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Nov 8, 2019

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Dr. Dawn DeSylvia, MD, is a nationally recognized family medicine doctor with over 15 years of
experience in Functional and Integrative Medicine. After completing her training at UCLA, Dr.
DeSylvia worked at the UCLA Malibu Clinic, Santa Monica Hospital, and served on the faculty
at UCLA. In 2013, she opened The Center for Whole Health, where she works with patients to
identify the root causes of disease and foster optimal health.

As founder and medical director of The Center for Whole Health, it is Dr. DeSylvia’s mission
- Provide exceptional integrative medicine that is consistent in care and integrity
 - Bridge the work of advanced medicine with cellular biology, neuroscience, and
contemplative wisdom
 - Bring forth the most advanced interventions available in health and wellbeingWant to learn more about functional medicine... and about the key areas of your body to focus on and address to have the biggest impact on your health and well-being? 


I'm super excited about this episode... mostly because Dr. Dawn is my personal functional medicine doctor, meaning that for the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to sit down for a long conversation about health and well-being with my own doctor! And by the way, she didn't disappoint... 

In this episode, we dive deep into things like the brain, the gut, and the role that "belief" plays in healing. I really appreciate her humanness, and willingness to slow down and describe things in a way that "the rest of us" can understand and relate to.

This was a great conversation... I know you're going to love this episode!! 


andy petranek

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Episode Notes / Links

  • What is functional medicine?
  • Negativity bias - what you believe affects your ability to heal
  • Bruce Lipton - The Biology of Belief - what determines a cell’s fate? How what you believe matters.
  • Rick Hanson - “Wired for Happiness” - the brain is like Teflon to positive experience and velcro to negative experience
  • Activating your parasympathetic nervous system
  • Breaking Ordinary - “a call to arms”
  • We want to listen to the whispers from the body, not just pay attention to when it screams.
  • Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions
  • How language and consciousness affects your experience of life
  • Jim Kwik - speed learning - Why you want to be a thermostat, not a thermometer.
  • The two questions Dr. Dawn always starts with when working with a new patient.
  • EMF’s and how that contributes to stress and inflammation
  • The impact of toxic heavy metals in the body and why you should care.
  • Why you should get rid of your mercury fillings.
  • How chelation therapy works to remove heavy metals.
  • The two most important areas to focus on to keep yourself healthy: nutrition & gut health
  • Why food quality matters… not just macros
  • Make 80% of immune cells in our gut
  • What is “leaky gut” and how it affects your health - a simplified breakdown.
  • How toxins and inflammatory chemicals get into your bloodstream and liver from your gut (large intestine).
  • A healthy immune system is built to handle the toxins (like lime, parasites, mold, etc) we get from our environment. However, when our system gut is impaired and dysfunctional, we can’t handle them, and they “get through” (leaky gut)  into our body, liver, heart, brain.
  • Why gluten is so inflammatory in the United States (hint: glyphosate, Monsanto).
  • Your body’s ability to handle “a five-alarm fire” is determined by what you’re doing when you don’t have a five-alarm fire going on (daily habits).
  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
  • Anger work - processing your feelings
  • The importance of mindfulness, emotional work and spiritual practice for your health.
  • The self-loving and honoring practice of self-forgiveness

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