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How much of your life is predestined by your genetics? In my office, 50% of my patients are looking for the genetic justification, while the other 50% are endlessly search for new ways to take control of their genetic destiny. In truth, the reality lies somewhere in the middle. Along with my guest, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, we explored the research and the hacks, to get your genetics back onside.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a naturopathic doctor, speaker and teacher that I have been following for some time. It was a thrill to finally have her on my podcast. Dr. Fitzgerald is an expert in the field of epigenetics, the study of how we can exert influence over our genes. In this episode we got into simple hacks that you can use daily to shift your entrepreneurial mindset, increase your energy and improve your overall health. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!
[2:05] All about my guest today, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.
[3:47] Dr. Fitzgerald tells us about her background and how she got where she is today.
[7:46] What Dr. Fitzgerald’s personal mission is what gets her up in the morning every day.
[12:10] Why are so many adults having acute allergic reactions to food?
[18:38] What epigenetics is and why we all should care about it.
[24:00] What are we doing every day that negatively impacts our genetic potential?
[34:30] Do we need to supplement or can we do it with diet alone
[38:14] Dr. Kara Fitzgerald recommendations to entrepreneurs to add to their list of habits every day.
[41:33] Dr. Fitzgerald’s initiatives to further explore these concepts and some of the programs she runs with IFM.
[50:21] Dr. Fitzgerald’s Key Performance Indicators.
[56:15] Where to find out more about Dr. Fitzgerald and the initiatives she’s got going on.
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More About Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. Most recently, with Romilly Hodges, she authored the eBook The Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. Dr. Fitzgerald has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She is a clinician researcher for The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery. Dr. Fitzgerald maintains an active blog and podcast series for professionals in Functional Medicine on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
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“The opportunity is now and the fruit is ripe for picking.” — Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“My mission … is to change that paradigm; is to really change that disease trajectory.”
— Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“I am absolutely sure that as we change the disease trajectory for us as humans, that we also tend, ecologically, to the planet as a whole.” — Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“We are these biological entities that are meant to interact with our environment — and if we can’t interact with it, it’s a problem.”
“In my mind, the journey is making the best choice at any given moment and doing the best you can with it.” — Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“Sleep is a profound nourishment and healing time. … One episode of sleep deprivation [can be] associated with lasting epigenetic changes.” — Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“There’s this idea of balance in the epigenome and it’s not just simply, ‘Let me load myself up forever with methyl donors and call it good,’ It’s about balance.”
— Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“I would say, incorporate at least one methylation adaptogen into your diet — without question.” — Dr. Kara Fitzgerald
“My question to you would be … What are your next … clear steps?”
— Dr. Kara Fitzgerald