Ep 100 – Q+A: Your Questions, Answered

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Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?!  It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to support me through this shift in my career from CrossFit Games athlete, to medical student, and now soon-to-be family medicine physician.

This podcast has been such a rewarding outlet for me to continue to highlight some amazing individuals in the world and share their stories and discoveries with all of you, in the hopes that their insights might positively impact your lives as well.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, and although we have had some INCREDIBLE guests on the show over the past 3 years, it just felt like this was the appropriate time to have a more intimate conversation between me and YOU with a Q+A style episode.

In this episode we discuss:

  • CrossFit Health and the CFMDL1: what it is, how I’m involved, and how you can get involved
  • My take on the change in this year’s CrossFit Games format
  • The need to work towards creative solutions so that low-income patients and patients with serious medical conditions can get involved in CrossFit
  • Functional Medicine: what it is and how I became exposed to it
  • Ways students and practitioners can get involved with Functional Medicine
  • How to incorporate Functional Medicine into a standard medical practice
  • The power of group visits to make our healthcare model work
  • How we can take control of our own health and partner with a like-minded practitioner
  • Making Functional Medicine more financially accessible
  • My take on finding the healthiest way to eat given the conflicting dietary advice out there
  • Food sensitivity tests: are they worthwhile?
  • Nutrition and the role of quality, quantity, timing, and supplements
  • My own current nutrition routine
  • Other important health factors: relationships, regular activity including restorative activity, finding your purpose, sleep, stress reduction & down-regulation of the nervous system
  • My stance on the Health at Every Size movement
  • My current training routine
  • My thoughts on returning to competition
  • My tips for staying on track and prioritizing when you’re pulled in multiple directions
  • How I plan to integrate CrossFit Health and Functional Medicine into my own future practice
  • What I would most like to change about the current healthcare system

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Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 13a- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health

Ep 13b- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury

Ep 22- Brigid Titgemeier on Functional nutrition

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Top 10 Episodes of Pursuing Health

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We are gearing up to celebrate the 100th episode of Pursuing Health!  THANK YOU so much for your support!  Tune in next week for the BIG 100, where I’ll be answering YOUR questions, Q+A style.  In the meantime, check out some of the highlights from the past three years by listening to one of our top 10 most listened to episodes:


Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion


Ep 63 – Sara Sigmundsdottir on finding her happy place


Ep 29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games


Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host


Ep 72 – Finding Balance with Two-time Third Fittest Man Patrick Vellner


Ep 52b – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence


Ep 69 – From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude


Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”


Ep 49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

 

 


Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

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“As a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, in the Mayo Clinic, you see primarily patients with advanced kidney disease at that time.  So, these were patients who needed kidney transplants or needed dialysis.  And again, the same thinking process started to happen by me, ‘why do we see these patients late on when the damage has been irreversibly done and they need an organ transplant or dialysis when the process started decades before?’” – Dr. Axel Pflueger

Dr. Axel Pflueger serves as the Medical Director of the Center of Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine in New York, NY and is a Clinical Instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center.  He is a trained cardiac surgeon, board-certified internist, and board-certified nephrologist with a PhD in Pharmacology.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is a recognized international speaker on diabetes and kidney disease, and has an extensive research background in diabetes, kidney disease, vascular function, and oxidative stress.

While working at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Pflueger conducted multiple treatment trials and gained significant insights into treating patients with chronic diseases.  Through his clinical practice, Dr. Pflueger found that the most effective treatment protocols for chronic diseases involved early diagnosis and lifestyle therapy including exercise, diet, and sleep.  In 2016, Dr. Pflueger joined CrossFit, Inc. as they launched a global health initiative to fight chronic disease worldwide.

I caught up with Dr. Pflueger at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to learn more about his research and clinical findings supporting early intervention as the preferred treatment for chronic diseases, and how he believes conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together to end this global epidemic.

(bio adapted from Center for Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Pflueger’s diverse medical background and how his residency in cardiovascular surgery led to an interest in early intervention for chronic disease
  • What prompted him to specialize in nephrology
  • His preference to treat kidney disease with lifestyle therapy versus dialysis and transplants
  • The Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at the Mayo Clinic which Dr. Pflueger founded
  • The effect of standard medications versus the effects of using exercise and lifestyle therapy in treating kidney disease
  • His search for an appropriate type of exercise for his patients, and how that led to his involvement with CrossFit
  • How Dr. Pflueger initiates the conversation on lifestyle therapy with his patients
  • How Dr. Pflueger partners with CrossFit affiliates to give coaches guidance for his patients
  • The importance of establishing a relationship with patients and the challenge of implementing this under the current insurance structure
  • Pflueger’s vision for how conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together
  • Where he sees the CrossFit Health movement heading
  • How his own approach to health and fitness has changed since learning about CrossFit
  • His recommendations for affiliate owners and doctors who are interested implementing his approach
  • Three things Dr. Pflueger 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 Dr. Pflueger

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

Ep 97 – Challenging Conventional Cancer Care with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.