Episode 119 – COVID Part 1: What you need to know NOW! (Dr. Priyumvada Naik)

Episode 119
(Air Date: March 16th, 2020)

Well… What can I say? I wish the first episode of 2020 were a happier occasion. Right now the world feels like an episode of Black Mirror! But you… no, not the general “you” where I mean everyone… I mean literally YOU. The you that is thinking right now “you don’t mean ME”, yes THAT you…

YOU are strong enough. YOU are going to be okay. And you are going to get through THIS and MUCH more. And on the other side you are going to be fantastic! Okay?


So it would just feel SILLY not to have asked Dr. Priyumvada Naik to come back on the show to talk about the coronavirus, COVID-19. I mean, there’s a global outbreak of a new respiratory infection… and I’m friends with a pulmonologist! It’s a no brainer.

Plus, as I told her before this interview, if there was one person I were stuck on an elevator with or on a road trip across country… She’d be on the short list!

Is there something else you’d like to know about COVID-19? Let me know at bigfatveganradio@gmail.com or leave a comment in the show notes! I’d like to do a few episodes on the topic so that we can cover it exhaustively!

There are so many to list, and maybe even more to come. But for now, stay tuned to the following sources:

Anthony S. Fauci, MD
While he doesn’t seem to have social media accounts to follow, this is the guy we want to be listening to!

• Aysha Akhtar, MD (why our use if animals results in pandemics): check out her TED talk and books.

• HuffPost article

• Dr. Carlos del Rio

• Dr. Aneesh K. Mehta

• Colleen Kraft, MD

Wash Your Lyrics
Make a handwashing guide using your favorite song!


Dr. Priyumvada Mohan Naik is a triple board-certified physician in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and lifestyle medicine. She has additional training and expertise in lung transplantation, *ECMO, interstitial lung disease, genetic lung disease, immunology, and nutrition.

She attended Duke University, followed by medical school at The Medical College of Georgia. She did her internal medicine residency, and pulmonary and critical care fellowships at Emory University, the last two years of which she was the lung transplant fellow. She then spent time in Sydney, Australia, doing a transplant and *ECMO fellowship before returning to the US to practice as a transplant pulmonologist in Phoenix, at what is now the largest lung transplant center in the world.

She has published in the fields of internal medicine, lung transplantation, and organ donor management, having been the only fellow on the Society for Critical Care Medicine/American College of Chest Physicians consensus committee to craft guidelines on ICU management of the brain dead donor. She continues to work with local organizations to improve donor procurement rates to decrease recipient waitlist times and deaths.

In the intervening years, she has founded an advanced lung disease program, co-founded a lung cancer screening program, and served as medical director for an intensive care unit.

She has been vegan for nearly 9 years, and has been studying nutrition and lifestyle changes as it relates to chronic disease ever since. Going vegan inspired her to change her career trajectory, and she uses her expertise to help people control and even reverse chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatologic conditions, inflammatory bowel disease and more.

One of the most rewarding things for Dr. Naik is seeing a patient with multiple chronic diseases who, with her guidance, is empowered to change their health and their quality of life. Her work in Lifestyle Medicine often produces results just as dramatic as her work in the fields of Critical Care and Transplantation. She also loves teaching her colleagues and the next generation of doctors how to prescribe plants over pills, and how to reverse disease instead of simply managing it.

She hopes one day to only need to see people for genetic and other lung diseases because we have eliminated chronic lifestyle related ailments.

She can be found on Instagram: @_thevegdoc
and on Twitter as:

*ECMO is pronounced ek-moh. It’s basically putting people on cardiopulmonary bypass for severe lung, heart, or heart and lung disease. (Doing the job of the heart and lungs outside the body).

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