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ICP 51: Dr. Koushik Reddy

I have a carrot and a stent, you pick.

This episode is brought to you in part by the Patrons of this podcast. As of the publish of this episode in October 2018, there are 32 people who proudly support this podcast through per-episode donations. What do they get out of the deal? Most important to them, they’re supporting a message that they know will one day change the world. They believe in me and the work that I am doing, and for that I am humbled and grateful.

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Dr. Koushik Reddy is a physician working for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Tampa, Florida. Although his story has its unique details, his overall journey to find lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition is like many others. He learned about how the human body works and trained in traditional western medicine techniques. He had an ‘Ah ha” moment and realized there must be another way to practice medicine. He stood on the shoulders of giants in the field and learned from the teachings of many physicians who were the early trailblazers. And now practices and teaches lifestyle medicine to everyone he encounters and is now truly helping people realize the healthy lives they were meant to live.

I will include, in the show notes, an article Dr. Reddy penned which outlines the way he used to practice medicine and how that all changed. It’s his whole story in 4 pages. The piece is entitled “I have a carrot and a stent, you pick”. This encompasses Dr. Reddy and his style of medicine so well because with what he knows now, he puts much of the responsibility of the patient’s health back in their hands and helps them realize that the power was always in their hands, and in some cases, gives them a second chance at life.

I can’t say it any better than he can, so lets get right into this weeks conversation, on Episode #51, with Dr. Koushik Reddy.

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We’ll see you next episode. And until that time, keep eating more plants, stay curious, remain responsible and compassionate ambassadors to this movement and may you live to be 100 years old.