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The New Science Of Immuno-Rejuvenation with Dr. Jeffrey Bland

People have never been more curious about strengthening the immune system than they are right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has got us all thinking seriously about our health and what it means to have immune strength, now and in the future. To get the most out of this trying time, we need to be open to looking at our health in ways we haven’t before. My guest today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Jeffrey Bland, is a pro at that, and for this reason and so many others he is considered the father of Functional Medicine. Dr. Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years. He’s authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and six books on nutrition and health. With his wife, Susan, Dr. Bland founded The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, a nonprofit organization focused on educating healthcare practitioners on effective approaches to treating and preventing chronic disease by getting to the root cause. 


Dr. Bland has always been a major inspiration for me. I was thrilled to have a video-call with him to discuss new ways of looking at optimal health and immunity in the face of this pandemic. In trying to better understand COVID-19, Dr. Bland went back to the basics of the immune system. He breaks down the processes at work, explains what the now often-heard phrase “cytokine storm” means, and talks about using food as medicine to promote immuno-rejuvenation. That means we’re not just supporting the current state of our immune system, we’re reviving it from the ground up. We talk about this and so much more on this week’s valuable episode. 


Here are more of the details from our interview: 


  • Acknowledging the psycho-physical effects of COVID-19 and the three zones of learning the disease offers (4:35)



  • The flexibility and adaptability of our immune system (12:21)


  • Research from the HIV/AIDS epidemic showing dramatic effects of giving African women a simple multi-vitamin (16:35)


  • Immuno-rejuvenation and why our focus should not be on supporting our immune system but rejuvenating it (19:31)


  • How phytochemicals in plants impact human immune systems (24:03)


  • Himalayan tartary buckwheat and its immunopotentiating compounds (28:06)


  • How food influences the function of our immune system (40:30)



  • Five significant changes Dr. Bland predicts in how we will see healthcare globally post-COVID-19 (50:59)


  • The interrelatedness of our immune and nervous systems, and our control over the function of these systems (1:00:43)



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Autism: Getting To The Root Cause With Functional Medicine with Dr. George Papanicolaou

Autism: Getting To The Root Cause With Functional Medicine | This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and BetterhelpRates of autism have skyrocketed over the years, from an estimated 1 child in 5,000 in the 1960s and 1970s to just 1 in 54 kids today. The diagnosis of autism can be shocking and difficult for parents and families which may leave them feeling isolated, alone, helpless, and hopeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way. While we don’t have all the answers, and more research is needed to identify and validate the causes and treatment of autism, there are new signs of hope. And there is no such thing as “autism.” Rather there are “autisms”—different patterns of biological dysfunction unique to each child that result in multiple insults to the brain that all manifest with symptoms we call autism. Like every condition or illness, the key is to dig into the layers and peel the onion to discover what is really happening. It is not usually one thing but a collection of insults, toxins, and deficiencies piled on susceptible genetics that leads to autism.In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. George Papaicolaou to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating children with autism. They also share specific patient stories that they have treated.George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for 4 years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He practiced with a philosophy centered on personal relationships and treating the whole person, not just not the disease. He called that philosophy “Whole Life Wellness”. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive this kind of personal care Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health – a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou to join The UltraWellness Center in 2017.This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and Betterhelp.Athletic Greens is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners a full year supply of their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase, plus 5 free travel packs. Just go to athleticgreens.com/hyman to take advantage of this great offer.Betterhelp lets you get affordable counseling anytime, from anywhere. They’ll match you with a licensed, professional therapist based on your unique needs. As a Doctor’s Farmacy listener you can get 10% off right now by going to betterhelp.com/drhyman.In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Papanicolaou discuss:The significant rise in autism casesRecent changes to environmental factors, including food and toxinsThe role of inflammation in autismConventional vs functional medicine treatment of autismSleep and behavioral issues in children with autismAutism, gut health, and mitochondrial dysfunctionEliminating gluten and dairyAdditional Resources:New Science-Based Approaches to Treating Autism with Dr. Theresa Lyonshttps://drhyman.com/blog/2019/05/09/bb-ep54/A Functional Medicine Approach to Autismhttps://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/09/08/a-functional-medicine-approach-to-autism/Improving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Does a Gluten and Dairy Free Diet Really Make a Difference?https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/08/21/improving-autism-spectrum-disorders-asd-does-a-gluten-and-dairy-free-diet-really-make-a-difference/Dr. Elizabeth Boham on The Doctor’s Farmacy: How to Find the Real Cause of Your Disease and How to Fix Ithttps://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/11/04/dr-boham-on-the-doctors-farmacy-how-to-find-the-real-cause-of-your-disease-and-how-to-fix-it/