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LIVE WELL PODCAST | Ep #20: Chronic Illness and the Evolution of Medicine with James Maskell

James Maskell

James Maskell, CEO and founder of KNEW Health, is on the Live Well Podcast to speak about chronic illness, functional medicine and the evolution of healthcare.

James graduated from University of Nottingham with a degree in health economics. He’s the creator of Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference. He lectures and hosts internationally and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more. He serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute.

James is the author of The Evolution of Medicine: Join the Movement to Solve Chronic Disease and Fall Back in Love with Medicine which provides step-by-step instruction for building a successful "community micro-practice", one that engages both the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership focused on the body as a whole rather than isolated symptoms.

I love James’ work because his ultimate goal is to empower more doctors to transition to the functional medicine model which will allow them to run their own thriving practices, infuse more meaning and connection into their work, and get back to the business of helping people the way they’d always imagined they would.

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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 0:40 Introducing James Maskell

  • 2:00 James speaks about the KNEW Health tour, traveling around the US on a big, green tour bus to facilitate the transformation of healthcare.

    • Step 1: Build an army of providers who provide predictive, preventative healthcare

    • Step 2: Deliver functional medicine in an affordable, accessible way

    • Step 3: Make this available and accessible to everyone

  • 7:00 Addressing the cost issues and access to functional medicine

    • Breaking down the real costs of functional vs. conventional medicine

    • Lifestyle driven chronic disease makes up of 86% of healthcare costs

  • 11:30 Therapeutic order in relation to chronic illness: do the least costly and least invasive procedures first

  • 16:50 Becoming a custodian of healthcare resources in the cost sharing model of healthcare

  • 18:30 How exactly does KNEW Health work?

  • 23:57 Who is the ideal person that benefits from KNEW Health? Who does not benefit?

  • 28:40 Outro


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