Archive for November 2014

Eat Your Probiotics - 11.26.14

Guest // Leda Scheintaub

Host // Toni Bark, MD

cultured foods jktAre 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 AvenueDoctor’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 and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Guest // Jeff Hays

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

bought-movie-imageTo 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?

Let’s take a successful filmmaker with an independent streak and a passion for telling the truth. He starts scratching beneath the surface and becomes engrossed, amazed, and then completely pissed off. He’s a guy after our own hearts. He does something about it. He makes a movie called Bought and it has been quite a trip. Don’t miss this inside look into the making and the telling of the hopeful and heart-breaking truth about America’s health. Watch now… the six week online release ends in 2 days!

jeff hays cropJeff Hays is a successful filmmaker and entrepreneur. He has been producing films for over 20 years and has been short-listed for an Academy Award. Jeff holds 8 patents and the 20+ companies he has founded have collectively raised of $100 million in capital. The most important roles in his life are as father of 9 and grandfather to 10. Read more about Jeff’s work at Jeff Hays Films.

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Money Smart Kids - 11/12/14

Guest // Rachel Ramsey Cruze

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

smart money smart kids jacketThere’s a new narrative about entitled and unmotivatedchildren 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.

This is where financial expert Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze come in. They wrote Smart Money Smart Kids to help parents raise the next generation to win with money. I gobbled this book up in one sitting and then handed it to my 13 year-old. It’s remarkably simple and simply brilliant. Kids want to learn. We have to teach them. Dave and Rachel talk about work, spending, saving, and giving. They challenge our baked-in attitudes about allowances, debt, college, and more. My son can’t put the book down. I’m betting this show will convince you that, no matter how old your child is, it’s time to start setting expectations, laying ground rules, and building a common sense foundation that may end up being one of your most important legacies.

rachel cruzeRachel Cruze is the co-author of Smart Money Smart Kids. She appears regularly in national and local media. Rachel uses the knowledge and experiences from growing up in the Ramsey household to educate students and young adults on the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her father, Dave Ramsey, has written four New York Times best-selling books and his radio show is heard by over 6 million listeners on more than 500 radio stations.

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Guest // Philippa Bridge-Cook, PhD

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

menstrualcramps“Every month, when her period comes, my daughter is down for the count. 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 many physicians, the media, friends, 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 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.

Join us for the first of a multi-part series about endometriosis and menstrual health.

Philippa-Bridge-Cook-150x150Philippa-Bridge Cook, PhD is a scientist working in molecular diagnostics and trained in medical genetics and microbiology from the University of Toronto. She is also an endometriosis survivor and advocate. She is regular contributor to Hormones Matter on topics related to endometriosis and more recently, cyclic vomiting syndrome and she serves on the board of directors of The Endometriosis Network Canada, a non-profit organization that promotes a patient-centered approach to managing endometriosis to increase the quality of life for those living with it.

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