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 Dr. Gabriel Cousens will discuss being depression free for life. Gabriel Cousens is the author of 11 internationally acclaimed books, including Spiritual Nutrition and Creating Peace by Being Peace. Known worldwide as a spiritual teacher and the leading expert in live, plant-source nutrition, Dr. Cousens functions as a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally. He holds an M.D. from Columbia Medical School, a doctorate in homeopathy, and diplomas in Ayurveda, clinical acupuncture and holistic medicine. His multi-cultural background as an ordained rabbi, an acknowledged yogi, and a 4-year Native American sundancer, adds insight to his “whole-person enlightenment” teachings. Dr. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Center US. In his book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes, he presents his center’s program for reversing diabetes naturally.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Jill Carnahan will be discussing mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) – when histamine goes haywire. Dr. Jill Carnahan received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at the University of Illinois Program in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center. She is dually board-certified in Family Medicine (ABFM) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). She was part of the first 100+ healthcare practitioners to be certified through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP), and recently opened a new medical clinic with a broad range of services in Louisville, Colorado. Dr. Carnahan is also a 14-year survivor of breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and is passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is committed to teaching other physicians how to address underlying causes of illness through the principles of functional medicine, rather than just treating symptoms.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Georgia Austin will be discussing ketogenic diets. Georgia Austin, MSACN, CCN, CNS, is a clinical nutritionist and owner of New Leaf Functional Nutrition in Manlius, NY. She also serves as a training specialist for Metagenics, a health science research company. Georgia is passionate about educating healthcare professionals and patients alike. Her services include developing personalized nutrition and lifestyle plans for anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Specializations include inflammatory conditions, auto-immune conditions, body composition and healthy weight management, metabolic detoxification programs, stress management and wellness programs.
Dana Laake and her special guest Jenny Hrbacek will be discussing her book, Cancer Free! Are you Sure? Jenny Hrbacek (Her-ba-check) is a registered nurse, author, educator, speaker and cancer survivor. You can see her daily on the “Know the Cause” television show and as moderator of Cancer Free University, an online cancer education resource. Her mission is to educate us on the latest science-based testing that can help us move cancer out of the acute, life-threatening category into a manageable condition. Cancer Free! Are you Sure? is the “go-to” book for cancer detection tests. It describes state-of-the-art early diagnostic testing that can find cancer years before conventional screenings find it.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Kara Fitzgerald will be discussing next generation methylation and learning about epigenetics. Kara Fitzgerald, ND, completed post-doctorate training in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD, at Metametrix Laboratory. She authored/edited Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and was a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Textbook for Functional Medicine, and co-authored the eBook, The Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, blogs and podcasts for professionals and consumers. Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at The Institute for Functional Medicine and maintains a functional medicine practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Dana Laake and her special guest Rex Jones will be discussing new doctor formulated brain health supplements and the benefits of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factors (BDNF) – a protein that creates new neurons. 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 the Garden of Life mission: Empowering Extraordinary Health®.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Peter Bongiorno will be discussing natural medicine for mental health. Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, graduated from Bastyr University, the leading accredited university for science-based natural medicine. He completed 5 years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments, the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His book for the public, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? was released in 2012. He regularly writes articles for the Dr. Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Anthony Thomas will be discussing how to protect your eyes from macular degeneration. 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.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dan Hanson will be discussing advances in pre-natal supplementation. Dan Hanson is the owner of DHA Laboratory and founder of Build a Bump. DHA is a CLIA licensed independent clinical laboratory specializing in unique biochemical testing, corporate and personal drug screening, and paternity testing. The lab services private medical practices with unique results necessary in formulating individualized, advanced micro and macro nutrient treatment protocols for patients suffering from mental and emotional conditions. DHA is dedicated to meticulous laboratory procedures which allow for the treatment of various conditions through the use of neutraceuticals.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Stephanie Seneff will be discussing the new book, Cindy & Erica’s Obsession to Solve Today’s Health Care Crisis: Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, ALS and More. Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She has a BS degree from MIT in biology and a PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. Her recent interests have focused on the role of toxic chemicals and micronutrient deficiencies in health and disease, with a special emphasis on the pervasive herbicide, Roundup, and the mineral, sulfur. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Mark Hyman will be discussing his new book that examines the state of nutrition science today, FOOD. What the Heck Should I Eat? Mark Hyman, MD, is a practicing family physician, a New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman is the Pritzker Foundation Chair in Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is Founder and Director of The Ultra Wellness Center, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor of The Huffington Post, and a regular medical contributor in the media for CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, and more.
Dana Laake and her special guest Leah Guy will be discussing mindfulness practices for success. Leah Guy is a down-to-earth health educator, author and intuitive transpersonal healer. An inspirational speaker, yogi and media personality, she combines over 20 years of energy healing, bodywork and nutritional studies with an intuitive approach to wellness. Her unique framework helps people transform trauma and pain into peace and wholeness. Leah Guy is the author of The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening to Emotional Healing and Inner Peace, as well as a survivor of rape, addiction, anxiety, eating disorders and other traumas. She has appeared on major media outlets, national radio and TV shows as an expert on meditation, the mind-body connection, energy-medicine, as well as emotional and spiritual healing.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Steven Masley will discuss his book, The Better Brain Solution – How to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss. Steven Masley, MD, is a physician, nutritionist, author, speaker and award-winning patient educator. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Nutrition, and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Masley is a clinical associate professor at the University of South Florida and teaches programs at Eckerd College. He sees patients from across North America at the Masley Optimal Health Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and has published numerous scientific articles, as well as several books: SMART FAT, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and Ten Years Younger. He has devoted his medical career to the study of heart disease and aging, working to empower people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Decker Weiss will discuss children’s health. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, is the first naturopathic physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship. He became the first Naturopathic Cardiologist after training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss has a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease management and is a pioneer in the application of effective natural alternatives to heart bypass and angioplasty. He is also knowledgeable about natural treatments for autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, and most forms of chronic disease. Dr. Weiss has traveled worldwide training physicians and pharmacists on safer ways to use fewer prescriptions and provide improved outcomes to their patients. He is currently a consultant for Solgar.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Peter Osborne will discuss the problem with grains – from autoimmune disease to chronic pain. Dr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Health Care in Sugar Land, Texas. He is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. His practice is focused on the holistic natural treatment of chronic degenerative diseases with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Dr. Osborne lectures nationally to doctors on gluten sensitivity/intolerance, celiac disease, and many other nutritionally related topics. He is the founder of the Gluten Free Society, the author of The Gluten Free Health Solution and Glutenology, a series of digital videos and ebooks designed to help educate people about gluten.