98. Functional Medicine, exercise "snacks" and positive psychology with Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum


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On this episode of Mindful Impact with Justin Francisco, we will have a meaningful conversation with Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum, Co-Founder and CEO of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA), regarding Functional Medicine, exercise, snacks and positive psychology. Also, we’ll talk about some ways to replace sweet-tooth, and much more.

3 Key Points:

  1. Functional medicine works as an ally where people support one another with the coach, where the feelings are being normalized, then people start to feel hopeful.
  2. In conventional medicine, people have never been diagnosed the way it's done in functional medicine, where the first interaction is listening, caring, and understanding.
  3. Functional Medicine coaches help clients to be mindful consumers of health supplements.

Episode Highlights:

  • 4:05- Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum reinventing her work out at the age of 70.
  • 9:32- Dr. Sandra describes rest as sitting in a sauna, red light therapy, or watching movies with her husband.
  • 11:00- Functional Medicine is the combined clinical psychology teachings and philosophies with the most recent learnings of Dr. Sandra.
  • 12:21- Functional medicine is the medicine of “why” to get the root cause.
  • 15:28- Often, people will go from doctor to doctor to seek treatment, but they are not getting better; that's when they start seeking functional medicine.
  • 17:26- Functional medicine is client-centered and personalized.
  • 19:48- Dr. Sandra ran a center that studied neural feedback, which trained children to regulate brain wave activity through some sort of mind-stimulating games.
  • 24:40- Dr. Sandra's daughter wrote a musical called Emoji Land, which talks about perseverance amidst the pandemic.
  • 28:25- Dr. Sandra gets energy by paying attention to posture, power pauses, backbends, yoga, inversion, or even baking in the morning.
  • 34:59- Medical background is not needed to be a functional coach.
  • 35:15- Coaches are skilled to conduct a 1:1 coaching or group coaching, which is the future of healthcare.
  • 35:41- Functional medicine with a doctor is reimbursed by insurance companies and can be done virtually.
  • 38:35 Coaches can provide crucial and emotional support, especially during these trying times to people who are not for psychotherapy.
  • 40:00- Life Coaching stemmed from the humanistic approach of Psychotherapy.
  • 40:54- Coaches do not make direct recommendations of botanical herbs or medicine, but refer people to source/specialist.
  • 44:38- Coaches can educate clients about nutraceuticals and be a smart consumer.
  • 47:35- Dr. Sandra recommended Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning and Simple Numbers book as a good read.
  • 51:15- Dr. Sandra’s advice to her 18-year-old self is to lay off the sugar.
  • 52.19- Dr. Sandra shares some ways to replace sweet-tooth with monk fruit, 100% dark chocolate or 1-2 raspberry.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “What led me to functional medicine is, I wanted to make a bigger impact. We could train thousands of coaches to really make an impact.”-Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum
  • “I think that ADD is overdiagnosed, and I think that we are so quick to label.”-Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum
  • “You will have a coach who hears and understands, not pushy, and tells you what to do. That's the beauty of the relationship in functional medicine.”-Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum
  • “What's real in the mind, is real in the body. Every thought, every image, everything we feel, is all in the body. You don't have to be stuck in suffering. Change your mindset, as it's possible to create a profound change.”-Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum

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