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Good Medicine On The Go
10 minutes | 19 hours ago
Season 3 Trailer - Reimagining Marketing: Simple Steps to Build Relationships and Strengthen Your Practice
We are excited to be back with you for Season 3, where we will be discussing marketing for your functional medicine practice. You are a great doctor, but maybe you’ve seen a low conversion rate or a dip in new patients since the pandemic forced many practices to go virtual. Marketing is the key to getting you back where you want to be, helping patients, and providing care. We know marketing can be intimidating, so this season, we will be breaking down what exactly marketing is, how to navigate it regardless of your business structure, and why it is applicable to every medical practice on the market – both new and old. Our goal is to show you how easy marketing can be, so you can get back to treating patients and not worry about your business. Get GMOTG episodes, blog posts, resources right to your inbox 1-page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
39 minutes | 3 months ago
S2 Episode 7 - Interviewing, Hiring, Training, Optimizing the Integration Structure of a Health Coach
In our last episode of the season, we bring together key learnings and expert voices from the past 6 episodes. We summarize how to optimize entry points and utilize a health coach to improve your practice and make functional medicine more approachable, affordable, and sustainable. Learn about board-certified health coaches, where to find them, and how to integrate them into your practice. How to build a practice centered around patient readiness. Discover a first-of-its-kind resource that we’ve built to help you streamline the process of integrating a health coach in your practice and much more. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting https://karawarecoaching.com/season-2-episode-7/ Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
S2 Episode 6 - The New Modifiable Lifestyle Factor (Finances)
Learn how to discuss finances with your patients, and why this conversation is critical to a sustainable functional medicine lifestyle. What can the practice do to make functional medicine more affordable? Discover why working within a patient's financial threshold can actually benefit the therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine Care Planner A patient autonomy tool for organizing, documenting, tracking, and budgeting their personalized plan. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting www.karawarecoaching.com/podcast/episode-6/ Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
S2 Episode 5 - The 15-minute Entrance to Your Practice
Discover the business benefits of overhauling your Welcome Call and positioning a health coach as this most important first encounter Prioritize your patient by assessing their needs and readiness from the first encounter, and gauge preparedness for the long journey of Functional Medicine Optimize conversion rates by onboarding the right patients, and keep them engaged/activated Discover a tried and true method that drives conversion rates by focusing on onboarding the right patients who will stay with you for the long journey. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting https://karawarecoaching.com/season-2-episode-5/ Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
S2 Episode 4 - HealthCoach Workflow Models in Clinical Practice: Part 2
Interested in using a health coach? We answer the questions: how does a coach fit into a Functional Medicine practice, what does collaboration look like, and how does the health coach get paid? Episode #4 highlights a medical provider contracting a 1099 Independent Contractor for health coaching and possibly additional skills above and beyond health coaching. Learn ways to reduce provider stress, lower the risk of burnout, optimize communication, and bolster patient readiness There is a lot of pressure for Functional Medicine practitioners to ‘do it all’. We are joined by two phenomenal health coaches in this two-part series that show you there is a better solution through two highly effective, albeit exact opposite, infrastructures. Learn about how these clinical practices found their health coaches to be so impactful, the coaches are now called the “secret sauce” to the practices’ success. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting https://karawarecoaching.com/season-2-episode-4/ Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
S2 Episode 3 - HealthCoach workflow models in clinical practice: 2-Part Series
In Part 1 Meet Ashely Howell, National Board, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Interested in using a health coach? We answer the questions: how does a coach fit into a Functional Medicine practice, what does collaboration look like, and how does the health coach get paid? Compare and contrast different health coach integration workflows from experts in the field Learn ways to reducing provider stress, lower the risk of burnout, optimize communication and bolster patient readiness There is a lot of pressure for Functional Medicine practitioners to ‘do it all’. We are joined by two phenomenal health coaches in this two-part series that show you there is a better solution through two highly effective, albeit exact opposite, infrastructures. Learn about how these clinical practices found their health coaches to be so impactful, the coaches are now called the “secret sauce” to the practices’ success. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting www.karawarecoaching.com/podcast Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
S2 Episode 2 - The Missing Intervention in Healthcare - The Science of Health Coaching
We are joined by Margaret Moore (aka Coach Meg) to discuss how health coaching is the #1 missing intervention in healthcare. We learn about the science of sustainable behavior change, the unique and powerful skillset of health coaches, and how integrating a coach into your practice can bring on game-changing results. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper into the research, access resources, and connect with us by visiting www.karawarecoaching.com/podcast Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands; PureEncapsulations, Douglas Laboratories, Genestra Brands, and LivingMatrix.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
S2 Episode 1 - Building a robust practice based on patient readiness
Creating entry points based on patient readiness Breaking down Functional Medicine Journey into incremental steps Here’s how we’re going to use a health coach to make Functional Medicine more approachable, affordable, and sustainable Ever struggled with patient retention? Are you wondering how to open up your Functional Medicine practice to a broader audience? In our new season, we are talking about re-imagining entry points to make functional medicine more approachable, affordable, and sustainable. In this episode, we share our own journey in building a dynamic, successful practice and offer guidance and actionable insights on how to develop a robust practice based on patient readiness. Ready to learn more? Dive deeper, access resources, and connect with us by visiting www.karawarecoaching.com/podcast Good Medicine On The Go is sponsored by Atrium Innovations Professional Brands: PureEncapsulations, Douglas Laboratories, Genestra Brands, and LivingMatrix
24 minutes | 7 months ago
Season 1 Highlights and A Sneak Peek a Season 2
As we wrap up Season 1 of our show and prepare for a great Season 2, we wanted to take this episode to highlight and recap Episodes 1-7 and give you an inside look at what is on the horizon. In season one, we created an entry point for practitioners new to Nutritional Genomics, from understanding how our genetics influence our mood, immune resilience, and our weight, to exploring what it really means to “eat right and exercise”. In our first season, we also talked about the four models of pricing and provided a detailed list of pros and cons for each payment model. Thank you so much to our listeners! We can’t wait to see you again in Season 2 and continue the work together to reimagine the functional medicine journey. For other show notes and transcripts, visit us here. Key Takeaways: [1:13] There are a lot of “aha” moments when a patient understands that they feel a certain way not because of a character flaw or weakness, but because of a genetic variance or vulnerability. The more they are on board with the process, the more the patient can strengthen their twin engines of change, self-motivation (I want to change) and self-efficacy (I believe I can change), When a patient believes getting better is possible they are truly empowered. [3:18] When a patient starts supporting their genetics, they can have more dopamine and serotonin bio-availability, making it easier to take action on the things that really matter for their health. [4:33] To recap Episodes 1-7, we covered over 22 SNP’s and how they relate to the common top objectives of our patients: mood, immune resilience, weight-management, and exercise. [5:18] In Episode 1, we introduce ourselves and the concept of using a 30-minute Nutritional Genomics consult to meet the patient, build rapport, and trust, and create validity to order more diagnostic labs to investigate further the phenotypic expression of their genome to better understand why are they reacting to their environment or tipping into unhealthy coping strategies. Episode 2, Dr. James Greenblatt, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, joins us to discuss MTHFR and COMT genetic influence on neurotransmitters, and how it may influence our behaviors. Episode 3, Dr. Sam Yanuck discusses with us ways that genetic testing can give us insight into chronic inflammation. [6:18] Episode 5 is the first of a two-part series where we explore how environmental and emotional factors such as stress and fear have an impact on our eating patterns. We welcome Morgan Knull who talks about how she customizes eating plans for her clients through her company Feed your Genes. Episode 6, we dive into the common saying “eat right and exercise” and how that’s not a one size fits all approach to health and a healthy weight. Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed joins us to talk mood and food, and take a further look at a few key metabolic hormones that drive appetite and satiety. [7:09] Episode 7 continues the “eat right and exercise” conversation by looking at how our genetics can help make sense of what exercise is right for us, the risks to be extra careful of, and the timing of when to include exercise into a personalized, therapeutic plan. [8:52] We like to approach nutritional genomics with the idea that it isn’t everything or a magic pill, but a powerful tool. [9:48] In Episode 4, a business application episode, we covered the four models of pricing and gave the pros and cons, starting from the insurance model and working our way into transitioning to the cash model. Just like working with clients in functional medicine, the name of the game here is starting slow and building on success. [12:07] The recommendation of having nutritional genomics as a 30-minute entry point to your practice is to build trust and rapport with your patients, and not to overwhelm them with so many diet, lifestyle, and medical recommendations that they feel overwhelmed and never come back. [15:52] In Season 2, we will extend and expand the conversation of creating an entry point for prospective clients beyond the complex patient. We will talk about setting up welcome calls, integrating health coaches, functional finances, and share a program we are designing to attract a new audience to functional medicine in 2021, [24:47] Good Medicine On the Go is our real-time series where we evolve Dr. Nathan Morris’s dynamic practice openly for all to see, so you will see the trial and errors and can follow along if you too would like to create a new entry point to service the masses right when they need Functional Medicine the most. Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free PureGenomics Business Integration 30-minute consult, schedule yours here Listen to Episodes 1-7 Quotes Worth Sharing: “If you can empower a patient, you really put in place the twin engines of change, self-motivation and self-efficacy.” [1:44] — Dr. Nathan Morris “We believe we need to create a solid foundation to then build on slowly for long term success. Functional medicine is not about the short term wins, but rather the changes that will last a lifetime.” [10:44] — Kara Ware “Lack of simplicity inadvertently stifles enthusiasm. And then we can't make that conversion to endurance for the long journey. This is true for both provider and the patient.” Kara Ware
35 minutes | 7 months ago
Exercise is as Unique as Your Patient
We’ve all heard the advice, ‘eat right and exercise’, but it’s often not clear cut what exercise is best for each individual needs, how long we should exercise, and the timing of exercise. In this week’s episode, we discuss practical ways to keep patients exercising safely and effectively. We talk about things to look at on genetic reports, such as inflammatory markers and polymorphisms that can serve as a predetermination for a higher chance of response and injury. We correspond examples of exercise with certain genetic findings and give our own personal examples of how our lives changed for the better once we applied them to our daily routines. Key Takeaways: [3:32] When we get the right kind and amount of exercise, we get a huge bump in dopamine that can boost our mood and help with attention and focus. However, if we exercise too much or in the wrong way, that can cause stress, trauma, and inflammation to the body. [7:42] Recovery and timing are so important in exercise, as we can become even more inflamed when we push the body after it is already deficient in sleep or healthy cortisol levels. [9:15] Practitioners should speak with their patients about what type of exercise they already enjoy and are called to do because they are more likely to stick with it long term then an exercise they don’t find pleasure in doing. [12:28] Genetic variance may affect someone’s risk for exercise, but should not preclude anyone from doing what they enjoy. [13:10] The top thing we look at with genetics when it relates to exercise is the response to inflammation. When a patient has a risk variant for Interleukin 6 and does intense exercise for around an hour, they really do not do well and could actually feel more tired during the day. Patients with this risk variant may do better walking for an hour or experience better results with a 20-30 minute work out rather than trying to do more intense exercise for a longer duration. Switching to low-moderate intensity workouts, they can recover and possibly reduce the chance of harm from an increased inflammation cascade. [15:06] ACTN3 is a muscle structure gene that tells us about your fast-twitch versus your slow-twitch. If you are a variant for the ACTN3 gene, you may be a better fit for endurance since you are able to get more blood flow to the muscles, and this may explain not feeling your best after interval type exercise. However, if you are practicing HIIT style and loving it, then go on enjoying it. This does not mean the average person has to stop this exercise. Again, referencing the IL-6 genetic variant is important. [16:53] ACE is really about how our muscles respond and how we recover. We tend to find that ACE can tell us if we have more vasoconstriction, where our arteries contract. And that's going to be more for your sprinters and more for the people that need that quick blood flow. These are the patients who are genetically advantaged to go long distances like riding bikes and marathons. [17:51] PPARGCA1A -this how well we're going to do with aerobic exercise. And so this could be a leverage point and say, "You know what, aerobic exercise is going to be just fine for you. However, you will also want to cross-reference the SNPs to prevent injury associated with aerobic training. [20:11] Exercise done correctly in the right amounts actually lowers our IL6 through the vagal nerve and that dopamine. So we really want them to hit that right amount of exercise, which decreases inflammation and does not increase inflammation. [21:18] The beautiful feature about Pure Genomics is as more polymorphisms are scientifically validated and added to the program, they automatically appear on patients' reports; one test equals a lifetime of information. It’s also easy to correlate genetic information with exercise recommendations. [23:13] LPL is what Dr. Morris calls a ‘leverage points’; they highlight response to glucose metabolism. If somebody is struggling with keeping their blood sugar down with diet alone, knowing their LPL and LIPC variants help show the patient that doing some exercise, 20, 30 minutes each day, can really help with your glucose. [23:53] LPL and ADRB2 are two more leverage points. These variants are related to fat burning as a result of exercise. For these patients, exercise a great way to lose this fat as they have beneficial biology for it. We call these “enhanced benefit SNPs”. [23:13] Not all variants are risk-inducing, which is why the term “risk variant” as applied to genomic testing can be misleading. In PureGenomics, SNPs are now reported as “No Action”, “Enhanced Benefit”, or “Consider Action”. SNPs like LPL, LIPC, and ADRB2 are some of the variants that have an enhanced benefit to the patient. [27:29] COL1A1 & COL5A1 are variants associated with ligament injury susceptibility and MMP3 for Achilles tendon injury susceptibility. And what all these SNPs show really is that you have problems with collagen and collagen deposition and strength. And so, Dr. Morris says before started an exercise program, you want to reference IL-6 and the injury prevention SNPs, COL1A1, COL5A1, AND MMP3 [33:28] We need to remember that polymorphisms are associated with a risk or a benefit. So even though it says risk variant, there's actually an advantage to having the variant as in the case of the LPL, LIPC, MMP3. This is why PureGenomics moved away from the misleading color coding and clearly marks when there is an advantage to having the ‘risk variant’. Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free PureGenomics Business Integration 30-minute consult, schedule yours here Why is the generic advice ‘eat right and exercise’ bad advice? With Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed First things first, Mental Health Feeding on Fear with Morgan Knull of Feed Your Genes Quotes Worth Sharing: “The timing and telling patients they are off the hook is as important as it is for us to help them add movement into their life.” - Kara Ware[7:29] “Exercise is just like diet - if we don’t give people the right type and the right time, we can cause more inflammation and injury.” -Dr. Nathan Morris [8:30] “We all know, in functional medicine, you always go to the gut, and inflammation starts there.” Dr. Nathan Morris[29:22] “We need to remember that polymorphisms are associated with a risk or a benefit. So even though it says risk variant, there may actually be an advantage to having the variant. Therefore, genes are not good or bad”. Kara Ware [33.28]
30 minutes | 8 months ago
Why is the generic advice ‘eat right and exercise’ bad advice? with Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed
This episode featuring Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed explores how clinicians can use genetics to inform patients in their weight management journey. We discuss how certain hormones and SNPs can determine the best diet and what “eating healthy” really means for each individual. We share practical advice for providers to identify which variants to reference that play a role in regulating the metabolic hormones that influence hunger and satiety. Key Takeaways: [0:51] We get a much better result of managing mood and weight when we first determine the underlying genetic drivers that influence appetite and satiety. [3:08] Dr. Nathan Morris shares a story that shows the importance of understanding the relationship between dopamine and serotonin with mood and food. He highlights the connection between our genetic variations and how they affect our eating behaviors weight. [12:39] Ghrelin is a hormone that increases appetite and also plays a role in our weight. Leptin decreases our appetite and lets us know when we are full and satiated. [INSERT] FTO plays a role in the production of these and has a big impact on our metabolism. FTO does not like simple sugar or saturated fats, and when you are variant with FTO you are likely to burn fat slower and not feel full. It is especially important to look for FTO before recommending the ketogenic or paleo diet. [15:48] With MC4R gene variant, there is a 43% increased chance of obesity. Patients with variant MC4R have often struggled with weight management, and despite trying different diets, they have a hard time with finding long term success. [17:45] FTO and MC4R are both influenced by the dopaminergic pathways. Their activity influences ghrelin, which can cause patients to become constant snackers seeking a dopamine hit. This relationship with dopamine means it is important to also look at the DRD2 (dopamine receptor) of patients to make sure their dopamine uptake is working properly. [18:53] FTO will also dictate how much protein we need per meal, the A/A risk variant, with the slowest metabolic position typically needs the highest amount of protein. [20:20] Those with the MC4R gene variant may have dealt with childhood obesity and struggled just trying to find balance most of their life. Dr. Penny suggests diet and exercise alone won’t always work, and we can benefit from treating this using a supplemental protocol including a combination of Piper betle, Dolichos biflorus, and acetyl-L-carnitine. [21:58] Leptin is our metabolic hormone which signals when we have had enough to eat. When we are constantly snacking, leptin may build resistance and prevent us from feeling full. Intermittent fasting may work well for patients as a way to help combat leptin resistance. [23:03] The APOA2 gene variant also affects these metabolic hormones and when Dr. Penny sees this she recommends the patient eats under 22 grams of saturated fat a day. [26:02] Understanding how genetic variations play a role in our mood and weight management takes away the guilt people feel and realize they have control over it. When they feel better and have a road map of what eating right really looks like for them personally, they are more likely to see good results and stick to their plan. This transforms food from a burden to a gift and pleasure. Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free PureGenomics Business Integration 30-minute consult. Schedule Here Ep 2 - First Things First, Mental Health Ep 5 - Feeding on Fear with Morgan Knull of Feed Your Genes Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed PKR Health Quotes: “Eat right really is generic advice that gives no clue to the patient of what that means.” - Dr. Nathan Morris “We are in some way enslaved to these hormones. It’s almost irrational what they make you want to do.” - Dr. Nathan Morris “We have our DNA which is our nature, but we can nurture it to be able to express optimal function.” - Dr. Kara Ware
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Feeding on Fear with Morgan Knull of Feed Your Genes
In the first of this two-part series, we explore how environmental and emotional factors such as stress and fear can highlight and exacerbate unhealthy eating patterns. We discuss the connection between neurotransmitter production and function and mood, sleep, weight management, and cravings. We look at two of the most important neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, and what role each one plays on our behaviors that drive our habits. Then, we welcome certified nutritionist, Morgan Knull of Feed Your Genes, to talk about how she works with the genetic variations of her clients to empower them through custom supplementation and meal plans. Key Takeaways: [2:42] There are two main neurotransmitters that can play a big role in our mood. Serotonin helps regulate sleep, appetite, mood, while dopamine is our “feel-good” neurotransmitter and acts as the pleasure and reward-seeking hormone. [5:43] Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can determine how we react to our environment and can give us some real insight on how to leverage these variations to support our health. [9:29] Good Medicine uses Pure Genomics 2.0 for many reasons, one being that it is a well-organized way for providers to see different SNPs in a simplified way, which will assist us in this rapidly evolving field. With so many different SNPs it can get confusing, or seem like “alphabet soup”, but Pure Genomics provides a user-friendly system. [11:10] Morgan herself spent decades trying different diets, and feeling frustrated when they wouldn’t work. She decided to get her own genetic testing done, and it changed the game, both how she ate, and how she looked at her own cravings. At her company Feed Your Genes, Morgan offers nutritional genomic consultations, which then can help her create customized meal plans based on the specific genetic needs of each individual. [16:01] When we are under a lot of stress, the demand for these neurotransmitters can be kicked into high gear which can deplete us and lead into the habit of self-medicating. When we are depleted of serotonin our cravings can be towards chocolates and sugary foods, while dopamine causes us to seek out salty foods such as chips and cheese. [21:22] The SNPs talked about in this episode include COMT, TPH2, FTO, and DRD2. [24:34] The FTO SNP is known as the obesity gene and one of the most well-researched genes, connecting appetite and satiety. There is a connection between FTO and the need to snack constantly because one never feels full. Morgan explains that when she sees the FTO gene, she can help create meal plans using protein to give her clients more satiety. COMT can help us see how we can clear out dopamine, and TPH2 is the precursor to serotonin which helps us with mood and appetite. [27:04] Morgan works with her clients to uncover reasons for eating patterns and behaviors that they may have beat themselves up for decades. When they have the tools and knowledge of knowing why something is happening, they change the narrative about who they are and success seems more possible. Quotes: “When we say sugar is an addiction and we laugh it off, it really is.” “The heart of functional medicine is discovering the why to the symptoms of our illness.” “This is why you are, this isn’t who you are.” Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free 30-minute consult. Schedule Here 23andMe Ancestry.com Kara Ware, LLC LivingMatrix Color Coded Cheat Sheet Feed Your Genes Dr. Penny Kendall Reed First Things First, Mental Health
23 minutes | 9 months ago
Finding The Best Pricing Model For Your Practice
In this episode, we address pricing and how to create a reasonable pricing model for long term viability. We discuss four models of pricing and give the pros and cons for each, along with tips for transitioning and growing your functional medicine practice. This topic is a passion of ours because we often see doctors with an immense amount of knowledge, and skills who are unsure of which pricing model is right for them. This decision will shape their practice, and help them understand how to transition into private practice, create a business model that allows them to fulfill their calling, and finally translate the calling to making a quality living. Key Takeaways: [1:25] Functional medicine requires more time spent understanding the root cause of our patient’s symptoms and creating a space for them to tell their story. Finding a business model that allows this is crucial, but so is creating a price structure where doctors can make a living. [4:13] Insurance Model: Pros — It is often what we know best and what both the practitioner and patient are most familiar with, and can keep costs generally lower for your patient... Cons — Not a lot of time with patients; doctors must hit a higher quantity of patients when using the insurance model, which means they are unable to spend time deeply understanding each patient. This often leads to practitioner burnout. [5:50] Hybrid Model: Dr. Morris would have been really nervous to move from an insurance model direct to cash, so he elected to use a Hybrid Model. The Hybrid Model provides a stepping stone for doctors transitioning from insurance to cash models in functional medicine. Pros — a great option to include insurance and create membership models to grow your patient base. This model may give doctors more time with their patients, and provides a stepping stone towards a full cash practice. Cons - Each doctor must delineate the benefits of the extra costs of membership, because patients are unlikely to pay the fee if [8:30] Dr. Morris explains how the transition to functional medicine can often make doctors feel like they have to charge what the industry leaders are charging, even if it is a huge leap for them personally. When starting out, Dr. Morris kept his overhead low so he didn't have to charge as much and he could pass those savings on to his patients. As Dr. Morris’s reputation was growing and word of mouth referrals kept increasing he then felt ready to move to the cash model. [9:10] Cash Model: Doctors may benefit from crawling, walking, and then running, or in pricing model terms - insurance, hybrid, then cash.. Pros — Cash practice can be a little scary but it allows a doctor to spend as much time with the patient as needed. Cons — It can also be difficult to know what to charge, and to find the sweet spot where you can make a living, but your patients can also afford the extra costs that come with paying for their own supplements and labs. New functional medicine doctors could benefit from offering a discount to their industry-standard rate as they grow their patient base. [13:55] Direct to Primary Care / DPC Model: Pro — This model makes a lot of sense when you are transitioning to functional medicine. It creates a more affordable way to build your reputation and patient base. You can charge a set fee where people can manage their own appointments and Dr. Morris believes patients really do respect communication boundaries. Cons - ? [15:35] Contracted Position: When contracted with a hospital, it is still possible to also transition into functional medicine. Pros - you already have a full patient population that you can say, hey, I would love to discuss this with you, but I don't have the allowance to do that during this visit. If you would like to see me in my functional medicine setting, you can see me there, Cons - contract positions often limit a practitioner, especially when it comes to pricing, patients, and practice decisions. To overcome this, Dr. Morris suggests creating a separate LLC or corporation that you can direct patients to, and work with a lawyer and/or accountant to make sure it’s done correctly. [20:54] Overall, Dr. Morris likes about the hybrid and cash models because they create a space where people don’t have to wait months to see you, and the people that really need your care are able to get it in a timely manner. Quotes: “At first, there will not be a lot of patients banging down your door until you establish that reputation.” Dr. Nathan Morris “The more time you spend, the better you are at functional medicine, the more your patients will refer their family and friends.” Dr. Nathan Morris It’s important to understand what your needs are in creating a pricing structure, while also leaving room for the patient to meet their needs." Dr. Nathan Morris “ It is truly a calling to be a doctor.” Dr. Nathan Morris Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free 30-minute consult. Schedule Here 23andMe Ancestry.com Kara Ware, LLCLivingMatrix Membership Paperwork
33 minutes | 10 months ago
Immune Insights of Covid-19 with Dr. Yanuck
This week, a renowned expert in functional immunology, Dr. Sam Yanuck joins us to share a variety of ways that genetic testing can give us insight into chronic inflammation and better understand how to control the drivers of susceptibility to COVID-19. We discuss lifestyle changes and supplementation that may help lessen chronic inflammation, how genetics can serve as an indicator for a predisposition towards cytokine storm, and more about Dr. Yanuck’s online functional immunology course for clinicians, Cogence Immunology. Key Takeaways: [1:43] Chronic inflammation is the largest driver of susceptibility in COVID-19, and we think of it as the windmill of functional medicine. In hospital admissions, 88% have a preexisting condition related to a disease of chronic inflammation, such as obesity, diabetes or hypertension. [3:32] In a cytokine storm, we lose control of the brakes for runaway inflammation. Our Th1 cells help us kill bacteria and viruses, and we function best when our Th1 and Th2 are in balance. We can look at genetics to tell us who may be predisposed to cytokine storm and use that insight in combination with the Living Matrix Report that identifies higher risks and allows us to be proactive with our plan of action. [9:34] Even though COVID-19 is a new virus, a fair amount of research exists on other Coronaviruses and how the immune system works overall, along with immunological functions that are crucial and known to be central during COVID-19. [10:13] There are gene defects that we can test for that relate to inadequate zinc status and excessive Interleukin 6 cytokine. [12:17] We don’t want to think of the immune system as just one thing that goes up and down. [13:35] It is clear that zinc is central to immune function, and that Interleukin 6 is a big driver of the cytokine storm in COVID-19. [16:47] Each of us has a mosaic of advantages and disadvantages in our genetics and immunity. Figuring out what parts are overemphasized will help you figure out how to quiet those parts down, and bring up other areas that may be under-functioning. [17:53] Dr. Yanuck works with his patients to combine the results from lab testing, Pure Genomics tests, and 23andMe. [22:36] High histamine levels can often co-exist both with acid reflux and cognitive deficits. We can work with patients to take measures to support histamine and DAO SNP. [25:34] Genetics gives us insight into the upregulation of cytokines IL-6 and TNF-alpha which, if left unchecked, can lead to chronic inflammation and cytokine storm. Th1 and Th2 responses are neither good or bad, but long term imbalance is. This is where lifestyle choices come in. [27:13] This is a great time to engage previous patients and give them a reason to come in and get on a health plan of action that is proactive rather than reactive. Quotes: “It’s going to be a long journey. Let’s not just sit back and wait on people to get sick. Let’s go ahead and be proactive and empower them.” “Lifestyle changes, which is what we are after as functional medicine practitioners, are the most important things before we ever start going after genetics.” “We shouldn’t feel powerless in any way in balancing the immune system.” Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free 30-minute consult. Schedule Here 23andMe Ancestry.com Kara Ware, LLCLivingMatrix Paper on COVID Frontiers in Psychiatry Dr. Sam Yanuck Cogence Immunology Thought Leaders Guide to Immune Health
26 minutes | 10 months ago
First things First, Mental Health
This week, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. James Greenblatt, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Greenblatt discusses why it’s critical to use genetic testing in the field of mental health and shares how understanding neurotransmitters and our genetic polymorphisms provides a path to help patients understand that their mental health struggle is not a character flaw, but possibly genetic vulnerabilities that can be supported with targeted nutrients and lifestyle changes. We also talk with Dr. Greenblatt about his Psychiatry Redefined educational program and give an update on the new Good Medicine practice development Key Takeaways: [1:32] The more we can understand ways to support our body, the more compassion and less shame we can have towards ourselves and others. Kara reflects upon her own journey of understanding that the effects of stress and depression she felt years ago had less to do with a flaw in her character, and more about her genetic vulnerabilities. [5:38] Dr. Greenblatt is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and has been in practice for over 30 years. He uses genetics to make decisions around what supplements may work best, and even what medications would be helpful. [6:22] Dr. Greenblatt has said that 44% of adults and less than 2% of kids are actually getting the mental health treatment they need. With this time of pervasive stress and a loss of structure, it is more critical than ever to help patients feel comfortable to explore mental health options through Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics. [7:12] The Functional Medicine community has a profound responsibility to provide education about biological vulnerabilities, and how mental illness is related to the genetic environment. [8:36] Even if we have a family history of depression, addiction, or suicide, it doesn’t mean that it’s our destiny. [9:40] Dr. Greenblatt discusses 4 important polymorphisms that practitioners should be looking at with their patients: SLC6A4, MTHFR (A1298C and C677T), TPH2, and COMT. [10:35] MTHFR SNPs are the simplest to understand and probably have the most profound implications in traditional psychiatry and functional medicine. The SLC6A4 serotonin transporter gene helps practitioners understand how the patient will respond to SSI treatment. [15:29] Dr. Greenblatt developed Psychiatry Redefined, which is an educational platform that provides clinicians with a new evidence-based treatment model for mental illness. He recommends beginning with the Depression course which includes guidance on using labs and Nutritional Genomics together. [19:37] The twin engines of change are self-motivation and self-efficacy, and when we optimize their biological access to dopamine and serotonin patients can feel like they want to change ‘self-motivation”, and equally as important feel like they can change ‘self-efficacy’. [24:04] We discuss the patient flow in the new Good Medicine model. It is our mission to structure our business so our entire system is truly in partnership with patients, and the process feels welcoming, manageable, and sustainable. Quotes: “An important place for us to begin in a functional medicine practice is to first help people feel well and prepared for the process.” Kara Ware “The earlier we can understand these genetic vulnerabilities, the concept of prevention really screams out and its profound implications.” Dr. Greenblatt “If we utilize this genetic foundation and integrate it into our treatment plan, particularly in mental health, it has really significant implications for recovery and remission.” Dr. Greenblatt Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free 30-minute consult. Schedule Here 23andMe Ancestry.com Kara Ware, LLC Psychiatry Refined - Depression Course
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Welcome to the first episode Good Medicine On the Go with Dr. Nathan Morris and Kara Ware
Welcome to Good Medicine On the Go. We are your hosts, Dr. Nathan Morris and Kara Ware, Clinical Coordinator. In this week’s episode, we introduce ourselves and do a deeper dive into how we are reimagining the functional medicine journey. We discuss why Nutritional Genomics is more relevant in our society now than ever before, and why it’s important to make Functional Medicine more accessible and affordable to both bring in a new audience and reactivate former patients. Key Takeaways: [0:57] We (Dr. Nathan Morris and Kara Ware) have been long time business partners, and we are now reimagining Nathan’s practice from brick to click. [2:07] When we see a long journey ahead of us we can feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. Functional medicine focuses on the approach of “What is our first step?” [3:31] Our philosophy calls for creating a solid foundation to build on slowly, for long term success with our patients. When we follow the principles of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, we can prepare the patient for a deeper commitment both with their time and expenses. [4:11] Using tests such as 23andMe and Ancestry can help clinicians make a huge difference with their patients and pinpoint how their genetics have an impact on their health. [5:04] Nutritional Genomics is so relevant right now with the current environmental factors, stress, loss of structure, and rise of unemployment which may make us more vulnerable. [6:36] I think that's the big epiphany I had early on in my functional medicine practice, that I had to first make my visit affordable, secondly, make sure I didn't overwhelm patients with supplements, and most of all, I didn't want to overburden them with tests. [11:30] One of the most important things about Nutritional Genomics is working directly with your patient on what their key issues are, and how you can best help them with a few objectives and tangible steps. TeleMed appointments are perfect for this, as they can provide a short connection time to pinpoint what is needed. Quotes: “The curveballs are sometimes the best things that ever happen to you.” “Fear is not a great driver.” “Nutritional Genomics is preparing the patient for a deeper commitment to Functional Medicine’s process and partnership.” Mentioned: Good Medicine Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Free 30-minute consult. Schedule Here 23andMe Ancestry.com Kara Ware, LLC
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