professional coach for multiple industries. He has clients who are the most successful preventative doctors and functional health care providers in the country.

Check out this full episode to take in empowering messages about:

  • Every individuals’ potential to express a strong prey drive
  • The parts of oneself that may need to be supported (body, mind, heart and spirit)
  • How to foster motivation on a daily basis
  • The importance of building and maintaining dynamic energy in business
  • Business coaching for preventative and functional medicine providers
  • And much, much more!

Visit his website to learn more about activating the drive to pursue your goals.

Direct download: 20230403_Podcast_Micheal_Burt.mp3
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On this episode of the podcast, James is joined by two doctors from the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) to learn about their upcoming annual conference from June 1-3 in Orlando, FL.

Aly Cohen, MD is an integrative rheumatologist who speaks about the importance of environmental medicine and why autoimmunity needs to be understood by providers across medical specialties.

Dan Lukaczer, ND is the Director of Medical Education at IFM. He was previously Director of Clinical Research at the Metagenics Functional Medicine Research Center in Gig Harbor, WA, where he served as the principal investigator on various clinical trials on diet and nutrition.

This event will be the first in-person IFM event since 2019 and will not be limited to any one topic or health issue. Instead, they offer an agenda featuring a wide range of subject matter. Consider registering for the IFM conference to learn more about:

·       Contaminants in drinking water—from artificial turf, fluoride and more

·       Data about environmental chemicals and how they contribute to human health conditions, specifically diseases of the immune system

·       Dietary approaches and lifestyle changes to reduce toxicity

·       Functional medicine approaches to oncology and cancer care

·       Understanding mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)

·       Innovative treatment options for mental health care

·       Updates on the microbiome, oral microbiome and systemic disease

·       Impacts of intermittent thermal stress on aging and longevity

·       Therapeutic applications of medical cannabis and endocannabinoids

·       Wearable devices and the unlocked potential of remote health monitoring

·       And much more!

Direct download: 20230411_Podcast_Aly_Cohen.mp3
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This episode explores Kalibra, a new healthcare AI tool. It aggregates patient data from multiple sources and helps clinicians and patients alike prioritize health information based on functional and lifestyle medicine principles. 

Our guest on this episode of the podcast, Ivan Vatchkov, the CEO of Kalibra, shares with us how Kalibra.ai performs diverse functions, including bringing together all patient data into one dynamic place. It digitizes, organizes and analyzes the many PDFs from health wearables and lab, gut microbiome, and functional medicine testing.

Listen to the full conversation to: 

  •       Understand how you can simplify your practice management
  •        Consider how data collection and analysis can streamline healthcare, especially in conventional medicine
  •        Discover how lifestyle medicine principles were built into Kalibra
  •        Explore the potential of AI health coaches as powerful tools to help patients make lifestyle changes
  •        And much, much more

The Evolution of Medicine has sought to be inspiring, present valuable clinical content, and highlight technology and practice management topics that advance lifestyle and functional medicine. Now that AI is becoming more prevalent, we are asking, “how will this impact the evolution of medicine?”

Kalibra is tangible, it is real, and it is exciting. This is the Evolution of Medicine. Enjoy.

Direct download: 20230322_Podcast_Ivan_Vatchkov.mp3
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Yaa Boakye, CPT, RDN from the Practice Accelerator team joins James on this special episode to announce an upcoming resource that will help practitioners develop their businesses: the 90-Minute Private Practice Sprint. During this free webinar on February 17 at 8 p.m. PST/11 p.m. EST, James and Yaa will share practical, actionable, no-fluff guidelines to help practitioners set goals to grow their practices.

Register for the Sprint here: https://goevomed.com/sprint 

With her experience in marketing, personal training, nutrition and coaching healthcare providers, Yaa guides practitioners to develop the business side of their practices with efficiency and focus.

As she explains in this podcast episode, building a successful practice requires knowledge of multiple domains, including understanding your target patient, having solid marketing strategies, utilizing technology systems to streamline day-to-day operations, and understanding how to successfully deliver patient education to maximize clinical results.

However, without the right tools in place, healthcare providers may attract the wrong patients and adopt ineffective practices that consume their limited time and resources. The 90-Minute Private Practice Sprint was designed to help practitioners avoid these problems and streamline their business development strategy.

Listen to the episode to learn more about:

  • Why it’s important to market your practice online and offline
  • How to overcome unhelpful patterns that hold back your business development
  • How the 90-Minute Private Practice Sprint can help you avoid common pitfalls and accelerate your practice growth
  • The many other benefits and free resources you’ll receive when you join us live for the 90-Minute Private Practice Sprint


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Dr. Tom Guilliams, a longtime friend of the podcast, returns to share his experience researching and foraging for mushrooms.

Dr. Guilliams also speaks about the difficulties of accurately identifying mushrooms due to inconsistent documentation and characterization across scientific resources. These inconsistencies present significant challenges for manufacturers developing medicinal mushroom products since the extracts and powders may not be reliably labeled. Therefore, manufacturers must be diligent in verifying the mushrooms they purchase.

There may also be unintended differences between mushrooms grown commercially versus those foraged from their natural setting. Practitioners and patients should be aware that many marketing claims around consumer-facing mushroom products are likely unsubstantiated. 

This episode honors this year’s theme of connection and builds upon what we recently learned from Dr. Zach Bush, who spoke about the role that environmental networks play in human health. Mushrooms are a literal example of biologic networks. Root-like networks of fungi and mushrooms, called mycelia, facilitate communication and allocate resources between plants within ecosystems.

Check out the full conversation to learn more about:

  • The benefits of dietary versus supplemental mushrooms
  • The components of mushrooms and their medicinal applications
  • The immune-modulating qualities of medicinal mushrooms
  • The potential benefits of mushrooms for autoimmune patients
  • And much more!
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This is the first podcast episode of the 2023 year of connection. How can we employ connection to advance the functional and lifestyle medicine movement?

One answer is that we must continue to leverage group care and community networks to support reconnection in the post-COVID era, improve patient outcomes and increase the awareness and accessibility of our movement.

Our guest on this episode is an innovator and thought leader on health creation and chronic disease reversal. Zach Bush, MD teaches about the intersections between the environment and the individual by identifying the themes that connect diverse systems, such as microbiologic processes and macroeconomics. To him, the original human wound is a false belief that we are not all connected—to ourselves, nature and everyone around us.

To be healthy—physically and mentally—is to be connected. In this episode, Dr. Bush and James explore the many repercussions of disconnection, from autoimmune disease to war, while also covering how connection can transform and heal.

The full episode will bring you more insights about:

  • The negative effects of cellular disconnection, and what environmental or lifestyle factors trigger that dysfunction
  • How a scarcity mentality leads to fear, guilt, shame and economic disparity
  • Empowering perspectives that help people heal
  • Flaws in peer-reviewed, evidence-based medicine
  • Quorum sensing and Dr. Bush’s new organization, The Institute for Natural Law and Governance


The Journey of Intrinsic Health: 


 Institute of Natural Law and Governance:



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In this final episode of 2022, James reviews key topics from the year of growth and provides a sneak peek of what is to come in 2023, the year of connection.

The Evolution of Medicine community has experienced impressive growth and witnessed significant shifts in 2022. We learned about deprescribing to help patients escape the polypharmacy public health disaster. We have applied functional medicine principles to help patients who experience long COVID and other post-viral syndromes.

Increasingly, we are also seeing signs that the mainstream is moving in our direction, and we must position ourselves to be ready when more patients come our way. Functional medicine needs to scale up, in part to help address the mental health crisis that exploded during the COVID era. More patients are also seeking support from functional medicine providers for vaccine injuries, such as myocarditis.

Healthcare systems are now adopting functional medicine and building integrative care into their hospital and insurance systems. Group care is being delivered on a larger scale as well, which increases access to functional medicine.

While the Evolution of Medicine is apolitical, James also discusses how medicine has been impacted by the economic and political climates in the US and UK.

Listen to the full episode to hear more of James’ reflections about:

  • Long COVID, controversies regarding its prevalence and why our community is able to provide the best help for patients
  • Signs that mainstream medicine is moving in our direction
  • Censorship, authoritarianism and technology
  • The effects of the pandemic on mental health, especially for children
  • Upcoming 2023 initiatives well-worth anticipating 
Direct download: 20221223_Podcast_Year_in_Review_1.mp3
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In this episode of the Business of Functional Medicine series, our guest, Erwin Raphael McManus, is a pastor, author, filmmaker and thought leader at the intersection of entrepreneurship, spirituality and psychology. He joins this podcast to share his model of communication archetypes called The 7 Frequencies and how understanding them can help practitioners work and communicate more effectively with patients.

Erwin also talks through the frequencies most often adopted by practitioners and offers insights on how to better support and motivate patients to get healthy before they get sick.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about:

  • Erwin’s thoughts on the theory of quantum entanglement
  • Descriptions of the frequencies, including the Challenger, Seer and Maven
  • How healthcare providers benefit from understanding their communication style
  • The importance of interpersonal relationships and interactions between patients and clinicians
  • And much more

Erwin McManus is also the host of The Genius Of podcast and the founder of McManus Gallery and Mosaic, a church movement based in the heart of Hollywood, CA. Visit his website to learn more about The 7 Frequencies along with his other work.

Direct download: 20221201_Podcast_PODCAST__Erwin_McManus_.mp3
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Dysautonomia is a condition where the nervous system becomes dysregulated, causing disruption in the functions of various organ systems. Common symptoms include fluctuations in blood pressure, fatigue and anxiety. The condition seems to be increasingly common in the post-COVID era, and conventional medicine is unable to resolve the causes of this condition for patients.

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, an expert in cardiometabolic health and regular guest on the podcast, joins us to explore why functional medicine clinicians are uniquely positioned to support patients experiencing dysautonomia.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more about:

  • The importance of polyvagal theory for understanding dysautonomia 
  • How vagal tone impacts multiple organ systems
  • How to regulate and improve vagal tone
  • Functional medicine tools that help heal dysautonomia
Direct download: 20221201_Podcast_PODCAST_Shilpa_Saxena.mp3
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Julie Funt is the CEO of Juliet Funt Group and author of A Minute to Think, which describes the importance of metaphoric white space in everyone’s regular schedule. Her firm provides efficiency training to change the way we work, making it more sane, more human, and a more positive experience for all. In this Business of Functional Medicine episode, Kristen Brokaw speaks with Juliet about how this concept applies to the medical field, and we learn from the author some practical habit adjustments that can create more productive “white space.”

Download and listen to the full conversation to learn more about:

  • Why we need white space to be creative, productive and decisive
  • Studies showing how small breaks improve performance
  • Why pushing harder does NOT always equal better results
  • Practical tips to conquer busyness and communicate efficiently
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20221214__Minute_to_Think__Podcast_VIDEO__MP3_.mp3
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Our guest in this episode, Greg Leyer, PhD, has an academic background in deadly pathogenic bacteria, such as botulism and other foodborne illnesses. Now, he focuses on healthy bacteria and joins James to discuss benefits of probiotics for the vaginal microbiome.

While gastrointestinal health is thought to depend on microbiome diversity, the vaginal cavity requires a more homogenous population of Lactobacillus species. By producing organic acids—mainly lactic acid—lactobacilli help maintain a pH below 4, which prevents bacterial vaginosis.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about:

  • How and why taking oral probiotics affects the vaginal microbiome
  • Forms of microbiome supplementation, like probiotics, spores and heat-inactivated bacteria
  • Efficacy of probiotic supplementation in different geographic locations and ethnicity

And check out Dr. Leyer’s ongoing work:

Direct download: 20220921_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Dr. Shane Holland joins this week’s podcast to share his experience with the Practice Accelerator. Shane’s story is one we hear over and over amongst our Practice Accelerator participants. In this series, Success Leaves Clues, we celebrate alumni stories in conjunction with our current open enrollment period, running September through October 2022.

Shane began his career as a teacher and later became an emergency medicine physician, and he is currently transitioning into operating a functional medicine practice. Over the years, Shane has been interested in treating patients with chiropractic manipulation, herbs and supplements, and lifestyle adjustments. Still, he did not have access to a clear path toward building his own clinic around those strategies.  

As an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Holland observed that roughly 90% of his patients did not require emergency care and were using emergency services in lieu of primary care. The training he received from The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) provided him with greater clinical insights into preventative medicine to better serve his community, and the Practice Accelerator program then guided him through building his practice.  

Listen to the full episode to hear Dr. Holland’s story, including:

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Dr. Tom Guilliams, our go-to expert for anything related to nutrition research, returns to the Evolution of Medicine podcast for the second part of our Controversies in Nutrition series. Dr. Guilliams has written several books on the therapeutic uses of nutritional supplements.

Our guest opens the discussion by rebutting attempts by major medical journals to discredit nutraceuticals. He breaks down the weaknesses of their research and arguments, along with how the studies are biased and unscientific. He also reviews the limitations of specific nutrient biomarkers, realistic expectations for improving methylation through folic acid supplementation, and how to assess optimal vitamin D levels in individuals who receive plentiful sun exposure.

Listen to this episode if you’re interested in:

  • Why treating based on genetic testing may or may not be beneficial
  • The significance of tracking homocysteine levels in patients
  • When to evaluate methionine levels
  • The NAC controversy between the FDA and Amazon
Direct download: 20220831_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Sandi and Steve Amoils are Medical Doctors who built a multi-disciplinary functional medicine clinic in Cincinnati, which includes chiropractors, energy healers, therapists and doctors. They talk about what first steps they took to work towards this vision, how they made their business work in a cash-based model, and why they partnered with a larger hospital system. Their clinic also runs an accredited fellowship integrative medicine program.

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

  • Their insights on how they became successful
  • Increasing patient demand for functional healthcare
  • Building credibility for functional medicine
  • Why a large hospital system wants to run an integrative health clinic, and why the doctors singed onto that partnership
  • And much, much more!
Direct download: 20220817_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Dr. Shilpa P. Saxena adds to her series of Evolution of Medicine interviews with a discussion on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). With both personal and professional experience reversing the condition, she walks us through the functional medicine approach to treatment.

Dr. Saxena explains how insulin resistance often accompanies and must be addressed through the “matrix” of each patient’s overall health and lifestyle. Since PCOS is a clinical diagnosis, she also describes the signs practitioners should look out for in their patients and how to confirm the diagnosis with the aid of laboratory testing.

Developing a niche in PCOS can be a great opportunity for practitioners since it is so prevalent, affecting between 6-12% of women, and because functional medicine provides the most robust treatment approach for complex metabolic conditions. 

Listen to the full conversation to learn more about:

  • Tailoring treatments to patients with PCOS
  • Which supplements to utilize in a PCOS treatment protocol
  • Common root causes and co-conditions
  • The importance of securing Phase I and Phase II detox pathways
  • How group visits can be a powerful aid to treatment
Direct download: 20220810_Podcast_AUIDO.mp3
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Michael Fishman is a top advisor on marketing and business growth, aiding successful health and wellness companies. He leads the Consumer Health Summit (CHS) annually, which is now in its 24th year, and acts as an angel investor for over 20 health and wellness businesses. With his expertise, he advises his clients on how to effectively formulate their brand messaging and ensure it is communicated consistently, from training team members to sharpening taglines and from online messaging to in-person trust. In this episode of the podcast, Michael shares with Kristen Brokaw the principles and psychology behind his guidance.

Tune in if you’d like to learn more about:

  • How and why you need to develop a powerful tagline
  • Avoiding overselling or “trying too hard” in online marketing
  • Ensuring that your message cannot be misunderstood by your audience
  • Why patients also need to feel understood—emotionally and intellectually
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20220727_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Functional medicine providers have the best tools and scientific understanding of topics like immunology, the microbiome and mitochondria. This constellation of knowledge and tools makes functional and integrative doctors optimally equipped to address osteoarthritis. Dr. Thomas Guilliams is an expert in nutrition research and immunology, and he has written several books on the therapeutic uses of nutritional supplements.

During this conversation, we hear about the gut-joint relationship and an expanded understanding of osteoarthritis. We also explore best practices for nutrition and supplementation alongside lifestyle modifications to resolve chronic conditions.

Listen in to learn more about:

  • The evolution of the scientific understanding of osteoarthritis
  • Issues with nutrition and supplementation research
  • Addressing autoinflammatory conditions (as differentiated from autoimmunity)
  • Guilliams’ take on the paleo dietary pattern
  • And much more!
Direct download: 20220720_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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Josh Gunn, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer for Ethos Laboratories. Ethos began with the mission to incorporate more functional medicine principles into conventional care and to help patients gain access to the root causes of their pain. 

With a background in forensic toxicology, Dr. Gunn and the team have developed a new tool at Ethos called the Foundation Pain Index. The Pain Index is a biometric test designed to identify potential biochemical origins of patients’ chronic pain. The test results categorize health insights in a way that is actionable for all physicians, even if they are not trained in functional medicine. This personalized method also acknowledges that patient recovery often requires a multimodal approach, including lifestyle and community considerations.

Practitioners who run OAT tests or other labs may already have access to some of these data points, but uniquely, the Foundation Pain Index test is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. This is especially important for chronic pain patients with a lower socioeconomic status because statistically they have been over-prescribed opioids.

The full conversation is densely packed with insights such as:

  • Socioeconomic factors are strong factors in opioid over prescription, misuse and abuse  
  • Why it is essential to bring elements of functional medicine into conventional care
  • How nutrient depletion may contribute to pain
  • An interdisciplinary approach is required to help patients with chronic pain
  • And much more
Direct download: 20220706_Podcast_AUDIO.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Today, we are talking with Dr. Sunjya Schweig, you may know him as a leader in the Lyme and biotoxin illness space. However, over the last few years he has been working on an interesting project to bring functional medicine principles, and clinical nutrition to a very special population; firefighters and policemen.

Direct download: 20211222_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

On this episode, we have Dr. Elroy Vojdani returning to the podcast. A few months ago, he came onto the podcast and did our most popular show of the year, talking about the role of food and autoimmunity and how it relates to COVID-19.

Direct download: 20211215_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

This week, we are talking about enzymes. Enzymes are used and recommended by practitioners across our ecosystem. There are many different supplement companies that are recommending enzymes, so we wanted to get to the guy behind the guy, like where are these enzymes coming from?

Direct download: 20211117_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

On this week’s episode, we’re going to go right to the heart of the Evolution of Medicine, looking to solve the biggest issues and the biggest gaps that exist not only in conventional care, but also in functional medicine.

Direct download: 20211110_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

In this episode, we feature Dr. Jessica Drummond, as a part of our New Models series. You’ll learn what a big deal endometriosis is, and to what degree it acts like many other chronic illnesses that you're probably treating in your practices.

Direct download: 20211027_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week on the podcast we have an exciting episode announcing our launch of Functional Forum Communities! I'm joined by Toni Wolley and Kristen Brokaw, who are both leaders of their local communities in St. Louis and Indianapolis but are also sales reps.

Direct download: 20211013_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, we are going deep into immune health with Dr. Elroy Vojdani. The Vojdani family, Elroy and his father Aristo have been very helpful for James in sense-making over the last year and a half in the most important topic on the planet, immunology.

Direct download: 20210922_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, we have another episode in our New Models Series focused on concierge care for the poor. Dr. Angela Bymaster and her husband Brett are on to talk to us about a really unique community-focused model of business that they created. They're able to take concierge medicine patients at full price and use that money to pay for other people in the community who don't have access to care.

Direct download: 20210825_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:30am CDT

This week, we are talking pharmacies, pharmacists, and the reinvention of medicine. Melody Hartzler, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM is a pharmacist on the frontlines, organizing a new model of functional medicine-trained pharmacists integrated with primary care and specialty care.

Direct download: 20210818_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

This week on the podcast, we have another episode in our New Models Series focused on the terrain theory with Dr. Maya Shetreat. Maya was on the Functional Forum back in 2017 in Guernsey. She talked all about plant medicine. In this episode, she talks about her journey with terrain medicine and how that concept aligned all her clinical interests and passions. We also talk about how terrain and community connections go hand in hand, and how functional medicine practices can use her insight to treat patients with the terrain theory mindset.

Direct download: 20210728_Podcast_v2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This week, we are going clinical with Dr. Tom Guilliams. This is a new podcast segment that we're doing called Controversies in Nutrition, and in each session we are going to take some big controversies that have been brought to us by listeners and ask Dr. Tom Guilliams about them.

Direct download: 20210721_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

In this year of reinvention, we are going to need partners that can deliver incredible value to clinicians and make it easier for them to run successful practices. This week on the podcast, we spoke to Josh Crolle from Evexia Diagnostics, who are going to be one of our new partners. We talked about the genesis of Evexia, what it means.

Direct download: 20210630_Podcast_v2_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

On this episode of the podcast, we have guest host Kristen Brokaw on to interview Seth Conger, COO of Freedom Practice Coaching. Seth shares his journey to functional medicine and how he went from wanting to be a practitioner to helping practitioners scale up their practices, so they have  better business models.

Direct download: 20210623_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, we feature Dr. Alex Keller. He is the medical director of Fullscript, and he’s here to talk to us about adherence. This has been a topic that we've been hot on at the Evolution of Medicine throughout our existence, and we’re excited to have a guest from our long-time sponsor on to share his insights and new resources.

Direct download: 20210616_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week, we are talking all about collagen. Collagen has exploded in demand with it seemingly everywhere in supplements, teas and bone broths, so we wanted to speak to someone who's on the front lines of research. Dr. Steffen Oesser works at the Collagen Research Institute.

Direct download: 20210519_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

This week, we are talking about sprouting as part of our New Models series. We have Doug Evans, one of the world experts on sprouting, joining us on this episode He wrote a book called The Sprout Book.

Direct download: 20210512_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, we have a special episode with Dr. Noel Williams, a conventionally trained MD who specializes in using supplements like bergamot, berberine and fish oil to manage his patients’ heart health. He realized along his journey that if conventional medicine wasn’t helping, he needed to learn more about nutrition to see what can help his patients.

Direct download: 20210428_Podcast_Williams_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

In our second episode of the New Models of Care Series, we feature Dr. Katherine Bisharat. Dr. Bisharat is an internal medicine physician from the Sacramento area. We have partnered with her and her clinic to launch virtual group visits and bill them to insurance.

Direct download: 20210414_Podcast_v2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

On this episode of the podcast, we kick off our New Models Series with guest Dr. David Tusek. Dr. Tusek built the first direct primary care clinic in Colorado and now operates a  world-class facility called Cloud Medical. In this episode, he shares his insight on creating and building a direct primary care practice.

Direct download: 20210324_Podcast_David_v2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT

This week on the podcast, James sits down with Amanda D'Almeida and Daniel Villavecer, medical students with an interest in functional medicine who have more than 400 million followers on the social media platform TikTok.

Direct download: 20210224_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

On this episode of the podcast, James sits down with Dr. Andrea McSwain, an osteopathic physician. She started her functional medicine journey with the Practice Accelerator and has now expanded her clinical influence throughout Michigan with four practices. Dr. McSwain discusses how she decided early on in medical school that she wanted to transition into functional medicine and really focus on patient needs. If you are someone who is interested in the Practice Accelerator and want to learn about how this program can be a catalyst for building the practice of your dreams, then you won’t want to miss this episode!

Direct download: 20210210_Podcast_v2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, James sits down with Nisha Chellam, MD, who discusses her journey from medical school to working in a hospital setting to transitioning into functional medicine.

Direct download: 20210127_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This week on the podcast, James sits down with Dr. Vincenzo Mollace, a leading researcher for a particular compound in a citrus Mediterranean fruit called bergamot

Direct download: 20210113_Podcast_v2_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

On this episode James talks with Joel Evans, MD about how the Institute for Functional Medicine has created content for their programs in response to COVID-19.

Direct download: 12-29-20_Joel_Evans_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James Maskell sits down with Theresa DePasquale, CEO of Capture Social Group, to discuss how to use Instagram and its features for growing your brand.

Direct download: 12-15-20_Podcast_v2_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James Maskell sits down with Yael Joffe, RD, PhD,to talk about the kickoff for 2021, the year of re-invention. They discuss genetics and genomics, and how they could change the profession of nutrition. Yael shares her insight as a dietician on powerful strategies for nutritionists and dieticians with functional medicine. If you are interested in nutrition and want to get in a new mindset for 2021, then this podcast episode is for you!

Highlights include:

  • The hierarchy within medicine and how the meetup groups are there for everyone to share and discuss their practices together
  • Looking deeper into nutrigenetics: How do my genes behave?
  • Discussing what “new nutrition” is and how it is accurate than just looking at genetics
  • And so much more!
Direct download: 12-02-20_Podcast_v2_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, guest host Kristen Brokaw sits down with Ari Meisel, founder of Less Doing. 

Direct download: 11-25-20_Ari_Meisel_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with Christopher Mote, DO, DC, IFMCP, and Tom Guilliams, PhD to discuss HPA axis dysfunction and stress. 

Direct download: 11-18-20_Mote-Guilliams_4.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with biochemistry professor and prolific researcher Dr. Leon Schurgers of the University of Maastricht. Much of Dr. Schurgers’ research has centered on vitamin K and cardiovascular risk. In this half hour, James and Dr. Schurgers talked about calcification of the heart and the role of vitamin K2 in reducing cardiovascular risk. The conversation also covered vitamin K2 supplementation, and what to look for in the products available. This is a must-listen for any practitioner on the front lines of functional integrative medicine! Highlights include:

  • Dr. Schurgers’ research journey and how he has helped shape the role of K vitamins in functional integrative medicine
  • The causes of calcification and how vitamin K2 affects this process
  • Where the research stands on vitamin K2 and cardiovascular risk
  • Best practices for testing vitamin K levels
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:



Direct download: 11-11-20_Dr._Leon_Schurgers_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with Lara Salyer, DO, a functional medicine physician and Practice Accelerator alum who is innovating healthcare practice and tackling a major issue affecting physicians across the healthcare spectrum: burnout. Her new book, Right Brain Rescue, teaches clinicians how to access their inner creativity, which she refers to as the “Sixth Vital Sign.” Dr. Salyer’s story is a great example of innovation on the front lines of healthcare, and her insight is invaluable to any practitioner ready to radically transform their career and build a life of purpose. Highlights from this episode include:

  • The “Sixth Vital Sign” and what that means for patient care
  • How the Practice Accelerator can be a catalyst for practice transformation and growth
  • How Dr. Salyer is bringing functional medicine to a growing number of physicians
  • How tapping into creativity helps practitioners build resiliency and improve empathy
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Right Brain Rescue

Practice Accelerator

Direct download: 09-30-20_Lara_Salyer_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James talks with Abbi Linde, PharmD of HomeTown Pharmacy, a regional chain of pharmacies across Wisconsin and Michigan. But this team of pharmacists is so much more than just a regional pharmacy network—they are community providers who know their patients on a personal level and are bridging the gap between patients and functional medicine. HomeTown Pharmacy is leading the way in shifting pharmacies from product-based businesses to service-based businesses. If you’re a practitioner listening to this episode, you’ll hear why it makes sense to connect with your local independent pharmacist, and how you can partner to deliver even better patient care in your community. Highlights from this episode include:

  • The HomeTown Pharmacy model and how they’re doing things differently than the average independent pharmacist
  • How pharmacists can play a critical role in building health resilience in their communities, and how that can be a gamechanger for pharmacy business
  • The synergies that exist between functional medicine practitioners and functional pharmacists, and why it is worth it to invite your local independent pharmacist to your next Functional Forum meetup
  • Why drug-induced nutrient depletion is low-hanging fruit for pharmacy business
  • Essential reading for functional medicine practitioners and functional pharmacists alike
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

HomeTown Pharmacy

The Standard Road Map Series by Dr. Tom Guilliams

Supplementing Dietary Nutrients Road Map

Direct download: 09-02-20_Abbi_Linde_v2_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, guest host Kristen Brokaw talks with Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a sports psychologist, speaker, author and consultant, about helping healthcare providers overcome burnout in their careers. Just like athletes must continuously work on their mindsets and remain focused to perform at the top level, healthcare providers must take steps to support their mental resilience. The problem is, 92% of healthcare providers report feeling burned-out in their careers, and the majority also admit they would never seek professional help. As Dr. Spencer discusses in this episode, it’s time to erase the stigma of mental health challenges in the healthcare profession and empower providers to overcome burnout and become the best versions of themselves. Enjoy this incredible conversation! Highlights include:

  • The striking similarities between athletes and healthcare providers
  • How we can give a voice to the topic of mental health in the healthcare profession, which has long been stigmatized
  • Steps healthcare providers can take to address burnout
  • The importance of building a supportive, engaged team
  • Why healthcare providers should consider consulting a psychologist to help keep their practices running smoothly
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Direct download: 08-26-20_Jarrod_Spencer_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James interviews Olivia Joseph, DC, a chiropractor, Chinese medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist from the St. Louis, MO area. Their conversation spanned the growth of her practice, how she markets her practice and attracts new patients, and how she has pivoted her practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Joseph shared some great insight on how we can take a community-led practice model to the next level. Highlights include:

  • Baseline principles for filling your practice
  • How to get prospective patients to attend workshops (whether in-person or virtually) and ultimately book an appointment with you
  • How marketing strategy has evolved over the years, and how even someone with no marketing or technology savvy can build a successful campaign
  • Identifying a key staff member who can support the clinician in organizing and executing marketing strategy
  • The major opportunity that exists for practitioners transitioning to functional medicine right now
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Practice Marketing Series, Episode 2: Niching

Practice Accelerator


Direct download: 08-19-20_Olivia_Joseph.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James talks with Suzanne Keyes, PharmD. She is a pharmacist and certified functional medicine practitioner (IFMCP) from Oklahoma whose passion for patient care led her to becoming the go-to health resource in her community. In the process, she has transformed the typical pharmacy into a thriving business and wellness hub, complete with professional grade supplements and a vegetable garden. Whether you are a pharmacist or functional medicine clinician, you’re sure to learn something new from this episode—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • A pharmacist’s journey to functional medicine, and how that journey informs patient care
  • How pharmacists are in a unique position to help patients address the root causes of their ailments
  • How pharmacists can deliver health and nutrition information to patients efficiently and effectively
  • How pharmacists play a key role in the evolution of medicine and in community care
  • Why the partnership between practitioner and pharmacist is more important than ever
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Functional Medicine Pharmacists Facebook Group

Direct download: 08-12-20_Suzanne_Keyes_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, Kristen Brokaw guest-hosts and interviews Benjamin Hardy, PhD, bestselling author and organizational psychologist. His latest book Personality Isn’t Permanent dives into fixed mindsets about who we think we are and how they can hold us back from achieving our goals and realizing our future selves. It was a great conversation, and one that all functional medicine practitioners, no matter where you are on your journey, should listen to—a ton of incredible insight shared. Highlights include:

  • How the ways we explain ourselves can be a detriment to our future selves
  • How labels can be both detrimental and helpful in personal development
  • The concept of “future self” and how to get clear on your goals
  • The difference between experience and learning
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Direct download: 07-22-20_Benjamin_Hardy_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, the fourth in our Practice Marketing Series, James sits down with chiropractor and author John Bartemus, a functional medicine doc from Charlotte, NC. John has built a very successful practice in the autoimmune niche, and he shares his insight on building digital marketing for his practice, specifically video marketing. John committed to making one educational video a day for a year and sharing them on his practice YouTube channel. He ended up exceeding his goal and build his practice exponentially by sharing his knowledge and expertise in a video format. His journey to successful practice marketing is one you can take, too. It was a super interesting interview with lots of tangible value for physician entrepreneurs. Enjoy! Highlights include:

  • How to commit to creating and sharing a video every day to market your practice (John made a video every day for 411 days in a row—wow!)
  • How to use video to market your practice, from pre-appointment to post-appointment
  • The journey from practicing functional medicine clinician to published author and digital marketing wiz, and how you can make that journey, too
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Functional Medicine Charlotte YouTube channel

The Autoimmune Answer book

Direct download: 07-01-20_John_Bartemus_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James talks with Michael Twyman, MD, a cardiologist from the St. Louis area, and dives deep into mitochondrial medicine. It’s a topic we’ve explored on the podcast before, but as more research is published highlighting the role of mitochondria in chronic illness, we want to continue providing up-to-date, valuable information to our practitioners. Dr. Twyman shares his knowledge of the latest research and how he is putting it into practice in his functional, integrative cardiology practice. A ton of wisdom shared in this episode—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • The basics of mitochondrial medicine that practitioners need to know, plus more advanced research findings
  • Educational resources for practitioners who want to dive deeper into this topic
  • The symptoms and patient types that point to mitochondrial dysfunction
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Direct download: 06-24-20_Dr._Michael_Twyman_v2_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Practice Marketing Series, Episode 3: Diabetes Niche Funnel

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with Brad Dyer, DO, a functional medicine practitioner from Kansas City. A former hospitalist, Brad has been practicing functional integrative medicine for a few years, but is making a big impact in his community. He talks about his journey to functional medicine, how he stays inspired and motivated in this field of medicine, and how he is integrating group visit care in diabetes treatment. There is so much to learn from this episode—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • How Brad found functional medicine and knew he wanted to start practicing this way
  • The turning point that helped him solidify his practice model and grow revenue
  • The gamechanger that turned his practice marketing strategy into a major success
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode

The Community Cure book


Group Visit Toolkits


Direct download: 06-17-20_Brad_Dyer_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with Amy Mack, CEO of the Institute for Functional Medicine, to discuss IFM’s leadership in the functional medicine space and the pivots the organization has made in response to COVID-19. One of the biggest changes the organization faced was transitioning their Annual International Conference, considered one of the best and most well-attended educational conferences in functional medicine, to a virtual platform. While Amy acknowledges the challenges of building a virtual community, she is excited for all the 2020 conference has to offer, including perspectives on how we can build immune resilience within the fragile health of many populations. Highlights from this episode include:

  • How IFM’s COVID-19 Task Force supports the functional medicine community and plans for its continued guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How we can take ideas at the bedrock of functional medicine, like immune resilience, and bring them into the mainstream
  • How IFM brought their Annual International Conference to the virtual space
  • What attendees will learn at AIC this year, and new opportunities for engagement and networking virtually
  • What IFM has planned for the future as the healthcare ecosystem continues to evolve
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode

IFM AIC registration

Direct download: 05-27-20_Amy_Mack_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, we have a special guest host filling in for James. Kristen Brokaw is the leader of the St. Louis Institute for Integrative Medicine. For the past decade, she has been building communities of functional medicine practitioners, helping them find their tribe and reach their potential in this space. She is joined by Bo Eason, former professional football player, actor, playwright, author, and one of Kristen’s mentors. Their high-energy, engaging conversation spans mindset, the power of stories, how saying “no” is a key to achieving greatness, and how functional medicine practitioners can still thrive, even during a pandemic. Highlights include:

  • The power of stories and how the ones we tell ourselves shape our lives
  • How to move past the “it’s not about me” mindset
  • How you should be thinking about making a declaration in your life, while avoiding the tendency for perfectionism
  • Why elimination is key to becoming the best at what you do
  • How to find the silver linings in the COVID-19 pandemic and take the lead in your practice and community

And so much more!

Direct download: Bo_Eason_Podcast_v3_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James and Uli sit down with Tara Scott, MD, a functional medicine physician from Akron, Ohio and one of the stars of the Practice Accelerator. This episode is the second in our Practice Marketing Series, which will give functional medicine practitioners a step-by-step guide to taking their practices to the next level. Highlights include:

  • What niching in functional medicine means, and how to determine your niche
  • How a practitioner who initially resisted niching her practice went through the process and built a remarkably resilient practice that has withstood COVID-19 and other challenges
  • How Dr. Scott found the Practice Accelerator and why she recommends the program to other functional medicine colleagues
  • How education-based marketing and a digital infrastructure will fortify your practice
  • Why a simple email autoresponder will be a gamechanger for your practice
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode




Direct download: 05-13-20_Tara_Scott_v2_1.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT