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Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Is it possible to that the keys to happiness are within our minds and bodies? Or that the hey to happiness is ditching faad diets? All of these questions and more incredible health insights can be found in Dr. Robin Miller, an Integrative medicine physician medical reporter on NBC and regular guest on Dr. Oz, new book, HEALED: Health & Wellness in the 21st Century. While reading her book, we loved straight-forward advice and tips that covers everything about the body from understanding the brain, the gut, the heart, and more–all to achieve balance and wellness, the book provides the keys to happiness and well-being — which will open the door and quickly put you on the path to feeling good and becoming the person you want to be. This includes insight on how to overcome depression without drugs, living longer and happier, plus a discussion on some new therapies to treat common conditions like obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. To learn more about the book, we had the chance to interview Dr. Miller. Read on to check out some of her incredible health insights:

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Wellness Patterns: Tell us more about the keys to happiness and how they are contained in our mind and body.

Dr. Miller: The keys to happiness include having a healthy body and mind. In our book we discuss the importance of a healthy/Mediterranean style diet along with a very important exercise that is good for the body and the mind. The exercise we discuss is important for mood and can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 76%. That activity is ballroom or partner dancing. It reduces stress, increases neural network development no matter how old you are and provides important social support.

Wellness Patterns: Tell us more about leaving mainstream medicine to patient-focused medicine.

Dr. Robin Miller: When I first went into medicine, I started off by doing research into preventing heart disease. At the time, in the early 80’s we studied medications but also realized the importance of exercise, stress reduction and overall health. As time progressed, I noticed into the 90’s that physicians began relying heavily on medication to treat cardiac risk factors. Statin drugs, blood pressure medications, weight loss pills…there was a pill for every ill. Our book focuses on patient centered solutions, which get to the root of the problem. The goal is to keep medication to a minimum, patient accountability to a maximum.

Wellness Patterns: Tell us why it was important for you to write Healed.

Dr. Robin Miller: It was important to write Healed so patients know what amazing evidence based options are open to them with few side effects and big returns.

Wellness Patterns: The book highlights how people can overcome depression without drugs. Tell us more about how that’s possible.

Dr. Robin Miller: As an example, we discuss MTHFR a gene that can easily be tested by a blood test or cheek swab. This gene codes for how we process folic acid. When we take folate into our diet our intestine absorbs it with the help of enzymes that are coded for by this gene. The vitamin is converted to L-methylfolate. This is the precursor or building block to make serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine…all the things that help us to have energy and feel happy. If a patient has one mutation on this gene, their levels are down by about 30%; two mutations they are down by about 70%. The treatment is pretty simple L-methylfolate is available as a supplement. It can make a huge difference.

If that is not enough and a patient needs an antidepressant, there is another genetic test called GeneSight. The test helps determine how a patient metabolizes various medications and is a great guide to choosing the correct medication.

Wellness Patterns: How does gut health affect our mood and how do we keep it happy?

Dr. Robin Miller: Gut health is incredibly important. If you have a healthy gut, odds are you will have a healthy body and brain. If the gut is not healthy, inflammation ensues. We are finding more and more evidence, that a healthy microbiome or gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system, reducing depression, and even reducing the risk for major diseases including diabetes and obesity.

Animal studies have noted when a fecal transplant from an anxious mouse is transplanted to a relaxed mouse (poop from one animal planted on a leg is licked off by the other animal), the relaxed mouse develops anxiety. In addition, if said originally relaxed animal is overweight and the anxious one is thin, in addition to becoming anxious, the originally fat mouse loses weight along with developing anxiety! Gut bacteria are very important.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

Dr. Robin Miller: There are many important ideas we have in our book including the “undiet” that would be a huge help to anyone trying to lose weight. Our book is an essential handbook to healing in the 21st century!

Check out Dr. Miller’s book, Healed on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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