Ann Shippy, MD

Episode 008
The Benefits of a Healthy Diet, Mindful Meditation, and Nutrition Testing

“The capacity of the human body to heal inspires me every day. When the body has all the nutrients that it needs, genetic factors are fully compensated for and the body is no longer overwhelmed by toxicity, stress, or infection. Extraordinary and complete healing can happen.” Those are the words of Dr. Mowll’s guest today — physician and engineer, Dr. Ann Shippy.

Dr. Ann Shippy began her career in medicine when the traditional approach and application of allopathic medicine could not solve her own health issues. She had worked as an IBM engineer for over a decade but left the field of engineering to go to medical school at the University of Texas in pursuit of better health. Today she uses cutting-edge science, innovative testing, research, and genetic information to determine and address the root causes of health issues. She approaches each patient as a whole person and forms a therapeutic partnership to achieve the highest of health.

In today’s interview, Dr. Shippy discusses the most important lab tests that she recommends for patients with diabetes, how to support mitochondrial function to improve energy metabolism, why she recommends the paleo diet for most her patients, the importance of fiber, as well as the importance of magnesium. Dr. Shippy also talks about the link between environmental toxins, stress, and blood sugar health; and how to begin meditating to decrease the stress response and improve blood sugar.

“All the data, across all these different diets … really shows the health benefits are the vegetables. We really should be eating 6-10 cups of vegetables a day, at a minimum.”

Key Takeaways:

[:57] All about Dr. Mowll’s guest today, Dr. Ann Shippy.

[3:14] Dr. Mowll reads an iTunes review. Remember, if you leave a review and Dr. Mowll reads it on the podcast he’ll send you the best of the Diabetes Summit on a flash drive.

[4:57] Welcoming Dr. Shippy to the podcast.

[7:00] Some of the testing Dr. Shippy conducts on her patients with dysglycemia or blood sugar problems.

[9:15] What are some of the most common patterns Dr. Shippy sees in patients who are dysglycemia (or in diabetes range.)

[11:12] Does Dr. Shippy use a red blood cell magnesium on a blood test or NutrEval?

[12:34] Is chromium low or “off” in people with blood sugar regulation problems?

[14:22] What does Dr. Shippy see on a NutrEval? Is there anything to indicate mitochondrial dysfunction?

[16:11] How Dr. Shippy feels about dietary choline.

[18:37] Dr. Shippy’s recommended diet for people with type 2 diabetes.

[21:49] Dr. Shippy’s opinions on “starchy” vegetables.

[24:27] Where are most people getting their fiber in a paleo diet?

[26:06] How environmental toxins play a role in diabetes pathogenesis or development of blood sugar problems.

[28:36] How do you know if you’re in a toxic environment?

[29:53] How Dr. Shippy sees stress relating to blood sugar and diabetes.

[33:43] Dr. Shippy’s tips for beginners at meditating.

[34:51] Where to find out more information about Dr. Shippy’s programs and websites.

[35:45] A bonus tip from Dr. Shippy about regulating blood sugar.

[36:20] What concept, quote, or idea encapsulates Dr. Shippy’s work?

[38:59] If Dr. Shippy had a friend or family member that was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, what advice would she give them?

[40:51] If Dr. Shippy was sitting around with the leaders of the world to solve the diabetes epidemic, what would be her advice?


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“Pretty much everyone that I see is deficient in magnesium. … Magnesium is very important for blood sugar regulation. So almost everybody needs to be taking some magnesium.” — Dr. Ann Shippy

“If we catch it early, and they do the diet meticulously, it’s pretty incredible what can happen.” — Dr. Ann Shippy

“All the data, across all these different diets … really shows the health benefits are the vegetables. We really should be eating 6-10 cups of vegetables a day, at a minimum.” — Dr. Ann Shippy

“I’m a long-term meditator … and I truly believe it is amazing.” — Dr. Ann Shippy

“Get some organic cinnamon and start throwing it into everything! … It’s one of the simple easy things you can do to stabilize your blood sugar.” — Dr. Ann Shippy

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