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#348 – The Final Episode


On today’s final episode of Underground Wellness Radio, Reed and I get together one last time to show you how to become your own health detective … one who stops chasing symptoms and gets to the root cause.

Here’s what we talked about:

5:35 All about Reed’s pre-Functional Diagnostic Nutrition days in law school and the corporate world proves it’s never too late to start something new.

14:30 How Reed bridged the gap between his experience in the corporate world and his interest in health and healing.

18:14 Need more clients? Reed talks about the hustle to get more clients than anyone thought possible.

23:51 How a simple bone density test turned into a series of lab tests—that eventually became Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.

26:10 What could be stealing your sex drive and why – and what you can do to get it back.

31:14 Which lab tests to use to find the hidden stressors affecting your hormones and your health.

41:18 The “second skin” you need to take care of—so that it can take care of you! Plus the role of food sensitivities and limitations of lab testing.

51:25 The importance of stool testing and why “cleaning up the neighborhood” could be the one thing you need to do to stay healthy.

55:18 A case study in getting to the root cause, getting off medication and how one client got to do things she hadn’t been able to do in two years (and lost 13 pounds in one month!).

1:00:14 Busting some common Functional Diagnostic Nutrition myths, and how you can find one to work with or even become one yourself.

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Retro – The Art of Bone Broth

Lance Roll

Today’s podcast episode is a real game changer if you’re interested in having stronger bones, healthier joints, better digestion, and more youthful hair, nails, and skin. I decided to bring back another classic, retro episode with our buddy Chef Lance Roll to fill you in on how bone broth can literally turn back the clock on not only how you feel, but how you look.

Here’s what we talked about:

2:48 Chef Lance fills us in on what he’s been up to on since the original show in 2012, and how to get a discount on his trademark bone broth!

9:22 How The Flavor Chef came to be.

11:58 Why traditional foods and healing methods have fallen out of favor, and what we can learn from different cultures around the world.

16:07 The key components of a nourishing—and delicious!—bone broth.

23:16 Chef Lance’s step-by-step guide and best practices to make your own bone broth at home.

28:50 How to use bone broth to support your joints and boost your absorption of nutrients to up to 90%!

36:11 The bone broth detox: using broth to give your digestive system, liver and kidneys a much needed break.

39:35 Which bones are best…and where to find them!

44:03 Is it botox or bone broth? How broth-derived collagen makes your skin look amazing.

47:20 A bone broth pep talk for anyone who’s freaked out by drinking bones and chicken feet. Eek!

48:36 Why what Chef Lance cooks isn’t as important as how it’s prepared, and the “ultimate spice” you must add to make food healthier and more tasty.

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#347 – How Meghan Beat Crohn’s Disease.

Meghan Telpner

Meghan Telper — author of The UnDiet Cookbook and founder of The Academy of Culinary Nutrition— shares her remarkable story of overcoming an “incurable” Crohn’s diagnosis … and why she says Crohn’s may have been the very BEST thing to ever happen to her.

Here’s what we talked about:

6:00 The story behind the trigger and the trifecta of factors that Meghan thinks pushed her over the edge and into Crohn’s disease.

12:26 Why Meghan could not and would not accept it when docs diagnosed her with multiple conditions she never really had…and what she did instead.

15:34 Stress and symptoms take their toll on Meghan’s work and social life.

17:50 The horrific advice Meghan got from her doctor, and the HUGE problem with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation that has her fired up.

19:28 What Crohn’s and Colitis actually is and how to find out if you have it.

22:47 Meghan makes getting healthy her new full-time job and decides to have fun doing it. Here’s how she did it in only a month!

27:75 The one thing Meghan believes is the biggest factor for anyone trying to heal from ANY disease or condition.

30:34 How to deal when an illness affects relationships, and why support is so important for healing and taking health into our own hands.

37:35 The UnDiet philosophy and why it’s so much more than just the food.

47:45 How to “untangle” your stress for natural energy and a happier life.

50:09 Three of the best tips from Meghan’s book that will help you UnDiet your way to vibrant health.

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Retro – Digestive Wellness

Liz Lipski

Dr. Liz Lipski, author of Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for Children, stops by to discuss the many things that can go wrong with our digestive systems – and how to fix them!

Here’s what we talked about:

10:05 What Dr. Lipski does all day and how she got so interested in digestion even though she didn’t mean to!

13:52 The role of the standard American diet in our digestive troubles and the one concept that’s really missing from the food pyramid.

18:58 What to look for—and what to do—when your kids tell you their tummy hurts.

21:15 Are germs good for us? All about the Hygiene Hypothesis and how our obsession with going germ-free could be affecting our health.

24:51 Why you should drop that yellow M&M and definitely not give any to your kids.

27:21 The very best way to clear out your colon. Plus, who does and does not need colonics.

32:15 How to wean off herbal laxatives and the questions to ask yourself to get to the bottom of why you needed them in the first place.

37:05 What to look for in stool testing results, and what we can do if our gut bacteria aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do (or are missing completely)!

44:39 The constipation/cancer connection: why it’s time to embrace the fact that everybody poops.

48:55 Is it too much stomach acid or not enough? How to test the “strength” of your stomach and why it’s so important for your health.

56:31 All about digestion and autoimmune disease, and exactly what you should eliminate from your diet to feel better.

1:02:50 What your mood and your mind have to do with your gut, and what you can do to for a healthier and happier digestive system.

1:10:45 The power of probiotics, the microbiome, and the many messages we send our bodies all the time.

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#346 – NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Steve Silberman

This week, journalist Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, sets the record straight about the recent “explosion” of autism diagnoses. Here’s what we talked about:

5:24 How a boat full of computer geeks sparked Steve’s interest in autism, and how he found discovered there was a much bigger story than he had originally thought.

17:42 The biggest urban legend about autism.

20:36 The man who studied children with autistic traits before it even had a name, and the major world event that completely changed the timeline of autism.

25:23 Efforts to improve the human race affects potentially autistic children and adults and led to one of the darkest chapters in our history.

29:59 Some of Hans Asperger’s insightful findings about the patients he was studying, and why there is a common misconception that they were all “high-functioning.”

35:10 The “discovery” of autism in America by Leo Kanner and why it was so very different from Hans Asperger’s findings.

41:57 How the definition of autism may have created an “epidemic” of childhood schizophrenia in the 50s and 60s that foreshadowed the autism epidemic of today.

44:15 Toxic parenting and “refrigerator mothers” take on the blame and shame for autism for years while some fame-hungry doctors promise to find a cure for their kids.

51:19 How two loving parents of an autistic child led to a new movement and new support for the parents of autistic kids.

1:01:15 Why it was so hard to get a diagnosis, and why a recent increase in diagnosis numbers is actually a good thing.

1:09:31 The study responsible for the vaccine/autism connection and why it was eventually debunked as “fraud.”

1:16:55 The little mistake that made a huge difference in the number of children being diagnosed and other contributing factors to the perfect storm for the spike in autism.

1:26:34 Influential autistic adults that are leading the way to a different way of thinking about people with disabilities of all kinds.

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#345 – There is No Plan B

Josh Trent

Josh Trent – digital health coach, founder of and host of Wellness Force Radio – stops by to share his story. He talks about his personal wellness journey, the many ups and downs that finally led him to go all in on pursuing his passions, and what it really takes to break free of limiting beliefs that hold us back from being our best self. Here’s what we talked about:

3:59 Josh takes a chance and writes an email that gets him involved with Underground Wellness.

9:19 A potential product launch, “food idealism,” and fear creates friction and frustration between friends.

22:48 What Josh was looking for when he went from personal training into a cubicle, and why “secure income” no longer exists.

27:52 An experiment with sound meditation reignites Josh’s passion and gets him out of the corporate world.

29:38 The three beliefs that were holding Josh back, where they came from and how he’s turned negative experiences into something positive.

38:48 Josh’s learns that you can run—drunk!—but you can’t hide during his personal wellness journey from 275 pounds to personal trainer.

45:30 After dropping physical weight, Josh struggles with emotional weight and where he found support to release that weight, too.

51:58 How our beliefs affect the choices we make, and how our choices get us the things that we do (or don’t) want.

54:17 The most important thing we can do to repair relationships and free ourselves of limiting beliefs that hold us back.

59:39 Why investing in yourself is always worth it, and why money is definitely NOT the root of all evil.

1:05:28 What “digital health” is and how it can help you bridge the gap between wanting to do something and actually doing it!

1:08:01 Why feeling the fear isn’t always a bad thing, and how to keep moving forward no matter how you feel.

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#344 – Tragedy, Turmoil, and Transformation

Cynthia Pasquella

Cynthia Pasquella – clinical nutritionist, author and founder of The Institute of Transformational Nutrition – returns to the podcast and candidly opens up about her past. She shares the story of her own personal traumas, how she has used them to transform her own life, and how she helps others do the same.

Here are my notes!

3:28 – Where Cynthia’s long journey to success started, and the reason why she decided to tell her story.

7:09 – No running water? The details of Cynthia’s childhood living conditions and the many tragic events that left her parents struggling.

12:53 – How Cynthia learned to be a good mom despite growing up without a positive mother figure.

20:41 – The reason Cynthia never invited friends over, and why they probably wouldn’t have even been allowed to visit if she had!

27:28 – Raising parents and being a referee: Cynthia takes on much of the responsibility for her family and herself.

31:09 – The opportunity that got Cynthia out of the south and to LA, and how it she found herself going from “a crazy situation to a completely insane one.”

38:32 – The modeling industry, “Latte Diet” and numbing out with drugs and alcohol takes a major toll on Cynthia’s body, health and psyche.

49:08 – The important message Cynthia received that stopped her from taking her own life.

57:17 – Cynthia bets on herself–with 3 credit cards!–to learn how to regain her own health, and starts to help other people do it, too.

1:05:59 – How a cheeseburger left Vegan Cynthia in tears and gives her freedom from the food fight.

1:16:01 – Money matters: Why it’s not about the amount of money, but what you do with it that matters.

1:29:01 – How to use your own experience and story to make some extra money or even start a whole new career!

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