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Evolution of Medicine Podcast Functional Forum

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 96 Ratings

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

    Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Update

    Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Update

    Dr. James Carter, the director of the Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, discusses his journey to functional medicine and his role at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Carter is also a vascular medicine specialist and is interested in vascular health from a functional medicine perspective.
    He talks about the vision and growth of functional medicine at Cleveland Clinic, including the development of specialized programs for women's health, oncology, pediatrics, and cardiovascular health. Dr. Carter also discusses the importance of group visits and shared medical appointments in functional medicine practice. He shares his excitement for the upcoming Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Annual International Conference (AIC) and highlights topics he is looking forward to, such as bone health, mental health and pediatric nutrition.
    Finally, Dr. Carter reflects on his decision to join Cleveland Clinic and expresses his enthusiasm for the future of functional medicine at the institution.
    Check out this full conversation to learn more about:
    ·         A systems perspective that integrates biological systems with social context in patient care.
    ·         Educating medical students and integrating functional medicine into cardiology practice
    ·         Understanding and overcoming resistance to change with patients.
    ·         A preview of Dr. Carter’s upcoming IFM presentation, and what he’s looking forward to learning from other presenters.
    ·         And much, much more!
    Register here for IFM’s AIC event, occurring May 29-June 1, 2024. You can also register for VagusFest here, which is occurring on the evening of May 29. 
    Check out Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center’s new website to learn about their Group Visit Toolkits, tools to enhance patient compliance and more at lifestylematrix.com/membership.

    • 26 min
    Anthroposophic Medicine

    Anthroposophic Medicine

    In this episode, we learn about anthroposophic medicine from James Maskell’s guest, Adam Blanning, MD. Anthroposophic medicine takes a holistic approach to humans, nature, illness, and healing by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health. The principles and practices of this medicinal form incorporate elements of herbal medicine, homeopathy, movement therapies and more. Anthroposophic medicine was established in the early 1920s by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman.
    Anthroposophic medicine can be especially beneficial for children working through chronic illnesses, such as asthma, allergies or behavioral issues. Dr. Blanning also highlights the importance of understanding developmental rhythms and providing support for children during key stages of growth.
    Dr. Blanning, in addition to founding the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies, is also involved in consulting for Waldorf schools, which are rooted in Rudolf Steiner’s work.
    Check out this full conversation to learn more about:
    James Maskell’s personal experiences with anthroposophic medicine.
    Application of anthroposophic medicine in various settings, including hospitals and private practices.
    The importance of creating healing environments that consider the patient's comfort and well-being, such as reducing noise and promoting rest in hospital settings.
    An upcoming training week through the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine on April 27 - May 4, 2024 in Loveland, Colorado.

    • 39 min
    Toxicity in Children: Protecting Future Generations

    Toxicity in Children: Protecting Future Generations

    James Maskell’s guest on this episode is Dr. Elisa Song, a holistic pediatrician whose mission is to educate clinicians and parents alike about environmental toxicity in children and how to help children thrive by improving their health. She has written books, organized conferences and is passionate about addressing environmental toxicity.  
    In this episode, she discusses several sources of toxins in children and the importance of toning the vagus nerve as a strategy to improve children's well-being. Dr. Song’s upcoming book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrated Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience, provides practical guidance to help promote health and resilience in children, including advice about how to read food labels and avoid harmful additives.
    Check out this empowering conversation to learn more about:
    Food additives that contribute to leaky gut and chronic illnesses.
    The importance of parasympathetic exercises for children with chronic symptoms or illnesses.
    How environmental toxins are contributing to chronic illness.
    Dr. Song’s book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrated Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience, available on May 14, 2024. 

    • 42 min
    Business of Functional Medicine: Unifying Direct Private Care Providers

    Business of Functional Medicine: Unifying Direct Private Care Providers

    Guest: Zak Holdsworth, CEO of Hint Health
    In this Business of Functional Medicine episode, we hear from Zak Holdsworth, a leader in the health technology industry and the CEO and cofounder of Hint Health.
    Hint Health supports the direct primary care (DPC) movement and aims to provide affordable, high-quality health care by offering a successful alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model.
    Zak Holdsworth’s company offers technology solutions for DPC clinics, including membership management systems and employer infrastructure. They have also developed an EMR system specifically designed for DPC clinics. Additionally, Hint Health has created Hint Connect, a network product that connects DPC clinics with employers and other health care practitioners.
    Their goal is to create a unified network of DPC clinics that can work together to provide better care and reduce costs. The company's vision is to redesign the healthcare system to enable easy access to high-quality, affordable care.
    Download and listen to the full episode to learn about:
    The concept of unity and the value of working together in the DPC market. Constraints of the fee-for-service model and how removing those constraints can lead to better patient care and alignment with functional medicine practices. How Hint Connect allows for rapid patient onboarding and revenue generation for doctors. A positive shift in the perception of DPC by insurance brokers, who now see the value in investing in high-value primary care. And much, much more! Plus, check out the visualization of the interconnected relationships across the Hint Health DPC ecosystem.

    • 45 min
    Clearing Confusion Around Botanical Medicine with Dr. Guilliams

    Clearing Confusion Around Botanical Medicine with Dr. Guilliams

    In this episode, Dr. Tom Guilliams rejoins the podcast to explore the complexities and misconceptions surrounding botanical medicine and how clinicians can maximize the therapeutic effects of herbs.
    We learn from Dr. Guilliams that clinicians using herbs should consider the role of the microbiome in terms of absorption and activation of botanical compounds. He explains that because absorption varies from person to person, a personalized approach is needed for optimal outcomes.
    Dr. Guilliams also discusses the limitations of traditional clinical trials in evaluating botanical medicine, and he proposes a new framework that considers individual characteristics, such as genetics and microbiome composition. While Dr. Guilliams encourages listeners to embrace the use of botanicals, he also advises questioning the source and efficacy of herbal products and considering the traditional uses of herbs in addition to the isolated compounds.
    Please check out the full conversation to learn more about:
    The limitations of curcumin and the need to consider the whole components of herbs. Why herbology is complex and requires specialized knowledge. The historical and traditional uses of botanical medicine for healing. Issues with applying the pharmaceutical model to botanical extracts. Why we need to rethink research processes and clinical trial methodologies for botanical medicine. And much more!

    • 49 min
    The Vagus Nerve: The Organ of Unity

    The Vagus Nerve: The Organ of Unity

    In this podcast episode, James Maskell interviews Dr. Navaz Habib about the importance of the vagus nerve in healing and overall health.
    Dr. Habib explains that the vagus nerve plays a critical role in shifting the body from a sympathetic (fight or flight) state to a parasympathetic (rest and digest) state, which is necessary for healing. He emphasizes the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for patients to feel connected and reduce stress. Dr. Habib also discusses the role of physical trauma, such as head injuries or spinal misalignments, in affecting vagus nerve function.
    He recommends various strategies to improve vagus nerve tone, including diaphragmatic breathing, gargling, humming and physical exercise. Dr. Habib's new book, Upgrade Your Vagus Nerve, provides further information on these strategies and their impact on overall health.
    Listen to the full conversation to learn how:
    The vagus nerve is the organ of unity, connecting all organs and systems in the body. Chronic diseases are diseases of disconnection, both internally and externally. Breathing exercises, such as slow, nasal and diaphragmatic breathing, can help regulate the breath and shift the body into a parasympathetic state. Gargling, humming and vocalization can stimulate the vagus nerve and activate the parasympathetic system. The vagus nerve is a unifying topic for health professionals and can be beneficial for patients of all ages and conditions.

    • 46 min

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