Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer. Listen to Part I and II with Dr. Esther Konigsberg


Episode 1

What is Integrative Medicine?
This is Part I of AFN’s interview with integrative medicine consultant Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP. Dr. Konigsberg, whose teachers and mentors include Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil, explains what integrative medicine is, why patients seek it out and how it fits in with an overall treatment plan. The podcast also explores whether western and alternative healthcare practitioners are really on opposite sides or is the landscape changing? This episode leads into Part II of the interview with Dr. Konigsberg which delves into the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine. In this podcast you’ll hear:

2:15 – Why Dr. Konigsberg wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor

3:05 – Dr. Konigsberg’s experience in medical school

4:30 – Dr. Konigsberg’s pursuit of further education and her mentors

8:00 – Dr. Konigsberg’s views on evidenced-based medicine

10:00 – Benefits of Integrative Medicine

14:10 – Are western and alternative/complementary medicine practitioners still on ‘opposite sides’?

16:25 – What to look for in an alternative healthcare practitioner

18:10 – Integrative medicine in the U.S. v. Canada


Episode 2

The Role of Food in Integrative Medicine
This is Part II of AFN’s interview with Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP, where she discusses the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine versus western medicine. While food and nutrition are often discussed in the context of maintaining general good health, what about food as medicine? Do students in medical school learn about nutrition? Diet changes to help with pain, inflammation and digestive problems are just a few of the topics discussed in this podcast. In this podcast you’ll hear:

1:50 – The large role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine

3:20 – Inflammation and diet

5:30 – Gluten-free diet

6:55 – Is diet and nutrition being taught in medical school?

11:50 – Dr. Konigsberg’s recommendations for educating current and future MD’s about nutrition

16:05 – Listen to your body

17:50 – The misinformation about soy

20:13 – Nutrition in the media


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Integrative medicine consulting fees are not a benefit of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).