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Cynthia Li, MD, is a doctor and author whose personal healing journey through a disabling autoimmune condition took her from public health in underserved populations to integrative and Functional Medicine. In this interview, Dr. Li shares her own autoimmune healing journey which expanded her beyond her conventional training. I believe her memoir, Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing should be required reading for doctors and anyone who wants to be inspired to pursue a mind-body-spirit healing journey of their own.
02:19 Cynthia’s story growing up as a sensitive and introverted child in a first generation Chinese-American, evangelical family
12:01 Cynthia’s first symptoms of dizziness started in middle school
14:45 Symptoms hit the fan when she got pregnant
16:00 The overt beginning of autoimmunity: postpartum thyroiditis
18:30 Baby number two and then a near death experience in Beijing that was the beginning of chronic fatigue syndrome and POTS
21:30 The importance of having support, asking for help, and being open to new ideas and knowledge
28:54 How mind-body-spirit practices like qigong can help release grief from the body
35:34 The Frances Weller grief ritual Cynthia attended
38:00 A simple grief release practice anyone can do
44:03 Cynthia’s memoir, Brave New Medicine
Cynthia Li’s website: cynthialimd.com
Cynthia’s qigong practice: The Chi Center for Wisdom Qigong
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