458. What is Functional Medicine? With Lucie Wilk and Mark Walsh

Holistic doctor Lucie Wilk joins me to talk allopathic medicine, functional medicine, the evolutional mismatch, agency, questioning medical authority, lifestyle medicine, Gabor Mate, trauma and medicine, social health, tech, and more.



Lucie Wilk is an author, TEDx speaker, holistic doctor and consultant rheumatologist within the UK’s National Health Service. In her holistic and integrative practice, she uses a combination of functional medicine, herbalism, craniosacral therapy and embodied inquiry to help guide people on their pathway to healing.

She studied medicine at the University of Ottawa in Canada before qualifying in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology with the University of British Columbia where she also completed her MFA in creative writing. She worked as a consultant rheumatologist and lupus specialist in Vancouver General Hospital before moving to the UK in 2010 where she has worked in a number of hospital Trusts.

Over the years, she has explored the beauty and mystery of the human body through gymnastics, dance, visual art and writing. After struggling through years of hospital medicine, she became deeply disillusioned with the mechanistic allopathic approach which led her back to the body, first through learning energy bodywork and then other forms of embodied trauma therapy. She now understands that true healing can only occur if we answer the body’s call and follow our symptoms to the true source of our dis-ease.

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