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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 071. | March 14, 2024

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Step into a world of health and transformation with Dr. Frank Sabatino as he unravels the inspiring journey of Dr. Kim Scheuer, a board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician.

Dr. Scheuer’s dedication to empowering patients and her groundbreaking contributions at Love.Life/Telehealth illuminate the exciting possibilities when traditional medicine seamlessly intertwines with evidence-based lifestyle interventions.

The Roots of Transformation: From Milky Way Vegetarian to Queen of Kale

Dr. Scheuer’s journey into lifestyle medicine began at 47, with a shift from a “Milky Way vegetarian” to embracing a vibrant, plant-centric lifestyle. Faced with family risk factors for diseases like breast and colon cancer, she immersed herself in research, inspired by “The China Study” and documentaries like “Forks Over Knives.” The results were remarkable – weight loss, increased energy, and a passion for the lifestyle she now prescribes.

Educating and Inspiring: Dr. Scheuer’s Path to Lifestyle Medicine

Armed with knowledge and personal experiences, Dr. Scheuer pursued board certification in lifestyle medicine. She realized the impact of teaching patients to prevent, reverse, and manage chronic diseases through lifestyle changes.

Breaking Free from Traditional Constraints: The Love.Life/Telehealth Advantage

Love.Life/Telehealth signifies a healthcare paradigm shift, reaching all 50 states and beyond. Dr. Scheuer enjoys the freedom of longer comprehensive discussions on stress management, nutrition, and personalized attention to address root causes. The telehealth platform offers evidence-based care, creating a community aligned with the recommendations they provide.

The Holistic Approach: Managing Stress and Food Addiction

Dr. Scheuer emphasizes stress management and tackling food addiction, recognizing the intricate web of factors involved. Patients are encouraged to explore mindfulness techniques, meditation, and build support systems.

Dubbed the “Queen of Kale,” Dr. Scheuer promotes positive relationships with food, making healthier choices, and finding joy in plant-based nourishment.

Dr. Scheuer emphasizes stress’s pivotal role in food addiction, linking stressful situations to impulsive and unhealthy food choices. Understanding stress’s connection to sleep and cravings is vital for effective coping mechanisms. This is an area she focuses on with her patients.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Maintaining a clean, healthy living environment is crucial. To fully support the health journey of her patients, Dr. Scheuer advocates for a house free from unhealthy food options, breaking the cycle of addiction for those with self-control challenges.

Dealing with Personal History

Addressing food addiction involves delving into personal history. Dr. Scheuer stresses psychological care and trauma resolution, understanding why individuals turn to food for solace.

Pre-Planning and Smart Choices

Planning meals and having healthy options readily available impact food choices significantly. Dr. Scheuer discusses pre-planning as a proactive approach to reduce unhealthy snacking during stressful moments.

Incorporating Simple Cooking for Non-Cooks

Dr. Scheuer simplifies cooking, advocating for tools like the Instant Pot. Incorporating whole foods creates nourishing dishes effortlessly, making plant-based meals accessible even for non-cooks.

Working with Migraine Patients

With a rise in the number of people who deal with migraines, Dr. Scheuer focuses on lifestyle changes, stress reduction, and anti-inflammatory diets that play a crucial role in mitigating migraines.

Overcoming Medical Professional Skepticism

Patients often face skepticism when lifestyle medicine approaches clash with traditional advice. Dr. Scheuer emphasizes educating both patients and doctors, sharing studies to build a cohesive and supportive approach to patient care.

Learn more about Dr. Kim Scheuer

Episode Highlights

[00:00]            Introduction

[01:45]             From “Milky Way Vegetarian” to plant-based lifestylist…the early years.

[04:30]             Eating plants transform thick muscles into healthier, energy filled muscle-mass.  

[08:30]             Board Certification leads to complete alignment with the plant-based lifestyle.

[12:00]             Learning Sign Language opens up more opportunities to serve patients.

[16:10]             Dr. Scheuer believes she MUST live the pillars of Lifestyle Medicine to be aligned. 

[21:00]             Stress, food addiction and emotional challenges all improve with a healthy diet.

[28:30]             Addressing conflicts with primary care providers of patients.   

[32:00]             The connection between migraine headaches and inflammation of the brain.

[35:00]             Dr. Scheuer’s lifestyle protocols outside of a plant-based diet.

[38:30]             Taking patients at a pace that works for them.

About Dr. Kim Scheuer

Dr. Kim Scheuer, a distinguished board-certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician, boasts an illustrious career spanning over two decades in primary care. Originally making her mark in the picturesque Aspen, Colorado area, Dr. Scheuer has become a beacon of health and wellness in her community.

Her unwavering commitment to practicing what she preaches, coupled with her fervent belief in the power of lifestyle choices, has propelled her patients towards preventing, reversing, and slowing chronic diseases, thereby enabling them to lead more fulfilling, joyful, and healthy lives.

Dr. Scheuer’s journey in medicine commenced at the prestigious University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Following this, she completed her residency in family practice at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.

Her commitment to education extends beyond the medical realm, as evidenced by her attainment of an MS Education Specialist for the Deaf at the University of Rochester National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Dr. Scheuer earned her BA in Biology, showcasing a multifaceted approach to her academic pursuits.

With a comprehensive skill set, Dr. Scheuer specializes in a myriad of health and wellness areas. Her expertise spans general health and wellness, weight management, food addiction, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, hormonal health, nutrition, allergy/asthma symptom improvements, thyroid health, autoimmune disorders, arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid), fatigue, digestive health, men’s and women’s health, de-prescribing medications, exercise enhancement, and improving self-relationships.

Driven by a passion to enhance the quality of life for her patients, she also focuses on improving morbidity and mortality for those diagnosed with cancer.


Dr. Scheuer’s philosophy is rooted in empowerment and prevention. She aims to share her extensive knowledge to help individuals feel younger, happier, and healthier, mirroring her own vibrant lifestyle. Dr. Scheuer is dedicated to addressing the root causes of illnesses, advocating for disease reversal over symptom management through medications. Her approach emphasizes using as few medications as necessary, promoting holistic well-being.

Multilingual Expertise

Fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, Dr. Scheuer ensures effective communication with a diverse range of patients, fostering a deeper understanding of their unique healthcare needs.

Interests Beyond Medicine

Beyond the confines of her medical practice, Dr. Scheuer finds joy in the great outdoors through activities like hiking, skiing, and biking. Her love for family, travel, and adventure is complemented by a passion for cooking, reading, perpetual learning, and, most significantly, cultivating personal happiness and health to contribute positively to the world.

Dr. Kim Scheuer stands as a paragon of transformative healing, merging medical expertise with a holistic approach to uplift her community towards a healthier and more fulfilling existence.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation and stress management.

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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