S2E17: Cynthia Thurlow


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The healthcare system is flawed if it forces you to see more patients for profit than to focus on patients to heal them. Cynthia Thurlow doesn't want any of that anymore. As a nurse practitioner, she has a lot of autonomy in patient care, yet she felt restricted because she can’t deliver the kind of care she wants. Her big move was to leave clinical medicine and choose the path she knows she can better help patients through lifestyle medicine and nutrition.
Despite people who tell her she has no business giving nutrition information, she strongly speaks up about metabolic flexibility, intermittent fasting, and why she left the system so she can heal more people. Hear all about that and more in this episode.
Quick Guide:
0:45 Introduction
1:32 Allopathic medicine
4:11 Stabilizing, but not healing
9:24 The life of a nurse practitioner
13:00 When you can’t provide the care you want
19:49 To be prevented from publicly expressing a belief
23:21 Not eating 12 hours a day should be the gold standard
25:21 Metabolic flexibility
29:42 The focus on caring for middle-aged women
35:17 To inspire and recognize the capability to do incredible things
36:38 Not being able to unsee what you’ve seen
43:31 Fasting and pre-menopausal and menopausal females
47:52 Intermittent fasting
57:13 Importance of animal-based protein
Get to know our guest:
Cynthia Thurlow is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in cardiology. And she left the medical system so that she could help people heal. Today, she's a social media phenom, the creator of a viral TedX talk, a trusted voice on all things health-related for peri-menipausal and post-menopausal women, and an advocate for intermittent fasting as a health strategy.

“I hope that people understand that all of these health care providers really want to do what's best for our patients, we're just so constrained within the current system.” - Cynthia Thurlow

Connect with her:
Her book Intermittent Fasting Transformation
Episode Snippets:
5:15 - 6:20 - A child with life-threatening allergies changed everything
7:18 - 8:07 - Patients just want the pill
12:45 - 13:27 - Overworked healthcare professionals
14:45 - 15:38 - Being so bogged down that they just stopped caring
16:11 - 16:48 - Losing healthcare professionals to other occupations
23:56 - 24:34 - You should not eat 12 hours a day
30:31 - 30:58 - Programs focused on women
43:37 - 44:03 - Once you see, you can’t unsee
45:38 - 46:48 - Being passionate about intermittent fasting
48:23 - 49:16 - Fasting is eating less often
1:00:08 - 1:00:35 - Don’t feel guilty about eating meat

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