Evolution of Medicine Podcast (health, alternative health)

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:

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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
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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!
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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
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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!
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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!
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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
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!

 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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:

www.researchgate.net/profile/Leon_Schurgers

 

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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

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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

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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:

 mindoftheathlete.com

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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:

thewellnessconnection.com

Practice Marketing Series, Episode 2: Niching

Practice Accelerator

SLIIM

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:

benjaminhardy.com

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:

functionalmedicinecharlotte.com

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:

michaeltwymanmd.com

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

premierintegrativehealthkc.com

Group Visit Toolkits

lifestylematrix.com

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

goevomed.com/accelerator-special

goevomed.com/pivot

lifestylematrix.com/

Direct download: 05-13-20_Tara_Scott_v2_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 his friend and colleague, Uli Iserloh, PhD. Uli is the Chief Operating Officer at the Evolution of Medicine and founder of Big Boost Marketing, where he helps practitioners build education-based marketing structures for their practices. This episode kicks off our Practice Marketing Series, which will give functional medicine practitioners a step-by-step guide to taking their practices to the next level. Highlights from this episode include:

  • Understanding the “hero’s journey” in marketing and how using the method of storytelling can accelerate your marketing efforts and engage patients, both current and potential
  • What an education-based marketing infrastructure would look like in your practice
  • How the process of buying a car is actually quite similar to marketing a functional medicine practice (you might be surprised!)
  • How to differentiate your practice and services when marketing to patients
  • How to not only attract patients to your website, but also continue engaging with them via email and social media
  • How to define your marketing message
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

functionalforum.com/category/group-visits

youtube.com/watch?v=Bi4tzleWU_Y

functionalforum.com/category/success-leaves-clues

Direct download: 04-22-20_Uli_Iserloh.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, MD, functional medicine physician, four-time CrossFit Games athlete, and host of the Pursuing Health podcast. Her talent and drive have made her well-known in both the functional medicine and CrossFit spaces, and she is poised to make a big impact in healthcare. It was an excellent conversation and I think you’ll learn a lot—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • Understanding the synergy of functional movement and functional medicine
  • Julie’s definition of CrossFit, and why she encourages people to look beyond common perceptions of the sport
  • How CrossFit and functional medicine compare when addressing misconceptions and educating people on the health benefits each provide
  • What it was like to pursue medical school while competing in the world of CrossFit
  • What we can learn at the cross-section of resilience, CrossFit and the future of medicine
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

instagram.com/juliefoucher/

pursuing-health.com/ph-podcast/

pursuing-health.com/

goevomed.com/lmrc

Direct download: 04-15-20_Julie_Foucher.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James continues the Group Visit Series with Swathi Rao, PA-C, who owns and operates a functional medicine practice in Indianapolis, IN. What makes her practice unique is the focus on the power of community in conjunction with group visits to inspire lasting lifestyle change in her patients. In addition to running successful group visits in her practice, Swathi has tapped into the local community, like restaurants and yoga studios, to build new business and maintain the health of the patients she’s seeing in-clinic. It’s an interesting avenue of the group visit model that we haven’t yet explored on the Group Visit Series, and I think it will really impact your perspective on group visits and how they can become integral to the communities they service. Highlights of this episode include:

  • Swathi’s journey to functional medicine and to discovering the power of group visits
  • How she separates group events for patients and group medical visits when billing insurance
  • How she leverages the value of the group visit community structure for the benefit of both her community and her patient base
  • How Swathi maximizes peer-to-peer interaction in her group visits
  • Her tried-and-true strategies for recruiting patients to group visits
  • Why some of her best referrals aren’t coming from the usual sources
  • Her profound advice for practitioners who are still on the fence about group visits
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
goevomed.com/accelerator
functionalforum.com
bewellfamilycare.com

Direct download: 03-04-2020_Swathi_Rao.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:06am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James talks with Michelle Peris, ND, creator and facilitator of Rebel Tribe, a community group of women seeking support and health education. She has successfully made group visits sexy—helping women of all walks of life and health statuses build their own tribes and improve their health and wellbeing. A common concern we hear from practitioners starting out with group visits is that their patients won’t be interested in participating. But what’s different about Michelle’s groups is that that they are aspirational; the foundation of the groups encourages people to grow into better versions of themselves, and to draw on the bravery of their co-members to do it. Functional medicine groups are inspirational in that way—they channel community into a force that is powerful enough to motivate lasting behavior change. It was an excellent 30-minute conversation with Michelle, and she shared great insight that will be valuable to anyone looking for strategies to successfully market group visits and recruit patients. Highlights include:

  • What inspired Michelle to pursue group visits in her practice
  • How to demedicalize the marketing of group visits and attract more participants
  • Stories of transformation from Rebel Tribe groups
  • How the Practice Accelerator helps facilitate group visits in any practice
  • How Michelle plans to continue to grow Rebel Tribe in 2020 and beyond
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
poppyclinic.com/rebel-tribe
goevomed.com/accelerator
functionalforum.com/success-leaves-clues-series
goevomed.com/blogs/the-naturopathic-revolution-is-upon-us-will-you-lead
michelleperis.com/freebie

Direct download: 02-12-2020_Michelle.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:35am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with team members from Functional Medicine of Idaho, a private practice owned by a husband-and-wife team. After starting their first practice in Boise, they joined the Practice Accelerator program and scaled their business to open a second location. They’re now building their third location as they continue to bring functional medicine is an effective, clear way to their patients. Hearing their journey, from where it started to their vision for the future to how they use group visits to help scale their business, is truly inspiring. But not only that, it provides a road map for any practitioner who is ready to take their practice to the next level. It was a fascinating, fun interview, and I think anyone who is passionate about moving functional medicine forward will enjoy it immensely. Highlights include:

  • One practice’s journey from one location to two thriving locations and counting
  • How to scale functional medicine so that it is both effective and profitable
  • How to create boundaries for specific roles within a practice
  • How functional medicine is thriving across the globe and even in rural locations, not just in major cities
  • How the Practice Accelerator program helps practitioners scale their care and help more patients, without burnout or high overhead costs
  • Where you can learn more about the Practice Accelerator program and when open enrollment begins
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
functionalforum.com/success-leaves-clues-series
goevomed.com/accelerator
funmedidaho.com/

 

Direct download: 01-29-2020_Amber_Warren.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:37am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, James sits down with Dr. Asfia Aftab, a GP partner in the National Health Service in the UK and founder of the Birmingham Functional Forum meetup group. She is also one of the heroes of James’s book, The Community Cure. Dr. Aftab is a dynamic person, with an energy and passion for her work that is inspiring. Her commitment to her practice and to her patients is leading the charge toward a new era of the NHS. There is so much to learn from her in this episode, and we think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • What inspired Dr. Aftab to pursue medicine and join the NHS
  • How Dr. Aftab is creating change in the NHS
  • Why the term “social prescribing” is trending in the NHS right now, and what it means for all functional medicine practitioners
  • How Dr. Aftab uses online tools to create offline connections with her patients and colleagues
  • How she implements group visits in her practice, and how she continues to grow and develop these groups with her patients
  • How Dr. Aftab has built a community around the Functional Forum meetup group she founded—and how this can be a model for all meetup groups to follow
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

January 2020 Functional Forum
Prescribing Functional Medicine
Group Visit Series on EvoMed Podcast

Direct download: 01-22-2020_Dr_Aftab.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 3:12pm CDT

Bioavailability vs. Microbiome Availability

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, James sits down with Dr. Tom Guilliams, who had our most-downloaded podcast of the year in 2019. Dr. Guilliams talks about a topic most clinicians have strong opinions on: bioavailability. With a background in molecular immunology and extensive research on nutrition and dietary supplement efficacy, Dr. Guilliams brings a unique and refreshing perspective to functional medicine clinicians of any discipline who are trying to get the best results with their patients. Highlights include:

  • Bioavailability and the new science on what that looks like in the era of the microbiome
  • How traditional herbal preparations can maximize microbiome availability
  • How attempting to replicate the pharmaceutical model for dietary supplements has brought us to opposite conclusions simultaneously, and how this will be a refreshing conversation for the new decade
  • How researchers are devising new ways of thinking about how evidence works in the evaluation of non-drug therapies
  • The questions practitioners who want to maximize dietary supplement effectiveness should be asking
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

goevomed.com/lmrc

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-phenotypic-flexibility

thecommunitycure.com

Tickets for PLMI Conference in Chicago

Direct download: 01-08-2020_Dr._Guilliams.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

Group Visit Series Part 10: If an Ophthalmologist Can Run Group Visits…

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we sit down with Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD for Part 10 of our Group Visit Series. This episode looks at group visits from a different perspective—a much narrower one than we have previously shared, and I really love that. If you’ve been following our series or are familiar with group visits, you know that they are effective in so many areas of medicine, but in general, they affect the reversal of chronic diseases. In this episode, we’re talking about group visits in a very specific application: retina disease.

Dr. Kaushal is a pioneer on this front, bringing the power of group visits and community to super specific disease cases. His work exemplifies the broad range of application group visits can have, and how their positive impact can reach across the spectrum of medicine, from the general to the specific. If an ophthalmologist can run group visits, so can you! Highlights of this episode include:

  • How Dr. Kaushal got his start in functional medicine
  • When he realized he needed to deliver care in a group format
  • What he has learned from his work as a medical specialist and group visit practitioner
  • How he has used Group Visit Toolkits in practice
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

lifestylematrix.com

lifestylematrix.com/gvthome

reversalchronicdiseases.com

Direct download: 12-18-2019_Shalesh_Kaushal.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine Podcast! This week, we’re talking with Jeremie Kubicek, the well-known speaker and bestselling author who has appeared on our podcast twice before to discuss business aspects of functional medicine practice. In this episode, Jeremie discusses strategies for goal setting in 2020—something we’re all thinking about as 2019 winds down, and even more poignant as we prepare to embark on a new decade. What I appreciated most about the conversation with Jeremie is that he shares actionable steps to make your vision for 2020 a reality. It’s not about avoiding the obstacles that will come your way, but planning how you will overcome them. The process is self-reflective and, I think, a necessary exercise for anyone who wants to make positive change happen in 2020. Highlights from this episode include:

  • Learning from Mount Everest’s Sherpas to become a leader worth following
  • Jeremie’s strategy for identifying pain points, setting your vision for the future and overcoming resistance
  • How overcoming obstacles to your vision might be as simple as how you communicate
  • Thinking about group visits as a way to mitigate common sources of dissatisfaction for practitioners
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

100xleader.com

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-getting-the-most-out-of-your-staff-juggling-personalities

functionalforum.com/podcasts/podcast-the-power-of-full-engagement

Direct download: 12-11-2019_Jeremy_Kubicek.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:50am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! On this episode, we talk with Dr. Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist by trade and a celebrated and well-known practitioner in the functional medicine space. He is the bestselling author of Clean and Clean 7, and the founder of Clean, a 21-day detoxification experience. Dr. Junger is an expert on detoxification, and one of the first practitioners to advocate for its benefits and widespread use—a detox OG, if you will. He shares his health journey and a powerful testimony to functional medicine. It was a really engaging conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • How Dr. Junger combines detoxification and intermittent fasting in his new book, Clean 7, to help more people reap the benefits of healthy detoxification
  • Dr. Junger’s own health journey and path to functional medicine and detoxification
  • Why community is the best approach to successful detoxification
  • Why Dr. Junger believes in the power of groups
  • His tips and tricks for running successful group visits
  • The role of toxicity in chronic disease, and how it is more damaging than most people realize
  • How to stop the naysaying and alleviate the tension between the old way of thinking about detoxification and the new way
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:
cleanprogram.com
cleanprogram.com/pages/clean7
functionalforum.com/biotransformation-the-2020-challenge
goevomed.com/groupchallenge

Direct download: 11-27-2019_Alejandro_Junger.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:46am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, part of our Group Visit Series, we sit down with Dr. Elizabeth Markle to talk about her revolutionary practice, Open Source Wellness. It's an incredible story of their journey to organize and synthesize a consistent group visit model. In this episode, you're going to hear about their thoughts about why behavior change was difficult, how to democratize it and make it available for prescription. Dr. Markle also talked about the sequence of behavior changes that happen through patients’ 16-week visit at Open Source Wellness. You’ll also hear a lot about how to facilitate behavior change in a group. It was a really interesting conversation, and I think you'll really enjoy it, especially if you’ve been thinking about starting group visits. Highlights include:

  • The origin story of Open Source Wellness and Dr. Markle’s and her c-founder’s vision for the future
  • Why patients need democratization and experiences to build healthy lifestyle behaviors and overcome health issues
  • Human behaviors that predispose us to crave community, especially when creating healthy habits
  • Markle’s secret sauce for developing a thriving community in your practice
  • How group visits reward the patient with improved health and community, and practitioners with a deep sense of purpose in their healthcare practice
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

opensourcewellness.org

Direct download: 11-20-19_Elizabeth_Markle.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This week, we sit down with Dr. Elroy Vojdani, a preeminent functional medicine physician, researcher, and educator. Dr. Vojdani and his father, Dr. Aristo Vojdani, widely recognized as the godfather of functional immunology, have partnered to research intestinal permeability and the gut-brain axis. These are two key areas in understanding and resolving autoimmune conditions, which affect millions of patients. Dr. Vojdani shared some of his clinical findings, the strategies and products he uses in clinical care, and why his new practice will feature a meeting space dedicated to group visits. It was a fascinating 30 minutes and if you’re interested in the future of autoimmune disease reversal (and based on that growing number of patients, we all should be), I think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • The autoimmunity research Dr. Vojdani and his father are tackling and their latest findings
  • The three subtypes of leaky gut and how to treat them
  • Why antibody testing is the gold standard for understanding leaky gut
  • The best tools for reversing leaky gut
  • The strategies and products Dr. Vojdani uses in clinical care to address autoimmune conditions
  • Vojdani’s thoughts of precision public health and the future of healthcare
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

regeneramedical.com/

researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/39442278_Elroy_Vojdani

orthomolecularproducts.com/sbi-protect-capsules/

apexenergetics.com/enterovite

joincyrex.com/the-cyrex-system/array-10-multiple-food-immune-reactivity-screens

Direct download: 11-13-2019_Elroy_Vojdani.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:23am CDT

Direct download: 10-23-19_-_Shilpa_Saxena.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 8:22am CDT

Direct download: 10-16-19_-_Carrie_Jones_Part_3.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 9:25am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This episode is the second installment in our series with Carrie Jones, ND, MPH and DUTCH Test. Dr. Carrie Jones is a force in the functional medicine community, a modern doc with a holistic approach who can appreciate the best of both medical practices. In her own words, she “helps hormonally challenged people feel less crazy” by using testing and her own extensive knowledge to help people understand their hormones so they can feel empowered to take control of their health.

In this episode, we take a deeper look at stress resilience and share concrete ways you can use the cortisol awakening response with your patients. We also discuss autoimmune patients, some of the most challenging cases to tackle, and how the CAR influences immunity. It was a fascinating 30 minutes, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Highlights include:

  • What the cortisol awakening response can reveal about health, and how to dial in that information for patients
  • The impact of the cortisol awakening response on energy levels, resiliency, mood, blood sugar management and autoimmune recall
  • How the cortisol awakening response can be an early indicator of autoimmune disease and testing can help you recognize and address it earlier in your patients
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:
goevomed.com/DUTCH
dutchtest.com
dutchtest.com/dutch-fest-2019

Direct download: 09-11-19_-_Carrie_Jones_Part_2.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:52am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This episode is our second with Jeremie Kubicek, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and author of 5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead. The book holds the key to unlocking your capacity to have honest conversations and build deeper, more authentic relationships, and has been an invaluable resource to companies worldwide. In our first episode with Jeremie, he discussed his work in identifying the 5 Voices (the Pioneer, the Connector, the Creative, the Guardian, and the Nurturer) and how they help you discover what your leadership voice sounds like to others and how to hear and value others’ voices.

In this episode, we talk about how you can apply this incredible understanding of emotional intelligence and behavior patterns to your staff. Your staff is truly the front lines of your practice—the way they interact with your patients, their colleagues and even you have an impact on the overall culture of your practice and the patient experience. As the “gardener” of your practice, it is your responsibility to help every “plant” (your employees), no matter their temperament, thrive. By committing to this, you’ll not only see your practice culture and staff retention improve, but also patient satisfaction. It was a fascinating 30 minutes discussing this important but often overlooked topic in healthcare—enjoy! Highlights include:

  • How to use the 5 Voices methodology to support your staff and help them become a magnet for new patients
  • How to take ownership of your role as “gardener” of your practice greenhouse, and learn what your staff needs to feel supported and thrive in their roles
  • How understanding yourself and your natural tendencies can take your listening and relational abilities to a whole new level
  • How the different personality types execute and what they need to operate at their best
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:
5Voices.com
5voices.com/assessment
giant.tv
giantuniversity.com/5-voices
giantuniversity.com/ttc
goevomed.com/LMRC

Direct download: 08-26-19_-_Jeremie_Kubicek.mp3
Category:health, alternative health -- posted at: 10:12am CDT

Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, we talk with Christopher Mote, DO, DC, IFMCP, a practicing physician and owner of Cornerstone Health Community in Centennial, CO. Dr. Mote has not only mastered the art of group visits in his practice, but also lab reviews in those group health appointments. He finds great joy in teaching and learning more about his patients and their health struggles in this setting, and he shares some great insight into how you too can find both personal and professional fulfillment with group visits.  

In this motivational 30-minute episode, Dr. Mote discusses his innovative practice model that blends functional medicine and primary care, how he uses lab testing, and how he makes functional medicine affordable and accessible for his patients. If you’re thinking about implementing group visits in your practice, but don’t know where start, this is the episode for you. You’ll feel a new level of motivation and confidence to pursue this innovative model for patient care. Highlights include:

  • How to blend functional medicine and primary care in practice
  • Focusing on practice efficiency and avoiding burnout
  • Implementing the Group Visit Toolkit and other resources to run successful group visits
  • How to share lab results in a group format
  • How to effectively recruit patients for group visits
  • Insurance considerations for group visits
  • And so much more!
Direct download: 08-14-19_-_Christopher_Mote.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, we sit down with Cheng Ruan, MD, a practicing physician in Houston, TX and founder of the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine. His passion for functional medicine stems from his childhood; he comes from a family of Chinese medical doctors. His background and education allow him to combine beneficial aspects of both Eastern and Western medicine approaches to achieve health and wellness for his patients. Dr. Ruan is also on the cutting edge of building communities with group visits and using data to track patient outcomes.

In this insightful 45-minute episode, Dr. Ruan discusses his journey to practicing functional medicine, his work with group visits and billing insurance, how he educates and connects with patients on social media, and how he uses outcomes data to further his practice and the practice of functional medicine on a global scale. Listening to this episode and the insight Dr. Ruan shares, you will feel a new level of confidence in the knowledge that functional medicine is the future. Highlights include:

  • How he learned the business behind healthcare and insurance, and used that knowledge to successfully navigate billing in his practice
  • How to build preeminence, in addition to sharing clinical knowledge, with your patients
  • How to start sharing and educating on social media, and Dr. Ruan’s “golden rules” for marketing on these platforms
  • What social media algorithms mean for functional medicine education, and how to continue sharing valuable, evidence-based information with your patients via these platforms
  • The biggest mistake he sees with practitioners just starting out with group visits, and how to avoid it
  • How he builds thriving communities with the Group Visit Toolkit
  • Why outcomes data is vitally important to practitioners in the functional medicine space
  • And so much more!

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

www.lifestylematrix.com/group-visit-toolkits

www.lifestylematrix.com

www.grandrounds.ifm.org

www.texascenterforlifestylemedicine.org

Direct download: 07-24-19_-_Cheng_Ruan.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In Part 4 of our Group Visit Series, we talk with Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, functional medicine practitioner, educator, group visit pioneer and creator of the Group Visit Toolkit. In this episode, Dr. Saxena discusses her decision to practice the group visit model, the inspiration behind the innovative Group Visit Toolkit, and how she practices functional medicine efficiently and effectively. Her wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for her work are inspiring and made for a brilliant conversation that will empower you to start implementing group visits.

Direct download: 06-12-19_Shilpa_Saxena.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In Part 3 of our Group Visit Series, we sit down with Tawny Jones, chief administrator at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

Direct download: 05-29-19_Tawny_Jones.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! In this episode, we sit down with Jeremie Kubicek, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and author of 5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead.

Direct download: 05-15-19_Jeremie_Kubicek.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This episode continues our series on group visits and the pioneers who are bringing this practice model to the masses. We sit down with Dr. Mikhail Kogan, integrative medicine leader at the George Washington Center in Washington, DC.

Direct download: 05-01-19_Mikhail_Kogan.mp3
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Welcome to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! This episode kicks off our series on group visits and the pioneers who are bringing this practice model to the masses. Today we are honored to welcome the doctor who has been called the godfather of group visits, Dr. Jeffrey Geller.

Direct download: 04-19-19_Dr_Jeff_Geller.mp3
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Welcome back to the Evolution of Medicine podcast! We are excited to reboot the podcast with none other than the godfather of functional medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Bland.

Direct download: 04-05-19_Dr_Jeff_Bland.mp3
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Evolution of Gastroenterology

In anticipation of this month’s Functional Forum: Reversing Digestive Disorders, we bring you this special Podcast: Evolution of Gastroenterology, featuring integrative gastroenterology expert Dr. Ronald Hoffman

This presentation was given in 2014 at the Evolution of Medicine Summit, and is chock-full of digestive health and root-cause resolution clinical tips and tools for today’s functional medicine practitioner.

Tune in now to learn from one of functional medicine’s celebrated digestive health pioneers, including:

  • The connection between the GI tract, the GU tract, the urinary tract, sexual organs (specifically in women), the neurological system, the brain, mouth, nose and throat
  • An incredible story of a woman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, only to find out gluten was the real culprit behind her symptoms
  • Key clinical clues into gut-related ailments and skin issues
  • What types of tests Dr. Hoffman uses to check for gut issues
  • The importance of developing “local environmental resistance” to create optimal gut ecology
  • Clinical insights on causal factors behind IBS, IBD, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut syndrome, SIBO, and more

And for more on the latest in functional gastroenterology, be sure to join us for this month’s Functional Forum: Reversing Digestive Disorders, LIVE from Washington, DC.

Will you be in the DC area Monday, October 1? Click here to get 2 free tickets to the LIVE show using the coupon code “Dutch”, courtesy of our sponsor: Precision Analytical.

 

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Functional Forum: Reversing Digestive Disorders

 

Direct download: Evolution20of20Gastroenterology.mp3
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Evolution of Endocrinology

In anticipation of this month’s Functional Forum, we bring you this very special Podcast: The Evolution of Endocrinology, featuring functional endocrinology expert Dr. Mark Menolascino of The Meno Clinic in Jackson Hole, WY.

This podcast was recorded several years ago for the first Evolution of Medicine Summit, and provides a wealth of clinical pearls and practical tips on today’s endocrine-driven chronic diseases.

Tune in now and get up-to-speed on the latest in functional endocrinology, including:

  • The difference between conventional medical endocrinology and functional endocrinology
  • The surprising laundry list of chronic conditions rooted in sub-optimal endocrine function including adrenal fatigue, erectile dysfunction, thyroid ailments, diabetes and more...
  • What Dr. Menolascino believes are the top 2 misunderstood and mismanaged endocrine conditions
  • The role of the gut-liver connection in hormonal function and balance
  • The real story behind the endocrine-cancer-connection
  • How and where to begin unraveling complex hormonal issues
  • ...and much more

And if you’re hungry for more information and best practices in functional endocrinology, click here to join us for this month’s Functional Forum: Evolution of Endocrinology LIVE from Minneapolis, MN.

Will you be in the Minneapolis area Monday, September 10? Click here to get 2 free tickets to the LIVE show using the coupon code “Dutch”, courtesy of our sponsor: Precision Analytical.

 

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Functional Forum: Evolution of Endocrinology

Direct download: Evolution20of20Endocrinology.mp3
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This week’s podcast features: Daniel Schmachtenburger, co-founder and director of research and development at Neurohacker Collective, in Complexity Medicine: The Basis for a Functional Standard of Care.

Daniel is a deep thinker and researcher on how human regulatory systems function, how they break down and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience.

In this thought-provoking half-hour, we take a deep dive into the future of personalized medicine, longevity and health, including:

  • How Daniel reversed his autoimmune diagnosis by using complexity science theory and functional medicine
  • The importance of non-linear thinking and investigation in pinpointing, stopping and reversing the causal factors of complex illness
  • Definitions of the 3 tiers of disease within the homeodynamic axis
  • The three fundamental tier 1 root causes of disease based on evolutionary code
  • How functional medicine practitioners can help attract biotech companies and entrepreneurs into our space
  • Insightful tips for practitioners to gain clarity in uncovering root cause(s) in an era of complex clinical cases
  • And much more

This was a fantastically dense half-hour of clinical insights, theory and tips...so grab your notebooks (hang onto your hats), listen and subscribe to the podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:
www.neurohackercollective.com


This Evolution of Medicine Podcast, Coaching and Functional Medicine: A Match Made in Value-Based-Care-Heaven, features KNEW Health’s Director of Coaches and the founder of The School of Applied Functional Medicine, Tracy Harrison, MS.

Tracy first appeared on the Functional Forum with her “Future of Functional in Five: Health Coach Keys to the Future” in December 2016 (watch it here).

In this interview, Tracy talks about the value she’s seen in KNEW Health’s experiment of creating a new practitioner: the physician-supervised functional-medicine trained health coach.

Tune in for all details, plus some invaluable tips for doctors and health coaches, including:

  • Why Tracy believes strongly that functional medicine science alone is not enough to transform people’s health, and how health coaching helps facilitates the behavioral changes necessary to get sustainable results
  • The key role health coaches play in helping practitioners prevent burnout, focus on root cause resolution and run a profitable practice
  • An insider look at KNEW Health’s physician-supervised, functional-medicine-trained health coaching model---and how this could rapidly transform the future of medicine
  • Why “Tier Two” patients are often the ones who benefit most from health coaching
  • The inside scoop on what KNEW Health is looking for when hiring health coaches
  • ...and much more

If value in medicine is outcomes divided by cost, then the functional medicine-trained health coach could become the most valuable provider in medicine.

Want to learn more about how health coaches could help streamline your practice? Click here to listen and subscribe to the Podcast today.

 

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The School of Applied Functional Medicine

KNEW Health


This Evolution of Medicine Podcast, The Archetype Diet: Where Do Women Source Their Self-Worth? features long-time Functional Forum supporter, food coach and author of the newly released Archetype Diet, Dana James, MS, CDN, CNS.

Dana appeared on the very first Functional Forum in a comedy sketch with our co-founder, James Maskell, called: Think Pink.

Her groundbreaking new book is all about how women’s source of self-worth leads to the formation of their health and lifestyle behaviors.

Tune in for a fascinating listen on how self-worth creates or diminishes women’s health, including:

  • What Dana discovered after years of practice about why most women can’t stick to an individual nutrition plan long-term
  • The 4 key ways in which women source their self-worth, and how these archetypes influence their behaviors
  • Typical lifestyle behaviors and health issues associated with the 4 archetypes
  • How to use cognitive behavioral therapy to help your patients crack their archetype code, and thus, improve their health
  • Tips for practitioners on identifying and addressing these 4 archetypes in practice
  • And much more

If you’re a woman, or a practitioner who sees women in your practice, be sure to listen, and subscribe to the podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The Archetype Diet Reclaim Your Self-Worth and Change the Shape of Your Body by Dana James, MS, CDN, CNS


This Evolution of Medicine Podcast, Community in Action: The Evolution of Meetups, features Dr. Cynthia Thaik—the record-holder for the largest Functional Forum Meetup in Glendale, California.

Tune in today to learn Dr. Thaik’s template for growing her Meetup from zero to over 180 people in no time, including:

  • How she used the community-building principles she learned from EvoMed to get started strong—including opening events to the public
  • The key strategic relationships they created with event venues, speakers, sponsors and patients that helped build their tribe
  • The different formats they’ve used to galvanize their group and encourage collaboration
  • Their most effective social media channel for promoting their Meetup
  • Which surveys they used to get to know their audience and create targeted event topics to meet their needs
  • And so much more

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The kNew Vision Tour


This week’s podcast features Sarah Morgan, MS, “The Gene Queen” and author of the new book: Buddies in my Belly: A Story About Probiotics.

In the podcast, James interviews Sarah about her fantastic new children’s book on the microbiome and her mission to make complex, medical topics easy to understand for children all ages.

Tune in today and discover:

  • Highlights about the book and how it can help educate the next generation about their body’s greatest allies
  • How the characters “Lactie,” “Bifie,” “Strepie” and “Ba-Silly” came alive in words and illustrations
  • What they discovered in their focus groups to make the book ultra-relatable, believable and fun for kids of all ages
  • How the principles and resources in this book can help your children and patients adopt healthy behaviors for life
  • Sarah’s big vision for creating “The Sesame Street of Health,” starting with the “buddies” initiative
  • And much more...

 

This book is one of our founders, James Maskell’s, favorites to read with his daughter, and it will be available in the Merch Store on the kNew Vision Tour this summer.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, parent-to-be, practitioner, teacher, child caregiver or health advocate, this book is a must-have for educating the next generation.

Learn more about the buddies in your belly by listening and subscribing to the Podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Buddies in My Belly

The kNew Vision Tour

Direct download: Buddies20in20My20Belly.mp3
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This week’s podcast features: Dr. Mat Boulé, DO, posturologist and educator in Posturology: The Missing Link in Root Cause Resolution.

Functional medicine practitioners are trained to look at health from the inside out, but Dr. Boulé has shown often you have to look from the outside in when to comes to specific conditions.

We know structure dictates function, tune in today to discover how this principle works posturally to accelerate healing and help your patients overcome complex issues, including:

 

  • A revealing list of symptoms and conditions which indicate a postural component
  • What it looks like to combine functional medicine and posturology in an initial workup
  • The influence of body position on the autonomic nervous system
  • How addressing structural issues frees up crucial energy which can then to be redirected toward speedier healing
  • 3 tips on how to identify possible postural issues in your patients
  • And more...

This week’s Podcast serves as a perfect example of why we need our whole community to help patients resolve chronic disease, MDs, DOs, DCs, PTs, and more.

Discover the power of addressing complex issues from the outside-in by listening and subscribing to the Podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The kNew Health Cooperative


This week’s Podcast features movement coach, lifestyle educator, nutritionist and the founder of Primal Play, Darryl Edwards.

In this interview, Darryl shares about the success of Primal Playa popular fitness practice that utilizes of all your natural surroundingsand his new book, Animal Moves, which outlines 40 different animals you can replicate to make exercise and movement fun for the whole family.

Tune in today and discover a whole new way to exercise, including:

  • The evolutionary fitness philosophy behind the Primal Play methodology of movement as medicine
  • What a Primal Play fitness session looks like―a refreshingly stark contrast from your typical gym workout
  • An overview of the Animal Moves 28-Day movement plan, which outlines 40 different animals you can replicate in just 15-30 minutes a day to make exercise a blast
  • The incredible health benefits of focusing on all types of playful animal-movement―jumping, crawling, sprinting, crouching, climbing, static poses, etc.
  • Tips on finding rewarding opportunities for natural movement within your local environment, no matter where you live
  • The key component community and family participation plays in a successful fitness routine
  • And more….

Whether you’re a practitioner interested in curating fun and innovative exercise practices for your patients or an individual looking for ways to improve you or your family’s fitness, this is a must-listen.

Bring some serious fun back into fitness routine by listening to the podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Animal Moves―How to Move Like an Animal to Get You Leaner, Fitter, Stronger and Healthier for Life


Lifestyle Medicine in Community: By the Numbers

This week’s podcast features Dr. Mohan-pal Singh Chandan, a GP working within the NHS who we met at the Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine Conference this year.

Dr. Chandan has garnered government support to start up a community-based lifestyle medicine clinic in a poor area of inner city Birmingham, UK.

By supporting lifestyle interventions and incentivizing peer-to-peer medicine, they’ve not only seen a dramatic reduction in medical visits and pharmaceutical use, but also remissions of so-called chronic conditions throughout their pilot program.

Tune in today to see the dramatic power of lifestyle community interventions for improving patient outcomes, including:

  • How Dr. Chandan convinced his employer to fund this pilot program
  • A summary of pilot program data, like how patient empowerment led to a 20% reduction in GP visits, a 10% reduction in prescription costs and a variety of positive health outcomes for Birmingham residents
  • Dr. Chandan‘s favorite structures for facilitating successful peer-to-peer medicine
  • The special role faith-based communities play in community-based healthcare, and how those qualities can translate to any community
  • Details on how we plan to use kNew Health Cooperative to bring medicine back into communities, re-empower patients and achieve these same types of results in the United States

This impressive data from Dr. Chandan’s pilot program offers further proof that community-based health incentives and peer-to-peer support are the ultimate creators of good health.

Learn how it’s done (and how we plan to do it with kNew Health) by listening and subscribing to the podcast today.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The kNew Health Cooperative

Direct download: Lifestyle_Medicine_In_Community_-_By_The_Numbers.mp3
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This week’s podcast features our accountability group manager Nicole Villamora on the success of our Practice Accelerator’s Accountability Groups.

With spring enrollment in full-swing (and coming to an end April 27, 2018), James interviews Nicole on why the accountability groups have become a sought-after feature of the Accelerator, and why these group members are crushing it when it comes to practice development and marketing.

Tune in today and discover:

  • How the accountability groups came to be, and what we’ve learned over last 2 years to make them super valuable
  • What to expect when you join an accountability group, what’s expected of you and how the whole process works
  • Why participants in the accountability groups wind up being the most successful in creating the low-overhead, high-profit, purpose-driven practices they want
  • Success stories as-told by Nicole from participants
  • And much more…

At EvoMed, we’re all about harnessing the power of community to accelerate our movement forward---these groups were created in that same spirit (and they cost a heck of a lot less than hiring a personal business coach).

Open enrollment in the Practice Accelerator is on through April 27, 2018. To learn more, click here to download the program brochure.

Direct download: Success_Leaves_Clues_-_Accountability_Groups.mp3
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This week’s podcast features professional athlete, explorer and 2X record-holder Colin O’Brady in: Overcoming Massive Odds to Change the World.

While we typically feature doctors and experts from within our industry on the podcast, Colin’s background, story and mission run in perfect parallel with our kNew vision for American healthcare.

Tune in today for one of the most inspirational comeback stories you’ll ever hear, including:

  • How Colin overcame severe burns to over 25% of his body and the prognosis of “never walking again”, and went on to become a record-shattering professional athlete, explorer and philanthropist
  • What he credits as being key in his recovery of body and mindset (hint: integrative medicine played a role)
  • The inside-story on what compelled and motivated him to complete (and win) some of the world’s most grueling athletic competitions, including the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” mountaineering challenge
  • How his core desire to help eradicate childhood obesity drove him to push himself beyond perceived physical barriers, and inspired him to found his non-profit: Beyond72
  • Plus, learn how you can join Colin in his commitment to inspire America’s health and fitness in his Forest-Gump-style state-by-state mountain-climbing tour this summer

Those of us who have answered the call to evolve the future of healthcare know what it feels like to be up against all-odds.

But, if stories like Colin’s teach us anything, it’s that our cause is nowhere near impossible and we can all do more to change the world.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

The kNew Health Cooperative

Beyond72

Colinobrady.com

Direct download: Overcoming20Massive20Odds20to20Change20the20World.mp3
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