Karyn Shanks MD

Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, Body-Mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-five-year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

How to Empower Your Healing Story (Rewrite Your Failure Stories)

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Deconstructing Failure

The Conundrum of Things Not Working Out

It starts like this, doesn’t it? We feel the terrible sting of disappointment because things are not turning out as we hoped. Our expectations are not met. A door slams in our face and we feel devastated. Or, in spite of working really, really hard, our savvy plan seems to go nowhere.

Then what?

You know where I’m going here,…

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I’m Not Feeling Better: Is it Failure? Or is There More to Do?

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“This food plan isn’t working for me.”

“This treatment has done absolutely nothing.”

“I thought I’d be feeling better by now. This is a failure.”

 

Do these “failures” sound familiar?

Healing can be so hard. And can take so long.

What if you’re working hard? To recover your energy and wellbeing? To get your life back? And you still struggle?

Have you failed? Is your healing strategy a…

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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue with Energy Nutrition (2019)

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Energy Nutrition is Essential to Chronic Fatigue Recovery

Energy nutrition is absolutely essential to heal chronic fatigue no matter what the underlying causes.

Your grandma was right after all: “You are what you eat.” Literally.

The constituents of our food—each individual protein, fat, carbohydrate, and molecule we ingest—become our proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and the molecules that run…

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How to Boost Energy Using Nutritional Supplements

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Food First

I’m a food girl, first and foremost. A nutritionally savvy, nutrient dense food plan will flood our bodies with energy nutrients and help us avoid the toxins and irritants that get in the way of our energy and healing.

However, there are important reasons for using supplements to augment the nutrition we receive from our food.

In Functional Medicine, food and nutritional supplements…

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How to Optimize Energy with Precision Nutrition Testing

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Introduction to Precision Nutrition Testing

Precision nutrition testing is our gateway to choosing high quality food and supplements to support our needs for healing and living well.

We know that excellent nutrition is foundational to our energy, strength, and wellbeing and it begins with eating healthy food suited to our unique needs. High quality nutritional supplements can support what we…

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How to Optimize Protein for Energy and Vitality

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Introduction: How to Eat a Protein Optimized Diet

I look at the food diaries of clients every day in my office and almost no one consumes enough protein to meet their basic needs in an optimal way.

Protein runs all of the major business of the body: energy, structure, and function. Without enough we are left vulnerable to illness, loss of muscle mass and strength, injury, and loss of vital…

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