Interview between Dr. Drossman and John Immel
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The brain-gut interaction has been a topic of growing interest in recent years. In this unique interview with Joyful Belly, Dr. Drossman outlines the psychological, social, and cultural factors that affect digestion.
Dr. Drossman is a gastroenterologist. What makes him so unique as a physician is his specialty in the field of psychology. He is a pioneer in educating practitioners in active listening and patient centered care for the treatment of functional GI disorders.
His academic credentials speak for themselves. Dr. Drossman is President of the Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Patient Care at UNC Chapel Hill. He runs a flourishing private practice called Drossman gastroenterology. He is also president of the Rome Foundation and former co-director of the UNC Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders.
This interview between John Immel and Dr. Drossman highlights Dr. Drossman's work in the field of functional GI disorders. In the interview he also answers questions such as "What is Functional Gastroenterology?" and "What is the role of the gut biome in the brain-gut axis?"
This interview was hosted by Joyful Belly Ayurveda as part of our ongoing outreach through the Mastering Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition: 500 Hour Certification Program.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.