Episode #172

Dr. Will Cole

Addressing Shameflammation and Stored Trauma to Optimize Health

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Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine expert and best-selling author, is my number one most frequented guest on this podcast, and it’s for a good reason.

He’s a wealth of knowledge, and he’s constantly evolving and mastering his approach of addressing the root causes of chronic diseases, and this episode is no different.

In it, Dr. Cole discusses a term he came up with, shameflammation, and he dives into what that is and why it could be an underlying issue for many people, including healthy patients.

Dr. Cole also addresses the connection between mental and physical health, stored traumas, the difference between shame and guilt, and more.

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You’ll also hear about the free interventions Dr. Cole recommends using to address these issues and more about his latest book, Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.

If this is your first time hearing about Dr. Will Cole, he’s a leading functional medicine expert who has been in practice for over 13 years. 

He uses telehealth practices to help patients all over the world.

Dr. Cole has also written four books, hosts a podcast called The Art of Being Well, and has been recognized as one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors nationwide. 

He truly is a wealth of knowledge, which is why I keep bringing him back on the show.

In this episode, you’ll hear more about:

  • Understanding the connection between mental and physical health 
  • Dr. Will Cole’s term “shameflammation” and how shame impacts our health
  • The difference between experiencing shame versus guilt
  • Where does shameflammation come from?
  • How stress and trauma are stored in the body and what can be done about it
  • Interventions to improve both physical and mental health and resolve shameflammation
  • Why aren’t these free interventions being prescribed by traditional doctors? Is it because there’s no money to be made from them?
  • How healthy habits could be making your health worse and what you can do to fix this
  • What Dr. Cole’s personal journey looks like
  • Working to address intergenerational trauma
  • Dr. Cole’s experience with psychedelics for treating trauma and other alternative treatment options
  • Information on his latest book, Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel

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