Introducing the NEXT co-host of the Critical Conversations Podcast. I’m so excited to get to finally introduce you to Brigid Titgemeier, M.S., R.D.N, L.D. -otherwise known as a functional nutrition expert with a wealth of knowledge I can’t wait for you to discover.
She’s here to help expand the conversation around health and nutrition via her experience in the field of functional nutrition. Brigid graduated with her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University & completed the (IFM) Institute for Functional Medicine’s Advanced Functional Medicine Training for Clinicians.
She has even trained under and worked along side Dr. Mark Hyman, one of the top functional medicine doctors in the industry – while working as the founding dietitian of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.
Brigid is now teaching as an adjunct instructor in a graduate level course in Integrative and Functional Nutrition as well as developing a new functional nutrition consulting practice that we will be sure to dive into deeper, soon.
At the age of 14 – Brigid was diagnosed with a rare condition known as narcolepsy with associated cataplexy episodes which were debilitating her performance in life and in school, requiring in depth testing and evaluation by a Neurologist. After multiple doctors visits and deeper conversations into lifestyle factors that were playing a part of her condition – Brigid ultimately healed her body by bridging the gap between both western and functional lifestyle modalities & is here to talk about her story and the progress she has made, in this episode.
She knows better than anyone – that diet can play a huge role in our health. Brigid’s experience will allow us to dive deeper into this conversation around food & nutrition – with more certainty and experience than ever before.
As we discuss in this episode – our frustration with the ‘one size fits all approach’ that tends to be used across the board in the traditional western medicine system, seems to only scratch the surface of the problem & we plan to continue to dissect what the functional approach truly entails as each episode releases.
We truly believe there’s potential to begin to fix the gap – by addressing the power of nutrition and encouraging the western system to stop “just managing disease via managing symptoms” as Brigid so perfectly stated.
In other words, your symptoms you may be having and the diagnosis you may have been given (for example Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS) should be the beginning of your story;
it shouldn’t be the END OF THE STORY.
The approach Brigid tries to take with each of her clients, is to think of the “ingredients” needed to create actual health and wellness within each individualized body. Depending on what lifestyle you, toxins or medications you have been exposed to & most importantly, what’s on your plate.
Her approach is patient centered – rather than disease centered.
& with each upcoming episode – we will talk about everything this entails.
Please don’t hesitate to leave any questions, comments or ideas for future episodes with Brigid – in the comments section below.