Part 1 : Body on Fire: How to Fight Inflammation with Cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal
Oct 20, 2021
Watch Episode 148 with Dr. Monica Aggarwal:
Dr. Monica Aggarwal is the perfect example of what can happen when you don’t take care of your body … she’s also the perfect example of what can happen when you do take care of your body. Living under the constant pressure of defined gender norms in a subspecialty medical profession, Dr. Aggarwal strived to be perfect. After finishing school and experiencing several miscarriages, she had three children in four years and tried to be Super Mom along with her full-time job as a cardiologist. Ultimately, her body broke down and she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Months passed until she took control of her health—not with medicine, but with lifestyle. When she prioritized sleep, plant-based eating, and more gentle forms of exercise, she put her disease in remission. This is part one of our two-part interview with the fabulous and knowledgeable Dr. Aggarwal. We just couldn’t cover everything in one short hour. Buckle up and get ready to learn.
Listen to Episode 148 with Dr. Monica Aggarwal:
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What we discuss in this episode:
Expectations placed on women in the medical field
Dr. Aggarwal’s story of healing
Rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders
Understanding inflammation and disease
Inflammatory foods and triggers
Understanding heart disease and risk
Preventative measures to decreasing risk of illness
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