On episode 340 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Pamela McDonald, FNP, an integrative medicine nurse practitioner, author, and international speaker. Keith and Pam discuss the APO E gene, what it is, and what it can teach us about living a healthier, happier, and more nutritionally sound life.

Pam is an integrative medicine nurse practitioner, author, and international speaker who focused her work on the prevention of chronic illness, especially heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Pam has used her advanced specialty training in surgery, women’s health, adult primary care, pediatrics, pediatric obesity, family practice, cardiovascular and heart disease prevention, nutrition, exercise sports medicine, mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and botanical medicine to develop the groundbreaking APO E Gene Program.

The foundation of her work utilizes the body’s own unique genetic expression in combination with its innate healing system. She draws on medical science and technology, and rigorous scientific research, to prescribe a unique program for health and healing that encompasses mind, body, emotion and spirit.

Pam was born in Paisley, Scotland, and grew up in the southernmost part of England. She originally trained as a nurse at the Royal Hospital of St. Bartholomew’s in London, England. Pam has three daughters and two grandchildren. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Rick, and youngest daughter.

What Pam says about her work: 

“I have been working in the medical field for almost forty years. I have seen illness ranging from the common cold to the deadliest cancer, and everything in between. Unfortunately, disease often shows up when least expected, and can create life-shattering consequences—not only for those diagnosed, but also for their loved ones.

“Virtually every one of us will be touched, in some way, by a life-threatening disease. Disease brings with it many painful experiences, yet few are more devastating than the emotional distress and panic that people come up against when diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

“Since the release of my book, The Perfect Gene Diet, patients have come from all over the world to see me. These people have seen many doctors—to no avail. I felt so blessed to be able to help each one of them, to improve their health.”

“I am dedicated to spreading the message that diet is a critical part of disease prevention and management— and that a person’s APO E gene is a vital factor in determining the correct diet, as well as lifestyle choices for that person.”

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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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