26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the impact of community on health

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James is the creator of Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference which meets live in New York and in meet up groups around the world each month, as well as the Evolution of Medicine podcast. He lectures internationally, and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, and is a contributor to Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He also serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute. I couldn’t wait to talk to James, because he is truly leading the charge in bringing functional and integrative medicine to forefront of chronic disease prevention and treatment.
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In this episode, we discuss:
  • His background in health economics and investment banking
  • How he became involved in functional and integrative medicine
  • How and why he started the Functional Forum 
  • His vision for 100,000 micropractices
  • The synergy between CrossFit affiliates and functional medicine
  • The impact of community on health
  • The most surprising thing he’s learned since starting this work
  • The slow uptake of research findings into clinical practice in medicine
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
You can learn more about James and his work at the Functional Forum, the Evolution of Medicine podcast, or on social media: Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Download his book, The Evolution of Medicine: Join the Movement to Solve Chronic Disease and Fall Back in Love with Medicine here.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

25 – Christy Adkins on overcoming injury, training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the future

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Christy is a 6-time CrossFit Games athlete on a quest for her 7th CrossFit Games appearance this year, and she’s been a close friend of mine since we first competed together in 2010. She’s competed in the CrossFit Games every year from 2009-2014 finishing as high as 6th place. In the 2015 season she narrowly missed her 7th trip to the Games, placing 6th in the Atlantic Regional. You may have heard her previously on Episode 6 of Pursuing Health with the ladies of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team. After moving to to San Diego for her training in 2015 Christy is now back home in Virginia preparing for the 2016 CrossFit Games season. Coming into this season, she’s had to overcome some enormous physical and psychological challenges with a torn bicep that required surgery. We caught up during a recent visit to Airrosti Rehab Centers headquarters.
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The 2010 Central East Regional
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Legless Rope Climb Training
In this episode, we discuss:
  • What she’s been up to since the 2015 CrossFit Games season
  • Moving across the country to train for 2016
  • How her training has evolved over the past 8 years and her current approach
  • Tearing her bicep and her mental and physical approach to the injury and rehab
  • Our shared injury experiences and the silver linings
  • Her daily rehab and training schedule
  • Her plans to return to coaching and nursing after the 2016 season
  • How her nursing career has evolved alongside her competitive CrossFit career
  • How she has deliberately designed her life around her competitive and career goals
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Visiting Airrosti Rehab Centers
You can learn more about Christy in the videos below, and by following her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.