Functional Medicine for Healthier Living with Daniel Kalish

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Daniel Kalish, an exceptional doctor and teacher. After spending years in monasteries in Asia, Dr. Daniel Kalish dove into a career in functional medicine - a combination of lifestyle changes and herbal supplements that is offering outstanding results. Hear more about his journey and how he is helping people to live healthier, happier lives.

About Dr. Daniel Kalish

Dr. Daniel Kalish believes that physical health is our platform for emotional and spiritual growth - and that we each have the ability to fully heal ourselves. He is dedicated to teaching both doctors and patients Functional Medicine philosophy and practices. Dr. Kalish and his team conduct Functional Medicine training programs and work directly with patients to uncover the root causes of disease.

Dr. Kalish has an active private practice, having developed his own model of Functional Medicine founded on 25 years of successful clinical results. Through The Kalish Institute’s educational programs he has trained over 1,000 practitioners worldwide in The Kalish Method which solves patient challenges through a proven lab based approach. Graduates of The Kalish Institute include practitioners ranging from Dr. Mercola's medical staff to Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic physicians.

Dr. Kalish received his B.A. in physiology and psychology from Antioch College and completed his chiropractic degree in California. He also studied at the University of London and conducted research with biochemist Dr. Robin Monroe at Cambridge University. His studies led him to mentoring with renowned psychiatrist R.D. Lang, as well as John R. Lee, M.D. a pioneer in the use of progesterone and to teaching collaborations with leading endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein. More recently Dr. Kalish proudly served as an advisor to the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and participated in the first One Mind For Research Conference where 200 of the nation's top neuroscientists gathered to promote research on brain disorders.

He is the author of three books, “The Five Pillars to Building a Successful Practice,” "The Kalish Method: Healing the Body Mapping the Mind" and "Your Guide to Healthy Hormones" and is a frequently requested speaker for integrative medicine conferences across the United States.

Dr. Kalish spent two years in formal monastic training in Asia. He lived at a Zen monastery in Japan where he studied under Zen Master Harada Roshi. He also lived in a forest monastery in Thailand meditating and transcribing Buddhist

He currently lives in Oakland, California.

0:19 Introducing Dr. Kalish

4:50 Dr. Kalish's spiritual journey

  • Spiritual awakening, initial satori experience
  • Studies at a Zen monastery

9:55 Lessons in Japan and Thailand

  • Transmission teachings
  • Achievable enlightenment
  • Being fully in service of others

14:16 The effects of eating one meal a day

  • Taking food off the agenda
  • Optimization of personal growth

16:57 Life after the monastery

  • Seeking a service oriented job
  • Functional medicine

23:04 Functional medicine training

  • Finding the best mentors
  • The need for understandable educational programs
  • Learning to listen to the unconscious realms

33:25 The birth of a training program

37:24 Dr. Kalish's approach

  • Universal principles
  • Helping people before chronic illness

40:31 Study of women with stress

  • Treating the big five: fat, fatigue, depression, hormone imbalance, GI problems
  • Lifestyle changes and supplements for tremendous results

45:56 The findings of the study

  • Benefits of group practices
  • Intense emotional stress increases risk of sickness

51:51 Dr. Kalish's resources

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2 replies
  1. Toni
    Toni says:

    Awesome podcast with Dr. Daniel Kalish…a man with great passion and compassion, devoting his
    life to helping people heal. Thank you Michael and Dr. Dan for sharing your conversation with us!

    • Michael Seng
      Michael Seng says:

      Dear Toni,

      Thank-you! I can’t agree more. He has the experience and the heart to guide it.


      Dr. Seng


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