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Welcome to the Wellness Connection MD podcast, where Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsey become your partners on a quest for optimal wellness.   Simply stated, our goal is to bring to you up-to-date, honest, vetted, unbiased, evidence-based information about health and wellness, along with practical solutions, in order to empower you to overcome your healthcare challenges, and to optimize your health in mind, body, and spirit.  As our population ages, and we are faced with an alarming epidemic of chronic diseases.  Clearly, the current drug-based sick-care model of healthcare is simply not working.  The cost of healthcare is skyrocketing for patients, and for our society at large, and legions of patients with chronic diseases are falling through the cracks of modern medicine.  These people are often  desperate to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to have their concerns adequately addressed.    On the Wellness Connection MD podcast we will focus more on a preventive, lifestyle-based, functional, and integrative approach to optimal wellness.    We challenge the medical community to  "think different," while remaining evidence-based, while opening our minds to other viable therapies beyond drugs and surgery.  We also advocate that this shift in thinking be accompanied by a renaissance  of "loving kindness" in healthcare.  Providers and patients would all benefit.    We are hopeful for the future of health care.  Patients are demanding a new approach, and big medicine is beginning to listen.  Fifteen years ago when we embarked on this journey integrative and functional medicine were hardly on the radar screen.  However we now  see that many of our most esteemed healthcare institutions have dedicated integrative or functional programs, such as Harvard, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt,  UCSF and many others.   Integrative and functional medicine are gaining credibility across the nation and around the world.  We will all be better off for the change. We hope that you will join us on this journey to optimal wellness on Wellness Connection MD.   Take care and be well.

Wellness Connection MD James McMinn, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 63 Ratings

Welcome to the Wellness Connection MD podcast, where Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsey become your partners on a quest for optimal wellness.   Simply stated, our goal is to bring to you up-to-date, honest, vetted, unbiased, evidence-based information about health and wellness, along with practical solutions, in order to empower you to overcome your healthcare challenges, and to optimize your health in mind, body, and spirit.  As our population ages, and we are faced with an alarming epidemic of chronic diseases.  Clearly, the current drug-based sick-care model of healthcare is simply not working.  The cost of healthcare is skyrocketing for patients, and for our society at large, and legions of patients with chronic diseases are falling through the cracks of modern medicine.  These people are often  desperate to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to have their concerns adequately addressed.    On the Wellness Connection MD podcast we will focus more on a preventive, lifestyle-based, functional, and integrative approach to optimal wellness.    We challenge the medical community to  "think different," while remaining evidence-based, while opening our minds to other viable therapies beyond drugs and surgery.  We also advocate that this shift in thinking be accompanied by a renaissance  of "loving kindness" in healthcare.  Providers and patients would all benefit.    We are hopeful for the future of health care.  Patients are demanding a new approach, and big medicine is beginning to listen.  Fifteen years ago when we embarked on this journey integrative and functional medicine were hardly on the radar screen.  However we now  see that many of our most esteemed healthcare institutions have dedicated integrative or functional programs, such as Harvard, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt,  UCSF and many others.   Integrative and functional medicine are gaining credibility across the nation and around the world.  We will all be better off for the change. We hope that you will join us on this journey to optimal wellness on Wellness Connection MD.   Take care and be well.

    The Path to Optimal Wellness

    The Path to Optimal Wellness

    On the Wellness Connection MD  podcast wet strive to present to you practical solutions to your health care concerns.  In this episode we describe a step by step guide to achieving your optimal wellness goals .   Beginning a wellness journey may seem daunting.   Where do I begin?  How can I get from here to there?  Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay break it down for you, along with a powerful graphic illustration called Dr. McMinn’s “Arch of Wellness.”  You can find this at McMinnMD.com under the Documents section, or at
    https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/62e64053-aa44-44d0-99a1-972bd0a23d2f/downloads/Arch.jpg?ver=1711505564628   
    The two legs of the arch represent an empowered patient and an engaged provider working together to achieve  optimal outcomes.   The two legs of the arch meet in middle at the keystone, which ties it all together.  The keystone represents Behavioral Change.  It is the fundamental way that we live our lives that ultimately determines our health status.  As the old saying goes "you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome."   It is by attending to the foundations of wellness which we call “lifestyle medicine” that we are able to become the very best version of ourself in mind, body, and spirit.
    The patient and the provider each has a crucial role to play when it comes to achieving our goals.   Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay along with the “Arch of Wellness” break it down for you step by step.   The details of the path may differ for each person, but the basic steps remain the same.  Depending on where you are on the wellness curve, it may seem daunting to begin, but the sooner you start the better.  Once you've had that heart attack or stroke you can't ake it back. So don't wait till it's too late.  Get started and don’t make it overwhelming. Take your time, and start with the low lying fruit. 
    The mantel of empowerment awaits all of us.  It is there for the taking.  As patients each of us must become the “captain of our ship.”  As providers we must become fully engaged in helping each patient achieve his or her optimal wellness goals.  The path for the patient begins with awareness, and proceeds from there. The path for the provider  begins by being a great listener.  Fully hear the patients concerns in a nonjudgmental fashion, and then begin to employ the knowledge and skills that you have learned over the years to partner with the patient  in order to arrive at the best possible course for optimization.
    We wish you well on your “Path to Optimal Wellness.”
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    • 50 min
    Root Causes of Disease

    Root Causes of Disease

    Podcast summary
     
    In this episode of Wellness Connection MD, Dr. McMinn take  a deep dive into  the root causes of disease and how an understanding of these root causes can be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool as a part of a functional medicine approach to a patient.
    Think about your own health, or if you are a provider then think about the patient in front of you, then keep asking the question "What is the underlying root cause of the problem."   Then use the list of root causes outlined in this podcast to help you come up with the answers. I call this the "why" approach to medicine. This approach may help you better understand the problem, and thus come up with more effective solutions. 
    Along the way, Dr McMinn also provides some insights and practical solutoins pertaining to each of these root causes of diseae. 
    At the end he summarizes all of these into the four fundmental causes of disease.  It is where these four factors come together that we see disease emerge. 
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    • 38 min
    Emotional Wellness: Part 2

    Emotional Wellness: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of a series on Emotional Wellness.  The conversation explores various aspects of our emotions, including the connection between lifestyle medicine, such as exercise, sleep, and diet, and our emotional well-being.  We also discuss promoting emotional well-being in schools and in the workplace.  We discuss the influence of social media and technology on emotional wellness.  Emily breaks down the positive effect of connection with nature, and fostering deep and meaningful relationships on our emotions.  She discusses the challenges faced by different groups in relation to emotional wellness: men v. women, old v. young, and differences along racial lines, as well as other minorities.  She then turns to the concept of an emotional set point and sensitivity.  She identifies the red flags  of emotional distress, and how we cqn support others who might be struggling.   The path to emotional wellness begins with awareness, and Emily discusses other strategies such as journaling and breathwork to help us move our emotional wellness in the right direction.  Emily emphasizes the importance of changing perspective and blocking out negative self-talk. Instead she suggests using mantras and positve affirmations to promote self-love.  Emily also highlights the importance of seeking help and support when needed, and the need for public mental health campaigns to foster open conversations about mental and emotional health, and to dispel stigmas. The conversation concludes with personal stories of emotional challenges that the  panel members have experienced.   We finish the podcast with Coach Lindsay's  pearls of wisdom.  We hope that you enjoy the show.  
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    • 51 min
    Emotional Wellness: Part 1

    Emotional Wellness: Part 1

    This is the first episode in a two part series on the urgently important topic of emotional wellness. In this episode of Wellness Connection MD, Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay Matthews discuss the importance of emotional wellness with guest Emily Hudak.   Emily is a certified holistic health coach, certified dietary supplement professional, with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also the founder of  Whole With Emily where she supports clients in their mental, emotional, and  whole-body health with a holistic approach,  utilizing lifestyle medicine to significantly improve emotional well-being. She is passionate about wellness, and has made it her life's work.  Together Dr. McMinn, Lindsay, and Emily explore the impact of emotional wellness on overall health and address the alarming statistics on emotional distress in our society.   Emily shares her experiences in the mental health field and the challenges of integrating holistic wellness into traditional mental health care.   We hope that you enjoy the show.   
     
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    • 48 min
    Welcome to Wellness Connection MD- Evidence-based Wellness Medicine.

    Welcome to Wellness Connection MD- Evidence-based Wellness Medicine.

    Welcome to the launch of the Wellness Connection MD podcast, where Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsey become your partners on a quest for optimal wellness.  On our previous show, the Functional Medicine Podcast,  we discussed a wide variety of healthcare subjects, from a functional and integrative medicine point of view.   The purpose of this episode is to introduce ourselves to any new listeners under our new name.   We would also like to share with you our philosophy of healthcare and to explain to you why we take the approach that we do, and how we got here. 
          Our overall goal is to bring to you up-to-date, honest, vetted, unbiased, evidence-based information about health and wellness, along with practical solutions, in order to empower you to overcome your healthcare challenges, and to optimize your health in mind, body, and spirit. 
           However, as our population ages, and we are faced with evermore chronic diseases.  The disease- pill model is simply not working  for these individuals and for our society as a whole. Legions of patients with chronic diseases who are falling through the cracks of modern medicine.  These people are often  desperate to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to have their concerns adequately addressed.    Instead we should be focusing more on a preventive, lifestyle-based, functional, and integrative approach.   As a medical community we need to begin to "think different."  We need to remain evidence-based, while opening our minds to other viable therapies beyond drugs and surgery.  We also advocate that this shift in thinking be accompanied by a renaissance  of "loving kindness" in healthcare.  Providers and patients would all benefit.   
         We are hopeful for the future of health care.  When we first embarked on the path toward a more holist style of medicine, there were very few providers in our community who were like-minded. However, 17 years later we see that patients are blessed to have many options for integrative and functional healthcare.  In fact we see that many of our most esteemed healthcare institutions now have dedicated integrative or functional programs, such as Harvard, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt,  and UCSF.   Integrative and functional medicine are gaining credibility across the nation and around the world. Patients are demanding a different approach, and healthcare is listening.   We will all be better off for the change. 
         We hope that you will join us on this journey to optimal wellness on Wellness Connection MD.   Take care and be well.
     


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    • 40 min
    The Evolution of Functional Medicine to Wellness Connection MD

    The Evolution of Functional Medicine to Wellness Connection MD

    Welcome to the Functional Medicine Podcast. This episode is actually a mini-cast" announcing our name change to "Wellness Connection MD,” which will start with our next episode.


    Our podcast has always been dedicated to providing up-to-date, unbiased, evidence based, honest information on a wide variety of health-related subjects, from a functional, integrative and lifestyle medicine point of view.  On each podcast we have also attempted to offer practical, take- home solutions in order to help our listeners overcome health care challenges, and to promote optimization in mind, body, and spirit. 


    Our goal  has always been to help as many people as possible, and in an attempt  to bring this valuable information to a wider audience we have decided to change the name of our podcast to "Wellness Connection MD."  It is our hope that  by making this name change we will be better able to connect with people who are interested in such information, but who not familiar with the term "functional medicine."


    So, if you are a long-time listener, then we thank you, and we hope to see you on the other side. You can still find us on your usual podcast player, or just go to McMinnMD.com.   If you are new to us, and you join us on the Wellness Connection MD podcast, then we warmly welcome you.  We sincerely hope that we can help you in some way, and we look forward to serving you by continuing to provide these podcasts to you. 


    Take care and be well.  


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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

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Patient

Many of us need to focus on getting the top of the wellness arch and being the empowered patient. This podcast offers a great way to take over our own health outcomes. Thank you.

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Well referenced. Excellent podcast.

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Excellent podcast! Evidence based and insightful. Keep them coming.

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