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#310 – The Autoimmune Solution

Guest: Dr. Amy Myers, MD

Dr. Amy Myers, author of The Autoimmune Solution and host of The Autoimmune Summit, returned to the podcast to discuss how toxins and untreated infections contribute to autoimmune conditions.

Here are my notes:

3:55 – The confusion and frustration of a second-year medical student (Dr. Myers) suffering from the symptoms of an autoimmune thyroid condition.

8:30 – How having your thyroid removed can cause mood swings and panic attacks!

11:00 – The “healthy diet” that may have contributed to Dr. Myers’s condition … and the dramatic “meaty” changes she had to make.

13:20 – It’s not all about gluten and leaky gut! The multifactorial complexity of autoimmune disease.

19:43 – What is autoimmune disease anyway?

20:41 – How a flawed medical system contributes to underreported cases of autoimmunity.

23:19 – The autoimmune spectrum. Where do you fall?

25:15 – The”elevator pitch” version for why you should heal your gut and drop gluten.

27:26 – Dr. Myer’s two non-negotiable foods for healing your gut.

31:00 – Immunosuppressive drugs: how leaving yourself wide open for an infection can be a major problem with autoimmunity.

35:40 – Three theories for how common, everyday toxins may be affecting (or triggering) autoimmune conditions.

41:00 – MAJOR problems with how chemicals and toxins are approved for personal and commercial usage.

44:22 – Dr. Myers’s 3 simple strategies for clearing toxins from your air, water, and food.

48:52 – How to detox WITHOUT triggering autoimmunity.

50:47 – How bacterial infections and viruses trigger autoimmunity. And how to test for them.

1:00:39 – Pre-order The Autoimmune Solution and get these free goodies!


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#309 – The Truth About Food Addiction

Guest: Dr. Vera Tarman, MD

Dr. Vera Tarman — author of Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction — returns to the podcast to share her incredible story of food, drug, and alcohol addictions.

Here’s what we talked about:

2:50 – Dr. Tarman’s personal story of food, drug and alcohol addictions and hitting rock bottom.

17:58 – What food addiction really looks like.

19:53 – The science and reality behind food addiction.

22:34 – The addiction continuum and why food addiction is so hard to diagnose.

26:48 – Food addiction vs. addictive food. Does dieting = food addiction?

28:45 – The emotional side of food addiction and eating disorders.

31:30 – The brain of a food addict.

36:41 – Antidepressants, neurotransmitters and your brain.

39:00 – Insights into the food industry, the “bliss spot” and why you don’t know about any of it.

40:46 – Dr. Tarman’s thoughts on trigger foods and food addiction programs.

47:58 – Ideas and resources about elimination, treatment, substitution and individualized healing.


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#308 – The Adrenal Reset Diet

Guest: Dr. Alan Christianson

Dr. Alan Christianson — author of The Adrenal Reset Diet — stops by to discuss how you can use food to transform your adrenals from surviving to thriving.

Here’s what we talked about:

2:15 – The “chubby kid”. Dr. Alan’s adolescent weight issues … and how he got past them.

4:09 – Surviving vs. Thriving: which mode are you in?

7:49 – Cortisol is your friend. Here’s why.

11:09 – Why a low-carb diet may be keeping you up at night.

14:05 – The Adrenal Fat Switch: How to turn it OFF!

16:06 – Carb Cycling: WHEN to eat carbs and why.

18:35 – The Cortisol Slope: You’ll never believe what it can tell you about your lifespan!

19:38 – Dr. Alan’s personal Adrenal Reset experiment.

23:06 – How to shift your cortisol levels with diet alone.

29:20 – The Adrenal Reset Diet in a nutshell.

30:02 – What to do if you’re “tired and wired.”

36:28 – Don’t let your stress get you stressed!

40:00 – Get The Adrenal Reset Diet.


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#307 – Eat Clean. Play Often. Crush Life.

Guest: Mary Shenouda

Mary Shenouda — a.k.a. The Paleo Chef — makes her debut appearance on the podcast and teaches you how to Eat Clean, Play Often, and Crush Life.
Here what we talked about!

3:07 – Mary’s personal health story. It all began in the second grade…

7:45 – THEY said she had lupus and cancer. They were wrong.

11:30 – Your very best options for food sensitivity testing.

13:23 – How an occupation you hate can impact your health. Mary tells her story.

15:43 – The Universe has spoken. Mary takes the leap OUT of the corporate world and into what she loves.

22:45 – Eat. Play. Crush. Defined.

26:30 – How to “grow your crush muscles”.

28:00 – A “new” kind of vulnerability.

31:00 – Meditation, mantra, journaling, and getting N.A.K.E.D.

36:15 – Where a Paleo Chef gets her recipe inspiration.

38:00 – Paleo positives and paleo peeves.

41:31 – Get the Eat Play Crush 5-Day Guide!


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#306 – 5 Steps to Permanent Gut Healing

Guest: Dr. Jack Tips

Jack Tips makes his debut appearance on the podcast to discuss the ins ands out of your microbiome and to break down his 5 steps to PERMANENT gut healing.

Here are my notes:

3:42 – How a 12 year old boy became a health expert.

9:30 – Shocking revelations from the Human Genome Project.

15:21 – The “secret” to undoing the damage we’ve done to our microbial populations.

16:40 – Can taking probiotic supplements throw your microbiome out of whack?

19:26 – Quorum Sensing: How good bacteria can turn into “bad guys”.

27:40 – How dysregulated gut bacteria increase your inflammation set point.

28:13 – Biofilms: How bad bacteria protect themselves from the immune system.

30:06 – The power of botanical herbs in healing the gut and protecting the good guys.

33:29 – GMO corn is poisoning your gut bacteria!

35:00 – How poor farming practices and bad science are destroying the Earth’s microbiome.

38:29 – A Native American principle we should (and can) live by.

39:04 – Is there really science that says GMO foods can turn your gut bacteria into pesticide factories?

40:40 – Specific botanicals you can use to heal your gut and more.

43:42 – Introducing the Gut Thrive in 5 program.

46:09 – Step 1: Adapt with Your Diet.

48:26 – Step 2: The Pathogen Purge.

50:32 – “Autoimmune diseases are reversible.”

51:49 – Step 3: Recolonize the Gut. (The GI Urban Renewal)

53:57 – Step 4: Heal and Seal the Gut.

57:00 – The problems with one-size-fits-all programs.

58:25 – Step 5: Optimize Stomach Acid and Maintain Health

1:03:00 – Register for Wednesday’s webinar with Christa Orecchio!

1:03:15 – Visit Dr. Jack’s website and get your FREE Microbiome report!


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#305 – MTHFR Made Easy

Guest: Dr. Ben Lynch

It finally happened.

One of the most suggested guest EVER — Dr. Ben Lynch — made his first appearance on the podcast this week. And he crushed it!

The big reason why he hadn’t been on the show before was the fact that I had no idea what MTHFR was. I had seen and heard it come up before, but never took the time to study it.

The general consensus on the MTHFR topic is that it’s too complex for the lay person to understand. So I made it my personal mission to help Dr. Lynch break it down in a way that everyone could understand. 

I think we did a darn good job, too!

Here are Katey the Assistant’s show notes:

5:35 – Folate: the backbone of numerous key reactions in your body.

7:54 – Sean tries to say “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. :)

8:27 – A MTHFR football analogy to help you get it.

11:20 – You need THIS for activated folate.

12:51 – MTHFR gene mutation: who, what and why.

14:45 – How Dr. Lynch found out about his own MTHFR gene mutation.

15:42 – Hold up! A quick MTHFR review.

16:51 – More factors that affect your ability to make methylfolate.

18:51 – How to test for nutrient deficiencies … and why.

21:30 – The MTHFR test and Dr. Lynch’s gene testing disclaimer.

22:40 – MTHFR and reproduction: knowledge is power.

25:15 – The methylfolate B12 connection for methylation.

28:25 – The problem with folic acid supplementation.

30:35 – Specific issues in your kids that might be caused by MTHFR.

34:00 – Pregnancy, doctors and the folic acid myth.

36:20 – Pharmaceutical drugs and the impact on folate.

38:00 – All about B12. A must-hear!

42:00 – Your diet’s role in methylation.

44:50 – Exactly what to do, eat and take to improve methylation.

51:04 – Methylation, estrogen and cancer risk.

53:00 – Get your FREE MTHFR report!


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#304 – GMO Foods and Your Digestion

Guest: Jeffrey Smith

In this Digestion Sessions presentation, Jeffrey Smith — author of Seeds of Deception — reveals the truth about genetically modified foods and what they do to your gut.

Here are my notes:

2:15 – Just what in the heck in a GMO?

5:18 – How an “FDA lie” is affecting your health and safety.

8:11 – The 9 GMO foods you need to know about.

9:37 – A different type of doctor’s prescription for better health.

10:45 – Is it really the non-GMO diet, or it is the real food?

15:00 – “The most chronically toxic chemical on the planet.”

17:30 – The connection between GMOs, leaky gut and autoimmune disease.

20:00 – The dangerous toxin in your blood, your brain, and your gut.

25:05 – The registered pesticide you could be eating right now!

26:00 – The long list of health problems linked to Roundup-ready crops.

34:23 – Sneaky ways BT toxin might be getting into your body

35:48 – The global impact of GMOs.

40:43 – The GMO tipping point and the future of food labeling laws.

45:45 – The REAL reason why there isn’t more GMO research out there.

46:00 – Register to attend The Digestion Sessions. Going on NOW!