The Best of Holistic Medicine: Nutrition, Spirituality, and Psychiatry | Ellen Vora, MD

This week we are joined by Dr. Ellen Vora, a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher, to discuss the foundations of holistic medicine and healing anxiety through diet. Dr. Vora explains the intersection between evidence and intuition in medicine, discussing why the mind and body are inextricably linked. She reveals her top practices for helping anxiety, explaining how a simple perspective shift on it can revolutionize the way we experience it. She discusses the ins and outs of treating anxiety with diet, giving her perspective on Omega 3s, gluten-free diets, blood-sugar, and so much more. This is a great episode for anyone looking for a new approach to their health.

0:00 Intro

1:41 How Ellen Became a Mental Health Clinician

6:39 Why Studying Anxiety Matters

8:00 Eliminating Unnecessary Anxiety & Using it As a Tool

12:00 Practices that Help Anxiety

16:19 Merging Physical and Emotional Healing

17:30 The Yin & Yang of Evidence and Intuition

22:00 Learning to Live Intuitively

28:40 Functional Medicine That Works

33:35 Accessible Rituals to Get Started Today

37:26 Giving Ourselves the Permission to Cry

46:39 Treating Anxiety with Diet

48:50 Omega 3s and Gluten Free Diets

58:23 Blood Sugar, Caffeine, & Fermented Foods

1:03:16 Conclusion

Ellen Vora, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher, and she is the author of The Anatomy of Anxiety. She takes a functional medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.D. from Columbia University.

– Dr. Vora’s website:

– The Anatomy of Anxiety

– For the Love of Men by Liz Plank:

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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