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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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!
Apr 26, 2017

Have you diligently adopted the paleo diet yet still suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn? If so, you're going to LOVE today's podcast.

Sylvie is a former SIBO sufferer and the witty creator of the uber-popular blog, Hollywood Homestead. After antibiotic treatment failed her (twice!) she took it upon herself to become educated and experiment.

Have you diligently adopted the paleo diet yet still suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn? If so, you're going to LOVE today's podcast.

Sylvie is a former SIBO sufferer and the witty creator of the uber-popular blog, Hollywood Homestead. After antibiotic treatment failed her (twice!) she took it upon herself to become educated and experiment.

She literally attacked her SIBO guns blazing and even though SIBO is traditionally a VERY difficult condition to treat, today she is symptom-free and thriving!

Here's what you'll learn:

Why she had to become her own health advocate
What SIBO is The 4 main symptoms of SIBO
The 2 different types of SIBO
Whether or not you might have SIBO even if you don't have digestive issues
The 3 main causes of SIBO (including one you've probably NEVER heard about!) Other conditions often associated with SIBO
SIBOs link with nutrient deficiency
The consequences of unaddressed SIBO
Why SIBO is so difficult to diagnose
Which test you MUST have to properly diagnose SIBO
Why other tests are inadequate
The link between SIBO and leaky gut
Why most SIBO treatments fail long term
Why antibiotics alone aren't enough for long-term remission
Why herbal antibiotics are often more effective than antibiotics
The 3 herbal antibiotics she used to kick her SIBO
The 2 best diets SIBO
The diet that finally beat her SIBO and how to do it healthfully
The often unaddressed reason for many SIBO remissions
A supplement many people forget but NEED to treat SIBO successfully
The 4 things you need to do to successfully treat SIBO for GOOD
Her favorite protein powder for treating SIBO And much more!

Apr 19, 2017

If you've tried EVERYTHING to lose weight or reach your health goals to no avail, you're going to want to listen to today's podcast, The 3 Obstacles to Sustainable & Vibrant Health with International best-selling author, David Zappasodi as soon as you possibly can!

I reached out to David after reading his amazing book, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind, about a year ago because it had such a profound impact on the way I viewed HEALTH. He's been a motivational speaker and fitness training professionally for over 20 years and his innovative approach to health and fitness has helped countless people TRANSFORM their lives.

Since we recorded our first podcast, The Secret Sauce for Fat Loss, David has become a friend and his book has become an international best-seller.

Apr 12, 2017

Have you ever tried a keto diet (or been curious about trying it) only to decide it was wayyy too restrictive?

Leanne is an ultra passionate Nutrition Educator and food blogger in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her goal is to help you do away with feeling overpowered and controlled by food by giving you the tools you need to inject your life with happiness, healthfulness, and a whole lot of dietary fat.

Basically, she's here to help you fall in love with yourself and relinquish your fear of eating fat.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How Leanne because SO passionate about high-fat living
  • How to know if keto is right for you
  • *How Leanne's approach is different than standard keto
  • Leanne's 3 different versions of keto
  • *The keto path for those with hormonal issues
  • *The keto path for those who crave carbohydrates
  • *The keto path for those who want to see fast results
How to make keto feel liberating
  • How to use carbohydrates strategically and still be keto
  • When to eat carbohydrates for best results
  • How fasting fits into the keto lifestyle
  • The ONE thing you should never do while fasting
  • The most common food allergies for those Leanne works with
  • Whether or not "high protein" keto is actually a problem
  • *The difference between being fat adapted and being in ketosis
  • The populations who will benefit MOST from a ketogenic diet
  • How to do a "breakfast challenge" and why it will change your life
  • Helpful tricks for navigating the carb flu
  • *The beverage you need to calm the keto flow
  • Why being mindful of your electrolyte intake is important when you're in ketosis
  • How to tell when you are in ketosis (with and without testing!)
  • *Leanne's favorite "quickie" recipes for people who hate cooking
  • Leanne's favorite condiments for keeping keto delicious
  • What her dinner plate looks like
  • The keto-approved sweetener that makes her break out
  • *Three amazing remedies for acne that you've NEVER heard about!
  • And much more!
Apr 5, 2017

Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP is a passionate, innovative and solution focused clinical pharmacist. She has had a passion for health care from a very early age, inspired by her mother, Dr. Marta Nowosadzka, MD.

As a result of extensive research and experimentation, Izabella has a new lease on life and created THE Hashimoto's Protocol. So far, her protocol has helped THOUSANDS of people reduce their symptoms and achieve remission.

So if you're suffering from Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism symptoms (cold hands and feet, thinning hair and eyebrows, constipation, lethargy) and an inability to lose weight, please be sure to listen to today's podcast! Dr. Wentz is literally one of the most knowledgeable experts on Hashimoto's in the WORLD and we cover tons of interesting topics that we didn't in our first podcast with her, episode 56. Here are some of the juicy tidbits you'll hear:

  • Why she's on a mission to heal the world of Hashimoto's
    The 5 stages of Hashimoto's
    When conventional doctors begin treating Hashimoto's and why that's an issue
    How to catch Hashimoto's in the early stages
    How many people are able to stop taking medication
    An exciting new way to regenerate damaged thyroid tissue
    The symptom many people have that means you should be tested for autoimmunity
    The exact test you need to have to ascertain your risk
    Issues with thyroid medications
    Her favorite thyroid medications
    Why you need to have your thyroid antibodies tested if you are pregnant
    The one thing that raises your child's risk of autism by 80%
    Whether or not thyroid medications are okay during pregnancy
    Why the standard TSH ranges are outdated
    The optimal TSH range
    The root causes of Hashimoto's that almost no one hears about (this will shock you!)
    The most common nutrient deficiencies associated with Hashimoto's
Her favorite supplemental ways to correct these deficiencies
    The common parasite that's been linked to IBS, Hashimoto's and hives and how to treat it
    Why carbohydrate sensitivity can be a sign of a deeper issue
    What low ferritin levels can tell you (pretty amazing!)
    What ideal ferritin levels look like
    *The BEST diet for Hashimoto's
    The most problematic foods for those with Hashimoto's
    The uncommon food sensitivities commonly seen in Hashimoto's
    A great way to get your organs if you HATE the taste
    Whether or not raw milk is problematic
    *The one (super affordable) supplement that increased her energy levels the most
    Whether or not a low carb diet harms thyroid function
    The one piece of advice she'd give you for vibrant health
    And much more!
Mar 29, 2017

Dawn Preisendorf (MA, NC, CHWC ) and she has a master’s degree in nutrition and health education, and is a certified Wellness coach. She has also completed more than 200 additional hours of clinical training with Functional Medicine experts, and is a certified Hormone Cure Practitioner through Dr. Sara Gottfried frees women from fatigue, low energy and digestive distress. She has helped hundreds of women get to the root cause of their health problems, and reclaim vitality so they can live their lives full-out.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why she left a successful career to help people get healthy
  • How many people suffer from fatigue
  • What percentage of her clients increase their energy levels (this will shock you!)
  • Why fatigue is not a caffeine deficiency
  • Why most people are looking in the wrong places for energy
  • The 5 underlying causes of fatigue
  • Foods to eat for energy
  • 4 Supplements that will help heal your gut
  • How to test for food sensitivities
  • How to tell if you're absorbing your nutrients properly
  • Why low triglyceride levels are not always a good thing
  • What you need to know if you have heartburn
  • A simple strategy for improving nutrient absorption
  • Gut infections that can cause fatigue
  • How to spot gut infections
  • How to treat them naturally
  • How hormonal imbalances cause fatigue
  • How to create hormonal harmony
  • Her favorite probiotic
  • The most effective digestive enzymes she's found
  • The herb you MUST take if you have a gut infection
  • The most often missed cause of fatigue
  • 3 exercises you can do to improve energy levels
  • One important question to ask yourself before you attack your fatigue
  • The foods you should add and eliminate for vibrant energy
  • The best supplements for vibrant energy
  • And much more!
Mar 25, 2017

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. He is the founder of, an author and just released a documentary series all about autoimmunity called Betrayal.

He is so committed to inspiring people to take back their health that it is PALPABLE.

I've honestly never interviewed anyone more informed or passionate.

So don't miss his wise words because they are truly life changing!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Which of his autoimmune antibodies were elevated!
  • The #1 mechanism for getting sick and dying (hint: it's NOT cardiovascular disease!)
  • Why America is ranked second (from the bottom) in terms of quality of life even though we spend more than on health care than any other country
  • The most common triggers of autoimmune diseases
  • The REAL problem with gluten
  • The food 72% of his patients have elevated antibodies to
  • Why you may be on the autoimmune spectrum even if you don't have symptoms
  • How to find out if you're on the autoimmune spectrum before it's too late
  • The best test for determining your place on the autoimmune spectrum
  • The 2 OTHER reasons (besides gluten!) that wheat may lead to autoimmune disease
  • Why there are 4 TIMES more people being diagnosed with Celiacs Disease (CD) than in the 1950's
  • How we know that the increase in CD is NOT solely the result of better diagnostic tools
  • The main reasons autoimmune rates are skyrocketing today
  • Who develops intestinal permeability when they eat wheat
  • Why depression is the most common symptom for those with Celiac Disease
  • Why cereal grasses (found in many greens powders!) may be doing more harm than good
  • How many antigens in wheat we test for vs. how many there REALLY are!
  • The gene that can increase your risk of a vaccine injury
  • How many toxic chemicals are found in the placental blood of newborns (this will shock you!)!
  • 3 steps you can take today to stay off of the autoimmune spectrum
Mar 15, 2017

Megan has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from UCLA and a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is a writer, student, teacher, wife, and mother who works with Chinese herbs and Chinese massage. She's also been teaching others about the immune system and gut health for over 6 years!

She is knowledgable, kind and incredibly passionate about all things BABY.

So if you're feeling confused about how to nourish your little one, please listen to our podcast, and walk away with tools that enable you to feed your baby with CONFIDENCE.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • The different birthing methods and how to choose the best for you!
  • What you need to know if you have a C-section
  • The lifelong impacts of caesarean birth
  • How to mitigate the negative effects of caesarean birth
  • How a mamma's diet affects her breastmilk
  • Why what YOU are eating now affects what your baby's future dietary habits
  • How your gut and breastmilk are related
  • How your genes affect your breastmilk
  • Whether or not the supplemental nutrients make it into your breast milk
  • The benefits of extended breastfeeding
  • When to stop breastfeeding
  • How to supercharge your breast milk supply
  • The 4 major nutrients exclusively breastfed babies may be missing out on
  • What delayed cord clamping is and how it can prevent nutrient deficiencies
  • Why DHA supplementation is very important for pregnant mamma's
  • Her favorite DHA supplement
  • Why probiotic supplements can improve mineral counts
  • Her favorite probiotics for moms and babies
  • The best first foods for baby and when to introduce them
  • Her favorite first SUPERfood for babies
  • Foods that actually block mineral absorption for babies
  • Why egg yolk can be problematic for babies
  • Why babies shouldn't be drinking much water
  • WHEN babies should be eating for best results
  • A nighttime tonic that can help your toddler sleep
  • Which probiotic strains the literature has shown are effective for colic
  • Tips for taking care of mommas
  • The benefits of infant massage
  • And much more!
Mar 8, 2017

Did you know that more than 2200 people die EACH DAY from heart disease?

That's one every 40 seconds.

Perhaps even more sobering is the fact that 1/3 of all heart attacks present as sudden cardiac death.

That means Prevention. Is. EVERYTHING!

Which is exactly why we had Dr. Wolfson, the Paleo Cardiologist, on the show so he can teach us exactly how to do just that.

He is experienced, passionate and on a mission to alter the trajectory of their health through heart disease prevention.

Given the fact that heart disease is still considered our #1 killer in America, this is NOT the episode to miss.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why current heart disease treatments and protocols are inadequate
  • Why getting your cholesterol as low as possible isn't the best way to prevent heart disease
  • The dangers of extremely low cholesterol
  • Why LDL cholesterol is not the disease causing culprit its believed to be
  • Why he says statins are not necessary in his practice at all
  • The population who will get ZERO benefit from statins
  • The mechanism by which statins harm your brain
  • The hypertensive drugs that increase your risk of cancer
  • How to lower your blood pressure naturally
  • The simple trick you can use to lower your risk of heart disease every day
  • The vitamin that helps dramatically reduce blood pressure
  • One of the most effective blood-pressure reducing foods
  • Why nitrates and nitrites aren't the disease-causing culprits they're believed to be
  • Why he calls aspirin "the biggest sham in pharmaceutical history!"
  • The one indicator that you're NOT heart healthy
  • Whether or not being thin, means you're heart healthy...
  • Why diabetes is "just a label."
  • Why elevated blood sugar is dangerous
  • The blood sugar numbers that significantly decrease your risk or pretty much all diseases
  • Why your insulin levels may increase after starting a paleo diet and why it's a GOOD sign
  • Why dysfunctional HDL affects insulin levels
  • What two met analyses (2010, 2015!) in the American Journal of Clinical
  • Nutrition revealed about the link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease
  • The incredibly important dietary strategy that most paleo adherents miss
  • Which supplements help prevent heart disease
  • The definition of an alcoholic
  • And much more!
Mar 1, 2017

Jane Barlow is the son of Dr. Max Barlow founder of Barlow Herbals. She has grown up around herbs her entire life and learned her father’s trade working side by side with him in the field. From learning the precise harvest seasons for each herb types to the distinct ways to dry, process and create powerful concentrated extracts, Jane truly understands how to capture the strength from the Earth. She spends years of research carefully formulating healthy products that she uses and endorses. Her 30-something sons have also NEVER taken antibiotics!

I begged Jane to come on the show and talk all about herbal remedies for today's common ailments!

So if you hate being sick, having headaches, migraines, Candida, parasites or feeling tired, or treating any of the aforementioned conditions with medications that have side effects, listen to the podcast so you can create your Herbal Arsenal!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why she started making herbal products
  • How her thirty something sons have NEVER taken an antibiotic
  • Why herbs can be a great alternative to modern medications
  • Where many pharmaceutical drugs are actually derived
  • The herb that aspirin is derived from
  • How to treat colds and flus naturally
  • The plant that saved MANY lives during the flu epidemic
  • Whether or not you need a flu shot?
  • Why she only recently began selling her products direct to customer
  • How to prevent the cold and flu
  • An effective remedy for viruses (including ear infections!)
  • Effective herbs for parasites and candida
  • What to do to PREVENT parasites and candida
  • How to do a parasite cleanse
  • How many of us are hosting a parasite
  • Remedies for tummy troubles and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome!)
  • Herbs to increase energy
  • The #1 cause of headaches
  • An amazing herb to alleviate headaches and migraines for good!
Feb 22, 2017

Dr. Mosley trained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London and after qualifying joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer. Over the last 25 years he has made numerous science and history documentaries for the BBC, first behind the camera, more recently as a presenter. He was executive producer of QED, Trust Me I’m a Doctor and Superhuman. He is also the author of the Fast Diet.

Dr. Mosley successfully reversed his type 2 diabetes by fasting and so if you have excess weight (especially around the middle), insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or unmet health goals than this is NOT the show to miss.

Here are sons of the other interesting things you'll lead:

  • How to lose weight and boost brain function without changing your diet
  • The empirically-supported benefits of intermittent fasting (IF)
  • The different types of IF
  • The history of fasting 
  • Which populations benefit from fasting
  • What your waist circumference can tell you about whether or not you should be fasting
  • Why fasting is beneficial EVEN when it's slightly stressful
  • How to do a 5/2 fast
  • How to fast and still eat EVERY day
  • Why research has shown that IF is surprisingly EASIER (physically and psychologically!) than standards diets
  • How IF helps you make healthier decisions
  • Why you actually eat LESS the day after you fast
  • Who should NOT be fasting
  • Whether or not fasting triggers eating disorders
  • How many food decisions you make each day (this will SHOCK you!)
  • How you should approach your first days fasting for best results!
  • One food that is really helpful on fasting days
  • And much more!
Feb 15, 2017
It may shock you to know that of the 80,000 chemicals in circulation today, only 200 of them have been tested for safety!


What's worse is that research is now showing that these chemicals can increase our risk for pretty much every disease AND make us fat.
Which is why in today's podcast we're going to geek out with Lara Adler, a Certified Holistic Health Coach and self-taught Environmental Toxins Expert.
Here are some of the juicy tidbits you're in for:
  • What toxins are and where they are found
  • The link between toxins and obesity
  • How exactly toxins make us fat
  • The surprising places you'll find obesogens 
  • Why the dose does NOT always make the poison
  • Which diseases the literature links to toxic exposure
  • what a NOAL level is and why it matters for your health
  • How many chemicals the typical woman is exposed to before she leaves the house
  • Why only 200 of the 80,000 chemicals in circulation have been thoroughly tested for safety
  • Why 2 chemicals is "badder" than one!
  • How much toxic exposure costs us in terms of health care costs (this will SHOCK you!)
  • The 5 steps to reducing your toxic exposure!
  • The most important step you can take to reduce toxic exposure
  • Why traditional "detoxes" don't necessarily remove toxins
  • Why toxins are stored in fat
  • Why many people get sick after gastric bypass surgery
  • Foods that encourage your body to release toxins
  • Why certain prescription medications trigger weight gain (really interesting!)
  • The reason rice almost always contains arsenic
  • How to reduce the amount of arsenic in your rice
  • Her favorite personal care products
  • Why BPA-free plastic may be even WORSE 
  • The beverage you can use to supercharge your detox
  • Lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your toxic burden
  • And much more!
Feb 8, 2017
In case you've never heard of Tracy Anderson, she is an American fitness/wellness entrepreneur and author. She is best known for her Tracy Anderson Method, with clients including Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie, Courteney Cox, Shakira, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Greene, Jennifer Lopez, Preity Zinta, and Bethenny Frankel.
She has literally REVOLUTIONIZED fitness.
When I started working for her, even I was a skeptic. I used to think there was NO WAY you could dramatically alter the shape of your body, simply with exercise. Over the course of the next 4 years during my employment with her, Tracy proved to me that I couldn't have been more wrong. 
That is IS entirely possible to get the body of your dreams with strategic exercise.
(Especially when you couple it with dietary change, of course :) 
So if you're looking to burn fat, sculpt a toned and BALANCED body that not only looks great, but supports you in all of life's precious adventures, have listen so you can find out exactly how to do it!
Seriously. This conversation is PACKED with priceless nuggets of wisdom so don't miss out! 
Here are just a few of the gems you're in for:
  • The amazing events that compelled her to create her method
  • The science behind her method
  • Why her method is different than all other forms of exercise
  • What accessory muscles are and why they're important
  • Why balance is crucial to building the body of your dreams 
  • How to identify your body's imbalances
  • Her 4 different body types and how she discovered them
  • Whether cardio or muscular structure work is more important for fat loss
  • How many days a week you should be exercising 
  • Why the amount and type of exercise you do needs to change
  • The amount and ratio of exercise that works best for Tray now that she's in her 40's
  • Why traditional weight training can be abusive to your body 
  • What your mind set has to do with exercise
  • Whether or not Tracy thinks you should weigh yourself daily (we disagreed on this one!:)
  • Why it's crucial that your exercise routine keeps changing
  • Why she believes air conditioners prevent people from seeing great results
  • The perfect ratio of heat to humidity for fat burning
  • Why "checking out" during exercise sabotages results
  • Why it's imperative that you tune into your body during every exercise session
  • What performance has to do with calorie burning
  • Why she never talks during her exercise classes (this is fascinating!)
  • The minimum amount of time you should be exercising each week to stay fit
  • How to take a live class from Tracy in the comfort of your own home
  • And much more!
Feb 1, 2017

Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, CHN, LDN, CFM, is Professor of Clinical Nutrition and the Director of Academic Development, Nutrition & Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She is board certified in Clinical Nutrition, Holistic Nutrition, as a Nutrition Specialist, and in Functional Medicine. Dr. Lipski is nationally known for her pioneering work and expertise in the field of functional and integrative nutrition, and digestive health.

She is so incredibly knowledgable and this interview is PACKED with life-changing digestive health nuggets so don't miss out!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What inspired her to write a book about digestion
  • The ROOT causes of our digestive issues today
  • Her #1 digestive hack
  • Why kids today are getting fatty livers
  • Why low carb diets help Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • The test your doc won't do but that you need to have if you have IBS
  • Herbs that can alleviate IBS
  • The foods you need to eliminate if you have IBS
  • Why stomach acid (HCL) is important for your health
  • How to test whether or not you have HCL issues 
2 at-home remedies for HCL insufficiency
  • What to do for heartburn
  • How to safely wean off heartburn medications
  • How to get to the ROOT of HCL insufficiency
  • What your POOP can tell you about your health
  • What transit time is, how to test it and why it matters
  • How to alleviate constipation
  • A important mineral for alleviating PMS
  • The difference between a food allergy and intolerance
  • The underlying factor for many digestive issues
  • How to detect food sensitivities
  • The best tests to diagnose food sensitives
  • How food sensitivity tests work
  • Two labs that offer advanced testing
  • Why digestive enzymes are important
  • What causes inadequate enzyme production
  • How to choose a high quality enzyme
  • Her favorite digestive enzymes
  • The enzymes she recommends for those with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity
  • And much more!
Jan 25, 2017

Temple Grandin is a renowned American author, animal behavior expert and an advocate for autistic people. With support from her mother and guiding mentors at school, she completed her education successfully and made a flourishing career as an animal expert and a parenting guru for autistic children. She has written numerous books on autism and animal welfare and has been providing consultation to slaughter plants and livestock farms to improve the quality of life of the cattle. She has received various awards towards her contribution to animal science and welfare and has made appearances on numerous television shows and international magazines.

As you can see, Dr. Grandin is a BIG deal.

She's revolutionized the way cows are slaughtered so that they experience as little pain and stress as possible.

She is also an autism advocate and the most accomplished and well known woman with autism in the WORLD.

You don't want to miss this chat!

Here are some of the highlights...

  • What inspired Dr. Grandin to get into animal agriculture
  • How and why Dr. Grandin revolutionized the way cows are slaughtered
  • The simple tricks she used to improve cow welfare
  • How her autistic mind helped her create a safer system for cows
  • The amazing lengths she's gone to in order to understand the cow's experience
  • The surprising things that spook cattle
  • Whether or not it is really humane to eat animals?
  • How stress affects meat quality
  • The details of her revolutionary system
  • Whether or not the cows know where they're headed
  • How common it is for a cow to suffer with her system
  • Why nature can be perhaps MORE harsh than slaughter
  • What she says to people who are still opposed to raising animals for food
  • What she thinks needs to be done to improve our educational systems
  • What she thinks about her HBO movie!
  • The importance of mentors
  • How to "turn on" different kinds of minds
  • What she's up to next
  • The one piece of advice she'd give to the parents of autistic children
  • And much more!
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