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Episode 284: The Biology of Trauma w/Dr. Aimie Apigian

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BIOLOGY OF TRAUMA, DR. AIMIE APIGIAN, TRAUMA, TRAUMA HEALING ACCELERATED, DETECTIVE EV, EVAN TRANSUE, HEALTH DETECTIVE PODCAST, FDN, FDNTRAINING, HEALTH, HEALTH COACH

Show Notes

Join us as Dr. Aimie Apigian shares her transformative journey from a general surgery residency to functional medicine, driven by her experiences with trauma as a foster and adoptive mother. Discover how she reconciles her medical expertise with the challenges of raising her son Miguel, understanding trauma as a bodily language, and redefining health through a holistic lens.

Highlights:
– Dr. Aimie’s pivot from traditional addiction medicine to a functional, trauma-informed approach.
– Her son Miguel’s background in the foster system and the complexities of trauma he faced from an early age.
– The moment Dr. Aimie recognized trauma’s impact beyond psychology, viewing symptoms as the body’s means of communication.
– A poignant anecdote illustrating the link between bonding moments and Miguel’s expressions of fear and aggression.

Three states of our autonomic nervous system – each state is like an operating system for our whole body.

  • The autonomic nervous system is like the master control panel for your house.
  • It determines the overall setting for things working or not working.
  • Two survival systems in the autonomic nervous system
  1. Parasympathetic, run by our vagus nerve
  2. Sympathetic nerve chain that runs down our spine
  3. Trauma response of the body

Closing Thoughts:
Dr. Aimie’s insights offer a profound look into the healing journey, reminding us of the deep connection between our life experiences and physical health.

Connect with Dr. Aimie Apigian
Practice: Trauma Healing Accelerated

Specialty: Dr. Aimie is a double Board-Certified Physician, boarded in both Preventive and Addiction Medicine with Double Master’s degrees in Biochemistry and Public Health. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 2010 with her medical degree where she then went on to 3.5 years of general surgery residency.    

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