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Sometimes it’s a good idea to get back to basics. A good place is start is sleep. That’s because better sleep has a myriad of positive benefits. But there are a lot of things these days that can get in the way of better sleep. Dr. Frank Lipman has answers.
Dr. Frank Lipman joins us from New York.
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For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How to Be Well, The New Health Rules, Young and Slim for Life, Revive and Total Renewal.
After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities
In 1984, Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine making him even more aware of the potential of implementing non-Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing.
He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient, chef Seamus Mullen, told The New York Times, “If antibiotics are right, he’ll try it. If it’s an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things.”
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On What Affects Sleep
“It’s also important to understand with sleep, it’s not only about what you do at night before you go to sleep, it’s also about what happens during the day that’s going to affect your sleep. And it’s important to realize it’s one of the important pillars of health. We talk about diet, exercise, and stress, but sleep is up there. And the last thing I’d like to say, especially with your audience and with our age group, alcohol is not your friend. It’s not your friend with anything, but particularly when it comes to sleep. A lot of people drink alcohol because it sort of calms them down and they think it makes them fall asleep, but it really disrupts your sleep.”
“We’ve always thought of melatonin as something for sleep. But lately I’ve been exploring a lot of the research using or seeing melatonin as one of the primary anti-aging hormones. So as we get older, our melatonin levels decrease, and that may be why we find it harder to sleep, but melatonin doesn’t just affect your sleep. Melatonin affects your immune system, your heart, it affects metabolism, sugar control and your weight. It affects your gut. It affects a huge swath of our physiology. So melatonin is now in – in certain circles – and I’m one of those people who’ve become obsessed with melatonin. It’s probably because it affects so many of the factors that are affected by aging. For instance, as we age, we tend to get more inflammation as we age. I’m starting to use melatonin as an anti-aging hormone, but I’m finding my sleep is much deeper and much better too. So it’s quite interesting. I think the idea that melatonin is an anti-aging hormone, there’s something there because melatonin decreases as we age. And now that you need more melatonin and especially when it’s functions sort of counteract many of the factors that occur with aging, I think it’s almost like a no-brainer to use melatonin, as an anti-aging supplement because it’s a hormone, but we can get it as a supplement.”
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