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 Reverse Autoimmunity with Optimal Energy Nutrition (Expert Guide)

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Energy Nutrition is the Key to Healing Autoimmune Disorders

Energy is the core of who we are. And it’s the key to healing our most tenacious and painful disorders: autoimmune inflammatory diseases.

There are four core issues that contribute to the perfect storm of autoimmune disorders and their suffering:

  1. genetic susceptibility,
  2. impaired intestinal permeability and microbiome imbalances,
  3. an…

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How to Optimize Energy with the Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) Food Plan

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Introduction to the Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) Food Plan

I’d like to introduce you to the foundational energy-rich intensive nutrition food plan I use for all my clients to optimize energy and start them on the path to deep healing: The Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) food plan.

The FINE eating strategy is founded on the principles of the healthiest…

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How to Heal Fatigue with Optimal Energy Nutrition (2019)

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Energy Nutrition is Essential to Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Recovery

Optimal energy nutrition is absolutely essential to heal all forms of fatigue no matter what the underlying cause.

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…

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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue for Life (Expert Guide)

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Breakthrough Approach to Chronic Fatigue Recovery: Functional Medicine

A breakthrough approach to chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome recovery is the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine (FM). In FM, we focus on the individual and the unique circumstances of their illness rather than a generic diagnosis and statistical averages.

Rather than treat a diagnosis with a…

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How to Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 2019 (Expert Guide)

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Personal Impact

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a crushing diagnosis.

It means your doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong.

It likely means you look good but feel terrible, so no one believes you are fighting for your life.

It means lost energy, wellbeing, potential. Lost earnings. Lost time with children and loved ones. Perhaps loss of who you used to be.

Chronic…

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How to Claim the Story of Your Power

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Have you ever been given a medical diagnosis or advise that you knew, deep in your heart of hearts, wasn’t correct? Like maybe they hadn’t heard your whole story and were leaving key parts out? Or maybe they’d heard you but went a direction you did not expect or just didn’t feel right to you?

What did you do?

Did you ask a lot of questions? Did you say, “that doesn’t seem right to me?”…

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How to Overcome Fearful Thinking for Life

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“This could go very, very wrong.”

“They might hate me for this.”

“This new, uncharted creative project might flop.”

“This investment is risky—it could fail.”

 

Recognize these fearful, anxious thoughts?

On the one hand, it’s good to be prepared and plan for what life might throw at us. Smart, right?

But what happens when we habitually lock onto those fearful stories about what could happen? In…

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How to Heal: Identify the Competing Commitment Standing in Your Way

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We all know how to live a healthy life, right?

We’re smart. We’re savvy. We’ve done our research. We know how to craft the perfect self-care plan (food, sleep, movement, meditation, and so on) to address our genetic legacy, our problems, and our many sensibilities about how we’d like to feel and function at our best.

But many of us just can’t make our best plans work. We can’t sustain…

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Release Grief Meditation (2019)

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We need tools to help us manage the challenging emotions of grief, like anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. While these emotions are entirely normal aspects of being human, they can get stuck. It’s important to give them assistance to flow and release.

I have used this simple breath visualization technique on difficult emotions that were too painful for me to take on with my mind. It’s easy to…

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It’s a Privilege of a Lifetime

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Do you ever wonder why we’re here? I mean really—why we’re really here?

How do we sum that up? Can we do it in just a few words?

I think Carl Jung did a pretty good job when he said this:

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”

I like this because it doesn’t presume a particular purpose with a definable outcome. (Whew!)

And it includes all of us—excluding no one because…

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