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Disillusioned with the unsustainable, reactionary, “sick-care” nature of conventional medicine, Dr. Casey Means (MD) LEFT her ENT surgical residency in her 5th and final year in order to devote her life and practice to Functional Medicine, and to help lead the movement towards a more sustainable model of healthcare. On this episode, she shares about why she walked away from surgery, what it really means to “fix” a disease and our skewed perspective of what is considered “heroic” in conventional medicine, and why a “food is medicine” approach is the future of healthcare. Through Functional Medicine, she draws on her background in genetics, systems and network biology, and a passion for nutrition to help patients understand the root-causes underlying disease. She aims to shift the paradigm to practicing medicine in a way that restores biologic functioning and empowers patients to “heal from within” through evidence based approaches in diet and lifestyle, rather than just symptom management. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from Stanford University, where she was class president, published numerous peer reviewed articles, and was awarded the university’s top Human Biology research award. She writes about plant based nutrition on her Instagram account @drcaseyskitchen, and sees patients in her Functional Medicine private practice in Oregon (and soon to be seeing patients in California, as well). You can find more information about her practice at I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did! Please check out her site and if you want more help on how to get started on the plant based diet, how to raise healthy children, recipes and much more check us out at

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