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Dr. Sunil Pai on the power of plants and nutraceuticals to restore health

Dr. Sunil Pai, MD is the founder and medical director of Sanjevani Integrative Medicine and Lifestyle Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was one of the first physicians to become a Fellow of the Program in Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona directed by Dr. Andrew Weil, the “father” of Integrative Medicine and was one of the first Board Certified MD’s in Holistic Integrative Medicine in the United States.

Dr. Pai is the author of a terrific book called An Inflammation Nation: The Definitive 10-Step Guide to Preventing and Treating All Disease through Diet, Lifestyle and the Use of Natural Anti-Inflammatories.

Dr. Pai also formulated one of my favorite supplements Bosmeric-SR, which contains turmeric, boswelia (frankincense), ginger and black pepper.

And Dr. Pai and I will both be speaking in Costa Rica at the Food Is Medicine retreat April 27-May 1st 2017!

Dr. Pai has deep knowledge on nutritional science, natural healing, as well as the good, bad and ugly side of the supplement industry.

Enjoy this fascinating and wide-ranging interview with the brilliant Dr. Sunil Pai.

Show Notes:
-The problem with supplements losing potency [8:35]
-Details about the Costa Rica “Food as Medicine” Retreat [12:20]
-What an “evidence-based” healthy diet looks like [13:23]
-Why America is ranked “bottom of the barrel” in healthcare [17:39]
-Dr. Pai’s synergistic comprehensive approach with patients [19:19]
-Integrative therapies used at Sunil Pai’s clinic [29:08]
-Deceptive supplement marketing [33:05]
-The production path of Bosmeric-SR from crop to shelf [43:36]

Selected Links:
Bosmeric-SR (Turmeric, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper)

Connect with Dr Sunil Pai:
Web – https://www.sanjevani.net
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SanjevaniHealth
His book – An Inflammation Nation by Sunil Pai, MD

Food as Medicine – Costa Rica Retreat (April 27th-May 1st)


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  • Rochelle

    Amazing interview! Thank you.

  • Stephanie Sframeli

    I loved this interview!!! I sooooo wish we had this in NJ!!! I want to move to Mexico just so I can go to HIM as my doctor. Thank you for sharing!!! I’m ordering the supplement.

    • TheHulk

      Don’t believe in scams. People like Mr. Pai prey on innocent and trusting people.

  • Teena

    Awesome info as usual!

    Quick question for you. I noticed that you never recommend the “epigenetic labs” supplements. Any particular reason why?

  • Donna Champagne O’Keefe

    Thanks, Chris. Great interview. Unfortunately, this is a very expensive supplement so most people could never benefit from it. Any idea for the next best way to consume and absorb turmeric without spending $84 a month? A survey revealed that 1/2 of Americans don’t have $400 for an emergency. And among those who might have $400 for an emergency, most of them probably can’t afford this supplement either. That’s a lot of people. Only 1 in 8 Americans earn enough to have a middle-class lifestyle which, if you read what middle-class is, it’s pretty modest. I listened to this and concluded that my organic turmeric and black pepper supplement might not be perfect but it’s what I can afford. The cost of organic food and selective supplementation adds up even for the most frugal of shoppers.

    • Siva Krishna

      Early morning as soon as you wake up make a small ball of Dried Neem powder and turmeric powder(4:1 proportion of neem:turmeric).And that ball should be the size of one big peanut. Drink it with hot water. All diseases are miles away. Doctor is just making money. All those ingredients in that supplement were used by us daily in our vegetable curries. Next time you make any soup just add a pinch of turmeric, black pepper, ginger paste. This will do wonder. Also try to use coconut oil. And if you are heavy meat eater then ginger+ garlic paste along with turmeric and black pepper is a must while cooking meat. You can find turmeric , neem powder, ginger + garlic paste in any departmental store. Neem + Turmeric will do wonders. Personally I used to take 2-3 neem leaves early morning. Now due to lack of availability here in US i have to take it in dried form. My uncle takes it daily for the past 75 years, and he is the most healthy person and he still uses bike to go to different places. Go for supplement forms only if you are with no options. But all those ingredients can be used in daily cooking. The neem + turmeric ball I prepare costs me 10$ for 2 Months.

  • Capitanissa

    Thank you, have enjoyed watching the video,good to have the bottom line on Tumeric,and know that a doctor such as yourself exists – and your clinic. I have been taking turmerci for 2 years, not sure if it has made a difference or not. Question: If you suffering from what you think is inflammation and have had blood tests and your doctor says you have no inflammation and yet your bones, tissue and joints are terribly painful (for months) – and you have been on an anti inflammatory diet for 2 months, no alcohol, wheat,grains,sugar,milk products -and the pain is severe and not getting any less, what do you do next? My husband has also had GERD, and the diet is helping that, he also has a huge amount of phelm which we can’t get under control with what we are doing+steaming and saline spray. He is only on blood pressure meds, but will not take anything else. Maybe we will have to travel to Albuquerque to get answers to my husband’s problems. thanks again.

  • le

    depok chopra (sp) is a HINDU! Ya know the 3rd eye and all. He is all “new age” thinking. He serves a false god! Christians have no business supporting these people.
    Please do your research!!! starting to wonder about you.

    • TheHulk

      What do you mean “false god” ? I am hindu and I believe my god is true, and even a lot older then yours. What’s wrong in our belief being different then yours? You keep your belief, I keep mine, that’s not a reason to fight?

  • Jenny Knuth

    Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like a lot of people featured in TTAC are all coming out with their own supplement lines. I feel like I have all these people I’m supposed to “trust” screaming at me take MY brand, mine’s the BEST! So confusing for people like my self who are battling for their life.

    • Katie

      I agree. I would have preferred Dr Pai to talk about what to look for in a supplement and then simply state that he has a supplement that has all these things. $84 is quite a bit for a supplement and I would definitely need more convincing that this supplement is worth it.

  • TheHulk

    Seemed like a sales pitch Chris! Please stay away from such commercials.

  • Theresa Crockett

    really Chris…You asked him about his grandparents who were chanting and doing yoga? He also has a photo of some god behind him on his wall. You seemed very impressed with him, however, this is not for me. No compromise here. Jesus Christ, Lord of Lord and King of Kings!

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