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207: Root Causes of Pain, How to Address Inflammation & Avoid Unnecessary Surgery l Natural Solutions for Pain-Relief with Dr. Josh Levitt of UpWellness

Aug 14, 2023 | Season 3


We are thrilled to bring you this conversation with Dr. Josh Levitt, who has helped thousands of patients with natural solutions to common, chronic, and complex medical problems. He brings a unique approach to medicine to ensure his patients are getting the best care possible. In this episode, we cover the foundations of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Josh's hierarchy of therapeutics, causes of unnecessary surgery, common causes of pain in the body, the link between leaky gut & systemic inflammation, as well as his top anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Dr. Josh Levitt is a naturopathic physician with a degree in physiology from UCLA, a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, residency training in integrative medicine, over 10 years of precepting medical residents from the Yale School of Medicine, and over 20 years of direct clinical experience with thousands of patients.

He has helped thousands of patients with natural solutions to common, chronic, and complex medical problems. His primary focus is on painful orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions and helping people understand and treat their pain at the source. As such… natural, integrative, nutritional, and herbal treatments for inflammation, muscle tension, biomechanics/posture, and mind-body medicine for pain management are core talking points. 

Dr. Levitt is also the co-founder and medical director at UpWellness which is an 8-figure company where he created a line of premium natural products that work. 


0:51 Welcome to the show!

1:44 Pop Quiz of the Day

3:15 Today’s topic

5:15 Dr. Josh Levitt’s bio

6:10 Welcome him to the show!

7:35 His journey into medicine

9:42 What is Naturopathic medicine?

9:50 “NAY-tural” vs “NA-tural”

14:15 The Hierarchy of Therapeutics

17:20 Weighing in on Antibiotics & Surgery

19:05 Renee’s history with back pain

20:29 Causes for unnecessary surgery

22:16 Statistics on back pain

23:05 Lauren’s herniated disc

24:43 Other causes of PAIN

29:57 *Sleep Breakthrough*

32:09 Where do we start?

33:51 Leaky gut & Inflammation

35:21 Testing for inflammation

38:30 Powerful compounds for inflammation

44:18 Magnesium & Stress

46:38 Black Pipeline Research & backlash

49:20 Deciphering Misinformation: Berberine & Taurine

51:59 Transitioning to more natural options

54:01 Contraindications: supplements vs meds

57:01 His final piece of advice

59:46 Where to find him

1:00:26 Thanks for tuning in!



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