Optimize Paleo by Paleovalley

Take control of your health by moving beyond the Paleo template and learning about cutting edge health strategies that really work. This podcast will give you tips and tricks from the mouths of experts and common folk alike who discovered exactly what it takes to THRIVE. Join Chas and Autumn Smith, loving and passionate husband and wife and founders of as they guide you on the journey to cultivate vibrant health and wellness.
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Oct 11, 2017

Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP, is a USAF veteran, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who specializes in using low-carbohydrate nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious foods, and showing them that getting and staying well doesn't require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, “Real people need real food!” She blogs at, where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more. She is the author of The Alzheimer's Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline.

Here's are some of the nuggets you're in for:

  • Why current Alzheimer's treatments are ineffective
  • Why some doctors may still prescribe ineffective treatments
  • What the research says about a ketogenic/low carb diet for AD (this will SHOCK you!)
  • Why more people don't know about this research
  • The early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's
  • The test that determines whether you're at risk before any other
  • Why Alzheimer's is known as Type 3 Diabetes
  • Whether people who don't have diabetes are still vulnerable
  • The often missed sign you may develop AD
  • Why testing blood sugar is not adequate
  • Which hormone you NEED to test
  • Why beta-amyloid plaques are NOT the cause of Alzheimer's
  • Why eating too many carbs encourages beta-amyloid plaques
  • The vitamin deficiency that may be the root cause of your cognitive issues
  • How to eat to prevent Alzheimer's
  • Why vegetables aren't as important as we think they are
  • Why she respectfully disagrees with Dr. Terry Wahls
  • The opposite of veganism (really fascinating!)
  • Whether she prefers MCT oil or coconut oil
  • Why low carb can be as effective as ketones
  • Why you don't necessarily need to test your ketones
  • The genetic variant that MAY increase your risk
  • The one food that can improve cognition and AD symptoms all by itself
  • The diet used in trials to reverse AD and mild cognitive impairment
  • Amy's favorite brain-building foods
  • Her favorite supplements for brain health
  • The awesome trick for choosing a brain-building fish oil
  • Which forms of B12 she recommends
  • Lifestyle factors that help reverse/prevent AD
  • Why sleep is CRITICAL for brain health
  • The one piece of advice Amy would share with you to better your health
  • And much more!
Oct 4, 2017

In today's Podcast, we talk with Alex J. Swanson who is the founder of Nutrition Genome and creator of the software Genetrition™! He is a second generation nutritionist and co-owner of Swanson Health Center, a private family clinical nutrition practice that has been in business for over 40 years. He's also the creator of the popular blog, The Health Beat. He has a Post-B.A.C.C. in Nutrition Sciences from Bastyr University in Washington state, an M.S. in Applied Nutrition and Business Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University, a Certificate in Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics, and a Certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University.

Here are a few of the awesome nuggets you're in for:

  • Why some people shouldn't eat grains
  • Why certain people do better with less saturated fat
  • A type of "safe" saturated fat
  • Why certain individuals can drink caffeine and others can't
  • Why B vitamins are sometimes critical
  • Why synthetic folic acid can be very dangerous
  • Why some people need to be very careful about taking antidepressants, blood thinners, and cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Why some people recover from exercise more quickly than others
  • Supplements to take to compensate for stress
  • Why I can run 5-7 miles with no problems but my husband can't
  • Why I SHOULD never play contact sports (this is so fascinating!)
  • Why I won't necessarily get Alzheimer's even though I have both genes for it! (YIKES!)
  • And so much more!
Sep 27, 2017

Dr. Emerson was recommended by one of our subscribers and he did NOT disappoint (Thank you, Kate). He's a Senior Specialist in Emergency Medicine a Specialist in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and a Specialist in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine who founded the Treat The Cause Clinic, a former professional basketball player, and a farmer. Needless to say, he's got a lot of wisdom to share.

On today's show we talk about:

  • Why Lyme disease is often mistakenly diagnosed as Fibromyalgia (and other pain/joint disorders)
  • Why conventional treatments often don't work
  • His 12 step process for kicking Lyme disease
  • Why he's giving up his farm to become a nomad
  • How to be awesome at LIFE
  • Aaaand SO much more!
Sep 20, 2017

Bonnie Kelly teaches people how to de-weed their minds of underlying Negative Core Beliefs and cultivate a beautiful garden of emotional health and balance. As an author, personal development and emotional intelligence expert, motivational speaker and founder of Bonnie Kelly & Associates and MindFu Academy™, Bonnie has dedicated her life to helping others stop the cycle of self-sabotage.

From her experiences as an abused child to her life on the streets as a teen to being in and out of jail and rehab, she has experienced life’s lowest points firsthand. When she hit rock bottom, she became determined to change her life for the better. Now, she is supporting individuals, groups, and businesses in understanding what it means to operate from a place of emotional clarity and wellness.

She taught me that 80-90% of what we do on a daily basis is the result of our subconscious beliefs.

This is not her opinion, this is FACT.

And that if you have negative core beliefs (NCBs), as she calls them, running the show, you'll never reach your full potential (no matter how many positive affirmations you recite), until they are DISMANTLED.

Sep 13, 2017

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OM is the visionary and CEO as well as best selling author, lecturer, and the primary consultant of Optimal TerrainTM.   Informed by more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and a thought leader in personalized precision medicine, Dr. Nasha works to educate clients, doctors and researchers world wide on how to apply integrative oncology philosophically and therapeutically. She is the author of an amazing book called The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Bioindividualized Therapies.

Here are some of the tidbits you're in for:

  • How she overcame stage 4 cancer
  • How she has remission rates of over 70% (and why they should be higher!)
  • The main food that feeds cancer
  • What an anti-cancer diet looks like
  • What the Metabolic Theory of Cancer is
  • Whether or not animal protein causes cancer
  • Why the QUALITY of your food makes all the difference
  • A simple trick you can use to block the over-absorption of iron
  • The MOST important test you need to have to design your perfect anti-cancer diet
  • Why having the BRCA1 gene does not mean you'll get cancer
  • What hormone that literally drives the cancering process
  • Where you can get your 23 & Me data analyzed
  • Whether or not cancer cells can thrive on ketones
  • The one food that will make all cancer treatments ineffective
  • Foods that support cancer treatment
  • Why it's important to avoid certain tampons
  • What you should do if you live near and airport
  • What the endocannabinoid system is and why it matters
  • Why today's marijuana is different
  • The important difference between CBD and THC
  • The #1 cause of emergency room visits in some places in Colorado
  • How to immediately remedy a "too high" experience
  • Whether or not you can buy marijuana
  • How you can learn more about the 10 steps you need to take to put cancer in remission
  • Whether or not Dr. Nasha thinks you should smoke marijuana
  • And so much more.
Sep 6, 2017

So if you've tried everything to beat your food addiction to no avail, you have to listen to today's podcast to hear from someone who has been in your shoes and has beaten the odds.

His name is Roy Nelson and he was once morbidly obese and addicted to food, drugs, and sex.

Over thirty-five years ago he “cracked the code” of his own addictive personality. As a result, he lost 120 pounds and overcome a myriad of addictions, as well as depression, panic attacks, and phobias. Based on his personal experience of total freedom, Roy developed The Nelson Method—a plan of spiritual mentorship that is designed to help people overcome their own personal hell, even when all other approaches have failed.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why he became so fascinated by addiction
  • The 3 things that underlie ALL addictions
  • Why all addictions are far more alike than they are different
  • Personality traits of the addicted
  • Why many addiction treatments fail
  • The most common causes of addiction
  • What God and spirituality have to do with addictions
  • Whether you have to be religious to be spiritual
  • Why Roy always says the "problem is not the problem"
  • How we can get to the root of our addiction
  • What confidence has to do with addiction
  • 3 steps you can take to combat addiction TODAY
  • Why it's important to consider the "cost" of your addiction
  • Why most people never break free from their addictions
  • And much more!
Aug 30, 2017

Today's podcast guest Tricia Nelson has alllll the answers. She is a recovering emotional eater, an Emotional Eating expert and Certified coach who presents who presents her 25 years of extensive research in her bestselling book, Heal Your Hunger. She and her husband, Roy Nelson (who you'll hear from next week!) have taken the world by storm helping thousands of people free themselves from the shackles of emotional eating and food addiction.

Her book was one of the best I've ever had the privilege of reading and it's not only for emotional eaters but people who just want to be AWESOME at life.This conversation will change the way you look at food (and yourself) forever!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • When she realized she was an emotional eater
  • How to tell if you're an emotional eater
  • Why we eat emotionally
  • Personality traits of those who eat emotionally
  • The ONE thing you must do to overcome emotional eating
  • Why most diets and emotional eating programs fail
  • 7 Steps for overcoming emotional eating (and being awesome at life!:)
  • What kinds of support system you need to overcome emotional eating
  • What communication has to do with emotional eating
  • A simple dietary strategy for overcoming emotional eating
  • Foods emotional eaters will want to eliminate
  • Healthy daily habits that prevent emotional eating
  • What "fathead" is and what to do about it
  • The one piece of advice Tricia thinks would help you most
  • And much more!
Aug 23, 2017

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 17 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Kiran also established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • The movie that made Kiran become a microbiologist
  • The most shocking and important findings of The Human Microbiome Project
  • Why microbiologists are suddenly the cool kids on the block
  • The leading cause of mortality worldwide and how to fix it
  • The reason his probiotic is the MOST paleo probiotic on the market
  • Where probiotics are derived and why it matters
  • Why most probiotics on the market are made by marketers
  • The shortcomings of most probiotics
  • What characterizes a great probiotic
  • One probiotic that is changing the game for many people (including healing leaky gut!)
  • Why rotating your probiotics isn't necessary
  • Why eating our beef sticks is a VERY good idea
  • 4 ways to cultivate gut health today
  • Where you should shop to find foods that promote bacterial diversity
  • How to take a probiotic to avoid adverse reactions
  • The one piece of advice Kiran wished he had known 20 years ago
  • And much more!
Aug 16, 2017

Greg, a natural health specialist based in the U.K., watched his wife suffer from debilitating IBD. Greg's wife is living proof and in today's podcast, you'll hear all about what they did to transform her health when there were no other options! IBD is an autoimmune condition, so the gems in this conversation will apply to all autoimmune sufferers (and those who'd like to prevent them!)

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What is IBD?
  • How many people are suffering today?
  • The limitations of the conventional approach
  • How his wife put her IBD into remission after years of suffering
  • The commonly prescribed medication that can increase your risk of cancer
  • Whether or not surgery is useful
  • What percentage of people who have surgery still have flare ups
  • The difference between Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • How IBD is diagnosed
  • Why most doctors believe diet doesn't play a role in IBD (but why IBD sufferers disagree)
  • The most important (and little known) factor to address for IBD remission
  • What foods commonly trigger IBD
  • The 3 most common factors contributing to IBD
  • Why multiple food sensitivities are often a sign of something deeper
  • The 3 most common causes of multiple food sensitivities
  • How to conduct an elimination diet
  • The little-known food that many Crohn's sufferers shouldn't eat
  • Which test he always recommends
  • Why he discourages IgG testing in the beginning stages of IBD treatment
  • The 2 biggest mistakes most people make when treating IBD
  • Why stress is such a huge issue in IBD
  • How to reduce stress
  • Why your beliefs (and those of your doctor) often determine your outcome
  • Why he hopes Donald Trump writes a self-help book
  • Why he admires Arnold Schwarzennegar
  • How to change your belief systems
  • The morning routine he uses to get his day started off on the right food
  • My 5 minute morning routine
  • And much more!
Aug 9, 2017

My husband and I have run into Todd several times selling his sugar-free wine at health conferences. I was initially VERY skeptical of his "too-good-to-be-true," claims especially because I believe excess sugar consumption is public health enemy #1.

  • Is SUGAR-FREE wine even possible?
  • Was he actually testing EACH bottle of wine?
  • What about his blood sugar response?
  • Was he testing that, too?

Turns out he was.Todd is fanatical about high-quality wine AND health. In fact, his desire to drink wine often and have life-long health is why he founded his company. He literally tests every wine to ensure it is truly SUGAR-free! He's also been in ketosis for over 3 years while drinking a bottle of wine each day.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why Todd is to bring high-quality wine back to the market
  • The many issues with conventional wines
  • What percentage of American wines are made by the top 3 companies (this will SHOCK you!)
  • How to drink wine without a hangover
  • Why wines don't have a nutritional label
  • Problematic additives found in most wines
  • The problem with ORGANIC wines
  • The dangerous mycotoxin that our government doesn't test for (but Todd does)
  • Why your teeth get purple when you drink wine (and why it's bad!)
  • The REAL benefit of wine drinking (spoiler alert: it's not about resveratrol!)
  • How irrigation changes the health properties of wine
  • Why conventional wines are harming the environment
  • How his wines are SUGAR and carb free! (yes, your dream just came true)
  • Why the wine industry is a lot like the beef industry
  • The problem with most of the yeast used to make wine
  • Where he sources his wine
  • Why it's important to drink low alcohol wine
  • Why the amount of alcohol listed on your wine label may be inaccurate
  • How to choose healthy wines at a restaurant
  • How to have truly healthy wine delivered to your doorstep
  • How to keep burning fat even when you still drink wine
  • How to get a bottle of high-quality wine for 1 cent!
  • And much more!
Aug 2, 2017

Fortunately, today you can hear allll what IS actually responsible for most heart attacks and heart disease with medical doctor, founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Human Heart Cosmic Heart, Dr. Cowan. And trust me, if you love your heart (and the hearts of your family and friends <3) you NEED to hear what he has to say. I've done several podcasts about how to prevent heart disease, but this one is awesomely different.

Here are some of the tantalizing tidbits you're in for...

  • Why Dr. Cowan became fascinated by the heart
  • Why he believes plaque buildup does not cause heart disease (in most cases)
  • What does cause heart attacks 90% of the time
  • Why diabetes is evidence that we're wrong about heart disease
  • What we can do to reduce our risk of heart disease
  • The natural medication that everyone with heart disease (or who wants to prevent it) NEEDS to know about and where to get it
  • What vagal tone is and why it's important for heart health
  • Simple ways to improve vagal tone
  • Why nose breathing is good for your heart
  • The little-known supplement that can improve heart health
  • The preferred fuel for the heart
  • A simple at home test for assessing your heart disease risk
  • How much work you should do each week for best results
  • How to eat to prevent or reverse heart disease
  • A simple dietary trick that improves heart health
  • Whether or not strict ketosis is necessary for heart health
  • Why your heart is more than just an organ
  • The shocking thing that happens to those who have heart transplants
  • The #1 thing Dr. Cowan thinks you should do to prevent heart disease
  • And much more!
Jul 26, 2017

Shana Ekedal is an educator and a trailblazer in the area of mind, body, and spirit wellness. Her deepest purpose is to release women from the fears, doubts, and insecurities that hold them back, so they can be fully present to their own vibrant energy, access their gifts, and share them powerfully with the world. She is the creator of the acclaimed program The Frequency Cleanse, a 30-day experience that shows women how to have the body, self-love, and abundance they want by simply raising their personal energy vibration to align with the lifestyle and experiences they desire

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What energy is and why it matters
  • What creates our frequency
  • Why we're compelled to meet and befriend walk up to certain people
  • What high and low-frequency emotions are
  • The different kinds of truth
  • How we find our personal truth and why it's ESSENTIAL
  • Why pleasure is BENEFICIAL for your health
  • Scientific evidence that our negative thoughts have biochemical realities
  • The 4 step process we ALL use to create our reality
  • FOODS we can use to raise our frequency
  • Foods that LOWER frequency
  • Why food is an access point
  • The dietary mistake many people make that prevents them from using energy purposefully
  • Three supplements that raise frequency
  • Three steps you can take to raise your frequency today
  • And much more!
Jul 19, 2017

Amy Medling, CHC, is the founder of PCOS, an online resource dedicated to helping women understand and manage the symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). She studied holistic nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified Health Coach. Diagnosed with PCOS 12 years ago, Amy thought she found relief when her doctor prescribed Metformin and the birth control pill. Instead of relief, she felt trapped inside a body that rejected these artificial treatments.

This is when her Diva journey began. Her dedication and research produced a proven treatment plan that uses whole food, natural remedies, supplements, exercise, self-care, positive thinking, and stress reduction to relieve and control PCOS symptoms.

Amy is on a mission to empower women with PCOS and has an incredible story and insight that you don't want to miss!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Amy's powerful struggle with PCOS
  • What is PCOS?
  • How common is it?
  • The most common symptoms associated with PCOS
  • Why there is a movement to change the name of this condition
  • Why you don't have to have ovarian cysts to have PCOS
  • Why 50% of those with PCOS are undiagnosed
  • The diseases that many women with PCOS suffer from
  • The consequences of PCOS
  • The different types of PCOS
  • The most common (and not-so-common) causes of PCOS
  • Why it's critical to avoid chemicals and toxins if you have PCOS
  • A novel way to reduce stress
  • The side effects of birth control pills
  • Why birth control and Metformin do not work for many women
  • The risks of birth control pills
  • The labs you'll want to ask your doctor for
  • Why it's CRITICAL to be your own advocate
  • A simple way to test your thyroid at home
  • What your plate should look like if you're trying to manage PCOS
  • 7 supplements that are helpful for PCOS
  • Superfoods for gut healing
  • The one food you need to emphasize if you have PCOS
  • The foods everyone with PCOS should be avoiding
  • Why not everyone has with PCOS needs to be low carb
  • A morning tonic that can restore insulin sensitivity
  • Why it's imperative that you believe you can heal your PCOS
  • The number of people she has NOT been able to help manage their PCOS with the strategies we discussed in this interview (this will surprise you!)
  • Why she is on a mission to spread awareness about PCOS!
  • And MUCH more!
Jul 12, 2017

Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best-selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It and has recently written a third awesome book, PRIMAL FAT BURNER: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain and Save Your Life with a High Fat Low Carb Diet, which we'll be talking all about today.

So if you want to hear about the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle check it out and why animal products must be a part of it, be sure to check it out!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How we know our ancestors consumed a lot of dietary fat
  • Why our brains REQUIRE dietary animal fats (not just plant-based fats)
  • Why most people can't get anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from plants
  • How we KNOW our ancestors were not eating starches
  • Why food quality is perhaps more important than anything else
  • The nutrients you get from animal fats that you can't get anywhere else
  • Why vegan/vegetarian diets are not the answer (even if you hate CAFOs)
  • The crazy "foods" that cows are being fed in CAFOs
  • Why animal agriculture can save the planet
  • The difference between paleo and keto
  • Nora's 2 favorite supplements for properly digesting protein
  • The most common mistakes people make when adopting a high-fat low-carb diet
  • Why protein needs to be moderated
  • How much protein you should be eating each day for a long, healthy life
  • The BEST lab tests for food sensitivities (and the only one she recommends using!)
  • The difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity
  • Why detecting food sensitivities is PARAMOUNT to optimal health
  • A day in the life of Nora's meals
Jul 5, 2017


Dr. Masterjohn earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012. He has served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. Recently Dr. Masterjohn left academia to conduct independent research and create content that teaches people how to live healthier lives.

He is CRAZY smart. I actually have to listen to his podcasts in chunks, because he has sooo much wisdom to share. But today we did our best to keep the geek factor under control (for the most part) so you don't want to miss it!

Here are a few of the fascinating topics we discuss:

Why Dr. Masterjohn quit drinking soda before he stopped smoking cigarettes

The unconventional way he discovered the profound healing power of food

The common mistake he was making that was ruining his health

Why his classmates probably disliked him

Why he was using tons of soy protein

Why the scientific method is important

How science has made us unhealthy

The limitations and strengths of the scientific method

Why science isn't always foolproof

Why we shouldn't necessarily consider certain types of trials better than others

The benefits of tightly controlled trials (and their downsides!)

Why observational data is important and what it teaches us

The REAL issue in nutritional research today (this is surprising!)

The one trial he believed to be more problematic than any other

Where should we start when researching a topic

Why studies on coffee don't necessarily suggest it's good for everyone (even though many think they do!)

Why we can't always trust the interpretations of other scientists

Why research funding is important

How we can avoid bias in our trials

And much more!

Jun 28, 2017

Christa is a clinical and holistic nutritionist dedicated to helping individuals use food as medicine to heal from the root cause. She is the author of The Whole Journey Food as Medicine Cookbook, co-author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet with Cheryl Tiegs, and co-author of the best-seller How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30. She also hosts three health and wellness TV shows.

Christa is truly delightful and this interview is PACKED with all the tips and tricks you'll need to get pregnant and create a super baby. 

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why getting pregnant after 30 isn't as difficult as it's made out to be
  • Why women older women actually have a lower risk of congenital malformation
  • What the ceiling is for a natural pregnancy
  • Why there are actually 5 trimesters
  • How to overcome common issues that make pregnancy difficult
  • How to increase progesterone levels naturally and reduce cellulite
  • An at-home test you can use to gauge your thyroid function
  • Foods that boost thyroid function
  • How your diet affects you (and your baby's) genetic code!
  • Why you want to begin preparing 3 months BEFORE pregnancy
  • Foods that create a super baby
  • One non-Paleo food that goes a pregnant body good
  • Foods you'll want to avoid during pregnancy
  • Foods that DADDY should be eating to build a healthy baby
  • Key supplements for healthy pregnancies and babies
  • A little-known supplement that can supercharge your fertility
  • An adaptogen that can increase fertility in both males and females
  • The importance of a healthy PH for pregnancy and how to test it at home
  • The difference between folic acid and folate (and why it matters!)
  • The importance of methylation for a healthy pregnancy (and what exactly it is!)
  • A critical nutrient many of us are deficient in that could prevent autism
  • Christa's favorite prenatal
  • How to mitigate morning sickness
  • A simple trick for preventing postpartum depression and increasing milk supply
  • An alternative to the glucose tolerance test
  • And the one piece of advice Christa would give to parents and parents-to-be!
    And much more!
Jun 21, 2017

Dr. Trevor Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin.
She has been featured on the Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is the host of THE SPA DR. iTunes Podcast.

Here are some of the juicy details you're in for:

  • What inspired her to become the Spa Doctor
  • Why traditional acne treatments are not adequate
  • The really scary side effects of common acne medications
  • The reason many experts still claim acne isn't caused by food (even though it is!)
  • Why our skin is our magic mirror
  • The 4 most common causes of skin issues today
  • The two WORST foods for you skin
  • Why all kinds of dairy can cause skin issues
  • Whether or not chocolate causes skin issues
  • The 3 foods that are most often associated with eczema
  • Her 2 part process for getting clear skin
  • Her 3 favorite foods for great skin
  • The 2 hormone-damaging ingredients found in common skin care products
  • How to choose CLEAN skin care products
  • Which labs have the most accurate food sensitivity testing
  • And much more!
Jun 21, 2017

Dr. Trevor Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin.
She has been featured on the Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is the host of THE SPA DR. iTunes Podcast.

Here are some of the juicy details you're in for:

  • What inspired her to become the Spa Doctor
  • Why traditional acne treatments are not adequate
  • The really scary side effects of common acne medications
  • The reason many experts still claim acne isn't caused by food (even though it is!)
  • Why our skin is our magic mirror
  • The 4 most common causes of skin issues today
  • The two WORST foods for you skin
  • Why all kinds of dairy can cause skin issues
  • Whether or not chocolate causes skin issues
  • The 3 foods that are most often associated with eczema
  • Her 2 part process for getting clear skin
  • Her 3 favorite foods for great skin
  • The 2 hormone-damaging ingredients found in common skin care products
  • How to choose CLEAN skin care products
  • Which labs have the most accurate food sensitivity testing
  • And much more!
Jun 14, 2017

Paul Chek is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute and an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology.  For over twenty-five years, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide – many of his clients, his students, and their clients.  By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed.  


What inspired him to get into holistic health

  • The first book he ever read cover-to-cover
  • The problem with our current medical system
  • Why having a dream is CRITICAL for optimal health
  • The cheapest and most effective form of therapy that most people neglect today
  • What he did to NEVER miss a day of professional work in 30 years
  • Why the "no pain no gain" mentality is evidence of our cultural pubescence
  • A simple way to tell if you're in the stress response
  • Why not everyone should exercise
  • How to know if YOU will benefit from exercise
  • The difference between working out and working in
  • How much movement we all need each day
  • The last 4 doctors you will ever need
  • The main reasons people fail to see the results they're looking for
  • A simple tool that helps you tune into your body
  • How to eat for optimal health
  • The limitations of metabolic testing
  • Why he is often accused of being cocky
  • What he makes his critics do that keeps them quite
  • What happiness is
  • What happy people do
  • Why the average man can never be successful
  • Why our challenges are gifts
  • How you can save $6000 a year!
  • And much more!
Jun 7, 2017

CJ HUNT traveled all around the world and spoke with various scientists and experts whose job it is to identify exactly what our ancestors consumed on his quest for the perfect human diet.


Thankfully these experts weren't nearly as confused about what we should be eating as we are in America today.

So in today's podcast, we're going to talk alllll about what the evolutionary experts and archaeological record indicate is the perfect human diet.

Here are some of the fun facts you'll learn:

  • Why CJ dropped dead at 24
  • Who saved his life
  • Why he adopted a vegan diet
  • How he knew a vegan diet was not for him
  • How we know our ancestors ate meat
  • Why eating meat made us smarter
  • Why our digestive tracts shrunk and what this means
  • How we know our digestive tracts are designed for animal products
  • Which animals our ancestors preferred
  • His biggest "aha" moment while filming the documentary
  • The new technology that allows scientists to identify exactly what our ancestors were eating
  • What the introduction of agriculture did (or didn't do!) for our ancestors
  • How we know our ancestors preferred animal products rather than vegetables
  • Two foods Paleo adherents might be eating that can hinder their results
  • Why he thinks potatoes should NOT be Paleo approved
  • Why too much of a certain Paleo STAPLE is actually dangerous
  • How you can eat Paleo easily and avoid these foods
  • The one food most Americans eat that is very harmful
  • What he thinks we need to do to reclaim the Paleo movement
  • The 2 categories that sum up pretty much all food
  • Exactly we should and should not be eating according to archaeological records
  • Why the advisor to the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation would not read Good Calories Bad Calories (this is disheartening)
  • What it's going to take to get our policy makers to take Paleo seriously
  • Why there is still a lot of hope for Paleo
  • And much more!
May 31, 2017

My colleague, Erin Chamerlik is well versed in the wonderful world of essential oils and agreed to come on our show to teach you all about their magical powers and practical applications.

So if you haven't incorporated them into your life yet, have a listen because they are life changing!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • What essential oils are
  • Where they are derived
  • What you need to know about choosing high-quality oils
  • The history of essential oils
  • The MANY therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil
  • Why she calls lavender oil the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils
  • Erin's favorite essential oil
  • Why essential oils have such profound effects on the body
  • Which oils can help you lose weight and burn fat
  • Essential oils that can help curb appetite and cravings
  • Which oils can help relieve stress
  • Which oils can help Candida
  • Which oils encourage winter wellness
  • Which oils are good for your skin
  • Which oils will put a little pep in your step
  • Which oils can help you focus
  • Which oils can help reduce anxiety
  • Erin's favorite essential oil recipe
  • Who should NOT be using essential oils
  • Which ones pregnant women should avoid
    And much more!
May 24, 2017

In case you're not yet familiar, Jeffrey Smith is the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril.

His feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide) and is considered the authoritative work on GMO health dangers. You may have read about him in The New York Times, New Scientist, and Time Magazine or seen him on the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now, and the Dr. Oz Show.

Here are some of the gems you're in for:

  • Why Jeffrey became so passionate about GMOs
  • Why attracting attention from the pro-GMO crowd is a GOOD thing
  • Who many of the GMO trolls really are
  • Whether GMOs increase crop yields and feed a hungry planet
  • Whether genetic engineering is a precise science
  • What the FDA's own scientists said about the risks of GMOs
  • Who funds the research regarding the safety of GMOs
  • The documented health issues associated with GMOs
  • What the only human trial demonstrated about GMO risks
  • How Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) harms the gut
  • Why Glyphosate steals nutrients from you and the soil
  • What tobacco science is and why you need to care
  • Why Monsanto talks out of both sides of their mouth
  • Why the Academy of Environmental Sciences recommend all doctors instruct
  • their patients to eliminate GMOs
  • What you can do to avoid GMOs
  • The most popular GMO foods
  • The important distinction between non-GMO and organic
  • Why we need to test for Glyphosate (and what it is!)
  • How 2 autistic children changed their lives
  • Why we know the anti-GMO movement is making progress
  • Where you can read more about GMO fraud and much more!
May 17, 2017

If you haven't seen her epic TED talk, Dr. Wahl's is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. She's also a clinical researcher and has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters, and papers.

The best part about Dr. Wahl's, however, is that In addition to being a doctor, she's also a patient with a chronic, progressive disease.

Diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000, she underwent traditional forms of therapy to no avail. She was once confined to a zero gravity chair.

Instead of accepting her fate, she bravely designed a revolutionary dietary protocol based on the 30+ nutrients our brains require and today she is healthy, happy and on a mission to empower others to take back their health.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How she put her Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) into remission using food
  • Why she feels BLESSED to have had M.S.
  • What she did to teach her kids that anything is possible
  • How she created her protocol
  • Why it's different (and more effective) then the paleo diet
  • Why you won't feel restricted on her protocol
  • The AWESOME side effects of her protocol
  • Why her protocol is different than the Autoimmune Protocol
  • Who her Protocol can help (spoiler alert: it's probably YOU!)
  • What her clinical research is revealing
  • Why she recommends MCT oil to help keep you in ketosis
  • Whether or not vegetarians can use her protocol
  • Why some ketogenic diets can be harmful
  • One supplement that most everyone will benefit from
  • Why organ meats are so critical for vibrant health
  • What mitochondria are and why they matter
  • Why her cookbook makes healthy eating effortless
  • Her very favorite recipes
  • How to get your kids to eat organ meats (and other nutrient dense foods) effortlessly
  • Whether or not the medical community is embracing her research
  • How to learn more about her research
  • How to work with her personally
  • Whether or not she recommends giving my son (and other kids) gluten
    And much more!
May 10, 2017

In case you're not familiar, Andrew W. Saul is the author of several books including Fire Your Doctor, Doctor Yourself and Vitamin C: The Real Story. He has 40 years of experience in natural health and education. His world famous, free access education website,, is peer reviewed and the largest non-commercial natural health resource on the internet.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Who got Andrew interested in high dose vitamin therapy
  • How his kids never took an antibiotic all the way through college
  • How he cured his child's cough with vitamins
  • What Orthomolecular Medicine is and why it's important
  • Why your doctor isn't educated about vitamin therapy
  • Which specific conditions can be treated with vitamin C
  • How to take vitamin C to prevent illness
  • The most effective forms of vitamin C
  • How to find out how much vitamin C really need
  • How many people vitamins have killed?
  • How many people properly prescribed meds kill each year (this will SHOCK you!)
  • Why a "plant-based" diet can mean many different things
  • The one diet that he never recommends for children or the elderly
  • The super vitamin that can cure schizophrenia
  • Where to read research about vitamins for FREE
  • The shortcoming of Linus Pauling's critics
  • What Andrew takes each day to feel his best
  • The type of vitamin C to take if you have a sensitive stomach
    And much more!
May 3, 2017

Joel Salatin is the owner of Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia and has been featured in the New York Times Bestselling book, Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food Inc. He calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson.  Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

So if you've been wondering whether or not grass-fed beef is truly sustainable (or you just want to have a laugh), then DON'T miss this interview!

Here are just a few of the topics we covered:

  • Why the statistics used in Cowspiracy do NOT apply to grass fed beef
  • Where the COWSPIRACY statistics come from
  • The environmental impacts of grass-fed vs. conventionally raised beef
  • Why grass-feeding actually improves the environment
  • Where 90% of the methane on the planet is produced
  • Why methane isn't actually an issue when cows are grass fed
  • Why the AMOUNT of cattle being raised today isn't a strain on the environment like many people think
  • Why green growing vegetation is critical for environmental health
  • The difference between an annual and a perennial (and why it's important!)
  • Why eating more vegetables is NOT the answer and may actually be causing more environmental damage
  • How herbivores help BUILD soil
  • Why soil building MUST be a national priority
  • What a truly sustainable and properly managed operation looks like
  • Why we need to get away from segregation and embrace INTEGRATION
  • Whether or not Joel thinks eating animals is inhumane (or blocking our evolution to a more peaceful planet!)
  • Why Joel believes not eating animals is ignorant.
  • Why grass-feeding is the SOLUTION rather than the problem
  • Why a vegan diet is not a zero death diet
  • And much more!
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