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An Affordable Approach to Integrative Medicine (Even in Challenging Cases)

Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC leads the charge to make integrative medicine more affordable, effective, and practical

“Functional Medicine is way too expensive, unnecessarily so, and we need to reform this both from the doctor end and from the patient end.” —Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC

The cost of obtaining personalized care can be extremely high for patients, both in terms of seeking care from practitioners as well as in getting advanced laboratory testing done. Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC knows how to solve this problem. He shares his insights and utilizes a common-sense approach on how to make personalized medicine more practical and affordable.

Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher, and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe.

In this podcast:

03:19 Dr. Ruscio addresses the cost of integrative medicine and how both practitioners and patients need to reframe the approach

06:50 Dr. Gottfried describes the simple and inexpensive tools she relied on when building a bridge between an allopathic and a integrative medicine practice

08:32 Dr. Ruscio encourages practitioners to reevaluate the excessive testing module

13:55 Dr. Ruscio begins a discussion on hypothyroidism

17:38 Dr. Ruscio makes a point about the damage clinicians can do with overzealous recommendations

18:15 Dr. Ruscio thinks through a theoretical patient and continues to discuss the nuances of
thyroid assessment

25:15 Dr. Ruscio provides insight into foundational gut testing and the clinical application of microbiome mapping

33:30 Dr. Gottfried and Dr. Ruscio discuss common symptoms of intestinal permeability

35:45 Dr. Gottfried brings up the topic of genomic testing

39:30 Dr. Ruscio shares his final thoughts, encouraging patients to stay calm in the midst of all of the polarized information available to them


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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