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Can Social Anxiety Be Reversed with Nutrition?

Can Social Anxiety Be Reversed With

It was the most surreal (and frightening) experience of my life.

There I was, sitting on the weight room floor. Hyperventilating. Watching the floor swing from side to side. Lights suddenly blindingly bright. Scared.

I was having a panic attack.

It all began the previous afternoon. Feeling like my social anxiety had gotten out of hand, I showed up for my appointment at the campus clinic looking for help.

I rattled off my symptoms to the doctor — the sweats, tremors, racing heart, negative thoughts, all occurring in social encounters.

I had diagnosed myself with Social Anxiety Disorder. My doctor agreed.

He pulled a pad out of his pocket and wrote a prescription for Prozac.

“Prozac, really?”

For some reason, Prozac sounded a little extreme. I had done my research on its side effects and it was the last thing I thought the doc would recommend. I just wanted something to calm me down in social settings and to push me out of what had been a fairly prolonged episode of depression.

In fact, one of my favorite football players openly used another drug, Paxil, for his social anxiety. It seemed to be working for him. That’s what I wanted.

But the doctor insisted. Prozac it was.


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Podcast #325:
Natural Tips for Beating Brain Fog!

UW RADIO #325-2

Guest: Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, CS

This week on the podcast, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo — founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology — shares her best tips for beating brain fog.

Here are my notes:

4:56 – How Dr. Ritamarie turned her health around after living life in the fast lane and being prescribed medications for conditions she didn’t even have!

16:55 – Brain fog: Is it normal or just common? What the difference is and how to know if you have a problem.

19:03 – Fat is your friend: what you brain really needs for nourishment and the best places can get it.

23:46 – Too much stress? How it could be affecting you memory and what you can use to ease stress-induced damage and keep your brain cells firing fast enough.

29:21 – Keeping your brain (and blood sugar levels!) healthy. JERF!

33:33 – How vegans can get the nutrients they need and why you might need to supplement … no matter what you’re eating.

35:20 – The Cortisol Connection: how your thyroid and adrenals might be affecting your brain.

38:20 – Brain fog after breakfast? Why it’s happening and what you should be eating to avoid a mid-day crash.

40:33 – How to lift your brain fog with one breath in one minute!

44:26 – Even MORE reasons to get off the gluten.

46:48 – The brain fog tips roundup and the best place to start to clear up your brain fog.

Click the PLAY button below to listen to the entire interview.

See you in a couple days with bestselling author, Gretchen Rubin!

Sean


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Podcast #324:
The Obesity Paradox: Does Thinner Mean Sicker?

chip lavie

Guest: Dr. Chip Lavie, M.D.

Imagine two guys standing side by side…

Person A (we’ll call him Norm) is categorized as “normal weight” on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. He’s perfectly content with his weight, eats fairly well, and seldom makes time for exercise since his weight appears to be ideal.

Person B (we’ll call him Obi) has a BMI of 34, considered “mildly obese”. He also eats well, but manages to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 days each week.

Who lives longer?

Well, according to the latest research, Obi the Mildly Obese Man has a lower mortality rate than Normal Weight Norm.

Whaaaaaaaaaat!?

I know, it sounds completely backwards. But science has recently uncovered an “Obesity Paradox”, revealing the protective nature of body fat.

For example, did you know that…


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Podcast #323:
The Hormone Reset Diet

UW Radio #323

Guest: Dr. Sara Gottfried

Dr. Sara Gottfried, author of The Hormone Reset Diet, returned to the podcast to reveal how you can balance your hormones and heal your metabolism through diet and lifestyle changes.

Here are my notes:

3:01 – Cravings for Grandma’s chocolate chip cookie dough turned into disordered eating as a teen … and maybe set Dr. Sara up for adult hormone challenges.

8:25 – Are women expected to be everything to everyone all the time? How society’s expectations of women could be leading to addictive behaviors.

10:58 – Madonna helps Dr. Sara dump out her body image shame bucket and find clarity to make a change – and teach other women how to do it too.

13:57 – Why is alternative medicine the 2nd class citizen? The hierarchy of medicine and the reason there isn’t better nutrition science.

18:11 – How modern meat could be making your breasts and hips bigger than they should be … and what you can do to “poop out” some extra estrogen.

29:48 – The subtleties of coffee science: why the final answer on whether or not to drink it will always be “it depends.”

36:27 – The reason you might not be able to hear your body say “dude, put the fork down.”

40:32 – Dr. Sara’s favorite supplements ever for balancing hormones and blood sugar.

42:01 – What fat-free potato chips have to do with reducing your toxic load … and why you probably shouldn’t eat them anyways.

44:45 – More about The Hormone Reset Diet, who it’s for (not just women!) and why you need to be thinking about your cells AND your soul

47:38 – Get your free Hormone Reset Cookbook!

Click the PLAY button below to listen to the entire interview!

Sean


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Podcast #322:
Alzheimer’s, Type 3 Diabetes, and Cadbury Eggs.

Dr. Brian Mowll

Guest: Dr. Brian Mowll

Easter Sunday is just around the corner.

It’s the time of year when supermarkets strategically line their checkout counters with chocolate covered bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and of course my all-time childhood favorite…

Cadbury creme eggs.

A delicious holiday blend of milk chocolate, vegetable fat, emulsifiers, sugar, glucose syrup, invert sugar syrup, and other weird stuff that surely sent my blood sugar on a wild ride.

And that’s why it struck me as odd that while reading Michele Simon’s book Appetite for Profit I learned that Cadbury Schweppes — maker of the creme eggs and other sugar bombs at the time of the author’s writing — was a strong financial supporter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Say what?!