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How to Be Well: Frank Lipman, MD On The Keys To A Happy & Healthy Life

By June 3, 2018January 24th, 2024No Comments

“Make your default mode one of generosity. It’s a nice way to live, and it’s contagious.”

Frank Lipman MD

Health isn’t the absence of disease. It’s a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing.

Frank Lipman, MD gets it. And today’s conversation reflects this very ethos.

A leading trailblazer in Functional and Integrative Medicine, Frank began his training in his native South Africa. Disillusioned with the limitations of conventional medicine, he then spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. Introduced to local traditional healers (sangomas) kindled an interest in non-traditional healing modalities, catalyzing a passion for combining the best of Western medicine with age-old Eastern techniques of healing, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, meditation, and yoga.

Today Frank treats patients holistically as the founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. In addition, he is a New York Times best-selling author of six books: Total Renewal*Revive*The New Health Rules*10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat* and Young and Slim for Life*.

His newest book is entitled How To Be Well*, a beautifully illustrated primer on improving and strengthening your resilience, functioning, and overall health.


This conversation expands the aperture on what is required to live truly well. It’s about understanding food as the very building blocks of life. It’s about the primacy of sleep and movement. It’s about how to mitigate and prevent the invisible assaults of everyday toxins. It’s about the importance of carving out time to unwind and reboot. And it’s about our innate need to connect with each other in order to awaken and enhance a sense of belonging and meaning

But most of all, this is a conversation about the power we all have to take better control over the quality of our health and lives.

One caveat: Frank is not vegan or plant-based. Let’s just say we don’t exactly see eye to eye on everything. But we are great friends who extend a mutual respect for each other. We agree on the majority of things that contribute to wellness and disease. And we enjoy poking fun at each other over our differences.

If we want to advance the conversation on the future of health, there is something to be said for building bridges. I offer this conversation in the spirit of that sentiment.

Frank is delightful. I found this conversation both enjoyable and informative. I hope you do too.

Peace + Plants,


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Check out Frank’s latest book: How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life*

Background, Context & Reference:

Notable People Discussed in today’s podcast:

  • Zach Bush M.D.: triple board-certified physician and podcast guest
  • Valter Longo, PhD: Professor in Gerontology & Biological Science, Director of the USC Longevity Institute and podcast guest
  • Seamus Mullen: award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, cycling enthusiast and podcast guest
  • Tristan Harris: co-fonder of Time Well Spent –  a nonprofit organization which seeks to reverse the “digital attention crisis”, caused by technology companies designing mobile devices and social media features in order to capture as much attention as possible, regardless of their impact on users’ quality of life
  • Harriet Beinfield: licensed acupuncturist, author, and educator practicing Chinese medicine for 40+ years
  • Efram Korngold: one of the leading traditional Chinese medicine teachers and practitioners in America
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bland: founder and pioneer in the field of Functional Medicine
  • Wendell Berry: American philosopher, novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. “People are fed by the food industry that pays no attention to our health and treated by the health industry that pays no attention to our food.”

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music. Video, editing and graphics by Blake Curtis and Margo Lubin. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.


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