Healing Disorders and Addiction with Integrative Medicine with Dr. Hyla Cass

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Hyla Cass, psychiatrist and integrative medicine expert. Many people view addiction as a sign of moral failure, but during our conversation, Dr. Cass explained why addiction is most often caused by an imbalance in the body's biochemistry, which can be fixed. Listen in to find out how integrative medicine (not drugs) can help people to overcome addictions and disorders to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

About Dr. Hyla Cass

Nationally acclaimed innovator and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry, and addiction recovery, Dr. Cass helps individuals to take charge of their health. One area is in withdrawing from both psychiatric medication and substances of abuse with the aid of natural supplements. Dr. Cass appears often as a guest on national radio and television, including The Dr. Oz Show, E! Entertainment, and The View, and in national print media. She has been quoted in many national magazines, blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the author of several best-selling books including: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, and her ebook, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free. She has created her own line of innovative nutritional supplements.

A member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Health Sciences Institute and Taste for Life Magazine, she is also Associate Editor of Total Health Magazine, she has served on the boards of California Citizens for Health and the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). A native of Toronto, she graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).

0:23 Introducing Dr. Hyla Cass

2:35 Dr. Cass' early years

  • Having a doctor father
  • Natural curiosity

11:59 University days

  • Seeing the extremes of medicine

14:08 Medicine grounding for psychiatry

17:00 Transitioning to integrative medicine

  • Money, power and drugs
  • The power of what we eat

20:50 Physical addiction

  • Dopamine deficiency
  • Natural treatments

29:45 Gut health

  • Sweet cravings and glutamine
  • “Happy neurons”

34:14 Food and hydration considerations

  • Be aware of the bad
  • Glyphosate, gluten and dairy
  • Take advantage of the good

39:49 Meditation

  • Get rid of stress with breathing
  • Connecting with your Spiritual Source
  • Listening to your body

45:15 Resources for addictions and cravings

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