As a 4th-generation physician, Bill Rawls, MD has dedicated his life to medicine. But when faced with a personal health crisis in his late forties with Lyme disease, everything changed. In his quest to regain his health, Dr. Rawls was confronted with the limitations of conventional medicine and knew he had to find his own path to restore wellness. For the past 15 years, he has extensively studied the science behind herbal therapies and new sustainable approaches for protecting health.

Today, Dr. Rawls shares the revelations that helped him and thousands of others reclaim their lives. Dr. Rawls is a leading expert in integrative health and Medical Director of Vital Plan, a holistic health and herbal supplement company in Raleigh, NC. He is the best-selling author of Unlocking Lyme, and his most recent book is called, The Cellular Wellness Solution: Tap Into Your Full Health Potential with the Science-Backed Power of Herbs.

Here are the show notes:

2:15 How Dr Rawls Got Into Medicine?

  • Trained as a physician into obstetrics and gynecology
  • Was sleep deprived and got sick
  • Turned to herbal therapy to get his health back
  • Spent 15 years learning about herbs

10:50 How Dr. Rawls Defines Cellular Wellness

  • The smallest functional unit of the human body is a cell
  • Cells can repair damage themselves and recover from stress
  • When cells are stressed, they can’t repair themselves and illness can set in

16:35 What Are The Top Stressors For Our Cells

  • Poor diet
  • Mental stress
  • Physical stress
  • Toxic environment
  • Microbial stress

22:10 How Microbes Can Cause Long Term Damage To Your Cells

  • Typically microbes live in our gut and on the surface of our skin
  • But they are constantly trying to enter our tissues – and can get through the intestinal barriers
  • These microbes get into the blood, our tissues and even into the brain
  • These microbes can become dormant and hang around inside cells and tissues
  • When you start aging, these microbes can reactivate in your cells
  • Antibiotics cannot fix this issue, but herbs can

36:10 What’s The Link Between Microbes And Auto-Immunity

  • Once cells get weak, microbes reactivate and start infecting other cells
  • Regular healthy cells can get caught in the crossfire, causing auto-immunity

37:45 How Can We Boost Cellular Wellness To Stay Young & Healthy

  • Diet – keep carbs low, and glycation can stay low as well
  • Stress – keep stress low and sleep well
  • Add herbs to heal and protect cells
  • Herbs help boost our defenses using complex plant defense pathways

43:20 Top Herbs That Everyone Should Be Taking Every Day

  • Stressors in the plant environment
  • Combining herbs is great because you can get
  • Rhodiola: adaptogen. Neutralizes physical and mental stressors and balance hormones.
  • Reishi mushroom: anti-cancer, anti-viral, good for liver and heart
  • Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-alzheimers
  • Gotu-Kola: helps to protect the brain
  • Milk thistle: detox for liver protection and helps regenerate liver cells
  • Shilajit: fulvic acid helps support reproductive systems and testosterone
  • Hawthorn and pine bark for the heart

51:10 Why Pick Herbs Over Nutrients

  • Vitamins or individual nutrients are raw materials for cellular parts
  • But herbs are different
  • Herbs are best for phytochemicals for cellular protection
  • They can help nutrient demand in cells

54:25 Best Anti-Microbial Herbs

  • Elderberry and echinacea are best for acute needs
  • The next ones are great for general protection and can be taken regularly
  • Japanese knotweed, Cat’s claw, garlic, andrographis

56:50 Where You Can Find Dr. Rawls

  • for chronic illness
  • is the supplement
  • for the book
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