Episode 037: Drew Gallagher, The Intersection of Faith and Fitness, What Really is the Role of Exercise?
In Episode 037 of A Medicinal Mind Wisdom and Well Being I dive head first into fitness and faith with innovative nutrition and movement coach Drew Gallagher. Describing Drew and his passion in a single sentence is nearly impossible, so I will do my best to showcase a bit of his varied background and extensive training in the world of fitness. Drew has a bachelor’s in Exercise Science and is a certified coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Level 2 Kettlebell instructor through Strongfirst, Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 instructor, certified Level 2 instructor through Functional Movement Systems and Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach.
More importantly, however, Drew is a visionary in the field of fitness exploring the real role of exercise vs. developing functional movements and differentiating the purpose of workouts vs formalized training.
As you will hear in the podcast, in his most recent incarnation, Drew is now specializing in a unique approach of functional movement and performance through biomechanics and neural motor control that maximizes overall function, performance and health.
In our conversation we start the ground running seeking to define exercise vs. movement, workout vs. training and the real reasons why we should pursue movement and exercise in the first place.
Drew offers both insight and personal reflection as part of his journey navigating the sometimes misaligned fitness industry.
Drew illustrates the importance of the breath in initiating and creating positive movement and engaged exercise and then leads us into a thoughtful discussion about neural control and the role of neuromuscular training vs simply lifting heavy weight.
Through it all Drew offers his fatherly voice, sharing how he structures his workout with his kids and integrates dedicated training to expand his capacity to be a better role model and facilitator of play for his kids.
We end the podcast with a heartful discussion of faith, spirituality and wisdom as Drew shares how he incorporates his deep rooted Christian faith into his work with clients as they seek create whole being wellness.
This podcast is packed with wonderful nuggets for anyone with a shred of interest in fitness and movement, and you will likely hear something contrary or new to your present understanding.
I am so grateful for connecting with Drew and I think you will this conversation, inspiring, enlightening and just plain fun.
At with that, let’s get into the show!
In Episode 036 of A Medicinal Mind Wisdom And Wellbeing, I welcome the founder and innovative voice behind Evidence Based® Birth Rebecca Dekker.
Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.®
In the podcast, Rebecca shares here personal story of childbirth, the true origins behind the birth, pun most certainly intended, of her research and greater work with Evidence Based Birth®. Rebecca offers her insights into the evolution of pregnancy and the birthing experience, sharing her passion for putting practical evidence about childbirth into the hands of families and professionals with the ultimate desire to empower and educate all curious enough to explore.
The conversation is spilling over with Rebecca’s passion and drive to hold nourishing spaces for mothers and their families to discover what they really need to support themselves and baby to be.
We explore some of Rebecca’s newest groundbreaking work, expanding the content and reach of Evidence Based Birth ® and even discuss the role patients can play it helping to appreciate and understand the burdens clinicians face in trying to provide compassionate care to all patients.
It was such a honor to share this time with Rebecca and I really believe no matter your background or interest in childbirth that you will enjoy this conversation.
Many thanks again to your continued support of the podcast and work at A Medicinal Mind. We extend back our appreciation and love for you in this our St. Valentine’s Day podcast.
And with that let’s dig into the show.
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Episode 035: Benjamin Richardson, Personalized Carbohydrate Testing, Insulin Resistance and the Flexitarian Approach to Eating Well
In episode 035 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, I welcome back the curious citizen scientist Benjamin Richardson.
In Part I of this series, Episode 031 to be exact, Benjamin introduced us to intermittent fasting, the fasting mimicking diet and the role of personalized experimentation to discover what your body really needs to remain well.
In this conversation, Benjamin leads us into a discussion of personalized carbohydrate testing, insulin resistance and a thoughtful examination of all the reasons we choose to eat the food that we do.
We start out the podcast with Benjamin sharing some background behind his reason for undertaking another self experiment, this time to meticulously monitor his blood sugar in response to various foods and eating environments. Together we delve into the implications of personalized glucose testing and tailoring one’s diet to avoid large fluctuations in blood sugar.
Benjamin then explains some of his own personal findings as part of the experiment and describes the importance of understanding all of the inputs, outside of just diet, such as sleep, stress, and chronic disease burden that can influence someone’s insulin and blood sugar response to certain foods.
Benjamin then moves us into a thoughtful inquiry of the many reasons we humans choose to eat the food that we do. Benjamin offers his thoughts on the concept of eating for pleasure, and explores the implications of one’s food choices on the health (or lack thereof) of our gut microbiota.
This is another wonderful discussion with Benjamin and I am honored to have his efforts and wisdom as part of our podcast. Be sure to check out the podcast page where Benjamin has provided a wealth of links and additional resources related to the conversation today.
And lastly, I wanted to also share some exciting news as I have recently partnered with my close friends Ryan Hall and Kerri Cooper in starting my newest and perhaps biggest wellness endeavour: The Charlottesville Center for Functional Medicine. While I will still be in Front Royal for the next 2 years as part of my family medicine residency training, we are already laying the foundations for discovering whole being wellness in the City of Charlottesville. You can explore our new homepage at cvillefxmed.com as well as our facebook page to find out more about upcoming free community workshops.
And with that, lets dig into the show!
In episode 34 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I remain in the “non-medical world” exploring rural community wellness with pioneering activist and Vice President of the Center for Rural Strategies: Tim Marema.
Tim Marema is editor of the Daily Yonder, a news site published by the Center for Rural Strategies that covers rural economics, politics and culture using professional journalists, community correspondents, scholars, and a wide range of policy advocates..
In our conversation, Tim and I explore the life of the rural community, beginning with Tim’s very own life story growing up in small rural community in Kentucky. Asking and answering questions such as
From the perspective of a rural community what is your definition of health and how do we cultivate it?
What are the biggest barriers to wellness within rural communities,
How as clinicians and advocates can we empower and support communities and protect cultural and geographic heritage?
Tim shares with us the work of the visionary non-profit Rural Strategies: an organization seeking to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside through the creative and innovative use of media and communications.
We then close the conversation with an exploration of faith and Tim’s story of spirituality, reflecting on the importance of spiritual institutions for creating social engagement, wellness and a space for finding joy.
I am so thankful for connecting with Tim and for all the members of Rural Strategies for their selfless work advocating and promoting the health of rural communities. As many of you know, I am currently in my family medicine residency training in Front Royal Va, a rural community itself with the greater Shenandoah Valley area, and rural health and wellness is certainly something close to my heart.
I really hope you enjoy the show!
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