Archive for April 2014

Surprising Lessons from Medical History

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. Pioneers of what we now call alternative medicine made significant contributions by responding to serious failings and popular outrage about “regular medicine.” Janik shows us how they fostered an openness for new research, ideas, and treatments. They were innovative. They viewed health as an attainable goal, advanced modalities that demonstrated healing did not have to hurt, and uncovered important discoveries that we take for granted today.

Early Americans were stubbornly self-reliant, believed they had the common sense to take care of themselves, and had a justifiably cynical attitude towards doctors and the conventional medicine of the time. It didn’t matter that medical schools had minimal requirements, because most doctors attended no school at all.

A wide variety of alternative medical theories and systems sprouted up and were embraced by many of the leading thinkers of the time, including Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Henry David Thoreau.

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.

Now you know this is going to be a really fun show.

Erika Janik is “curious about everything” and we are the fortunate beneficiaries of her twin passions: writing and history. Erika is the producer and editor of the Wisconsin Public Radio series Wisconsin Life. She is the author of four award-winning history books. Her work has appeared in Smithsonian, Mental Floss, and Midwest Living, among other publications.

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Guest: Chris Kresser, Lac

Host: Kelly Brogan

Women 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?
  • Would they really make a difference?
  • 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?

Chris Kresser, MS, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative and functional medicine. He’s a blogger, podcaster, teacher, and a Paleo diet and lifestyle enthusiast. Chris launched The Healthy Skeptic in 2008 to “help others see through the common myths and misdirections peddled by the media and medical establishment.”

He now blogs on his eponymous, one of the most respected natural health sites. Chris frequently appears in national media outlets, including Time, The Atlantic, NPR, and Fox & Friends. His new book, The Personal Paleo Code, is  based on over ten years of research, his own recovery from a debilitating, decade-long illness, and his clinical work with patients. Chris maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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In 2009, Robyn O’Brien published her landmark book, The Unhealthy Truth, and had parents across America shaking in their boots.

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 some basic facts:

1. The U.S. food supply is manipulated, subsidized, and toxic to a degree that is not seen in most developed countries.

2. It has the fingerprints of Big Food, Big Money, and Big Government all over it.

3. We’re all sicker for it, especially our kids.

She became “one of those moms.” You know, the mom with the my-kids-can’t-eat-list. No corn. No soy. No dairy. No eggs. No yogurt. No processed. No nonorganic. And she desperately wished she could take back every uncharitable, “unsympathetic thought, misinformed reply, and every judgment” she had ever passed.

Fast forward five years. It’s 2014 and Robyn hasn’t been standing still. We have some burning questions to ask. Has there been progress? What are new things parents should know that they aren’t hearing in the mainstream press? How are her kids doing? How do we fall back in love with food?

Robyn O’Brien is a best-selling author, activist, public speaker, and strategist. Her work has appeared on CNN, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, in the Washington Postand countless media outlets, and she currently writes a column for Prevention. Robyn is the founder and Executive Director of the AllergyKids Foundation and doing strategic advisory work for companies making trend-setting changes in the food industry. She was named a “Women To Shape the World” by SHAPE magazine, one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter” by Forbesmagazine, and one of its 15 Top Visionaries by The Discovery Channel. Her TEDx talks have been widely received.


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The Paleo Mom - 04/08/14

What is the relationship between gut bacteria and immune health? Can lifestyle changes to reverse immune conditions like psoriasis and asthma? Kelly Brogan, MD 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.
  • 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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How To Think - 04/02/14

Could we think more effectively?  Edward Burger, PhD 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. They draw upon the five Chinese elements–earth, fire, air, water, and the quintessential element of change –as a sort of “intellectual GPS” to explain their recommendations and techniques.

Beyond an interest in this topic, what drew us to their book is the breadth of their teaching experience and connection to college students for decades.

In our interview we want to know how college kids look these days? What makes kids want to learn? How can parents nurture their kids to become critical thinkers and engaged, passionate learners?  We’ll be talking with Ed about ways to sharpen our thinking, so we can inspire our kids with their learning, and ourselves to make better parenting and life decisions.

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