Episode 032: Morley Robbins, Iron and Magnesium Revisited, What is Really Being Taught in Medical School?
In Episode 032 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being I welcome back visionary researcher and the man behind the Magnesium Advocacy Group: Morley Robbins. From start to finish, this conversation is another whirlwind of mineral metabolism, our second dive back into the fascinating world of magnesium, iron and copper.
In this conversation, Morley quickly get us up to speed on iron and its primary role in the body as the structural center of the oxygen carrying molecule hemoglobin, and then quickly pushes us forward into a fascinating exploration of blood and the red blood cell.
What do we mean when we say blood?
How many red blood cells do we really have?
Where do they come from and what is their primary role?
Where does iron and oxidative stress enter the picture?
We then discuss a surprising discovery by Morley, an iron metabolism and pathology module from very own medical school!
Together we deconstruct what I was taught as a second year medical student and perhaps the pieces of the story that were missing from my education.
Morley then leads us into a discussion of the reticuloendothelial system and the life cycle of a red blood cell. What role does iron, and magnesium play in the function and shape of our red blood cells? Are our cells living as long as they should? What can we learn from sickle cell anemia and other disorders of the red blood cell membrane when it comes to iron and magnesium metabolism?
Changing gears, Morley gives us a wonderful description of our primary energy production system: the electron transport chain, the role of reactive oxygen scavengers and anti-oxidants, and the interplay of copper and magnesium to produce energy and ultimately protect us from free radical damage.
We end the discussion with a little thought experiment exploring the implications of iron fortification and compare the amounts and forms of iron found in animal foods vs fortified cereals. We trace the journey of excessive and poorly absorbed iron into our colon, exploring the resulting gut dysbiosis and immune activation that can ensue from this excessive oxidative load.
Morley gives us hope at the end of this discussion as he describes his food based root cause protocol designed to restore the intricate balance of these minerals in our bodies.
Morley’s curiosity is unparalleled and I am thankful for his desire to research deas at the edge of science, sharing his findings with us all.
I encourage you to spend some time with this conversation, as you will likely need to listen 2, 3 or 4 times to pick up all the insights and wisdom discussed.
And lastly, If you enjoyed this conversation, we would really appreciate it if you would take 2 minutes to leave a review in I-Tunes so more people can find our podcast and its curious explorations.
And with that let’s dig into the show!
ERRATA: In the podcast I mistakenly describe hereditary spherocytosis as a primary issue of hemoglobin. It is not an primary issue with hemoglobin but an issue with red blood cell membrane proteins. Sickle cell anemia is a primary hemoglobinopathy or issue with hemoglobin that results in deformation of the red blood cell membrane, causing the cells to appear sicked in shapre. I apologize for the error in the podcast and hope you find this explanation helpful.
Catch up with our last episode with Morley using this link:
University of Virginia School of Medicine Iron Metabolism Module: Dr. Innes, MD
Got Mag: http://gotmag.org
Root Cause Protocol: http://gotmag.org/the-root-cause-protocol/
Episode 031: Benjamin Richardson, A Citizen Scientist’s View on Healthspan, the Fasting Mimicking Diet and Self Experimentation
In episode 031 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, I explore the world of self experimentation, longevity, intermittent fasting and fasting mimicking diets with citizen scientist Benjamin Richardson.
I recently stumbled across Ben’s work and page at Forever Free From during one of my many rabbit hole forays into emerging medical therapies, this time into the world of intermittent fasting and the newly evolving 5 day Fasting Mimicking Diet.
In this conversation, Benjamin and I delve into some of his curious self experiments, implementing major dietary and lifestyle changes, quantifying the results and sharing this wisdom with a wider audience.
We explore questions such as
What is the difference between lifespan vs. healthspan?
What really is behind the aging process and who is at the cutting edge of longevity research?
Benjamin than leads us into a thoughtful discussion of fasting, outline the differences between intermittent fasting, time restricted eating windows and the Fasting Mimicking Diet or FMD.
He shares he own story researching, planning and implementing the 5 day FMD as well as his generous reflections and resources created so that others can try the dietary approach for themselves.
Through it all, Benjamin shares his authentic curiosity and his genuine desire to help others through his own experimentation.
Dietary interventions such the FMD and intermittent fasting are emerging as powerful therapies for neurocognitive illnesses such as Alzheimer's dementia as well as for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and even cancer and it is quite exciting to explore this space with such a passionate and knowledgeable friend.
Benjamin has provided a wealth of curated resources available on the podcast page and I encourage you to explore some this nourishing content as well as the resources on his own page at foreverfreefrom.com.
We will certainly be having Benjamin back soon to discuss his most recent experiment involving glucose monitoring, carb tolerance, insulin resistance and heart rate variability.
I really hope you enjoy the show!
Keep up to date with all of Ben's exciting news using the links below:
Ben’s page Forever Free From
Fasting Mimicking Diet Resources
DIY Guide to FMD including template
Resource: Guide to science of Fasting https://endpoints.elysiumhealth.com/the-science-of-fasting-2f5b56a2a65d
Resource: Fasting Mimicking Diet First Human Trial outcomes review
Resource: Commercial ProLon version of FMD
Resource: Blue Zones actionable insights based on research on the world’s longest lived communities
Resource: Dr Rhonda Patrick interview with Salk Institute Dr Satchin Panda on Time Restricted Feeding
Resource: Dr Rhonda Patrick interview with Buck Institute Dr Eric Verdin on
Resource: Dr Rhonda Patrick interview with Valter Longo on Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)
Resource: Buck Institute Science of Aging Blog
Resource: Homepage of Chris Kresser, functional medicine advocate, practitioner and author of Your Personal Paleo Code and Paleo Cure
New Post on Carb Experimenting: Testing Blood Sugar DIY
Episode 030: Angie Alt, Holding a Vision for Hope, A Health Coach's Calling To Cure Autoimmune Disease
In Episode 030 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, I share space with one of the visionary hearts behind Autoimmune Wellness, pioneering health coach and nutritional therapy consultant Angie Alt. You may remember in Episode 025, I held an inspiring conversation with the other half of this courageous duo, Mickey Trescott, and in this episode I continue the conversation with Angie as we seek to uncover the secrets behind communal healing, the real roots of wholesome lifestyle change and the hope that is born when we begin to see the past, no matter how troubling, not as something to run from, but as something to grow into.
In this podcast, we begin by exploring Angie’s story, a story of suffering, renewal and unfathomable faith, leading her to her current calling as a health coach guiding others through the uncertainty and hurt of autoimmune illness.
Angie highlights her innovative initiative SAD to AIP in SIX, a group coaching program that has lead thousands of folks through their transition to the Autoimmune Protocol and sustainable lifestyle change. Speaking on its early origins and immediate success, into its most recent period of growth, Angie offers us some insights into the structure of the program, who is actually involved in the group and how truly does one support those through the healing journey?
Straying perhaps from the measurable and describable, we ask some curious questions behind the cultivation of community, the opening to vulnerability, and the eventual path to empowered wellness.
Is it really all about food?
We then explore Angie’s most recent collaboration with Dr. Gauree Konijeti, MD, MPH, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California. Together the two partnered to guide 15 patients through a modified version of Angie’s revolutionary program, ultimately leading 12 of the 15 participants from multiple years of debilitating illness despite significant pharmacologic therapy into clinical remission and new found health.
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this conversation with Angie, navigating through mild sleep deprivation and a few stumbling sentences to somehow begin to answer the ultimate question:
How do we get well?
And who do we to actually do it?
I hope you enjoy the show.
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In Episode 029 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing I explore the field of naturopathic medicine with the founder and editor of Naturopathic Pediatrics: Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND.
Dr. Krumbeck received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and is a licensed physician in the state of Montana, working in her medical clinic in Missoula: Montana Whole Health.
Integrating her experiences from both conventional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Krumbeck specializes in the treatment of chronic health conditions in children, however, she recognizes and deeply appreciates that the best healing can only occur when the whole family is involved.
In this conversation Dr. Krumbeck starts by sharing her unique path to come to naturopathic medicine, literally coming full circle to her childhood home to pursue her dream of helping others heal.
Erika then provides us with her definition of naturopathic medicine, outlining the foundational therapeutic approach as well as her beautiful contrast of allopathic and naturopathic remedies vs allopathic and naturopathic approaches.
We then dig into the world of psychological and behavioral health in our children, seeking to demystify and clarify what really is ADHD?
How should we approach kids and families struggling with behavioral and learning issues?
Is it simply a psychological condition or are there underlying physiological disturbances, nutritional deficiencies manifesting in impaired cognitive functioning and emotion regulation?
Is there a green vegetable deficiency? Are probiotics and fish oil the answer?
Where does the family dynamic, parental relationships and technology fit in to this story?
Dr. Krumbeck offers her practical approach for introducing and improving dietary intake in children as well as her process for assisting parents dedicated to holding supportive spaces for curiosity and relational growth, focusing on the creation of healthy and nourishing boundaries.
While I may not have kids of my own, I was blown away by Dr. Krumbeck’s practical wisdom for helping kids grow and this episode is packed with insights and passionate joy from a clinician dedicated to healing the entire family unit.
Please explore Dr. Krumbeck’s page Naturopathic Pediatrics and see for yourself the wealth of educational resources created by Dr. Krumbeck and her team for children and parents.
We will certainly have Dr. Krumbeck back on the show to explore more of her naturopathic approach to help child heal and grow.
Learn more on Dr. Krumbeck’s collaborative website: http://naturopathicpediatrics.com
Find some clarity with her program: “Vaccines Demystified”
In Episode 028 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom Wellbeing, I have a spontaneous and exploratory conversation with my new friend, the globetrotting health coach Ellen Jaworski. Ellen has a flourishing health coaching practice and blog: Triple Peak Paleo, where she shares her unique approach to holistic health while she travels the world, inspiring others to take control of their health so they can become the best versions of themselves.
In this conversation, Ellen offers a vulnerable glimpse into her own health journey, or as she calls it “the why, behind the why,” that eventually lead her to ancestral health, health coaching and self exploration.
Ellen shares her insights on what it mean to be a health coach, answering questions such as
What is the training like to become a coach in the first place?
What does she see as the primary role of a health coach?
How does she start in cultivating a relationship with her clients?
What does it take to discover “the why behind the why?”
We then explore Ellen’s unique choice of forging a travel and telemedicine based practice, taking her expertise on the road to promote her own flourishing as well as that of her clients.
We end the podcast discussing the many ways we define spirituality and discover the heartbeat we see as greater than ourselves.
I was so lucky to have met Ellen just a few months back and believe in my core that the future of medicine will be lead by health coaches just like Ellen partnering with integrative clinicians focused on removing barriers to wellness and engaging in a self exploration towards to bountiful joy.
Please check out the show notes to see more about Ellen and her work at Triple Peak Paleo. She is a passionate and innovating soul holding space for others to grow, and I am beyond grateful to now call her a friend.
I really hope you enjoy the show.
Learn more about Ellen her amazing lifestyle by taking a look at her website: www.triplepeakpaleo.com
And her social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @triplepeakpaleo
In Episode 027 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, we turn our gaze inwards and talk all things functional when it comes to eye health with entrepreneurial optometrist Dr. Travis Zigler. Dr. Zigler graduated in 2010 from The Ohio State University College of Optometry and is the founder of Eye Love, https://eyelovethesun.com, an organization and business whose mission is to end preventable blindness. Travis and his wife, Dr. Jenna Zigler, use the profits from Eye Love to fund free and low cost clinics in South Carolina and Jamaica.
They also started a charity called the Eye Love Cares Foundation, https://eyelovecares.org, which provides exams, glasses and sunglasses for those in need, free education, and scholarships for students that align with their mission.
In this conversation Travis describes his framework for understanding eye disease, seeing systemic chronic inflammation as a much greater contribution to the health of our eyes than when classically think.
Travis then shares his revolutionary business model, turning the classic optometry clinic on its head in order to create a flourishing online business and education platform that has enabled him and his wife to fund larger scale mission trips to provide eye exams to those who otherwise would go without.
We explore the evolution and success of new businesses driven by foundational missions and core values as compared to the simple pursuit of growing the size of a business.
We then get back into the medical space as Travis offers his insights into some of the most common conditions he sees affecting the eye and how he seeks to help his patients heal.
We explore the role of a plant based diet, supplements such as fish oil, the integration of regular eyelid cleaning and the protection of one’s eyes from blue light as some of the most effective ways to prevent many of the common chronic eye conditions.
Jumping from dry eye and cataracts to disrupted sleep from blue light exposure and myopia, Travis offers so much practical insights into how we can effectively keep our eyes and our entire bodies healthy as we age.
Please check out the links on the podcast page to explore Travis’s business, his foundation and the many products he offers including his variety of more fashionable and functionally designed blue light blocking glasses.
Having searched at length to find functionally mind clinicians speaking about eye health, I feel so blessed to have found Travis and to share this conversation with you.
I really hope you enjoy the show.
Stay up to date with Dr. Zigler and his advice by using the following website links
Eye Love: https://eyelovethesun.com/
Eye Love’s Vision Vision / Mission: https://eyelovethesun.com/pages/2019-vivid-vision-for-eye-love
Eye Love Cares Foundation: https://eyelovecares.org
Eye Love Shop:https://eyelovethesun.com/collections/all
Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community:
Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses:
Eye Love on Amazon
Business Consulting and Coaching
Dr. Travis Zigler:https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Travis-Zigler-261315727610737/
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Episode 026: Samantha Leonard, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Spiritual Self-Exploration, Why Yoga Isn’t Really About Stretching Your Hamstrings
In Episode 026, the Thanksgiving edition of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing I share space with one of the most creative, curious and supportive souls in my life, the owner and healer behind Davidson Yoga Therapy, Samantha Leonard.
In addition to her work with Davidson Yoga Therapy, Samantha is the founder and creative director of MyBackPainGuru, Learn2TeachYoga and has led education, professional development and mind-body wellness programming for the Carolinas Healthcare System, Davidson College and The Sanger Heart Clinic. As part of her thriving practice with Davidson Yoga Therapy, she works with people with conditions from ulcerative colitis and ischemic stroke, to anxiety and anorexia, diabetes and low back pain.
As you will hear in the podcast, the intersection of my healing journey both professionally and personally with that of Samantha’s is beyond rational explanation. First connecting as part of an initial session of the American Viniyoga Institute's Yoga Teacher Training, we have continued to remain close, tied geographically by the shared homes of my grandparents and Samantha in Davidson, North Carolina.
In this conversation, Samantha shares some incredible insights and vulnerable wisdom as part of her own journey through life, exploring her spiritual self and the fascinating practice we have both come to know as Yoga.
Digging into questions such as
What is Yoga and more specifically Yoga Therapy?
What does it mean to be a Yoga Teacher vs a Yoga Therapist? What kind of training is required?
Grounding in faith we explore some curious concepts and questions surrounding Christianity and Yoga: Where exactly does Jesus fit into the practice and can I meditate and still remain a Christian?
Being left wordless on more than one occasion, this conversation is filled with nourishment and inspirational ideas that will likely leave you seeking, if not already, a road of self exploration through more purposeful contemplation and reflection. Samantha is pioneering a field of healing through yoga therapy and I can only imagine the possibilities for greater collective wellness through the continued training and promotion of certified yoga therapists as part of integrative and multidisciplinary care teams.
I am so lucky to have met Samantha and all of the engaging souls with the American Viniyoga Institute including our teacher Gary Kraftsow.
I am blessed to offer, through this engaging conversation, at least a small sampling of some of the most enlightening teachings as part of my brief time with Gary and our nurturing yoga family.
And with that let’s breathe into the show!
Keep up with Davidson Yoga Therapy: https://www.davidsonyogatherapy.com
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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.
Follow Mickey: http://autoimmunewellness.com
Sign up from her page to get the QUICK START guide for AIP!
Check out her books below!
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!
To learn more about his amazing work, visit his website at:
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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
We thank you guys for tuning in and as always appreciate your support. As we move
into the Fall season, we express our gratitude for your presence and for your choice to spend some of precious moments in your day with us.
We hope you enjoy the show!
Listen to Lyme Ninja Radio's Podcast with Morley:
Learn more about Morley's Root Cause Protocol:
And join/follow his Facebook group The Magnesium Advocacy Group: