Healed: Wellness for the 21st Century by Dr. Robin Miller – Interview Q&A
Bio – Dr. Robin Miller is an established author (The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife and Beyond and Kids Ask the Doctor), and has gathered the knowledge, insights and anecdotes offered in this book over the course of 33 years of treating patients using the principles of integrative medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine, she trained with Andrew Weil as an Integrative Medicine Fellow at University of Arizona. She is currently Medical Director of Triune Integrative Medicine, a highly innovative integrative medicine clinic in Medford, Oregon. She blogs regularly for Sharecare.com, an interactive health and wellness website founded in conjunction with Dr. Mehmet Oz, where she serves as Executive Advisory Board member. Robin is also a medical reporter and a regular correspondent for KOBI-5, the NBC affiliate in Southern Oregon.
Why have you written this book?
As an Integrative medicine doctor, I have found the best approach to health and healing is to partner with my patients and find the best preventive measures and treatments that work for them as individuals. I am always in search of new; evidence-based therapies that will help them lead their best lives. In Healed, we share these approaches so patients will be aware of their many options for wellness.
What are the keys and evidence to a long and healthy life?
A healthy diet, exercise, a strong social network and a life filled with purpose are what it is all about. In areas of the world where people live into their 100th year, people move as part of their daily life, eat a healthy (mostly plant based diet), have love and community, faith in a higher power and a strong sense of purpose.
How does gut health affect our mood and how do we keep it happy?
Observationally, one can see what happens with an unhealthy diet. Remember the movie Super Size Me? We watched a healthy, happy, fit man turn into a depressed, pain riddled, overweight person whose liver was almost destroyed. A healthy gut is essential for overall health, which by default is important for being happy. Animal studies have shown mood can be changed when stool from animals are exchanged.
We often hear about the benefits of coffee, are they true? Yes.
For those who metabolize coffee normally, there is a decreased risk for a number of diseases and conditions; Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, tinnitus, endometrial and colorectal cancers, and depression.
If you could leave one final thought for readers of your book, what do you hope they gain?
I hope our readers realize health and wellness can be obtained at any age. They can find it with many of the new ideas and concepts discussed in our book along with healthy eating, exercise, and of course ballroom dancing!