Archive for September 2015

#84 — Why My Brain Isn’t Working (Like It Should) ** September 30, 2015
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 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.

kelly-cropKelly Brogan, MD is Medical Director of Fearless Parent and mom of two. She is board certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She serves as medical advisor to GreenMedInfo, Pathways to Family Wellness, and Fisher Wallace. Kelly holds degrees from MIT and Cornell Medical School.

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#83 — Great Expectations: Chiropractic in Pregnancy 
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.

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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.

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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.

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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 closer 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.

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