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Podcast #337:
Hacking Your Heart Health


Guest: Joel Kahn, M.D.

So … I’ve been sitting here for an hour trying to write this post in a way that doesn’t scare people.

I mean, after the mass hysteria over last week’s Gluten Lie email/post/podcast, I realize that words can be grossly misinterpreted despite my very best efforts to be perfectly clear.

Thus my hesitation to remind you of the startling statistics about heart disease, this week’s topic of discussion with heart attack prevention specialist Dr. Joel Kahn.

Here goes…

According to Dr. Kahn, standard medical tests simply aren’t enough when it comes to detecting heart disease and predicting heart attack risk.

In fact, using standard risk factors like cholesterol and blood pressure, at least 25% of people with heart artery disease are completely missed.

What’s more, while pushing for preventive tests like colonoscopies and mammograms, doctors are running electrocardiograms in less than 10% of medical exams!


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Podcast #336: The Gluten Lie.

Alan Levinovitz

Guest: Alan Levinovitz

Break’s over!

Underground Wellness Radio is officially BACK with a brand new interview with Alan Levinovitz, author of The Gluten Lie.

Yes, The Gluten LIE.

Is Alan saying that there’s no such thing as celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity?


But he does make some very interesting and valid points about WHY so many people are suddenly becoming gluten sensitive when they never really had a problem with it before.

If you watched The Depression Sessions, many of our experts discussed the power of belief when it comes to the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs.

In other words, there’s a lot of science showing that antidepressants work because the person taking them believes they will work. In many studies, people given sugar pills that they think are antidepressants experience elevations in mood and energy. That’s called the placebo effect, of course.

But have you heard of the nocebo effect?

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Podcast #335:
The Serotonin Myth?

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Guest: Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

I’m waaaaaaaay behind…

I posted this episode maybe six weeks ago, before I took some time off. In this Instant Classic, licensed psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan states a compelling case for why Depression is NOT a Serotonin Deficiency.

Discover what she calls the “flawed logic” in our current understanding of how antidepressants work. And, learn what the science really says about these drugs.

Here are my notes:

3:03 – How the monoamine hypothesis of depression got started and why its logic is flawed.

7:23 – What is a normal brain anyway? How serotonin levels may or may not be a factor in depression.

10:39 – Antidepressant adaptation: what happens to your brain and your body when you take (or stop taking!) an antidepressant.

15:29 – What the studies REALLY say about antidepressant medications and the profound power of placebo.

22:45 – Does time heal all? How treatment could be turning some problems into big ones, when “doing nothing” might be the best treatment of all, and why Dr. Brogan does not prescribe medications to her patients.

30:32 – How one major study showed antidepressant medications might not work the way we think they do and why nobody is talking about it.

35:37 – Could the effects of antidepressants really just be anti-inflammatory? All about the cytokine theory of depression and sickness syndrome.

39:42 – Specific inflammation markers you can test for (with optimal ranges!)

42:44 – Dr. Brogan’s best tips for reducing inflammation with food and lifestyle changes. Plus, real life patient stories of how they work.

50:38 What the cytokine model of depression means for Big Pharma … and for the people taking their medications.

Dig it!


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Podcast #334:
Insomnia, Brain Fog, and The Depression Connection.

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Guest: Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSc

I’ve been waiting three months to post this.

Whenever I have the privilege of sitting down to interview Dr. Datis Kharrazian, he never fails to leave me with that “mind-blown” kind of feeling.

I mean, really, how smart can one person be?

So to kick off this week’s “Early Bird” Depression Sessions festivities, here’s Dr. Kharrazian’s full-length interview on How to Figure Out What’s Causing Your Depression.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

* Why there’s more to correcting mood disorders than just boosting neurotransmitter levels with amino acid supplements. A lot more!

* Why traumatic brain injuries often show up as depression … years down the road.

* How chronic gut inflammation can cause brain inflammation, leading to depression.

* What the “other symptoms” presenting with depression — anxiety, insomnia, blood sugar problems, and brain fog — can reveal about its cause.

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Podcast #333:
The Depression Sessions Preview Show!

Depression Sessions Preview Show

Guests: The Depression Sessions Experts

I’m all kinds of giddy. Are you?

Our Depression Sessions pre-launch festivities officially kick off next Monday morning.

That’s when I start posting early bird, full-length sessions along with those fancy buttons for downloading the videos, audio files, and transcripts (for FREE!).

I’m still undecided on which early bird sessions I’ll be posting, but voting is well underway on the Facebook page.

On today’s episode of the podcast, my special guest is none other than … me!

I share and comment on 14 of my favorite clips from your Depression Sessions presenters, including: