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Medicine has always has always been Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov’s passion, and family medicine in particular provides her an opportunity to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with patients.
As a young medical student, Dr. Mona was fascinated with the work of Dr. Andrew Weil, and the idea of helping the body to achieve balance naturally. She went through her own health issues, including treatment for thyroid cancer and started searching for answers as to why and how she developed the illness. Dr. Mona wanted to know what she could do to heal and how to stay healthy throughout her life.
This led her to Functional Medicine. She felt the earth move with this knowledge! It was the first time she could see the deep connections of health and wellbeing, how to think of the body as an intimate conversation with many different systems working together. Dr. Mona began to realize that gut health was critical. After years of issues with digestion, she started to closely examine her diet, focusing on vegetables, healthy proteins and fats, and cooking more at home. She started to do diagnostic testing to find her systemic imbalances. She cut down on coffee, and prioritized getting more sleep to help heal her adrenal system from the stress of years of medical training and practice. The results were amazing. She was able to go on to have healthy twins, and to pursue this area of medicine fully.
Dr. Mona Mona Ezzat Velinov MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP is a Board-Certified Family Physician and American Board Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). A graduate of the Rush Medical College in Chicago, she conducted her medical intership and residency at University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI. She has extensive experience working with corporations such as Facebook and Apple helping employees reach their health potential. In addition to her personal practive, Dr. Mona works at the Human Longevity, Inc. in San Diego.
I met Dr. Mona in February at the Flow Genome Project retreat in California. She spoke to us about the importance of overall wellness to improve quality of life.
Take a listen to learn all about functional medicine, new technologies to help you live a better life, the importance of sleep and what you can do to live a better, healthier life.
Stay tuned to end of this episode for the Book to Plate segment where I talk about Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler’s book Stealing Fire, the reason why I went to the Flow Genome Project retreat.
Links to Dr. Mona’s website, social media and other items mentioned in the episode:
Oura Ring: https://ouraring.com
Muse (the brain sensing headband): https://choosemuse.com
HeartMath Inner Balance: https://www.heartmath.com
Human Longevity, Inc. San Diego: https://www.humanlongevity.com
David Sinclair’s Book Life Span
Mindwalk (the movie)
Book to Plate Segment
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler
Flow Sessions with Jason Silva: Interview with Jamie Wheal
This episode was hosted by Melissa Goldberg
Special thanks to my Program Director and Producer Shea Gunther
You can learn more about me at www.eatwelltraveloften.net