Today’s guest is someone I met at the gym, at a conference for health entrepreneurs. I had the fortunate experience of running into Dr. Vincent Pedre there at the gym and then later that day at a cocktail party, where we struck up a fascinating conversation about his transition from practicing internal medicine to practicing functional medicine, and how he healed his own digestive issues.
In today’s conversation, we go from discussing disease and the influence of the gut on chronic disease and autoimmune conditions, to discussing performance, the brain health axis, and the way that the health of our gut influences our ability to think clearly and execute profoundly every single day. This interview is not just relevant for people with digestive issues, it is relevant for anyone who is on a mission and wants to know where to start to improve their performance.
[3:23] Dr. Pedre realized that he couldn’t offer his patients an exit strategy from the treatments he was giving them, and that drove him to functional medicine.
[6:19] Dr. Pedre realized that he could resolve his own IBS.
[9:21] Dr. Pedre mostly practices functional medicine, but he still performs screenings and recognizes his background in conventional medicine.
[10:34] This is where you can hear it from an MD: The food you eat affects your health, “100 percent!”
[13:18] Should everyone quit eating dairy and gluten?
[15:48] Changing your diet can be overwhelming, but you can do it. Find a doctor who empowers you.
[20:17] How are autoimmune conditions related to gut health?
[25:31] If you have elevated thyroid antibodies but still have normal thyroid function, you can prevent disease with lifestyle.
[28:22] How do you assess gut health? You might have gut issues and not know it.
[35:15] We think with our gut.
[39:27] Our current society is completely imbalanced.
[42:24] It’s important to learn to manage stress and cultivate supportive relationships.
[45:39] What does a healthy gut like to eat?
[48:23] Health is having the energy and the drive to do the things that you love.
[49:17] Let’s look at Dr. Pedre’s key performance indicators!
[54:42] Here’s how to follow Dr. Pedre.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Functional Nutrition Training
“I can feel optimal 98% of the time.”
“The biggest choice I have that influences [how I feel] is what I eat — why would I stray from eating the right things?”
“When I took dairy out of my diet I found that I quit getting sick so often. … ‘We’re not being taught this.’”
MORE ABOUT DR. VINCENT PEDRE
Dr. Vincent M. Pedre, Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and President of Dr. Pedre Wellness, is a Board-Certified Internist in private practice in New York City since 2004. His philosophy and practices are a blend of both Western and Eastern medical traditions. He is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. His unique combination of medicine is best described as integrative or defined by a functional, systems-based approach to health. With his holistic understanding of both sides of the equation, he can help each patient choose the best course of action for their ailments to provide both immediate and long-term relief. His holistic approach incorporates positive, preventative health and wellness lifestyle choices.
Dr. Pedre is a sought-after speaker and writer on sustainable health, prevention, and integrative and functional medicine. His expertise and informative commentator style has taken him beyond the boundaries of his private practice to appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, where he presented a segment on "The Top Medical Screening Tests" everyone should have, and to features on Sirius XM Radio's "Doctor Radio" show, interviews on "The Gary Null Show" on Progressive Radio Networks, and guest blogs on Ecomii and Yahoo! Green, Yahoo!'s leading wellness blog platform.
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CALL TO ACTION
This week's call to action is all about optimizing your diet. I challenge you to go gluten free for 2 week. Start reading labels, get familiar with what you need to look out for and monitor how you feel. Share your commitment to going gluten free in our Entrepology Facebook page, because when you are accountable, you are helpable.