Here’s the latest on creating lasting vibrant health and revolutionizing the way we care for each other. “People need access to the type of medicine that’s gonna solve the root problem of their disease,” as Dr. Mark Hyman, keynote speaker and recipient of the IHS Leadership Award 2016, stated. Because why else bother? Introducing: Functional medicine 4.0.
The annual conference of the Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2016 just wrapped and I’m thrilled to share some of the highlights with you. I haven’t managed the art of consciously being in multiple places at the same time yet so there were brilliant sessions I couldn’t attend. The lectures have been recorded, though, so I’m hoping to share the full picture with you soon. I want you to learn about why you’ll want to restore you telomere activity and how that turns back the clock; how we, together, can build new operating systems for health creation and strong communities; the role of technology in health and medicine; about living well and dying well; the advantages of Ayurveda for lifestyle health and self care; the benefits of music in a clinical setting; how you can dance your way to health; and much more on the power of food.
This information is so rich I could obviously write a whole series of articles on each topic (and I might). For now, though, enjoy these jewels as I intended them to interact with you: Bite-size, cutting-edge transformation. Use it, share it. live it.
Eliminating Inflammation through Food
via Hal S. Blatman, MD, DAAPM, ABIHM
If food is medicine and medicine is food, how radically common sense is it to approach vibrant health via anti-inflammatory food choices? Choose what lifts you up; eliminate what breaks you down. Let’s hear more from Dr. Blatman:
- "We get out of our body what we put into it."
- “Changing your food takes that burning pain away — in just a week.”
- “Nutrition is more important than genetic structure.” #epigenetics
- “A french fry can increase your pain for four months.”
- “Orange juice is not your friend. You could be drinking Sprite and almost get the same nutrition.”
- “Bowel health is of primary importance.”
- Your body has the same zero-tolerance for junk as your marriage does for affairs.
- Your body loves you. It wants to rebuild you. It’s all about what you’re doing today.
The Skinny on Fat
via Mark Hyman, MD
- Good fat is good for you (coconut oil; olive oil; wild-caught fish; seeds and nuts; organic, grass-fed, grass-finished meat; organic, pasture-raised eggs)
- Food is information. Just because carbs have fewer calories than fat doesn’t mean that they’ll make you skinny. To the contrary, your body converts carbs into sugar which turns into fat on your butt. That muffin top does come from eating muffins. Good fat, on the other hand, is clean fuel for your body, keeps your blood sugar stable, nourishes your brain and nerves, encourages a healthy gut microbiome, keeps you satisfied and bright.
- “Metabolism is not a math problem.”
- “Heart disease is not a statin deficiency.”
- “If food is medicine, how can I practice without a nutritionist?”
Women’s Adrenals: From Fried to Frolicking
via Aviva Romm, MD, CPM
- “Think of chronic fatigue as a symptom.”
- Your patient doesn’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
- Apply the Functional Medicine Matrix.
Good News: Genes for Resilience and How to Express Them
via Jeffrey Bland, PhD, CNS, FACN, FACB
- Genes are conventionally seen through the disease risk lens.
- We live in a new action-driven society: people have become citizen scientists through biometric measuring devices —> quantifiable wellness —> engages people in the promotion of their own wellness.
- This is the Gene-Environment Age: How genes interface through communication with the environment
- “It’s about uniqueness, not disease or non-disease.”
- We need patient-focused drug development, not disease-focused.
- Rather than treating the tumor, treat the tumor micro environment.
- “Celebrate individuality.”
Thrive 101: Common Sense Approach to reducing Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
via Rudy Tanzi, MD
- Physical exercise
- Healthy diet
- Learning new things —> building new neuropathways
- Reducing emotional stress
- Sound sleep
- Ashwagandha and Cats Claw
Gut’s Glory: Why the Microbiome’s the Center of Your Universe, And How to Keep It Humming
via David Perlmutter, MD
- “The bigger your belly, the smaller your hippocampus.” And size does matter when it comes to the hippocampus.
- “The notion that a calorie is a calorie is total bogus.”
- A healthy microbiome is key to good health.
- The 2 big bacteria players: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. Firmicutes is neither firm nor cute as it extremely efficiently extracts energy from food —that’s great for a hibernating bear who needs to live off of the carb-loading it did over the summer but not so great news for modern humans. Bacteroidetes, on the other hand, is dominant in the microbiome of folks who’re lean.
- Read Brain Maker and Grain Brain to learn how to optimize your gut flora. Dr. Perlmutter’s also created informative, actionable videos. On YouTube. Free.
- My Gratitude Speaks interview with Dr. Perlmutter provides an executive summary of his work on the massively important gut-brain connection. Read it. Share it. Live it.
Tai Chi: In the Flow of Happiness & Tranquility
via Yang Yang, PhD
- Tai Chi improves balance, strength, cardio-vascular function, mindset
- “No pain, more gain.”
- Chinese wisdom: A superior man will only look at the good part.
- Functional meditation on: Meditate on the issues you’re facing. We’re different.. Everybody is seeking their own happiness. Nothing is personal.
- For better sleep: Sink your bones into the ground (from the feet up).
- Check out my Instagram for a peek into the class.
The Gut Balance Revolution
via Gerard Mullin, MD
- “We have bacteria around us and within us.”
- Healthy microbiome = lean physique.
- Diversity is key to a healthy microbiome which helps educate the immune system.
- Within 24 hrs you can change your microbiome, both positively and negatively.
- “Artificial sweeteners induce weight gain.”
- Antibiotics in conventional meat induce obesity.
- We must keep ourselves proactively in balance.
- “Diet is key.”
- Exercise is an anti-inflammatory vitamin.
We’re just a good shedding away from remembering what lets us thrive. Like a snake sheds the skin it’s outgrown we must shake off and sweat off the disease care system we’ve been plugging into as a collective in the hopes of improving what’s ailing us. We need to unlearn what we’ve been indoctrinated with and limited by. Yes, it does take effort to do a 180 and go from polluting your body, mind, and soul to proactively treasuring your heath and innate wisdom.
And yes, you can turn your health around. It’s common sense, really. Eat lots of organic vegetables, good fat, and high-quality protein. Let go of clutter (mental, emotional, physical). Release anger. Practice gratitude. Enjoy and honor nature. Get some sunshine. Connect with the divine. Pray. Exercise. Meditate. Laugh. Love.
Decide today to take responsibility for your health. Love your body.
It’s your temple, for god’s sake. It’s your temple for god’s sake, like a holy Ferrari.
We’re just a good shedding away from remembering what lets us thrive. Decide today to take responsibility for your health. Love your body. Here's bite-size, cutting-edge transformation. Use it, share it. live it.