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Discovery is at the heart of the human spirit - and this element of discovery is on perfect display in the area of human health and performance. Society has an insatiable appetite for discovering new ways to lose weight, exercise effectively, lose weight correctly, lower cholesterol, and even grow hair. This podcast is devoted to giving the listener a credible information source where health information is shared by the most reputable science journals and scientists on the planet. We are devoted to giving you reliable and actionable health information so you can be proactive about your health. Listen in each week to the Discover with Dr. Dan podcast.
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ABOUT TAYLOR WALKER SINNING:Taylor Walker Sinning is a certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and fitness model who sees “fit” as more than just fitness, but also being about to “fit” nutrition, self-care, and holistic wellness practices into the mom + wife +career equation in a realistic way. She is the founder of TaylorWalkerFit, a wellness collective for all the women out there seeking motherhood-and-hectic-schedule-proof resources, where she offers a “conveniently healthy” hub of wisdom that honors the ever-changing stages of life - a curated space to fill your cup before you go out in the world to do “all the things” for everyone else. A former ninth grade PE teacher, Taylor is a lifetime advocate for healthy living and welcomed her second child in May. She also recently released her one-of-a-kind Taylor Walker Prenatal Fitness program on The Fitness App by Jillian Michaels.ABOUT THE FITNESS APP:Award-winning The Fitness App by Jillian Michaels offers the most comprehensive, customizable fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness features in one single, seamless platformPersonalized workout programs to meet any goal, satisfy any exercise preference, and suit any fitness level you can train at home, in the gym, or outside no equipment neededThis summer, hugely popular fitness expert, holistic health coach, Barry’s Bootcamp superstar trainer, and mom, Taylor Walker Sinning joined Jillian on the app with the launch of Taylor Walker Prenatal Fitness.Free trial and variety of premium subscription options available at https://www.jillianmichaels.comHer personal health and fitness journey 1:44Principles of nutrition 6:15Food hacks when strapped for time 9:34Fitness principles 13:35Staying fit during pregnancy 17:25Being a mother 22:16
Jared Ward is a husband and father of 5 kids, God fearing, a statistics professor, and he competed in the 2016 Olympics in the marathon and finished 6th. He’s a 3 time US national champion, 6 time all American at BYU, he’s the founder of the Run Elite Program, a non-profit run club here in Utah. In this episode we discuss running, how Jared got into it, how it has affected his life, and the benefits behind running and having a positive attitude. Your mentality can directly affect how happy you are and learning to base your progress on how well you’re doing as opposed to how well other people are doing will greatly improve your mental state. We also discuss Jared’s professional running group and what propelled him forward to create such an amazing arrangement. Jared’s background 1:18Racing and being genuine 7:33Escaping the victim mentality 11:42Finding a balance in life 14:11Best racing experience 18:52The professional running group 27:18Continual creation of new products for health and fitness 32:29“When you say that someone has their life balanced, there’s this illusion that they have it perfectly balanced. Everything has its spot, but that’s not the case for most of us. We’re juggling and every once in a while we drop a ball. And my sister would say, ‘But the goal, Jared, is just not to drop the same ball over and over again.’” 16:03
ABOUT DR. WILLIAM LI:William W. Li, MD, is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.” His groundbreaking work has led to the development of more than 30 new medical treatments and impacts care for more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease and obesity. His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. Dr. Li has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC and the Dr. Oz Show, and he has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Atlantic and O Magazine. He is president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation and is leading research into COVID-19. Join Dr. Li for his free Masterclasses at “EAT TO BEAT DISEASE”:Eat your way to better health with this New York Times bestseller on food's ability to help the body heal itself from cancer, dementia, and dozens of other avoidable diseases.Forget everything you think you know about your body and food, and discover the new science of how the body heals itself. Learn how to identify the strategies and dosages for using food to transform your resilience and health in Eat to Beat Disease.We have radically underestimated our body's power to transform and restore our health. Pioneering physician scientist, Dr. William Li, empowers readers by showing them the evidence behind over 200 health-boosting foods that can starve cancer, reduce your risk of dementia, and beat dozens of avoidable diseases. Eat to Beat Disease isn't about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body's defense systems.The book's plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan to activate your body's health defense systems-Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection, and Immunity-to fight cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative autoimmune diseases, and other debilitating conditions. THE MASTERCLASS:Join world renowned scientist, physician, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. William Li as he shares his wealth of knowledge and research that has impacted more than 50 million lives. Dr. Li is a true pioneer in food as medicine and has discovered more than two hundred foods that activate the body’s hardwired health defense systems: angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity. During this sixty minute free masterclass Dr. Li will break down each of the health defense systems to help you understand the basis of how they function and then share specific foods that you can use to activate each one. These are the same foods that Dr. Li has studied in detail to understand their abilities to combat and prevent things like cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and illness.
Dr. Courtney Tracy is a licensed clinical social worker and doctor of clinical psychology who has become one of the most recognizable names on social media regarding mental health. Trail-blazing with an amassed following of over 1.7 million followers, Dr. Tracy uses her platform with two goals in mind: to teach about how the body and mind work through psychoeducation and to destigmatize mental health in all sectors of our human existence. She's pioneering a new wave of authentic professionalism and offers an unparalleled voice in the world of mental health. Helping people with mental health on TikTok 1:38The mental health stigma 5:49Trauma 10:19High functioning anxiety and depression 16:32Preventative measures 19:06Working through judgment of others 22:53Misconceptions of mental health 28:25Advice for parents and their kids’ struggles 32:12Learn more about Dr. Tracy 40:18“I play the character and the client says, ‘So you’re saying I have high functioning depression?’ and then I play the clinician and I sort of walk them through it, I’m like ‘You don’t have high function depression. That doesn’t exist. You have major depressive disorder and you’re still able to fully function.’” The Truth Doctor Show
Johnny Hanna is CEO and Co-founder of Homie. Homie’s mission is to simplify home buying and selling with a one stop shop experience with Homie real estate, Homie loans, and Homie tile, and Homie insurance. Prior to Homie, Johnny was President and Co-founder of Entrata, a real estate software company where he helped the company grow to over $100 million in annual revenue. Today we discuss the big challenge that many face with mental health and how this affects people in the workplace, including employees and business leaders. There has been a stigma for a long time that it’s not OK to talk about mental health issues, or people would often feel embarrassed to talk about the struggles they’re having, but Johnny explains how his company culture is changing that and the mental benefits his employees are experiencing from these changes. Why talk about mental health? 1:33Developing mental health issues 7:40Entrepreneurship and mental wellness 12:34Tools that have helped deal with these struggles 18:58Areas to do better at addressing this 26:20The good and bad of current company cultures 34:05“There was a quote I came across that was like, ‘Whoever takes offense to someone that wasn’t intending to be offensive is a fool.’ But then it was like, ‘You’re even a bigger fool if you take offense to somebody who meant to be offensive because you’ve succumbed to your enemy.’” 28:35
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Samantha Lee Wright, who is a mother of 2, a wife, and the host of the top essential oils podcast. We learn about her journey of getting into the essential oils world and some of the many things she has learned on the way. After testing newborn umbilical cord blood for a study done in the US, they found an average of over 287 commercial chemicals, pesticides, and other pollutants in these newborn umbilical cord bloods. When looking for chemicals to be wary of, look for the word “Fragrance,” which often indicates multiple chemicals being present in that product. Places to start clearing out the bad products in your home include the laundry room, bathroom, bed stand, and kitchen. What is an essential oil? Where did they come from? 1:02If you’re skeptical about essential oils 4:40Her journey 6:33Some of the major chemicals to be wary of 13:29A special project 17:26Where to start 20:02The bathroom 26:16The microbiome 33:52A recent study on solving racism 40:05 Finding the right oil 44:24Looking for red flags 47:04The difficulty in funding essential oils 52:28“The European Union has banned over 11,000 different chemicals and substances from being allowed to be used in products. 11,000 or more. That’s 11,000 chemicals that they have deemed too risky to put in products that are being given to their citizens. Can you just guess how many chemicals have been banned for use in the United States? 12.” 10:00
Robert Sikes is a bodybuilder who started out eating the “traditional bro diet,” which got him good results, but also caused him to develop some bad eating disorders and experience some pretty negative health issues, such as drops in strength and stamina, no sex drive, and unhealthy surges in body fat. He noticed that once he started cutting back on carbohydrates, his health began to improve, and then he decided to cut them out completely, which drastically improved how he felt. He earned his pro status in bodybuilding in 2017, and has dedicated his life to learning and teaching others the benefits of following a well formulated ketogenic lifestyle. Join us in this episode to learn more about the keto diet and the positive benefits it can provide. Robert’s keto journey 2:05Typical day on keto 5:05Finding diversity in keto 10:05Cholesterol 13:08Antioxidants 18:56Some of the major health benefits 21:42Intermittent fasting and ketoacidosis 24:50Ketosis 27:51Fat myths 30:51Cultured meats 34:03Greenhouse gases 37:45“You have to kind of worry about some of the monogastric animals like pigs and chickens because they are a lot more, what they eat often times gets reflected in the meat that they produce that you then eat whereas a cow, or a lamb, they’re gonna up-regulate the nutrition from what they’re eating.” 15:34 Keto Savage Podcast
ABOUT STRÅLA YOGA: Stråla Yoga combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives. Offerings include training and retreats as well as online yoga, and tai chi classes (both live and on demand) at ABOUT CLEAN MIND, CLEAN BODY: A life-changing 28-day detox for body and mind from wellness expert and Stråla Yoga founder Tara Stiles. Most of us are constantly plugged in and stressed out - tethered to our phones and email, overworked and inactive at our desk jobs, and out of touch with what our bodies and our brains really need. Clean Mind, Clean Body is your reset button, an immersive experience in mental and physical self-care that will transform your daily routine and your habits. Releasing in December, the book is available now for pre-order wherever books are sold. yoga 1:04Different forms of yoga 4:33The benefits of slowing down 9:20Bringing ease into your life 12:19Meditation 16:31Nutrition and yoga 20:12Major health benefits Tara sees from someone doing yoga 22:12Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care 27:27“Really this idea of ease is kind of a through line of how to do everything sustainably and also feel good in the process.” 13:11 “Yeah I what I’ve learned about meditation so far is if you’re doing it, you’re doing it right.” 19:48@tarastiles
This is a hot new ingredient, which we will talk about, dissect, and see if there is some good science behind it. It’s a sticky tar-like substance that ranges from jet black to yellowish-brown. It oozes out of rocks in the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Russia, and has also been found in Antarctica. Though it may look toxic, studies have shown that this compound is not toxic to people and actually has many positive outcomes, such as collagen production, skin elasticity, and muscle building properties. The composition 2:15Collecting shilajit 3:51The health benefits 4:27Studies and findings 6:14Chronic fatigue syndrome and fertility 9:42Shilajit and cholesterol 12:50“So shilajit, rich source in humic and fulvic acids, it contains over 85 different minerals ranging from silver to gold, to manganese, to strontium, and a bunch of other really cool minerals.” 3:11 “This paper was interesting because it showed that not only does shilajit increase muscle building properties, but also skin enhancing properties. And so another study here showing that shilajit might have some skin enhancing, or beauty from within type properties.” 8:08
In this episode I talk to 10 year high level nutrition coach, Mike Millner, who is the author of The Personality Diet. He has a gift for understanding the psychological and physiological needs of his clients, which has led to thousands of success stories. His personality based approach with an emphasis on mindset has been featured in many top rated publications and podcasts. We discuss how people can succeed a lot more in diet and exercise when they choose a program that’s catered to their personality type rather than just choosing something based on someone else’s recommendation. Mike’s personal journey 1:15How personality influences training and nutrition 4:22Assessing people’s personalities 8:33Periodization 11:00Stress and body composition changes 15:05What to start with 22:54Being consistent 24:53Accountability and finding a coach/mentor 28:03If you’re just not seeing the results you want 31:01“We’ve all known that individual who’s like, really fit, but they don’t eat all that well and they don’t sleep that much, and you’re like, ‘How did they…?’ They kinda hit that genetic lottery and can get away with it. When you’re dealing with somebody who’s more stressed out in general from a lifestyle standpoint, based off of their personality, whatever the case may be, absolutely we have to take more considerations into the equation to be able to balance that.” 17:58@coach_mike_millner
Today I have Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, health and weight loss expert, and the founder of the Fit Father Project and the Fit Mother Project the leading health and weight loss programs for men and women over 40. He holds dual degrees in nutrition and neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, and is a former national champion bodybuilder. He has helped over 30,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy through his Fit Father and Fit Mother programs. We talk about the psychological and physical aspects of health and how it affects you in all aspects of your life, for better or worse, and why people struggle to change their mindset when it comes to changing and improving their health. How Anthony got into what he does 1:21Helping clients change their mindset 6:14Circadian rhythm and sleep 13:46Structuring and nutrition 18:15Movement and breathing through your nose 21:52“We are born into these bodies. We have these bodies and no matter what we do we carry them with us. The quality of our energy, the clarity of our thinking, the kind of presence we have, is all determined by the kind of inputs we put into this system. There is nothing in your life that is unaffected by your health, for good or for bad.” 7:10
In this episode I have on with me author, educator, and health and wellness expert, a world renowned expert on yoga, Tiffany Cruikshank. She’s the internationally acclaimed founder of Yoga Medicine, combining over two decades of teaching yoga and holistic medicine research with over a decade working directly with patients to create this effective program to optimize your health. We talk about yoga and the various benefits it has on your mind and body, many of which people don’t tend to know about. Meditation is a big part of yoga and Tiffany explains that you can do it for just 5 to 10 minutes a day instead of 30 minutes or more like many may believe. What is Yoga? 2:00Yoga prescriptions 7:12Different terms and definitions in yoga 11:20Combining Eastern and Western medicine 16:52Getting started with yoga 22:24Services Yoga Medicine offers 24:23Nutrition and yoga 28:43Proactive wellness 32:11“There’s a lot of research around mindfulness and interoception. We’ve got 7 times as many interoceptors as we have proprioceptors, which are kind of telling us where we are in space, our balance, and our motor function. So there’s a lot of really interesting research around proprioception and some of the dysfunctions associated with that and just our capacity to be more mindful, more internally sensing as a way to regulate some of that interocepted dysfunction, which is a big thing in our stressful, busy life.” 10:27 code: doctordan for a discount
Today we’re delighted to have the host of the anxiety coaches podcast. Gina is the producer of the top 50 mental health show on Apple Podcasts, and is a nutritionist and coach. She struggled with stress, anxiety, and panic for over 20 years, but was able to climb out of her fear and panic to peace, calm, and well-being by finding out what worked for her. We discuss what anxiety is, where it comes from, and why you might struggle with it. Finding the right therapist can be difficult, Gina suggests meeting with a therapist 2 or 3 times, having a conversation with them, and then making your own assessment as to how you should move forward. Practicing mindfulness is an important part of managing your anxiety by just having a non judgmental view of thoughts and just letting them be. Being OK with noticing it and acknowledging those thoughts, but not letting them define us. We also talk about how to handle someone else’s anxiety and not make it worse. Where does anxiety come from? 2:25Nobody is immune 4:43How the amygdala plays a role 7:54Some techniques to help overcome anxiety 13:00Trying to find a good therapist 15:17Mindfulness 18:33Anxiety, stress, and gratitude 22:21FOMO 27:43How to deal with the anxiety of others 32:26“As a coach we just deal with today. What are the things we can do today to help you to start bringing yourself out of this way of thinking, this way of behaving, this way of reacting, and move toward a more whole and peaceful life?” 16:01
In this episode I speak with Dr. Amie Hornaman, AKA the Thyroid Fixer, a woman on a mission to optimize thyroid patients around the world, giving their lives back through her transformational program, the Complete Thyroid Fix Method (CTFM). We discuss what the thyroid is, what it does, how it’s important, and how to know if you have a dysregulated thyroid. The thyroid at times will need to be tested, especially when you’re showing symptoms of thyroid problems and we talk about how functional medicine can help you. We talk about different issues such as PCOS and how insulin affects you and your thyroid, and then we talk about whether men need to worry about their thyroid or not.How Amie got into thyroid fixing 1:47Thyroid 101 4:49How to know you have a thyroid problem 7:56Should doctors check/test the thyroid regularly? 9:19How functional medicine can help you 14:53PCOS 17:12Insulin and the thyroid 18:48Do men need to worry about their thyroid? 21:40The gut and microbiome 23:54Mental health 27:30“It’s just a shame because I see so many of my patients either misdiagnosed or just mistreated, meaning with medication. They might be on not the right meds for them, nobody’s checking, nobody’s caring, nobody’s checking the reverse T3, and they’re left suffering, but no one’s stepping back and saying, ‘Is there more we can do to improve this situation, improve the quality of life for this person?’” 14:19
In this episode we’re going to talk about how to take control of your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is needed for the body and is used for cell membranes, to make other molecules that are vital to catalyze millions of chemical reactions every second, but like anything, too much of it becomes a problem, which is a big issue in our society today. High cholesterol can cause all kinds of problems for the body, including heart disease and can even provide fuel for cancer cells. I talk about the various natural remedies you can take and use to lower your cholesterol and the science behind how these things can help. Rating cholesterol 1:04Treatment options 2:27A new target that has come out recently 5:24Compounds that help inhibit PCSK9 7:39Polydatin and resveratrol 10:34Combining these compounds 12:52HDL ratio 14:29“Twelve percent of adults have high cholesterol. That translates to 29 million Americans. High LDL levels significantly raises the risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America and accounts for 42% of deaths. What’s really interesting is high cholesterol plays a big role in cancer. Cancer cells love cholesterol.” 1:23
Today I speak with entrepreneur, Master Esthetician, and skin health fanatic, Lisa Richards about skin health. We discuss the needs of our skin and why it’s important not to just forget about this organ, but to take care of it by using remedies outside of what many might believe necessary. We talk about the importance of collagen and understanding what this is and how it is vital to pay attention to this protein in order to maintain healthy skin. “Really what aging is, is loss of communication between the cells. So the signals are just getting confused or they’re suppressed, so we see not the same repair. The body’s just working sluggish. And so you get the right signaling and that kicks into gear cells knowing what to do again, and it acts younger essentially.” 12:16Lisa’s background 0:48Is all natural skin good? 2:57Do we really need products to take into our body? 4:03Collagen 5:33Pine bark extract 9:31Micro needling 13:20Hifu 21:25Nutrition and beauty 24:21Ceramides 29:11“If you’ve got science to prove it versus like, you found a pretty model with the face to say I use this and therefore it works, that’s one test subject, which you don’t even know all the variables. Is she using other products that actually caused her more increased moisture, so just hearing one personal positive experience of saying, ‘I tried this and my skin is better ever since.’ This has to come down to--it has to be science based. You have to have something to measure it, again to really qualify that it’s working.” 9:03
Today we’ll be talking to Betsy Thurston about a lot of cool things related to eating. Betsy is a registered dietitian and health coach at the institute for integrative nutrition. She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of North Carolina. Her current work is in the area of Nutritional Psychology. We discuss how eating can not only affect how you feel physically, but also how it can affect your mental state and either improve or deteriorate your cognitive function. We discuss what having a vision for where you want to be physically can do for your goal setting and changing yourself and Betsy explains that you need to have the desire to change, but sometimes that desire can be too strong and damaging to our health. About Nutritional Psychology 2:00Some tips to get out of eating unhealthy 4:56How to go about having a self conversation 7:35A great way to control habits 14:02Obesity and obsessing about losing weight 16:58How to get to a healthy state of desire 22:56Food diary 25:26Last thoughts about Intuitive Eating 28:24“So if we’re not so obsessive about it and we are reasonable, and we know, you’re right, it would be very helpful to lose weight for many reasons and we’re here, but you’re forgiving and you’re general, and you’re not beating yourself up, then you’re much less likely to go off the rails and eat. You’ll stay in the middle zone.” 20:08Betsy’s podcast: Binge Dieting: Learn How to Change Your Relationship with Eating
Today we have Brunde Broady on the show to talk about an enzyme you probably haven’t heard of: Calcium ATPase, and its impact on human health. When Brunde’s infant son experienced an onslaught of health issues that conventional medicine could neither define nor treat, she began her own research based quest for answers. Over the course of 10 years, Broady has studied and researched the importance of Calcium ATPase and has written a great book called The Calcium Connection. She tells me about her story, learning and studying about the importance of this enzyme, and why you and I should treat it with the attention it deserves. What is this enzyme? 3:20Her story 4:13Regulating our Calcium ATPase levels 6:21What this does that magnesium does not do 10:34The type of exercise to maintain it 11:30Diet 13:00The future of this research 17:57“What Calcium ATPase does is a special enzyme whose only job it is to regulate calcium levels within the cells. So this not working properly is as if you’re trapping signals within your body, not working properly, which can cause all sorts of mayhem.” 3:39
In this episode we will be talking with Dr. Gail Saltz, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius, and host of the How Can I Help podcast from iHeartRadio. We discuss mental health and how modern medicine has evolved and continues to adapt to the needs of our society, and Dr. Saltz explains the increase of mental health issues today and what’s being done to treat it. She tells us that to help someone struggling, you don’t want to tell them they have nothing to be sad about, but instead to empathize with them. How she got into studying mental health 2:03Mental health and shame 5:23The rise in mental health numbers 8:46Is the mental health pandemic following the Covid pandemic? 14:00Medication 21:56Advice for friends and family of mental health sufferers 29:07Additional thoughts on recognizing and dealing with mental health issues 33:27“And of course really over the last several years, as you know, it’s been a stressful time in this country. We definitely, this past year rates of clinical depression and anxiety disorders have gone up, according to the CDC, 41%. That’s enormous. So we’re really looking at a mental health pandemic.” 11:01
Snooze | Learning to Improve Your SleepToday we’re going to talk about how to snooze the night away, or sleep and it’s importance, and then what we can do to be better. There’s a common misconception in the business world that people can be fine on just a couple of hours of sleep every night, but study after study has shown this just isn’t true. I discuss why we need sleep, and then go into how we can sleep better and what sleep does to our physical well being and talk about the science behind this. Studies have shown that there are many negative effects to not getting enough sleep, such as disease, obesity, higher insulin levels, and various others. I go over various ways we can improve our sleep, such as cognitive therapy, sleep restriction, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and exercise. Our need for sleep 0:57Why do we need to sleep? 1:46How sleep impacts overall health 3:58Lack of sleep and the workplace 5:32How do we sleep better? 6:40Melatonin 9:53Chaperonins 11:20Honokiol 17:46“If you haven’t slept well for 2 or 3 days, it’s the same as being severely intoxicated. Cognitive function is significantly impaired, the world is different when you don’t sleep. There’s a myth that some people, due to genetics, only need to sleep 3-4 hours a night and they can still function while other people need 7, 8, or 9. That is false.” 1:11
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