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Wellness Connection MD

Author: James McMinn, MD

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Welcome to the Wellness Connection MD podcast, where Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsey become your partners on a quest for optimal wellness.   Simply stated, our goal is to bring to you up-to-date, honest, vetted, unbiased, evidence-based information about health and wellness, along with practical solutions, in order to empower you to overcome your healthcare challenges, and to optimize your health in mind, body, and spirit. 

 As our population ages, and we are faced with an alarming epidemic of chronic diseases.  Clearly, the current drug-based sick-care model of healthcare is simply not working.  The cost of healthcare is skyrocketing for patients, and for our society at large, and legions of patients with chronic diseases are falling through the cracks of modern medicine.  These people are often  desperate to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to have their concerns adequately addressed.    On the Wellness Connection MD podcast we will focus more on a preventive, lifestyle-based, functional, and integrative approach to optimal wellness.    We challenge the medical community to  "think different," while remaining evidence-based, while opening our minds to other viable therapies beyond drugs and surgery.  We also advocate that this shift in thinking be accompanied by a renaissance  of "loving kindness" in healthcare.  Providers and patients would all benefit.   

 We are hopeful for the future of health care.  Patients are demanding a new approach, and big medicine is beginning to listen.  Fifteen years ago when we embarked on this journey integrative and functional medicine were hardly on the radar screen.  However we now  see that many of our most esteemed healthcare institutions have dedicated integrative or functional programs, such as Harvard, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt,  UCSF and many others.   Integrative and functional medicine are gaining credibility across the nation and around the world.  We will all be better off for the change. 

We hope that you will join us on this journey to optimal wellness on Wellness Connection MD.   Take care and be well.


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Wellness Connection MD is THE evidence-based podcast on all things wellness. This episode is a follow-up to our previous show on the Top Ten Supplements for all-purpose use. However, in this edition Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay discuss specific supplements that may be helpful for our most common and devastating diseases. Dr. Peter Attia's excellent book "Outlive" describes the Four Horsemen of diseases: Cardiovascular disease, Cancer, Neurodegenerative diseases, and Metabolic dysfunction (lik...
In this episode of Wellness Connection MD, Dr. Jim McMinn and health coach Lindsay Mathews dive deep into the world of nutritional supplements. They count down their top 10 favorite supplements, explaining the science and research behind each one.Some of the supplements covered include a quality multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics, curcumin, bioflavonoids, magnesium and more. For each supplement, they review studies showing the potential benefits for conditions like heart disease, ...
In this episode of the Wellness Connection MD podcast, Dr. McMinn takes an evidence-based look into the world of acupuncture alongside Dr. Margot Walbert, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Walbert shares her expertise on acupuncture's philosophy, training, techniques, and its efficacy in treating various conditions. She starts by reviewing some of the fundamental TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) tenants such as Qi (life force energy), and the five elements. She also discusses how in ...
On the Wellness Connection MD podcast wet strive to present to you practical solutions to your health care concerns. In this episode we describe a step by step guide to achieving your optimal wellness goals . Beginning a wellness journey may seem daunting. Where do I begin? How can I get from here to there? Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay break it down for you, along with a powerful graphic illustration called Dr. McMinn’s “Arch of Wellness.” You can f...
Root Causes of Disease

Root Causes of Disease

2024-02-2738:34

Podcast summary In this episode of Wellness Connection MD, Dr. McMinn take a deep dive into the root causes of disease and how an understanding of these root causes can be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool as a part of a functional medicine approach to a patient.Think about your own health, or if you are a provider then think about the patient in front of you, then keep asking the question "What is the underlying root cause of the problem." Then use the list of...
This is Part 2 of a series on Emotional Wellness. The conversation explores various aspects of our emotions, including the connection between lifestyle medicine, such as exercise, sleep, and diet, and our emotional well-being. We also discuss promoting emotional well-being in schools and in the workplace. We discuss the influence of social media and technology on emotional wellness. Emily breaks down the positive effect of connection with nature, and fostering deep and...
This is the first episode in a two part series on the urgently important topic of emotional wellness. In this episode of Wellness Connection MD, Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay Matthews discuss the importance of emotional wellness with guest Emily Hudak. Emily is a certified holistic health coach, certified dietary supplement professional, with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also the founder of Whole With Emily where she supports clients in their ment...
Welcome to the launch of the Wellness Connection MD podcast, where Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsey become your partners on a quest for optimal wellness. On our previous show, the Functional Medicine Podcast, we discussed a wide variety of healthcare subjects, from a functional and integrative medicine point of view. The purpose of this episode is to introduce ourselves to any new listeners under our new name. We would also like to share with you our philosophy of health...
Welcome to the Functional Medicine Podcast. This episode is actually a mini-cast" announcing our name change to "Wellness Connection MD,” which will start with our next episode.Our podcast has always been dedicated to providing up-to-date, unbiased, evidence based, honest information on a wide variety of health-related subjects, from a functional, integrative and lifestyle medicine point of view. On each podcast we have also attempted to offer practical, take- home solutions in order to...
Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

2023-12-0101:17:57

Unraveling Adrenal FatigueIn this insightful podcast Dr. McMinn and Coach Lindsay, along with special guest Rachel Olsen, will delve into the science of adrenal fatigue. We will break down the controversy surrounding this important subject, and we will explore how it influences various aspects of our physical, mental and emotional well-being. We will also explain why the term "adrenal fatigue" is somewhat of a misnomer, and that the term HPA Axis Dysfunction is a more accurat...
In this episode of the Functional Medicine Podcast we present to you a detailed discussion of men's sexual health with our special guest Nurse Valerie Padd, certified sexual educator and coach. Sexual well-being is a part of the fabric of overall health. A vibrant sex life is your birthright, and yet it is very common for men to struggle with various sexual health concerns. These concerns may be devastating to the affected individual...
On the Functional Medicine Podcast we attempt to help you achieve "optimization" in every aspect of your life, and your intimate life is no exception. As a functional medicine doctor, I heard the concerns of my women patients, and sadly, the majority of them complained of issues related to sexual health. The medical community has largely ignored these issues, and we have taught these women to suffer in silence. Today on the show, we are excited to present to you Ms. ...
Have you ever contemplated the potential of Lifestyle Medicine? Get ready to have your mind expanded as we journey through this empowering field of medicine that influences health outcomes more powerfully than anything else. You're about to discover the undeniable impact of lifestyle on health outcomes and its potential in preventing and treating many diseases.Stay with us as we pull back the curtain on the primal and Mediterranean lifestyles, traits that can significantly reduce the risk of ...
Inflammation

Inflammation

2023-08-1001:14:09

Scientists agree that chronic inflammation contributes to just about every disease known to man, such as heart disease, cancer, metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseaes, etc. Dr. McMinn and Lindsay tackle the difficult subject of chronic systemic inflammation and they break it down for you in simple terms. They explain what it is, why it is important, what causes it, how to know if you have it, and how to prevent and treat inflammation. Inflammation is not just...
Mind Body Medicine

Mind Body Medicine

2023-05-3101:19:13

Modern medicine these days is often practiced in silos. We have an "ologist" for this (like a cardiologist) and an "ologist" for that (like a gastroenterologist), and they are often not talking to each other. However, in fact it is all connected, but very few doctors look at the big picture. The master connector of the entire body is the mind. As an old Chinese proverb says "The body is a puppet of the mind." On this show we are blessed to have with us Dr. Erica Young...
Our goal in this podcast is to give you the tools you need to help you reach your own optimal health potential in mind, body, and spirit. We go beyond treating disease, and prevntion to empower you with the information you need in order to become the very best version of yourself, no matter where your starting point is. We discuss the fundamentals of lifestyle medicne such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, and socialization, as well as other important strategies such as bioidentical hormone ther...
Testosterone is a fundamental part of the "Symphony of Hormones" for both women and men. In this podcast we discuss the scientific evidence and our own clinical experience as it pertains to this important hormone in connection to women's overall health. Contrary to public opinion, it's not all about muscles and libido. We review the risks, and some of the potential benefits of testosterone so that the listener can make an informed decision about her own relationship with this important hormon...
We often think of testosterone in the context of libido and muscles. However, there is so much more to this amazing hormone for men. Just about every cell in the body has testosterone receptors. As such, testosterone levels affect brain health, bone health, skin health, mood, sleeep, memory, attention, concentration, confidence, metabolizm, body composition, energy, life-drive, sex drive, erectile function, as well as overall quality of life and enjoyment of living. Also, many diseases are as...
Vaginal Ecosystem

Vaginal Ecosystem

2022-10-1134:55

Vaginal health is an important part of overall health. Unfortunately women are too often left to suffer unnecessarily with common problems like dryness, pain with intercourse, yeast infections, and vaginitis. In this episode we will break down the functional causes of these problems by looking at the overall vaginal ecosystem, and we will offer simple solutions to improve over all vaginal wellness. Support the Show. Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to support the show.-Check out our website at ...
Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness

2022-08-0823:37

Vaginal dryness is a common and often under-treated condition in women. It is not always a benign condition, since it can lead to vaginal atrophy, urine leakage, increased frequency of urinary tract infections, pain with intercourse, and other problems. Vaginal dryness needs to be routinely screened for and adequately treated. In this episode of the Functional Medicine Podcast we explore the causes of vaginal dryness and offer up some therapeutic options for women with this condition. Su...
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