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323: Chronic pain, depression, and sleep issues with Dr. Gary Kaplan

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This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Gary Kaplan who is a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO). Dr. Kaplan is dual trained in osteopathic and allopathic medicine, as well as acupuncture. In this episode, Dr. Kaplan talks about inflammation from the standpoint of the cause of pain and depression and how the immune system can drive the inflammatory responses.

Causes of pain and depression
Innate immune system – body’s first line of defense against germs & foreign substances
Microglia – the resident immune cell of the brain
What products can you use for pain, depression, & sleep?
What are strategies for down-regulating microglial activation?
Unhealthy gut equals unhealthy brain
What is long COVID?
Surprising facts of social isolation
Why it’s important to look at adverse events during childhood

Gary Kaplan, DO a clinical associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Why You Are Still Sick: How Infections Can Break Your Immune System and How You Can Recover. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. In November, Dr Kaplan will co-chair an international conference on New Developments in Understanding Chronic Illness: The Role of the Immune Dysfunction and Infections.

Book: WHY YOU ARE STILL SICK: How infections can break your immune system & How you can recover –
Christa Biegler has been a registered dietitian for over 10 years, author of The Eczema Relief Diet & Cookbook, host of top-rated Less Stressed Life podcast and was awarded Dietitian of the Year for South Dakota in 2020.

She worked in a variety of clinical settings, school nutrition, and behind the scenes for a food company and fitness celebrity before starting her private practice focusing on food sensitivities and eczema for adults and pediatrics, which quickly expanded to all aspects of gut health.

She lives in the middle of nowhere with her unicycling husband, children and a flock of chickens. You can find her building furniture, paddleboarding, hiking or skiing on the weekends and doing her next biohacking experiment.
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