Josh Gitalis is a clinical nutritionist, he is a recognized expert in the field of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto based private practice with a worldwide client base. Josh teaches clinical nutrition and is also the first Canadian nutritionist becoming an IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine) certified practitioner.

Josh has the ability to take incredibly complex concepts and distill them down into digestible information for the general public.

In this episode, Josh and Michelle go deep into crucial topics about integrative health, such as:

● Types of testing;

● How to be an informed health consumer;

● The differences between conventional and functional medicine testing;

● The kinds of tools to help identify dysfunction, not only diagnosing disease;

● Environmental health.


Key Takeaways: 

[7:16] Josh Gitalis shares his personal and professional journey.

[9:06] How Josh Gitalis became interested in Functional Medicine.

[12:20] Josh Gitalis explains the meaning of functional lab testing.

[13:30] The specific characteristics of stool testing from a functional medicine perspective.

[18:30] Josh Gitalis shares a case that illustrates the necessity that practitioners have to look deeper and ask more questions to the patients.

[21:20] Common mistakes in both medical and natural integrative testing.

[22:13] When to have toxin testing?

[23:45] The best functional tests to examine the hormones and digestion functions.

[24:32] Josh Gitalis talks about his passion with regards to detoxification and environmental health.

[28:20] Cleaning up your environment is something that you learn and have to do once and you never have to think about it again.

[31:22] Josh Gitalis shares his knowledge about fasting.

[38:40] Tips for a family that wants to live more holistically.

[40:46] Josh shares the principles about food introduction.

[43:48] Why do people end up in “food traps” in regards to feeding children? 

[47:03] Leave your house with a food plan or you will be left with very unhealthy food options.

[47:22] Josh Gitalis’ favorite mistake that propelled him forward.

[48:57] What makes Josh Gitalis rebellious?

[50:03] Rapid fire questions.


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Designs for Health


When was the last time you felt truly cared for, like your health provider is invested in helping you find the root cause of your dis-ease and is offering common sense solutions to your problems? 


The Poppy Clinic thinks you need an innovative approach to understanding why you are experiencing symptoms in the first place, offering functional tests to help provide the answers that you need and solutions that make sense for your life. At The Poppy Clinic, we believe you deserve to thrive in your health and be an invested member in your healthcare partnership. We are an integrative healthcare team providing services such as naturopathic medicine, holistic medicine, nutrition, IV vitamin therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, scar release therapy and live cell blood analysis. Since we believe community is imperative for transforming your health, we also provide unique community health services: our women’s group Rebel Tribe, a 6 week meditation series, solstice meditation, group nutrition services and mom and baby yoga.


We want to transform your healthcare experience, and we believe that you deserve such clarity in your health that you can separate poppy seeds from soil — and now you know where the clinic name comes from!


We look forward to meeting you very soon! 


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Quotes and Tweetables: 

“Functional medicine empowers clients to be their own practitioners, to navigate the natural and medical worlds and get the best of both.” #therebelpodcast #functionalmedicine #naturalmedicine #health

“It takes 14 years for a toxin to go from obscurity to be in a position where it can be recognized as something dangerous for humans.”#therebelpodcast #toxins #health #functionalmedicine

“Patients should become the best advocates for themselves.” #therebelpodcast #healthadvocate #accountability #health #beyourowndoctor

“Fasting is an amazing regenerative type of medicine that only requires the mental strength to give it a try.” #therebelpodcast #fasting #medicine #lessismore #health #functionalmedicine

“Not getting enough sleep is a non negotiable.” #therebelpodcast #sleep #priorities #health 

“If you leave your house without a food plan, and you are out all day, the options you will find are most likely very unhealthy.” #therebelpodcast #foodplan #toxicworld #organi #anticipate #health

“Your biggest strength is your biggest weakness.” #therebelpodcast #strenght #weakness