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Author: Everyday Wellness: Cynthia Thurlow, NP

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Welcome to the Everyday Wellness podcast with Cynthia Thurlow! Cynthia is a mom of 2 boys, wife, nurse practitioner, and intermittent fasting and nutrition expert. She has over 20 years experience in emergency medicine and cardiology, but pivoted to focus on food as medicine. She loves to share science-backed practical information to improve your overall well being and is grateful to be interviewing leaders in the health and wellness field. Her goal with Everyday Wellness is to help her listeners make simple changes to their everyday lives that will result in improved overall wellness and long term health.

170 Episodes
I am excited to have Courtney Contos joining me today! After years of working in restaurants, cooking, and sixteen years of teaching cooking, Courtney realized that she could probably cook most anything - even without a recipe. But, what she did not know until recently was how to nourish herself. Food is information. After suffering for 12 years with chronic debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and being told she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, Courtney reversed her symptoms. She now helps people as a board-certified health coach specializing in functional medicine. Autoimmune diseases and disorders happen when our immune system mistakenly attacks our bodies, and the onset is usually triggered by childhood trauma, a stressful event, or antibiotic therapy. Autoimmune conditions can be systemic, localized, or both, and they tend to impact women twice as often as they do men. Some other common autoimmune disorders include psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.  In this episode, Courtney shares her story and talks about healing autoimmunity with nutrition. Stay tuned to find out more! IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Courtney’s traumatic childhood led to her developing chronic and debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Traditional, western medicine does not do a great job with the prevention and management of chronic diseases. The point at which Courtney started thinking outside of the box about her condition. The changes Courtney made with her nutrition, that allowed her to heal. The benefits of starting your day with a bowl of bone broth. The various tests that you should have done to determine your nutrient deficiencies and autoimmune triggers. Some of the foods Courtney finds the most healing. The importance of pattern interrupting and trying new things. Some tips to make bitter vegetables taste more delicious. Planning your meals will help you make your cooking more interesting. Courtney talks about herbs and spices. Some tips for controlling the variables when you’re eating out. Some lifestyle choices can help you on your healing journey. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Courtney Contos On her website On Instagram  Book mentioned: When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate
I am delighted today to be interviewing Dr. Casey Means! She is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of the metabolic health company Levels, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a Lecturer at Stanford University. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tools that can help facilitate a deep understanding of our bodies and inform personalized and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. Dr. Means was recently featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.  Dr. Means has an interesting story to tell. She trained as a surgeon and an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Her interest in the impact of diet, lifestyle, and nutrition on people’s foundational health started at a relatively young age. She began focusing on nutrigenomics when she was still an undergraduate student at Stanford. It was an exciting time at Stanford because the human genome project was happening, and 23andMe was going online. She enjoyed learning about the correlation between nutritional compounds and gene expression and finding out that our genes are a blueprint and not our destiny. Dr. Means is joining me today to talk about metabolic dysfunction and using continuous glucose monitors for facilitating your personalized diet. Stay tuned to find out more! IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Means talks about how her journey started and how she became interested in the impact of diet, lifestyle, and nutrition on people’s foundational health. The shocking amount of refined sugar that gets consumed by the average American each year and the impact that has on their metabolic health. What chronic inflammation is, what it does in the body at the cellular level, and why that is so detrimental. What happens in your body when you are overfed, when your blood sugar stays elevated over time, and when your insulin is kept high. What you should, and should not eat to maintain your metabolic flexibility. The benefits of fasting. Some practical ways of pairing proteins to help reduce blood sugar fluctuations. The impact of sex hormones on blood sugar control. What a continuous glucose monitor is and how it works. Why you need to know what’s going on in your gut microbiome. Why long-term adherence to a low carb or keto diet can cause reverse metabolic inflexibility. The correlation between blood sugar instability and debilitating hot flashes in women in perimenopause or menopause. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn    Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Casey Means On her website    Dr. Casey’s blog On Instagram @drcaseyskitchen and @levels On Twitter @drcaseyskitchen and @levels
I am delighted to have Dr. Benjamin Bikman back on the podcast today! He was with us once before in Episode 114, where he spoke about the role of insulin resistance, metabolic health, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ben is the author of a book I frequently recommend, called Why We Get Sick.  It can be quite challenging for many women to maintain a healthy weight and good metabolic health after about forty years of age. Just about all of our fat cells are made during childhood and puberty, and when we reach our sixties or seventies, the number of our fat cells starts to decline. Insulin plays a vital role in how fat cells can change and respond to sex hormones. In this episode, Dr. Ben talks about insulin, fat cells, and sex hormones in women. Stay tuned for more! Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and associate professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the role of elevated insulin in regulating obesity and diabetes, including the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Ben explains why insulin is such an important topic for women, especially as they get older. The role of insulin in terms of how fat cells can change and respond to sex hormones. How estrogens protect women against too much fat. Why you need to be mindful about certain plant-based foods and the plastics, detergents, and chemicals we use. Why animal protein is undeniably superior to plant protein. Why your diet does not require carbohydrates even though some cells need glucose. The effects of seed oils and carbohydrates on insulin resistance. How digestion relates to insulin resistance and insulin instability. Vitamin D deficiency will contribute to insulin resistance. Why you need to know what your fasting insulin number is. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Connect with Dr. Benjamin Bikman On his Insulin IQ website On the getHLTH website On Instagram
I am excited to have the total badass, Dr. Jaime Seeman, joining me as my guest for today’s show! In addition to being an integrative medicine OB-GYN, a wife, and a mom, Dr. Seeman is on the Titan Games and was crowned Mrs. Nebraska in 2020!   Dr. Seeman was infatuated with the human body while growing up, so her mom, who was her role model, encouraged her to become a doctor. After getting a degree in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Dr. Seeman went on to graduate medical school, where she completed her OB-GYN residency. Dr. Seeman is challenging some of the more common notions about women’s health issues. In this episode, she talks about PCOS, overcoming insulin resistance, improving your metabolic health, hormone replacement therapy, postmenopausal bone health, and gaining control of your life with good nutrition. Stay tuned for more! Dr. Jaime Seeman is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, practicing in Omaha, Nebraska. Born and raised in the state, she played collegiate softball for the Cornhuskers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences. After that, she went to graduate medical school and completed her OB-GYN residency at The University of Nebraska Medical Center. She currently has a private practice at Mid City OB-GYN. She offers a full range of services in obstetrics, gynecology, robotic surgery, and primary care. She completed her fellowship in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona School of Medicine. She is a board-certified ketogenic nutrition specialist through The American Nutrition Association. She has a passion for fitness, preventative medicine, and ketogenic therapy not only in her medical practice but in her own life. She is married to her husband, Ben, a police Sergeant, and has three young daughters. Dr. Seeman was also Mrs. Nebraska 2020, finished Top 15 at Mrs. America 2021, and appeared on NBC Titan games with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Seeman talks about her eating habits after she transitioned from being a collegiate athlete to becoming a medical student. What PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is, how it affects women, and some common misconceptions about it. How PCOS can be treated nutritionally. How and when the nutritional piece started coming together for Dr. Seeman. Overcoming insulin resistance. How women are doing things differently now compared with twenty or thirty years ago, as they transition into perimenopause. The benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Seeman talks about different vaginal rejuvenation therapies. How low-carb and keto diets impact thyroid health. How to maintain bone health after menopause. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Jaime Seeman Her website Follow Dr. Seeman on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter
I am delighted to have Dr. Eric Balcavage back on the show with us today! He appeared on the podcast once before, in Episode 105, where he spoke about thyroid physiology and chronic illness. Due to the enormous demand, we invited him to join us on the podcast once again to talk about thyroid function. Dr. Eric is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He is also the co-host of Thyroid Answers Podcast, where he focuses on answering the pressing questions of those suffering from chronic hypothyroidism symptoms. He recently co-authored a book called Thyroid Debacle. In this episode, Dr. Eric and I take a deeper dive into thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, and chronic illnesses. We talk about the signs and symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, fat malabsorption, and the use of synthetic versus non-synthetic thyroid medications. We also discuss why people can have lab values suggestive of them being persistently hypothyroid despite their use of escalating doses of medications. Stay tuned today to learn what stops the thyroid from functioning optimally and find out what you can do to maintain a healthier thyroid. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: The physiology of the thyroid. Some things that could impact the conversion from inactive to active thyroid hormone. Seed oils, and the association between thyroid physiology, thyroid glands, and cells. Why is it possible to have hypothyroid or hyperthyroid signs and symptoms when there is nothing wrong with the thyroid gland? Why forcing extra thyroid hormone into the bloodstream does not mean that you will optimize the cell function. Why does lab work have to be properly evaluated and interpreted? The last point at which hypothyroidism could be reversed. The use of synthetic thyroid medications versus non-synthetic medications. Is it normal to have insomnia after changing your thyroid medication? The connection between HDL and fat malabsorption. Thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s. Dr. Eric shares his take on how iodine relates to thyroid function. Why do people tend to feel cold when they have an underactive thyroid? Intermittent fasting for perimenopausal and menopausal women with an underactive thyroid. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Eric Balcavage On his website The Thyroid Answers Podcast    Follow on Instagram and Twitter
I am thrilled to have the Menopause Fitness Expert, Debra Atkinson, joining me today! Debra is the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl and Hot, Not Bothered. She is also the host of the Flipping 50 podcast with over 1 million downloads and the TEDx talk Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie. Debra is a 37-year fitness expert, prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology, and founder of Flipping 50, the first and only online fitness membership dedicated exclusively to women in menopause.  There is a common misconception that everyone should exercise in the same way. People tend to believe that because many authorities in the fitness industry are still operating on guidelines and position statements that view men and women of all ages as a collective. In reality, no one fits the norm. Women in menopause might not even be in the same place right now as they were six months ago, or where they will be, three to six months from now. Stay tuned today to get Debra’s insightful recommendations for navigating where you are and selecting a diet and exercise strategy to suit you as an individual. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Why do women approaching menopause need to exercise differently? Some of the physical changes that happen as women mature. The kind of exercise that helps with muscle development and the kind that helps with bone density. The importance of getting the right nutrition and enough sleep as you approach menopause. Why you need to tune into the feedback that your body is giving you. Reversing the effects of aging with strength training. How to gauge the right intensity for stimulating muscle growth. The best exercises for middle-aged women looking to lose body fat. The supplements that Debra most often recommends for her clients. How the loss of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone manifests in women approaching menopause. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Debra Atkinson Follow Debra on Facebook and Instagram Debra’s website Flipping50 HNB 10 DAY Challenge  The challenge offers a daily workout (or recovery) video PLUS an audio recording telling them exactly how what they'll do positively influences hormones. Those who get in early get access to mobility videos and "how-to" videos so they'll feel good even before it starts and complete with greater success.  Check it out here:   Hot, Not Bothered! Challenge
Today, I am excited to welcome Junaid Kalmadi as my guest! Junaid is the founder & CEO of Farmers Juice, which delivers organic cold-pressed juices and wellness shots, including keto-friendly options, at nearly half the cost of a juice shop. The juice stays fresh for thirty days, using an innovative technology called HPP.  Farmers Juice has developed the world’s first keto-friendly and functional green juice line that includes adaptogens, antioxidants, and mushrooms to boost focus, calm, and athletic performance. Their mission is to make the highest quality cold-pressed juicing affordable, support the human rights of 2.4 million farmers in the US, and champion the next generation of farming with regenerative agriculture. Stay tuned today to hear about Junaid’s journey, and learn how to upgrade your diet by incorporating cold-pressed juices into your lifestyle. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: What motivated Junaid to jump into the entrepreneurial space and get to where he is today. How the Standard American Diet (“SAD”) impacted Junaid’s mental, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing. How Junaid managed to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle habits and improve his mental health when he was in college. Why you should care about soil. Why Junaid focuses on supporting the farmers. What you need to be looking for when purchasing a good quality cold-pressed juice. What cold-pressing does to fruit and vegetables. How you can prevent food waste in your home. The daily rituals that Junaid recommends for grounding yourself and helping you to evolve as an individual. What prompted Junaid to create a line specifically for carb and keto-conscious individuals. How to home-blend a delicious and nutritious smoothie.  Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Connect with Junaid Kalmadi On his website On Facebook, and Instagram Get five dollars off your juice here. Use the coupon code CYNTHIA at checkout
I am delighted to have Dr. Gil Blander, an internationally recognized anti-aging researcher, joining me on the show today! Gil has a background in the basic biology of aging and translating his discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. He received a Ph.D. in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. He has been featured In CNN Money, The New York Times, Forbes, The Financial Times, and The Boston Globe. There are many connections between Gil’s childhood in Israel and his quest for longevity. One of his relatives passed away when he was twelve years old. When that happened, Gil realized that he would not live forever. It worried him, and that concern stimulated his interest in longevity and aging and prompted him to study biology, do a Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science, spend five years at MIT in the best lab to study aging, and found InsideTracker. Listen in today to find out all you need to know about the lifestyle choices that will promote anti-aging and longevity. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN Gil shares his background. What prompted Gil to leave the lab at MIT to go into the private sector. How and why caloric restriction extends our lifespan. How Gil transitioned from academia into the private sector. Gil explains what happens in the body when calories are restricted. How Gil managed to find the best blood biomarkers for longevity,   performance, and wellness. How Gil found the interventions to optimize anti-aging blood biomarkers. How nutrition and lifestyle changes can aid longevity. How the InsideTracker process works, and why it utilizes blood rather than saliva or urine for the testing. Gill talks about bio-individuality and clarifies some of the confusion often associated with epigenetic testing. Foods that promote or prevent longevity. The lifestyle choices that are essential for anti-aging and longevity. Gil talks about supplements. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Gil Blander (InsideTracker) On the website – Save 25% on Inside Tracker by using this referral link! On Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn,   and Twitter Book mentioned: Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To  by Dr. David Sinclair
Today, the amazing, smart, and talented Melanie Avalon joins me once again! Melanie is a SAG-AFTRA actress, author of What When Wine: Lose Weight and Feel Great with Paleo-Style Meals, Intermittent Fasting, and Wine, host of the top iTunes podcasts The Melanie Avalon Biohacking Podcast, and The Intermittent Fasting Podcast with Gin Stephens, and she has appeared on this podcast twice before. Melanie is certified as a wine specialist by the WSET and as a holistic nutritionist by the AFPA. She is also a member of MENSA. Melanie developed the top iTunes app, “Food Sense Guide", to help those with food sensitivities, and she currently runs three rapidly growing Facebook groups. A few months ago, Melanie and I had a long conversation and decided to do two episodes at the same time. The first was Episode 143, which aired in April. In that episode, we focused on biohacking, for which Melanie is well-known. For today’s episode, we pivot and focus on blood sugar dysregulation. Melanie and I will bring you up to speed with everything you need to know about managing your blood sugar, tapping into the intrinsic hormonal regulation in your body, and ensuring that your blood sugar is well supported. Stay tuned for more!  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How Melanie first became interested in the science of dieting. Melanie talks about metabolic flexibility, the amount of energy stored in our body fat, and the purpose of insulin. Why your bio-individuality needs to be taken into account when figuring out the best diet. What a continuous glucose monitor is, what it does, and the benefits of using it. Why Melanie decided to bring carbs back into her diet. Why Melanie feels that the definitions of low fat, high carb versus a high fat, low carb are so important. Dairy is a hormonal food designed for growth. Melanie talks about the Lumen, which is one of the easiest biohacking devices to use. Melanie discusses the Biosense ketone meter. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Melanie Avalon On Facebook or PaleoOMAD, or Clean Beauty and Safe Skin Care  On Twitter  On her website The Intermittent Fasting Podcast The Melanie Avalon Biohacking Podcast Books mentioned:  The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
I am happy to have Dr. Robert Lustig joining me today! He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976 and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the recently-released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine. Many people assume that any food sold in the grocery store is healthy. But the truth is that most of the food-like substances that people are consuming today are far from real, and they do not metabolically support either a healthy body or a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lustig lived in the ecosystem of modern medicine for forty years. Then, after doing some research, he saw that the data he was generating did not conform to the party line. So, in 2007, he started speaking out about what he thought to be the biggest problem in nutrition- sugar. Stay tuned to find out how Dr. Lustig is debunking modern medicine and chronic disease, and learn what you can do to navigate the modern-day nutritional battlefield. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: What Dr. Lustig discovered when he started doing research. Why Dr. Lustig wrote his first book, Fat Chance. The difference between nutrition and food science. How most food has become poison. Why the concept of calories should be disregarded. Dr. Lustig talks about leptin resistance and explains what you can do to overcome it. Why eighty-eight percent of Americans have metabolic dysfunction. Dr. Lustig explains what we need to eat to have a healthy diet. Dr. Lustig shares his proposed definition of healthy. The importance of fiber. The problem with Big Pharma. Dr. Lustig explains why food subsidies do not make sense. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Lustig On his website  Get his new book here!  On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
The pandemic has changed so much for so many of us. Our children are growing up facing unforeseen challenges, and many of us feel uncertain and fearful about what lies ahead. Human beings were never meant to be alone. Yet today, people are suffering from social isolation, a lack of contact, and not touching or connecting physically with anyone. I am happy to have Jon Levy joining me as my guest for today! Jon is a behavioral scientist best known for his work in influencing, human connection, and decision making. More than a decade ago, Jon founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience for industry leaders ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, and executives, to artists, musicians, and even the occasional princess. With thousands of members, Influencers is the largest community of its type worldwide.  In Levy’s latest book, You’re Invited, readers are guided through the art and science of creating deep and meaningful connections with anyone, regardless of their stature or celebrity. The book demonstrates how we develop influence, gain trust, and build community so that we can impact our communities and achieve that which is important to us. In this episode, Jon talks about the impact that the pandemic has had on our society, and discusses the effect it has had on people's wellbeing, happiness, and longevity. Be sure to stay tuned today to find out what you can do to improve your current situation, create more connectedness in your life, adapt to this ever-changing world, and help your children to thrive going forward into the future. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN Jon discusses the impact of the loneliness and lack of physical connection that so many of us are experiencing now due to the pandemic. Jon shares some of the foremost predictors of human longevity. Anti-fragility is a critical characteristic of humans. Jon explains why building and retaining a social muscle is vital. What happens to people when they spend several hours per day on social media. Jon discusses the trade-offs that we have to make to live long and happy lives. Experience post-traumatic growth rather than post-traumatic stress. Jon explains how to foster a sense of connection with others as things start to open up again after fifteen months of isolation. Jon explains what bonds us as humans. Vulnerability builds trust and strengthens relationships. Knowing where to draw the line when giving to others is vital. Jon discusses the big issue with behavioral change. Creating more connectedness in your life. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Jon Levy On his website     On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Additional Social Handles: @JonLevyTLB on Clubhouse    Jon’s new book: You're Invited: The Art & Science of Cultivating Influence Book mentioned: The Rabbit Effect by Kelli Harding
I’m excited to have Lara Adler as my guest for today’s show! Lara is an Environmental Toxins Expert and Educator. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, who teaches health coaches, nutritionists, and other holistic health practitioners how to eliminate the number one thing holding their clients back from the results they are seeking- the unaddressed link between chemicals and chronic health problems. Lara trains practitioners to become experts in everyday toxic exposures so they can improve client outcomes without spending hundreds of hours researching on their own. The information about environmental toxins that Lara will be sharing today is vital for you, the listeners, on many different levels. People are often surprised to learn that there is not much protection in the US, even though we have federal agencies designed to protect consumers. Even from my perspective, as a savvy, allopathic, western medicine, functionally-trained nurse practitioner, I learned a lot from Lara that I did not know before, so stay tuned today to hear about the nasty truth behind environmental toxins. This episode is important, so be sure to listen to it several times, take actionable steps, and share it with your loved ones!  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN Lara discusses the scope of the issue of environmental toxins. Why the products in the marketplace are not guaranteed to be safe. Our skin is our largest organ, yet most people don’t even think of skin as an organ. We absorb many of the chemicals and compounds that we put on our skin. How the levels of chemicals, and the associations between chemical exposures and certain illnesses or outcomes, are determined. Lara talks about what sparked her interest in the area of environmental toxins. Lara talks about endocrine-disrupting chemicals. She explains what they are and why we need to be concerned about them. Lara talks about phthalates and some of the other more common obesogens. We need to be a voice for others and protect those who have no access to workable solutions or organic food. How to make meaningful changes, starting with things that are free and easy. The problem with non-stick cookware. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lara shares some healthy resources. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Connect with Lara Adler On her website On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Resources: Watch “The Devil We Know” and “Dark Waters” on Netflix. Lara has curated several shopping guides on her website.
I am delighted to have Phoebe Lapine joining me as my guest for today’s show! Phoebe is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness personality, culinary instructor, award-winning blogger, recipe developer, Hashimoto’s advocate, prior podcast host, and speaker. She was born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat.  Many people suffer from the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for years without ever getting the right treatment or knowing that their symptoms might be caused by something much deeper. Sixty percent of IBS is caused by SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), which is Phoebe’s area of expertise. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings around SIBO because it is so nuanced. Phoebe is joining me today to shed some light on the topic. She will explain how to uncover the root causes of SIBO and discuss the connection between SIBO and thyroid issues. She will also talk about finding the best diet for healing IBS and tell us which ones work best. Be sure to stay tuned for more!  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Where Phoebe’s passionate interest in SIBO first started. What SIBO is. The physical symptoms that could result from SIBO. Phoebe explains what happens when the gut does not move things along as it should. Phoebe talks about the correlation between old injuries, abdominal surgery, and developing SIBO. Although food poisoning might seem innocuous, it could cause problems down the line. Why thyroid replacement therapy puts people at risk for SIBO. The vicious cycle between hormone levels and gut health. Phoebe talks about testing for SIBO. The different types of SIBO. How lifestyle choices can impact recovery from SIBO. The power of the mind-gut connection. Some suggestions for relieving the pain, gas, and bloating associated with SIBO. Phoebe talks about the benefits of the Low FODMAP Diet for SIBO. Ways to use your diet as a tool for overcoming leaky gut. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Phoebe Lapine Follow Phoebe on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Phoebe’s website Order Phoebe’s books, SIBO Made Simple, or The Wellness Project
I am excited to welcome Dr. Sylvia Tara today as my guest for the show! Dr. Tara was driven to research fat, science, and lifestyle after she finally got fed up with eating less and exercising more than her slimmer friends throughout her life. Her experiences told her there was more to weight loss than just “calories in, calories out.” As a biochemist, she was driven to get to the bottom of fat’s mysteries and the reasons it vexes us. In her best-selling book, The Secret Life of Fat, she reveals the complex biology of fat, how it resists loss, and what to do to remove stubborn fat.  Dr. Tara holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After trying dozens of different diets and failing with all of them, she started using every tool at her disposal, talking to researchers, and reading as many research papers as possible to learn the truth about fat and find out why she had so much difficulty losing weight. What she learned was surprising, and it answered all of her questions. Be sure to listen in today to find out what Dr. Tara discovered about fat and the way it functions. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Tara talks about her book, The Secret Life of Fat, and discusses her motivation for writing it. The most surprising aspect of fat. Dr. Tara talks about leptin and the communication between fat tissue and the brain. Why it is so hard for some people to lose weight, and what you need to be mindful of to be a successful dieter. Dr. Tara shares some strategies for maintaining weight loss. Dr. Tara has recently launched a course to help people navigate through the science of fat. There are reproductive differences that women experience as they age that impact their ability to lose weight. The many benefits of exercise for women as they age. The importance of maintaining a healthy layer of fat as you age. Certain viruses can be correlated to fat and can cause a higher risk of obesity. Navigating your way around the endocrine-mimicking chemicals that we are often exposed to environmentally or through food. Some of the genetic propensities that make some people more susceptible to gaining weight. Dr. Tara talks about the bacteria in the gut biome that can impact the ability to gain or lose weight and what you can do to control it. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Sylvia Tara The Secret Life of Fat Website On Facebook      The Secret Life of Fat on Amazon
I am excited to welcome a fellow nurse practitioner, Dr. Stephanie Gray, as my guest for today’s show!  Stephanie Gray, DNP, MS, ARNP, AGNP-C, ABAAHP, FAARFM, is a functional medicine provider who helps men and women build sustainable and optimal health and longevity so that they can focus on what matters most to them!   Stephanie helps women in mid-life, who feel like their bodies have betrayed them, step back into their bodies by restoring optimal hormone levels so they can regain their sleep, figure, mood, and feel amazing once again. She is known for keeping hormone replacement therapy sexy, safe, and effective. Stephanie saw a lot of incontinence while doing her graduate training in nursing homes. She realized that urinary incontinence was the primary reason for people being admitted to long-term care facilities. So she learned the art of pessary fitting, and through that, discovered that there were non-surgical and non-pharmacological options for urinary incontinence. Those options helped people regain some dignity and allowed them to stay in their own homes. Stephanie decided that there had to be a similar approach for every other condition, so she sought out the necessary training, became a nurse practitioner, and started a practice of her own. Be sure to listen in today, to hear Stephanie’s story, and learn all you need to know about hormones and hormone therapy. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Stephanie discusses what motivated her to focus on hormone therapy. Stephanie’s health journey led her along the route of learning functional medicine, which involved optimizing her hormones. The first signs of hormonal imbalance in the body, which could tip people off that there is something wrong. Stephanie discusses pellets, BiEst, and TriEst and talks about the age at which people can start using hormone therapy safely, and the length of time that hormone therapy can continue being used. Some of the reasons for women getting hot flashes. Stephanie discusses the tests that she prefers for her patients. Stephanie explains why it is vital to find someone who can test your hormone levels effectively. Stephanie talks about hormones, bone density, osteoporosis, and osteopenia. The difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormone medications. Stephanie explains what having a hysterectomy represents for a woman. Some tips to help middle-aged women to optimize their estrogen metabolism. Stephanie owns Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic in Hiawatha, Iowa. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Stephanie Gray The website for her book podcast/blog/supplements The Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Website On Social media: stephaniegraydnp Resources: Thanks10 will provide 10% off purchases at (including Stephanie’s book, Your Longevity Blueprint.) If you purchase Stephanie’s book, she has 2 free pdfs, a quick start guide, and a pdf of questionnaires to help you determine where you need to start. Go to
Today, I am delighted to have Dr. Debi Silber joining me as my guest! Debi is a holistic psychologist and an expert in health, mindset, and personal development. She is the author of the #1 bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind, and Life After a Life Crisis. Her recent Ph.D. study on how women experience betrayal made three ground-breaking discoveries that change how long it takes to heal. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx, and more, Debi is an award-winning speaker, coach, and author dedicated to helping women move past their betrayals, once and for all. Almost everyone has experienced an issue of betrayal at some point in their life. Every relationship, whether with a partner, parent, friend, or co-worker, has rules that are either spoken or unspoken. Betrayal involves breaking one of those rules, and the more we trust someone and depend on them, the deeper the betrayal, so when someone you trust shatters your sense of safety and security, it is traumatizing, and lots of cleaning up become necessary. Be sure to listen in today to find out how unhealed betrayal can impact your health, work, and relationships, and learn what you can do about it. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Debi unpacks what betrayal is, why it hurts, what it impacts, and what it creates. There is a physical component to a betrayal that could be even stronger than the emotional component. Debi talks about two ways that people tend to go about dealing with betrayal. You can use your experience of betrayal to help the next generation. Debi shares some statistics related to physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of a betrayal. Some of the findings from the study Debi did on betrayal for her Ph.D. Debi explains why you need to find the right person to speak to about your traumatic experience. Debi discusses the five stages, from betrayal to breakthrough, talks about where people tend to get stuck, and explains how to move from one stage to the next. Debi explains how she determines whether or not people are ready to move forward in their process. Debi unpacks Post Betrayal Syndrome and Post Betrayal Transformation. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Debi Silber On her website
I am delighted to have Dr. Alan Christianson joining me as my guest for today’s show! Dr. Christianson is a Board-Certified Naturopathic Endocrinologist who focuses on thyroid care. He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose recent titles include The Thyroid Reset Diet. Dr. Christianson is the founding president behind the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American College of Thyroidology. He has featured in countless media appearances, including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Today Show. Although tons of information about thyroid conditions is available out there, it can be confusing because so much of it is conflicting. Recent findings have shown that much of what we believed to be true in the past has changed. Thyroid disease has also changed. Thyroid cancers, the prevalence of thyroid treatment, and diagnoses for chronic disease have all tripled over the last couple of decades. Fortunately, Dr. Christianson is an incredible resource! He is joining us today to dive into some of the recent discoveries about the causes of thyroid disease and share some encouraging findings. Stay tuned to learn more! IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Christianson talks about the changes that have been happening regarding thyroid disease over the last twenty years. Dr. Christianson talks about the most important factor for the increase in thyroid disease over the last couple of decades. Understanding it can offer a solution for many people. How the thyroid works, its physiology, and how iodine interacts with it. Why there is so much iodine in dairy products. Dr. Christianson talks about the shift that took place around the mid-1980s that is relevant to thyroid disease. Everything related to iodine in our body gets filtered through the thyroid function. What you need to be aware of and understand to make educated decisions about the products you use. What almost everyone with thyroid problems can do to normalize their thyroid function in a very short time. Dr. Christianson shares some encouraging findings regarding over and underactive thyroid function. Dr. Christianson talks about thyroid medicines. Things you should take into account when having a thyroid test. What you can do to help support your body. The various factors that work together to exacerbate thyroid function. Lifestyle factors that impact thyroid function. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Connect with Dr. Alan Christianson On Facebook On Instagram On Pinterest On YouTube On his website
I am delighted to have the opportunity to connect with Trina Felber today! Trina is the Creator and CEO of Primal Life Organics, a premier, all-natural dental care company that focuses on oral health as the gateway to internal health. She is a long-standing nurse anesthetist, a mom, and a wife.  Trina believes that the antiseptic products we use in our mouths are doing us more harm than good. She pivoted to become an oral health expert after more than 25 years as a registered nurse. She created natural products to biohack your dental health for stronger, cleaner, whiter teeth and improved overall health. There is so much value in what Trina has to share today! This episode will blow your mind and completely change your perspective on dental health and dental care, so be sure to listen in!  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN Trina explains how she transitioned from being a nurse anesthetist to becoming an oral health care guru. Trina discusses Weston A. Price and his theories on the relationship between nutrition, dental health, and physical health. Trina talks about dental health, the anatomy of teeth, how cavities happen, and why we become prone to staining, decay, and plaque. Some tips to help you protect your teeth. The effects that wearing a mask can have on your oral health. The impact that the ingredients in commercially made toothpaste and mouthwashes have on the mouth and gut biomes. The three things that any dental product that you use needs to do. Why you should not use toothpaste that contains glycerine. How various types of light therapy can whiten your teeth and prevent inflammation. Why you should not use peroxide to whiten your teeth. Trina talks about skincare products. Some tips to set yourself up for success after eating acidic foods. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Connect with Trina Felber On her website On Facebook On Instagram Links: Facelift Kit Dental Detox Kit LED Teeth Whitener
I am delighted today to have Dr. Jade Teta as my guest! He is an integrative physician, author, and expert in natural health, fitness, metabolism, and self-development. He spent the last 25 years immersed in the study of strength and conditioning, hormonal metabolism, and the psychology of change and success. He recently started a new company, Next Level Human. It combines his medical and fitness knowledge with his expertise in self-development and mindset change. He writes and lectures extensively to healthcare professionals and the public about lifestyle medicine, natural health, and mindset change.  Hormonal health and metabolic issues are an enormous pain point for many of my followers and the women in my program. Making lifestyle shifts can be very valuable in helping us develop healthy metabolic habits and easing us through the changes that both men and women tend to go through in middle age. Join us on the show today to hear Dr. Teta’s story and learn about some lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your metabolic processes and better your hormonal health.    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr. Teta talks about his journey that began at fifteen and his pivot into the hormonal health and metabolism space. How females were under-represented in the research community before 2001. Dr. Teta discusses some of the changes that occur in women who are older than thirty-five, which made him start second-guessing his original methodology and philosophies around weight loss and nutrition. How estrogen and progesterone affect what Dr. Teta refers to as SHMEC (Sleep, Hunger, Mood, Energy, and Cravings). A simple analogy to help you understand estrogen and progesterone. How biofeedback signals can help you to understand your metabolism. Dr. Teta shares what he has found to work best for most women as a different approach to exercise. Why calories matter. Dr. Teta shares his take on eating for satiety versus eating for calories and marrying macros. Most people only focus on diet and exercise without accounting for stress and movement. Dr. Teta talks about buffer foods and trigger foods. Dr. Teta discusses his strategy for helping women find the diet that works best for them. Dr. Teta talks about intermittent fasting. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Dr. Teta Teta On his website On Instagram        The Next Level Human Podcast
I am excited today to be joined by Marty Kendall. Marty is an engineer who seeks to optimize nutrition using a data-driven approach. His interest in nutrition began eighteen years ago to help his wife Monica gain better control of her Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, he has worked to develop a systematized approach to nutrition tailored for a wide range of goals. Marty has been sharing his learnings at and has developed Nutrient Optimiser and Data-Driven Fasting to guide people on their journey of nutritional optimization.  Monica was only ten years old when she was diagnosed with diabetes. She suffered decreasing control of her health until she and Marty met about fifteen years later. When they got married, neither Monica nor Marty knew anything about managing diabetes. Marty had no idea what he was getting into, but he learned quickly and found a doctor who taught them both a lot by turning their situation into a maths game. That intrigued Marty and motivated him to strive towards having healthy pregnancies by managing the numbers. Be sure to stay tuned today to hear Marty’s story and learn about his data-driven approach to good health.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN Marty shares the story of how he and Monica learned to control her diabetes by managing the numbers. Marty talks about the first step he took in helping to support his wife before she started riding the keto wave. Different people process macronutrients differently. Marty discusses the problems he had when he tried to optimize food choices for people with diabetes. Marty talks about the nutritional dogma that contributed to many metabolic diseases that we see currently in westernized countries. What energy toxicity represents. Marty provides an overview of the carb insulin index. Why you should check your blood sugar when you feel hungry, and not after you have already eaten. Whether or not you should avoid eating when your blood sugar rises more than thirty. Marty gives his take on biohacking devices like CGMs and glucometers. Using your blood sugar as a fuel gauge. Marty talks about how insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance influence people’s fat threshold. Marty describes some of the more common nutrient deficiencies. How Marty’s Nutrient Optimiser app blows away dogma and helps people select the right foods for their nutritional requirements. Navigating eating out. Marty reveals his recommendations for overcoming emotional eating, weight loss and insulin sensitivity, protein intake while on a maintenance diet, and gaining more muscle mass. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website  Connect with Marty Kendall On websites: Optimising Nutrition, Data-Driven Fasting, Nutrient Optimiser, or Big Fat Keto Lies On social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest Marty’s Offers: Data-Driven Fasting Challenge High Protein: Energy Recipe Book Fat Loss Recipe Book Book mentioned: Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
Comments (3)

Annette Reilly

what was the juicer recommended??

Mar 24th



Feb 20th

Niclas Daniels

Purifying water 18:17

May 17th
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