19: Dr. Tracy Freeman
We are at the Congressional Club in downtown Washington DC with Dr. Tracy Freeman who is a good friend of ours and the chief medical officer of our company BB&R Wellness Consulting. We just spoke to the congressional spouses, and we thought it would be fun to continue our conversation. Our topic is what would the doctor like the patient to take responsibility for.
Dr. Tracy Freeman believes that our bodies have the innate ability to heal. She has merged the worlds of conventional and holistic medicine to find the root cause of disease and assist the patient in the healing process. It’s her goal to help the patient find homeostasis. She focuses on holistic primary care to prevent disease and to assist in healing.
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[01:19] Tracy would like the full history instead of having to guess what is going on.
[01:39] History is always the key.
[02:02] A doctor spends 15 minutes with a patient. You need to come in with your research. Not a Google search, but data.
[02:41] Dr.Tracy Freeman is an integrative internist which means she uses holistic medicine like supplements and herbs as well as conventional medicines.
[02:56] The top issue for men and women is their gastrointestinal tract and secondarily stress.
[03:23] Women tend to be overly busy.
[04:23] Stress situations are completely okay on occasion, but what happens is too much stress causes leaky gut.
[05:14] If you have leaky gut, your digestion is going to be off. Proteins are going to be in places where they weren't designed to be. On the outside of our intestine is our immune system. When the system is off at causes food sensitivities.
[05:42] Once your immune system takes a break because you are so stressed out, you become vulnerable to anything that walks by.
[06:39] Food is the foundation of everything. There's nothing better than fresh food. More bacteria than human cells. Does bacteria need us to eat a good diet.
[07:15] I've seen a cancer patient whose tumors don't grow when she does a ketogenic diet.
[07:46] Every person's optimal diet varies.
[07:57] If you are concerned whether a food is right for you, eat it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, then see how you feel 3 hours later. Are you foggy and fatigued or focused and have energy?
[09:11] When the stress comes, it's about giving your body and mind a new script.
[10:36] Sleep is key. If your bodies in fight or flight you can't go to sleep. If you wake up at three am, that is a form of adrenal fatigue.
[13:40] The value of garlic. Dr. Freeman's go to treatment for upper respiratory infections is garlic. A virus takes care of itself and a bacteria usually gets antibiotics.
[14:16] Garlic has properties that treat both. Cut up a clove of garlic and take it with a teaspoon of raw honey three times a day.
[14:43] If you do take an antibiotic then you need a probiotic yeast like saccharomyces boulardii. A brand is Florastor.
[16:23] If you have adrenal fatigue, it's not the best time to start an exercise program.
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“It's important that the patient gives the full story, because the diagnosis comes from the history.” -Dr. Tracy Freeman
“If you are concerned whether a food is right for you, eat it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, then see how you feel 3 hours later. Are you foggy and fatigued or focused and have energy?” -Dr. Tracy Freeman
“Once your immune system takes a break because you are so stressed out, you become vulnerable to anything that walks by.” -Dr. Tracy Freeman