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The Women’s Metabolic Health Summit June 12-19 2019

Imagine this, you’re a woman and you’re about to hit or you’re just a little past “the big Five-O”.

Perhaps you’ve raised the kids. You’ve reached the pinnacle of your career. You may have launched that successful business. Or you’re in that sandwich generation- a caretaker for your elderly parents plus raising kids. Whatever the scenario, you’re at a reflective stage in your life and perhaps even in the process of setting new life goals.

And then BOOM! Suddenly something just doesn’t seem quite right? You start going through mood swings, just can’t seem to get control of those “hot flashes”. Hair seems to be growing (or not growing) in the most inconvenient places. And let’s not talk about the sex (what’s that I hear you say?!)

Or maybe, just maybe you go to the doctor and you’re diagnosed with a dreaded chronic illness……

This, cannot be happening to you…..

Currently there are 4 out of 10 Americans living with at least one chronic illness. Some examples of a chronic illness are type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, thyroid disease, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, or cancer, to name but a few.

In my experience as an allopathic physician, it seems that living with a chronic illness seems to suck the very life out of their sufferers. I see it all the time and maybe you have also. People who seem to spend a great amount of time going from one doctor’s appointment to the next, taking medications, some of which cause side effects and all the while really not feeling any better.

Is that a way to live? Do you dread any of these scenarios happening to you?

For some people over 50 this is their reality. But it does not necessarily have to be yours.

My premise is that you can make a conscious choice to THRIVE in your golden years. And it has been proven over and over again. In my over 20 years as an internal medicine physician I have treated healthy and vibrant nonagenarians (people in their 90s) and even centenarians.

Even if you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, you can still THRIVE into your golden years.

I recently had the pleasure of taking care of a 103-year-old woman who still cleaned her 8 room house every single day, and until a year ago was still gardening!

I dare to state boldly, that being diagnosed with a chronic illness should serve as an invitation to become deeply acquainted with yourself, and to let your body become your Divine Teacher ….

Even though I am trained as an allopathic physician, this healthcare model has not done such a great job of helping us manage or prevent chronic disease.

So, with that in mind, I decided I was going to mastermind with other experts in the functional health arena. I sent out an invitation and was I amazed at the response!

A lot of our experts have defied a chronic illness and have used functional and integrative ways to heal themselves.

Click here to learn more…

Imagine learning ways to access –

  • -Vital energy
  • -Abundant Health
  • -And yes! The ability to THRIVE well into your golden years

What’s more, you’d be setting an example for your family to follow. And this would become a ripple effect of good health affecting our communities, towns, countries and literally going around the planet! One small change at a time. We indeed are a global village.

Well, you can access all this information from the convenience of your home. And the great news is it is completely FREE!

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From June 12-19 2019, I will be hosting an upcoming interview series called The Women’s Metabolic Health Summit.

In this free series you will learn…

  • Tips for optimizing hormone balance over fifty
  • Why Menopause is not all about hormones
  • How to use spices in every day cooking to increase your metabolism and lose weight
  • The importance of sleep in boosting our metabolism
  • How essential oils can help to heal us
  • The little-known secret to improve your pelvic health and rev up your sex life
  • Making friends with the bugs in your gut
  • The relationship between your mental health and physical health
  • Simple ways relax and be more present (even if you are currently frazzled)

And so much more…

This virtual mastermind of over twenty healthcare experts from around the world will teach you how to honor and grow that ‘inner knowingness’ you possess as a woman.

Imagine as you embark on this next chapter- a life filled with purpose, joy, vitality, peace and presence.

Do you sometimes come across people who seem to effortlessly radiate those qualities? Well so can you. It’s all within your grasp. Click here to join me and make that life yours!

Some of The Myriad Benefits of Exercise

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  1. Improves energy
  2. Improves memory
  3. Improves the mood
  4. Decreases depression
  5. Decreases anxiety
  6. Reduces stress
  7. Increases muscle mass
  8. Creates a sense of calm
  9. Improves psychological wellbeing
  10. Builds mental resilience
  11. Helps with healthy aging
  12. Improves vitality
  13. Improves sexual health
  14. Improves respiratory function
  15. Strengthens the heart
  16. Helps build stronger bones
  17. Improves sleep
  18. Decreases fatigue
  19. Reduces joint pain
  20. Improves flexibility
  21. Improves balance
  22. Helps reverse diabetes type 2
  23. Helps with blood sugar control
  24. Decreases blood pressure 
  25. Improves the Mitochondrial function
  26. Improves immune function
  27. Decreases inflammation
  28. Promotes mindfulness
  29. Improves mind-body connection
  30. Improves bowel function
  31. Helps to reduce cognitive decline
  32. Promotes being part of a team
  33. Helps to connect with nature
  34. Improves body image
  35. Changes body composition
  36. Reduces body fat
  37. Helps maintain a healthy BMI
  38. Decreases resting heart rate
  39. Improves heart rate variability
  40. Decreases LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol
  41. Decreases total cholesterol and decreases triglycerides
  42. Improves the gut microbiome
  43. Decreases levels of estradiol
  44. Increases nitric oxide levels
  45. Improves metabolic health

My Journey Into Functional Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Doctor of the Future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease~ Thomas Edison

 

Earlier on in my career as an internal medicine physician, I began to feel dissatisfied with the status quo. I sensed there was something wrong in the delivery of medical care. The 15 minute double booked office appointments only added to my angst and dissatisfaction. Questions plagued me such as:

  • How come my patients kept coming back time after time with the same complaints?
  • How come I was only resorting to pills to help them feel better?
  • How come I didn’t have enough time to educate them about lifestyle modifications?
  • How come those patients diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease suddenly had these ailments become the forefront of their existence spending time going from one doctor to another, filling one prescription after the other?
  • How come as time went on I saw the light in the eyes of a lot of my patients dim; there was almost a sense of resignation. Their lives had become, one doctor visit after the other, after the other.

In 2005, I left the sizeable multispecialty group I was working for in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago and went into private practice with two other business partners. Perhaps I could create a better model of healthcare delivery.

I saw my mission as not only treating acute illness but teaching my patients living with chronic diseases about taking simple small steps toward healthier living.

 

In my time in private practice, I decided to pursue training as a professional coach. I found there was power in guiding people toward possibility, so they see the answers for themselves while holding them accountable for the results they produce. Writing about the power of coaching still lights me up and gives me goosebumps.

I wanted to promote lifestyle interventions, but could not find a model I could incorporate that entirely resonated with the kind of care I was looking to deliver to my patients. Unfortunately, the practice was not going well. There was high overhead while insurance reimbursements were low.

Finally in 2010, after paying back the business loan we had taken out to start the practice, I made a decision to leave. I have been working in hospital medicine since then. Over the last eight years, I have continued to provide health information on my blog and have published and uodated a book for patients on  how to live with type 2 diabetes. But those questions have continued to plague me.

I’ve contemplated going back into private practice, but I wanted to make sure that I created a structure that would support not only my patients but also me.

As a cancer survivor, it is my responsibility to create a space that promotes my healing; where I can thrive and continue to serve my patients.

Well, I am happy to share that I have found that structure in functional medicine. So this is the beginning of my journey into functional medicine, and I am excited to share this  with you.

  • In this video blog, I share what I understand functional medicine to be

 

 

As always I welcome your comments as well as suggestions for topics you may be interested in learning more about.
To your health and wellbeing,