Is functional medicine more effective than conventional medicine? Just how important is your diet and lifestyle to your health? How can biohacking unlock your fitness potential?
In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Aaron Hartman about functional medicine, why it’s so important and we discover what biohacking is.
Meet Dr. Aaron Hartman
Dr. Hartman’s journey with functional medicine started when he & his wife adopted their first daughter from foster care. She has cerebral palsy & countless dietary issues. They went from specialist to specialist and, even as a physician, he felt let down & confused. His daughter’s health struggles forced him to confront an uncomfortable realization: Our current healthcare system doesn’t have all the answers.
His wife, however, refused to give up hope. She ultimately pointed him to functional medicine. His daughter & other two kids began to thrive. After years in family practice, he felt called to make a dramatic shift. He now helps patients identify leverage points in key areas of their lifestyle & health that harness their body’s remarkable power to heal and begin living the vibrant life they deserve.
In This Podcast
- What is functional medicine?
- Start from the ground up with your health
- Biohack your health
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine has different names. It’s basically a science-based integrative approach that uses all the literature available to individualize care for a person. (Dr. Aaron Hartman)
The main difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine is that conventional medicine is protocol-driven; it focuses on minimizing and treating symptoms and dispensing the appropriate medication. On the other hand, functional medicine focuses on the root cause of the problem and works to heal or treat the root cause, not only the symptoms that come up.
… people are realizing that protocol-driven healthcare is not the way to go, they want individualized care, and they want access to literature as it comes out, not waiting 15 or 20 years for a community of experts to say “this is how we practice medicine”. People don’t realize that those standards of care [form] the lowest common denominator. (Dr. Aaron Hartman)
Start from the ground up with your health
A vast majority of chronic diseases and ailments can be prevented through diet and lifestyle alone. This means that the food that you eat and the activity that you do with your body have a direct influence on your health. This is why when you are thinking and talking about your health, you need to start from the ground up.
So all of a sudden, the biggest [mover] for your health is not to find the smartest doctor in the room, [take] the newest drug, [try] the newest technology – it’s the basics. (Dr. Aaron Hartman)
In this way, your health is your responsibility. There is the option for you to do exactly as you please and not consider the consequences, but down the line, they may catch up to you and inhibit you from living your life. Care about your health because your health is what will allow you to take an active part in your own life.
Biohack your health
Biohacking is basically the trending term used to describe cool technologies that give you insight into your body’s physiology that you can leverage to make [your health] work better. (Dr. Aaron Hartman)
You can find biohacking apps that track your sleep, your temperature changes, your steps, and even some clothing and fabrics that encourage your body to detoxify by encouraging sweating – if you do not sweat through regular exercising or normal perspiration from exposure to heat.
Getting to know your body and your health intimately will help you in your life, in your sport, and in your fitness and personal life goals. It will also encourage you to take responsibility for your health because the more you learn about your body, how you can help it thrive and become stronger, fitter and healthier, the more expansive your life can become.
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