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Q & A With Jill Carnahan MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP

Dr. Jill Carnahan is a board certified physician in both Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. In her practice, she emphasizes an integrative holistic approach to wellness, using both conventional medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies. Dr. Carnahan’s own journey through breast cancer was a powerful force in shaping her passion to teach people how to heal with functional medicine.

Q: Dr. Jill, what sparked your interest in anti-aging and preventive medicine? How has it changed your practice?

A: I was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer at the age of twenty-five. I was able to survive, beat the cancer and go on to thriving and living well through integrative holistic medicine, diet/nutrition principles and functional medicine.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I believe that I’ve been given a new chance at life and health so that I can help others! It’s my mission and passion to share that knowledge to help patients in their own healing journey.

Q: Would you recommend a more preventive approach to patient care to your peers?

A: Yes, indeed! We work in a disease-care system, not a true “health-care “system. True wellness and vitality starts with clean organic real food. The foundational healing principles of a whole food, clean, healthy diet are essential to wellness and disease prevention.

So many of the chronic disease epidemics faced today are not cured or fixed with medication, but instead by finding the root cause and transforming patients’ health with basic principles of good sleep, lowered stress, proper nutrients from diet and supplements, and great fulfilling relationships with those we love.

As physicians, we are not going to make a dent in diabetes, obesity, cancer, autoimmune disease, or cardiovascular disease until we get to the root of our patients’ lifestyle factors like diet, sleep and fulfillment/purpose in life.

Q: Based on your experience, what are some of the challenges/considerations for physicians looking to apply a more integrative approach in their practice?

A: Once I decided to take the leap to a private cash practice, there were not too many challenges. I recommend keeping overhead low in the beginning, doing intake and office management yourself, until you grow. Start small and let the practice grow organically.

For anyone starting out, I recommend taking the leap and not being held hostage to fear of stepping out. Patients are looking for physicians who will take time to really listen and guide them to find the root cause of their symptoms, instead of just prescribing medications. They are willing to pay for time and personalized medical care, and there will be no shortage of business for a doctor willing to spend the time to help patients get well.

Q: What is your wish for the future of medicine?

A: I believe that it is essential to address the underlying root cause of illness, and to take a personalized approach to disease. That would include assessment of individual genetics, nutritional status, any underlying metabolic imbalances and infections, and then treat the patient as an individual with an individualized treatment plan.

There is no cookie cutter or one-size-fits-all approach that will work in addressing our patients’ illnesses. Most important, we need to model healthy behaviors, and teach patients to relax, sleep well, eat well and thrive

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5 Reasons You Should Attend A4M Orlando

  1. Come face-to-face with unparalleled education essential to practitioners in the field of Anti-Aging Medicine and implement what you learn into your practice.
  2. Connect with experts at the top of their fields presenting the latest cutting-edge information and case-studies in metabolic and integrative medicine.
  3. Network with over 150 companies and preview the latest products and services offered in the fields of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine offered by the product theater and the exhibit hall.
  4. This event is the opportunity for you- and all practitioners, regardless of specialty, to acquire skills and knowledge that will undoubtedly improve the overall well-being of your patients.
  5. Immerse yourself in a complete educational experience addressing the latest information in metabolic and integrative medicine.

For more information on this can’t-miss event, click here.

 

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The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Releases Program Agenda for 22nd Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Orlando, FL taking place May 16-17, 2014

 

Distinguished speakers, innovative topics and ‘can’t miss’ practical hands-on education featured in conference program agenda

 

The A4M recently released the full conference program agenda for the 22nd Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine taking place in Orlando, May 16th-17th. With over 2,000 medical practitioners from all specialties, both domestic and international expected to attend this event, the agenda includes brand new featured guest speakers, innovative educational topics, modules from the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, a full day of pre-conference workshops, over 250 exhibiting companies, sponsored evening workshops, product theater, and much more.

The featured keynote speaker is David Katz, MD, MPH, FACP, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. Dr. Katz is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Board Certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor at the Yale School of Medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, and medical director for the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. Dr. Katz has been extensively involved in medical education. He was a founding director of one of the nation’s first combined residency training programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT); and served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine for a span of 8 years. He has led classes and given lectures for Yale students in medicine, public health, nursing, the physician assistants program, and undergraduates, as well as medical residents and faculty.

Dr. Katz will present “Integrative Medicine: A Bridge Over Healthcare’s Troubled Waters” on Friday, May 16th, the first full day of general conference sessions.

Joel Heidelbaugh, MD, another internationally distinguished presenter will speak on “The Well Examination:  Now That You’ve Got His Attention, How Do You Keep Him Healthy,” focusing on men’s health. Special guest presenter Juliet Funt, founder and owner of WhiteSpace at Work will present “WhiteSpace: Take Back Control of Your Time.”

This event offers unparalleled education advancing the continuing medical education for all practitioners in attendance. Presentation topics include practical hands-on demonstration sessions on the subjects of telomeres, aging and disease; metabolic syndrome; neuroendocrine regulation; inflammation; brain fitness; case studies; and men’s health, among others.

On Thursday, May 15th, there are five pre-conference specialty workshops being offered on the subjects of Obesity, Stem Cells, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine, Medical Management for Hair Loss and Practice Management.

Additionally, the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine is offering the following modules live in Orlando:

  •          Module I: A Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Functional Approach to Endocrinology
  •          Module V: Clinical Intensives
  •          Module XII: Toxic Metals and Functional Toxicology
  •          Module XVI(B): Metabolic Cardiovascular Medicine

There will be 200 exhibiting companies housed in the exhibit hall, featuring their services from the fields of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine. Other events include product theater presentations taking place Friday, May 16th, this gives attendees the opportunity to view a presentation given by select exhibiting companies, presenting their latest products and services via a live demonstration or lecture.

Other conference bonuses include:

  •          Networking reception on Friday evening, giving attendees the opportunity to meet exhibitors while enjoying refreshments.
  •          Sponsored workshops Thursday and Friday evening
  •          Rolex Giveaway
  •          The A4M Conference App for smartphones
  •          A4M Bookstore

For the full conference agenda, click here.

For more information or to register for this event, please click here or call 888-997-0112 today.

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About the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

As a federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is the world’s largest non-profit scientific society of physicians and scientists dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process.

A4M offers exclusive membership to all medical professionals where they gain access to over two-decades of established medical expertise.  We are also dedicated to educating physician and scientists and are proud to be in our 22nd year of providing first-class continuing education conferences on anti-aging issues, regenerative and functional medicine.

To further demonstrate our commitment to the Future of Medicine Today, the shared responsibility for patient outcomes and transforming health education through innovation, we offer Board Certifications and Fellowship Training Programs in various disciplines ranging from Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine to such disciplines as aesthetic medicine, skin cancer and stem cell therapy, in order to lead the industry by establishing best practice standards in these areas.

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