Connection Medicine & Its Impact On Our Health

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Elevating Wellness to Wonderful Living

The Difference Between “We Need” and “We Should”


Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman Notable Quotes

“The strategies we use to meet our needs can differ significantly. And feelings, when we have pleasant feelings, they’re basically a messenger letting you know that your needs are being met. And when you have unpleasant feelings, they’re basically a messenger saying you have needs that are not being met or tended to.”

                                                – Dr. Matthew Lederman

“Connecting to yourself, really learning the value of regulation and resourcing and connection to yourself and to the world around you, the value of that is so great, and it really elevates your experience from wellness to a state of life is wonderful.

Dr. Alona Pulde

            “When you don’t meet your needs, that state of danger is pro-inflammatory. That state of danger causes physical changes that affect your LDL cholesterol, and hemoglobin-a1c, and risk of all sorts of metabolic complications, so we need to be connected to our needs. We need to be able to be connected to other people, not just being around a lot of people, it’s about being able to share your authentic self in a way that brings you closer to other people so that it feels like a gift to the other person.”

                                                            – Dr. Matthew Lederman


Episode Summary

When we think of optimizing our health, more often than not, we think about what to eat and what not eat; we think about the kinds of exercises we should be doing, and maybe what kind of supplementation we should take to give ourselves a boost. But that’s not all there is to health. Little do we know that our connection to ourselves, the people around us, and the world we live in directly affects our health.

In this episode of This Podcast Burns Fat, we’re talking to authors and Co-Founders of WeHeal Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman to shed some light on the missing link that directly impacts our health and that stands between wellness and a wonderful life: connection.


Relevant Links

WeHealWebsite |  Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn

Fork Over Knives Website

The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet (2017) by Alona Pulde, M.D., Matthew Lederman, M.D., Marah Stets, Brian Wendel, & Darshana Thacker

WELLNESS TO WONDERFUL: 9 Pillars for Living Healthier, Longer, and with Greater Joy (2023) by Alona Pulde, MD & Matthew Lederman, MD


In this Episode of This Podcast Burns Fat!

  • Omar and Lori introduce the episode’s guest, Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman (01:25)
  • Forks Over Knives: disease reversal through lifestyle and nutrition (04:30)
  • Nutrition as a fundamental piece in the wonderful living equation (06:15)
    • A focus on the five major food groups (06:43)
    • Adding connection medicine to nutrition (07:27)
  • The nine pillars of optimal health (09:08)
    • It starts with the self (10:45)
    • Self-connection: the most overlooked pillar (12:13)
  • “We Need” vs. “ We Should” (13:33)
    • What we feel are signifiers and messengers (14:11)
  • Recognizing a person in survival mode (14:43)
    • No on or off: survival mode is a continuum (16:20)
    • How checked out are we? (17:27)
  • Connection medicine affects the physical health in all aspects (23:43)
  • The journey begins with self-connecting (25:05)
    • The impact of burning the candle at both ends (27:25)
  • The first steps to take to manage overweight and obesity (28:19)
    • What prevents you from making the right changes? (29:45)
  • Disconnection and suppressed emotions are associated to different microbiomes (33:15)
  • Recommendations on supplementation (34:19)
  • Meeting people where they are and starting the journey from there (35:12)
  • Where to find and keep up with Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman’s work (39:23)


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