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One Doctor’s Journey

 “Physician heal thyself.” 

I never truly understood the meaning of this proverb until I put it into practice. My personal journey with Functional Medicine started with a single realization:

I was practicing medicine, with both feet planted firmly in the traditional and was never going to work for me. This is something I would have never understood until I, the physician, became the patient. My story is about how I got my health back and how I found the courage to start Lynne Murfin MD.

My aim has and continues to be to disrupt the status quo by stepping away from the realm of tradition and introducing people to the possibilities of preventative health care.

The Beginning


Born and raised in South Africa, I earned my medical degree at The University of Cape Town in 1988. Like most new MDs, I threw myself into my practice with youthful zeal. Those first years as a doctor, practicing family and emergency medicine in one of the most dangerous hospital environments in the world (Johannesburg & Soweto in 1989-1992), was baptism by fire.

Four years in, something had to give. The stress and the ever-present danger that came with a volatile political climate had taken a toll. I made the decision to accept a six-month assignment in northern Saskatchewan. I needed to take a break from South Africa and to practice medicine in a new country, with the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of visiting the Arctic.

My new home delivered everything I’d hoped for and provided early insight into my future self. I often felt I was treating the symptoms of a disease but not the underlying cause. Soon after, I met my future husband and moved to Saskatoon where I practiced family medicine, focusing on gynaecology and maternity at the respected Queen Street Medical Group. In 2000, I moved with my new husband, an oil and gas executive, to the Middle East where I worked as a specialist physician as part of the advanced team at the state-of-the-art American Hospital Dubai.

It had to go wrong before it could go right

After four years, we returned to Canada and settled in Calgary where I happily opened a family practice.

And then, it happened.

One evening in March 2008 I was stopped in my tracks: crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and absolute panic. My fatigue had been accelerating for years. Anxiety appear upon waking and only settled when I laid down to sleep. My body couldn’t handle it silently anymore.

At the age of 40, by most expectations, I should have been the picture of health. However, my achievements couldn’t outweigh the strain had I put on my body and mind over the years. My memory began to resemble one far beyond its years. Recalling details started to become a challenge.

After a string of appointments with my GP, a cardiologist, and a psychiatrist, my blood work was evaluated, my brain was scanned, and my IQ was tested. Yet, I still didn’t have answers. What was wrong with me? The question lingered, filling my thoughts with worry.

At that point, I did something I’d never done before. I closed my family practice, dropped the emergency room night shifts, and stopped delivering precious babies. I retreated from the outside world and only told a few close friends. My body was failing me and I was determined to find out why. Over the next three years, I embarked on a quest to find the answers that I hoped would heal me. It wasn’t easy, but I found something that would heal not only myself but also my patients in a far more meaningful way than I’d dreamed of in medical school.

That life changing 'something' was Functional Medicine and the 7 Core Nodes of Healing. It has healed me and it will heal you.

Let the Healing Begin

Two things had impacted my brain health:
Heavy metal toxicity brought on by poor food choices (tuna); seven home renovations in 15 years (lead exposure), and amalgam fillings (mercury). AND Neurotransmitter changes; the night shifts in the ER affected


my circadian rhythm (leading to poor quality sleep), high stress led to hormone disruption (loss of physical and emotional resiliency), and my heart health changed.
Add migraines and gluten sensitivity to the mix and I had the recipe for disaster.

How I Healed

I began making changes and within six months, I was back to the woman I was when I graduated medical school a decade ago. After starting my anti-inflammatory eating plan and the “6-R Gut Healing Program” I saw visible improvement.

A nutrient dense, whole real foods eating plan not only provided my cells with the nutrients they needed to make energy, but they also contained good chemical messages for my genes. Your food tells your genes what to do: either to create vitality or illness. I also fast-tracked my recovery by using customized IV infusions that delivered the nutrients I needed directly to my cells. From there, I added healthy sleep, exercise, calming rituals, connection with friends and family, as well as breath work to strengthen the healing tone of my vagus nerve.

And, it worked! Once my hormones were balanced, my energy and sleep improved. Plus, I reinvigorated the energy powerhouses that I had depleted for so long Once I optimized my neurotransmitters my chest pain and migraines also vanished.

I found a renewed sense of vitality and passion for life, once again becoming my true unstoppable self.

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