High Intensity Health with Mike Mutzel, MS

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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