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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May 9, 2018

Dr. Masterjohn earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012. After graduation he 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 as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.

In the fall of 2016, he made the decision to leave academia and pursue entrepreneurship and he is currently conducting independent research, consulting, working on information products, collaborating on information and technology products, and producing tons of free content to help people gain better health.

Here’s what you’ll learn in our chat:

  • Dr. Masterjohn’s story: 3:19
  • What the Ultimate Nutritional Cheat Sheet is and why you need it: 5:37
  • The best, one-stop-shop nutritional test:  14:11
  • A second effective test for those who want to spend less: 19:48
  • How to order your own labs: 20:50
  • How to use this cheat sheet with your doctor: 22:01
  • Why nutritional testing should be a priority: 27:22
  • Underlying issues associated with histamine reactions: 31:16
  • Why thriving on a low carb diet could be a sign of nutrient deficiency: 35:57
  • Whether pregnant women need to be careful about their vitamin A intake: 38:31
  • The perfect vitamin D level: 45:16
  • Why vitamin D status MUST be monitored: 47:10
  • Why lifeguards are more prone to kidney stones: 49:02
  • Connect with Dr. Masterjohn and get his cheat sheet: 52:43
  • Dr. Masterjohn’s favorite healthy breakfast: 54:48
  • His favorite coffee replacement or do you drink coffee: 57:58
  • His favorite healthy snack: 58:38
  • His best strategy for overcoming cravings for junk food: 59:18
  • His best sleep hacks: 1:01:07
  • His favorite supplements: 1:02:10
  • His favorite way to burn fat (off of your body): 1:02:53
  • The one book he’d recommend to wellness warriors: 1:06:17
  • And so much more!
May 2, 2018

Susan and Will are experienced dental health crusaders and holistic oral health product innovators who know first hand the power of nature to heal in miraculous ways. In her late 20s, Susan was diagnosed with advanced gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Her dentist at the time suggested gum surgery and we knew there had to be another way. 

Drawing from her background in the Chinese healing arts, Susan began researching natural alternatives to gum surgery. The solution to Susan’s problems became our first product, the OraWellness HealThy Mouth System.  We are blessed to have happy, healthy customers in over 50 countries around the world who have applied the strategies contained in the HealThy Mouth System and amazed their dentists with their success stories.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why your mouth is the “gatekeeper” to your immune system
  • Why one doctor said, “80% of cancers begin in the mouth!”
  • Why not all plaque is bad
  • The “healthy” food that is terrible for your teeth
  • The first step for getting in front of your oral health
  • The foods to avoid to heal your mouth
  • The brushing technique that will revolutionize your oral health
  • Whether an electric toothbrush is really necessary
  • Why oil pulling is NOT for everyone!
  • Why you’re probably not brushing thoroughly
  • Why you should stop whitening your teeth with activated charcoal
  • How you can remineralize your teeth
  • How to get your kids to get excited about brushing their teeth
  • Which supplements improve oral health
  • And much more!
Apr 25, 2018

On today’s podcast with Connie Curtis, the founder of Gluten and Food Allergy! Connie is a women’s empowerment leader, speaker, author and self-love expert who helps women transition to a true gluten-free lifestyle with ease by developing healthy, and sustainable habits. She turned her own diagnosis of gluten intolerance, food allergies, thyroid, and celiac disease around by shifting to a true gluten-free lifestyle. Aaaand even if you think you know how to avoid gluten already, what Connie has to say with surprise you!

(Spoiler alert: wheat, barley, and rye ARE not the only foods you should be eliminating to stay truly gluten-free!)

Here are some of the awesome tidbits you’re in for:

  • 3 surprising “health” foods that contain gluten
  • The difference between food allergies and food sensitivities
  • The sensitivity test that is better than the rest
  • How to find a doctor who specializes in food sensitivities
  • The baking staples that contain gluten
  • Common gluten-containing ingredients to watch out for
  • Why vinegar is never gluten free
  • Gluten free baking powders that don’t spike your glucose
  • How to find truly gluten free products
  • Whether the elimination diet is enough
  • And MUCH more!
Apr 18, 2018

Robyn Srigley is The Hormone Diva, Holistic Nutritionist and Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach. Robyn’s own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn runs a successful meal plan and group program practice where she uses diet, movement, botanicals and a self-love lifestyle to transform the lives of women with PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS, Painful Periods and much more.

This show is brimming with awesome insight so don’t miss out!

Here are just a few of the topics we covered:

  • What hormones are and why they’re important
  • What ED is and how it’s diagnosed
  • The best tests for hormones
  • Signs and symptoms of ED
  • The 4 major causes of ED
  • The major consequences of unaddressed ED
  • Why birth control is not a great idea
  • A type of food to avoid if you aren’t ovulating
  • 3 important tips for eating to balance your hormones
  • What insulin resistance is and how to know if you have it
  • One food that can boost and lower estrogen levels
  • 4 Supplements she recommends for hormonal harmony
  • A little-known lifestyle tip for balancing hormones
  • The one piece of advice she’d give to our listeners for better health
  • And much more!
Apr 11, 2018

Alex 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.

Alex is a Stanford trained epigenetic MASTER. He helped me understand that epigenetic testing (when it’s properly interpreted) is empowering because genes aren’t fixed. In fact, your genes are like light switches you can turn on and off depending on how you live your life.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Paleo foods that may be harmful if you have the Alzheimer’s gene
  • The foods that will reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s
  • The 3 types of Alzheimer’s
  • The protocol that has actually reversed Alzheimer’s
  • Whether the keto diet is helpful for those with Alzheimer’s
  • How to use intermittent fasting to prevent Alzheimer’s
  • Other genes that are associated with Alzheimer’s and how to optimize them
  • The supplement that detoxes aluminum
  • Why supplements alone aren’t the answer
  • Lifestyle suggestions to avoid Alzheimer’s
  • How much exercise is enough
  • How to increase BDNF (brain fertilizer)
  • And so much more!
Apr 4, 2018

Dr. Charles and Anna became passionate about reducing EMF exposure when their nephew, Kicker, was diagnosed with cancer just before his third birthday. I attended their presentation on EMFs during the KICKCancER conference and I still cannot believe all the awesome tips and strategies I learned! My jaw was literally open the whole time.

So if you want to know:
What EMFs are:
The health risks of EMFs
The mechanism by which EMFs are harmful
The types of cancer that seem to correlate with EMF exposure
How to safely use your cell phone
Why kids are particularly vulnerable
How to measure EMFs in your own home
Which type of baby monitors are the most dangerous
The household appliance you NEVER want by your bedroom
Why you should vacuum less
3 EMF phone shields that actually work
Supplements you can take to mitigate the exposure
2 steps you can take to reduce the EMF load in your home
Where to go to escape EMF exposure

Then drop what you’re doing and have a listen!

Mar 28, 2018

So on today’s podcast, we’re going to get allllll the juicy details from Season Johnson, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and founder of the KICK CancER movement about how she helped her son thrive through cancer when he was diagnosed with leukemia just shy of his 3rd birthday.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The incredibly nutrient dense food Kicker ate almost every day (this will shock you!)
  • How she navigated the sugar situation
  • The foods she emphasized/avoided to help him feel his best through treatment
  • Her thoughts on identifying food sensitivities and its role in cancer management
  • What the daily detox bath is and why it’s helpful
  • The essential oils she recommends to boost immunity
  • The supplements she used daily to support his little body
  • What a castor oil pack is why it’s useful
  • How to talk gracefully to your oncologist
  • And MUCH more!
Mar 21, 2018

Sarah is a functional medicine practitioner with over 10 years of experience. Her passion is helping families (especially our littles) understand the incredible importance of caring for their microbiomes. She's even developed a children's book called Buddies in My Belly that comes with plush toys like Lacti (lactobacillus) and Bifi (Bifidobacterium) and her superpower is definitely taking complex topics and making them super simple.

Which is exactly why we had to have her on the podcast!

(Aaaand just to be clear, even if you know a lot about the mircobiome, you can still learn a ton from today's chat! I learned SO much!

Here's what you're in for:

  • Fun fact about Sarah: 2:56
  • Sarah’s story: 3:51
  • What is buddies in my belly: 5:33
  • The awesome things our buddies do for us: 11:53
  • Whether our buddies can make all the B12 we need: 17:48
  • How our buddies help with brain health: 21:00
  • A supplement that can help you feel calm: 25:32
  • Why our buddies are important for weight loss: 29:09
  • The 5 steps you and your children can take to care for your buddies: 33:33
  • The weekly goal that makes your buddies thrive: 37:47
  • Her favorite probiotics: 41:20
  • Connect with Sarah: 51:41
  • And much more!
Mar 14, 2018

My love of high-quality bacon and my commitment to health lead me on a search to find the answers. Fortunately, my search leads me to the co-owner of Singing Prairie Farms, LLC and the co-founder of Roam Sticks, LLC., Holly Arbuckle. Holly is so passionate about the many benefits of pastured pork that she moved to an Amish farm (bye bye electricity) just so she could further the movement!

Sooooo if you aren't yet buying pastured pork, you're gonna want to hear what she says in today’s insightful podcast.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • The problems with conventional pork

  • Why organic pork isn't ideal

  • Why pastured pork is so hard to find

  • Why and HOW pastured pork benefits the environment

  • How to get more omega 3's in your pork
  • The fascinating experiment she’s conducting

  • How to find delicious, fermented pork sticks

  • And much more!
Mar 7, 2018

Dr. Shelese Pratt is a Naturopathic physician and an expert in neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. She uses functional medicine and her expertise in biochemistry (methylation) and physiology to help her patients get to the root cause of their symptoms through a strategic approach including nutrition (diet and nutritional supplements), botanicals, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy, and hydrotherapy.

She’s best known for her breakthrough results with complex cases like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Cerebral Palsy, PVL, Global Development Delay, Angelman Syndrome, learning difficulties (ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia), sensory processing disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, digestive system disorders/disease, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, and mood disorders.

Here are some of the nuggets you’re in for:

  • Why autism rates keep rising
  • Common symptoms of autism
  • Why there is always hope no matter what you’ve tried
  • What her success rates are (this will make you smile!)
  • Common nutrient deficiencies associated with autism
  • Why minerals matter and where you can get them
  • Why supplements can sometimes be harmful
  • What oxidative stress is and why it matters
  • Why EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) are dangerous and how to avoid them
  • The food sensitivities most commonly seen in autism
  • Her favorite supplements for autistic children
  • The supplement that can increase your picky eater’s palette
  • Why bone broth isn’t always good for autistic children
  • How to get your children to eat more veggies
  • And so much more!
Feb 28, 2018

Travis Christofferson, M.S. received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the Montana State University Honors Program and a master’s degree in Material Engineering and Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Today, he is a full-time science writer, the author of Tripping Over the Truth and founder of a cancer charity. He lives in South Dakota.

I’ve read over 50 books this year and this book was one of the best! Seriously. It reads like a novel. So if you or a loved one has cancer and you’d like to learn about cancer in a way that is entertaining rather than overwhelming don’t you DARE miss this podcast or Travis’ awesome book.

Here are some of the awesome tidbits you’re in for:

  • What the Metabolic Theory of Cancer is
  • Why this theory was swept under the rug
  • Why James Watson (the man who discovered DNA) no longer thinks cancer is a genetic disease
  • Why we know that genes are not the only drivers of cancer
  • The shocking story of how chemotherapy was adopted as a cancer treatment
  • Which types of cancer seem to respond best to the ketogenic diet
  • Why the ketogenic diet itself, may not be enough
  • Which other therapies and strategies are showing great potential
  • Whether or not keto diets should be used preventatively ]
  • Whether kids should do the ketogenic diet preventatively
  • Travis’ thoughts on the use of ketone supplements
  • If lowering blood sugar is enough to prevent and manage cancer
  • Where you can go to receive cutting-edge treatment protocols
  • What we need to change about our medical system
  • And MUCH more!
Feb 21, 2018

Stefan is the author of the best-selling Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Lifelong Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence as well as the managing director of the Paleo for Women community, and the co-host of the top 10 health podcast The Well-Fed Women Podcast.

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

  • What our menstrual cycle entails
  • How birth control works
  • The one benefit of birth control
  • The different types of birth control
  • The risks associated with birth control
  • The nutrients birth control depletes
  • Why birth control is a band-aid
  • Whether or not skipping your period is healthy
  • Her favorite forms of natural birth control
  • How to know when you’re ovulating
  • The issues with the copper IUD
  • Tips for getting clear skin
  • The supplements she recommends for clear skin
  • Her thoughts on seed cycling
  • And so much more!
Feb 14, 2018

Mira is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner who has been working with clients for over 10 years, supporting them in reaching their health goals through holistic nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and chemical cleanup. She teaches people how to navigate the grocery store’s mammoth packaged food stock, decipher confusing food labels, understand the relationship of food additives to poor health, and find real food.

We talk about how (and why!) our food supply has become so adulterated, problematic ingredients you want to be SURE to avoid, and where to begin to become a super savvy consumer.

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

  • What GRAS status really means (and why it’s not good enough!)
  • How many ingredients have NOT been properly tested for safety
  • Who is in charge of testing the safety of these ingredients (this will surprise you!)
  • The 2 kinds of ingredients you’ll want to avoid like the plague
  • The shocking paleo food that contains yellow food dyes
  • What “natural flavor” REALLY means
  • Mira’s favorite natural flavor
  • What consumers can do to change the way food manufacturers create food products
  • Why Pepsi is waiting for your input
  • Why food additives are especially harmful for our little ones
  • A hidden food additive lurking in your meat sticks (unless you only eat ours, of course!)
  • Why Mira urges consumers to be “brand DISloyal”
  • And so much more!


Feb 7, 2018

Miriam is a nutrition consultant, educator, and author specializing in the implementation of ketogenic therapies. Miriam earned her master of education (EdM) from Smith College and her master of human nutrition (MS) from Eastern Michigan University. She is board certified in nutrition (CNS) by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.  

Miriam’s knowledge base is EXTENSIVE and her passion is palpable so if you, your child or someone you know or love has cancer then PLEASE have a listen! This is life-saving information, my friends!

Here’s what you’re in for:

  • Why she’s so passionate about keto for cancer (it makes me tear up every time!)
  • The disadvantages of conventional treatment
  • What the research says about the ketogenic diet and cancer
  • Why your doctor may tell you keto (and dietary change in general) is not a good idea
  • Which types of cancer are most responsive to the ketogenic diet
  • Whether a keto diet is good for kids WITHOUT cancer
  • Why a ketogenic diet is helpful for those with cancer
  • Lifestyle strategies for kicking cancer
  • Common mistakes that keep people out of ketosis
  • How long it takes to get into ketosis
  • The best ways to measure your ketones (for kids too!)
  • The reason you may have a burning sensation in your chest on keto (and how to fix it!)
  • What your ketone levels should be if you have cancer
  • How to determine how much protein you need
  • Why tracking your food intake is VERY helpful (and the best app for doing it!)
  • Her favorite ways to get kids with cancer excited about keto
  • The best keto cookbooks for cancer
  • The supplement you DEFINITELY need in ketosis
  • And so much more!
Jan 31, 2018

Jason is the Director and Instructor of National Academy of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association accredited coursework on Heart Rate Variability. He is the Founder and CEO of Elite HRV – the Heart Rate Variability platform now used by Olympians, pro sports, doctors, first responders, and over 150,000 health and performance seekers.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this awesome and action-packed episode:

  • What HRV testing is and how it was discovered
  • The health issues HRV is linked to in the research (this will shock you!)
  • The life-threatening health condition often precipitated by a drop in HRV
  • Why Olympic athletes have been using it for YEARS
  • Why Jason thinks HRV is the mother of ALL biomarkers (and why I agree!)
  • The link between HRV and inflammation
  • How and When to measure your HRV
  • What your HRV can tell you about food sensitivities
  • Why HRV can help you dial in your diet
  • How to determine whether your HRV is in a good range
  • Whether or not your HRV should always be high
  • The simplest devices for measuring HRV
  • Supplements that raise HRV
  • Lifestyle factors that raise HRV
  • How to become and HRV pro
  • And much, MUCH more!
Jan 24, 2018

Dr. Mona Morstein is a naturopathic physician with a medical practice focused in integrative diabetes treatment. Her clinic, Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions, is located in Tempe, Arizona, where she sees patients of all ages and genders for acute and chronic conditions. An expert on prediabetes and diabetes, she is a frequent lecturer at conferences and webinars and is the founder and executive director of The Low Carb Diabetes Association.

Dr. Mona knows has been helping people manage their diabetes for over 25 years so listen in and learn what it takes to keep your diabetes (and blood sugar) under control.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The many types of diabetes
  • The pitfalls of conventional diabetes treatment
  • Whether or not type 1 diabetes is manageable
  • The food that you’ll definitely want to eliminate to prevent type 1 diabetes
  • The type of diabetes that’s often misdiagnosed
  • The test you need to determine if you’ve been misdiagnosed
  • The dietary approach (es) that’s helped Mona manage diabetes successfully for over 25 years!
  • The downside to vegan diets for children
  • What your blood sugar numbers mean
  • The shortcoming of HA1C measurements
  • A new and improved test for glucose management
  • What the “dawn phenomenon” is and how to fix it!
  • The link between diabetes and oral health
  • Whether or not she recommends a keto diet for diabetics
  • LIfestyle strategies for managing diabetes
  • The shocking link between poor sleep and diabetes
  • The best diabetes supplement on the market
  • And SO much more!
Jan 17, 2018

Monica Berg is the author of Fear Is Not an Option and serves as Chief Communications Officer for Kabbalah Centre International. She lives in New York with her husband Michael and their children David, Joshua, Miriam, and Abigail. Authentic and fearless, she reminds us of our extraordinary potential and pushes us onward with compassion and understanding. While informed by her many years of kabbalistic study, Monica also draws heavily on her own personal life experiences.

She battled and overcame a debilitating eating disorder at a young age, and as a mother of four children, one of whom has special needs, she has become an outspoken advocate for him and others struggling to find their voice. Monica Berg, a self-professed Change Junkie, shares her combination of wisdom and real-life awareness with talks found compelling to a wide range of men and women at different stages in their lives. She leads people to not only see how they can change (change is the only constant in life) but inspires them to get excited about a lifestyle of change.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The 3 types of fear
  • How to tell the difference between fear and intuition
  • A daily practice for strengthening your intuition
  • Why “bad luck” is often just fear
  • What fear steals from us
  • The difference between a fixed and growth mindset
  • The link between fear and health
  • Why what we eat affects fear
  • The steps we can take to eradicate fear
  • What I need to do to get over my fear of being alone
  • What trimtabs are and why they matter
  • Why fear is actually a GIFT
  • And MUCH more!
Jan 10, 2018

Shana Ekedal is a trailblazer in the area of mind, body, and spirit wellness. She is the creator of the Intuitive Frequency Coaching method, which blends intuitive insights with actionable steps to clear unconscious patterns, heals body and mind, accesses inner guidance and creates a powerful life. Shana is the host of Be Well Live, a show dedicated to empowering people to live authentically and The Soul Frequency Show podcast dedicated to helping people raise their vibrational frequency. Her guests include NYT bestselling authors, celebrities, and holistically minded visionaries.

Shana knows all about what it takes to get unstuck and this podcast will change your life!

Shana knows all about what it takes to get unstuck and this podcast will change your life!

Here are some of the nuggets you’re in for:

  • Her “secret sauce” to finding happiness and lasting health
  • Why Albert Einstein says your “energy” matters
  • What the “creation equation” is and how you can use it to cultivate a beautiful life
  • How to know if you’re due for a breakthrough
  • Her 4 step process for lasting health and happiness
  • How to find your truth and why it’s imperative for lasting health
  • Why we often live out of alignment with our truth
  • How to begin living your truth
  • What to do when uncomfortable emotions arise
  • The difference between release and letting go
  • What to do when you’ve hit rock bottom
  • Why ALIGNMENT (her final step) is critical even though most people skip it
  • What to say to the people in your life who are trying to keep you down
  • And SO much more!
Jan 3, 2018

Dr. Stephanie Davis, DC, received her doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Prior to chiropractic school, she was a microbiology and biochemistry research scientist for several corporations and the University of Minnesota. She has extensive post-graduate training in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Kalish Mentorship Program, the Hashimoto’s Institute, and Ben Lynch’s Seeking Health Educational Institute, in constant search for more tools to help patients achieve their health goals.

Dr. Davis is WONDERFUL and full of information that will change the way you view your skin condition forever. She’s healed her own skin conditions and now she’s ready to help heal YOURS.

So listen in and discover:

  • How to know if you have eczema
  • The root cause of eczema
  • The problems with topical treatments
  • The best 6 foods to eliminate for eczema remission
  • How to circumvent a flare up
  • The most common nutrient deficiencies associated with eczema
  • Her favorite eczema-healing supplements
  • The #1 trigger for eczema in her practice
  • The natural topical products she recommends for eczema
  • And much more!
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