Welcome! My name is Lucy Mailing, and I am the author and founder of NextGen Medicine.

If you’re looking for an integrative, evidence-based approach to gut, skin, or overall health and wellness, you’ve come to the right place.

For a long time, I thought I would never get rid of my eczema. I’d had it for 19 years and assumed it would be with me for life – a constant annoyance that made me a slave to my moisturizer and Vaseline.

I’d seen countless conventional dermatologists, allergists, and family physicians, and was tired of being prescribed increasingly potent corticosteroids that made my skin break out with a vengeance the second I stopped applying them.

It wasn’t until I turned my focus to my gut that I started to see my skin heal for the first time.

By identifying foods that were causing inflammation, treating underlying gut pathologies, and nourishing my body with real food, I was able to completely reverse my eczema and have clear skin for the first time in my life.

I also began to sleep better, get sick less frequently, and generally felt great throughout the day. As a two-sport college athlete, I was delighted in the increased energy, faster workout recovery, and overall mental clarity that settled in after the heavy fog of chronic inflammation had lifted.

I became a true believer in the power of diet, lifestyle, and a root-cause approach to treating chronic disease.

I immediately wanted to understand the mechanisms behind this integrative approach and was amazed to find that it was extensively supported by peer-reviewed scientific literature.

I learned about the connection between the gut microbiome, intestinal permeability, and skin conditions. I learned about how diet and exercise can modulate the gut microbiome and gut immune system and how nutrient deficiencies and gut pathologies can contribute to skin issues.

I spent hours poring through basic science papers, medical journals, and textbooks. I couldn’t believe nobody was talking about this.

The unfortunate reality: doctors don’t have time to read the scientific literature.

Chances are, your doctor has not read a research paper since he or she left medical school ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago.

It’s really not their fault. The average primary care doc today sees 32 patients a day and then drowns in a sea of paperwork at 5 pm. They simply don’t have time to review patient histories, run extensive laboratory testing, or look for innovative solutions in the scientific literature.

In short, our current “healthcare” system is has become a “sick-care” system – one that is incredibly effective at doling out prescriptions but fails miserably at addressing chronic disease. As a result, millions of people suffer for decades with conditions that are completely treatable with a root-cause approach.

Healthcare doesn’t have to be this way.

I wanted to chart a different path – one where I could be on the forefront of the latest research and have a fulfilling career making a true difference in people’s lives. One where I could consider each patient as an individual and allow them to take an active role in their healthcare and decisions about their well-being.

Though the conventional medical system is far from ideal, I wanted the best education and broadest perspective possible, so I applied and was accepted to a dual degree MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I currently study the effects of diet and exercise on the gut microbiome in states of health and disease. I truly love my lab research.

I am now in my fourth and final year in my Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and will be starting my M.D. in the fall of 2019 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago campus. My long-term goal is to demonstrate the efficacy of lifestyle medicine and a root-cause approach through both novel laboratory research and integrative clinical practice. I believe my unique position as a physician-scientist will allow me to help shape the future of healthcare.

I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge through my own health journey, my graduate studies, my work with other practitioners, and my independent research. I didn’t want to wait until after 12+ years of degrees to start spreading this information to the world, and thus, this blog was born.

I started NextGen Medicine to change the future of healthcare and empower YOU to take your health back into your own hands.

NextGen Medicine takes an individualized, functional, and integrative approach to patient care, utilizes detailed patient histories, cutting-edge genetics, microbiomics, and comprehensive laboratory testing, and identifies the root causes of disease to determine the best possible course of treatment, complete with dietary, lifestyle, and other behavioral changes to support lasting health and vitality.

Basically, you can expect a whole lot of evidence-based information without the marketing gimmicks, click-bait titles, and health sensationalism! I truly see it as my mission to question the status quo and bring the scientific literature to you in a way that is accurate and practically useful. I always link to the primary literature so that you can see the data yourself and encourage you to engage in the discussion.

I am incredibly grateful to have such a supportive community of readers and contributors to NextGen Medicine. I’m excited to have you here, and hope that you find the resources on this site useful on your health journey!

Yours in health,

Welcome! My name is Lucy Mailing, and I am the author and founder of NextGen Medicine.

If you’re looking for an integrative, evidence-based approach to gut, skin, or overall health and wellness, you’ve come to the right place.

For a long time, I thought I would never get rid of my eczema. I’d had it for 19 years and assumed it would be with me for life – a constant annoyance that made me a slave to my moisturizer and Vaseline.

I’d seen countless conventional dermatologists, allergists, and family physicians, and was tired of being prescribed increasingly potent corticosteroids that made my skin break out with a vengeance the second I stopped applying them.

It wasn’t until I turned my focus to my gut that I started to see my skin heal for the first time.

By identifying foods that were causing inflammation, treating underlying gut pathologies, and nourishing my body with real food, I was able to completely reverse my eczema and have clear skin for the first time in my life.

I also began to sleep better, get sick less frequently, and generally felt great throughout the day. As a two-sport college athlete, I was delighted in the increased energy, faster workout recovery, and overall mental clarity that settled in after the heavy fog of chronic inflammation had lifted.

I became a true believer in the power of diet, lifestyle, and a root-cause approach to treating chronic disease.

I immediately wanted to understand the mechanisms behind this integrative approach and was amazed to find that it was extensively supported by peer-reviewed scientific literature.

I learned about the connection between the gut microbiome, intestinal permeability, and skin conditions. I learned about how diet and exercise can modulate the gut microbiome and gut immune system and how nutrient deficiencies and gut pathologies can contribute to skin issues.

I spent hours poring through basic science papers, medical journals, and textbooks. I couldn’t believe nobody was talking about this.

The unfortunate reality: doctors don’t have time to read the scientific literature.

Chances are, your doctor has not read a research paper since he or she left medical school ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago.

It’s really not their fault. The average primary care doc today sees 32 patients a day and then drowns in a sea of paperwork at 5 pm. They simply don’t have time to review patient histories, run extensive laboratory testing, or look for innovative solutions in the scientific literature.

In short, our current “healthcare” system is has become a “sick-care” system – one that is incredibly effective at doling out prescriptions but fails miserably at addressing chronic disease. As a result, millions of people suffer for decades with conditions that are completely treatable with a root-cause approach.

Healthcare doesn’t have to be this way.

I wanted to chart a different path – one where I could be on the forefront of the latest research and have a fulfilling career making a true difference in people’s lives. One where I could consider each patient as an individual and allow them to take an active role in their healthcare and decisions about their well-being.

Though the conventional medical system is far from ideal, I wanted the best education and broadest perspective possible, so I applied and was accepted to a dual degree MD/PhD program at the University of Illino