Julie Reardon on integrative medicine approaches

Dr Julie Reardon is a Harvard-educated physician specializing in integrative medicine. In this episode of Carter Physiotherapy’s Active Austin Podcast, she shares how examining the entire person in a holistic way gives a more-complete picture of how to achieve optimal health and wellness.

After years working in the “production model” of healthcare, Dr. Reardon shifted her practice to what’s known as “integrative medicine.” As a result, she is able to look at many factors of health to assess her patients. Therefore, she can create complete treatment plans that address diet, exercise, genetics, and other potential causes of disease and disorders.

In this episode, we discuss these integrative medicine topics with Dr. Julie Reardon:

  • Dr. Reardon’s education and history in the medical field that lead her to choose a different path and open an integrative medicine practice.
  • The difference between “functional” medicine and “integrative” medicine.
  • How integrative medicine is evolving and how that evolution can benefit you as a patient.
  • The reason first appointments with Dr. Reardon are lengthy.
  • Why her approach to initial evaluations is often called “narrative” medicine.
  • The most common issues she treats in her practice and how those syndromes are often interrelated with other common health issues.
  • How she incorporates traditional medical testing in her treatment plans, as well as the less-common tests she utilizes.
  • MTHFR gene testing and how methylation affects multiple processes in the body.
  • Why consulting “Dr. Google” can be dangerous.
  • Dr. Reardon’s LIVE IT philosophy.
  • How “leaky gut” can lead to auto-immune or inflammatory issues, and how you can test for it.
  • Gluten and casein sensitivities, the proteins involved, and the gut biome: How they all interact and how many factors can actually influence those sensitivities.
  • Actionable tips and steps that Dr. Reardon suggests to her patients
  • Supplements (and/or dietary changes) that Dr. Reardon has seen help many of her patients.
  • Why meditation is helpful to the healing process.
  • The 4-7-8 breathing pattern to decrease stress levels and improve a sense of wellbeing.

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