of Integrative Medicine
May 13, 2021
On May 20-22 we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Advances in Mind-Body Medicine Conference, a virtual CE/CME event designed for healthcare professionals interested in using integrative mind-body approaches to providing patient-centered care. In the lead-up to the conference, we will be sharing some insights from our speakers on what drew them to integrative medicine, and their perspective on health and the future of health care. In this installment, we spoke with Dr. Anthony Bazzan*, medical director and physician at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and integrative and holistic medicine.
Q: How has the past year of COVID-19 pandemic impacted your integrative health practice?
A: In our office, we dedicate a lot of work to preventative health and optimization of organ function. During the pandemic, we noticed that the state of health prior to a COVID diagnosis made a definite difference in the clinical course of the disease. In particular, those who embraced a proactive, integrative approach appeared to have better overall health outcomes throughout the pandemic.
Q: Tell us a little about your conference presentation: Gut-Brain Connection
A: It is timely and it is important to learn its concepts. For example, it was known that short-chain fatty acids (SCFAS) generated by the microbiome were important to feed the cells of the colon. What has later been discovered is the SCFAS actually exit the colon, enter the blood circulation, and have a healing effect on the brain, both neurologically and psychologically.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you can offer?
A: Always eat fresh vegetables and lots of fiber so that you can have the healthiest gut microbiome possible. There is convincing scientific evidence that many diseases are spurred by an abnormal microbiomial environment.
Q: What is something new about Mind-Body Medicine that you have learned in the past year, based on new research, evidence-based practice, or personal experience?
A: As a long time meditator I am excited to see the publication of scientific studies on meditation and the microbiome, proof that mind-body therapies can affect the physical body.**
Register to hear Dr. Bazzan and other integrative health experts at the second annual Advances in Mind-Body Medicine CME/CE Conference here.
*Dr. Bazzan is a pioneer in intravenous micronutrient therapies, including Vitamin C for cancer and immune health. He is one of the country’s top doctors for bio-identical hormone replacement for women and men. Dr. Bazzan is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and is fellowship-trained in Geriatric Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a scientific member of the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Bazzan has a national reputation for solving and treating “medical mysteries”. He is co-author of the books The Great Life Makeover: Weight, Mood, and Sex and Tapestry of Health: Weaving Wellness into Your Life Through the New Science of Integrative Medicine.