Episode 025: Mickey Trescott NTP, The Future of Healing from Autoimmune Disease, and Groundbreaking Science Supporting the Role of Health Coaches and the Autoimmune Protocol
In Episode 025 of A Medicinal Mind Wisdom and Wellbeing, I hold space with one of the most innovative and genuine hearts in the ancestral and integrative health space, Mickey Trescott.
Mickey is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner seeking to help people find creative solutions to preparing, cooking, and succeeding on allergen-free diets. She is the author of the best-selling book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook and co-host of The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast with her friend and colleague Angie Alt.
While many of you listening to this podcast may have heard Mickey’s moving story before, in today’s conversation, Mickey shares some of the newest evolving pieces of her calling and mission to help hundreds heal from chronic autoimmune disease.
In the podcast, we dig into Mickey’s recent work educating and training nutritional therapy practitioners fluent in applying targeted dietary and lifestyle approaches for various medical conditions, including some of the most devastating autoimmune diseases currently with few answers in the traditional medical model.
We explore the greater social movement behind Mickey and Angie’s work, seeking to increase awareness, education and empowerment so that any individual or family can make informed and nourishing choices to support optimal wellbeing. We all agree that while information alone will not change the epidemic of chronic disease, there are still hundreds and thousands of individuals completely unaware that there are dietary and lifestyle approaches that can halt and even reverse their autoimmune disease.
Getting in the heart of the episode Mickey and I then explore a landmark study recently published involving the implementation of Angie Alt’s uniquely designed phased elimination and lifestyle protocol based on the principles of the autoimmune paleo diet. I cannot encourage you enough to check out this study available on our podcast page and steep in the insights from Mickey and her partner Angie as they continue to hold a space for those seeking to heal from autoimmune disease.
I was so grateful to have this conversation with Mickey and am so thankful to call her a friend, sharing a space for innovators trying to break new ground towards a future of happy, healthy and flourishing human beings. I really hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did and please share it with your family, colleagues and friends. I truly cannot recall a more a joyful and authentic conversation as part of this podcast. And with that, let’s dig into the show.
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1. Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: https://www.amazon.com/Autoimmune-Wellness-Handbook-Chronic-Illness/dp/1623367298
2 .Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Autoimmune-Paleo-Cookbook-Allergen-Free-Approach/dp/0578135213/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=H5GNA2JDWA7D3JKRW0Q6
To explore the study: Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Follow the link below to download this groundbreaking OPEN ACCESS paper
In Episode 024, I interview Mackay Rippey, a New York Licensed acupuncturist who specializes in the treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease. Mackay first started his study of acupuncture in 1989 at the Maryland Institute of Integrative Health and has been in practice for more than 25 years. For the last several years, he has been a pioneer in the field of chronic lyme disease bringing free content to thousands suffering from chronic illness as part of his website and podcast Lyme Ninja Radio.
As you will hear in the show, I was quite fortunate to stumble across Mackay and his work, and am so grateful to have connected with his passion for helping those suffering with chronic lyme.
Mackay starts us off with his unique background and persistence to finally discover his calling in acupuncture. He then leads us into his own experience with lyme and how it inspired him to broaden his view, seeking to help others through his podcast and blog.
We then get really practical and down to earth in this discussion, as Mackay and I dig into the disease process behind lyme, the current evolving state of diagnosis and the interplay between the body’s immune response and the presence of various viral and bacterial pathogens. Mackay offers his advice for patients who are suffering and worried they may be afflicted by chronic lyme.
Mackay provides us with some recent insights as part of forays into the newest cutting edge research behind lyme and lyme treatment.
Asking questions such as:
What are Bioflims? Are antibiotics able to penetrate these bacterial colonies? What alternatives are there to antibiotics in treating lyme? How important are stress management practices and dietary modifications to healing from lyme? How about neuro-psychiatric manifestations of lyme disease.
Mackay’s wealth of knowledge and curiosity is a blessing to thousands seeking wellness. I hope you enjoy this conversation and be sure to check out Mackay’s page and podcast to dig deeper into lyme disease.
Without further adieu, let’s start the show!
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Episode 023: Morley Robbins, The Magnesium Man: An Exploration into Human Mineral Metabolism and the Implications for Your Health
In Episode 023 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I plunge head first into the world of inorganic chemistry, minerals and metals with the man known affectionately as the “Magnesium Man”: Morley Robbins.
Morley is one of the foremost experts on Magnesium’s role in the body, as well as the delicate dance that this “Conductor of the Orchestra of Minerals” plays with Calcium. Morley has also recently feverently explored the body’s dynamic regulation of Copper<>Iron Metabolism and its relation to multiple chronic disease states.
As a certified health coach, Morley has specialized expertise in interpreting mineral metabolism, particularly as impacted by “Stressors!” that are revealed in both HTMAs (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) and a specialized blood panel that he devised. He has now performed over 4,500 one-on-one consultations with clients around the world.
In 2012, Morley founded the Magnesium Advocacy Group (http://gotmag.org). Shortly thereafter, he created the Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook as way to further spread his research regarding the innumerable roles of magnesium in the body as well as the delicate balance or imbalance of iron, copper and magnesium.
Today’s conversation is one not meant for a single listening, but rather for a series of inquiries as we collectively open to the mysteries of human mineral metabolism.
Digging in quickly, we explore some basics behind mineral metabolism, who are the main players, what is magnesium responsible for in the first place? How about Fe? Copper?
As Morley sheds light on the intricate regulation of these minerals, we begin to uncover the all too frequent scenario of chronic inflammation and increasing oxidative stress and its relation to relative iron overload, as well as copper and magnesium deficiency.
Getting a little gritty, we begin to ask some interesting questions such as
What are the implications of the modern lifestyle on magnesium metabolism and overall health?
Is iron overload and the associated oxidative burden more common than we thought and does iron overload pose a greater threat than is currently espoused.
Is iron fortification really helping us?
And what in the world is copper deficiency anemia?
I really hope you take the time to listen to this podcast, possibly in bit sized chunks or on a couple occasions to really tackle some of the ideas and concepts presented by Morley and myself. As you will hear in the episode, I am already planning to have Morley back on the show to get even more into the weeds of mineral metabolism and human health.
I encourage you to check out the links on the podcast page as well to read more about Morley’s work and some of his additional discussions on the topics of magnesium, iron and copper metabolism
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Rob and his close friend, a fourth year medicine student, Caroline Ruminski share with us their time impacting children in the most most positive way possible. Rob and Caroline reflect upon the wisdom within children and the many creative ways in which they express it. Together Rob and Caroline rest in the messages of the Lord, while the kids reveal how to never stop playing with His faithful words. This video showcases their wonderful work at their church, Cornerstone Community Church.
Episode 022: Dan Pardi M.S., Ph.D(c), At the Frontiers of Health Technology and Quantified Self, The Future of Functional Medicine and Sustainable Behavior Change
In Episode 022 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I have an exploratory conversation with pioneering researcher, behavioral scientist, and sleep guru: Dan Pardi. While many of you listening to this may know Dan from his passion for studying and improving your sleep, utilizing an ancestral framework through the study of hunter gatherer movement and sleep patterns, perhaps you are unaware of his background in a wellness world that extends far beyond the bedsheets.
Dan is the CEO of humanOS.me, an investigator initiated sponsored research association which leverages a novel behavior model to promote health fluency, skill development, and lifestyle insights to help people master their health practice. He does research with the Zeitzer Lab in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and in the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he investigates how lifestyle factors, like sleep, influence decision making, cognitive performance, and metabolism. Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain alertness and capable mental performance under challenging circumstances.
I could go on about Dan’s accolades and impressive resume, but the truth is, Dan’s passions do not actually rest in the pocket of your jacket or on the shiny screen of your new electronic device. Dan's life's work is deeply and profoundly rooted in his passion for discovering how exactly to help people live healthfully.
In this podcast, as I alluded to in the beginning of the introduction, we shake things up from the standard story of sleep to uncover a little bit more behind the man just trying to get you a little bit healthier.
We explore Dan’s background and amazing journey through research institutions and pharmaceutical tech to arrive at his current work in the world of practically applied self tracking, or quantified self.
We start to ask and answer some of the big questions when it comes to applying health tracking devices or quantified self in the clinical context
What is Quantified Self or Biohacking anyway?
What currently are the most common techniques for supporting positive behaviour change?
Does it come from Doctors? Health Coaches? Digital Social Support Groups? iPhone Apps?
We then dig into Dan’s newest endeavour the previously mentioned innovative program humanos.me
What is it exactly?
What is its intention? Mission going forward?
What measures are you tracking with this program and how?
And of course, does it actually help?
We then enter a discussion covering some of the pressing topics facing the functional and ancestral health movements as a whole.
Why do functional medicine clinicians need technologies such as humanos to track and deliver health education.
How can we practically tomorrow implement and start using some of this technology?
How many measures are too much?
And are there actually any downsides to tracking biometrics?
Will we lose intuition, and simply become tech robots even more reliant on our digital devices to survive?
Dan ends the conversation speculating about the future of health tracking technology, genetics, and the personalized medicine movement as a whole
If you have listened to Dan speak before, and I most certainly have followed his fascinating work, I really think you will find this interview practical, genuine and creatively optimistic.
I was so excited and grateful to have met Dan this past September at the 2017 AHS and cannot wait to continue growing our friendship, bringing the world more insightful discussions and of course nourishing health education and technology.
A big thank you to Dan for taking time to share this conversation with me and through me with you!
So without further adieu, let’s dig into the show!
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Episode 21: Cory Muscara, From Health-Coach to Monk to Community Pioneer, Self Exploration through Mindfulness and Meditation
In Episode 21 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, we get into the world of mindfulness, meditation and the capacity of these practices, to relieve suffering and promote flourishing with founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, Cory Muscara.
To put it simply, Cory is one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. While we are all unique, yet paradoxically all of one collective whole, Cory’s background and experiences are quite astonishing.
Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, where he utilizes his extensive professional training in Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Integrative Health Coaching to facilitate a client’s creation of, and movement toward, their optimal vision of health and wellbeing.
Cory has undergone professional training to integrate mindfulness within healthcare, schools, and businesses, through teacher training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, and Breathworks Chronic Pain. He has completed his Integrative Health Coach training at Duke Integrative Medicine, is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2012, Cory spent six months in silence practicing mindfulness meditation 14+ hours a day as a Buddhist Monk in Southeast Asia. The experience taught him how powerful mindfulness can be as a transformative practice for cultivating greater peace, clarity, wisdom, and wellbeing in one’s life, and became the inspiring force behind his mission to share this work with others.
Cory currently serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College where he teaches mindfulness to school leaders and principals, and is an assistant instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his graduate work. Cory has presented mindfulness to organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Travelers, Prudential Insurance; universities such as NYU, Wharton Business School, and Dartmouth; a number of hospitals and healthcare systems in the New York area; and he regularly appears on the Dr. Oz show as a guest expert in the topic of mindfulness meditation.
Cory’s teachings and work with students stem from a deep passion for helping others, and personal experience with the transformative power of mindfulness, coaching, and positive psychology. He looks forward to helping you realize the same benefits he and his students have come to experience through this work.
Formally speaking, Cory has undergone professional training to integrate mindfulness within healthcare, schools, and businesses, through teacher training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, and Breathworks Chronic Pain. He has completed his Integrative Health Coach training at Duke Integrative Medicine, is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Positive Yoga Coaching anyone?
And just to make things interesting, in 2012, Cory spent six months in silence practicing mindfulness meditation 14+ hours a day as a Buddhist Monk in Southeast Asia. The experience taught him how powerful mindfulness can be as a transformative practice for cultivating greater peace, clarity, wisdom, and wellbeing in one’s life, and became the inspiring force behind his mission to share this work with others.
In our show, Cory and I have a curious discussion about mindfulness and meditation. What in the world do we mean when we say mindfulness anyway?
Cory reflects on his background and rather remarkable course to get to his current work with the Long Island Center for Mindfulness.
As part of the discussion, Cory lays out in exquisite detail, some of his approaches to cultivating a meditative practice with others, providing one of the most insightful practical examples I have ever heard when it comes to describing the meditative experience.
Digging deeper, I push Cory to explore the word spirituality and ask him to draw upon his unique experiences to share his views of the world “spirituality” and perhaps what we should adopt as a more unifying collective perspective.
Not wanting to forget the medical applications, Cory shares some of his knowledge having trained as a health coach incorporating principles of mindfulness and positive psychology into his work.
In the end, we conclude the discussion exploring Cory’s work expanding the practices of mindfulness and meditation with youth and the family environment.
Cory even closes the show with one of the best endings we have had to date, perhaps only second to the hauntingly beautiful story told by my mentor Dr. Greg Gelburd at the end of Episode 010.
I am so excited to share this conversation with you and incredibly grateful to have connected with Cory, thanks again to the thoughtfulness of another previous podcast guest, our resident positive Mapster Grace Cormier.
And don’t worry, Cory and Grace will certainly be back for more discussions and we further unpack the power of positive psychology coupled with a dedicated mindfulness practice.
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Thank you as always and we hope you enjoy the show!
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Episode 20: Shawna Curry RN, BN, B.Kin, Your Lifestyle Strategy and Optimizing Health, Is There Something to the Triage Process?
In episode 20 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I have a conversation with my new close friend, and pioneering nurse Shawna Curry. I recently met Shawna just a few weeks back at 2017 The Ancestral Health Symposium in Seattle, Washington where she presented some rather fascinating insights into the application of the Western Medicine acute triage process as part of her practice of lifestyle medicine and the reversal of chronic diseases.
Shawna’s background is incredibly unique, currently working as a nurse on an acute neurology unit, she has training in both kinesiology and personal training, but currently spends much of her time practicing as part of her company Your Lifestyle Strategy, helping numerous clients engage in the process of cultivating optimal well-being.
As an Amazon bestselling author, Shawna is committed to helping people become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Over nearly two decades, she has made her mark in the health and wellness space with live speaking engagements, published health articles, podcast appearances and personalized health coaching. This variety of experience has built a community of clients who benefit from her special form of intimate and inspiring health and wellness information.
In 2014, Shawna launched her company, Your Lifestyle Strategy. Over the past three years, this company has been dedicated to total-health solutions and all of the aspects of healthy living including fitness, sleep, nutrition, self-help and overall lifestyle strategies. You can be part of her movement by taking charge of your own health today.
In today’s podcast Shawna and I discuss the foundations of this triage process and her overall clinical approach, exploring the complex intersection between lifestyle habits within the areas of sleep, stress management, diet, and exercise with a person’s digestive and gastrointestinal health, all in the context of the patient’s current circumstances, known medical conditions and familial or genetic predispositions.
Shawna continue and shares her amazing visual description of this lifestyle matrix, and the practical and flexible tools she uses with her patients to personalized their “prescriptions” for wellness.
Are you a new mother, taking care of a newborn with little to no regularity in your sleep pattern, perhaps your focus and foundation should be on the other three areas of Shawna’s lifestyle table, recognizing that if another leg in the four is significantly compromised, it may result in a spiral of suffering and emerging illness.
Shawna’s passion is evident in her voice as well as her writing, most notably so in her recently released book: Healthy By Choice: Your Blueprint for Vital Living. While we discuss in the podcast many of the ideas and frameworks presented in Shawna’ book, I strongly encourage you to seek out your own copy and uncover some of its simple, yet remarkably relevant tools for helping you optimize the areas of your life for which you actually have realistic control.
I am so grateful to have met Shawna, bonding over our shared passion for reversing chronic disease, and currently doing so in the environment of traditional, Western medicine. Shawna as a nurse and pioneering lifestyle coach, and myself as a young doctor just trying to figure out what allows people to truly flourish, we are collectively dedicated to remaining curious and challenging the things we think we know.
We encourage you to check out the notes on the podcast page for links to follow Shawna and check out her new book.
And from everyone at the medicinal mind team, we say thank you for your presence in this curious exploration, for it is your encouragement and unconditional gratitude that gives us the energy to continue holding a space for all to flourish and for suffering to finally cease.
We hope you enjoy the show.
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Episode 019: Will Van Derveer MD, Integrative Psychiatry: A New Model for Addressing Mental Illness, How Diet, Trauma and Genetics are Contributing to Mental Illness
In Episode 019 of A Medicinal Mind I share a conversation with integrative psychiatrist Will Van Derveer MD. As you will hear in the podcast, I first came across Will as part of his joint presentation with Dr. Janet Settle on the February 2017 edition of the Evolution of Medicine’s Functional Forum: the Evolution of Integrative Psychiatry. Serendipitously, before I had a chance to reach out to Will to thank him for his inspiring presentation, he contacted me following the release of my E-Book on Integrative and Functional Medicine Education, and a friendship was born.
Will Van Derveer, MD is the founder and medical director of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in Boulder, CO, where he has practiced integrative psychiatry for 15 years. Dr. Van Derveer is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABoIHM) since 2013, and he was board certified in the first wave of diplomates of the new American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIM) in 2016. He is course director for the University of Colorado psychiatry residents’ course on integrative psychiatry, and is a co-founder and core faculty of the in-depth integrative psychiatry training program, The Psychiatry Masterclass. Dr. Van Derveer regards emotional trauma as a significant root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine problems. He provides to most of his patients somatic psychotherapy for trauma recovery. Trained as a meditation instructor, he teaches mindfulness to his patients. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, he was co-investigator in 2016 a Phase II randomized clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the protocol of which has recently been approved by FDA for an upcoming phase III clinical trial.
In our conversation, we dig in deep as Will shares his revolutionary framework for approaching mental illness, one where Will recognizes a trinity of interconnected and primary contributions to a patient’s present illness including psychospiritual disturbance, physiologic imbalances and a patient’s specific presenting symptoms.
Will provides us with some practical methods for using lifestyle approaches to address chronic mental illness and outlines how he incorporates both medications and lifestyle medicine in his practice.
We explore some of the fascinating science behind the bidirectional gut brain axis and the influence of various dietary and environmental factors such as gluten and glyphosate to disrupt one’s optimal functioning.
Seeking to revise or perhaps dispel the currently espoused neurotransmitter imbalance theory of mental illness, Will walks us through the inflammatory cytokine or the inflammatory brain hypothesis and its power, in combination with the exploration of adverse and traumatic experiences to explain much of our current mental health crisis.
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Will offers up some of his personal research as well, working with psychedelics in combination with various forms of cognitive therapy in order to help those suffering with PTSD and others negatively impacted by adverse childhood experiences.
We even dabble in exploring the emerging field of genetics, pharmacogenomics and the role of genetic testing to inform treatment in mental illness.
There was so much to cover in this podcast, and we will certainly have Will back for more of his insights and wisdom.
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I am grateful as always to have such passionate speakers on the show and look forward to bringing you more episodes as we continue this amazing journey called life.
Enjoy the show!
Episode 018: Anna Gannon, Mindful Moms and Compassionate Children, One Mom's Journey to Bring Meditation to the Womb
In Episode 018 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being I share an amazing conversation with my new friend, mindful mom, and meditation pioneer, Anna Gannon. Anna is a mom, the Community and Editorial Lead at Expectful, a Writer and a Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today and The Expectful Blog. Anna is passionate about the importance of the mind, body, and sometimes baby connection. Her mission is to improve women's emotional health during their fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood experience by sharing open and honest stories, educating them on the benefits of meditation and movement and most importantly, letting them know they are never alone.
As you will hear in the podcast, Anna’s story is beyond remarkable and one that speaks to the beautiful randomness of this life when we finally surrender to the entirely unexplainable.
In our conversation Anna opens up about her journey as the Community and Editorial Lead with Expectful, a web and mobile based app designed to support mothers and mothers-to-be in developing and maintaining a meditation practice, supporting the health of their child to be as well as their own.
In the podcast, Anna describes the fascinating creative process behind each of Expectful’s meditation and the vision for the group going forward as they seek to support women at all stages of life
Digging deeper, Anna and I explore how exactly we can best support mothers months before conception and for months after the birth of a child.
Should meditation and support for mind-body practices be as routine as prenatal vitamins?
We then discuss some of the barriers faced by mothers and families throughout a pregnancy and the benefits of engaging in a meditation practice, carrying mindfulness into all aspects of one’s life.
Anna’s authentic story is touching beyond measure and left me on more than one occasion with chills and joyful disbelief.
I encourage you to check out the show notes for links to connect with Anna and try out Expectful for yourself.
As you will hear from my own mouth, being male or not pregnant is certainly not an excuse to explore some of Expectful’s meditations. Whether you are a clinician looking to help your patients or a supporting partner trying to grow your connection with your loved ones, I truly believe you will find peace and presence with Expectful and it’s thoughtful meditations.
I am so thankful for Anna’s pioneering work, and beyond grateful to have connected over our shared mission to support the flourishing of mothers, father and babies to be!
We really hope you enjoy the show!
Learn more through guided meditation for your fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood journey with Expectful, find us on the app store, and follow our podcast conversations by typing in "Expectful".
Episode 017: Mike Etlinger, Through a Patient’s Eyes, Finding Health and Life with Functional Medicine
In Episode 017 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, I engage in a practical conversation with my close friend and fellow functional medicine advocate Mike Etlinger. Mike is a Full Stack Web Developer living in Brooklyn, NY. When he's not coding, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and riding his bike all around the boroughs. He believes that the best way to manage your health is to empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices. Mike is on a mission to help others, armed with his experience managing his Psoriasis and all the health woes that come with it. Mike and I first crossed paths after a synchronous email following my guest podcast appearance with functional medicine practitioner Dr. Michael Ruscio.
As you will hear in the podcast, Mike’s background is quite unique, however, his personal story of losing his health as result of an overall unsustainable and less than optimal lifestyle during his college years is one that is becoming much too common in today’s world.
In our conversation, Mike opens up about his personal journey as a young man seeking to recover his health, searching for answers outside of traditional medical structures, eventually beginning a path to restoring his wellness working alongside Dr. Ruscio and his progressive functional medicine practice.
In the podcast, Mike outlines some of the most important lessons he has learned from being a patient seeking to educate himself and find the right functional medicine clinician to meet his needs.
Asking such questions as:
Is the practitioner compatible with my needs in this moment?
Do I need some encouragement or a stern source of external accountability?
Will I have freedom to experiment or will things be more protocol driven?
And what about my emotional needs? Will these be met or just my nutritional deficiencies?
What is my potential doctor’s specific area of expertise? Does is match my primary concerns?
And of course money. What can I expect in terms testing and treatment? Will everything fit within my budget?
Mike also offers some incredible insights on how to best prepare for your visit, making sure to honor and prioritize your needs as well as the time of the practitioner.
Some suggestions from Mike include:
We also discuss some of the often overlooked areas of the healing process, focusing on growth and the many positives that can come from an illness or suffering.
Some of the opportunities we discuss include
Building awareness into what nourishes your body,
And revealing what hinders its flourishing.
Beginning to cultivate gratitude for your symptoms, seeing them as information and the body’s attempt at solving an area of dysfunction and not something to simply suppress
And lastly we close discussing Mike’s dynamic career change as he now pursues a career in health technology following his personal dive into functional and ancestral health.
Mike shares his recent work developing a food diary app that seeks to aid in one’s documentation of overall food quality, allowing an individual to build his or her awareness around food, potentially elucidating a specific food, emotional state or eating environment that is actually negatively impacting one’s health.
I was so excited to share this conversation with Mike, and I really hope you enjoy the episode, seeing the real, authentic and practical side of restoring health and promoting one’s flourishing.
I am incredibly grateful to Mike for reaching out in the first place many months back, and encourage you to contact Mike from the information in our show notes to hear more about his path and perhaps how you can begin your own journey to restoring your health.
Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or comments.
I hope you enjoy the show!