What if every health crisis were an opportunity to be the beginning of the hero’s journey? The hero’s journey starts from an ordinary world before the hero is thrust into a situation where they must embark on an adventure fraught with obstacles and challenges at every turn. After meeting a mentor, the hero is taught how to overcome these challenges and becomes stronger and stronger and more able to navigate the oncoming challenges. Then the hero is faced with their most difficult obstacle, which they must face alone and, because of the training that they had with the mentor, the hero emerges victorious! Finally, the hero will return to where they started, but things will never be the same again. They will now be stronger, wiser, and with the ability to help others. I see each of my clients somewhere on this hero’s journey and I am honored to act as a mentor for them. And… I am so excited to introduce you to one of MY most influential mentors who has helped me on the latter part of my own hero’s journey!

Andrea Nakayama trains a thousand practitioners every year in how to have the clinical success that she is able to achieve. She often teaches people who have had their own health challenges, who are currently managing those challenges, and who are ready to complete the hero’s journey and help others! In 2015 I presented for her neurology intensive and she took me under her wing to learn the art and practice of functional nutrition. I ended up working for what is now the Functional Nutrition Alliance and I was able connect with some of the best practitioners out there!

One of the most important lessons I learned from Andrea created the framework in which I work with clients: by partnering with them and their healthcare team to bring about the best outcome. Andrea’s mission, like my mission, is focused on personalized medicine as a means of transforming healthcare at large. She’s training an army of change-makers in the field of healthcare and is catalyzing a revolution in medicine.

Andrea is celebrated as a leader in the field of Functional Nutrition because of her ability to teach and inspire practitioners and patients alike. She synthesizes art and science, empathy, and physiology, intuition and problem solving, into a system that truly helps people get to find their way back to life. This combination, along with her effective ability to teach her clients has many world-renowned doctors consulting with her on their own difficult cases.

If you are in a place in your hero’s journey where you are ready for a mentor to teach you the tools to heal yourself, the frameworks to help others, and the community to support you through it all, check out this episode, reach out to me, and/or learn more about Andrea and her practitioner training here.

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • 05:20 – Andrea’s Journey – Integrating Art and Science Through a Medical Crisis
  • 09:00 – How Andrea began to teach others how to practice
  • 13:30 – Giving patients power to own their own journey
  • 15:00 – How we are different and how we are the same
  • 19:00 – How to use frameworks to heal different people
  • 22:00 – The Functional Nutrition Matrix
  • 24:00 – The Terrain of Health

  • 28:00 – 3 Roots… Many Branches -> Genes, Digestion, Inflammation
  • 30:00 – Completing The Hero’s Journey -> Filling the Gap in Medicine
  • 34:00 – My Experience with Andrea’s Training


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