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Creating Synergy Between Allopathic and Integrative Medicine

Frank Lipman, MD works to bring new modalities into partnership with Western medicine using an evidence-based approach

“How do we bring a lot of this wisdom from these old cultures that have been around for centuries…in to our way of living now?” – Frank Lipman, MD

Frank Lipman, MD

Frank Lipman, MD works to bring new modalities into partnership with Western medicine using an evidence-based approach. In this episode, Dr. Lipman explores a new hybrid path between allopathic and Functional Medicine to discover a higher potential for health and happiness.

Dr. Lipman received his initial medical training South Africa, and spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush, becoming familiar with the local traditional healers. In 1984, he immigrated to the United States, and became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine and biofeedback after witnessing the hospital’s use of acupuncture to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. In 1992, he founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in the heart of downtown Manhattan – one of the first clinics to integrate these varied modalities.

In this podcast:

03:15 Dr. Lipman shares his story from his Western medicine training to his current practice model

07:05 Dr. Lipman further defines his philosophy and describes features of the “Good Medicine Mandala”

11:45 Dr. Lipman discusses his personal approach to meditation

22:00 Drs. Gottfried and Lipman provide insight on the impact of alcohol

26:45 Dr. Lipman takes a deeper dive into the microbiome and highlights his approach to pre- and probiotics

30:50 Dr. Lipman wraps up with a discussion on two of his current interests, sleep and antiaging


Hosted by
Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a board-certified gynecologist and physician scientist. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco. Over the past two decades, Dr. Gottfried has seen more than 25,000 patients and specializes in identifying the underlying cause of her patients’ conditions to achieve true and lasting health transformations, not just symptom management.

Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker who practices evidence-based integrative, precision, and Functional Medicine. She recently published a new book, Brain Body Diet, and has also authored three New York Times bestselling books: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger.

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