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Functional Medicine Doctor - what is the best path?

Hi Dr. Chatterjee, You inspired me to do a career switch from Computer Science/IT and Team Coaching to researching how to become a functional medicine doctor and help your mission for treating with more lifestyle changes and fewer pills. Why? If interested see the end of this message, not going to bore you here. My question is, what is the best way to start this career switch and start working towards becoming a Functional Medicine Doctor? If you are to start all over again now, what would be your first step into education? Med School or some other path? According to my research to call yourself a Functional Medicine Doctor, you need a minimum of 9 years (GP qualification). But you and Dr. Mark Hyman mention that you didn't learn the things you preach in Med School, so is this investment worth it at all? Is there a more efficient way to get this knoweldge in 2021? If you are to start all over again now, what would be your first step into education? I guess this will be useful advice for anybody, thinking of applying for medicine, wishing to contribute towards YOUR mission of transforming medicine being a more about lifestyle rather than pills. My inspiration: I have multiple autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto, Alopecia areata), Food intolerances (resulting in hives). I would like to heal myself and more people like me, but with lifestyle changes, as you suggest, since that is what helped me. Best wishes, Veselin Kirev

Food allergies

I love your show and all the nutritional advice. I am allergic (since childhood) to all seafood (not just shellfish), all nuts (especially peanuts), soy, and peas. All the advice about Omega 3's and how important they are for brain health makes me question whether I can take fish oil. How would I know if it was doing good or harm?

Your marathon experience

Hi Rangan, thank you so much for all the great work you are doing. Since I found your podcast (and your books - they've been a constant help in keeping myself inspired and accountable), I've been implementing many of your suggestions (and those of your inspiring guests). Recently, I was so impressed by you running the London Marathon that I put my name down for next year's ballot. Would you share your experience, please? In particular: How much of a runner were you before you got challenged to do a marathon? How did you train? Did you do all your training on your own or did you have somebody to do it with? How did your race day go? How did your body feel the day after? Any tips any marathon first-timer should heed? Thank you again. Looking forward to listening to the AMA episodes.

Vitamin D

What dose of vitamin D would you recommend to take? The dose discussed with Dr Roger Seheult far exceeded the dose the NHS recommend. I, like many others, take Calcichew -D3 daily which contains 400 iu already. Is it necessary to supplement this?

Transition into winter

Would love to hear some practical steps to take to transition into the colder and darker months. They are weaved through various bigger conversations but it’s hard for me to lift and shift them into actionable steps. Getting up in the morning when it’s dark is a particular challenge. I’m considering sad lamps but hard to know how to incorporate it into the routine. Thank you