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"kathy swift" Discussed on Break The Rules
"Will be assessing headed says a for underlying issues talking some about Lab testing how to get to the root causes of issues. That may be going on in your health as well as just the game. Changing simple things you can do right. Now without testing having testing are not testing to improve your health moments. So Dr Bam thank you so much for coming on the show and if you tell us a little bit about more about you got you doing the work you're doing in the world world. Lauren thank you so much for having me here today. And it's great being with you. Aw So my undergraduate and graduate degree is in nutrition and I love nutrition. It's kind of been less. I just loved all my education in the field the nutrition nutritional education in attritional biochemistry and I decided at a few years after being nutritious in practice practicing as attrition that I wanted to learn more about how the body worked and decided to go to medical school. And I didn't have any anybody in my family who had Md's so there's in my family but no MD. and so. I really had no idea what I was getting into. And so I really was interested in wellness and prevention and how to learn more about how the body works and then all of a sudden I was in medical school and I was like oh no it was such a focus on acute care medicine and you know naming the disease just finding the right medication to suppress symptoms and though acute care medicines really important. I that was not really where I wanted my focus to be so I was really lucky after I got out of medical school training. Did my internship in Family Medicine all in board certified in family medicine. I got a job at Canyon ranch in Lenox Massachusetts where I met Mark Hyman in Kathy Swift tablets in learned all about functional medicine. And that's when I went to my first course in functional medicine and Into thousand four and I was just blown away because perfect way that I could incorporate mine. Nutrition background with my medical school. Training really had the map in the tools to bring those both together. Which is exactly what I wanted to do so i. I was really thankful for that. I remember going up to Dr David. Jones one of the year's founders in functional medicine and you know in tears like. Oh my goodness I found my practicing functional medicine since then since two thousand four and my practices in Lenox Massachusetts eligible in this center. We have a functional medicine based practice where we see everything. From prevention wellness to cardiovascular disease diabetes prevention to chronic fatigue in autism end chronic infections and everything in between autoimmune disease. So it's it's it's really fun. It's a fun fun place to work. I'm really thankful to to be there. Yeah surgical story like serendipity that you wouldn't be all of those people at just the right time to write said. Y'All were all was everyone employed at that. Same plays exactly work mark. Hyman was working at the at Canyon ranch at the time as was Todd Levin and Kathy swift and so when Mark Left Canyon ranch a few years later he brought me over to the Ultra Wellness Center. Simple jumping into functional medicine. When you started your practice I would love to know you since you've been doing this for quite some time Almost fifteen years. I'm probably going on sixteen years. I mean how have you have you? All does the participation because I feel like speaking to a lot of the practitioners in the House even listening to us. We can jump into it. Functional medicine just like hit the ground running again. We were talking before the show. Running every test under the sign are just like completely anti conventional medicine as well. Unlike maybe finding time in seasons coming back to center of like the US just A less big on approach on the beginning but talk to me a little bit about the evolution of your practice. Yeah I think one of the things that I find over the years is that you just kind of get more comfortable with as you gather that history seeing those patterns those connections getting understanding of where these were the shift in that person's body may have taken place so where things may have gotten out of balance. You know what we always talk about him. Functional medicine that trigger and trying to understand what that trigger may be for that person right. Was it a stress? Was it an infection? Was it antibiotics right. You know what was it that triggered their shift and I think over over the years. My practices sort of evolved in terms of just having a better understanding of of figuring out what that where that trigger is end near. You're talking about testing beforehand. We do at the edge. Wellness Center duo a wide range of tests our patients if they'd like them and if it's necessary on we have a lot of options available to us to delve into but we also know that you know eighty percent of people just their body can heal when we just help them with those personalized lifestyle. Factors right the the base of the Matrix Really Foundation of our health issue. We're making the right healthy food choices and a good movement exercise program and managing our stress and an having nudity in getting good sleep right. Those those things are really can make a huge difference in terms of helping the body. Rebalance just myself. Yeah I like to say when given the right tools the body innately wants to heal itself and finding at the Guy. You're saying that statistic about eighty percent of people improved greatly just with the basics. And kinda give the listeners. In overview of what basics you would target and help people with say. Initially they were coming to you with a Health Problem Health Commission. Yeah I mean everybody's individual so I think that's what's the best part of functional medicine. The most fun is that we get to figure out for that individual person. What are the basics that they need to focus on right so for me for example? Like at I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty so when I was like twenty years ago and for me I was. I was really into exercise. I think I was eating really pretty darn good healthy diet. Everybody hope be healthy. One right but for me. I was not good imagine stress. I was didn't know how to say no. It didn't stop. I didn't know how to slow down. I didn't know how to take care of myself. And so so that is you know from me what I needed to learn how to do right. And dumb and so for everybody. It's it's it's a little bit different for some one percent. Maybe they're sleeping. You know by four to five hours a night So we've got to say okay. You've you've gotta make time to sleep for somebody else. They may be you know eating fast food diet. They're not making time to cook or prepare foods for themselves. They're just going on. They're not taking time to let their body. Digest absorb the nutrients that they're eating and so we really have to just talk about. Okay let's let's get you on a whole foods diet right. Let's focus on sure. You're you're eating and you're eating real food and not just processed in quick junk food right. It's devoid of nutrients getting in those real real foods and then for somebody else. It may be that they're that they're not taking time to move you know and they're they've got all sorts of body aches because of it are gaining weight because of better so so. I think it's really important to to really get to know that person gather history. You can determine what the basics are for them to really focus on. Yeah that's really great High you mentioned the individualization something. I've been finding though in practice that most of my patients can benefit from an icon at one time was breathing. And just how a aluminium's time my patients initially for a minute and ask them to count the number of Branson a very average reading finding is between fifteen to twenty but I had another client dealer day. Forty eight breath in a minute and it was. I mean a type of ventilating telling your body. It's super stressed in ideal would be five to seven breasts. Pearson pathetic state talk a little bit about Just the stress component of disease may be in just help imbalances. We hear that word stress in. It's not joke. Sherlock heads like definitely a conundrum. But what does it mean to really address stress? I love how you work with breath with everyone because breath has such a huge impact on our health. And you know we know that when we are managing our stress. So I think it's important to have stress in our life but it's how do we react to that stress? How do we manage that stress? How do we? How do we respond to it? How does it impact us in? How does it impact our health? And so I think it's important that we that we start to have that conversation with all of our patients because we know that we're not managing your stress. Well that's impacting every single aspect of our health from the other lifestyle choices that we make as well to how well our immune system works right. We know the win were under stress. Our body's immune system doesn't work as well. We don't make as many of these natural killer cells that help our body Viruses and infections in abnormal cells in the body. We know that our digestion doesn't work as well. You know we know that. So many aspects of our health are are impacted. So it's really a great place to start for most people. Yeah do you have any favorite ways of encouraging clients to manage jazz or dislike? That actually tangibly looks like even in your own life. When you're going through your illnesses for me it was just sort of learning a lot. About how my body to the world around me and so one of the things that I started to do was journal. You know so. I said I was thirty. I was young. I had a aggressive form of cancer where it was serious. It was serious I needed to go through a lot of treatment and I was just sort of blown away within expecting this. I don't know family history of cancer. And so you know journaling was really helpful for me to write down everything. I was going through all my thoughts feelings. Experiences grief it really. It really helped a lot. It helped me move forward. I also started meditating on at that point in learning how to do breath work. And when you start to incorporate a meditation practice or breath work practice like you start to realize how crazy your mind is and you know how how much the mind can keep mind all sorts of crazy things that are just not true. Right mind is not always right as one of my good friends always says right going going. Go and come up with crazy thoughts that make really soon Worried and it's not always based in reality. And so when you incorporate a meditation practice whether it's you know you're doing an APP or you just put on some nice music or you're learning from somebody who can teach you or you're going to a class you get to really start to understand and appreciate how much stress is causing like to be not not as as wonderful or fine. I would say the one of the greatest things that I did. My My journaling was with a gratitude practice where I started to write down three things every day that I was grateful for and I started that when I watched a guy was going through treatment and I watched an episode of Oprah and you know she was it was back then when she was on TV. And you should write three things. You're grateful every day and so I started and I was like okay. This is really hard. Could think of anything grateful for and that I would just write down like simple things like this. You know I got better at it. And what's amazing with the with the gratitude journal is it just changed my whole interaction with the world around me and really helped the fear of having this really life. Threatening illness kind of dissipate. It helps it helps me feel more happy and joyful in life is much more easy.
"kathy swift" Discussed on Short Story Long
"Back behind. Welcome to the POD. Thanks for having me man. Thanks for taking the time How long have you out in? La For eh five days. Got When you come as it just constant stuff going on. Yeah launching minute cookbook food. What should I cook it Super Fun? I'm speaking in an event on regenerate agriculture and Malibu on Sunday kissed the ground having fun with friends so you don't see yoga that takes waist as saying on the road. Just get too hot yoga class. And I'm good. Yeah we got plenty of those. And you're you're full TIME IN CLEVELAND RIGHT NO I. I'm fulltime nowhere the full time now but I I RUN CENTER IN CLEVELAND TO CLEVELAND. Clinic called the Center for Functional Medicine. They're a week a month and I have a center in Lenox Massachusetts Shelter Wellness Center. where a big practice seeing patients who are chronically ill treating functional medicine I have an apartment New York well my podcast and I travel and do fun stuff whenever I can't this Olga you're just the epitome of like the two thousand nineteen? You know you can be flexible with your work. You you got a podcast. You got it figured out. I think you're writing books me off the off the streets in trouble so I won't understand a little bit of like how you even even become this icon. I literally when I was just talking about how we got here in the room and it was because really I just kept hearing your name them all over the place right from your book from my family in Ohio from all these different people. You're the Guy Right. You're the best that this stuff is how it was coming across to me. So so I said we've got to get in touch with this guy and And have a chat. But how do you even become like. Why did you focus on this segment? How do you become this guy you know? Now it's easy to connect the dots looking back. Yeah so nice looking forward. You can't always see where you're going and as I look back I mean none of this was planned and It wasn't intentional. It was sort of a consequence of following my heart following my dream And showing up for my life. The Best I could and in the truth is how I got into. This form of medicine was because I was really sick and yeah after I graduate Roger for Medical School. I worked in Idaho for four years as a family doctor delivering babies running the Er small town native American reservation and in the middle of nowhere. Idaho and then I went to China for a year to develop medical clinics. I speak Chinese. I study Chinese in College in Asian Studies and religions and all that and I got mercury poisoning when I got back and I work in the air for years but got deathly ill on my entire system broke down. I developed what they call chronic fatigue syndrome. But my gut wasn't working my brain wasn't working. I couldn't sleep. My muscles were severely damaged and breaking down. I had you know all kinds of immune issues and rashes. I couldn't anything I literally was about to go on disability and at what age was thirty six okay and I had a family I'd kids. It was really struggling and I worked worked at a place called Canyon Ranch After the emergence from before I got sick I got the job and literally within three months of getting the job. I got sick and there was a nutritious there and Kathy Swift. Who who introduced me to this guy? Jeffrey Bland. WHO's the father of functional medicine and I heard him speak and I'm like well? This guy's either a genius or he's a charlatan. Yeah and I better figure out which one and if you when you sing me so much about how the body actually is organized and designed and it was so different when I went to medical school which is the body's one system. It's not a bunch of different organ parts. Not a bunch of different specialties. Yeah the treatment for most disease is in medication education. It's figuring out how to optimize basic body systems. He's functional systems and mine. Were all broken and I turned out I had mercury poisoning. I had to detoxify from the Mercury to fix. Oh my God I had to regulate my immune system. I optimize my nutrition and through understanding this model on my own body through own my own testing discovery because there was no real experts back then there were a couple of people and I went to them and they helped me. They guided me but there was a couple. Yeah now we've trained fifteen thousand doctors and everyone has some nutrition advice now. Yeah and so I mean. One of the fundamental strategies is using food as medicine. Food is information not just calories but I had far more than that and through that I started to try to my patients and see then get better and I just realized that this was the solution to so many people suffering. I mean I'm telling my mother's house. She died a few years ago. And I get a call from you know the lawyer I reached out to the real estate lawyer who I knew and he put me in touch with someone in his firm the closing for the House and some of the phone this morning and I'm like great great great whenever he's asking me his and by the way I just WanNa remind you use on my daughter many years ago. I'm like oh I did. What was was wrong? So we'll she had all this horrible skin condition. Exxon was seen all the doctors. Don't helper and you treated her and she was like fine and she's been fine ever since and you had no idea where he was. I didn't know it was only. We've always like fifteen years ago. That's incredible and so you know what I realized that this is the new model of healthcare for everything and of course we still need surgery. We still new medications and so forth but for most of the chronic problems. We're seeing sixty percent of Americans have of a chronic illness. Forty percent have two or more. And what we're doing doesn't work that well so this model really helps so I started to like learning apply it and minimize the world needs to know about this so I wanted to share about it so I started wanting to write a book so I wrote my first book wrote my next book. The Internet happened. The websites happened and I started doing video blogs in two thousand and six thousand seven and nobody was doing that I had a podcast back then. No one was doing especially in your field field right now. I just became an evangelist because I saw so much suffering and it was so unnecessary and poor struggling so hard wood problems that had answers served if we use a different set of lenses and ways of thinking about it so and then I just kept writing about and teaching and talking and I just it was like I'm a mission I was driven Share about it and then you know I just you know the rest just happened. I started reading more books and doing more talks in being on TV. And it wasn't like I was chasing that it just happened as the consequence of me being coming one expert because I had to because I was dying and I didn't want to die and discovering for myself and then using it on my patients I just saw the world needs this. Yeah what a testament to to like having idea you really believe in you know what I mean because even if you transfer three I interview a lot of entrepreneurs and it seems like there's a big through line between people that are just kind of hunting for maybe a quick buck or you know I heard this is a good business opportunity so I jumped in and you just see the difference in those people that really believe in what they're doing fundamentally different. I knew this doctor wants and showing me to introduce her to my agent and so I did and he said to me this was the weirdest conversation ever had all she wanted to know was what books she had to write to get a bestseller and a big advance. Yeah I'm like that's very strange. Is that was not what I thought I was like. I WANNA share this story when the world needs this story. Dan and I it needs to be out there. So people can take advantage of it and not suffer so much from all the chronic things that we all suffer from is so cool. I'm so oh envious I mean I love what I do also but I'm so envious of anyone like it really seems like you have pursued pursued something that you were so passionate about and the success Kinda came around that that's really true. I think if you know do what your heart tells you what you love. Yeah do what you are good at and the rest will follow. I mean if you set out to be a success you'll be failure unless the has driven from a true authentic honest way of being not ego driven It's really about service then. It's going to be tough. I mean there are people are successful sharks and no doing bad stuff but if you WANNA be contribution to the world if you care about you know the way things are and wanting to make better if you see injustice and you want to write it if you see suffering and you want to help if you see you know poverty and you want to fix it you build your driven from positive impulses and that's what drives me. I mean I I right now. I'm I'm so focused on the food system because after thirty years of practice. It's really clear to me that most of the things I see in my office are the result of people eating the wrong thing and not eating the right things and that's true and when you look at recent data from the Global Burden of disease study eleven million people. I think this is is an underestimate eleven. Million people die every year from eating the wrong food bad food process food and not eating enough of the right food. You know whole foods fruits and vegetables. Yeah that is a lot people. It's more than smoking. Wars violence is the biggest single killer in the world and yet nobody's talking about it you know talking about Ebola in Zepa and malaria and TB. Those are all important things to dress. Yeah but it's a fraction of what's really driving the suffering on the planet. I mean there's two Over two billion people whoever weight in the world and why is that because our minds are focused on treating not preventing. Well No. It's focused on the fact that we have Well yes I mean. It's focused on the wrong model of medicine to help the problems. We have which is not dealing with root causes although we try. We often don't really treat people based based on the emerging science right. So so. That's one thing I'll come back to that. And the second thing. Is You know our our food environment is so toxic. It's very hard to do the right thing. It's easy to do the wrong thing. Yeah I mean just listen. I was looking at some pictures I was in A. I don't know a a restaurant. Charleston is a big picture of Woodstock on the wall and there was like not not anybody overweight. Yeah I saw a picture of like A. I went to see this aretha. Franklin movie and and anyone's it was called mazing grades or something animas Big African American crowd in like Oakland in in the early Seventies. There were overweight people there now. Eighty percent of African American. Can Women are overweight. Yeah I mean this is just an generation like since I've been alive that's wild yeah and Gosh I it just feels like I'm obviously preaching to the choir here but it feels the question that I want to ask is. How does this happen? Is it driven by money and by fast fast foods combine it is complicated. The food system is both the result intended and unintended consequences. Yeah you know when we started the industrial agriculture culture evolution after World War Two and we used the fertilizer that came from bombmaking factories nitrogen that used to make bombs as now fertilizer the biological weapons nerve gases. Those are pesticides. Hey we started using that. We thought we could increase yields. We beginning Greece food production. We could feed the world. The Green Revolution was great. Noble idea we could engineer foods to be more productive and mm to be more resistant to disease and so forth then we developed GMO. I don't antibodies started out going. Oh we're GONNA WE'RE GONNA try to destroy the world we're GonNa Cause Climate Emmett Change. We're GonNa Destroy rivers and lakes. We're going to lose ninety percent of the bow diversity on the planet we're GONNA lose of our of our.
"kathy swift" Discussed on The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
"Suffer from any chronic illness if you've had cancer or heart disease or autoimmune disease or digestive issues or any basically anything that isn't sorted through your regular doctor or you have to take a bunch of pills to fix it this is a show that's going to matter to you because we have is our guest an extreme physician one of my a close friends and physicians here at the Ultra WanNa Center Dr Elizabeth Boheme so Elizabeth has quite a story I I met her when she came to work in Kenya ranch out of residency when she just recovered from breast cancer and we're going to get into that story minute but just the background and Liz Liz is the person who should be a model for what a doctor is not only she empathetic as she smarts heck but she's also been trained as an exercise physiologists any registered Dietitian and a physician so she's got it all covered and she went to Cornell and Columbia is well trained and has been working with me for Gosh twenty years now so I think we have at the ultra wanted center probably close to sixty plus years of experience in functional medicine with our physicians here which really doesn't exist anywhere else in the world and she has been working here treating our most difficult nations getting extraordinary results she sees the power of nutrition every day in her practice transform our patients and she's just out there in the world teaching and a huge leader in the space of functional medicine on the Faculty of the Institute for Folks Medicine She's written for Textbooks Textbook Family Medicine the obesity chapter she's been featured on the uh show Huffington post chocolate magazine experienced life she's creating extraordinary dvd out of her own experiences called breast wellness tools. event and he'll from breast cancer which explores a functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and your whole body well which by the way are connected so welcome Liz thank you so much it's so great to be here with all of your listeners and really it's been amazing working with you for twenty years so let's start right in you were a young trainy physician you were thirty years old yes and who thinks a third year old is GonNa get breast cancer but that's what happens so tell us what happened yeah so I was thought I was really healthy as you mentioned I was you know studying exercise physiology nutrition and I was in medical school I was in my residency but I was definitely practicing what I preach to you know I was I was trying to take as good care for myself as I thought I could and I didn't have any family history of breast cancer so when they told me twenty years ago that at the age of thirty was this triple negative aggressive breast cancer undefined you will love her I had a lump I had a lump I was actually I was actually doing breast exams because I was trying to figure out how to do on on women and my patients so I was practicing on myself not thinking I was going to find breast cancer but just like oh I've got to figure out how to teach women had to do breast self exams and so I would say the month before it wasn't there I mean from my ability to feel it and then following month it was and my husband was like you really need to get that checked out like really you think so he's like Oh yeah yeah yeah and he's not a doctor you're not no usually carrying husband he's just sort of sorta wakes me up sometimes and so I was really lucky because I had I worked with a breast surgeon I wanted my rotations I had my my friends who are my attending so they just sort of brought me through the system really quickly which is which is good because I had a pretty aggressive form of breast cancer so the timing was really made a big difference for me in terms of how well I did so I went through a bunch of Treatment Chemotherapy and radiation and everything but as a as a celebration my last round of chemotherapy my mom brought me ranch in Lenox Massachusetts and she brought me a mother daughter weekend and had no hair I just remember remember your mind really really short I was swimming in that amazing pool there and my mom went to a lecture on osteoporosis because she needs to work bone density and met Doctor Cindy Guyer who been she had an appointment with our and being an amazing mom like she is she said to her you know my daughter I would really like to come and do a rotation without asking you how she just knew that I just loved it there so when I got home and droid finished some more treatment I got I ended up hooking up with in doing rotation here and that's when I first met you and my hair was just coming in it was sort of like a little bit l. e. insured right when it's starting to come in and and that just blew my mind and a few years later I was lucky enough to to get a job Alan Canyon ranch where you know working with with you and toddler penis and Kathy swift and and Cindy Guyer and just was phenomenon that's when I went to the first ifm course AF MCP and totally blew me away because as anybody who's kind of medicine and clinical practice thank you yeah that first week long course in in functional medicine and and anybody who's kind of gone through this whole cancer thing or just got no disease or gotten a diagnosis that sort of throws you back you're like why would this happen to me I really wanted to ask that question why because I didn't I didn't want it to happen again and I wanted to recover from it and I wanted to help my patients get better and not you know in a figure this whole thing out and functional medicine really helped me put all those pieces together you know my my nutrition background with my medical school training and figure out just just why things may have gone wrong in my body walk got out of balance I was eating right and exercising but what was wrong with with what I was doing because functional medicine really looks at Okay let's personalize this to the individual you know you may have breast cancer but the reason why you got breast cancer may be very different from why somebody else breast cancer breast cancers in the same right not at all and even if you take triple negative breast cancers right there be multiple different reasons why different people get that disease and you know what was going on in my body and so just learning functional medicine helped me figure out okay you know maybe I was eating well and exercising not for some people that's a really important area that we focus on in terms of prevention of cancer but for me we needed to I needed to focus on you know managing my stress better right or helping my body detoxify we can talk about that more later in terms of like very nations in terms of your genetics and I'm not that great of a Metabol- detoxifier I had to manage some heavy metals of my body and your hormones have to be metabolize absolutely plays a big role in cancer absolutely right and I have a variation one of my jeans that impacts how I do that too so so we needed to focus on that in my digestives system was a mess way too many antibiotics as a kid for chronic urinary track and we know that women who get any box a higher risk of breast cancer they do they absolutely do and we also just to draw the connection we know that your gut bacteria play a big role in hormone metabolism and what's get absorbed the how the hormones get broken down and yet guts mess at whole system gets messed up absolutely absolutely and and even our our our bugs in our gut impact how we're able to take certain foods so those fighter nutrients those amazing components of our our plant foods and tournaments even more healthy opponents that help us with metabolism and detoxification and so so it has a huge impact on our risk they've even done some studies looking at the microbiome breast tissue so when they compare rests cancer microbiome two women who've had you know abreast Shen and they've looked at their microbiome the bugs and their breast tissue it's very different so so even the even the of course the gut the gut bugs make a difference but it's you know we're going to learn more about the bugs in all parts of our body fluence their microbiome in your breast tissue yeah influence doing things so yeah and I was on just crazy amounts of antibiotics as a kid which really unfortunately impacted so many aspects of my my health so so when I went to the training in functional medicine it was like this big Aha right that every says in it really just was like okay I can I can use this way of gang this different way of thinking to help myself and to help my patients to to really add things to their care it's so it's powerful and breast cancers calm one and eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime and there's two thousand Nineteen Samedi two hundred sixteen thousand six hundred new cases of invasive breast cancer and on about sixty two thousand cases of non-invasive breast cancer and you know you mentioned Komo had radiation which is important you need to deal with the issue or surgery whatever you need yeah but then the doctors go well we're going to active surveillance and that means they're going to follow the mammograms or Moore is or whatever it's just kind of watchful waiting as opposed to doing it anything it's really inactive surveillance doesn't say why did this happen Yup and we changed the conditions in the human body that may prevent it from recurring yeah and it's just like this blank space that happens after you had cancer I remember one came to see me she had three different cancers and nobody said well gee maybe there's something going on this one's bite it's making a good home for cancer how do we change that and make it inhospitable for cancer Sir and we found all sorts of stuff to deal with that she had never addressed and that the doctors never thought about and that's the beauty of medicine and that's when you said for yourself you figured out your gut was yes you're you're in detoxifying genetics off so how did you fix that yeah how do you create a terrain in your body right that's soil where cancers less likely to grow and so when when I'm working with somebody who's had cancer or any disease but let's look at breast cancer for here you know when you take that function medicine approach you want to look at look good all aspects of their health to personalise their treatment plan for them so what can they do to create this healthier terrain where the cancer's not gonna come back or where they can even attack the cancer they're dealing with now better so of course always start with those lifestyle factors right you wanNA make sure that they're getting good rest and sleep and and eating the right foods you know avoiding all that extra sugar and and refined carbs and getting a lot of fiber in their diet and sugar in refined doctors we're on colleges tell their patients that have ice cream milkshakes you know don't lose way right I mean it's feeding the cancer absolutely right and and get it making sure they're doing some movement exercise managing their stress we pay attention to the the the mind the emotional the spiritual aspect that impacts how the body is working how the body is is able to heal and then we look for all chronic disease so that's just like six go deeper so you go deeper and then you go and look at you look at how all the different systems in the body are interrelated and influencing that terrain right so like we were talking about with breath blood sugar and insulin we make sure that those that somebody doesn't have any signs of insulin resistance or that pre prediabetes that we know increases his risk of cancer obesity and cancer link diabetes absolutely people don't understand that yeah and and even and even before somebody gets diabetes right that whole period of time where there where where we were too many doctors are missing the Metabolic Syndrome prediabetes time where rate of answer is much much higher so even blood sugars normal but the insulin is high the bodies resistant to their insulin there the bodies making more insulin than it needs ooh that can per your belly fat grove but it also makes cancer grow yes and it's not just breast cancer prostate cancer and colon cancer and lungs cancer you know cancer all respond to higher levels of insulin and so the half of the people in this country have prediabetes and I don't know it and I would bet it's more because we have about seventy five percent of the population overweight yup I mean it's probably three quarters of the population yet has some version of insulin resistance abuse and even if somebody's not really overweight if they're over fat right if they're that Towfighi right but then on the fat on the inside if you're if you're over fat or much weight around the belly there you're also at high risk for insulin resistance is killer it is a killer so we always focus on insulin and insulin resistance you we pay attention to the GUT microbiome was we were talking about and we also looked to see is there anything causing inflammation in the body because we know that cancer likes to grow in the face of inflammation studies show that when CRP that marker for inflammation one of the biomarkers for inflammation higher than cancer is more likely to grow yeah and so whatever we can do to make sure that there's no other reasons inflammation going on in the body that I think really important to focus on so we test for signs of inflammation and we looked to lower inflammation we also focus on what can we do to strengthen your immune system right how do we strengthen those natural killer cells which we know that can go and find abnormal cells and get rid of them you know how do we how do we do that with with a certain transcend absolutely mushrooms and then we then we focus a lot on toxic vitamin D plays a huge role right in and very low vitamin D rates. Yup Right 'cause they're living in this country and they don't they're not getting enough sunshine Africa Yup and and and then of course toxins right we know toxins have a huge impact on risk of cancer because they can lower the immune system function and they can impact hormone levels in the body and they can impact the you know the the liver and the.
"kathy swift" Discussed on The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
"Going on and I was using my really basic. Nick Mandarin to try to communicate. I also realized had brain fog. I didn't know at the time I couldn't remember things I was looking at my own. Ekg and which was normal but I couldn't quite read it read yeah thousands of those right so I was you know kind of in a state of shock but really trying to push through the misery of it and in the smattering of tests they did stabilize my blood pressure which was low got ivy saline and but but all the tests turned out normal as they so often do in these drill Anderson doctor and the one that did not turn out normal was one that I really ordered as a precautionary Josh Inari test that we do for all young women. It was a pregnancy test in that came back positive so that was again a huge shock and my husband and I were really trying to rapper heads around the fact that I like. I felt like I was GonNa die but then Oh my God wait a minute like I'm pregnant yeah so miserable so at the time I did not realize that this was going to be a decade long journey and you mentioned that you had a gi he I- problem then right that didn't manifest until the very next day the next day I started having nausea vomiting and diarrhea and and people said well. It's probably the pregnancy and you whatever you've got this dehydration you just overdid it at but then my husband spin and my daughter got it too. I realized okay. You know what there's a gastroenteritis going on. All of this was in hindsight though you know literally the top of the mountain on the Great Wall feeling like the worst you could Bosley feel us. Yes no matter of days. Yes and we were. We were scheduled to get on our a plane trip home like three days later after that. You are visit and I didn't I. It was some miracle that I've made it but I had my first fool blown. Panic attack ought as we boarded the plane. 'cause I was so weak I barely made it on was wheelchair and I was thinking thirteen hours thirteen hours. I what if something happens you know I can't do this but but I made it made it back home and I remember calling my medical director and saying I gotTa Gastroenteritis and I am in the the early throes of pregnancy I'm going to need an extra week to recover but I'll be back or so you thought so. I thought I never cadaver returned so that was really the beginning of the rest of my life and it took me being housebound housebound for two years to break out of that that paradigm that I knew you were still looking at traditional medicine to solve the problem. They weren't tonight windsors. We went to see everybody yes. I went to see specialists after specialists and again another sort of not Mrs Stress Take Prozac yes well. I mean even things like I was afraid to say. I was depressed because I was like. I don't want to kill myself. I'm just miserable. No I'm not yes yes but I knew from the other side what doctors did with patients like me so I had a lot of symptoms that kept to myself meaning meaning yeah antidepressants or potentially a major psychiatric evaluation relation or getting stigmatized as difficult patient. Yeah we have a very in the medical world. We have a very pejorative way of talking talking about these patients. We we use a fancy medical word. We say it's super territorial which means it's in your brain. It's in your head and it's a a nasty and not true and I think your experiences very important because I think most of us who suffer aren't doctors and so we don't have that insight but when you actually our physician and you get that united someone's hate him the other day. Oh you know. I don't believe all this fatigue stuff. I I want energy. I just jump up and down the stairs energy. I'm like no you don't get it when you get your tank emptied and you don't on how to refill it. It's real. It's not in your head. It's not psychiatric. It's it's your biology and I had exactly the same experience I get it and it's sort of what led me to be a functional medicine physician into so be passionate about telling the world which I also why you right. Yearbook said a share with the world look like I'm a position. I know the science but I hit a dead end when it comes to the paradigm that we were trained and I needed to find a different way so so tell us about. How can I ask you where you as hard headed as I was. I mean did it. Take you first of all to for me. I think partly it took so long was because I was pregnant and all the specialists told me that this is a difficult pregnancy and part of me wanted to believe it or that a lot of it would resolve and amazingly. I had this baby who's she's healthy and she's the strongest one actually in the so. There was that piece but I was. I'm just curious. Did it take you as long as it took me to. I I mean there was another path not I well. It was interesting. I mean I literally went down hard. I mean I I was same story lived in China. I was exposed to mercury came back from China and I was up on a lake in Maine and I had some kind of bug some kind of stomach bug and I never had anything like it. I thought it would get better and it didn't so the mercury was sort of like the underlying problem in the straw that broke the camel's back was getting an acute stomach issue which caused a leaky gut in this massive inflammation and my whole system mm claps not only did. I have the stomach issues and diarrhea and pain and bloating. I also had immune issues might bashes all over over my tongue would swell up on eight foods rashes around my eyes. I have also abnormal blood tests. My Low White Count Positive Ama which is like Autumn Unity I had I'll be liver function tests. I had severe cognitive problems. I couldn't focus. I couldn't remember anything I couldn't really barely work. I had trouble sleeping. My whole system was down and was called chronic fatigue syndrome which you know for a long time we thought was psychological and and and now there's real good data that there are a lot of biological markers of what's going on TC Syndrome. It's not just some fabricated gated thing. We call it a syndrome and medicine when we don't actually understand your syndrome. What does that mean. Stomach hurts and you have diarrhea constipation bloating like that doesn't mean anything so for me. It took me a while because this was twenty five years ago and there wasn't like a big functional medicine movement but thank God. I was working at a place this call Kenya ranch where there was a nutritionist kathy swift who introduced me to this Guy Jeff Bland who's the father functional medicine and I heard him speak and it was like the light went out Oughta Mike. Oh okay. There's a different way of thinking I said well if he's either crazy or he's a genius and I better figure out which ones I started to learn read about an experimental myself food so I was working part time experiment my patients they would get better. I wouldn't get better. I couldn't figure it out. I mean took me years and years and years. If I know what I knew now then then I would have gotten better a lot faster but didn't have all the information at all. The tools didn't know but I did find a huge level of mercury and all sorts of other issues so I think for me. You know I was not stubborn but I knew I knew at like you going to special ED specialists after specialists that this was in my head like I knew I wasn't depressed like you said Aloi felt depressed. I felt fatigued. I felt unable to cope or manage but I knew it wasn't in my head. Yes it was affecting my brain but it wasn't emotional or psychological. I think you were yes. 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"kathy swift" Discussed on The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
"Welcome to the doctors pharmacy that's f a r y stocker mark hyman this is a place for conversations that matter today we're gonna talk about some things that really matter with dr jeffrey bland who's not only extraordinary scientist and innovator and entrepreneur but a really close friend and my mentor who literally set me on the path to functional medicine i wanted to welcome you dr bland to the doctors pharmacy oh just a second before we go any farther mark i'd like to just take a moment that first of all thank you very much it was very gracious introduction but actually the most important thing for me the most important thing and i want him facilities that between you and me was your recognition of you being mentored by me there's nothing that is more gracious nor for me impactful than you to say that because as a leader of our feeling a prison who i have such great respect for in your clinical wisdom and the the people around the world of literally millions of people that you helped with your your work and your teachings it's obviously a to to be given some attribution as part of your learning curve is a very high level of flattery so thank you very very much well the truth is jeff without you i wouldn't be doing what i'm doing i had this incredible unfortunate experienced over twenty years ago of being very sick and i didn't know why and i had this mystery chronic illness chronic fatigue got wasn't working my brain wasn't working by immune system was gone crazy with rashes and sores all over and i was in complete breakdown and had no idea what to do and colleague of mine kenya ranch time kathy swift drag meteor lecture nineteen ninetyseven over twenty years ago and i listen to you and i was like the paradigm was so different and i thought wow i this guy's a genius or he's crazy and i need to figure out which one because if he's right then everything i learned about medicine is challenged and i wanted to myself my patience to do this and i started to try on these concepts and just to apply them in the practice with the patients i saw and i saw amazing things that i would never have believed i saw someone autumn indices have been six and she's nine years old she was thirty she was on disk ability and within like a few weeks she was completely recovered i'm like wow this is.
"kathy swift" Discussed on KQED Radio
"You're listening to npr news support for kqed comes from fourteen forty multi versity presenting its food is medicine conference in october dr james gordon and integrative nutritionist kathy swift discuss chronic diseases in utilising food science to optimize hell off fourteen forty data work and by the american craft show where over 225 contemporary artists gathered to celebrate all things handmade august fourth row go six that ford mason center tickets had craft council dot org slash esa paulo the danjean donald trump jr governors meeting with russian operatives last year has reportedly made a miserable and afraid to show his face and public this is terrible if we treat him like this nobody is going to be willing to do our treason's anymore more peter cycle i will try to convince bassim use if the jon stewart egypt to dry calling himself be leaders angle of egypt join us for the news with from npr way way don't tell me fun begins at ten o'clock after weekend addition sunday here on kqed public radio i'm windsor johnston with these headlines congress is preparing to send president trump as sanctions dell and agreement on the package was announced this weekend and the houses scheduled to vote on it tuesday it includes a measure to punish russia for alleged election meddling also on capitol hill present on trump's soninlaw and top advisor jared kushner awami privately with its senate intelligence committee tomorrow he six pected answer questions regarding russian interference in last year's presidential election fire crews are making progress battling a wild fire burning near you seventy national park in central california authorities say it's now forty per zhang contained the fire has destroyed one hundred twenty structures in the region including sixty homes i'm windsor johnston npr news in washington ooh.
"kathy swift" Discussed on KQED Radio
"The flames from where bujak jack is but it's just over the other side of the hill it's really incredibly smokey and there's so much asked that its falling like snow is you talk to people so it's almost like it snowing in the middle of the summer at these little communities are people making actual preparations to leave people are making varying levels of of preparations everyone is aware that its coming i mean they're out of power they're out a cell service it's all over the news so everybody knows that it's coming but most people in bujak are hoping that it's going to go the other way but that doesn't mean they're not preparing i ran into an eight year old man whose name is jack waas he's a lifetime resident abboud jack and he and his friend were trying to jumpstart his truck to make sure that it's ready to go in case the order to leave came down while gaffe yuri everybody's rumored about a room the you'd have to be word but hopefully i'll give evacuated with ten or no taking any steps to prepare nondigital oh the dog go the without undue was his daughter was also there she's a hospice nurse who works in airpost and was talking to me about how she was helping the hospice patients get outta town into hospitals outside of the evacuation area so there's a lot that is going on in the in the region geoffrey you also went to an evacuation center in okay i how many people were there i'll i mean dozens it was at a presbyterian church in town and it was an absolute beehive of activity i i would imagine that if they have more evacuations that they're going to need to open more centres because there wasn't a whole lot of space left but everyone is is pretty calm about it evacuations are entirely uncommon the size of this fire is quite uncommon but people are expecting three four days stays that they're they're the hunkering and for the longhaul jeffery has valley public radio thanks for talking with us thank you i need akim kqed news support for kqed comes from fourteen forty multi versity presenting its food is medicine conference in october dr james gordon in integrative nutritionists kathy swift discuss chronic.