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.