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Hear from the experts that are driving the evolution of medicine.

Evolution of Medicine Podcast Functional Forum

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 93 Ratings

Hear from the experts that are driving the evolution of medicine.

    Prescribing Mushrooms: What You Need to Know

    Prescribing Mushrooms: What You Need to Know

    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!

    • 37 min
    The Critical Nature of Reconnection

    The Critical Nature of Reconnection

    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:
    http://www.farmersfootprint.us/     https://www.facebook.com/farmersfootprint    https://www.instagram.com/farmersfootprint/   

    • 59 min
    The Year of Growth in Review

    The Year of Growth in Review

    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 

    • 43 min
    The 7 Frequencies of Communication

    The 7 Frequencies of Communication

    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.

    • 34 min
    Dysautonomia and Cardiometabolic Dysfunction

    Dysautonomia and Cardiometabolic Dysfunction

    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

    • 36 min
    Group Coaching for Mental Health Services

    Group Coaching for Mental Health Services

    Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD is the founder and CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. As a leader in the field of integrative psychiatry, she joins James to speak about the advantages of leveraging a group coaching model for mental health services.
    For many reasons—from the current shortage of licensed clinical psychologists to improved patient compliance—mental health group coaching offers compelling advantages. Patients often feel more comfortable being honest and open with coaches they can relate to more as peers. Because traditional therapy still carries a cultural stigma, shame is a common barrier that prevents people from seeking support. Coaches, on the other hand, can be more approachable and provide a friendly dynamic that builds trust with patients.
    There is also a strong economic rationale behind practitioners adopting a coaching model: demand for mental health care is increasing, while the supply of licensed therapists is limited. Dr. Scheinbaum shares ample evidence of the benefits group coaching offers both patients and mental health practitioners. We also encourage more people who are interested in supporting their community to either employ coaches or consider becoming a coach via the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
    Listen to the full episode to learn more about:
    The data on the effectiveness of health coaching Conditions that often co-occur with mental health challenges The downsides to patients over-identifying with mental health diagnoses Issues with and opportunities for billing coaching sessions to insurance

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Steve4235 ,

Health Hero

James is a health hero who advocates the most cutting edge health knowledge!
Group vista is my favorite topic!

Brooke Craven ,

Awesome Podcast!!

The host of the Evolution of Medicine Podcast, highlights all aspects of health, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

J. Barshop ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

James and his expert guests provide some incredibly compelling content that’s geared to help you take actionable steps to live a healthier, more well-rounded life.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to The Evolution of Medicine Podcast if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to improve your overall physical and emotional well-being (and experience life with a new emotional resilience as a result)!

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