High Intensity Health Radio with Mike Mutzel, MS (general)

Charles Poliquin has been training elite athletes and Olympians for the past 38 years. What's really unique about his approach, as you may know, he's always ahead of the science— some of the research that's coming out now in the strength and conditioning world, Charles has been talking about and implementing clinically with hist athletes for many years.

Check out the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/176

Learn more about Charle’s exclusive strength training series:  http://highintensityhealth.com/mass

Direct download: 176_Charles_Poliquin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

Dr. Anna Lembke is a Stanford University based addition medicine specialist and author of, Drug Dealer, MD http://amzn.to/2kKN7fV

Read the full show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/175

Here are some key time stamps:

02:14 History of the Opioid Epidemic:
07:36 Opioid Epidemic Now: In 2011 the CDC declared an opioid epidemic caused by over prescribing of opioids by doctors.
08:36 Incentive for Over Prescribing:
09:52 Change in Medicine to Prevent Addictions:
10:46 Infiltration of the Pharmaceutical Industry:
11:58 Neuroadaptation and Tolerance to Drugs and Alcohol:
13:30 Other Side Effects of Long Term Opioid Use
14:06 Lethal Effects of Opioids:
15:19 Safe Alternatives to Opioids:
16:23 Perioperative Opioid Use and Healing:
19:35 Risk Factors for Addiction:
22:19 Lessons from the Highly Addicted:
31:26 Family Resources:
32:50 Frontal Lobe Involvement:
35:59 Substance Use vs Addictive Use:
36:58 Dopamine and Addiction:
39:04 How Much is Too Much (Alcohol or other drugs)?


Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/55vuVbfdF5Q?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

Direct download: 175_Anna_Lembke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm PDT

Cancer is classically relegated to a “disease of the immune system,” but new research suggests that “metabolic imbalances are upstream of many imbalances characteristic of cancer.”

A researcher in the field, Angela Poff, PhD, discusses more.

She explains how common metabolic imbalances favor cancer cell growth. 

Read the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/174

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uKsoKtkvChA?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

Here are a few points we discuss in more depth:

- Widespread mitochondrial dysfunction in cancer
- How lactate increases the invasive capacity of the tumor and the ability to metastasize
- The role of oxygen and hypoxia in cancer cell growth



Direct download: 174_angela_poff_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm PDT

Dr. John Douillard came back on the podcast to discuss the science about wheat that the gluten free industry is not telling you.

Link to his new book, Eat Wheat: http://amzn.to/2jbtOvn

Link to Show Notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/173

About: Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 health books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year in Boulder, CO.

Here are some key time-stamps:

03:59 Food Intolerances: 

05:26 Food Intolerance Myths: 

06:42 Problems down the Road:

07:10 Reasons for Broken Digestive/Detox Systems:

10:40 Gluten Free Industry: 

Link to his new book, Eat Wheat: http://amzn.to/2jbtOvn

Link to Show Notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/173

Direct download: HIH_173_Dr.__John_Douillard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

Dr. Cate Shanahan is a board certified Family Physician, author of Deep Nutrition and nutritional consults for the LA Lakers.

In this interview, we discuss the science behind real food-based, low-carb diets and sports performance. Additionally, we discuss the Four Pillars (common findings) of all healthy human diets.

➢ Read the Show Notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/172

➢ Deep Nutrition Book: http://amzn.to/2jj4cwT

➢Watch the video interview: https://youtu.be/FZBXb_nWG3w?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

Direct download: HIH_172_Cate_Shanahan_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm PDT

Dr. Bubbs is author of the Paleo Project. 

We review the latest research on low-carb diets, exercise and lifestyle factors and their potential benefits for accelerating fat loss and building muscle.

 Check out the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/171


➢ Connect with Dr. Bubbs: http://www.drmarcbubbs.com

Direct download: HIH_171_Marc_Bubbs_ND_CSCS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm PDT

Sought-after integrative endocrinologist Edwin Lee, MD, has a few tips about gut, adrenal and hormone balance for you.

Read the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/170 

He discusses:

- How the gut helps regulate blood sugar and enhance weight loss

- How raw foods can boost gut hormones

- How the gut is involved in detoxification

- Ways to balance the adrenal-thyroid-hormone axis

Click this link to get some of these tips.

Additionally, Dr. Lee is a best-selling author of health books for children. If you are a parent, grandparent or teacher, you should really check these out. http://highintensityhealth.com/170 

Watch the video interview: https://youtu.be/LTPMNYi8Fjc?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU 

Direct download: HIH_170_Edwin_Lee_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT

Stanford University scientist Lucia Aronica, PhD, goes into details about how different diets—especially low-carb—affect our DNA structure (aka epigenome).

You might recall that your epigenome is the modifiable “scaffolding” that regulates your genes. (A tweak in the epigenome can either activate or silence your genes.)

Read the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/169

Watch the interview: https://youtu.be/v-6ONF_PZpc?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

We discuss:

-Genes, obesity and environment

-Key ways our epigenome is modified

-How to eat “epigenetically favorable” foods

-Why Dads are not off the hook for prenatal care: the paternal influence of gene structure

-How the ketogenic diet changes gene structure


P.S. Happy holidays! Hope you enjoy this gift of information about diet and gene function from Stanford’s Lucia Aronica, PhD.

Read the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/169

Watch the interview: https://youtu.be/v-6ONF_PZpc?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU



Direct download: HIH_169Lucia_Aronica_PhD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm PDT

Yaron is a mathematician and a physicist, and the chief scientist and a cofounder of Nutrino.

He’s worked in a number of scientific areas, primarily in general relativity, integrable systems, partial differential equations, and the foundations of quantum theory. Yaron’s current work and research in Nutrino is a brave attempt to form a new interdisciplinary field he likes to call "mathematical nutrition."

Direct download: 168_Yaron_Hadad_PhD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm PDT

Dr. Jason Fung is board certified nephrologist and author of the Obesity Code and co-author of The Complete Guide to Fasting, with best-selling author, Jimmy More.

Here's the link to the full show notes and new books about the science supporting intermittent fasting: http://bit.ly/2h0bAeL

Why fast?

"Fasting has been practiced since the dawn of humanity. Various religions prescribe periods of fasting and the ancient Greeks did it for mental clarity. Fasting lowers inulin and does not burn muscle like many people think,” says Dr. Jason Fung​.

Watch the video interview and check out the full show and resource page: http://bit.ly/2h0bAeL

Show Notes

02:17 History of Fasting: Fasting has been done since the dawn of humanity. Religions prescribe periods of fasting. Ancient Greeks did it for mental clarity. In the last 50 years there has been a strong move against fasting.

03:06 Nothing Wrong with Fasting: Dr. Fung investigated fasting and found that fasting had a great many benefits. Periodic fasting allows your body to burn off fat. Dr. Fung uses it with all of his overweight patients. Blood sugar medications need to be monitored closely once implementing fasting, or blood sugar could go too low.05:25 Hypoglycemia: If you are taking blood sugar meds, you may become hypoglycemic.

09:42 Muscle Loss and Fasting: Starvation mode and muscle loss are two of the many myths. Hypoglycemia is not a big concern unless you are taking blood sugar meds. As you fast, you will consume glycogen.

16:53 Hormones of Fasting: Fasting increases growth hormone. It increases noradrenaline. These are counter regulatory hormones, which counter the effect of insulin. Insulin lowers blood glucose.

22:04 Three Day a Week Fast: Dr. Fung does 24 hour fasts. He skips breakfast and lunch, going from dinner to dinner. This allows him to have dinner with his family.

26:32 Anti-Aging Benefits: Skin is protein, so skin may alter with intermittent fasting. During the process of fasting, you get rid of old cells as part of renovation.

28:44 Autophagy: mTOR is a major regulator of autophagy. Protein turns off autophagy. mTOR is a nutrient sensor, sensing protein.

33:37 Salt and Fasting: One reason why Dr. Fung’s patients use bone broth during a fast is for salt intake.

35:49 Kidney Function:

37:07 Hormone Impacts: The main hormone affected by fasting is insulin.

42:17 Cortisol and Fasting: Cortisol does rise with fasting. It is part of the counter regulatory hormones.

43:14 Noradrenaline: As this hormone rises, you get more energy and you don’t get the basal metabolic rate decrease that you get with caloric restriction. This is the key to weight loss.

48:09 Calories: Calories have nothing to do with weight loss. Fasting is about the time spent not eating. Fasting is about changing your hormones.

49:50 Nutrient Changes in the 1950s: There was little obesity. People ate cookies, white bread and ice cream. You ate within a 10 hour window.

54:51 Bullet Proof Coffee/Fat Fasting: Many of the benefits of fasting come from reducing insulin. Pure fat has almost no insulin effect.

56:26 Ketogenic Diet: Intermittent fasting and ketogenic diet are along the same spectrum, close cousins. The ultra-low carb ketogenic diet lowers insulin. Low carb diet delivers 71% of the insulin lowering of fasting. Many diseases of hyperinsulinemia, obesity and type 2 diabetes, can be treated effectively with a ketogenic diet. Fasting is easy for those of us on a ketogenic or low carb diet because our bodies become well adapted to fat metabolism after the first 2 weeks. Ketones may suppress the appetite.

01:00:39 Dr. Fung’s Morning Routine:

01:03:45 Dr. Fung’s Favorite Nutrient:

01:07:54 Dr. Fung’s Elevator Pitch: We need to teach people about the therapeutic value of fasting. It has the potential to change the entire health system of the world. Most of what we do is treat diabetes, high blood pressure and all of the downstream issues. All of this can be taken care of for free. We need to spread the knowledge of how to do it.

Watch the video interview and check out the full show and resource page: http://bit.ly/2h0bAeL

Direct download: HIH_176_Jason_Fung_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm PDT

Einstein once said, “Nothing happens until something moves."

Movement is an essential element to both life and brain health. 

Without it, life is unthinkable says human neuroplasticity expert, Anat Baniel. 

She's written many books on the topic and helps people reshape their brain, through movement. 

Check out the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/166

In this video, Anat shares some new ways to help both the very young and old learn new skills (and preserve brain function with age).
In this interview she discusses:
-Why variability, not repetition, accelerates learning
-How movement with attention creates new connections in the brain
-Practical tips to drive positive brain changes and induce neuroplasticity
-Why clapping and rewarding children’s behavior may slow learning 

Check out the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/166

Support the podcast: http://theautismintensive.com

Direct download: HIH_166_Anat_Baniel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm PDT

Sought after nutritionist, Josh Gitalis came on the podcast to simplify his most successful “how-to steps” to ensure you’re priming your inner tube of life for incoming nutrients.

Check out the full show notes and resources: http://highintensityhealth.com/165

Here's the short list of the DIY digestive strategies that we discuss in more depth:
-Deep breathing around meal time 
-Consuming bitters 10 to 15 minutes before eating helps to stimulate the digestive tract
-Get involved in the cooking process--the smells and tastes can help get the digestive juices flowing

Watch the full video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25qF2lm5vcA

Direct download: HIH_165_Josh_Gitalis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm PDT

The science supporting the health benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet continues to get stronger.

From reduced inflammation to improved fat-burning mitochondrial function to a changed microbiome, the evidence is there.

Leading pediatric neurologist in the space, Jong Rho, MD, came by to discuss the details with me.

Here's the show notes page: http://highintensityhealth.com/164

His laboratory continues to publish new research about how ketogenic diets affect the brain.

Here’s what he covered:
-The ketogenic diet and epilepsy
-How ketones affect whole-body metabolism and inflammation
-Ketogenic diet applications for autism, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and brain injury
-Dispelling myths about carbs and brain health

Hope you enjoy this one!

Watch the video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EZ6pYOdqvg


Direct download: 164_Jong_Rho_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01am PDT

Dr. Perlmutter came on the podcast to discuss gut bacteria, low-carb, high-fat diets, exercise and a decent view of the presidential election. 

Read the full show notes page: http://bit.ly/2fDQfE2

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hR9sD9eX-A

Hello there, 

The presidential election is finally behind us.

Hopefully the bickering and negative ads will go with it.

It was a great relief to have Dr. Perlmutter come on the podcast to teach ways to balance gut bacteria with real food.

He also shared tips on how to optimize brain and blood sugar health with high-fat diets and exercise.

And although the topic of the election did come up, it was in the context of being mindful and grateful.

Watch to learn more.

I hope you’ll thoroughly enjoy this informative conversation.

Be sure to grab a pen and paper as he and I took a deep dive into some key points regarding the gut microbiome and ketogenic diets.

Here are some key takeaways:

03:44 The Real Problem with Carbs
05:29 Eating for Your Microbiome
07:44 Why Fat Gets Blamed
09:00 Gut Bacteria Diversity and FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplantation)
13:30 Problems with High Fat in the Research
21:46 Gut Bacteria and Heart Disease
26:53 The Ketogenic Diet, Cancer and Brain Health


Read the full show notes page: http://bit.ly/2fDQfE2

Direct download: HIH_163_David_Perlmutter_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

As a licensed naturopathic physician and avid strength athlete, Dr. Kinnon has a unique approach to health and wellness.

She’s a record holder in the Snatch, an olympic weightlifting exercise and has a thriving practice in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

Check out this upcoming event www.adrenalresetsummit.com

Read the show notes: www.highintensityhealth.com

Watch on YouTube

Here are a few key takeaways from this interview: 

02:16 Adrenal Fatigue:
05:17 Over Exercise/Training:
07:53 Adrenal Repair:
11:00 Hormone Orchestra:
14:24 Supplementing Men’s Hormones:
15:11 Adrenal Recovery:
18:43 Balancing Circadian Rhythms:
20:01 Creating Boundaries:
22:06 Adrenal Fatigue and Losing Weight:
23:25 Strength Training and Chronic Cardio:
26:39 Exercise and Ageing:
29:10 Effective Herbs for Adrenal Health:
31:26 The Role of Mindset in Fitness:
34:20 Dr. Kinnon’s Favorite Supplement, Herb or Botanical:
35:39 Dr. Kinnon’s Morning Routine:
40:15 Dr. Kinnon’s Top Health Tip

Direct download: 162_Sara_Kinnon_Muscle_and_Adrenals.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm PDT

Dr. Caplan is board certified in Family Practice, Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and Regenerative and Function Medicine (FAARM).

Today, we discuss many ways to help rebalance female and male hormones, naturally. 

She says, “There is a huge estrogen load and not enough progesterone, causing cycling issues, moodiness, weight gain and more. One could increase progesterone or reduce excess estrogens...through diet and detoxification.”

Get the full show notes and watch the full-length interivew: http://highintensityhealth.com/161-shari-caplan-MD

Here are a topic we discuss in more depth:

Stress and Our Hormones

Estrogen/Progesterone Balance

The Problem with Low Progesterone

Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Oral VS Topical Progesterone


Thanks for tuning in!



Direct download: 161_Shari_Caplan_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm PDT

Welcome to episode #160 with Alessandro Ferretti, Dip ION, mBANT. Alessandro is a leading nutritionist in the UK and shared his latest findings in the realm of time-restricted feeding, ketogenic diet applications and using nutrients to rebalance circadian rhythms.

This interview is jam-packed with nuggets; so be sure to get and pen and paper out.

Watch the full interview and check out the show notes page: http://highintensityhealth.com/time-restricted-feeding

View related interviews on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MQpsFTVAqpA?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

NOTE: Our usual videographer, Sam couldn't be live in San Diego for this one, so we had a substitute...and thus the audio quality is not what you may be used to. I sincerely apologize for this, and hope you can still catch some of the many takeaways.

Here are some key takeaways:

02:04Time Restricted Feeding: There are different styles. Some of us use stimulants with fats. The best results come from abstaining from ingesting anything of caloric value during fasting. It instigates different glucose regulations and ketone readings. There is also alternate day fasting (a full 24 hrs). The more fat adapted you become and the more regular your ketones in both breath and blood, the stronger the correlation to a sustained increased HRV (heartrate variability),

05:10 Secondary Benefits of Ketones: Ketones are signaling molecules, not just substitutions for macronutrients or energy substrates. Ketones effect metabolic and inflammatory signatures, contributing to an increase in HRV. Beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetyl acetate promotes epigenetic control, mitochondrial protection, and histone acetylation function, reducing free radical damage to mitochondria.

07:16 Inflammation and Exercise:

13:17 Glycogen Storage and Keto Adaptation: The benefits of being a fat adapted person will stay, even when glycogen stores are tapped.

16:36 Inflammatory Proteins and Postworkout Recovery: Casein is often recommended at certain amounts at certain times of the day. Inflammatory proteins, post workout, stimulate more inflammation to shorten the time it takes to create new tissue.

17:11 Post Workout Nutrition and Glycogen Replenishment: We have been taught that we need protein and carbs to spike glycogen replenishment and spike insulin. The body can make glucose and store it as glycogen from virtually every substrate. Through gluconeogenesis from glycerol, fats or protein for the amino acids that are able to be converted to glucose can rebuild the stores.

19:58 Post Workout Fasting: The longer you fast post training, the recovery period is slightly shorter and secretions are made of human growth hormone and testosterone increase healing and shorten total recovery time. This breaks with what we have been taught.

23:25 How Ketosis Enhances our Metabolic Efficiency: Fat adapted people use less heat (thermogenesis) and you produce more ATP, given the same number of carbons you have. On top of that, fat is a cleaner and slow burning fuel.

28:35 Advice for Competitive Athletes and Cross Fitters: To become truly fat adapted, where your body preferentially uses fats to supply energy on demand, depending upon how much oxygen you have available through intensity, can take 3 to 9 months.

38:25 Going In and Out of Ketosis: When learning to be fat adapted, different foods can push the body into alert mode and out of ketosis.

40:22 Lifestyle Shift: Becoming fat adapted is total commitment. We socialize in the evening, when intermittent fasting is best. People can be highly motivated for the therapeutic effects, like positive effects upon epilepsy.

44:28 Where to Start: A good place to start is with a high fat/low carb diet. Begin to experiment. Perhaps try an intermittent fast. Check breath acetone.

44:33 Sleep Quality: Our guts are highly active in the middle part of the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m), thus it is logical to consume most of our calories then. Food has a substantial impact upon body rhythm. Alessandro travels extensively, but does not suffer from jet lag. He regulates this with food. His body knows that when he eats, part of the day, whatever is left, must be either evening or morning.
51:48 Food and Circadian Rhythm: We discuss how foods can be used to restore (AKA entrain circadian rhythms)


Watch the full interview and check out the full show notes page: http://highintensityhealth.com/time-restricted-feeding

Direct download: HIH_160_Alessandro_Ferretti_Time-Restricted_Eating_Ketosis__Sleep_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am PDT

Dr. Ben Lynch and I caught up to discuss methylation and liver function, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and gene testing.

Here are a few links we discuss in the interview: https://youtu.be/DAdJnnvdjYU

➢ Stratagene http://go.strategene.org/genetic-analysis

➢ Seeking Health http://bit.ly/1TQjG3H

➢ Genos Research https://www.genosresearch.com

Here are some key takeaways:

03:52 Harms of Folic Acid: Folic acid blocks folate receptors. These receptors are designed to bind to methylfolate, but folic acid will bind preferentially over methylfolate. Folic acid will bind to transport proteins, again blocking the binding of methylfolate.
05:49 Folic Acid Link to ADD/ADHD: Folate makes neurotransmitters that help with focus and attention. Consuming processed food is linked with ADD/ADHD and blood sugar crashes. There may be a link to the synthetic folate in the food, causing aberrations in methylation.

11:45 Dirty Genes: Dr. Lynch has written a book about genes that are perceived to be bad. MTHFR is seen as negative, but it may help with DNA synthesis and possibly repair.

13:44 Folinic Acid and MTHFR: Take folinic acid for hair growth. Methylfolate is for methylation. Folinic acid does DNA-based repair or DNA-based production and works with adenosine, which is used in ATP, energy.

17:05 Genetic Polymorphisms: We all have genetic polymorphisms, about 1 ½ million of them. They are not bad. They are just different.

17:45 Folate Needs during Pregnancy: Pregnant women need a combination of folinic acid and 5-MTHF.

18:31 Choline in Pregnancy:

21:51 COMT Polymorphism:

23:15 Liver Dysfunction:

25:50 Fatty Liver:

26:32 SIBO:

29:07 Supporting the Bile:

30:47 Gene Testing:

32:26 Addressing SNPs/Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms: The majority of SNPs are in regions of the gene that have no effect on your body or genetic function.

42:56 StrataGene Tool: StrataGene reports 50 clinically relevant SNPs. SNPs cannot be viewed in isolation. StrataGene does not make supplement recommendations.


Direct download: 159_Ben_Lynch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm PDT

“Sugar shrinks the brain … and I see ketogenic diets actually increase brain volume and changes in brain signaling,” says Jan Venter, MD.

Dr. Venter is the go-to physician for Vancouver, BC’s top CEOs and high performers.

Over the last 13 years, he has run thousands of brain maps (quantitative EEGs) and uses the principles of functional medicine to optimize cognition in his clients.

Here are a few of his best tips for boosting brain health: http://highintensityhealth.com/158

Another big part of Dr. Venter’s practice is helping folks heal after a head injury—from, say, a fall or a car accident.

He discusses how neurofeedback, nutrition and hormone balance are key to restoring brain health after trauma and to slowing down age-related cognitive decline.

We also talk about how to get into a state of flow to boost a plethora of neurochemicals that can help reverse brain fog and help you perform at a high level.

Get your pen and paper out as this one is loaded with nuggets.

04:39 Using Neurofeedback and Quantitative EEG
08:34 DIY Neurofeedback Devices
21:18 The State of Flow and Brain Health
33:42 Hormones, Supplementation and Cognition
39:35 Ketogenic Diet and the Brain
Hope you enjoy!
P.S. Learn how eating a high-fat diet and being a state of flow can boost your mental performance http://highintensityhealth.com/158


P.P.S. Watch the video interview https://youtu.be/oGCjUZ44MRk?list=PL0ovt_TbvVmYvrI48Tzs1vhe4o2eUn8qU

Direct download: 158_Jan_Venter_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am PDT

Dr. Amy Myers stopped by to give a standout talk on women, autoimmunity and thyroid dysfunction.
We discuss why thyroid problems are so common in women and the most effect natural solutions to help optimize thyroid function.
Amy is a true artist of explanation and analogy. I really think you’re going to dig this one.
Click here to watch/listen to when you get a chance: http://bit.ly/2dujwVD

Here are a few key time stamps:
02:15 Iodine and Thyroid Health: fact or fiction?
09:00 How Stress Affect Thyroid Hormone Function
12:15 The Web of Autoimmune Disease and Thyroid Function
23:00 Advanced Thyroid Testing
27:00 Supporting Thyroid Health w/ Medications and Supplements
You can also read the full interview transcript: http://bit.ly/2dujwVD

Direct download: 157_Amy_Myers_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am PDT

Dr. Deanna and I discuss common questions and health goals when it comes to building muscle. Why should I build muscle? What sets, reps and programs are best? What if I just want to be toned, I don’t want to get bulky?

We address these and many more tips, especially about how muscle building balances hormones. 

Here’s a few key timestamps:

02:35 The Healthiest Way to Look Ripped
03:45  No Such Thing as Toned Muscle:
04:28 Training a Different Muscle Type for Low Body Fat:

04:58 Chronic Cardio and Muscle Loss:
07:09 Move Beyond Your Comfort Zone
10:58 The Workout for Rookies:
12:47 Deloading and Switching it Up:
14:09 Workout Duration and Rest Periods:

Direct download: 156_Deanna_Mutzel_Muscle_and_Hormones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm PDT

As you know by now, imbalances in the gut often trigger ailments throughout the whole body.

For example, a rise in blood cholesterol may be a protective mechanism to buffer the body from leaky gut.

On the flip side, a common digestive medicine can affect the entire cardiovascular network.

Here’s more on that: http://bit.ly/2d8EfNy

In this podcast, Dr. Kathryn Retzler and I discuss key blood tests that everyone over 40 should get to assess their true cardiovascular risk.

She talks about how hormone balance is connected to heart and brain health and that there are techniques to track brain function as we age.

She and I also discuss why more and more women have heart disease and how it’s decreasing the quality of life in many middle-aged women.

Patients fly in from all over the United States to see Dr. Retzler, and she’s often a keynote speaker at medical conferences. Listening to her is instructive.


P.S. Learn about key blood tests that assess heart disease risk and how to improve brain function with age. http://bit.ly/2d8EfNy

Direct download: 155_Kathryn_Retzler_ND.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am PDT

Dr. Deanna and I discuss the latest science and common misconceptions about eating low-carb: that dietary protein will convert to sugar and possibly make you fat and that you need to eat four to six meals per day.

Here’s a link to the show notes: http://highintensityhealth.com/154

Here are some more notes from today’s show—

Through a pathway known as gluconeogenesis, certain amino acids and fatty acids convert to sugar.

But this doesn’t necessary mean you’re no longer in ketosis.

Moreover, recent science has revealed that low-carb, high-protein diets create more healthy blood ketones than their protein versions.

The idea that it was healthy to eat four to six meals a day emerged before we fully understood circadian rhythms.

Your gut doesn’t operate in peak function around the clock like some may wrongfully have assumed.

Circadian rhythm research suggests that peak gut function occurs between 10 AM and 4 PM.

New research reveals that the gut actually stores the fat you eat for up to 18 hours.

Direct download: 154_Protein_While_on_Keto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm PDT

We catch up with Dr. Deb Heald to discuss histamine, allergies and gut health.

Check out the show notes: http://bit.ly/2c7ELbZ

Watch the video interview: https://youtu.be/qWvrNt-tEzc

Do red wine, fish, cheese, or leftover and fermented foods bother you?

It could be the histamine, she says.

She talks about how histamine in foods triggers leaky gut and can make us more sensitive to seemingly healthy foods like nuts, seeds and certain vegetables.

Deb and I also took a deep dive into the topics of interval training and stress reduction.

At 55, Deb has a morning routine of intense intervals, which she says helps keep her brain sharp and her energy high. 
We also chatted about stress reduction and the best ways to overcome “perceived stress.”

Many of Deb’s patients were affected financially by the oil and gas market crash in Alberta, Canada-- which continues to cause a lot of worry among many.  

She reveals top tips and workarounds to help overcome  uncertainty.

Here are a few key timestamps:

05:26 Implementing Meditation
09:29 Interval Training at 55 Years Old
19:19 Gut Immune Response
23:03 Zonulin and Intestinal Permeability
23:53 Other Antinutrients in Food
26:02 Histamine Enzymes
41:57 Dr. Heald’s Morning Routine

Hope you enjoy,

P.S. Do you get seasick easily,  feel lousy after eating cheese, chocolate, and seafood or suffer from fertility issues? It could be histamine, learn more: http://bit.ly/2c7ELbZ


Direct download: 153_Deb_Heald_ND.mp3
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We caught up Dr. Paul Thomas to chat about his new book, the Vaccine—Friendly Plan.

A big trend in medicine nowadays is personalization.

(People are genetically, epigenetically and microbially different, so therapies should be customized to reflect this uniqueness. That’s the thinking.)

It seems that pediatrics, however, is still in the dark ages …

Every child gets the same vaccine—at the same time.
As of July 1, 2016, children in California can't even go to school, or daycare if you don't do all the vaccines per CDC the schedule.
A pediatrician of 25 years says this approach is obsolete.

When a child is at risk for autoimmunity, autism or the like—it doesn’t matter—the child gets the same immune-stimulating vaccines as everyone else.

Here is his customized alternative: http://bit.ly/2bgbLB4

This is a great resource that parents and grandparents should own.

I sure wish I’d had this book when my daughter was little.

Also in this interview, we discuss the data collected from his 11,000 charts that recorded this more conservative vaccine schedule.

Here are a few key timestamps:
03:52 Tdap Pregnancy Vaccine Theory
11:47 Flu Shots, Moms and and Autism
13:48 An Individualized Vaccine Approach?
19:21 Vaccines and Developmental Delays
22:24 Herd Immunity



P.S. Learn Dr. Thomas' slower, evidence-based vaccine schedule that skips some vaccines, and spreads out the associated neurotoxin exposure of others


Direct download: HIH_152_Paul_Thomas_MD_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am PDT

Ketogenic diets are all the rage there days.  It’s not just hype.
Nutritional ketosis brings you lower blood glucose and lower blood insulin levels, as well as weight loss.
These are just the side benefits!

The main benefit, in my opinion, is raising blood levels of Beta-hydroxybutyrate – one of the main ketones. BHB is a critical signaling molecule. It positively affects our genetic expression. It protects our DNA and reprograms our metabolism to mirror calorie restriction.  The impact upon the immune system, cancer fighting, metabolism, longevity, mitochondrial health, brain health and athletic performance are profound.
Deanna and I take a deep dive into nutritional ketosis and reviewed the science.

Here are some key time stamps:
02:19 Benefits of Blood Keto 
04:02 Ketones and Athletic Performance 
06:29 Calorie Restriction and Muscle Loss 
11:02 Pre and Post Exercise Nutrition 
13:03 Post Exercise Blood Glucose and Blood Ketones 
22:22 How Lean is Too Lean? 
26:44 Blood Ketones as Messenger Molecules 
27:39 Ketones and Brain Health/Function 
37:17 Protein for the Keto Adapted 
40:41 Ketones and Inflamaging

Direct download: 151_Ketosis_Mike_and_Deanna.mp3
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Welcome to Episode #150 w/ Drs Mark Dedomenico and Connie Guttersen, authors of The Love Diet. 

Sometimes, lifestyle medicine is poo-pooed as fluffy and ineffective when it comes treating serious diseases like heart disease and cancer.

But Mark Dedomenico, MD, co-developer of the coronary bypass surgery procedure, quit doing surgeries to start a lifestyle medicine center.

“As surgeons, we simply didn’t have the patient long enough to make sustainable changes in their habits that got them here,” he said.

Over 24 years later, Dr. Dedomenico has helped 11,000 patients change their nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle and ultimately ditch their disease-causing habits.

Mindset and self-love are at the foundation of their progress.

Rewinding this mental blueprint framework is fundamental to long-term weight-loss success, says Dr. Dedomenico.

Here are his key mindset tips for weight loss:

Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD, and best-selling author of The Sonoma Diet, was part of this two-person interview.

She, too, has helped patients break the hidden shame-cycle and negative self-talk often associated with dieting.

(It may sound light and fluffy, but believe me, this is good stuff that can be applied to non-weight–related health issues like cancer and autoimmunity.)

We also discuss a few other things, including:

01:49 Breaking the Guilt Cycle:
02:37 Isolation and Eating:
05:50 First Week Dietary Changes:
07:03 Chemical and Emotional Reasons for Eating:
09:12 The Low-Carbohydrate Diet:
10:54 Gut Bacteria and Calorie Absorption: 
13:30 Water and Fiber and Appetite:
14:27 Inherited Gut Bacteria:
15:34 How It Started:
19:03 Creation of the Program:
21:57 Binge Eaters:
24:36 20/20 Lifestyle’s High Success Rates:
25:52 Genome Research:
27:38 Changing Environment and Self Talk:
31:05 Sleep and Stress:
32:13 The Necessity of Self-Compassion:
35:26 Tracking Tools/Modalities:
42:49 What is This Book About?
46:26 Dr. Guttersen’s Morning Routine:
46:41 Dr. Dedomenico’s Morning Routine:
47:19 A Favorite Herb, Nutrient or Botanical:
51:32 One Health Tip:

Direct download: 150_Love_Diet_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm PDT

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients with mood disorders and complex eating disorders since 1990. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt went on to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

On today’s podcast, he reminds us that violent criminals commonly have low levels of lithium in their bodies.

Scientists have proposed that lithium deficiency may increase aggression. When people hear “lithium,” many think of lithium carbonate, the high-dose, prescription-only drug that’s used to treat bipolar disorder, but lithium could also be one of the most important (but often neglected) minerals under discussion in the narrative of brain health and Alzheimer’s disease prevention.

Dr. Greenblatt says a few milligrams per day of lithium can do remarkable things for the brain, including:

02:34 Minerals and Neurologic Health

03:47 Causes of Mineral Deficiencies

05:47 Sauna Therapy and Mineral Loss

07:25 Nutritional Lithium and Mental Health

09:39 Lithium and Brain Chemistry

07:25 Nutritional Lithium and Mental Health

09:39 Lithium and Brain Chemistry

11:43 Lithium to Optimize Brain Function

23:07 Low Serum B12 and Mood Disorders

Direct download: 149_James_Greenblatt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am PDT

Rodney Dietert, PhD is a prominent researcher in the field of immunotoxicology--how toxins affect the immune system and author of The Human Superorganism.

After decades of studying how toxins affect health, he realized toxicology models didn’t tell the whole story about disease risk—there was something missing, he thought.

While lying awake one night he realized that gut microbes, too,  affect how toxins impact the immune system and our health.

“The microbes are the first ones to come in contact with these environmental toxins,” he says.
So he’s been urging medical professionals and toxicologist to rethink their models to include the microbiome.

He shares more details about toxins and microbes in summary of his life’s work, a new book called The Human Superorganism.

Here are a few key timestamps:

04:48 Microbiome and Drugs
08:43 Mother Child Microbial Transfer
15:56 Family Size and Microbiome Diversity
19:41 Rebiosis Strategies
25:14 The Importance of Bacterial DNA
30:23 The Two ‘Keystone’ Bacterial Species
37:54 Baby’s Immune System Control

Direct download: 148_Rodney_Dietert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am PDT

Scientist Says Body Fat Is Actually Protective?

About a year ago, I sat down with MIT researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff to talk about glyphosate and autism.

Our discussion motivated me to start growing my own vegetables. Even organic food contains significant levels of this herbicide that has been linked to many health ailments.

Recent research shows that this substance has made it into our water supplies and rainwater.

Dr. Seneff also brought up an interesting finding: the autism epidemic parallels the increase in the consumption of Roundup Ready crops.

We often hear scientists blame sugar consumption and low-fat diets for the increasing epidemic, but Stephanie Seneff’s research suggests that environmental toxins and glyphosate are hidden drivers of the obesity and autism epidemic. otherwise.

She says that body fat is protective against environmental toxins, and this is why:

Here are a few key takeaways from the interview:

This discussion is part of the autism intensive interview series that we aired in January. If you’re interested in checking out some of those interviews and learning more about how to raise happy and healthy children, click here.

02:18 Glyphosate on Crops

03:05 Human Consumption of Glyphosate

04:35 History of Glyphosate

05:50 Glyphosate/Disease Correlations

06:38 Tracking Potential Causes of Autism, Obesity

09:21 Gut Microbes and Glyphosate

10:13 New Glyphosate Product:

13:31 Oxalic Acid and Kidney Function

15:51 Preventing Glyphosate Exposure

19:32 Diseases Linked to Glyphosate Exposure

20:13 Bone Health and Glyphosate

22:01 Obesity, Toxins and Glyphosate

28:32 Glyphosate and the Gut Microbiome

30:34 Confined Animal Feeding Operations and Antibiotics

32:11 Glyposate and Gut Permeability (Leaky Gut)

36:24 Glyphosate and Methylation (MTHFR)

38:15 Folic Acid, Folate and GMO Foods

49:48 Estrogen Disruption and Glyphosate

Direct download: 147_Stephanie_Seneff_PhD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am PDT

Sarah is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional Therapist. Today we talk about how dysfunctional day-time breathing can lead to sleep-disordered breathing and sleep dysfunction; altering the gut microbiome, circadian rhythms, contributing to metabolic disease.

Here are a few highlights:

02:34 Myofunctional Therapy

03:27 Open Mouth/Low Tongue

04:46 Issues with an Open Mouth: Our noses are meant to moisten, warm and clean air. Nitric oxide helps with the microbiome within our noses. Mouth breathing lowers nitric oxide levels. When we breathe through our mouths, we bypass these benefits. Chronic mouth breathing is a cause of sleep apnea. If you are mouth breathing during the day, you will be mouth breathing during the night. That leads to snoring. Snoring leads to upper airway resistance syndrome. It is a precursor to sleep apnea

07:17 Small Airways and Sleep Dysfunction

09:12 Contributors to Small Airways

12:08 Enlarged Adenoids and Tonsils in Children

Direct download: 146_Sarah_Hornsby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm PDT

Mark Burhenne, DDS, and I talk about all things sleep and why sleep quality, not just sleep duration, is so important.

As you know, sleep is all the rage these days.

 But many people are missing a key aspect that’s linked to sleep quality: how well you breathe while you sleep. 

If you have GERD, grind your teeth, snore, or wake up with a dry mouth, you may have a form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB).

Sleep expert Dr. Mark Burhenne explains. 

As you may know, poor sleep and sleep hygiene (lights at night, inconsistent bedtimes) are linked to many diseases, including…

Cancer, heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, and more.

But it’s not just about getting in your 8 hours.

 Sleep quality is what counts.

And that has a lot to do with breathing.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few more highlights from this show:


02:05 Sleep and Oral Health

04:50 What Happens in the Mouth Does Not Stay in the Mouth

05:58 Oral Microbiome

08:34 Diet for the Oral Microbiome

16:08 Why Talk to Your Dentist about Sleep?

20:04 Hidden Signs of Sleep Apnea

22:40 Breathing and Your Airway

25:28 GERD and Airway Dysfunction Correlation


Direct download: 145_Mark_Bruhenne_DDS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am PDT

Dr. David Brady is author of the Fibro Fix and  pioneer in the functional medicine movement and has been helping patients find the root causes of their chronic pain and fatigue.

In this interview, he discusses the research about why people have chronic pain and feature and solutions to help them fix it.

Here are a few key highlights:

09:15 What is Fibromyalgia?

15:28 Links Between Stress, Trauma and Pain

16:13 Can Fibromyalgia be ‘Good thing pushed too far?

28:29 Neurotransmission and Pain Processing

30:32 Modulating Serotonin Levels

33:21 Inflammation and Fibromyalgia

37:00 Impacts upon Sleep

39:04 Improving Sleep Quality

Direct download: 144_David_Brady_DC_ND.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

Anti-anxiety expert, Trudy Scott, CN shared the recent science about food and mood.

If you or someone you know often feels agitated, irritable or anxious, be sure to watch to check this out!

Trudy also discussed the details of a study finding a strong link between grass fed red meat consumption and good mental health in women.

Here’s a few key takeaways:

05:12 What is a Panic Attack? (what to do if you have one)
09:25 Low Serotonin
16:41 Food Sources of Tryptophan
19:23 Low GABA (what do you do?)
26:55 Copper/Zinc Balance
35:52 Oxytocin


Direct download: 143_Trudy_Scott_CN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm PDT

Jason Wachob, is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness with 10 million monthly unique visitors.

Here are a few highlights:

06:38 Jason’s Advice to Entrepreneurs: He believes in big ideas and saw Mind Body Green as something that could be big. In 2007 they had the idea and 2009 they officially launched. It took 3 years of hard work and sacrifice on the part of his partners and family to make it work. Building a powerful brand takes time. Trust takes years to build, seconds to lose and a lifetime to regain. It took a great deal of passion and dedication. Jason says to entrepreneurs that whatever you are doing always takes longer than you think. You have to be comfortable with ambiguity, because you will be operating without all of the information you want or need. Your problems don’t go away, they just change.

11:02 Lessons Learned from Experts: Everyone is different. We are all individuals and we change. For Jason, having a gratitude practice is huge. When Jason first awakens, he says thank you silently for each of the important things in his life. Hard work will get you far, as will the spiritual awareness, but the magic happens somewhere in the middle.

15:45 Mindfulness in Business: Bridgewater, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, led by Ray Dalio, huge meditator. If you work at Bridgewater, it is strongly encouraged that you learn meditation as a means to achieve results. Meditation is viewed as a performance booster. Meditation helps us to manage (not eliminate) stress. It has seeped into corporate culture.

19:15 Mind/Body Practice: Find a mind/body practice that works for you to manage stress. It is essential to survival. For Jason, that’s meditation. He used to do yoga every day. As the Mindbodygreen business grew, his yoga practice diminished. He decided that he could not compromise his health and wellbeing. He committed to doing yoga on the weekends for 15 or 20 minutes at home. Jason does meditation every day for 20 minutes repeating his mantra over and over. Occasionally he does it twice a day, but he never misses a day. It has been a powerful game changing.

21:42 Meditation: There are 4 or 5 main types of meditation. Vedic is a form of meditation where you repeat a mantra, a word that has no meaning over and over in your head. It tunes out and drives focus. There is also posana silent meditation and breath oriented meditation.

Direct download: 142_Jason_Wachob.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm PDT

Marco is a data scientist and founder of www.hrv4training.com. In this episode we talk about using self-tracking tools to monitor exercise recovery and life stress.

Here are some key highlight:

02:11 Heartrate Variability and the Parasympathetic Nervous System: 

05:04 High Heartrate Variability:

06:50 Athletes and HRV:

12:13 Measuring HRV:

19:02 The HRV4Training AP:

21:29 Untrained VS Trained:

24:14  Why Measure Your HRV? 

26:07 Diet/Nutrition and HRV: 

26:56 Training Modalities and HRV4Training:

31:07 When HRV Becomes Lower:

39:08 Becoming an HRV4Training Coach:


Direct download: 141_Marco_All.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm PDT

Aging gracefully is a catchphrase that’s been going around for a while …

But does anti-aging have any substance or meaning, or is it just marketing hype?

To answer this question, I caught up with sought-after, NYC-based Frank Lipman, MD, to talk

Dr. Lipman has written four best-selling books (two are related to aging) and has helped many people in their 50s and 60s feel young again.

As a South African-trained doctor, he’s got a unique perspective about optimizing health and preventing disease.

He shares his smart advice after 30+ years of practicing medicine in NYC:

Here are a few key points:

12:12 The ancient herb berberine

08:41 South African diets and low-carb

20:37 Treating hormones

27:49 The importance of sleep and brain function

32:05 Electronic sundown

36:43 Supplements for aging

37:18 Ubuntu and aging (concept and purpose)

Direct download: 140_Frank_Lipman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm PDT

Here are a few key takeaways from the interview:

01:01 Skinny Fat and Brain Health
04:39 Elevated Blood Sugar’s Impact upon the Brain
08:28 Minimizing Risk for Diabetes and Alzheimer’s
10:01 Diet and Cognitive Function
13:12 Metabolic Flexibility and Intermittent Fasting
20:05 Olive Oil and the Brain
28:25 The APOE-ε4 Gene SNP- New Updates
34:32 Tips to Optimize Brain Health and Function
42:40 Dairy and Neurologic Issues

Direct download: 139_Max_Lugavere.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am PDT

Dr. Tyna Moore is recognized as an authority in the application of natural pain solutions and regenerative injection therapies to treat all varieties of musculoskeletal conditions. As both a board certified Naturopathic and Chiropractic physician, she brings a unique perspective and expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Direct download: 138_Tyna_Moore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm PDT

Eoin is a world-renowned strength and conditioning athlete. He started managing health clubs in Ireland. He found that the general advice he was giving was not enough so he got his masters degree and started studying Functional medicine; which gave him the ability to better assess and better individualize plans for his clients. He learned more for his clients than from any course he has attended.

Key Takeaways


Carbohydrate Cycling and Muscle Growth

Mindful Eating for Optimal Digestion

Are stimulated Based Pre-workout Supplements Healthy?

Detoxification for athletes

Exercises for the Severely Overweight

Eating for fitness and muscle

Direct download: 137_Eoin_Lacey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am PDT

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Dr. Leo Galland’s office in NYC to chat about allergies.

He wrote a new book all about allergies called the Allergy Solution.

I was amazed by the new science and remedies he shared.

Hidden allergies are the drivers of weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, and joint pain, he says.

In the interview, he reveals the top ways to uncover hidden allergies.

The big take-home from this interview and new book, The Allergy Solution, is that our environment has changed.

We talked about new research that shows how environmental toxins may actually be causing plants to produce more allergens.

Even more, environmental compounds may be causing your immune system to be increasingly susceptible to allergens.

So, it’s a vicious cycle.

Dr. Galland says the solution is not to suppress allergies with natural compounds, but to remove the triggers and also the prime protective T-regulatory cells.

T-regulatory cells help keep inflammation in check.

Hear about the top five ways you can give your T-regulatory cells and immune system a boost.

Hope you enjoy this one,


Direct download: HIH_136_Leo_Galland_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm PDT

A new study in a reputable medical journal reported that 50% of the adult population has diabetes or prediabetes.


But here’s the real cold water: folks with elevated glucose have a much higher risk of developing blindness, getting their legs ampuation and, worst of all, brain atrophy and dementia.


(Alzheimer’s is now dubbed diabetes of the brain.) 


These scary facts motivated diabetes educator, Brian Mowll to host the 3rd annual Diabetes Summit.


Check it out: highintensityhealth.com/diabetes

Dr. Brian and I discussed key nutrients to balance gut hormones and bacteria which can have a huge effect on blood sugar regulation.) 

But that’s not all…

Dr. Brian and I recorded a special interview below to discuss a range of topics that can help you balance your blood sugar control right now.

This was by far one of the most practical discussions on getting control over blood sugar that I’ve heard in a long time.

Key Takeaways from Dr. Mowll’s Chat:

05:06 Assessing our Blood Sugar: Why should all have a glucometer and be testing our blood sugar!

09:38 Blood Sugar Thresholds: What are safe post meal blood sugar levels?

16:23 Type 2 Diabetes Subtype: Not all diabetes is the same

23:56 Hemoglobin A1C Biomarker: What’s optimal VS what’s “normal”

22:44 Triglyceride Biomarker: Why this measures metabolic flexibility

48:43 Berberine and Blood Sugar: New science

P.S. When you sign up for the Diabetes Summit, forward me your registration and I’ll give you access to my 60 minute Circadian Rhythm Master Class video.

Direct download: Brian_Mowll_Diabetes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am PDT

Laura and I discuss the latest research in medical marijuana science and holistic cannabis use.

Why Cannabis? 

The cannabis plant has been bred by farmers to be high in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component. The plant originally has a much lower THC content. It is a complex plant with many compounds and many cannabinoids that produce different effects. CBD (cannabidiol) modulates the THC effect. Consuming the plant with all of its compounds is beneficial. It does not need to be smoked. It can be as a tincture, as an oil, an alcohol base, in an edible, as a patch, or as a topical.

This is a system of receptors throughout our bodies, called CB1 and CB2 receptors and others. They sit on the cells in our body within various systems. These receptors are in our brain, our gut, our immune system and other places. There are zero deaths from cannabis overdose because we do not have these receptors in our brainstem. You may react to an overdose in some other way, depending upon your genetics.

Direct download: Laura_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm PDT

We caught up with Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the modern-day Paleo Diet movement. Loren and I met at his office in Fort Collins, CO, back in ’06 and have traveled in similar circles over the years.

It was great to catch up and review time-tested dietary advice and discuss new findings. Loren was actually eating lunch while we recorded this chat.

We discuss a wide range of topics that you may enjoy, including:

04:42 Meat consumption and heart disease

12:39 Why antinutrients are compared to a Trojan horse

14:09 The dairy paradox

24:56 Carbohydrate diversity and the microbiome (new data)

40:22 The safety of antioxidant supplements?

Direct download: 133_Loren_Cordain_PhD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT

Parasite expert, Moises seems to have unearthed the reason why inflammatory diseases are so rampant today: our immune system has a broken off switch.

Parasites used to be the “brakes” of our immune system.

“We’ve outsourced our immune tolerance to them,” he says.

(In order for parasites to thrive in our bodies, they tricked our immune system into thinking they weren’t there.)

But, now they’re gone…

Asthma, allergies, autoimmunity and neuroinflammatory diseases are on the rise.

Parasites even make the microbiome more diverse, according to new research.

Moises is is the author of a best selling book on microbes called Epidemic of Absence.

His research and book cleared up many missing links in my mind about immunology and microbes, I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

Here are some key takeaways:


02:16 How Parasitic Worms (Helminths) Shape Our Immune System:

06:20 T-Reg Cells and Immune Tolerance:

08:27 Helminths Regulate Hormones: 

28:03 Parasites and the Gut Microbiome:

30:32 Parasites and Autoimmunity

Integrative psychiatrist Kelly Brogan (MIT and Cornell trained) came on the podcast to chat about her new book, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, a top 20 seller of all books sold on Amazon.


Here are some key highlights:


- Antidepressants modify the hard wiring of your brain’s neuronal synapses, which render the antidepressants ineffective but also induce a refractory depressive state.


- 85 percent of unmedicated folks recover within a year.


- A single dose of an antidepressant can change the brain’s chemistry within three hours.


- Antidepressant use is linked with a high relapse rate, which is linked to how disruptive the medication is to the brain.


- The most powerful path to our brain—and peace of mind—is through our gut.


- Depression and all of its manifestations are glitches in the immune system and inflammatory pathways.

Direct download: 131_Kelly_Brogan_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm PDT

High fat diets are all the rage these days.

Science clearly shows that it was carbs, not fats, that’s causing the World obesity crisis.

But is a high fat diet (and being in a state of nutritional ketosis )the answer for everyone?

Should you avoid carbohydrates all altogether; or strategically “cycle carbs” to keep your body in balance?

I brought guest expert Dr. David Jockers to help you understand these key points.

Dr. Jockers has helped hundreds of patients find that high-fat diet “sweet spot.”

Although it’s different for everyone, he lays out a framework in this podcast that will help cut your learning time in half.

Key Highlights:

18:40 Ketones in the Brain
33:01 Post Meal Blood Sugar for Ketosis
35:24 Carbohydrate Cycling
41:50 Ketogenic Diet Misconceptions

Direct download: HIH_130_Dr_David_Jockers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

Dr. Deanna Minich is a wellness expert and author of five books. Having had health issues in her teens and twenties, she looked for solutions to feel better and understand her relationship with food. She embarked upon a scientific path to study nutritional biochemistry, while at the same time, explored other disciplines like psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. Her journey to find answers ultimately led her to combine her studies to develop an integrated, complete, lifestyle system called Food & Spirit™. Currently, she offers training to practitioners of all types to learn this color-coded method for full-spectrum health.

Key Takeaways:

00:35 The Role of Colors in Detox and Health
04:43 Color Orange Correlations to Fertility
08:24 Color Purple and Blue and Brain Health
18:23 How Bitters Boost Metabolism
22:50 Metabolic Flexibility and Metabolic Flow
25:08 Detox and Importance of Being in an Alkaline State
33:50 Tips to Clear Your Mind of Toxic Thoughts

Direct download: HIH_Deanna_Minich_Whole_Detox.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm PDT

If you or someone you know needs a few tips to do what you honestly know you should do (cut back on alcohol … even that “healthy red wine”), then check out this interview with James.

Here are some key time stamps:

02:46 How can we not drink and be social?

08:22 The consequences of just one glass of wine or beer every night

14:58 Protection from blue light before bed (to boost sleep)

24:53 The benefits of natural daylight

29:30 Stick to your goal by making the private public

Direct download: 128_james_swanwick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27am PDT

Pediatric neurologist best-selling author of The Dirt Cure exposes new science about how gut microbes affect mood.

It turns out that our immune system influences mood and behavior in the brain, and gut microbes directly influence our immune system.

And as you know, many things affect gut microbes (antibiotics, birthing method, foods and even stress.)

She shares case histories about how antibiotics may cause ADHD, and well, how eating dirt and color rich foods may help calm the mind. 

“Our brain is not sitting on top of the totem pole isolated from the rest of the body,” says Dr. Shetreat-Klein.

Here are some highlights

07:30 Digestive Tract/Immune System and the Brain

15:20 Gut Bacterial Diversity is the Key to Balancing the Immune System:

18:39 How Can We Ensure a Variety of Microbes?

27:24 ADD/ADHD Treatment Alternatives

35:51 The Importance of Phytonutrients

Direct download: 127_Maya_Shetreat-Klein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am PDT

Are you eating a gluten-free diet but still not feeling 100%?

Gluten expert Dr. Peter Osborne explains why.

Gluten-free labeling only applies to alpha-gliadin; other wheat-free grains have gluten proteins that create inflammation in the body, he says.

So the real solution to help heal your gut and curb the inflammatory response in your body is to go grain free.

Here’s another reason: gluten-free grains (rice and corn) are a source of highly concentrated mycotoxins (toxic chemical products produced by fungi that colonize crops).

Even worse, grains are sprayed with atrazine. Atrazine is one of the most toxic and widely used herbicides.

Atrazine accumulates in rice and sorghum, two common wheat-free alternatives found in gluten-free foods.

Here are a few interrelated tips offered by Dr. Osborne:

01:11 The Link Between Grain Consumption and Pain

05:16 Gluten Is in More Than Just Wheat

14:05 Hidden Sources of Gluten

18:47 Why Gluten Sensitivity Is More Prevalent Today

36:02 The Grain-Depression Cycle

38:41 The Grainbesity Cycle


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Dr. MacFabe has extensively studied how gut bacterial-deprived short chain fatty acids (SCFA) affect behavior and neurology. In brief, when we eat, we don’t just feed ourselves, we feed these little guys in our gut, largely anaerobic. They ferment.  They eat and depends what they eat. They eat these certain foods. We were interested in mostly these refined high sugar carbohydrates, some wheat-based carbs. You feed these bacteria. They ferment, kind of like giving carbs to yeast to make beer and alcohol, they make compounds very similar to alcohol called short chain fatty acids. Some of us know from personal experience, what small molecules like alcohol can do very complex things with your brain and your behavior, again, not all good and not all bad, but also very sensitive early in development. We had this idea, could these bacteria, which we did know these bacteria produced compounds called short chain fatty acids, kind of like alcohol, and could these compounds, have an effect on us similar to the intoxication of alcohol.

In this episode, we take a deep dive into how SCFA affect behavior, immune function and metabolism.

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Dr. Vincent Pedre, medical director of Pedre Integrative Health, is a board-certified internist and a Functional Medicine–certified practitioner in private practice in New York City. Dr. Pedre’s integrative medical approach combines both Western and Eastern traditions. He is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is also certified in yoga and medical acupuncture. His holistic philosophy is patient-centered and focuses on uncovering the root causes of illness to create long-term wellness. Dr. Pedre based his Gut C.A.R.E. Program on his own recovery from irritable bowel syndrome, becoming an expert on healing the body from the inside out with an emphasis on the gut microbiome. He believes the gut is the “seat of all health.” He is also the founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, which offers health-enhancing programs, content and lifestyle products, dietary supplements, and weight loss programs. Dr. Pedre is a sought after speaker at medical conferences around the world.

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Liping Zhao is professor of microbiology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Mike and many expert guests have quoted Dr. Liping’s research.  He had already begun work on the microbiota when he read a paper on the microbiome and fat storage. He had been obese for nearly 15 years by then.  Dr. Liping was inspired. He shifted the focus of his research to how the microbiome may contribute to the development of metabolic diseases: obesity and diabetes. Both of these are important health issues in China.

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Dr. Carrie and I caught up to discuss “adrenal fatigue.” What is Adrenal Fatigue? Well many people think the adrenals just “get tired,” but she says there is more to the story. The pituitary tells the adrenals what to do. In response, the adrenals make cortisol. It is a miscommunication issue. Most often it is from the hypothalamus and the pituitary, not the adrenal. 

Dr. Jones earned her ND from National College of Natural Medicine, where she is Adjunct Faculty and now serves as the Medical Director at Precision Analytical, Inc. Hormone Lab.

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Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD has had the privilege of contributing to the “birth” of modern integrative medicine. He works from first principles of biology to clarify the causal mechanisms of good health and ill health. His over 100 articles and invited reviews attest to his professional contributions.

Key Highlights:

4:34 Microbiome Wasteland: For many of us, our microbiomes are a wasteland. Few of us were breastfed, and even fewer of us were breastfed until we were ready to be weaned and our guts were mature

20:48 A Detailed Description of Digestion: Digestion begins with your eyes. They tell your gut and your brain, what you will be consuming.

27:43 Pre-Meal Strategies to boost digestion.

31:37 Calming Your Brain

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Danielle Pashko is a New York City based Wellness practitioner with almost two decades of experience. She is a holistic nutritionist, certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, fashion model, thyroid cancer survivor and author of "Smile At Your Challenges".

In this episode we discuss:

How Sumo wrestlers maintain their weight by not snacking and only eating 1 or 2 very big meals (lunch and/or dinner) per day. Sumo wrestlers also drink a lot of beer and wine.

Our Struggle with Cellulite:  It is easier to prevent cellulite than to get rid of it. Cellulite can be genetic; however, it can be caused by poor quality foods and toxins.

And they exercise. This hits home for a lot of us.  To keep our metabolism going, we need to eat throughout the day. Lean children eat small meals and small snacks and keep active throughout the day.

Orthorexia, the Obsession with Being Healthy: Being so rigid and demanding negates many of the benefits of the healthy lifestyle. It corrupts our mindset, bringing it out of balance. You need to be healthy and have healthy habits, but you need to be able to live and be happy and have your soul fulfilled.

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Kevin Kruse is a serial entrepreneur and NY Times BESTSELLING AUTHOR, who has used a relentless focus on Wholehearted Leadership and employee engagement to build and sell several, multimillion dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way.

Kevin is also the author of several books including Employee Engagement for Everyone, Employee Engagement 2.0 and the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, which was named one of the top leadership books in 2011 by 800-CEO-Read.

Kevin writes regularly as a columnist for Forbes.com and American Express OpenForum, and has published over 100 articles for various publications on topics related to leadership, engagement and entrepreneurship. He delivers keynotes to audiences around the world.

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Dr. Andrea Maxim graduated from McMaster University, completing an Honours Degree in Biology and Pharmacology. After another four years of rigorous training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Andrea completed her degree as a licensed Naturopath in Ontario and is proud to be serving the Haldimand and Burlington Community.

Dr. Andrea Maxim is one of Southern Ontario’s leading naturopathic doctors and the creator of ‘The Maxim Movement’; a movement helping people move towards improving their digestion, hormones, and facilitating weight loss.

I posted the show notes at www.highintensityhealth.com/drmaxim

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Jeff Leach is the Founder of the Human Food Project. author of Honor Thy Symbionts and Rewild. His opinions on health and nutrition have appeared as Op-ed articles in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald and his peer-reviewed research has been published in the British Journal of Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, BioScience and Microflora, Journal of Archaeological Science, Public Health Nutrition and many others. He lives in New Orleans – but hopes to spend more time in Africa.

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After 25 years of practicing internal medicine, Dr. Principe got frustrated that his patients were still sick (and some were dying). So he closed his business, went to culinary school and re-opened a new clinic focused around teaching people how to better manage stress and cook real food!  His story is so unique, we had to film this onsite in his “teaching kitchen” adjacent to his medical clinic in Chicago, IL.

His clinic is called WellBeingMD and is located in the Chicago suburbs.

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Ian is a currently a first year medical student and former researcher at Queens University in Ontario. He authored two widely popular papers, titled: 

a) Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense, acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity 

b) Evolutionary aspects of obesity, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk 


During this interview, we caught up with Ian to discuss advances in research in the field of diet, gut bacteria and metabolism since his 2012 and 2013 publications. 

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In 2014 Dr. Carnahan discovered that hard way that she is part of the 1% of the population that is genetically sensitivity to mold. She had never had asthma, yet it was so pronounced that she had to stop running and became short of breath walking the two flights of steps to her office.  She also now caught every bug or fungus that came along.  As a functional medicine doctor, she knew something was wrong with her immune system. 


In this episode, we talk about all things mold. You can watch the video interview at www.Highintensityhealth.com 

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As a former three time division 1 all-american (NCAA) athlete, Deanna recognizes how important food is for optimal performance and health. She’s been a licensed chiropractor for over 13 years and has a real gift for making healthy fruits and vegetables taste amazing. 

In this episode, we discus the details of real food vegetable wraps and cheesy kale chips. It’s our first of many kitchen tutorials to help you balance your gut bacteria and optimize your metabolism with real food. 

To watch the video interview and access to the two video cooking tutorials head over to: www.highintensityhealth.com/realfoodlab  



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Dr Chutkan is a member of the faculty at Georgetown Hospital since 1997, Dr Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW) in 2004, an integrative gastroenterology practice that includes nutritional therapy, stress reducing techniques such as meditation, biofeedback and counseling, as well as gastrointestinal procedures like endoscopy, colonoscopy, and video capsule endoscopy. In addition to digestive disorders in women, her clinical areas of interest include alterations in gut bacteria (dysbiosis), inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and food as medicine. She is a recognized leader in gastroenterology both nationally and internationally and Washingtonian magazine has consistently named her one of the top doctors in her field. Board certified in Gastroenterology, Dr Chutkan serves on numerous committees and boards and is actively involved in patient and physician education. She is a past Governing Board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and former Chair of their Training Committee and Public Relations Committee. She is the author of the bestselling book Gutbliss, and the newly released The Microbiome Solution, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. 


Here are a few highlights from the show:


22:55 The Over-Prescribing of Antibiotics: In her new book, The Microbiome Solution, Dr. Chutkan has a list of 10 questions to ask your doctor if you are about to be prescribed an antibiotic. She also provides a list of 10 things to do if you must take antibiotics.


31:51 Good News—You Can Change Your Gut Microbes: Many of our cravings are mediated by gut bacteria. In numerous ways, our gut microbes drive this behavior. Different strains of gut bacteria will overthrow others and dominate.


35:28 The Mysteries of Morning Breath: Because we sleep with our mouths closed, cutting off much of the oxygen, the bacteria in our mouths shift and give us morning breath.



41:23 Fecal Matter Transplantation—Is It Right for You? About 50% of the stool is bacteria, but there are toxins, viruses, and other things in your stool that your body is eliminating.

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Dr. Alverdy performs a wide variety of complex minimally invasive and open gastrointestinal surgical procedures with 25 years of experience in the field. He is nationally recognized for introducing several new operations into the field, including minimally invasive pancreatic surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgery for disorders of the foregut including the esophagus and stomach.

Here are some highlights: 

1:37  Understanding Post-Surgical Infections and Gut Bacteria: Dr. Alverdy is a gastrointestinal surgeon.  He also has an NIH-funded laboratory that studies how gut bacteria complicates recovery from surgery.  Every patient’s fear is that they will develop an infection after an operation.  Infection is especially problematic when prosthetic material is placed in the body.  Dr. Alverdy has been working for 20 years to apply the latest molecular techniques to understand problems that most doctors tend to blame on mechanical issues.  

4:06 Healing from Surgery and Gut Flora:  When you are a surgical patient, you have your procedure, you go home, and you start eating your regular food.  You have generally had one shot of antibiotics, which assaults your gut microbiome, but you can rebuild your gut flora quickly at home by resuming your regular diet.  There are about 80,000 elective operations done every day and most of us heal quickly at home.  

5:00 Longer Hospital Recovery and Gut Biodiversity:  Sometimes we have a prolonged recovery, for example after, a car accident, a liver transplant, or burn injuries.  In the intensive care unit, even when there is no identified source of infection, doctors will put 80% of us on antibiotics unnecessarily.   


6:37 The Consequences of Unnecessary Antibiotics in Prolonged Recovery:  It is called ecological collapse of the normal gut biome.  Your normal health-promoting microbiome is replaced with a pathobiome.  Harmful, pathogenic, bacteria become predominant in your gut.  This dysbiosis can directly impair the immune system and directly and adversely affect the outcome.  Instead of being better in a day or two, it may take you 2 weeks to recover.  

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Scientists are publishing many studies linking time spent in nature with many health improvements. From blood pressure reductions, to anxiety reduction and better sleep quality, time spent outdoors appears to have drug-like effects on our biology. This is no surprise to Nate Summers—program director for a leading Wilderness Awareness School on the west coast.  For the past 18 years, Nate has been helping city-dwelling people improve their health and quality of life by promoting more time outside—all season long. (Even walking barefoot in the winter.) 


Nate Summers, M.Ac. has been with WAS since 1997. Nate’s journey with ancient living skills started as a teenager, and this exposure to stone-age living sparked a life-long interest in anthropology, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, and indigenous cultures. Nate has served as both Youth Programs Director, Adult Programs Director, and as a core instructor in most programs for WAS. He has also worked with King County Parks and the Seattle Parks Department.

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We caught up with professional crossfit athlete, Christmas Abbott to discuss cellulite and tips to build a better butt. She says a tight booty is more functional and valued higher than lean abs and sculpted arms.

Christmas is living proof that fitness is sexy, and a badass body is a birthright for one and all. A CrossFit star, professional athlete, former NASCAR pit crew member, Olympic weightlifter, and former unhealthy "skinny fat" woman herself, Christmas knows what real women need in order to get the butts and bodies of their dreams. In The Badass Body Diet, Christmas provides a quick and simple workout plan that tones everything—from booty to total body—and teaches you how to spot-reduce excess fat with targeted meal plans and recipes.

Your glutes are the largest and most powerful muscle group in your body, not to mention one of the most beautiful. But they often go dormant, flat, and flabby due to poor lifestyle choices. 

You can check out the full video interview on YouTube.com/HighIntensityHealth

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Natalie is a sought after personal trainer and weight loss coach n the UK. She has trained underneath world renowned strength coach, Charles Poliquin and is a certified Biosignature Practitioner. In this episode Natalie shares tips to help you overcome common weight loss hurdles. We discuss mindset strategies to help you achieve the body composition you’re looked for, how emotions can affect food and exercise choices and why eating more actually leads to better fat

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Alanna Collen is a British science writer with degrees in biology from Imperial College London, and a PhD in evolutionary biology from University College London and the Zoological Society of London. In this episode we discuss the details of her book, 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness. 

As you’ve heard before on the show, our gut bacteria act as an intermediary between us and our environment.  We cannot change our genes, but we can change how they express themselves.  That’s epigenetics.  We can influence gut bacteria more directly, which affects our epigenetics.  Our gut bacteria play a huge role in influencing disease and our overall health.   


We thought of the large intestine as a place where water is absorbed and where stools are formed. Traditionally, we have not been concerned with the biochemical processes that go on in the large intestine.  But we now find that what out gut microbes do in the large intestine and elsewhere is very important to nutrition, appetite regulation and the way we store energy.  

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Ross Pelton is licensed pharmacist and expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. As a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN), he counsels clients on diet, nutrition and natural therapies for a wide range of health issues. As a health care professional, Ross helps clients utilize and integrate the best of both worlds to achieve a healthier, longer life. With over 30 years of research and scientific experience, Ross Pelton has turned his passion for educating people on their health into a legacy for thousands of clients around the world. Whether its tackling tough subjects like Safe Natural Therapies for Menopause, Preventing the Side Effects of Oral Contraception, Natural Therapies for Acne or Depression, Ross covers a myriad of subjects and speaks frankly about what you need to do naturally to take charge of your life. 

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Dr. Brighten is a naturopathic doctor. She began her studies in nutritional biochemistry, receiving a PhD in nutrition. As a kid, she had GI issues and discovered that food was her medicine. She stumbled across naturopathic medicine and it was an instant fit. One of the things she likes about naturopathic medicine is that the body is regarded as wise. It is medicine, but also an art.

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Tom Bilella, DC, is director of the Nutrition Treatment Center in Red Bank, NJ. Tom is an energetic, captivating, thought-provoking, and sought-after speaker. He has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as anti-aging, metabolic syndrome, weight loss, sports nutrition, and other important health topics. His audiences have included the New York Giants, Villanova University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University. In 1995, he was the NPC Natural New Jersey Bodybuilding Champion. 

Key Takeaways:

Dr. Tom’s Work with Professional Athletes: Dr. Tom was the team nutritionist for the New York Jets. He introduced nutrient timing, macronutrients, all organic foods, and pulled out the soda and ice cream machines.

Which Carbs Should We Consume? Dr. Tom likes the slow-releasing carbohydrates, the super starch for athletes and people looking for recovery.

Muscle-Building Strategies for Women: Examine caloric and protein intake. Often, increased protein is what’s needed.

The Importance of Eccentric/Concentric  Time Under Tension: You will build more muscle on the release of a motion than from the initial motion.

Switching Exercises: Work different muscle groups.

Impact of Deadlift and Squats on the Spine: When you put the bar on your back, you are compressing your discs.

The Successful Ketogenic Diet: In the ketogenic diet, you are shutting down the glucose and you teach your body to adapt to burning fat.

Direct download: 104_Tom_Belilla.mp3
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Alessandro (Alex) shares many details about how keto-adapted diets can improve sports performance and affect heart rate variability (HRV). Alex discovered the use of HRV when he was searching for a way to measure the inflammatory response. Now that he has increased his HRV, Alex no longer suffers from overtraining syndrome and no longer injures himself by pushing too hard. A drop in HRV shows that something is taxing the body, perhaps the immune system.

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Brandon O’Connor is a Master Muscle Restoration Specialist. His mission is to improve the quality of your movement capabilities. Over the past decade he’s helped a wide variety of people recover from nagging injuries, improve their health and well being, and achieve personal goals. Muscle Restoration System, which utilizes a combination of Muscle Activation Techniques and Strategic Resistance Training, helps people recover from injuries, gain strength and improve quality of life life.

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Jimmy More is a the best selling author of Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity. He maintains a popular blog and has Interviewed over 900 experts on his Livin’ La Vida Low Carb. In this podcast, Jimmy shares tips about ramping up the keto-adaptation period, myths about high-fat diets and interactions between ketogenic diets and gut bacteria. 

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Did you know that the vast majority of IBS is actually SIBO. Symptoms such as, gas, bloating and distention (many report they look like they are pregnant!) are from gut bacterial imbalances.  Discomfort or pain which can feel like muscular pain. Foul gas (& you know who you are!) Diarrhea, constipation, or both, even floating stools – occasionally or often. Weight loss. Muscle loss. Weight gain (yes, it can cause either!) Reflux, nausea, or burping (that gas has to go somewhere!) Fatigue / Weakness and perhaps even loss of appetite Edema (swelling). All of these common symptoms are linked with gut dsybiosis. 


Tracy is a Functional Medicine trained dietitian with extensive training in gut health. She shares her latest breakthroughs that can help you boost the health of your gut. 

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Dr. Stephen Wangen is the co-founder and Medical Director of the IBS Treatment Center. He is a licensed and board certified physician, the award winning author of two books on solving digestive disorders, and a nationally recognized speaker. He has been seen and heard on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio and television. He was recently named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine. 

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Dr. Carrasco is board certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Her approach is comprehensive, innovative, holistic, and empowering. Learn new medical tools to nourish yourself and your family.

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In this podcast, Dr. Vincent Pedre, author of Happy Gut, shares his cleansing program to help you lose weight and gain energy. He also discusses SIBO AKA small intestinal bacterial overgrowth from a whole new vantage point and why everything that ails us, from fatigue to weight gain to bloating and bad skin, can be traced back to the gut.

Direct download: HIH_97_Vincent_Pedre.mp3
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Dr. Ben Lynch is a naturopathic physician and methylation expert. In this episode, he discusses life beyond MTHFR genetic variants and common gene SNPs. It’s all about paying attention to your environment, he says. We also discuss ways to overcome exercised-induced asthma and seasickness, and how to handle over/under methylation. 

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Dr. John Fitzgerald, author of Fat Loss The Truth, is know by his patients as Blood Doc John for his radio shows in the late 90's and his work with many professional athletes. He helps numerous UFC professional fighters lose body fat for their bouts. He also ran a diet clinic and wrote nutrition protocols for many other doctors clinics. 

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Gastroenterologist, nutritionist, and top authority on the gut microbiome, Dr. Gerry Mullin shares his cutting-edge approach to rebalancing metabolism by reducing the fat-forming bacteria in the gut and reseeding it with fat-burning bacteria. In this episode, learn his top foods to eat and which to avoid. 

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Best-selling Author, Abel James explains how getting back to our wild roots and eating real food can help end the viscous cycle of obesity and fat gain. Involving kids in the cooking process, buying local meat and periodic fasting are some of Abel’s top fat-loss tips. 

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Although many people have a daily exercise routine, some continue to struggled with weight loss lose and have digestive issues. Our high-speed life often causes people to eat mindlessly, quickly, which places stress on our digestive system; promoting fat gain and inflammation. In this episode, Karen discusses practical tips to improve mindfulness, giving your metabolism and digestion a serious boost. 

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We all have subtle abnormalities in a key cellular process called methylation. Without proper methylation, we can’t properly detoxify, make hormones, neurotransmitters, creatine and glutathione. Dr. Eric explains the critical ways to support methylation, starting with the basic foundational principles in functional medicine.

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Fit physician and mother of three, Deepa Verma, MD, shares insights into what helps her and her family stay lean and healthy. She insists that a vegetarian diet is key, along with simple home workouts and 15 minutes per day of meditation or yoga. She shares other mindset tips that will help you lose weight and keep it off. 

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Weight loss expert Dr. Steve Sisskind shares some insights about making small but powerful steps to get and stay lean. Dr. Steve says we often overeat and under exercise because because we are unaware of the mental triggers causing us to overeat and lack clarity in our long term goals. 

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Best-selling author and allergy specialist Dr. Susanne Bennett. In this episode, Dr. Bennett offers tips to help you get rid of swollen belly, allergies, and brain fog. She also discusses the best way to make an amazing kimchi at home. 

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Evan Brand, CPT is the founder and host of Not Just Paleo. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in training and Certified Personal Trainer from the Onnit Academy in Austin, TX. Evan shares lessons learned from spending over 10,000 hours working in the forest and natural world restoring farmland to park space, planting trees, natural habitat restoration, observing wildlife and learning to use nature as medicine.

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Hunter shares a few tips about how meditation can change your brain. The practice helped him quickly rise to a top-paying position with a New York City-based luxury jewelry designer. We discuss how twice-daily meditation helps the brain function better. It increases the size of the hippocampus and strengthens communication with the left hemisphere so that it is in sync with the right hemisphere.

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Dr. Bob Rakowski holds multiple post-doctorate certifications, clinic director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston Texas, where he treats elite professional athletes to critically ill patients with a variety of cancers and autoimmune diseases. He’s has lectured internationally for over 20 years on various topics in Natural and Lifestyle Medicine. 

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Dr. Conners helps us understand what cancer is, why individuals get cancer and shares his top tips to get rid of cancer once it starts. We discuss testing modalities and personalized nutrition protocols that can be used to help treat the cause of cancer, naturally. 

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Celebrity nutritionist, fitness expert, and New York Times best-selling author JJ Virgin shares critical mindset strategies to ignite the fat-burning process. These tips enabled JJ to thrive during the toughest part of her life—nearly losing a child to a tragic accident. Anyone can benefit from this amazing story of success. 

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Dr. Wendy Ellis is a naturopathic physician and hormone expert based in the Seattle, Washington area. In this episode, she shares her top nutritional and hormonal replacement strategies to help men and women combat hair loss, increase energy, and burn fat.

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Drs. Justin Sonnenburg and Erica Sonnenburg are two top microbial scientists at Stanford University and authors of The Good Gut. In this episode, these pioneers share diet tips from their work at Stanford to help you increase the diversity of the trillions of bacterial organisms in your gut. 

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Steve Best, MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and completed a 2-year Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry. He specializes in treating disorders of the brain that harm emotional health, cognitive ability or everyday behavior. In this episode we discussed the many health benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT); including anti-aging, treating lyme disease, increasing production of stem cells and more. 

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Naturopathic doctor Tim Gerstmar shares his “new model” for treating autoimmunity—no complex immunosuppressive drugs needed. In this episode you’ll learn how your thoughts and emotions affect inflammation, and how the foods you eat impact your genes and the trillions of bacteria (the gut microbiome) that turn inflammation either on or off. We also discuss top nutrients that you can eat to increase the healing powers of your gut microbiome. 

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Geri Brewster RD MPH CDN, a registered dietitian-nutritionist, began her clinical career specializing in pediatric and young-adult developmental disabilities, including metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders; specialized tube feedings; dysphagia; autism; behavioral, attention, sensory and oral-motor integration disorders; and eating disorders.

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Best-selling author and interventional cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn shares new research about the number one cause of premature death—heart disease. You’ll learn why high-fat diets and lots of animal protein may not be such a good idea for your gut or your heart. Dr. Kahn will tell you which are the best foods for improving the health of your gut microbiome and reducing arterial plaque buildup, and how women can reduce their risk of heart disease. You’ll also learn about functional biomarkers and how to assess and minimize your risk of heart disease.

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