Episode 247

An Unconventional Path to Treating Autoimmune Disease

With Dr. Cynthia Li

Dr. Cynthia Li seemingly had it all—a successful career in medicine, a loving marriage, and children. But it all came crashing down after developing an autoimmune thyroid condition, chronic fatigue syndrome, and dysautonomia. Mysterious symptoms began consuming her body—test after test came back “within” normal limits,” baffling her and her doctors. She was housebound for two years with two young children, and she began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to find a way to heal. 

In this episode of The Dhru Purohit Podcast, I sit down with Dr. Cynthia Li to talk about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing—mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Cynthia Li received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She has practiced as an internist in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and St. Anthony Medical Clinic serving the homeless. Her personal health challenges led her to integrative and Functional Medicine, and she currently has a private practice in Berkeley, CA. She serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and she is the author of Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness.

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For more on Dr. Cynthia Li you can follow her on Facebook @dr.cynthia.li and through her website https://cynthialimd.com/. Get her book Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness at https://cynthialimd.com/brave-new-medicine/.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. How Dr. Li came to discover her autoimmune disease
    (5:56)
  2. The importance of not being attached to one healing modality
    (12:53)
  3. How Dr. Li’s mindset was a big obstruction to seeking alternative help
    (18:06)
  4. Why we have to distance ourselves from our diagnosis
    (33:22)
  5. One of the first things Dr. Li did to heal her illness  
    (39:35)
  6. How Dr. Li learned to tune into her own intuition and use it to guide her
    (43:19)
  7. Key pillars that were crucial in Dr. Li’s healing  
    (55:55)
  8. The impact qigong had on her healing journey
    (59:01)
  9. Hitting rock bottom for the second time
    (1:00:34)
  10. Dr. Li’s qigong practice
    (1:12:33)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Cynthia Li

Dr. Cynthia Li received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She has practiced as an internist in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and St. Anthony Medical Clinic serving the homeless. Her personal health challenges led her to integrative and Functional Medicine, and she currently has a private practice in Berkeley, CA. She serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and she is the author of Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness.

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