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Jun 18, 2019

Are you looking for simple ways to balance your mind, body, and soul?

Today's guest, Dr. Elson Haas, approaches diagnosis and treatment with the maxim "Lifestyle first, Natural therapies next, drugs or surgery last."

His unique integration of Natural, Eastern, and Western medical approaches, which he calls NEW Medicine, is built on restoring proper body physiology and supporting healthy cells and tissues to promote healing. It recognizes proper nutrition as the cornerstone of health and also includes elimination diets and detoxification practices, often with a seasonal focus.

Dr. Haas has practiced this philosophy for more than 40 years in his work as an integrative family physician, incorporating these practices within an insurance model at his clinic, the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, CA, where he and an extensive team of practitioners and staff have provided care to their patients since 1984.

In this episode, Dr. Haas explains how, as humans, we are on this planet to learn and grow. When we block that growth, we create resistance in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine sees this very quickly, things need to flow through our bodies.

Dr. Haas reveals the 5 keys to staying healthy:

  1. Nutrition: eat wholesome foods, avoid junk + chemicals.

  2. Exercise: finding something that we actually like to do.

  3. Sleep: we need to sleep to recharge ourselves + get energy.

  4. Stress: learn how to get along with people + how not to get along with people.

  5. Attitude: what is our approach to the world + ourselves?

Later, Dr. Haas reveals methods of getting off of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and other medicines and getting back to our own natural energies.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Why we are here to learn + grow [ 6:00 ]

  • The 5 keys to staying healthy [ 10:15 ]

  • Why it’s important to work on lifestyle first [ 17:30 ]

  • Mood and energy disorders [ 20:30 ]

  • Why it’s important to make the time to care for ourselves [ 28:00 ]

  • Dr. Haas’ background with health + wellness [ 32:50 ]

  • Healthy bodies don’t get sick very easily [ 39:55 ]

  • Understanding the causes of disease [ 45:35 ]

  • Weaving spirituality into work + health [ 47:50 ]

  • Looking at our lives in the process of each moon cycle [ 53:35 ]

Soul Shifting Quotes:

  • “Talking about integrative medicine is something I have been doing since the early 80s.”

  • “We need to learn the difference between real foods and treats.”

  • “Getting out of nature is one of the best ways to relieve stress.”

  • “Lifestyle first, natural therapies next, and drugs last.”

  • “I encourage every person to have stress breaks.”

  • “Ideally, we are doing things that fulfill us; tune into where we are.”

  • “Commit to having the healthiest body you can have.”


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