Functional Medicine Insights with Dr. Jeffrey Bland
Dr. Rob Downey speaks with Jeff Bland about Functional Medicine and its impact on the medical community and health.
They talk about the future of medicine and how you can put functional medicine principles into practice for your own health and well-being.
Dr. Rob and Dr. Bland open up about their personal experiences in the early days of their careers in this powerful episode.
- The history of functional medicine
- Autoimmunity and what it actually entails
- Changing lives through functional medicine
- The fight against disillusionment
Jeffrey Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years and is known as the father of functional medicine for his ability to synthesize complex scientific concepts in a manner that is both personable and accessible. A biochemist by training, Dr. Bland earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.
Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and served as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980’s, working directly with two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, who he considers his lifelong mentor. Dr. Bland has authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and six books on nutrition and health for the general public including The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life (HarperWave, 2014), Your Health Under Siege: Using Nutrition to Fight Back, and Genetic Nutritioneering. He is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry and medicine.
Committed to advancing education in the natural health sciences, Dr. Bland was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation. With his wife, Susan, Dr. Bland founded The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, a nonprofit organization focused on educating healthcare practitioners on effective approaches to treating and preventing chronic disease. During his decades-long career, Dr. Bland has traveled annually throughout North America, Europe, and Asia presenting a highly regarded seminar series on science-based nutrition and health. He has provided lectures and medical education events to more than 250,000 health care providers in more than 50 countries.