Brendan Vermeire takes a deep dive on the stigma around mental health and how mental illness is a comorbidity, his concern with functional and conventional medicine, as well as his personal journey of overcoming ADHD and depression. Brendan is a Functional Medicine Consultant, Mental and Metabolic Health Researcher, Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer.
1:21 Welcome to the show
3:40 Brendan’s Bio
5:06 Hello to Brendan!
7:41 His wild story into Functional Health
8:08 Navy Seal training
9:36 Diagnosis with ADHD & Depression
14:16 Functional Medicine industry
15:15 Story about failing his Chemistry exam
16:42 His battle with depression as a teen
19:30 His OD 7-Yr Anniversary
21:47 The stigma around mental health
22:56 Renee’s story about medication
23:52 The issue with destigmatization
28:15 Mental illness as a comorbidity
29:57 Explaining Yin-Yang
30:48 Psychosomatic work + root cause work
32:55 Renee’s “commorbidities”
33:27 Where to begin with clients?
34:05 Nicole LePera’s school of thought
35:12 Discussing our conventional health model
37:38 Everything is a spectrum
38:52 20-year gap with clinical practice & research
40:11 Monoclonal-Antibody drugs for depression
43:26 Pharmaceuticals in action
46:47 Discussing homeostasis
50:02 *INSIDE TRACKER AD*
52:46 Microglial Cells 101
57:00 Mapping out root causes
59:00 Functional Fitness movement
1:02:21 Stereotypical bloodwork experience
1:03:28 Customizing & streamlining lab testing
1:06:06 The functional health obsession with stool testing
1:10:15 What should the microbiome look like?
1:15:40 Brendan’s basic roadmap for coaching
1:18:43 Vagal toning vs just getting back to nature
1:19:15 Emotional constipation!
1:20:14 Advice from Renee’s cats & Lauren’s dog
1:21:02 “Returning to Symbiosis” & Zach Bush
1:23:48 His one piece of advice
1:25:14 Thanks for tuning in!
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