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#99 — How to Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor

April 27, 2016

Guest // Sally Mendelsohn, CNM

Host //  Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

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Do you have a pediatrician you love? Do you even know what that could look like? In the current polarized medical climate, finding a like-minded — or even open minded — pediatrician is not always easy.

But… there was one pediatrician who was willing to swim against the tide — loudly and proudly — even back in the 1970s. In this episode, homebirth midwife Sally Mendelsohn and Dr. Maya discuss Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s “renegade” ideas, including his books How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor and Confessions of a Medical Heretic.

How did Dr. Mendelsohn start on his visionary path and how was it received by the medical establishment?

What were his thoughts about birth, ultrasound, breastfeeding, and vaccination?

What, if any, practices and attitudes have changed since he wrote his books?

Robert Mendelsohn, MD (1926-1988) was one of the first outspoken, renegade pediatricians. A graduate of University of Chicago for both his undergraduate studies as well as medical school, he went on to write numerous books including How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, and more. He was selected by President Johnson to lead Project Head Start’s Medical Consultation Service. He publicly questioned the mainstream attitudes about medication, parenting, birthing, ultrasound, immunizations, hospitalization and surgery. He appeared on over 500 television and radio talk shows.

sally mendelsohn cropSally Mendelsohn, CNM is the daughter of Dr. Robert Mendelsohn and a leader for women in her own right. After getting her undergraduate degree at Brandeis College, she graduated from Georgetown and Cornell Universities to eventually became a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1982. During her 25 year career, she delivered babies both in home and hospital settings. Most recently, she taught midwifery in the graduate program at New York University. Sally and her family have recently launched a new website to more broadly share the ideas of her father. Learn more at www.thepeoplesdoctor.net.

#98 — Tech Brain: The Vice Grip of Screens & Lights

April 20, 2016

Guest // Victoria Dunckley, MD

Host //  Carla Atherton

reset child's brain jacketHas technology grabbed ahold of your kids’ brains, with the vice grip of blue screens and blinking lights? It’s affecting our children socially. It’s messing with brain function and development. It’s causing health problems from fatigue to sleep problems. It’s a catalyst of emotional upset, from tantrums and depression to addictions and even violence.


Do you have a daughter who’s not responding well to treatment? Do you suspect that you son is being medicated unnecessarily?

Could screentime be affecting your child’s grades, happiness, sense of self, relationships, and overall quality of life? Could it be at the root of an ADHD or Oppositional Defiance Disorder diagnosis?

Find out during this interview, and learn how you can join host Carla Atherton and Dr. Dunckley for a screenfast challenge. Reverse these tech side effects and develop new, healthy relationships with technology.

dunckley headshotVictoria L. Dunckley, MD is an award-winning integrative child psychiatrist and a leading expert on the disruptive effects of electronic media on brain health and development. In the past ten years, her Reset Program has helped more than five hundred children, teens, and young adults who failed to respond to conventional treatment alone. She blogs for Psychology Today, and has been a featured expert on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and the Investigation Discovery Channel. She is the author of a groundbreaking new book, Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time.

#97 — Which Nutritional Supplements Are Right For Me?

April 13, 2016

Guest // Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Host //  Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

supplementWe are constantly bombarded by mixed messages that a given nutritional supplement is good for us one day, and the next day it’s not. With more than 30,000 dietary supplements in the marketplace and new studies coming out every day, it’s no wonder we all feel confused and overwhelmed.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has a masterful command of this science, which she brilliantly lays out in her new book, Fortify Your Life. Listen to her share her wisdom and hear her recommendations for using food and supplements to meet your nutritional needs:

  • Which common nutrient depletions are of particular concern for women, especially during pregnancy?
  • What nutrients do babies need that they might not be getting from your breast milk and that are not in your prenatal vitamin?
  • What nutrient-dense foods are you avoiding that could protect your body and brain?
  • How nutritional deficits in children can impact behavior, attention and intelligence quotient.

tieraona low dog headshot cropTieraona Low Dog, MD is an internationally recognized expert in dietary supplements and integrative medicine. In addition to her many years as a clinician and educator, she has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues, serving on advisory panels for the White House and the U.S. National Institutes of Health and chairing two committees on dietary supplements for the U.S. Pharmacopeia. She is the author of Healthy at Home, Life is Your Best Medicine, and Guide to Medicinal Herbs. Learn more at drlowdog.com or follow her on Twitter @Lowdogmd.

#96 — Teen Boundaries Around Tech Usage

February 24, 2016

Guest // Emily Roberts, MA, LPC

Host //  Carla Atherton

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Do you have trouble talking to your teens about creating boundaries around their usage of technology?

Do you feel like they are sometimes lost to you, immersed in a world of blue lights and virtual relationships?

Do you want your teenager to have communication and social skills and healthy real-life relationships with their peers, family, and themselves and are worried about the power technology has over them?

Uh, yes!!! Please…

This whole new world of texting and the world wide web of the internet has made it such a massive challenge for parents to keep their kids safe. It is an added challenge to teach them healthy boundaries around what the internet exposes them to and what influences their choices, both of which influence the formation of their very self-esteem and self-image. BIG stuff!

Technology isn’t going away. How can we allow our children to use technology as a tool rater than become enslaved while still allowing them space for self-expression and connection? Listen to (R)evolutionary Mama’s interview with the Guidance Girl, Emily Roberts, about how we need to effectively face this issue head-on with clarity and direction.

Emily RobertsEmily Roberts, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist, parenting consultant, educational speaker, and published author. She is part of the Hartstein Psychological Services team in New York City practicing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Emily writes a weekly blog “Building Self-Esteem” for HealthyPlace.com and is the parenting consultant for Neurogistics Corporation. She is the co-founder of The Talking Room, a proactive program for girls ages 5-9 specializing in developing self-esteem, confidence, leadership, friendship skills, and stress reduction activities with an emphasis on creating healthy boundaries with technology. Emily has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, specializing in children, young adults, adults, and families. She is LPC licensed and has extensive training and experience in working with a variety of populations and diagnosis including challenges such as life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and eating disorders.

#95 — The HPV Vaccine Whistleblower

January 26, 2016

Guest // Norma Erickson

Host //  Valerie Borek, Esq

hpv vaccine imageSince the HPV vaccine was introduced to the public in 2006, it has been surrounded in controversy:

Time to add another bullet point to the above list…

On January 14, 2016, the activist blog SaneVax revealed the details of an open letter sent by Sin Hang Lee, MD to the World Health Organization claiming “manipulation of data and suppression of science in order to maintain the illusion of HPV vaccine safety in the face of valid contradictory evidence.”

Valerie Borek, Esq interviews SaneVax chief Norma Erickson about the stunning allegations:

  • Who is Dr. Lee and why/how is he in a position to make these statements?
  • What, exactly, did he say?
  • What are the policy implications of this announcement?
  • What has been the response of medical and government authorities?
  • Is the HPV vaccine safe? What should parents do?

norma erickson headshotNorma Erickson, President of Sane Vax, Inc., was an average citizen working as an independent business consultant and freelance author before she became aware of the number of people experiencing reported adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine. In 2010 she established SaneVax as a direct response to the worldwide devastation left in the wake of HPV vaccination programs. The SaneVax team believes no vaccine should be approved for public use without first being proven Safe, Affordable, Necessary and Effective.

#94 — Is Fluoride Safe?

January 20, 2016

Guest // Susan Kanen

Host //  Lisa Bloomquist

is fluoride safeWater fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to control tooth decay. The CDC says that the safety and benefits of fluoride are well-documented. It’s also in our toothpaste. Dentists promote it. Maybe you took fluoride pills when you were a child or you give fluoride in vitamin drops to your baby. We’ve been fluoridating our water for over 70 years; so long, in fact, that few people question its wisdom.

But there is much more to the story. The Fluoride Action Network shares some surprising facts, including:

  • 97% of Western Europe does does not fluoridate its water
  • Fluoridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-fluoridated countries
  • 40% of teens show visible effects of fluoride over-exposure (36 studies show a correlation between fluoride and lower IQ)

Did you know that the fluoride that is put in our water is a toxic byproduct of the fertilizer and aluminum industries?

The dominant paradigm used to be, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” Now we are discovering that many toxins accumulate in our bodies and our environment.

Could many chronic diseases of modernity be linked to water fluoridation?

susan kanen headshotSusan Kanen is a biochemist who worked in water treatment facilities. She suffered from multiple health maladies, which she attributes to multiple exposures to fluoride. Find out how Susan’s chronic health problems are connected to water fluoridation, and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

#93 — Health Lessons From Hollywood

December 9, 2015

Guest // Suzanne Somers

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

tox-sick jacketYes, we want to be healthy. Once we stop nodding at the basic platitudes — sound sleep, regular exercise, smart nutrition —  however, we’re left wrestling with the brutal realities of living in the real world:

  • It’s hard to be healthy. I’m not smart enough to reconcile so much conflicting information. Do whole grains promote health or cause inflammation?
  • I’m too busy to be healthy. Who has time for this? I run out of day before the end of my job and family obligations.
  • It’s stressful to be healthy. When I have free time, I want to chill out. I do not want to research about health.
  • It’s bad for my social and family life to be healthy. People think I’m weird or they feel implicitly criticized by my actions. My family wants to fire me.
  • It’s not enough to be healthy. I want to look good. What happens when the thing that’s healthy conflicts with the thing that makes me look and feel my best?

We page through women’s magazines and wonder about the airbrushed images that stare back. These women are flawless but looking like that can’t be healthy. Gel manicures, make up, and highlights? Laxatives? Is there an oasis of sanity in Hollywood… a health maven and wellness guru who really knows her sh*t? Because we have questions:

  • What does she wish she knew when she was in her 20s and 30s?
  • What are the little “health nudges” that we should never ignore?
  • What are the ten things she does every single day?
  • And seriously… what is she really eating and how on earth does she get her hair and teeth to look so perfect?

SS_0312-1049Crop_smWe want to talk turkey with someone who conquered the Hollywood game, confronted a terrifying health scare, and emerged a real life superstar. Join us for an hour with Suzanne Somers, a fearless advocate for reclaiming health, naturally.

Suzanne Somers is an actress, bestselling author, and businesswoman. Her latest book, Tox-Sick, was released earlier this year. She defied conventional medicine, beat cancer, and became a health activist who’s helping to redefine what it means to be robustly, vibrantly resiliently healthy.

#92 — CPS and Medical Marijuana

November 25, 2015

Guests // Indra Lusero, Esq and Heather Thompson, PhD

Host //  Valerie Borek, Esq

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Across the country, states are legalizing marijuana use. Parents are discovering that medical marijuana can offer life-changing relief for their chronically ill children. But when child protective laws are not simultaneously updated, families can be caught in the middle.

Join co-host Valerie Borek, Esq as she interviews two activists in the trenches. They explore this disconnect, with a lively and important discussion on personal, medical, legal, and privacy rights, and how to protect our families:

  • How legal marijuana use can have negative consequences on families.
  • The importance of informed consent in maternity care.
  • The problems with the dissociation between criminal and child protective laws with respect to legal marijuana.
  • Understanding your options if you or your newborn tests positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when you are pregnant, a parent, or breast feeding.
  • Understanding what we know, what we think we know, and what we believe about marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.


heather thompsonHeather Thompson, MS, PhD is an applied molecular biologist, parent and birth worker. She is Research Director at Mountain Midwifery Center, Inc. and on the leadership team of Elephant Circle, a reproductive justice organization based in Colorado. She is passionate about supporting and educating Colorado families on the health and legal consequences of legal marijuana use.



indra lusero cropIndra Lusero, Esq is a longtime advocate of family privacy rights. She is on the Elephant Circle leadership team, and President of the Birth Rights Bar Association.


#91 — SPD: Processing a New Future for Kids

November 18, 2015

Guest // Meghan Brookler

Host //  Carla Atherton

SPDAbout 5% of children have difficulty receiving “normal” sensory inputs from the environment — sound, light, smell, clothing, food, movement — and respond in ways that are deemed inappropriate, like crying, screaming, covering their ears, or tuning out.

Maybe they’re challenged in school or social situations; at the restaurant, mall, or airport; even with clothing tags or automatic flush toilets in public restrooms, to name just a few. Not all children are hypersensitive over-responders, however. Some might be under-responders who might be quiet, with a flat affect and low arousal response.

These children might have a kind of “neurological traffic jam” going on. If the adults in a child’s life don’t understand what’s happening, the child can be labeled and medicated in a variety of heartbreaking ways. The next time you hear that a child that is difficult, clumsy, picky, anxious, oppositional, quirky, etc., it might be worth looking into something called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

  • What is SPD? Is it sometimes misdiagnosed as ADHD?
  • How does SPD differ from Sensory integration dysfunction?
  • What do parents wish that the medical community better understood about SPD?
  • Is there a connection between colic/gastrointestinal symptoms and SPD?
  • What kind of treatments are helping children today and what’s on the horizon?
  • How are parents leading the way?

meghan brooklerMeghan Brookler is a certified nutritionist with an MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health, holistic practitioner, avid researcher, and a loving mom of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Ever since discovering how to turn her family’s sensory struggle around through nutrition, occupational therapy, meditation and other holistic steps, she has been passionate to share what she’s learned. Her mission is to help every SPD family she can reach to stabilize their SPD struggle and start living happy, peaceful, empowered lives together. It’s not always easy, but she believes we can tap into tools to create more ease, understanding and support that nourish our families and makes for happier people!

#90 — Pediatric Autoimmune & Neuropsych Disorders

November 11, 2015

Guest // Heather Korbmacher, MED, NBCT

Host //  Carla Atherton

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Imagine that your healthy, happy child contracts a common illness and, seemingly overnight, becomes a different child, with emotional outbursts, physical aggression, strange body movements and vocalizations, and other surprising behaviors.

Parents are perplexed and wringing their hands. They are witnessing dramatic and worrisome transformations in their previously healthy children.

The sequence goes something like this:

  • Infectious agents, environmental exposures, or other triggers are involved.
  • There’s an unintended immune response that results in brain inflammation.
  • The inflammation provokes severe, uncontrollable, and undesirable behaviors. These include OCD/tics, anxiety, sensory processing difficulties, and changes in varied areas, from cognition and personality, to handwriting and eating habits.

Doctors don’t know what to make of it, let alone how to treat your child. But parents, registering that their children are in desperate need of help, are on the front lines of this condition that has become common enough to merit a name: Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). You may be more familiar with the variant, called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus Infections (PANDAS). Many parents have been stunned to learn that their children have sky high ASO and Anti DNAase B titers showing strep infection.

Then what? Parents have questions:

  • Is PANS/PANDAS real? How prevalent is it?
  • What are the signs and symptoms? Do they vary significantly among children?
  • Do children heal? What treatment options are available?
  • What happens if you don’t treat it? Can children outgrow PANS on their own?
  • What advice do experienced parents offer?

heather korbmacherHeather Korbmacher, MED, NBCT is the founder of Courageous Educational Services LLC and mom of two. She has taught for more than 20 years in the K-12 and post-secondary classrooms as a Special Educator, Behavior Specialist, and Adjunct Professor. She recently left the classroom to care for her oldest son who contracted PANS nearly two years ago. This has changed her understanding of behavior and health and she is now dedicated to helping other families access information and services on their journey to wellness, while at the same time, educating the professionals who work with our courageous children and their parents.

#89 — Vaccine Exemption Rights in Schools

November 4, 2015

Guest // Alan Phillips, Esq

Host //  Valerie Borek, Esq

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All fifty states provide for medical exemptions to mandatory vaccination for day care and school admission. Forty-eight offer a religious exemption and 20 have a personal belief or philosophical opt-out provision…

Until July 1, 2016, anyway… when SB277 takes effect and California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the three states in this country to deny the option for a parent-directed vaccine exemption.

More states may follow California’s lead; they are surely trying.

On the heels of this legislative offensive and irrespective of state statutes, schools across the country have been putting the pressure on parents this fall.

  • Can a school choose not to follow state law?
  • Can a school exclude a child based on vaccination status?
  • Do I have to explain my religious beliefs to obtain an exemption? Is this constitutional?
  • What happens when a private day care or school won’t honor a religious vaccine exemption?
  • What can we do to protect our rights?

alanphillipsAttorney Alan Phillips is a nationally recognized vaccine law expert. For over a decade he has been dedicated to legislative activism to preserve exemption rights, educating the public on vaccine law, and helping individuals and families secure their rights in public and private settings. Check out his website, his eBook, The Authoritative Guide to Legal Exemptions, and his show, The Vaccine Agenda on Blog Talk Radio.

#88 — On Yogi Parenting

October 28, 2015

Guest // Sarah Kamrath

Host //  Kelly Brogan, MD

happy healthy child dvdWouldn’t life be easier if you just knew how to raise your kids? No endless hours on the internet, frantic calls to friends and family, expensive and tedious appointments with doctors and experts, stacks of books to collect?

There certainly aren’t many parents who can claim to navigate the challenges of family life and child rearing with the trifecta of wisdom, grace, and evidence-based research, but Sarah Kamrath is one of them.

Tune in to hear about her path to parenting from a space of inner knowledge, informed by her experience as a parent, researcher, writer, filmmaker, doula, and yogi:

  • What is a parent’s most important parenting tool?
  • What are top priorities for a healthy pregnancy and birth?
  • What information is needed to avoid unnecessary interventions?
  • Why kundalini yoga, what is it, and how did it change your marriage and parenting?
  • How is your parenting different from what you read and see in the mainstream?
  • Tell us about your goals and approaches for educating your children? How do they like it and how does it impact their social lives?
  • What hopes do you have for humanity when it comes to parenting and family life?

sarah kamrath headshotSarah Kamrath is the mom of two beautiful children, an evidence-based researcher with a passion for learning what makes children and families thrive, a kundalini yoga teacher, a prenatal yoga teacher trainer, a doula, a writer, and a filmmaker on a mission to share invaluable information about pregnancy, childbirth, and your baby’s first year. She spent several years traveling and interviewing the top OB/GYNS, midwives, pediatricians, scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, childbirth educators, sleep experts and lactation specialists. She read their books, took their workshops, filmed the interviews, and compiled all of their gems of wisdom and expertise into a comprehensive childbirth video series called Happy Healthy Child. Her goal is for parents “to understand ALL of your options so that you enter this incredible time in your life feeling empowered and excited, not fearful and unprepared.” Read more about Sarah and her work here.

#87 — Gentle Parenting is Fearless

October 21, 2015

Guest // Alison Smith

Host // Carla Atherton

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Modern parenting can be an exercise in extremes and contradictions.

We’re afraid to let kids walk to the park by themselves but we leave them unattended for hours with the entire internet in their pockets.

We enroll them in private schools, hire private tutors, run them around to extra classes and activities, and then wonder why they can’t tolerate a moment of boredom or unstructured time.

We work long hours and then plan over the top vacations and parties to create “quality time” and assuage our guilt.

And then we’re at a loss when our kids act out.

  • Do you believe children will revert to a Lord of the Flies ethos if left to their own devices?
  • Were you raised by time outs, consequences, spankings, or behavior charts?
  • Do you believe they’ll be grateful for your firm hand and “tough love” when they grow up?
  • What if the strict rule-oriented adversarial, “manipulation not friendship” parenting model isn’t quite right for your kids?
  • Did you know that helicopter parenting is worse than you think, associated with depression, and creates “excellent sheep” who are afraid of failure?

Join host Carla Atherton, with author Alison Smith who discusses modern parenting insights in her new book The Gentle Parenting Manifesto.

alison smith headshotAlison Smith was a school teacher who left her conventional world following three catalyzing events — the first was her life partner’s serious illness, the second was the road to his subsequent recovery, and the third was motherhood. Alison is a life coach, entrepreneur, author, and educator. She is a Creator’s Code Certified coach and author of the Gentle Parenting Manifesto.

Learn more about her work at Alison Smith Coaching.com.

#86 — Lyme, Autism, and Vibrational Healing

October 14, 2015

Guest // Tami Duncan

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

vibrational healingTami Duncan began her soul’s mission of vibrational healing through the process of recovering her son from autism. Although diagnosed with ASD at age seven, a later a diagnosis of Lyme disease was what provided Tami the clues that ultimately led to his remarkable progress.

But the healing didn’t stop there. Tami’s desire to dig deeper into the full realms of healing led her to the vibrational healing arts, including Reiki.

vibrational healing jacketWe know that the human body is an amazing information gatherer. The nervous system zings when confronted with a menacing stranger; and our olfactory nerves delight in the aroma of freshly baked cookies.

But what about the other body — the one that resides outside of the physical? Often referred to as the astral body, the spiritual body, or the soul — how can accessing this realm of our existence enhance our lives? These days, it’s no longer considered fringe to visit a medium, medical intuitive, or a host of other practitioners who journey to these higher planes. Our deepest desire is to understand just a little bit more. to find resolution from a painful experience, to heal.

Join co-host Mary Coyle, DIHom for a fascinating show and:

  • Learn how vibrational healing can positively impact your over-all health
  • Discover how your thoughts influence your well-being
  • Hear some basic techniques on how to balance your child’s energy
  • Find out why an imbalanced energy body may sabotage your healing

tami duncanTami Duncan is the author of Vibrational Healing for Autism aka Awesome Kids! She is also the founder of the non-profit organization Lyme-Induced Autism (LIA), which was created to help other parents become aware this poorly understood disease, and how it can negatively impact a child’s health. Once Tami began delving into this deeper understanding, including its power and healing capacity, she created Epiphany Healing to share it with others. Tami conducts group healing, mentoring sessions, online classes, and weekend retreats. You can reach her at: www.EpiphanyHealingArts.com.

#85 — Essure Dangers: Permanent Birth Control Pain

October 7, 2015

Guest // Lisa Saenz

Host //  Lisa Bloomquist

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Essure is a kind of non-surgical sterilization that was approved by the FDA in 2002. Since then, three-quarters of a million women have signed up. We’re talking about the insertion of metal coils inside the fallopian tubes, which is supposed to prevent hookups between egg and sperm.

A one-time, hassle-free procedure. Modern technology has surely improved upon the IUD of yore, right?

It sounds simple enough.

So, why are thousands of women complaining of:

  • debilitating pain
  • weight gain, hair loss
  • depression, brain fog, fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • digestive disorders
  • occluded fallopian tubes
  • unintended pregnancies
  • did we mention the pain?

These thousands of women are joined by consumer activist extraordinaire, Erin Brokovich who set up the Essure Procedure.net website to encourage more women to come forward and share their stories. The legal system isn’t open to these women because of something called “federal preemption” of class III medical devices. But these women aren’t taking this lying down. They’re making so much noise, challenging manufacturer Bayer AG, that the FDA is taking another look.

Lisa SaenzLisa Saenz is a 46 year-old citizen activist committed to educating women about the dangers of permanent birth control. She is the mother of 4 daughters and 2 grand children. Lisa is a licensed Social Worker and currently works as a Crisis Intervention Social Worker with high risk patients addicted to Opiates. Her background includes 23 years of being a patient advocate for the mentally ill. She created the Essure Problems Facebook page in 2013 as a result of being a victim of these awful devices. This led her to become a patient advocate for women’s health and reproductive safety.

#84 — Why My Brain Isn’t Working (Like It Should)

September 30, 2015

Guest // Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Host //  Kelly Brogan, MD

why my brain isn't working jacket cropWe’re a nation beseiged with brain damage. Cognitive problems, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis. Autism. ADHD. Check out the mind boggling index of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and your brain will surely hurt.

This is not something that luminosity.com can handle.

Neither can conventional neurologists. They just don’t have much to offer patients beyond a diagnosis. Part of the problem? It is a failure to recognize, honor, and treat the gut-brain connection.

Enter Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a humble, heart-centered brainiac who has brought the art of diagnosis back into the holistic arena and brought holism to the diagnostics of the conventional realm. In his acclaimed and densely referenced book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? he takes us on a tour of modern day insults to the brain and what to do about it.

  • Learn about vital bodily connections that hold the key to brain recovery
  • What are the first signs of neurodegeneration?
  • What are three ways to heal your gut-brain connection?

datis kharrazian headshotDatis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS is one of the leading experts in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, and complex neurological disorders. Patients from all over the world fly to his San Diego practice for guidance, knowledge, and inspiration, including the application of natural medicine alternatives to help them improve their quality of life. Dr. Kharrazian has become the referral source for many doctors nationally and internationally when their cases become too complex to evaluate and diagnose. He is one of the most sought after educators in natural medicine, laboratory analysis, and nutrition. Dr. Kharrazian has personally trained several thousand healthcare professionals and currently has educated a group of more than a dozen exceptional doctors to lecture nationally in order to meet the demands for education in his patient management model.

#83 — Great Expectations: Chiropractic in Pregnancy

September 16, 2015

Host // Jeanne Ohm, DC

chiro during pregnancyChiropractors are the third largest group of doctorate-level primary care providers, behind medical doctors and dentists. Chiropractic has become mainstream treatment, with more than 30 million people annually. When it comes to pregnancy, however, women have a lot of questions:

  • Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
  • Are chiropractors trained to work with pregnant women?
  • Can birth outcomes be improved with chiropractic adjustments?
  • What is intrauterine constraint and how can a misaligned pelvis affect the fetus?

Did you know that chiropractic treatment can mitigate nausea, reduce time of labor and delivery, relieve back and joint pain, and prevent a potential caesarian birth?

jeanne ohmJeanne Ohm, DC is a chiropractor who has practiced family wellness care since 1981 with her husband, Dr Tom. They have six children who were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle. Jeanne is an instructor, author, and innovator. She is Chief Executive officer of the ICPA and Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.


#82 — Child Obesity Today

September 9, 2015

Guest // David White

Host // Carla Atherton

Americans are ballooning up — adults and kids alike. Suddenly, normal food portions are super sized, clothing manufacturers are resorting to sizes 0, 00, and even 000 to avoid offending touchy customers, and people are spilling over the armrests of their airplane seats.

We’re left wondering… what on earth happened?

What are the repercussions of this alarming trend?

What do we need to do about it?

Host Carla Atherton interviews David White about his Childhood Obesity Project:

  • What is this obesity project and what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Are children simply small adults? How do kids experience obesity? Can you give is insight into the child’s perspective?
  • Why are children becoming obese at such a rapid rate these days?
  • What are the top ten gems that were shared with you during the interviews you conducted for your project?

David White headshotDavid White is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach level 3, CHEK Practitioner level 1, recovered food addict, and former incredibly sick and overweight child. Dave has been coaching clients (and getting coached by his clients) for about 7 years now and is currently studying Musculoskeletal Therapy. Dave believes that health and medicine aren’t things that any one institution owns, but are owned by the person looking to achieve their health goals. Dave believes that health is in our own DNA and innate wisdom of our bodies and that the best medical practitioners teach people how to be their own doctors.

#81 — The Mitochondrial Link

September 2, 2015

Guest // Chris D. Meletis, ND

Host // Lisa Bloomquist

mitochondria-in-action-sep-08-451x480The mitochondria have important things to do, including production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP—the universal energy molecule), cellular apoptosis, calcium homeostasis, and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Mitochondria are the engines of our cells, and so it follows that mitochondrial health is related to all other aspects of health. Mitochondria are mighty, but they are also vulnerable, and are damaged by many of the toxins in our world.

So, what does this mean exactly?

  • What is the relationship between mitochondrial health and many of the “mysterious” diseases of modernity?
  • How can we protect our precious mitochondria?
  • Can “resuscitating” mitochondria improve health outcomes?
  • Since mitochondria and hormones are inextricably connected, how does mitochondrial health affects hormonal health? How do both affect chronic disease and aging?

Chris M color copyChris D. Meletis, ND is a naturopathic physician out of Beaverton, Oregon. He is an educator, author and lecturer. He has written over 200 nationally published article and a dozen books, with the sole purpose of sharing his passion and amazement of the human body and what is required to maintain health. Dr. Meletis served as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Officer for 7 years at NCNM and was awarded the 2003 physician of the year by the American association of Naturopathic Physicians. His personal mission is “Changing World’s Health One Person at a Time.” He believes that when people become educated about their body, that is the moment when true change and wellness begins. www.DrMeletis.com

#80 — Can Science Teach Kids About Humanity?

August 26, 2015

Guest // David George Haskell, PhD

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

forest unseen jacketThe #1 ranked high school in the country is requiring this book, The Forest Unseen, as summer reading for all incoming freshmen. I picked it up and was hooked. The premise is simple — what can we learn by closely observing the same square meter of forest over a one year period?

It’s no surprise that the forest can teach us biology. But does it also hold lessons about social connections, social responsibility, and our essential humanity?


Imagine a contemporary biologist who writes like a poet — giddy with delight about the surprises and secrets that Nature will disclose to anyone who cares to take a really close look.

We know that our kids need to spend more time outdoors. For this to happen, maybe parents need a dose of inspiration, too. This isn’t a quick read; you won’t (and shouldn’t) knock it off your list in a weekend. I’m reading it with my boys, individually. Each is drawn to different ideas — the brutal parasitism of the horsetail worm… stripping naked in -20F weather to experience winter as the chickadees do — but it feeds curiosity and spurs some terrific conversations.

If you’re headed to the lake or mountains — or wish you were — this is the perfect summer read. The chapters are short and the insights are unexpected. It’s no wonder that this book was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and received numerous awards, including the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013, the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. A profile in The New York Times said that Haskell “gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

david haskellDavid George Haskell, PhD holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Cornell University. He is Professor of Biology at the University of the South, where he served as Chair of Biology. His scientific research on animal ecology, evolution, and conservation has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. David serves on the boards and advisory committees of local and regional land conservation groups. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways they combine science, contemplation, and action in the community. David was born in England, raised in Paris, educated at Oxford and Cornell, and now lives in Tennessee where he helps his wife run a CSA called Cudzoo Farm.

#79 — Beyond Diet & Nutrition: Overlooked Healing Strategies

August 19, 2015

Guest // Patricia Lemer, LPC

Host // Beth Lambert

palmer-reflexWhen a child is sick and parents are in “get it done” mode, stand back. We’re booking appointments, stocking up on supplies, recruiting therapists, setting up protocols, implementing new programs, and buying lots (and lots) of supplements. It’s a relief to be productive but the feeling doesn’t last. Our frenzied, sleepless activity gives way to a kind of unnatural calm where we ask:

What am I missing?

There are elements of a child’s growth and development that are almost always overlooked.  This is true for all children but it’s especially true for those on a healing journey. For example:

  • State-of-the-art won’t mean a thing if the basics aren’t covered — think: sleep, sunshine, laughter.
  • What are retained primitive reflexes and what do they have to do with memory, sensory integration, emotional maturity, eating, handwriting, and stress management (among many, many others)?
  • Did you know that visual acuity (i.e., can your child see the blackboard?) is just one component of vision?

patty lemer headshotPatricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years. She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years. DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013, and Patty serves as Board Chair. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University. Patty lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders. From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait. She is the author of EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Outsmarting Autism. Visit her website for more information.

#78 — Raising Sex-Healthy Kids

August 12, 2015

Guest // Jennifer Wiessner, LCSW, AASECT

Host // Carla Atherton

The-Birds-and-the-Bees_3899-lSex ed. Those two words are enough to have many of us running for the hills. Fall in, parents! Kids are consuming more media than ever before and the not-so-hidden messaging about sex is everywhere. Hate to break it to you but sex education is important for children BEFORE their school’s typical initiation in fifth grade. The good news is, it’s easier to talk about sex when children are younger. Legions of parents can tell you what happens if you wait too long — the never ending eye roll isn’t the half of it.

Join host Carla Atherton and her favorite sex ed guru on kids and the “birds and the bees”:

  • At what age should we start these chats?
  • What are the top three myths about healthy sexuality that get in the way of conversations with our children?
  • How, uh, specific do we really need to be and doesn’t this open up a can of worms? [Ed. note: It will definitely get their wheels turning. I was feeling pretty smug having had a good first discussion with my boys. As I was saying good-night and turning off the lights, my 8 year-old asked, “So, how exactly does the sperm get to the egg, ma?” My response? “Great question! My, it’s late. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.”]
  • What do you mean when you say that we need to address our own issues about sex first?
  • Do you have any scripts you can share with us… please?

jennifer wiessner headshotJennifer Wiessner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and certified Sex Therapist with a strong history working with adolescents and families. The added roles and responsibilities taken on by men and women today are giving rise to added stress, marital concerns, depression and anxiety causing struggles within relationships and families. Jennifer is the first female AASECT certified Sex Therapist in the state of Maine. Clients with sexuality concerns, sexual dysfunction and pain, gender identity issues, sexual interest questions, fetishes and general relationship issues are welcome. She is a Kink and Poly aware therapist. Jennifer offers sexual health psychoeducation sessions for parents of young children alone or with their adolescents who wish to have guidance with how to encourage positive and responsible sexual health behaviors and attitudes as well as educational consultations with physicians to ensure best practices with patients relating to sexual health. For more information, go to the HOPE Counseling Services website..

#77 – Sublingual Immunotherapy for Allergies

August 5, 2015

Guest // Lawrence Caprio, ND

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

pollenChildhood illness has changed so much since the early 20th century. Mortality rates are down markedly, and that’s a good thing. But we seem to have traded infectious disease for chronic illness.

Some of most common afflictions affecting so many children are allergies — food, environmental, and idiopathic in origin. Parents and clinicians alike are bewildered. Why are kids so darn red and itchy, bumpy and rashy anyway? Debating the causes doesn’t get us far. We’re more concerned about relief.

  • What happens if you don’t treat allergies?
  • What are the most effective allergy treatments?
  • What’s the relationship between allergy symptoms and chronic illness?
  • What’s possible for children when allergy treatment is effective?

lawrence caprio headshotLawrence Caprio, ND recognized early in his career the importance of allergy treatment as an effective adjunct to the management of the majority of chronic degenerative diseases seen in medical practice today. Subsequently, he was among the first to pioneer the Interro System of computerized testing developed in Provo, Utah and the science of ‘phenolic food compounds’ researched by Dr. Robert Gardiner at Brigham Young University. Dr. Caprio successfully integrated these modalities and developed a uniquely effective system of non-invasive allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy which he currently uses. This system of computerized non-invasive electrodermal testing and optimal dose sub-lingual immunotherapy allows for the safe, rapid desensitization of acute allergy symptoms, as well as the effective long term management of chronic allergic problems. Dr Caprio attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he obtained his degree in 1979. Since that time, he has built a successful 35+ year practice of Naturopathic and Preventive Medicine in Westport, CT. He treats patients worldwide.

#76 – Compulsory Education: Is This the Only Option for Our Youth?

July 8, 2015

Guest // Matt Hern

Host // Carla Atherton

field-day-matt-hernCarla Atherton interviews Matt Hern, lecturer, writer, historian, about lifelong learning, self-directed learning, deschooling, and compulsory education – tune in for an inspiring discussion about how we can better unleash our children’s minds and inspire them in their learning.

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matt-hernMatt Hern lives and works in East Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, with his partner and daughters. He has founded and directed the Purple Thistle Centre, Car-Free Vancouver Day and Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives among many other community projects. His books and articles have been published on all six continents and translated into ten languages. He currently teaches in CBU’s MBA program is an Adjunct Professor in UBC’s SCARP program. He has taught at many other universities, and continues to lecture globally. To learn more about Matt, visit his website.

#75 – Toxicity, Hydration, and Healing

July 1, 2015

Guest // Nicholas Gonzales, MD

Host // Sayer Ji

what went wrong jacketWhy do we get sick? What is cancer? Are dietary changes, coffee enemas, and large amounts of supplements and enzymes truly able to accomplish miracles? How can a world renowned cancer doctor also help patients with CFS, MS, and other intractable, mysterious conditions?

Imagine new paradigms on health and healing that use natural, individualized approaches and achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Join co-host Sayer Ji and leading cancer physician Nicholas Gonzales, MD for a fascinating show about health and healing; toxicity and pathology; and the implications of some amazing new research on… water.

Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in English Literature. He worked as a journalist, first at Time Inc., before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia and then receiving his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. During a postgraduate immunology fellowship under Dr. Robert A. Good, considered the father of modern immunology, he completed a research study evaluating an aggressive nutritional therapy in the treatment of advanced cancer. Since 1987, Dr. Gonzalez has been in private practice in New York City, treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses. His nutritional research has received substantial financial support from Procter & Gamble and Nestle. Results from a pilot study published in 1999 described the most positive data in the medical literature for pancreatic cancer. More details on his background and accomplishments here.

#74 – The Pill: The Deadly Dichotomy

June 24, 2015

Guest // Holly Grigg-Spall

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

sweetening the pill jacketDo you know how The Pill works? Millions of women — healthy women who take this powerful hormonal medication daily from their mid teens to menopause — have absolutely no idea.

Cultural mythology and pharmaceutical marketing have sold women on The Pill as liberation, freedom, and independence. Who’s going to tell us that this drug impacts every organ and function in the body? Who will disclose that it’s implicated in depression, anxiety, paranoia, rage, panic attacks, and more?

Although some may dare to suggest these women are traitors of feminism, we know better. A growing number of women are looking for non-hormonal alternatives for preventing pregnancy. And brave voices are piercing the veil. Holly Grigg-Spall is fearless, and her courageous advocacy on behalf of women whose stories are too often silenced is a model for others trying to make positive change through health activism. Read the book and get inspired, get angry, and most importantly get information. Sweetening the Pill is exactly the thing needed to energize and mobilize this
important women’s health conversation.

holly grigg-spall cropHolly Grigg-Spall is a writer and women’s health advocate. Her book Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control has been featured in Elle, the Sunday Times Style (UK), Marie Claire, New York magazine, The Guardian, and on CBC and the BBC, amongst others. The book was optioned by Ricki Lake and is the inspiration for a forthcoming feature documentary. She currently writes frequently for LadyClever.com.

#73 – The Birth of “Moms Across America”

May 27, 2015

Guest // Zen Honeycutt

Host // Toni Bark

#73 – Birth of “Moms Across America” ** May 27, 2015
Guest // Zen Honeycutt ** Host // Toni Bark, MD

USA mapParents marching in solidarity — across the United States — for food integrity. Hundreds of activist leaders organizing hundreds of community events in two short years.

This is what happened after one mom started feeding her three boys organic food to avoid GMOs and pesticides and watched their allergy and autism symptoms abate. She realized that thousands of parents are making the same discovery.

  • Has the food issue “tipped”?
  • Who’s behind this movement and how did it start? (Hint: watch this TED Talk)
  • How does something so personal become a national movement?
  • What are the lessons for other health freedom activists looking to catalyze a national movement?
  • What’s next in food-related activism and what can we do to get involved?

zen-cropZen Honeycutt, is the Founder and Director of Moms Across America, a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms, with the motto “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.” MAA has over 400 leaders who have created 600+ community events in 46 states in its first two years. Moms Across America empowers and amplifies the voice of the mom locally and nationally to create healthy communities by raising awareness about GMOs and related pesticides in our food. MAA is expanding to Moms Across the World with co creator Vandana Shiva. Zen has been seen on CNN, the Dr.Oz show, CSPAN, Fox News, and more. She is an international speaker, powerful leadership coach, speaker and consultant. She is currently working on a book called ” Unstoppable Love: Empowering Community Leaders to be Global Game Changers.”

#72 – Unraveling & Undoing Postpartum Depression

May 20, 2015

Guest // Dean Raffelock DC, Dipl Ac, CCN, DIBAK, DACBN, DAAIM (Retired)

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD


Photo Credit // Claudio Divizia

Dean Raffelock is a pioneering intellect in the field of women’s health. He has focused much of his clinical work on the complexities of a woman’s hormonal physiology, but he goes beyond estrogen and progesterone into the interconnectedness between hormones, neurochemistry, and the immune system.

Where conventional medicine is lumping postpartum depression into the convenient, pharmaceutically-defined box of “chemical imbalance”, Dean offers women science-based insights into the “why” of postpartum mental illness along with radically natural interventions that work.

With only 3 placebo-controlled trials for the efficacy of the reflexive treatment – antidepressants – let’s see what else we can offer today’s mothers.

  • Has postpartum depression always been around? If it’s more common today, then why?
  • What we are calling depression may represent many different “problems”. What does depression really mean?
  • What are some major causes of postpartum depression? Risks?
  • What are important elements of a “natural approach”?
  • Top 3 recommendations for any new mom?

Dean-recent-photoDean Raffelock earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1976 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. His internship included gynecology and obstetrics along with assisting with multiple deliveries.

During his 36 years in practice he earned board certifications in Clinical Nutrition (DACBN), Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.), Integrative Medicine (DAAIM), and Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK) along with becoming a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). He was also certified by and a website host and lecturer for the Institute for Functional Medicine. His unique background and skillset allows him to have a truly integrative perspective regarding human health.

Dean’s book, A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health explains many ignored causes of postpartum depression and recommends effective natural remedies.

Having retired from active practice in late 2013, Dean now consults and formulates nutritional supplements and information products for the nutrition and healthy foods industry. This allows him to reach many people with his knowledge of health and nutrition.

#71 – Homotoxicology for Chronic Illness

May 13, 2015

Guest // Mary Coyle, DIHom

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

pure-blue-waterHomotoxicology is a long name for a simple therapeutic model designed to safely remove damaging toxins stored in our organs and body fats.

Based upon the principles of homeopathy “Let like cure like,” Homotoxicology functions on both extracellular and intracellular levels. Most of us are familiar with chelation therapy, colonics, or dietary/supplement detox strategies for detoxification. This nearly 100 year old “best kept secret” can function independently or synergistically with these modalities. As its popularity grows in the US, more and more families have begun to integrate Homotoxicology into their lives to gain and maintain better health at a deeper level.

This show features one of the leading practitioners of homotoxicology, particularly as it applies to children with chronic and neurodevelopmental conditions:

  • What are the foundational principles of Homotoxocology and how does it differ from classical homeopathy?
  • What’s the science behind how and why it’s effective?
  • What is the body’s capacity for processing toxicity and what are its limits? What are the differences between detoxification and drainage?
  • Tell us about Progressive and Regressive Vicaration as health begins to shift.
  • Can you share a case study?
  • Who might benefit from homotoxicology and what do we need to know about implementing this kind of program?

coyleheadshotsquareMary Coyle, DIHom is a homeopath with extensive training in homotoxicology and German Biological Medicine. She is the director of the Real Child Center in New York City. Homotoxicology utilizes cellular drainage, nutrition, and time-tested homeopathic techniques to stimulate the self-healing mechanism in your child. It is a therapy geared to enable your child to move to the next level of health. Mary writes and speaks about detoxification at the cellular level. She is a contributing author of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism (Skyhorse, 2013).

#70 – Eat My Placenta, Say What?

May 6, 2015

Guests // Jody Selander & Sharon Young

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

Placenta_heldAlthough prominent in Chinese Medicine and across most mammalian species, placental ingestion or placentophagy, has only recently gained popularity in Western cultures. The placenta plays an important role in endocrine functioning and fetal nutrient supply during pregnancy. After childbirth, the mom is depleted of these critical hormones and nutrients. According to placentophagy practitioners and researchers, the hormones, nutrients and other compounds contained within the placenta at the time of parturition may still be beneficial to mothers during their postpartum recovery.

Over the last decade, an entire industry supporting postpartum placental ingestion has sprung up. Women are clamoring to experience the purported health benefits associated with placentophagy. Stories abound detailing the positive experiences associated with placentophagy along with a few not so positive experiences. Is it safe? Is it effective?

For this episode of the Heal with Friends podcast, we’ll talk to leaders in the field of placentophagy, Jodi Selander, founder of Placenta Benefits, and graduate student Sharon Young. Both women have worked arduously to understand the risks and benefits of placentophagia.

jodi_selander-bioJodi Selandar has been working with postpartum women for over nine years. She is the Director of Placenta Benefits, an informational resource and training organization dedicated to natural postpartum recovery. She launched the first training course for placenta professionals in 2007. Since then, she has published numerous articles on postpartum wellness, including peer-reviewed research articles on human maternal placentophagy. She is a member of the Placentophagy Research Team at UNLV. She is also the author of The Postpartum Survival Guide, a guidebook for parents. Jodi is a regular speaker at conferences on the subject of postpartum and teaches classes for parents and care providers. She is a single mom and lives in Las Vegas with her three young daughters.

sharon-young-bio-pic2Sharon Young is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at UNLV studying biomedical anthropology. Her research focuses on maternal reproductive health and, more specifically, human maternal placentophagy. She has studied placentophagy with an interdisciplinary team of researchers for the past seven years and this work has been highlighted in university, local, and national media outlets including newspaper and magazine articles, and television and radio interviews.

#69 – Fostering Nutrition

April 29, 2015

Guest // Mandy Lee

Host // Beth Lambert

fostering-nutritionWant to feel inspired? Listen in as Beth Lambert interviews Mandy Lee, nutritional therapist, author, blogger, natural health enthusiast, mother/foster-mother to seven children and owner of one of the biggest and most generous hearts.

More than 250,000 children in the U.S. enter the foster care system every year, and millions of children across the world are in need of a home. What few people realize is that the vast majority of these children are sick. Very, very sick. Mandy Lee and her family have made it their life’s work to help support and recover the health of foster children through nutrition and clean, holistic living.

According to Mandy, “Almost every child we bring into our home has an illness: cancer, eczema, allergies, gum disease (at 18 months old!) and more. It is appalling now that 1 in 2 children has a chronic illness. We see it!” Some of the children that have come to live with Mandy and her family have demonstrated the following symptoms: Severe behavioral issues, drug toxicity, widespread allergies to foods, severe tooth and gum decay, physical injuries, ADD/ADHD, growth delays, missing reproductive organs (affecting hormone regulation) and many other chronic symptoms. But Mandy has made it her mission to fight this epidemic of chronic illness, with love, and one child at a time.

Mandy says “Many times I have wondered if all these sick children we foster is a coincidence or if this is just the population of children today… and I wonder if these foster children are more sick than the children that belong to a loving family. Based on our short experience of the last 5 years, 100% of foster children are sick!”

Tune in to find out how Mandy has helped so many vulnerable children reclaim their health and vitality.

“Our joy and hope is to love children, orphans, and families and teach how easy it is to transition your health” — Mandy Lee www.fosteringnutrition.com

bio-image-MandyMandy Lee is a Nutritional Therapist who hopes to inspire better health for you and your family. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, and advanced studies from California Polytechnic State University, Mandy began to see a decline in children’s health. Her first son and first foster-to-adopt son presented with chronic illnesses. As a result, Mandy began to further investigate diets and became educated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Nutritional Response Tester. After recovering the health of her child, Mandy began to foster/adopt other children and experienced first hand many of the “new childhood epidemics”: Autistic expression, cancer, eczema, severe tooth/gum decay and more. The recovery and learnings were so profound, that Mandy started a philanthropic business, “Fostering Nutrition” so she could help more children and teach other parents simple ways to keep their children healthy. Mandy intends to encourage a new generation of parents to reclaim health for their children. It’s all about empowerment! She continues to teach that everyone deserves to BE HEALTHY and BELONG!

#68 – Life Is Intelligent

April 22, 2015

Host & Guest // Jeanne Ohm, DC

life-is-intelligent_iophotoHow does a woman become a mother? What is the alchemy that transforms us from eager students to knowledgeable parents? Where are the teachers? What are the lessons and traditions and stories we need to hear?

Fearless Parent Radio™ welcomes Dr. Jeanne Ohm and there is no better guest for her inaugural show than Jeanne herself. She has been teaching parents for decades, empowering and inspiring us to trust and respect our conscious and informed choices for family wellness. This process requires a shifting of our paradigm. Instead of delegating our power and responsibility to “experts,” she shows us to honor the seat of wisdom within ourselves. Instead of coming from fear, we must learn to lean into and to celebrate our internal intuition.

jeanne ohmJeanne Ohm is a chiropractor who has practiced family wellness care since 1981 with her husband, Dr Tom. They have six children who were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle. Jeanne is an instructor, author, and innovator. She has many passions — training chiropractors to learn specific techniques for care in pregnancy, birth, and infancy; forming national alliances for chiropractors with like-minded perinatal practitioners; empowering mothers to make informed choices; and offering pertinent patient educational materials. Jeanne is Chief Executive officer of the ICPA and Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.

#67 – Vaccine Exemptions on the Line

April 15, 2015

Guests // Activists from CA, VT, PA, and NJ

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus


There is a legislative assault currently underway across the country, ostensibly in reaction to the Disneyland measles outbreak.

See that map on the right? If state lawmakers have their way, many more states will be colored red — for no parental exemptions.

On the heels of 134 confirmed measles cases (as of 4/10/15), there are 116 bills in 38 states (as of 4/11/15) that seek to significantly curtail individual rights and expand governmental authority by:

  • expanding vaccine mandates
  • restricting or eliminating vaccine exemptions
  • expanding police and emergency powers
  • expanding or requiring vaccine status tracking for enforcement
  • publishing detailed compliance and exemption rates

Based on media reporting and this extreme legislative response, vaccination rates must be plummeting and exemption rates must be sky high, right? Wrong.

Vaccination compliance rates are at an all time high across the U.S.. The CDC reports that over 99% of children receive at least one vaccine in early childhood, 90-95% are fully vaccinated, and the median total exemption rate is 1.8%. These numbers far exceed published herd immunity thresholds.

Three states have rejected stricter mandatory vaccination laws. What are we seeing in other states? Join us for a lively discussion on the front lines of the legislative battle with leading activists from CA, VT, PA, and NJ.

  • If vaccine compliance rates are so high, what are these bills really about?
  • What does the ACLU have to say?
  • CA’s bill sponsor says medical exemptions are easy to get – true or false?
  • We hear it’s one in a million. How rare is vaccine injury?
  • What should concerned citizens be doing?


  • Valerie Borek, Esq (PA) focuses on birth, parental, and family rights.
  • Jen DeLugach, RN (CA) has a background in maternal child health.
  • Jennifer Stella (VT) has a background in microbiology and is President of the VT Coalition for Vaccine Choice.
  • Ray the “The Reluctant Advocate” is a public official, professional educator, and parent.

#66 – Ladies, Your Monthly Health Report Card

April 8, 2015

Guest // Lara Briden, ND

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

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Period-RepairWhat’s happening with your period? Does it come every month? Does it come at all? Is it heavy or painful or difficult in some way? Maybe you’ve just come off the pill, or are thinking about coming off the pill.

No matter your age or your situation, it’s time to get to know your period because it’s trying to tell you something about your underlying health. Every month, your period gives a faithful account of what is happening with you and your health. Do you wonder what it means when you have:

  • Irregular periods
  • Period pain
  • PMS
  • PCOS
  • Acne

That information is incredibly valuable; how better to know what you need to do and what you need to change? Lara Briden, ND will talk us through different period symptoms and what they mean. She’ll also provide treatment ideas.

Lara-BridenLara Briden is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997 and has been working in women’s health ever since. Lara’s e-book, Period Repair Manual, is available on Amazon. She also blogs at Lara Briden’s Healthy Hormone Blog.

#65 – Rethinking Cancer: Causes &  Interventions

February 25, 2015

Guest // Michael B. Schachter, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD


Think cancer is always a death sentence?

Think surgery, chemo, and radiation are basically non-optional treatments?

Is cancer something we need to “get out” of our bodies, or is it an invitation to go in, look around, and clean house?

  • What are the top 3 myths dominating the field of conventional oncology?
  • What are the major drivers of the cancer epidemic? Is there really more cancer? What is causing it, if so?
  • Is there a role for supplements in cancer treatment? Vitamins? Fish oil?
  • What are some of the most important evidence-based natural treatments?

Join the conversation with Michael Schachter, MD who has been supporting cancer patients for over 40 years at his holistic center in Suffern, NY.

MBS-headshot-cropMichael Schachter, MD is the founder and director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Rockland, NY. He has 40 years of clinical experience in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine. Michael is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has obtained proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. Read more at MBSchachter.com.

#64 – Crash Theory: Managing Crisis

February 18, 2015

Guest // Rabbi Benay Lappe

Host // Toni Bark, MD

crash_dog_tshirtCrisis is inevitable.

We know this. But what happens during those moments of tumultuous and dislocating change in our lives… when we’re caught flat-footed and lacking in grace, emotional reserves, and judgment?

Did you know that we’re faced with only 3 choices when things don’t turn out as planned? There’s something called “Crash Theory.” It explains why we stubbornly cling to truths we have been taught, even when we realize they are not actually true. It is a simple paradigm that explains how we can better navigate all life’s “crashes” — social, religious, and personal.

benay-lappe-headshot-cropRabbi Benay Lappe is the founder of SVARA, a “traditionally radical” yeshiva that welcomes learners of all faiths. Her teaching focuses on the radical methods of legal change recorded in the Talmud. Her work on the evolution of religious traditions has led her to develop her Crash Theory (listen to her TEDx talk). Benay has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois, Temple University, The University of Judaism, University of California, Berkeley, and The Wexner Institute. She is Director of Education and Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary, Benay is one of The Forward’s 2014 Most Inspiring Rabbis and Jewrotica’s Sexiest Rabbis of 2013. She is a licensed pilot, shoemaker, and patent-holding inventor.

#62 – The Convergence of Chiropractic & Pediatrics for Health

February 4, 2015

Guest // Alan Sherr, DC

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

Dr. Larry Palevsky interviews Dr. Alan Sherr. They have known each other for 14 years, and have been working side by side for almost 10 years.

In this upcoming hour, they will explain, confide, and dish about the varied ways they partner and share in the care of children and families:

  • What are their respective approaches and how do they incorporate them into their practices to maximize the health of children?
  • What is their position on the topics of nutrition, vaccines, preventive health, and the nervous and immune systems?
  • What kinds of acute and chronic conditions do they treat together?

There are different types of medical doctors and different types of chiropractors who practice varying degrees of conventional, integrative, and holistic medicine. After listening to this hour of conversation, you will glimpse at the future of  health care, where a team approach can help you maintain your children’s optimal well-being.

alan-sherrAlan Sherr, DC has been in private practice for more than 34 years in Long Island, New York. He is founder and director of the Northport Wellness Center, a holistic health care practice which takes a “vitalistic” approach to health care. Alan encourages patients towards the realization that life and healing come from within and maintenance of health is superior to the treatment of disease. He champions the philosophy of chiropractic, which emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual and views health as a dynamic process involving the body, mind and heart. Alan graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1980. His book Heart of the Healer won the Benjamin Franklin Award for the Best New Publication. Alan’s practice includes healthy adults and children, and those with autism, chronic disease, and musculoskeletal illness.

#61 – Radical Remission of Autoimmune Disease

January 28, 2015

Guest // Terry Wahls, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

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Imagine that you or a loved one are diagnosed with a degenerative disease that randomly attacks the brain and spinal cord.

Let’s say that the constellation of symptoms cluster around muscle (balance, numbness, tremors), bowel and bladder (leakage, urge, withholding), vision (discomfort, loss, involuntary movement), pain, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and more.

Maybe it’s called Multiple Sclerosis but maybe it’s something else. These symptoms sound uncomfortably familiar and are shared across numerous disorders.

Mainstream medicine says there’s no known cure for MS and the goal of treatments is to control symptoms. It’s understandable to be gripped by fear and feelings of helplessness. What do you do?

terry-wahlsPlease meet Terry Wahls, MD. Terry has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and was confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. She is a physician-scientist who rejected the mainstream narrative about MS. Terry scrutinized the medical literature, created new theories, and tested them on herself with truly stunning results. She now bikes 18 miles at a clip and is galvanized by her new mission to teach about the power of intensive, directed nutrition and lifestyle changes to heal and restore health.

In addition to asking Terry about her amazing experience, we also want to know…

  • how do we manage our emotions, including fear and hope, post-diagnosis?
  • what does she recommend to patients when choosing their medical team?
  • what strategies can we employ to help us with our own medical research?
  • what would she have done differently?
  • what is the applicability of her protocol to other diseases and syndromes, too?

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#60 – Injured by Antibiotics

January 21, 2015

Guest // Lisa Bloomquist

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

injured-by-antibioticsWhen we think about adverse effects of antibiotics, we think about microbiomes…

–  environmental microbiomes in the rise of antibiotic resistance, and

human microbiomes and ecosystem resilience following gross perturbations, including antibiotics.

However, antibiotics can injure in other ways.

We heard a lot about Cipro during the anthrax scares following 9/11. Cipro is part of the fluoroquinolone family of antibiotics: Cipro/ciprofloxacin, Levaquin/levofloxacin, Avelox/moxifloxacin and a few others. Unlike most antibiotics, fluoroquinolones can cause a multi-symptom, often chronic disease called Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome (FTS).

FTS includes damage to connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, etc.) throughout the body, damage to the nervous systems (central, peripheral and autonomic), and more. The damage done by fluoroquinolone antibiotics can destroy a person’s quality of life or even kill them. There is a time and a place for drugs with dangerous side effects. If you find yourself in a septic shock induced coma, fluoroquinolones may save your life.

Unfortunately, fluoroquinolones are not being reserved for life or death situations. They are prescribed for urinary tract infections, suspected prostate infections, upper respiratory infections, and as a prophylactic for travelers’ diarrhea, ear infections, pink eye, and more. Thousands of people have suffered needlessly from the devastating effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, when another safer antibiotic could have, and should have, been used.

Lisa Bloomquist will discuss her journey through FTS and share what she has learned, including:

  • fluoroquinolones 101 — the basics
  • warning signs of FTS
  • aspects of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity that make it tricky to recognize
  • treatments that have helped Fluoroquinolone Toxicity patients, and
  • urgent pointers that parents must know when treating their child’s bacterial infections.

lisa-bloomquist-fb-headshot-cropLisa Bloomquist is a patient advocate who was injured by Cipro in 2011.  She runs the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome advocacy site  and manages The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain. Lisa is a guest blogger for Hormones Matter and Collective Evolution, and hosts the Floxie Hope Podcast. Lisa has vowed to continue to screaming about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics until those in the medical professions start paying attention to their Hippocratic Oath, until proper informed consent is established for administration of these drugs, and until physicians stop giving them to children. Lisa is a Colorado native who enjoys the mountains, pilates, and her cat. She has a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado, Denver.

#59 – Human Retrovirus, Chronic Illness, and Scientific Prejudice

January 14, 2015

Guest // Judy Mikovits, PhD

Host // Sayer Ji

On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with 24 leading scientists at the NIH to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and
eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

When Judy Mikovits, PhD finished her presentation, the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!”

The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.

Host Sayer Ji will give us the down low on what happened and why.

  • Why is Judy’s new book called Plague?
  • What’s a human retrovirus and how does transmission occur? What’s the amount of retrovirus found in the normal population?
  • What do we know about retroviruses and chronic disease?
  • How do environmental toxins add to the problem?
  • Why do the CDC and NIH view Judy’s research as a threat? Is it related to author Hillary Johnson‘s foreword: A Disease Able to Affect the Economies of Nations?
  • What kind of research is urgently needed? What advice would you give regarding the best way to structure and fund these studies?
  • What are things we can do to protect our families?

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#58 – Homeopathy & Women’s Health

January 7, 2015

Guest // Jerry M. Kantor, CCH, LAc, MMHS

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

natural-remediesMost women will experience at one time in their lives a health issue unique to us ladies. When we consider these health challenges, and their subsequent treatments, the following come to mind:

  • Hashimoto’s disease and the use of synthroid
  • bioidentical hormones for menopausal symptoms
  • birth control and the regulation of menses, and, of course,
  • injection of hormones to tackle infertility.

As we know, all conventional approaches have not served women well. Fortunately, we can turn to the alternatives within alternative medicine.

Join two homeopaths for a deep dive into the world of women’s health through the lens of three, different healing paradigms. They discuss Jerry’s novel multi-model approach, as he redefines the true meaning behind the diagnosis:

  • What are some of the basic concepts of TCM and homeopathy?
  • Why is the integration of these healing models important to restoring women’s health?
  • What are the insights from ancient healing practices and how are these updated to create a new approach for today’s health challenges?
  • How can we apply these ideas to two case study examples: Lupus Erythmatosus and Post-Partum Depression?

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#57 – Social-Emotional Learning is the Key to Success

December 31, 2014

Guest // Diana Shulla-Cose

Host // Toni Bark, MD

apple-heartThis program cuts through the Common Core and “U.S. education in crisis” debate with a single question: What if our emphasis on standardized testing and structured lesson plans was all wrong?

Imagine for a moment that a very different kind of focus, one that centers on social-emotional learning, could turn our educational model on its head and deliver real. results. Results that, for example, exceed the national average in high school graduation and college admission rates.

Now, what if I told you that this is already happening in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country where violence, drugs, and high school dropouts are the norm?

If you’re a parent, educator, or taxpayer, you need to listen to this show:

  • What is social-emotional learning?
  • Why are some educators now saying that grit is the best measure of future success?
  • Who created this curriculum and why?
  • How do the foundational elements of social-emotional learning — relationship building, the conversation cycle, active listening, and wrap-around services — work together?
  • Where are the success stories, at the individual, school, and larger community levels?
  • What’s next and who’s doing it?
  • How can parents incorporate aspects of social-emotional learning for their children no matter what type of school they attend?

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#56 – Non-Invasive Treatments For Endometriosis

December 24, 2014

Guests // Leslie Wakefield, Erin Luyendyk, and Philippa Bridge-Cook

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

endo-pelvic-pain3-cropYou have endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts and/or fibroids. Your menstrual periods are hellish, bowel movements are disrupted, bladder functions are awry, and forget about sex. You have suffered through years of pain, have tried countless prescription meds, and likely have had many surgeries, some more successful than others. For many girls and women without access to specialists, the excruciating pain will continue.

In part two of our multipart series on endometriosis, menstrual and pelvic pain syndromes, we’ll be talking about exciting and effective non-invasive options for managing abdominal and pelvic pain syndromes: women’s health physical therapy and anti-inflammatory diets.

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#55 – The CPS Card: Whose Kids Are They Anyhow?

December 17, 2014

Guest // Robert J. Krakow, Esq

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

sad-child2So you think they’re your kids? Sure, you gave birth to them. You raise them, teach them your values, ferry them far and wide, and shower them with love and stuff.

Did you know they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat and it doesn’t take much?

You might have no warning before there’s a knock at the door from Child Protective Services (CPS).

Let’s back up for a moment. It’s understandable that our reflexive response is to support structured resources that protect children from abuse or neglect. We’ve read terrible stories of little ones tortured beyond imagination. We whisper a quiet prayer that, please, the next time, a curious neighbor or concerned teacher might find the courage to intervene. We’d like to imagine CPS caseworkers as a caped avengers of sorts, swooping in to save the day.

But what happens when we’re on the other side of the equation? Parents fall down the rabbit hole and find themselves in a true nightmare, waging an epic battle for their children. Join me and attorney Bob Krakow for an eye-opening and sobering discussion about the things that can and do happen to parents and what you need to know to protect your family:

  • Is it true that allegations can be unsubstantiated and anonymous?
  • What if the hospital says your child urgently requires a certain medical intervention and you disagree?
  • What if you and your child’s doctor don’t see eye to eye about supplements, alternative treatments, or vaccination?
  • Who are Mandated Reporters?
  • What are the laws and limits?
  • What rights do parents have?
  • What are the top things that parents must know to protect their families?

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#54 – How Vitamin K2 Can Save Your Life

December 10, 2014

Guest // Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND

Host // Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Millions of people are taking calcium and vitamin D supplements thinking they’re helping their bones. The truth is, without the addition of vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous, even deadly.

Without vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it’s needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded “calcium paradox.”

It’s time to bring attention to the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

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#53 – Vaccines During Pregnancy: Making An Informed Decision

December 3, 2014

Guest // Suzanne Humphries, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

cdc-preg-bellyThe CDC website has information on Vaccines for Pregnant Women and Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women. Here, pregnant women and clinicians are told:

  • Vaccines can keep mama and “her growing family” healthy.
  • Specific vaccines that are needed are based on age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous vaccination.
  • Get up to-date with vaccines before getting pregnant
  • Some vaccines cannot be given during pregnancy (i.e., rubella).
  • Some vaccines should be given during pregnancy: pertussis, hepatitis B, flu.
  • It is safe for a woman to receive vaccines right after giving birth, even while she is breastfeeding.

Together, these pages raise more questions than they answer. Doctors Kelly Brogan and Suzanne Humphries raise a collective, manicured eyebrow on behalf of many dubious women and dig into the research with these probing questions:

  • Where’s the science showing safety and efficacy for both mom and fetus?
  • If vaccination should vary based on age and lifestyle, then where’s this discussion and the underlying evidence base?
  • What do we know about maternal-fetal immunology?
  • Which vaccines are Category C pharmaceutical drugs and what does this mean?
  • Can we speak very specifically about the reasons women cannot get some vaccines while pregnant? Is it just the live virus vaccines?
  • What are the adverse events that have been documented following vaccination while pregnant?
  • What’s the down low on flu shots?

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#52 – Eat Your Probiotics

November 26, 2014

Guest // Leda Scheintaub

Host // Toni Bark, MD

cultured-foods-jkt2Are you ready to get cultured foods into your kitchen? We have answers to your questions!

What are cultured foods? Why are they called cultured? Are they just pickles or is there more to it?

Are we talking about German sauerkraut and Korean kimchi? Japanese miso and Greek yogurt? (Quick answer: all of them!)

What are some of the different ways to use ferments? Are they just snacks and accents or can they be part of your daily recipes? Tell us about rejuvelac and kvass!

How can you tell the difference between a live ferment and a pasteurized pickle?

How, exactly, are these foods nourishing and healthy? What do they have to do with probiotics?

Are ferments difficult to make? What tips can you offer? Will my kids eat them?

Host Toni Bark interviews the author of The Cultured Kitchen, which draws on the traditions of fermentation from around the world.

ledaLeda Scheintaub trained as a chef at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and has been a recipe developer and tester, editor, and writer for the past twelve years. She has contributed to the following books: Organic Avenue, Doctor’s Diet BookbookEasy Sexy Raw, and The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto. Her next book, with whole foods pioneer Rebecca Wood, is The Whole Bowl: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Soups and Stews. Visit her at LedasKitchen.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

#51 – Bought, The Movie: The Big Health Sell Out

November 19, 2014

Guest // Jeff Hays

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus


Listen to the inside story behind the making of BOUGHT. And click here to buy the DVD or movie download.

Our health is bought by Wall Street and the big health sell out has happened with our help.

To some degree, most of us are “bought.” If we shop at big-box stores or watch mainstream TV, for example, we willingly expose ourselves to some of the best influence that money can buy. We may think we have freedom of choice when, in fact, we participate in and fund (through our purchases) a process that allows our choices to be constrained for us.

No one believes she’s an easy mark. But there’s a good reason that drug companies spend like mad (24% of total revenues) to sell us hard. It works. Americans fill 4 billion prescriptions per year costing $320 billion (excluding OTC meds and vaccines). Since 30% of us opt out, we’re talking about 18 prescriptions — not pills! — per Rx-popper.

Now what if I told you that Americans spent more on healthcare ($3.8 trillion!) and less on food than any other country in the world? Would that make you curious? Would you wonder if there was a relationship? Would you follow the money where it took you, inside the controversy and to the front lines of the battle? Would you take on vaccines and GMOs and place a bullseye on Big Food and Big Pharma?

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#50 – Money Smart Kids

November 12, 2014

Guest // Rachel Ramsey Cruze

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

smart-money-smart-kids-jacketThere’s a new narrative about entitled and unmotivated children that has taken hold and it’s dangerously incomplete. It goes something like this:

Children today think that money grows on trees!

Kids demand the latest of everything! They don’t know how good they have it.

I thought my daughter was launched but she boomeranged back home!

The New York Times recently reported that 60% of people in their 20s and early 30s receive financial support from their parents and another 20% live at home. Money magazine’s latest article, Paying For Your Kids… Forever? features loving parents postponing retirement to cover their children’s groceries, cell phone bills, and rent payments. “Emerging adulthood” is now viewed as a new and permanent life stage. Pretty sobering stuff.

But there’s something else going on that isn’t covered in these headlines. Kids have front row seats to their parents’ financial dramas. American adults are woefully ill-informed about money:

This isn’t just a “kid” problem, it’s not about being spoiled and lazy, and it’s not about bad luck that happens to us. Children who don’t understand money grow up to be adults who don’t understand money. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done.

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#49 – When “Killer” Period Pain Is Endometriosis

November 5, 2014

Guest // Philippa Bridge-Cook, PhD

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD


MODEL RELEASED. Menstrual cramps. Woman sitting on her bed pressing her abdomen.

“Every month, when my daughter’s period comes, she misses school and is in absolute agony.”

Is this normal?

Although many women and girls experience some discomfort during menstruation, “killer cramps” are NOT normal – despite what the media, friends, many physicians, and even well-intentioned loved ones tell us. Pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong. Excessively painful periods, month after month, might be endometriosis.


Although endometriosis affects 176 million girls and women worldwide, it’s poorly understood and often goes undiagnosed for many years leaving girls and women to suffer needlessly. Here are some basic facts from the global forum Endometriosis.org:

  • Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disorder where endometrial tissue forms lesions outside the uterus.
  • It affects an estimated 10% of women in the reproductive-age group.
  • Symptoms include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sex, abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility.
  • There’s a 38% greater loss of work productivity due to pain.
  • The estimated annual cost of endometriosis treatment in the U.S. is about $20 billion (2002 data).
  • There is no known cure.
  • Most current medical treatments are not suitable long term due to their side-effect profiles.

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#48 – GMOs and Vaccines

October 29, 2014

Guest // Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

gmo-tomatoEver wish Google Translate could convert Science into Plain English? Wouldn’t it be great if your best friend was a scientist and you could ask her whatever you wanted?

We’re bringing you not one but two talented MIT alums who are fluent in science and health and not on the payroll of Big Food or Big Pharma. They’ll discuss:

  • What does the latest research really say about why kids are so sick today, with autism, allergies, food sensitivities, ADHD, and sleep problems?
  • How are these disorders connected?
  • Which prevalent toxic chemicals cause the most concern?
  • When it comes to toxins in our food, what should we eat and avoid? Does eating organic make a difference?
  • How about toxins in vaccines? How do we sort out the scoop from the spin?
  • Where are the biggest areas of disconnect between the scientific literature and what we read in the mainstream press about food and vaccines?
  • Does she really believe that, at today’s growth rate, 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2025?

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#47 – Origins of Lyme Disease

October 22, 2014

Guest // Alex and Wendy Murray

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

widening-circle-jacketPolly Murray was the first person to focus on what came to be known as Lyme disease. She and her husband were raising their four children in beautiful Lyme, Connecticut in 1965 when something started making her sick. When it spread to her family (and neighbors), she embarked on a 20 year medical journey to figure out what was wrong. Doctors had no answers and worse, exhibited hostility, rejection, and no sense of urgency to help her family.

Polly persevered. She kept meticulous records of her family’s rashes, flu-like illnesses, swollen knees, pain, and other symptoms. Her attention to detail and investigative work led to the 1982 discovery of the spirochete (corkscrew-shaped bacterium) borrelia burgdorferi by Willy Burgdorfer, MD, PhD. Her story is riveting and inspiring. There are parallels with modern day chronic disorders (autism comes to mind) and offers hope to parents engaged in a similar battle for recognition and resources towards prevention, treatment, and a cure.

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#46 – Reversing ADHD Without Meds

October 15, 2014

Guest // Jenn Giustra-Kozek, LPC

Host // Beth Lambert

healing-without-hurting-jacketvThe number of children diagnosed with ADHD in this country has reached epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of children ages 4-17 have an ADHD diagnosis and 1 in every 5 boys will receive this diagnosis during their childhood. That’s 20% of our boys!

Most of these children will be put on some form of stimulant medication that can deplete the body of essential nutrients; impact sleep, appetite, and growth; and result in a whole host of negative side effects including anxiety, tics, rage, kidney and liver problems, manic episodes, and altered personality.

It gets worse. In May 2014, the New York Times reported that at least 10,000 toddlers are currently medicated outside current pediatric guidelines, which does not really recognize ADHD as a valid diagnosis before age 4.

If no one seems alarmed by that fact that one-fifth of our boys are walking the halls of their elementary schools on psycho-stimulant medications, surely, the drugging of babies will make somebody stand up and take notice?

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#45 – Psychedelics and Brain Chemistry

October 8, 2014

Guest // Rick Strassman, MD

Host // Toni Bark, MD

DMT-jacketResearch into the class of drugs known as psychedelics has made a resurgence in mainstream medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins and New York University. There are many reasons for this, including the need for better treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Psychedelics are psychoactive substances that produce hallucinations and an expansion of consciousness. LSD is the best known of these. Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is another such substance.

Questions abound! Topics to be addressed on this show include:

  • What’s it like to be on DMT?
  • What’s happening to the body?
  • What insights does this research provide into the way the brain and mind work?
  • Does our brain chemistry allow entrance into other realms of existence? What is the utility of this and is it something we can control?
  • What’s the neurochemical basis for experience?
  • Can DMT be used as a treatment for psychiatric issues?

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#44 – Holistic Perinatal Wellness

October 1, 2014

Guest // Jeanne Ohm, DC

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

pathways-vax-in-pregnancyThere’s a lot going on during the weeks and months before and after birth. It’s called the perinatal period, from preconception to at least 9 months after birth. Many couples obtain their guidance from clinicians who perform routine tests and scans by stage of gestation. But perinatal wellness isn’t about standardized checklists. And sometimes what’s on those lists can lead mama down the wrong path.

What can women teach each other about wellness? Are we suffering from a lack of heritable wisdom? Who is showing us how to believe in our bodies and our babies? Join host Kelly Brogan, MD as she dives in with Dr. Jeanne Ohm who has been mothering mothers and their loved ones for almost 35 years. Jeanne is a perinatal wellness chiropractor who is deeply invested in progressing the paradigm of women’s health. This hour will undoubtedly leave you inspired by the simplicity of holistic medicine, and the radical empowerment that it offers.

  • How have we been indoctrinated into the Western health paradigm? How can we think differently about our wellness?
  • What does a chiropractor bring to prenatal care?
  • Is chiropractic safe for infants? What can it help with?
  • What are the most important things for women to know about perinatal health?
  • What are the top three pearls for today’s pregnant woman?
  • Isn’t chiropractic about bad backs? Why do babies need it? Is it safe? What can it help with?

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#43 – Are Vaccines Safe?

September 24, 2014

Guest // Barbara Loe Fisher

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

vaccinationVaccination. It’s one of the most challenging subjects that parents encounter. Doctors vaccinate pregnant women and babies receive 33 doses of 14 vaccines by 15 months of age, starting on the day of birth.

More parents are saying “no, thanks.” This is described as an educated, upper middle class phenomenon but the truth is that vaccine ambivalence cuts a wide swath. In addition to philosophical and religious objections, people are seriously concerned about the new childhood normal of sick, fat, and at risk kids.

When parents try to talk about vaccine safety, they are quickly shot down (pun intended). In the media and in our neighborhood, risks are downplayed, parental fears are sidestepped, and name calling ensues. Parasite. Freeloader. Typhoid Mary. Non-vaccinating parents are told “the book is closed” (on the autism-vaccine link) and they are accused of medical neglect and spreading disease.

These assertions are repeated by industry spokespeople and public health cops, but they are not supported by the evidence base. Mainstream media parrot the party line and fail to acknowledge serious, legitimate concerns. Parents want the straight story from true experts. Board-certified pediatrician, Larry Palevsky, interviews the nation’s leading vaccine safety advocate, Barbara Loe Fisher, and asks the burning questions:

  • Are vaccines safe and effective?
  • Can vaccines cause autism and chronic illness?
  • Are all pediatricians required to vaccinate?
  • What can parents do if they suspect a vaccine injury?
  • How do parents opt out of vaccines?
  • What does the close public-private partnership in vaccine promotion and development mean for vaccine safety?
  • If vaccines are safe, why does government compensate individuals for harm and death caused by vaccines?
  • Why are more parents questioning authority?
  • What are good sources of information?
  • Can you explain the meaning of the recent CDC whistleblower statement?

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#42 – Holistic Parenting 101

September 17, 2014

Guest // Brian Leaf

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

misadventures-of-a-parenting-yogiListening to this show (and then buying Brian’s funny and wise book) is the perfect way to be introduced to the basics. It’s Holistic Parenting 101… enlightening for brand new parents, affirming for parents in the thick of it, and entertaining for everyone.

Brian is mellow, zen, and super insightful. He had me before page 1. In the Preface, Brian describes responding to his wailing 2 year-old, Benji, by sequentially implementing specific pointers from the vast library of parenting books he had just read. Benji stopped crying but Brian had no idea why.

You have to love anyone who reads 19 parenting books to figure out how to talk with a toddler. He’s not afraid to make fun of himself. And as any parent knows, there’s an awful lot of material to work with, when we’re willing to lighten up a bit.

We’ll be talking about circumcision, home birth, vaccines, and some of his favorite parenting philosophers, including Alfie Kohn and Lenore Skenazy. We also talk about the role of fear in parenting and how it feels when some of your choices go against the herd.

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#41 – In Praise of Thermography

September 10, 2014

Guest // Philip Getson, DO

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

We are living in an era of chronic disease brought on by environmental exposures. Our genes may load the gun, but our lifestyles are certainly pulling the trigger. Mainstream medicine has yet to truly acknowledge the role of diet, stress, and environmental toxins in health and disease.

After 30 years of increasingly aggressive screening and treatment, the goal of decreased breast cancer mortality has not been realized, according to prestigious journals and even conventional regulatory agencies. If our current methods of detection are themselves carcinogenic, and lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, what alternatives do we have?

Join me in a discussion with Philip Getson, DO, family physician and board-certified thermologist, to explore the myths and facts surrounding thermography and its potential to fill this void in women’s health:

  • What is thermography and how does it work?
  • Why might it be a good choice for cancer screening?
  • Are there reasons not to use thermography?
  • Do we know enough about what cancer really is yet?
  • Beyond breast cancer, what are some other applications?
  • When should women begin screening, and how frequently?

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#40 – Fatigue and Your Adrenals

September 3, 2014

Guest // Nora Gedgaudas, CNC, CNT

Host // Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Adrenal-related issues are seemingly epidemic today—many people complain of some degree of “adrenal fatigue” or “burnout.” This is hardly surprising given the incredibly stressful world we live in today. The unfortunate truth is adrenal-related issues are poorly understood.

In addition, most conventional healthcare providers still practice using outdated theoretical models from the 1950s, which fail to hold up in the face of modern stress physiology. In fact, the vast majority of so-called “adrenal issues” have nothing whatsoever to do with the adrenal glands themselves!

rethinking-fatigueNora Gedgaudas offers a cutting-edge paradigm that will not only help modernize adrenal concepts, but will also help individuals better identify what type of “adrenal dysregulation” they have and what to do about it. She outlines this approach in her latest book, Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It.

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#39 – Holistic Dads Taking the Lead

August 27, 2014

Guest // Mike Rosano

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

Fatherhood.-sliderWe have the Thinking Moms Revolution, Holistic Moms Network, and Mothering.com. When it comes to family health and wellness, moms are usually in charge.

But not always. Dads do it, too! Admit it… you’re curious, right?

Dr. Larry hands the microphone to a gregarious and inspiring dad in his practice and plans to ask the things we want to know:

  • What does it look like when the dads take the lead?
  • How did they make the shift to living more holistically?
  • What did it take to get their wives and other family members on board?
  • How do conversations go with other men about health and raising their kids?
  • How did holistic medicine help them evaluate and deliver more appropriate care for their children?

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#38 – Emotions: The Root Cause of Illness

August 20, 2014

Guest // Nicole Glassman, HHC

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

multidimensionalcosmicconsciousnessneohumanHolism starts with the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts (thanks, Aristotle). And it builds on the realization that great insights can be gleaned in understanding how the parts relate to each other. Because they are interconnected. And they comprise a system. The components of Mind Body Spirit are straightforward enough:

  • Mind: our intellect and reasoning, the faculty of consciousness and thought;
  • Body: our entire material or physical reality;
  • Spirit: the nonphysical part that is the seat of emotions and character, the soul.

Mind Body Spirit isn’t just a buzzy, New Age way to describe a kind of well-being that goes beyond the physical. It’s also a way to help us better understand the physical. Our emotions are tied to specific organs in our bodies and will, over time, present as specific physical ailments. For example, feelings of defeat and low self-esteem are tied to the pancreas and manifest as impaired sugar handling (or glucose tolerance).

  • How does what’s going on in the mind and spirit impact our bodies?
  • Is dis-ease the physical manifestation of unease, stagnation, or negativity in our thoughts and feelings?
  • What are the various interrelationships and connections?
  • How do we start to feel the greater, integrated whole again?

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#37 – Gluten-Free: How To

August 13, 2014

Guest // Jennifer Fugo, HHC

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

savvygfbookcoverNPR reports that 1 in 3 Americans is trying to avoid gluten. We’ve heard that eliminating gluten can reverse autoimmune disease, mitigate our children’s behavioral problems, and even help us lose weight and feel younger.

Gluten-free must be a fad, right? The truth is, gluten-free can completely backfire. You can end up sicker and heavier, too. Let’s parse out fact from fiction on the whole gluten-free movement. Once we are thoroughly convinced that there is a role for gluten elimination in health, wellness, and avoidance of conventional medical care, then we need to get down to brass tacks:

  • What is gluten?
  • Why is it potentially dangerous to our health?
  • When and for whom is gluten elimination indicated?
  • How does one start a gluten-free diet?
  • What are tips and tricks to do this on a budget?
  • Are there other hidden concerns with gluten-free choices that can sabotage our health?

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#36 – Sorting It Out — Paleo, Vegan, or What?

August 6, 2014

Guest // Margo Gasta, MS, RD, CCN, CHom

Host // Judy Converse, MPH, RD

real food imageIt’s not so easy to figure out what to feed our kids anymore. Just when you think you’ve gotten it down, you learn there’s new research implicating a true staple in your family’s diet; something you would’ve sworn was healthy and unassailable.

What happens when “China Study” mom mixes it up with “Paleo dad” and each plants a seed of doubt in the other?

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#35 – Hope and Healing in a Military Family

July 30, 2014

Guest // Maria O’Neil

Host // Beth Lambert

kids-loveRecovering a child from a severe chronic illness is neither a myth nor a rare occurrence. Every day in this country children are regaining their health and wellness thanks to the intense love and commitment of their parents and caregivers, often in partnership with courageous, dedicated, and cutting edge clinicians.

The journey to recovery is challenging, expensive, and emotional. Now imagine guiding your child to recovery while managing the stress of having a newborn while your husband deploys to Afghanistan.

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#34 – A Doula’s Reflections on Life and Death

July 23, 2014

Guest // Amy Wright Glenn

Host // Cornelia Mazzan

Birth-Breath-and-Death-Front-Cover-copyThis is a beautiful gem of a book, written by a woman who looked within and then outside her inherited Mormon faith and traditions to find insights into life’s biggest questions about love, pain, and mystery.

Critical of the corruption found in the denial of feminine intuition and curiosity, Amy Wright Glenn remained hungry for spiritual support and missed having rituals to honor the the rites of passage and life, including weddings, funerals, births, and deaths.

As a privileged witness of miracles in her roles as birth doula, hospital chaplain, and yoga teacher, she focuses on meditation and the power of breath to open the heart and to facilitate remarkable journeys at the thresholds of life, motherhood, and death.

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#33 – Children’s Asthma & Allergies

July 16, 2014

Guest // Amala Holt

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

child-blowing-dandelionAmala Holt’s son had significant asthma and food allergies, and her daughter had eczema and skin rashes. She consulted with Dr. Larry in 2012 and 2013 for guidance regarding both children.

Dr. Larry and Amala talk through her journey. She speaks about her deep concern about her children’s health struggles, the advice delivered by conventional physicians, the information she received from Dr. Larry in the office, how she used it to make dramatic changes in her home, and the process by which she became empowered to improve her children’s health.

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#32 – Mending Your Child’s Brain

Guest // Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

girl hand on headAccording to governmental statistics, 12% of children aged 3 to 17 are neurodevelopmentally impaired. Genetics cannot explain skyrocketing rates of ADHD, sensory processing problems, and autism spectrum disorders.

Child behavioral health cannot be viewed as a “head-up” phenomenon any longer. It requires intuition, cutting-edge investigative science, and a systems-based approach that looks at the whole child in her environment. Seeing children’s bodies as messengers sounding the alarm about what is out of balance, this is what a holistic pediatric practitioner is adept at.

Maya Shetreat-Klein is pioneering a gentler, more effective approach toward pediatric neurology. She stands in very sparse company at the top of a new paradigm in children’s health. Should we be medicating child behavioral problems? What is driving the epidemic of chronic pediatric illness? What should kids be eating for brain and body wellness?

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#31 – Dolphin Parenting, A Tiger-Free Zone

July 2, 2014

Guest // Shimi Kang, MD

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

dolphin-jacketI was transfixed by Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” book and read it in one breath. I was simultaneously embarrassed for her and morbidly impressed.  Her two daughters seemed awfully accomplished, after all.

I squashed the seed of insecurity that was planted and promptly gave the book to my son to read. Ha! That was fun.

Fast forward a few years. The link to this book landed in my inbox. My first reaction was, Oh brother. Someone is trying to write the next Tiger Mom bestseller. But I cracked it open anyway and was hooked.

The first chapter of The Dolphin Way describes the problem with power-assertive, negative parenting and author Shimi Kang totally nails it because she sees the products of tiger parenting–the fragile, brittle, burned out children–in her practice. Shimi proceeds to describe a new parenting model…

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#30 – Holistic Pediatrics: The Basics

June 25, 2014

Guests // Nicole Leahy and Maxine Webber

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD


Dr. Larry speaks to two moms in his practice, Nicole and Maxine. Nicole has a daughter and a son, and Maxine has two daughters.

Both moms discuss their experiences navigating the conventional pediatric world for their first children, and then have them explain what made them move towards living a more holistic life, while also gravitating towards more holistic pediatric practices.

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#29 – What’s Going On With Our Thyroid?

June 18, 2014

Guest // Izabella Wentz, PharmD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

thyroid-book-jacketHashimoto’s Thyroiditis affects up to 5% of adults in Western countries. It’s seven times more common in women than in men and often emerges in middle age.

Izabella Wentz, PharmD is the co-author of the new book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause.

She tells us about her journey and how she went about taking charge of her own health. We also want to know… how is it diagnosed; what does it feel like; is it related to food allergies, acid reflux, and other common ailments; why is the thyroid gland so vulnerable; and more.

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#28 – Hey Moms, How Are You Doing?

June 11, 2014

Guests // Sandra Stewart, HHP

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

ecard3Hey, mom! We know you’re super busy taking care of everyone else.

How are you doing?

Are your eyes puffy? Bad morning breath? Constipated? Acne? Achy joints?

The human body seems like such a mystery sometimes. Until you realize that it’s not. The body gives us little signals to nudge us to pay attention. You just need the secret decoder ring.

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#27 – Nourishing, Meaty Mondays

June 4, 2014

Guest // Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD

Host // Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Earth Day 2014 has come and gone and once again the focus was on how “veg centric” diets will help save the world and our health.

But is this really true?

Kaayla Daniel says it’s not that simple. Far from contributing to personal and planetary health, the “Meatless Monday” trend and popularity of plant based diets encourage more of a feel good consciousness rather than adoption of genuine, sustainable solutions.

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#26 – Developing A Growth Mindset!

May 28, 2014

Guest // Carol Dweck, PhD

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

mindset-jacketWhen someone says “there are two kinds of people in the world,” what comes to mind?

Those who walk into a room and say “There you are!” and those who say “Here I am!” (Abigail Van Buren)

People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. (Mark Twain)

Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. (Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly)

Those with a growth mindset, and those with a fixed mindset.” (Stanford professor, Carol Dweck)

In her groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol explains why abilities and talent aren’t enough to bring success; praise and positive labels may actually kill motivation; and the way we respond to failure may hold one of the keys to fulfilling our true potential.

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#25 – What’s Concierge Pediatrics?

May 21, 2014

Guest // Brian Thornburg, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan. MD

thornburg-pedPediatrics today:

  • Crowded waiting rooms
  • Sneezing, snotting kids
  • 7-10 minute visits
  • prescriptions
  • and shots.

Meet Dr. Brian Thornburg. The second national concierge practice, he is pioneering a new way to return to caring for the whole child, in their whole family.

Join us as we explore some hot topics including: What’s wrong with pediatrics today? Why are kids so chronically and acutely sick? What are well visits really for? Decision-making around vaccination has been demonstrated to be most heavily influenced by provider-education. How do you approach this in your practice?

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#24 – The Power of Microresolutions

May 14, 2014

Guest // Caroline Arnold

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

Every New Year’s Eve, I make resolutions. They’re always the same. And I’m embarrassed to admit that they always fall by the wayside. Maybe I’m not committed enough? Maybe I already have too much on my plate? It only comforts me a little to know I’m not alone. Fully 92% of people fail to keep their shiny new personal commitments for one full year.

Enter, Caroline Arnold. She’s a managing director of a major Wall Street firm who won a major award for building the auction system for the Google IPO. She’s clearly very accomplished in her professional life. But she struggled in making personal behavioral changes. In her words: “For most of my life, I lived the common experience in resolution making–I failed nearly all the time.” That is, until she discovered the art and joy of making microresolutions.

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#23 – The Three F’s of Kid Behavior: Food, Fats, and Fungus

May 7, 2014

Guests // Jill Tappert and Tasmin Cordie, DC

Host // Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD


Children and teens today face enormous struggles just to learn, play, socialize, or comply with simple requests.

Estimates range from six to forty percent of our kids using stimulant or other psychotropic medications in America today, depending on age and whether they are in foster care.

Can we bring some of the joy and ease of learning and growing up back into our children’s lives? Yes, we can – and food may be the most pivotal piece.

This show is about the ways that food, fats, and fungus (yup, fungus) may be working against your child’s efforts to learn, grow, thrive, and experience more success with friends and studies. 

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#22 – Surprising Lessons from Medical History

April 30, 2014

Guest // Erika Janik

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

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Did you ever wonder what healthy living meant to people living in the 1800s in America?

Erika Janik did. For her new book Marketplace of the Marvelous, she delved into the history books and unearthed a barrel full of eccentric compounds, remedies, suggestions, cures, and ideas. Not only are these ideas really fun to read, but they’re provocative and offer insights because they are the precursors of today’s notions of healthy living. And they offer real insights into our understanding of medicine today.

We’ll also talk about the role of women in medicine. Next to teaching, medicine attracted more women than any other profession of that time.

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#21 – Kresser on Food

April 23, 2014

Guest // Chris Kresser, MS, LAc

with Kelly Brogan, MD

paleo-code-jacketWomen are in crisis, and our children are following suit.

What if there were a simple solution to infertility, poor obstetrical outcomes, and chronic disease in our kids? What if we could leverage the power of nutrition to right these wrongs?

Kelly Brogan grabs “health detective” and food expert Chris Kresser for an hour and asks our burning questions: Where would we start? What would the recommendations be? What are optimal foods for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding? What are ideal first foods for babies?What are the top three food toxins to avoid? How should we be customizing our diets?

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#20 – Kids, Allergies, and Food

April 16, 2014

Guest // Robyn O’Brien

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

unhealthy-truth-pbIf you already eat organic, avoid GMOs, and grow your own veggies, maybe you think you don’t need to read this book.

Think again.

The truth about our food supply is every bit as bad as you think. No, I stand corrected.

It’s worse.

In 2009, Robyn O’Brien published her landmark book, The Unhealthy Truth, and the truth is, not much has changed in the past five years.

Motivated by her own children’s severe allergic reactions to “normal food,” this mom of four set out on a mission to figure out why. Using her research skills honed as a food industry analyst, she uncovered stunning information about the degree to which our food is manipulated, subsidized, and toxic.

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#19 – The Paleo Mom on Autoimmunity

April 9, 2014

Guest // Sarah Ballantyne, PhD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

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ThePaleoApproach-Updated-Cover-800x1024We are all hearing about the importance of our gut bacteria, and its relationship to immune health.


So what can we do to actually influence these bugs? Can lifestyle changes to reverse immune conditions like psoriasis and asthma? If so, what are the steps?

Kelly Brogan interviews “The Paleo Mom” on the intersections between nutrition, immune health, and lifestyle factors, such as stress, sleep, and circadian rhythms. How to eat in pregnancy for your child’s immune system? What are the top three lifestyle recommendations for anyone with allergic or autoimmune conditions? What are the most dangerous toxic foods? What are the first food-related steps to healing? What are the most important superfoods?

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#18 – Interview with a College President

April 2, 2014

Guest // Edward Burger, PhD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

5-elements-book-jacketCan we think more effectively? Can we inspire our children to do the same?

Ed Burger thinks so. He and co-author Michael Starbird have a new book called The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking that offers concrete strategies on how to provoke ourselves into a more brilliant thought process.

Beyond an interest in this topic, what drew us to their book is that the authors are mathematicians and long-time teachers who have been observing college students for decades.

We want to know about these kids that are showing up on campus as 18 and 19 year olds. Are they ready to take advantage of the experience or is college merely a place to party, a ticket to punch, and a degree to grab? What makes kids want to learn? Which students become critical thinkers and engaged, passionate learners? Are they the ones with the highest test scores? How do they feel about this test prep cottage industry that has emerged? What do they want to tell parents?

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#17 – Moms on the Brink

March 26, 2014

Guest // Katrina Alcorn

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

maxed outTo an increasing number of working mothers at every income level, “having it all” is accompanied by insomnia, depression, anxiety, medication, and overwhelming feelings of failure.

Women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men.

One in ten women takes anti-depressants, and that number skyrockets to one in four for women in their 40s and 50s. Behind these numbers are more statistics. Two-thirds of sole or co-breadwinners in American families are women. Women make 77 cents on the dollar, compared to men. Fifteen percent of U.S. families have a chronically ill child with special needs. The U.S. is the only developed country without national paid family and medical leave. Eighty eight percent of health insurance plans do not cover maternity care.

In her staggering new book, Maxed Out, Katrina Alcorn tells a story that has women nodding in sympathy and recognition. It also has many others whispering a prayer of gratitude as they acknowledge the serendipity of personal scaffolding, in the form of family members, a much beloved nanny, or extraordinary workplace flexibility.

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#16 – Brain Science for Generation Stress

March 19, 2014

Guest // Kristen Race, PhD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

mindful-parenting-jacketDownload Kristen’s Handout HERE

Children spend 7 hours 38 minutes per day using entertainment media. Yes, per day.

And it’s even worse than this. Due to media multitasking (i.e., surfing while texting), they actually pack 10 hours 45 minutes of media content into those 7+ hours.

Do you wonder about your kid’s brain on Nintendo?

All this screen time overstimulates the part of the brain responsible for activating the “fight, flight or freeze” survival responses. And by definition, it understimulates the part of the brain responsible for empathy, relationship building, and executive function (i.e., planning, decision making, judgment).

We, and our kids, are living “life or death lives.” There’s a fire alarm inside our brains that’s meant to signal when we’re confronting situations that are unfamiliar, emotionally charged, dangerous, exciting, or painful. This alarm is going off all the time, because our brains have not yet evolved to match the challenges of our modern world.

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#15 – Infertility Medicine

March 12, 2014

Guest // Victoria Maizes, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

victoria-maizes-jacketThe emotional and financial toll of infertility is overwhelming. Couples struggling with infertility report feelings of frustration, shame, social isolation, jealousy, and exhaustion.

Ten to fifteen percent of couples in the US are infertile.

About 11% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term (impaired fecundity). About 7.5% of sexually experienced men under 45 see a fertility doctor during their lifetime. (CDC, Infertility and Public Health)

What can we learn from the best information available today on infertility? What are the major drivers of infertility? Are there natural strategies? Can couples improve their prospects for conception through lifestyle changes? How about supplements? What do traditional medicine practices have to teach us? What a three changes to make today if you are looking to conceive this year?

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#14 – The Big (Fertility) Lie

March 5, 2014

Guest // Tanya Selvaratnam

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil


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Hello, Fearless Parent Listeners.

I am thrilled to be invited to appear on the show.

I was inspired to write The Big Lie after my third miscarriage at the age of 40 in fall 2011. I wrote the book that I wished I could have read then. I wanted to share what I had learned through my attempts to become a mother and to explore how delaying motherhood intersects with science, feminism, evolution, popular culture, female friendships, global economics, and more.

In the book, I explore many Big Lies. The Big Lie is that we can do things on our own timetables. The Big Lie is that we can manipulate evolution. The Big Lie is that we don’t need feminism anymore.

My ultimate goal for the book is that it be a conversation-starter and policy-changer. I also want to strip away the guilt women feel around issues of abortion, miscarriage, and infertility. By offering my personal story to connect to along with the research, interviews, and ideas for the future, I hope that I help others.

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#13 – A Holistic Psychiatrist on Medicating Children

February 19, 2014

Guest // Scott Shannon, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

S-Shannon-cropped-photo-2012Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Medco reports that 7% of boys and 5% of girls are using mental health medications. There’s an acknowledged epidemic of childhood mental disorders, including ADHD, bipolar disorder, and autism.

Our nation’s children are in crisis. Doctors and parents are reaching for pharmaceutical solutions at an alarming rate.

What would you think about a child psychiatrist who emphasizes a child’s inherent resilience and resources over pathology and prescriptions?

How about a doctor who believes that an innate desire for balance–a wholeness–between brain-body-mind lies at the heart of wellness? Would you like to find a holistic psychiatrist who prefers to use nutrition, supplements, mind-body skills, acupuncture, and deep, intuitive listening over medication?

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#12 – The New Normal for Couples

February 12, 2014

Guest // Chrisanna Northrup

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil


Couples create a ‘normal’ together. A lot of it works. But sometimes, not so much. We have strengths and stuck places in our marriages. You know the expression “You never really know another person’s marriage”? But what if you could? Would you like to hear how other couples manage money and kids, spice things up in the bedroom, and divvy up the housework?

It turns out the happiest couples have some things in common. What they are might surprise you.

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#11 – Social Scaffolding for the Drama Years

February 5, 2014

Guest // Haley Kilpatrick

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil


Remember middle school? Most of us are immediately transported to the corner of Lord of the Flies and Mean Girls.

Haley Kilpatrick, the author of The Drama Years, tells parents of tweens to pay close attention. There’s a lot going on and the stakes are high.

Our kids are navigating puberty, friendships, social status, celebrity role models, technology, sex, hobbies, school work, money, and their evolving relationship with us… the parents. Whew!

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#10 – Parenting Through Crisis

January 29, 2014

Guest // Bruce Feiler

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

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secrets jacketAcross the country, families are already struggling with financial worries, time strain, and emotional stress.

What happens to families when a health crisis hits?

Are there parenting lessons about coping?

Can we find grace and wisdom on a road filled with pain and heartache?

We’ll be interviewing author, television personality, and dad of two, Bruce Feiler about parenting through his “Lost Year” fighting life-threatening cancer, anticipating fatherhood in absentia via his inspired Council of Dads, and how the experience informed his new book The Secrets of Happy Families.

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#9 – Sex After Kids… Just Do It!

January 22, 2014

Guest // Kimberly Ford Chisolm, PhD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

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Hump jacketWe’re getting down and dirty with the author of Hump: True Tales of Sex After Kids.

Talk of sex and parents inspires lots of silly jokes and witty wordplay. One my favorites is a variant of Carpe diem… Seize the lay!

All kidding aside, this is a really important discussion that yields some great advice inside hilarious, bawdy, angst-filled storytelling.

When we floated the topic with some dad and mom friends and unnamed spouses, this is what we heard:

  • Families are less functional when parents stop having sex with each other.
  • If you’re not having sex with your spouse, don’t assume no one is having sex.
  • Even if it’s absolutely, unequivocally the very last thing in the world you feel like doing, do it anyway. I’m always glad I did.
  • Give a little, get a little.

Listen in as we interview Kimberly, call in if you dare, and then share the show with your favorite adult in the house. You’re welcome.

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#8 – Fearless Home Birth

January 15, 2014

Guest // Anne Margolins, CNM

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

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For centuries, women have given birth at home.

It is only in the last century that hospital births became the norm. Today, over 99% of births occur in the hospital. Government statistics reveal, however, that home births increased by 29% between 2004 and 2009.


Could it be related to the U.S.’s highest-in-the-first-world c-section rate? About one-third of all births are by cesarean.  Are women hoping to avoid the use of pitocin, epidurals, and episiotomies during labor? Perhaps antibiotic eye ointment, triple dye, vitamin K shots, and Hepatitis B vaccination for their babes? Is it because midwife-assisted home births are less expensive? And they have better outcomes than hospital births?

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#7 – The Gift of Fear

January 8, 2014

Hosts //  Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

gift-of-fear-bookIt keeps us safe.

It tells us when we need to do more research.

And when we should consider a different path.

We’re talking about that funny feeling we get. A sixth sense. Goosebumps. Butterflies. When the hairs on our neck stand up. Gut. Instinct.

Whatever we want to call it, we know that it is powerful. Our brains are busy at work, constantly evaluating information and sending us signals.

On any given day, we make hundreds of big and small decisions. Yes, it’s the uneasy feeling about a babysitter or the odd vibe from a stranger that makes us take the next elevator. It’s also what helps us choose among lots of options: the day care program or school for our children, the best job offer, the next book we’ll read. We rely on on intuition more than we know.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about the technology of intuition and the gift of fear. Fear is a powerful internal ally that helps us to make sense of the unpredictable. So why don’t we use our intuition all the time? How is this applicable to parenting?

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#6 – Ultrasounds — Safe and Sound?

December 18, 2013

Guests // Jennifer Margulis, PhD and Manuel Casanova, MD

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Business of Baby book Join Kelly Brogan, MD, as she speaks with Jennifer Margulis, author of the acclaimed book, The Business of Baby and Manuel Casanova, the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry and a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville.

They will discuss the latest, best research on the most universally applied intervention in pregnancy: ultrasound.

Why do women get ultrasounds? Are they requested and desired? Are they recommended? Is there prior discussion or consent? What is known about risks? What is suspected? What about autism? What might be a more reasonable or cautious application of the technology? Should it be abandoned?

For the science geeks among us, and there are many, we invite you to read Kelly’s and Manuel’s posts on ultrasound use during pregnancy.

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#5 – How Do I Find a Good Pediatrician?

December 11, 2013

Guest // Stephen Cowan, MD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

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There’s so much embedded in this question.

Why are parents having such difficulty in the first place?

What does it mean to be “good”?

What does he think about the growing number of families who don’t believe their children need a pediatrician?

Join us for a heart-centered conversation with board-certified pediatrician and author, Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP. He’s going to share with us the hard-earned and learned wisdom from a quarter century of clinical experience, working with children and parents… closely.

We’re asking Steve our toughest questions. How has parenting (and medicine) changed since he started his practice? What common denominators does he see in the children and families that are thriving? What advice would he give to medical students considering a career in pediatrics today? What are the things he wishes parents knew?

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#4 – Tween Drive and Motivation

December 4, 2014

Guest // Janine Walker Caffrey, EdD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

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DriveJanine Caffrey is the author of two parenting books: Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve and Nurturing Brilliance: Discovering and Developing Your Child’s Gifts. She offers expert advice on helping children, teens, and young adults become self-starters, successful learners, and involved citizens of the world.

The quality of drive provides the momentum for a person to dream and achieve, creating a unique, independent life. Without it, a person is like a rudderless boat, drifting around a flat lake. In Drive, Janine shows how to inspire your children and develop this vital characteristic.

How do I get my child excited about learning? To enroll in a good college? To move out of the house? To create his own life? Designed to assist parents, educators, and counselors to get kids of all ages off the couch and into the world, Drive outlines nine specific steps proven to beat boredom and foster self-motivation and resourcefulness. Filled with quizzes, anecdotes, and practical strategies, Drive helps parents turn “Generation Me” into “Generation Move.”

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#3 – An Interview with Dr. Mom

November 13, 2013

Guest // Kelly Brogan, MD

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

dr kelly broganIf you ever wished your best friend was a board-certified holistic doctor, listen to this show. We’re dishing about fear and medicine with Kelly Brogan, MD, medical director of Fearless Parent and mom of two.

Topics covered include our greatest medical worries, talking with other moms about our choices, and the responsibility that we have for creating a positive relationship with our health practitioners.

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#2 – Colds for Kids

November 20, 2013

Guest // Pina LoGiudice, ND, LAc

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

pinaJoin us for a candid discussion with Pina LoGuidice, ND is a naturopathic physician and family health guru. Dr. Pina has been busy spreading her message of natural wellness, and is taking an hour with us to answer some burning questions about how to navigate “at-home medicine” to help achieve what I believe to be the goal of a healthy family – staying out of the doctor’s office.

We’ll talk natural remedies for colds and flu. Kitchen-based tricks and tips. Antibiotic alternatives. Stopping the endless cycle of toddler sickness. How to promote fertility, healthy pregnancies, and postpartum. And… we’ll even ask Dr. Pina about her biggest fears as a mom/doctor and what she thinks about America’s current state of pediatric healthcare.

You won’t want to go into the winter without this hour under your belt.

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#1 – The Beauty of “I Don’t Know”

November 13, 2013

Guest // Leah Hager Cohen

Hosts // Louise Kuo Habakus and Alison MacNeil

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Hello Fearless Parent!

I like how the title of this program cleverly tips its hat to the idea that fear too often permeates our thoughts and feelings about parenting.

It’s a kind of paradox that all the expert advice and scientific studies meant to help us be good parents can actually stoke our fear of messing up this most important role in life.

For me, becoming more comfortable with what I don’t know – and with the fact that I’ll never have all the answers – is one of the most important things I can do for my children.


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