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Functional Psychiatry with Dr. Reba Peoples :055

Functional Psychiatry is a growing field of holistically treating psychiatric conditions – going as far as to help patients ween off of and treat conditions without medication.

 

A Functional Psychiatrist will look at the whole picture of a person to help remedy what appear to be mental imbalances. They are trained to see the body as all connected and will look at how your gut health, let, exercise and lifestyle affect your mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re wondering how to treat anxiety, depression and a laundry list of other ailments that you might already be seeing a psychiatrist for; this is well worth listening to! Also, it’s a great way to learn to prevent these issues as well!

 

Functional Psychiatrist Dr. Reba Peoples shares her insights and some very helpful tools that she shares with her patients.

 

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Why she named her practice “Imara” – is a girl’s name in Swahili meaning “one with strength or fortitude”. In Arabic it is a boy’s name which means “one who build or constructs”.
  • Functional Medicine aims to find the root cause of ailments
  • Why Dr. Peoples became a psychiatrist and now is adding Functional Medicine to her practice.
  • Dr. Peoples noticed that patients on medication seemed to be “just existing”. Now she says she sees patients thriving and being treated in her Functional Psychiatry practice.
  • How gut health affects our mental and emotional health.
  • There is only about 33% success rate with anti-depressant medications.
  • Why depression is a symptom (a fire alarm) – not a disease (not the fire).
  • What is SMART wellness?
  • How sleep can likely prevent dementia. (beta-amyloid)
  • Studies have shown – People who get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times per week get as much benefit from the exercise as they do from an anti-depressant for mild to moderate depression.
  • “We have a very potent internal pharmacy that we can activate just through exercise.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • Avoid the ANTs (automatic, negative, thoughts)
  • How Dr. Peoples teaches someone to become aware of their (negative) thoughts
  • The importance and difference between “who you are”/ (inner self) and “what you do” (role)
  • How what we put into our bodies affects our health: food, products and even media
  • Is your relationship affecting your health?
  • “When people say ‘trust your gut’ there is a lot to back that up scientifically.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How to keep a positive mindset during trying and emotional times.
  • What to do when Facebook is causing you to feel upset or anxious.
  • When being resilient is no longer a good strategy.
  • “When we do have depression… anxiety… negative emotions – these are functional adaptations to dysfunctional environments.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How a person can start implementing these practices in a low-cost way.

 

 

Dr Reba Peoples - Imara Health - Functional Psychiatry

About Dr. Reba Peoples

Dr. Reba Peoples is a board certified psychiatrist and founder of Imara Health and Wellness. Dr. Peoples created Imara because she is passionate about helping each of her patients move beyond their symptoms and truly start to live joyful, healthy lives. She does this by utilizing a functional approach that helps people understand the impact of lifestyle, genetics and environment on health and the progression of disease. Having this understanding allows her to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that identifies the root cause of illness and really allows her patients to work toward healing rather than symptom management.

Although Dr. Peoples does prescribe medications when clinically necessary, she often finds that a lot of her patients either no longer need medications or are able to significantly reduce the amount of psychiatric medications that they are taking once they have been able to successfully incorporate certain lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Peoples firmly believes that in order to truly achieve wellness, we must be willing to gently nurture our bodies, passionately expand our minds and lovingly cultivate our spirits. She is truly excited to partner with you on your wellness journey.

Learn more about Dr. Peoples and what she offers at Imara Health and Wellness

 






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Autoimmune Wellness with Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott :022

Autoimmune Issues Show up as Nagging Symptoms

Do you have a list of symptoms you experience that seem to have no rhyme or reason? Do they show up at the most inconvenient times, and those around you (even loved ones) just don’t understand what all the fuss is about!

The list is seemingly endless, but may include:

  • feeling tired
  • feeling irritable
  • pain in all kinds of strange places
  • unpredictable energy patterns
  • sleepless or at best fidgety nights
  • hair loss
  • skin ailments and so many more

 

From this stellar book, “The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook”, I got some explanation for seemingly unrelated health symptoms that I’ve experienced since childhood!

If this book has been around 15 years ago when I first became aware of the Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel-like symptoms I experience as a child, I could have helped my body much quicker and sooner.

But the great news is that it’s available for you!

 

I am very pleased to share this insightful interview with the authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott have put together an amazingly helpful book for those who suspect they have or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The Weight Free Wellness Podcast is here to help you make your wellness journey as simple as it can be (and provide some encouragement along the way) and Angie and Mickey’s book is a perfect fit!

Watch, Listen, Read… Enjoy!

 

The answers below have been summarized from the podcast…

Turn to the audio or visual podcast for the full experience!

 

Q:  Where are you from?

A:  Angie Alt, NTC, CHC  lives just outside of Washington D.C. and is originally from Montana. (On the left in the photo above.)

A:  Mickey Trescott, NTP lives on the West coast in rural area of Portland, Oregon. (On the right in the photo above.)

 

Q:  Please introduce yourself and give us your educational background.

A:  Angie is a certified nutritional therapy consultant and certified health coach.

A:  Mickey has a background as a personal chef and after diagnosis studies to become a certified nutritional therapy practitioner.

 

Q:  What is an Autoimmune Disease?

A:  This is the part of our body that serves to protect us from pathogens (bacteria, fungus, viruses for example) and rids the body of these foreign invaders. The body protects itself from suffering future attacks of the same kind by creating immunity- essentially it is already familiar with the former intruder, it has its mugshot, and can quickly mount a seek-and-destroy mission if this pathogen enters the body again. In the case of an Autoimmune Disease, the body sees a part of itself as the invader, and therefor is continually on the attack of the “invader,” which is your own body. Not good…

 

Q:  Which Autoimmune Diseases have you been diagnosed with and their primary symptoms?

A:  Angie: A diagnosis of 3 or more autoimmune diseases is considered a category of its own, Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS). Usually MAS includes a skin disorder.

Lichen sclerosus – tearing and changes to the skin in the genital region

Endometriosis – (suspected autoimmune disease) – symptoms are primarily emergency-level painful menstrual cycles.

Celiac Disease – (Angie suspects this is her primary autoimmune disease) – The immune system attacks the cells in the small intestine which prevents absorption of [some] nutrients. Can experience intestine pain, weight lost, diarrhea, or even constipation or weight gain. Celiac Disease can be a symptom due to nutrient deficiency.

 

A:  Mickey: 

Celiac Disease – Explains how hers and Angie’s symptoms showed up as more neurological and emotional due to the effects of nutritional deficiencies that Celiac Disease can cause; illustrating that Celiac Disease does not always show up as disturbing sensations in the abdomen.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – It is the most common autoimmune disease. Symptoms are varied greatly: loss of feeling in fingertips, feeling cold even in the summer (despite ambient temperature), hair loss, very low energy, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, mental and emotional “stuff”, anxiety, depression, weight gain not helped by diet; although weight gain was not the case for Mickey which she explains can complicate diagnosis since most doctors see this as a almost necessary symptom.

 

Q:  What causes Autoimmune Disease?

A:  Angie: There can be a lot of factors. Genetics is one of them. If others in your family have an autoimmune disease you may experience one as well, but it could be an entirely difference diagnosis. Your environment: toxins, viruses, diets and lifestyle.

 

Q: What is Paleo?

A:  Paleo is a way of eating like our ancestors. There are many different version, but most agree it’s a diet more like our ancestors’: without processed foods, thickeners, and even as far as eating grass-fed meats… that the animals are eating what their ancestors ate too (Tara).

 

Q: How is the Autoimmune Paleo protocol different?

A:  The AIP protocol falls under the umbrella of Paleo but eliminates foods that are known to trigger autoimmune symptoms while adding foods that are dense in nutrients.

 

We also talk about:

Elimination diets and/or food allergy testing.

Food – there are some amazing recipes in this book and each author has previously authored Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo cookbooks!

Achieve Wellness – Not an Image…what this means to them.

The dedication of the book to their supportive hubbies

I praise the book, maybe a little too much (was it weird?) but it’s so true… it’s such a terrific book!

How to handle the stress of making healthy changes when already stressed with challenging symptoms.

Angie and Mickey share their parting messages and words of encouragement.

 

 

From The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

“Wellness is not in your doctors office or in a new pill; it is in your hands and it starts with being informed.”

Start to inform yourself with their book, you’ll be glad you did!

Visit Autoimmune-Paleo.com