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In today’s episode, I have an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Bill Rawls, a man whose personal journey through chronic illness has led him to a profound appreciation for the healing powers of nature, especially the immune-stimulating effects of adaptogens like Chinese skullcap and reishi mushroom. Dr. Rawls shares his insights into the delicate balance of our body’s immune system, the often overlooked connection between stress, cellular health, and chronic disease, and how herbs play a critical role in maintaining that balance.

We’ll explore controversial ideas about the presence of intracellular bacteria in cancer cells, dive into the misconceptions surrounding chronic illnesses like Lyme disease, and confront the limitations of conventional medicine—especially its often rigid stance against the benefits of herbal therapy. Dr. Rawls will share his expertise on why a cellular approach, rather than a purely pathogen-targeted one, could revolutionize our treatment of chronic conditions and how adapting our diet, environment, and lifestyle can foster long-term health and resilience.

In this episode, Seth and Dr. Rawls discuss:

  • Understanding Chronic Illness and Cellular Stress

  • The Role of Pathogens in Chronic Illness

  • Chronic Stress and its Effects on the Body

  • Benefits of Herbal Therapy

  • Herbs as an Alternative to Antibiotics

  • Tick-Borne Illnesses and Microbe Defense Levels

More about Dr. bill rawlS:

For over 30 years, Dr. Bill Rawls has dedicated his life to medicine. When a health crisis in his early forties abruptly changed his quality of life, he came face to face with the limitations of modern medicine and began to explore the vast possibilities of alternative treatments. Restoring his health through holistic and herbal therapies inspired him to share his revelations on the importance of cellular wellness.

Today, he works to bring life and vitality to others as he helps them establish their own paths to wellness through modern herbology. He founded Vital Plan along with his daughter Braden and serves as Medical Director. The company provides a science-backed system of herbs and key nutrients proven to defend against cellular stress and promote lasting wellness.

Dr. Rawls has two grown children and lives on the North Carolina coast with his wife and golden retriever. He enjoys cooking, biking, hiking, and any activity that gets him out on the water.

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About the Author: Dr. Seth Osgood is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Dr. Osgood received his post-graduate training in Functional Medicine through the IFM and from working with Dr. Amy Myers. He has helped people from around the world improve their health utilizing a Functional Medicine approach.

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