Essentials of Healthy Living
Summary: Welcome to the Essentials of Healthy Living, a program for news and advice on complementary and alternative approaches to living well. Join hosts Dana Laake and Dr. Kevin Passero, along with health experts, for a lively discussion of topics related to health and wellness. Essentials of Healthy Living is brought to you by Village Green Apothecary, bringing you individualized nutrition and healthy living resources at MyVillageGreen.com, as well as traditional pharmacy products and specialty compounded prescriptions.
Dana Laake and her special guest Rex Jones will discuss Garden of Life mykind herbal products, the first dual certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project verified herbal line. Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than 8 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the natural foods industry and a strong knowledge of herbs. For more than 13 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist. Rex also led classes, co-hosted a radio show, managed web content and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures. He is excited to share Garden of Life’s mission of empowering extraordinary health.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Anthony Thomas will discuss nutrient support for the gut-brain connection. Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his B.A. in nutrition, dietetics and food science from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in nutritional biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and serves on the Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel.
Host Dana Laake will be discussing nutritional controversies and news you can use. Topics will include health effects from exposure to electronic devices and computers, as well as why foods like vegetables, legumes, nuts and fruits can cause allergic or digestive issues for some people. Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, provides preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services in Kensington, Maryland. Her practice encompasses the full spectrum of complex health issues for all ages, including children with special needs, ADHD and autism. In addition to media presentations, writing, radio talk show hosting and providing professional continuing education courses, Dana has been a Maryland legislative assistant on health issues and has served four gubernatorial appointments on two state health care regulatory boards.
Dana Laake and her special guest Joshua Chernov will discuss fish oil absorption. Joshua Chernov is a senior medical consultant for Xymogen with a focus on functional and integrative medicine. He is a certified personal trainer and a certified lifestyle educator. He is developing dietary and exercise regimens for cardiometabolic patients throughout the mid-Atlantic area, as well as working on a masters in nutrition.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dorie Greenblatt will discuss the importance and benefits of Ester-C, and how it pertains to immune support. Dorie Greenblatt is the brand marketing director for American Health and American Health Ester-C brands. An enthusiastic creative marketer and strategic leader, she has been successfully launching and building brands in the natural health food channel for more than 20 years. Her record of excellence has been demonstrated through fresh product innovation and promotion, consumer grassroots efforts and strong retail partnerships.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Erin Stokes will discuss how to boost your fall immune health. Erin Stokes, ND, is the Medical Director at MegaFood, and a registered naturopathic doctor in the state of Colorado. In her role as Medical Director, Erin has the opportunity to educate on health and wellness topics via webinars, radio shows, articles and blogs. Dr. Stokes received her naturopathic doctor degree from Bastyr University in 2001. Shortly afterwards she began to pursue her passion for educating others by teaching Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. She combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Ben Lynch will discuss methylation, epigenetics and dirty genes. Benjamin Lynch, ND, received his bachelor of science degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him toward nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control. He is the author of the powerful book, Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health.
Dana Laake and her special guest Amber Lynn Vitse will discuss Garden of Life’s new certified organic and non-GMO line of herbals. Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, is a certified nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the Garden of Life education team. She has worked in product retail for 16 years, as well as maintained her own wellness practice, working with doctors and alternative health practitioners promoting optimum health, inside and out. Amber has written educational articles for a variety of natural health publications, and she is excited to be a Regional Educator for Garden of Life and continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health®.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Holly Bertone will discuss the upcoming free Mystery Symptom Summit – an online summit including topics such as infections, gut health, toxins, inflammation, nutrition, prevention, and the mind-body connection. Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP, is a Certified Natural Health Professional, a Certified Essential Oils Coach, holds a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University, a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly Bertone is a bestselling author of the book, Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease: Know Your Rights, Resolve Conflict, and Reduce Stress. She is a highly sought-after speaker and wellness expert. After spending over 20 years as a project manager in both government and industry, she is now the president and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC and runs the health and wellness website pinkfortitude.com. Holly is a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor and turned these two significant health challenges into a passion to help others.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy will discuss her new book, The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer. Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, completed her post-graduate training at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She began practicing medicine in 1986. In 1992, she founded the Center For New Medicine in Irvine, California, where she serves as Medical Director. In 2009 she opened Cancer Center For Healing. Dr. Connealy has over 30 years of experience in finding the ‘root cause of an illness,' including numerous advanced courses on homeopathic, nutritional and lifestyle approaches, while studying disease, chronic illness, and cancer treatments. In The Cancer Revolution, she shares her integrative approach to treating and preventing cancer and offers practical strategies that have helped many patients.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Anthony Thomas will discuss breast milk and probiotics for infant gut health. Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics and food science from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in nutritional biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and is currently a consultant for Jarrow.
Dana Laake and her special guest Jan Kielmann will discuss the science behind IQYOU and its potential to help you make better medical decisions. Jan Kielmann, MS, CNS was trained in functional, integrative and environmental health by leading integrative practitioners. He is board certified in nutrition, pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN), and an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) candidate. Jan focuses on nutritional and botanical interventions to support chronic, degenerative and auto-immune diseases, patients with cancer, energy and mental health challenges, as well as food intolerances, mold exposure, Lyme disease, chronic infections, general disease prevention and optimal wellness.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Zach Bush will discuss gut health in this era of large scale chemical farming, genetically modified food, and contaminated water systems. Zach Bush, MD, is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country, with expertise in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, and hospice/palliative care. In 2012 he discovered a family of carbon-based redox molecules made by bacteria. He and his team subsequently demonstrated that this cellular communication network functions to counteract the effects of glyphosate and many other dietary, chemical and pharmaceutical toxins that disrupt our body’s natural defense systems. This science has resulted in an innovative new line of dietary supplements called Restore. Dr. Bush is motivated by a desire for his kids to experience a healthier future.
Dana Laake and her special guest Teri Cochrane will discuss “The Cochrane Method,” which integrates a multi-level nutritional approach to develop a bio-individualized plan for her clients. Teri Cochrane, CCP, is an integrative practitioner in nutritional counseling. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida, and she is a graduate of the Huntington College of Health Sciences and the National Leadership Institute. She also has extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices, such as healing touch, craniosacral therapy, meditation techniques, certified coaching and herbology. Teri is currently in private practice in the metro DC area, where she specializes in complex health conditions and elite athletic performance. She is a frequent guest on BlogTalkRadio, including Thyroid Nation, Unlimited Realities and Life Mastery Radio.
Radio show host David Baer and his special guest Dr. Sam Berne will discuss a holistic optometrist’s approach to preventing and treating common eye ailments. Dr. Sam Berne has been in private practice in New Mexico for over 25 years. He works with patients to improve their vision and overall wellness through holistic methods. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University, Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College, and did his postdoctoral work at the Gesell Institute in collaboration with Yale University. His protocols take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to health and wellness. He understands and treats the body as one integrated system, rather than a collection of independent organs, to identify and address the root causes of disease. His whole health protocols improve vision and wellness by healing the mind-body-spirit through nutritional protocols, vision therapy, and self-care techniques.