The Wellness Mama Podcast

By Katie Wells

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 Jul 10, 2020

Jessica D.
 Jan 13, 2020
A great podcast with a wide variety of topics. I consider every episode that I have listened to a great use of my time. I even recommend it to people who aren't mamas, it's that good. ❤ Love it!!!


The Wellness Mama Podcast is a weekly series covering the topics of holistic health, real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, natural living, DIY, parenting, motherhood, and other health tips to give you actionable solutions to improve your family’s life! Brought to you by Katie Wells of

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570: Antony Bartlett on Tai Chi, Meal Planning, and Why Food (really) Is Love
I’m here today with a long-time friend who is also the founder of one of my most used apps on my phone, which is called Real Plans. Antony Bartlett is one of the co-founders and the software guy behind all of the amazing functionality, and this meal planning app saves me so much time in …
Aug 08, 2022
569: Gary Kaplan on Brain on Fire: How We Get Sick, Why We Stay Sick, & How We Recover
I’m here today with Dr. Gary Kaplan who’s the founder and the medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of “Total Recovery,” a revolutionary new approach to breaking the cycle of pain and depression. He’s considered a pioneer and a leader in the field of integrative medicine, and he’s one …
Aug 04, 2022
568: Ali Katz on Family Financial Planning + Freedom and Building Generational Wealth
Today I’m here with Ali Katz who helped me with some of my own financial planning, and more importantly, the financial planning side related to my kids and guardianship. There is a lot more that goes into this than I had realized. And she’s here today to talk about family financial planning and building generational …
Aug 01, 2022
567: Josh Whalen on Peptides, Hormones, Aging-Backwards and Saving Relationships
This episode is all about peptides, hormones, aging backwards and saving relationships. I am here with Josh Whalen, who is an expert in some of these topics. He’s the founder of Blokes and a new company called Joi, and through his own experience of low energy, lack of focus, dwindling drive, and other health issues, …
Jul 28, 2022
566: Dr. Jeffrey Bland - The Father of Functional Medicine on Reversing Disease, Genes, and Immuno-Rejuvenation
I am here with Dr. Jeffrey Bland, who is largely considered the father of functional medicine. He is a clinical biochemist and immunity expert, and founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Personalized Lifestyle Institute, which is PLMI. He is also a bestselling author, thought leader, educator, entrepreneur, speaker and president of Big …
Jul 25, 2022
565: Dr. Will Bulsiewicz on Fiber Deficiency, Food Intolerances, FODMAPs, and Histamine
I’m here with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz (also known as Dr. B) and this episode goes deep on gut health, fiber deficiency, food intolerances, FODMAPs, histamine, and so much more. Dr. B is an award-winning gastroenterologist and internationally recognized gut health expert and he has helped thousands of people to help reverse their food intolerances and …
Jul 21, 2022
564: Chris Kresser on Nutrient Deficiencies & Why the Way We Think About Health Needs to Change
Today, I’m here with someone I highly respect and have both respected his work and been friends with for a long time, which is Chris Kresser. We go deep on the topic of nutrient deficiencies and why the way we think about health needs to change. If you’re not already familiar with Chris, he is …
Jul 18, 2022
563: Lori Gottlieb on Maybe You Should Talk to Someone & How Changing Your Story Can Change Your Life
Did you enjoy this episode? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thanks to Our Sponsors This podcast is sponsored by Hiya Health… a new type of childrens vitamins.  Typical children’s …
Jul 14, 2022
562: Dr. Chad Walding on Collagen, Protein Consumption and Staying “On the Path”
Did you enjoy this episode? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thanks to Our Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Inside Tracker. I’m loving this because we now …
Jul 11, 2022
561: Angelo Keely on Essential Amino Acids and Eating More Protein!
Did you enjoy this episode? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Thanks to Our Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Just Thrive Health, one of my top sources …
Jul 07, 2022
560: Dr. Molly Maloof on Hormones, Trauma Recovery, Healthspan and the Science of Love
Dr. Molly Maloof is an expert in extending health span through her medical practice, her personal brand, and all of her educational and entrepreneurial endeavors. She provides personalized medicine to entrepreneurs, investors, and tech executives in Silicon Valley and teaches a course on health span in the Medical School at Stanford University, which she has …
Jul 04, 2022
559: Whitney Freya on How to Transcend Fear & Create a Life You Love Through Art
I’m here with Whitney Freya, and we talk all about how to transcend fear and create a life you love through art. And this is largely her life’s work. She is an expert in inspired living and providing practical tools and practices that free your mind from limitations and scarcity to create more in your …
Jun 30, 2022
558: Dr. Jay Wiles on Simple & Effective Ways to Control Stress Response and Improve HRV
I’m here with Dr. Jay Wiles who is an international scientist, clinician, speaker, and subject matter expert on HRV and the interconnectedness between the stress and health performance and optimization. He is a clinical health and performance psychologist with board certification in heart rate variability biofeedback and peripheral biofeedback, and he works with a team …
Jun 27, 2022
557: Justin Nault on How to Lose Weight by Eating More and Exercising Less
I’m here with my friend, Justin Nault, on how to lose weight by eating more and exercising less. And I know that might sound like a crazy idea, but he has done this with thousands of people, and I really wanted to have him on to dispel some of the common myths that I think …
Jun 23, 2022
556: Kristin Weitzel on Women’s Health, Fitness, Recovery, Ice Baths and Supplements
I’m here with Kristin Weitzel, who is a nutrition specialist, fitness trainer, advanced breathwork instructor, cold exposure coach, and high-performance maven, and we go deep on women’s health, fitness, and recovery. We talk about ice baths, red light, protein, supplements, and so much more. When I reconnected with her recently at an event she hosted, …
Jun 20, 2022
Cynthia Thurlow on Biohacking Your Hormones and Sleep for Women

Cynthia Thurlow is back to talk biohacking your hormones and your sleep, especially for women. And we get to go deep on some pretty fun science topics on this one. If you don’t remember her from the first episode, Cynthia is a nurse practitioner and the CEO and founder of Everyday Wellness project. She’s an …

Jun 16, 2022
Dr. Robin Berzin on State Change & Parsley Health to: End Anxiety, Burnout, and Gain More Energy

Dr. Robin Berzin is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health, which is America’s leading holistic medical practice, specifically designed to help women overcome chronic conditions. And she founded this company to help Americans combat the rising tide of chronic disease through really personalized holistic medicine. She’s also the author of a new book called, …

Jun 13, 2022
Naveen Jain on the Human Ecosystem and Personalized Optimization of Your Gut Health

I’m here today with my friend, Naveen Jain, who is an intensely curious entrepreneur who has been taking on some big, audacious ideas to push humanity forward. He’s the author of the award-winning book “Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance,” and his current adventures are Moon Express, which is a space company, and Viome. His …

Jun 09, 2022
Debi Silber on Stop Sabotaging Yourself and Healing From Betrayal

I am here today with Dr. Debi Silber about how to stop sabotaging yourself and healing from betrayal. She’s done a lot of work on how unhealed betrayal impacts our health, our work, and our relationships. She had two painful betrayals by her family and then by her husband. And at age 50 with four …

Jun 06, 2022
Mollie McGlocklin on Sleep Is a Skill + Chronobiology and Circadian Rhythm

This episode is all about sleep. I’m here with my good friend, Mollie McGlocklin, who is the creator of Sleep is a Skill and the host of the Sleep is a Skill Podcast. Her company is one that helps people optimize sleep through a unique blend of technology, accountability, and behavioral change and this started …

Jun 02, 2022
Dr. Craig Heller on Cool Hands and Temperature Regulation for Better Performance and Sleep

This episode is focused on body temperature, sleep, and much more. I'm here with Dr. Craig Heller, who is a doctor at Yale and he's done a lot of research focused on the neurobiology of sleep, circadian rhythms and thermoregulation mammalian hibernation, and temperature controls. And we dive into the Stanford cool mitt study. the fascinating way that the brain regulates body temperature and how this can be used to our benefit for athletic performance, for sleep.

May 30, 2022
Angela Gargano on Strong Feels Good, Getting Your First Pull-Up & What if It All Goes Right?

I'm here today with Angela Gargano and she is an athlete, a coach, a fitness model, and a speaker. I met her recently at an event and she does a lot of work helping women get stronger and to be able to do pull-ups, which is something that has been elusive for me to date. I love her message: Strong feels good. She gives really applicable tips for increasing strength and muscle mass in this episode and she is a wealth of knowledge.

May 26, 2022
Ari Whitten on Eat for Energy: Beat Fatigue, Supercharge Mitochondria, and Unlock All-Day Energy

I am back today with one of my favorite people to talk to, Ari Whitten. And today we're talking about how to eat for energy, beat fatigue, supercharge your mitochondria, and unlock all-day energy. He talks about the real root causes of fatigue, how nutrition and circadian function are interlinked and how to optimize them, the real reasons we're seeing a rise in obesity and how we can reverse it and some practical shifts that make a big difference in your body composition.

May 23, 2022
Jules Schroeder on Living an Unconventional Life and Intuitive Living

I’m here today with Jules Schroeder and we talk about living an unconventional life and intuitive living. Jules is a fascinating person and she is ranked by “Inc Magazine” as number one of the top 27 female entrepreneurs changing the world and is one of the top 40 millennials to follow. She’s also a musician …

May 12, 2022
Dr. Trevor Cates on Hormones, Skin Health and Aging Gracefully

I’m here with my friend, Dr. Trevor Cates, and she’s the author of the book, “Clean Skin from Within” and founder of the Spa Dr. natural skin care line. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California and she helps women from around the world with the focus …

May 09, 2022
Mariah Sage on Enjoying Parenting and Releasing Mom Guilt Through Simple Shifts

I’m here with Mariah Sage and I was excited to chat with her about parenting, how to release mom guilt and how to raise empowered kids. She uses a combination of intuition, systems, and clear applicable skills to create some really tangible shifts here, and we talk about a lot of those today. She has …

May 05, 2022
544: Amy McCready on 5 Hard Truths About Parenting (& Steps to a Calmer Home Life)
I’m here with Amy McCready who is, as she describes herself, a recovering yeller, and she’s the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the creator of “7-Step Parenting Success.” I love having conversations with her and she always shares so much great information and advice. She has two best-selling books about parenting, and she’s always …
May 02, 2022
543: Alicia Silverstone on Being Your Own Advocate, Getting Kids to Eat Veggies and Agreeing on the 98%
Today I am here with Alicia Silverstone, who you probably know from her acting career. In this episode, we go deep on motherhood, health, birth, sunlight, sleep, and a lot of topics that are applicable to all of us. She was a pleasure to speak with and there is so much to learn from her …
Apr 28, 2022
542: Mark Burhenne on the Oral Microbiome, Fluoride Use and How Your Mouth Can Heal Itself
This episode is about one of my favorite topics, which is oral health! I’m very excited to be here with Dr. Mark Burhenne, who is the creator and author at He’s also the best-selling author of the “8-hour Sleep Paradox” and is a family and sleep medicine dentist. We get to go deep on …
Apr 25, 2022
541: Beth O’Hara on Mold Toxicity, Detoxification and Recovery
I am here with repeat guest Beth O’Hara and we talk about mold toxicity, detoxification, and recovery in this episode. Beth is a Functional Naturopath and she specializes in complex chronic cases of mast cell activation, histamine intolerance and mold toxicity. She is the founder and owner of Mast Cell 360, which is a functional …
Apr 21, 2022
540: Dr. Stephen Cabral on How to Lower Your Biological Age, Live Longer & Look Younger
Dr. Stephen Cabral is back on the podcast today and I always enjoy speaking with him. He is such a wealth of knowledge and information. We spend our time today talking about how to lower your biological age, live longer, and look younger. And he gives a lot of evidence-based ways to do this. In …
Apr 18, 2022
539: Tina Anderson on Psychobiotics, Gut Brain Connection and Just Calm
I am here with a dear friend and a previous podcast guest – Tina Anderson of Just Thrive. She began her career as a trial lawyer who specialized in settling cases by bringing both sides together, which is a personal passion of hers. And after her second child, she left her high-stress work behind to …
Apr 14, 2022
538: Dr. Satchin Panda on Time Restricted Eating to Reduce Body Fat and Metabolic Syndrome
This episode is a long-anticipated one for me personally because I’m here with a researcher whose work I have admired for a very long time. I’m here with Dr. Satchin Panda and if you’re not already familiar with him, he is someone who I follow very closely and immediately read any new data he publishes. …
Apr 11, 2022
537: Dr. Susan David on Building Emotional Resilience, Emotional Agility and Courage
Today’s guest is Dr. Susan David, who is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. I became familiar with her work through her book, “Emotional Agility,” which describes the psychological skills that are critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. We get into a lot of …
Apr 07, 2022
536: Creating a Life Force Energy Home & Reducing EMFs With Focused Life Force Energy (FLFE)
Today’s topic is probably going to be a new one for some people listening. And I will admit there are elements of it I’m still learning and don’t fully understand yet. But we talk about creating and curating life force energy and reducing EMFs. I’m here with the founders of FLFE, which is Focused Life …
Apr 04, 2022
535: Dr. Margaret Paul on How to Learn to Love Yourself, Inner Bonding and Better Parenting
I’m here with Dr. Margaret Paul, who is a best-selling author and a relationship expert, as well as the co-creator of what’s called the Inner Bonding Self Healing Process. And this episode is all about how to learn to love yourself and what that actually means. She has been doing this work for over 53 …
Mar 31, 2022
534: Dr. David Perlmutter on the Surprising New Science of Uric Acid to Reduce Disease Risk
I’m here with Dr. David Perlmutter, who is a board-certified neurologist and a repeat guest of ours. He’s a five-time ”New York Times” best-selling author and he sits on the board of directors and is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. His books have been published in 32 languages, and I have learned …
Mar 28, 2022
533: Leah Segedie on the Truth About PFAS and How to (Somewhat) Avoid Them
I am here today with Leah Segedie, who is a repeat guest, and she helps women and moms make safer consumer choices for their families. And she is the author at And in this episode, we talk specifically about something called PFAS, which are chemicals that are found in all kinds of household products. …
Mar 24, 2022
532: Camila Alves McConaughey on Picky Eating, Importance of Community and Balancing It All
I am excited to be here with Camila Alves McConaughey, and we had such a fun conversation on so many areas related to parenting and food. We talk about everything from her new book (which is a really fun, educational book that helps combat picky eating), parenting, the importance of community and the community that …
Mar 21, 2022
531: Donna Gates on The Body Ecology Diet, Yeast Infections, Enemas, and Histamine
This episode is all about the gut, and specifically your “Body Ecology.” I’m here with Donna Gates, who is an international best selling author of a book called “The Body Ecology Diet.” I can’t believe I haven’t had her on the podcast before. She has been in this health world for 25 years, and she’s …
Mar 17, 2022
530: Matt Titlow on How to Know What’s Really in Your Supplements
I’m here with Matt Titlow today, who has a lot of experience in the supplements industry and shares all of his knowledge and experience. He’s a 17-year veteran of the nutritional supplement industry and he really goes deep on the process of what happens before supplements ever get to you, how to understand the labeling …
Mar 14, 2022
529: Dr. William Li on Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself
This episode is all about the new science of how your body can heal itself. I’m here with Dr. William Li, a physician and scientist. He’s also the president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation and the author of “Eat to Beat Disease.” In this episode, we go deep on specifics related to this …
Mar 10, 2022
528: Tony Robbins on Life Force: Precision Medicine to Transform Your Life
This episode was a really exciting one for me because it’s with someone who has influenced my life pretty dramatically. I’m here with Tony Robbins, who you’ve probably heard his name before, but if you haven’t, he’s an entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and leader that leaders call upon. This is a …
Mar 07, 2022
527: Kale Schulte on the Chemicals You Are Encountering Daily Without Realizing It
This episode is all about the chemicals you encounter on a daily basis without even realizing it. Today, I’m here with Kale Schulte, who has worked in research and development on various products for 15 years. He’s also chemically sensitive and has an innate natural ability to smell and react to scents, making him effective …
Mar 03, 2022
526: Clark Bartram on Sustainable Health through Mindset, Meals, Movement, Community & Supplementation
Today, I’m here with Clark Bartram, whose known as “America’s Most Trusted Fitness Professional.” As an elite master trainer, he has helped people become more physically fit while also tending to their emotional and spiritual sides. We mostly talk about mindset, which he and I agree is the most important factor for health, but we …
Feb 28, 2022
525: Dr. Sonya Jensen on Woman Unleashed and How Stress Shapes Our Hormones
I’m excited to welcome Dr. Sonya Jensen back to the podcast. Dr. Jensen is a naturopathic physician and recently released her newest book, “Woman Unleashed.” Her mission is to change the way women understand their bodies and themselves. She believes women are the center of their families and communities, and by supporting them, we are …
Feb 24, 2022
524: Ryan Duey on Benefits of Cold Plunge for Metabolism, Mood, and Recovery
Today, I’m here with Ryan Duey, the co-founder of Plunge, whose mission is to make cold plunging as common as coffee. He is also the co-owner of Capitol Floats, Sacramento’s premier float center. Ryan’s journey into health and wellness began when a near-death experience in Spain catapulted him into a journey of self-inquiry, leading him to …
Feb 21, 2022
523: Dr. Will Cole on How Thoughts & Emotions Affect Physiology + Functional Medicine Tips
I’m here with Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine expert and best-selling author, to discuss functional medicine and how our thoughts and emotions directly affect our physiology. He’s extremely well-researched and has a wealth of knowledge to share with you today. In this episode, we discuss a lot of things, such as how autoimmunity …
Feb 17, 2022
522: Dr. Erik Korem on Adaptability, HRV, Sleep, and Stress As a Gateway to Growth
I’m here with Dr. Erik Korem, whose mission is to help people pursue audacious goals, thrive in uncertainty, and live a healthy and fulfilled life. He’s also an expert in sleep and stress resilience, and he’s the founder and CEO of AIM7, a wellness app that provides custom recommendations to improve workout programs results by …
Feb 14, 2022
521: Aaron Alexander on How to Create an Environment That Benefits Your Body
Today, I’m excited to have Aaron Alexander back on the podcast. His specialty is movement, especially movement that makes you adaptable and strong in different ways. We go deep on a lot of different aspects of movement in this episode, as well as talking about mindset and how our environment shapes us, not just how …
Feb 10, 2022
520: Kevin Ellis on Osteoporosis and Building Stronger Bones
Today, I’m here with Kevin Ellis, who’s known as the Bone Coach. He’s a certified integrative nutrition coach, podcaster, YouTuber, and bone health advocate. His story began with a diagnosis of osteoporosis in his early 30s. He’s not only transformed his own health but he’s dedicated his life to helping others with the same problem. …
Feb 07, 2022
519: Yung Pueblo Diego Perez on Meditation, Going Inward, and Clarity & Connection
I’m so excited for this podcast episode because I’m talking to Yung Pueblo, a pen name for Diego Perez, a meditator and New York Times best-selling author. Online, he’s influenced over two million people. His writing focuses on the power of self-healing, creating healthy relationships, and the wisdom that comes when we truly work on …
Feb 03, 2022
518: Cassandra Aarssen of Clutterbug on Finding Your Organizing Style
Today, I’m here with Cassandra Aarssen, creator of ClutterBug, an organizational philosophy as well as a community dedicated to helping people discover their unique organizing style. This episode is all about organization and ways to make it stick if you’ve tried to get organized in the past and never had any luck. Cassandra has helped …
Jan 31, 2022
517: Jimmy Rex on Putting a Stop to Sex Trafficking & What to Watch For
This tackles a tough topic, but I think a very, very important one in today’s world—sex trafficking. I am here with Jimmy Rex, who spends his time trying to make a difference in the world, serving as an undercover operative for various organizations that rescue people from sex trafficking. He’s also an active real estate …
Jan 27, 2022
516: Matt Beaudreau on Why Your Kids Should Quit School + a Better Model of Education
This topic is one that is near and dear to my heart—rethinking education. I’m here with Matt Beaudreau, founder and president of Acton Academy, creator of Apogee Strong Mentorship Program, host of “The Essential 11 Podcast,” and speaker. You might have heard me talk about Unstitute, a curriculum I developed for my own children. Matt …
Jan 24, 2022
515: Dr. Michael J. Breus on How to Energize by Understanding Chronotypes, Sleep, Fasting, and Movement
This podcast is all about how to improve your energy and energize your life by understanding chronotypes, body types, sleep, fasting, movement, and a lot of other aspects. I’m here with sleep doctor Michael Breus, a double board-certified clinical psychologist and clinical sleep specialist. He’s also one of the few people in the world to …
Jan 20, 2022
514: Teri Cochrane on How Genes, Viruses, Emotions, and Stress Impact Health

I’m here with the brilliant Teri Cochrane, founder of the Global Sustainable Health Institute and an international thought leader on longevity. She has decades of clinical work, and she developed the Cochrane Method and the Wildatarian Diet, which we talk about today.

She helps people with the intersection of gene expression due to pathogenic and environmental causes, energy, and a personal blueprint based on a variety of lifestyle factors. We discuss a lot of interesting topics today, including the role viruses, bacteria, and fungus play in genetic expression, why genes are only a small but important part of health, and how to influence our genes to our advantage.

She truly is a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to talk to. I learned a lot in this interview, and I know that you will as well.

Episode Highlights With Teri Cochrane

  • Her fascinating story of moving here from Cuba as a child and how this influenced her mindset
  • How she went from institutional finance to health and wellness
  • What the Wildatarian Diet is and how she built it out
  • What the Cochrane Method is and how it helps look at the whole picture
  • The role viruses, bacteria, and fungus play in gene expression
  • Why genes are only a small part of health, but an important one
  • Ways to influence your genes to your advantage 
  • How herpes viruses can be latent in the body and impact health
  • The way viruses (including strep) are linked to autoimmunity 
  • What biofilms are and what to do about them
  • How thoughts directly affect our biology 
  • Why stress hormones are a  “dirty cupcake” for our health
  • The role insulin plays in longevity and aging 
  • Why she uses berberine for insulin health
  • The supplements she takes every single day and why
  • What amyloids are and why they are important 
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

513: Tanner Wallace on Childhood Trauma, Attachment Wounds, and How to Heal

This episode is about the tough but very important topic of childhood trauma. I’m here with Dr. Tanner Wallace, a former university professor of health and human development turned full-time trauma recovery guide. She hosts her own podcast called “The Relational Healing Podcast” and helps adult survivors of childhood trauma heal their attachment wounds.

We discuss how childhood wounds can express in our lives, even if we don’t have a really specific extreme trauma, and the way these wounds show up in our relationships. We also go into the differences between traumatic events, how what happens after an event is often more important than the event itself, and the reason emotional neglect can be more harmful than physical abuse for children.

There will definitely be follow-ups to this episode. But as a starting point, I can’t wait to share today’s episode with you. Let’s join Dr. Tanner.

Episode Highlights With Tanner Wallace

  • How childhood wounds can express in our lives, even if we don’t know we have specific trauma
  • The way childhood wounds show up in adult relationships
  • Differences between traumatic events and if they are traumatizing or not
  • How what happens after an event is often more important than the event itself 
  • Why trauma isn’t just assault and physical abuse
  • The reason emotional neglect can be more harmful than physical abuse
  • How trauma and wounding are a continuum
  • The way our brains and bodies cope with trauma and how our personalities develop protective responses
  • First steps to recognizing and starting to unpattern childhood wounds
  • How to deactivate default survival codes 
  • The somatic connection to working through childhood wounds and how to develop the body awareness
  • Witness, befriend, validate, and eventually release 
  • What attachment wounds are and how to recognize them
  • Why many of these wounds often bubble up when we enter primary relationships and start creating families
  • How to find a trauma-informed therapist to help work through this
  • What the Internal Family Systems Model is and how this method works
  • Her Relational Healing Lab approach
  • What emotions are and tools for helping our kids have a better emotional vocabulary from a young age
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

512: Tim Masters on Everything You Need to Know About Mattresses and Health
Today, I’m here with Tim Masters, father of five and owner of My Green Mattress, an organic mattress company. In 2007, Tim and his wife created an organic sleep solution for their infant daughter who was suffering from severe skin sensitivities. They then launched a complete line of natural, non-toxic, and organic certified mattresses for …
Jan 10, 2022
511: Dr. Amishi Jha on the Crisis of Attention and Cultivating Mindfulness
Today’s episode is all about the crisis of attention, cultivating mindfulness, and developing peak mind practices. I’m here with Dr. Amishi Jha, a professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She also serves as the director of contemplative neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010. We discuss the …
Jan 06, 2022
510: Maggie Berghoff on Practical Tips for Reducing Inflammation
This episode is all about practical tips for reducing inflammation and delving into the functional medicine world. I’m here with Maggie Berghoff, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mom of three. She owns a cutting-edge health and wellness consulting company that’s rooted in functional medicine, and she’s worked with professional athletes, executives, and celebrities. She recently …
Jan 03, 2022
509: Dr. Hillary Lampers on Longevity, Aging Gracefully, and Her Hunting Podcast
I’m here today with Dr. Hillary Lampers, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Bozeman, Montana. She has specialized in structural and pro-aging medicine with a focus on hormone and brain health for years. She’s also really fascinating because, even though she doesn’t hunt, she co-hosts a hunting podcast with her husband. She also shares a …
Dec 30, 2021
508: Simon Hill on Plant-Based Eating, Saturated Fat, and Personalized Nutrition
I’m here today with Simon Hill, founder of the very popular “Plant Proof” podcast and blog of the same name. He is a nutritionist and physiotherapist, and on top of his formal education, he spends hours reading and deciphering scientific studies, breaking them down and isolating variables to explain them clearly. It’s also important to …
Dec 27, 2021
507: Dr. Greg Eckel on How to Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age
I’m here with Dr. Greg Eckel talking about cutting-edge brain regenerative technology and how to keep your brain healthy as you age. Dr. Greg has spent the last 20+ years developing and refining his unique approach to chronic neurological conditions. He has been on the front end of some really exciting technology. We discuss things …
Dec 23, 2021
506: Dr. Daniel Kalish on Aging, Mitochondria, Hormones, and Longevity
I’m here with Dr. Daniel Kalish, founder of Kalish Wellness, a telemedicine functional medicine practice that helps patients understand their lab data from an advanced functional medicine perspective. He has been in practice for 30 years and has worked with tens of thousands of patients on a variety of concerns. He’s also the founder of …
Dec 20, 2021
505: Dr. Michael Ruscio on Gut Health, Autoimmunity, Thyroid, and Sleep
I’m here with Dr. Michael Ruscio, a clinical researcher, doctor, and author working to reform and improve the fields of functional and integrative medicine. His primary focus is digestive health and its impact on other facets of health, including energy, sleep, mood, thyroid function, and more. His research has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, …
Dec 16, 2021
504: Paul Austin of Third Wave on Understanding and Using Psychedelics for Transformation
I’m here with Paul Austin, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and educator, who founded two companies in the emerging psychedelic space, Third Wave and Synthesis. Paul and his team are building an educational platform to ensure psychedelic substances become responsibly integrated into our cultural framework. Through Paul’s work in psychedelic use, personal transformation, and professional success, …
Dec 13, 2021
503: Dr. Ana-Maria Temple on Fever, Cough, and Snot, Oh My
Today, I’m here with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple, a board-certified pediatrician who’s been treating kids for over 18 years. This is her second time on the podcast, and today, we are talking about things we might be encountering with our kids this time of year — fevers, coughs, snot, ear infections and more! She shares some …
Dec 09, 2021
502: Dr Joe Dispenza on Changing Your Thoughts, Emotions & Life
Today, I’m here with Dr Joe Dispenza, a New York Times best-selling author, researcher, lecturer, and corporate consultant, whose research has led him to develop a practical formula to help people transform their lives. He has a passion for neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics. Since 2010, he’s partnered with scientists and universities to perform extensive …
Dec 06, 2021
501: Terry Real on Breaking Through Shame, Anger, and Trauma & Healing Relationships
Today, I’m here with Terry Real, a nationally recognized family therapist, author, and teacher who’s been in practice for 30 years. He’s well known for his work on men and male psychology, as well as his work with relationships and couples. His books include I Don’t Want To Talk About It about male depression and …
Dec 02, 2021
500: Recurring Themes, Key Takeaways, & Book Recommendations
It’s been a wild ride since this podcast first started in 2014, and I’ve learned so much along the way. We’ve reached over 50 million downloads, which is mind-boggling to me, and we have over 700 hours of audio recorded on a wide variety of topics. Throughout these 500 episodes, I’ve talked to some amazing people …
Nov 29, 2021
499: Dr. Meghna Dassani on Sleep Apnea and Why Healthy Sleep Is Such a Big Deal
Today, my guest is Dr. Meghna Dassani, an internationally educated dentist from Houston, Texas, who’s actually been to dental school twice! She has a vast amount of knowledge on this topic and has a passion for really delving into the world of sleep apnea, especially obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children. We go really …
Nov 25, 2021
498: Matt Bertulli From Pela on the Lie of Recycling, Composting, and Reducing Plastic Use
Today, I am here with Matt Bertulli, a software engineer who reluctantly turned into an entrepreneur and marketer. He’s obsessed with reducing garbage and waste, and he’s dedicating his time to removing it from the human experience. In this episode, we touch on why recycling is the biggest lie of the last 50 years and …
Nov 22, 2021
497: Dr. Joel Warsh on Integrative Pediatric Care and Combining Western and Alternative Medicine

Today on the podcast, I’m here with Dr. Joel Warsh, a board-certified pediatrician in Los Angeles who specializes in integrative medicine. We talk all about raising healthy kids using integrative pediatric options by combining Western and alternative medicine. One of my favorite quotes from this episode is, “It’s not a doctor’s job to tell people what to do, it’s a doctor’s job to teach people what to do.” And he does a lot of teaching in this interview.

We touch on different aspects of pediatric care and integrative medicine today, including all the hot topics such as what to do about a fever, ways to address things like eczema and allergies, why all childhood illnesses are on the rise, what to do about behavioral issues, why the vast majority of illnesses can be resolved at home, why he rarely prescribes antibiotics, and so much more.

He offers peace of mind for parents about how most childhood illnesses pass quickly on their own and don’t actually need care, but he gives advice on what to do if you encounter one that does require medical attention. So, without further ado, let’s learn from Dr. Joel.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Joel Warsh

  • Why parents are increasingly frustrated with the current medical system
  • How working with your pediatrician should be a partnership
  • The reason illnesses are on the rise, even in children
  • Difference between conventional care, which treats acute illness, and optimal care
  • Why diabetes rates in children have doubled in the last two years
  • His SEEDS of health for kids: Stress, Environment, Exercise, Diet, and Sleep
  • The number one thing we can do to change our health
  • Why cooking at home is one of the best health changes you can make
  • The benefits of working with a team of doctors instead of a single doctor
  • How often medication is actually necessary vs. the vast majority of illnesses that get resolved without it
  • Why avoiding antibiotics when they aren’t needed is so important
  • The reason he almost never prescribes antibiotics and uses them less than 1% of the time
  • Why a fever isn’t usually a bad thing and what to do about it
  • Natural ways to tackle a fever or minor illness
  • Why it’s important to remember that it’s normal for kids to get sick
  • How Western and alternative medicine are starting to blend together
  • The three big things that parenting books get wrong about raising healthy children
  • How kids are more frequently labeled with behavioral concerns now
  • What the most important thing often missed in medical care
  • How changing our kids’ diets can improve symptoms and reduce chemical exposure/overload

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Nov 18, 2021
496: Paul Hoffman on Sculpting Your Life and How to Sculpt the Masterpiece Known As YOU!
I talk a lot about the physical side of health on the podcast, but recently I’ve received an increasing number of questions about the mental health side. Today, I have Paul Hoffman as my guest to discuss this important topic. Paul’s known as the “Personal Discovery Architect.” He’s the visionary and creator behind the Sculpting …
Nov 15, 2021
495: Madiha Saeed on The Holistic Rx for Kids: Parenting Healthy Brains and Bodies in a Changing World
Today I’m here with a dear friend, Madiha Saeed, also known as the Holistic Mom, MD, on social media. She’s a board-certified family physician, international speaker, and author. We talk about her best-selling book, The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease, and her new book, The Holistic Rx for Kids: Parenting …
Nov 11, 2021
494: Emily Blain on What’s Wrong With Your Personal Care Products and Creating Sustainable and Ethical Ones
Today, I’m here with Emily Blain, COO at Wellnesse. She’s been instrumental in scaling the homemade recipes I’ve made in my kitchen for over a decade into large-scale production products that we can get into your home. Besides her work in product development, Emily is a mom of 4 kids, and she’s an ultrarunner—which is …
Nov 08, 2021
493: Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz on Medical Decision Making & Being an Informed Patient
In this episode, Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz is my guest. She’s the author of a book called Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health. Today, we talk about our relationships with doctors and health care providers—and the specifics of navigating these relationships. I hear from a lot …
Nov 04, 2021
492: Lee Holden on Qi Gong for Less Stress and More Energy
Today, I’m excited to have Lee Holden as a guest on the podcast. Lee has been a Qi Gong teacher for 28 years. If you aren’t familiar with Qi Gong, it’s a new tool I’ve been using for movement, stress relief, and breathing. He started practicing Qi Gong when he nearly lost his ability to …
Nov 01, 2021
491: Peter Crone on Freedom From the Prisons of the Subconscious Mind

I’m here today with Peter Crone, who does amazing work around subconscious beliefs, past trauma, and patterns from childhood. Since I shared some of my trauma, I’ve received follow-up questions about tangible things we can do to heal, which is why I wanted to have Peter on the podcast!

Peter’s story is fascinating — his mother passed away when he was seven, and his father when he was 17. This led him to a fear of loss, which was triggered when his first romantic relationship ended. He faced a lot of sleepless nights until he realized that life is uncertain and the answer to most of his problems was found in three simple words: I don’t know.

He went on to explore how the mind influences our lives and works with professional athletes, entertainers, and all kinds of global organizations around this concept.

In this episode, Peter challenges the subconscious patterns that show up in our adult lives. We also delve into consciously interacting with our children so that maybe they can enter adult life with fewer subconscious patterns. I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode Highlights With Peter Crone

  • The story of a hit-and-run accident that allowed Peter to help someone in a powerful way
  • What our main obstacle to freedom is
  • How who you think you are keeps you from actually being who you are
  • How the loss of his parents when he was young helped him understand trauma
  • Why the feeling of not being enough is almost universal
  • The reason that anywhere there is resistance, there is suffering
  • Different types of trauma and where they show up
  • Why acceptance is the first step to healing
  • How traumatic childhood experiences can lead to physical health problems (like Hashimoto’s for me)
  • The importance of recognizing that we are clueless, the future is uncertain, and how to find freedom in this
  • Ways to be more mindful of language and why this is important
  • The reason problems are often just symptoms of subconscious constructs
  • Power of imagination and how it fits into healing
  • Your kids will rarely succeed at listening to you, but they will always succeed in becoming you
  • How children learn by mimicking and why this is important
  • How to move into compassion in interactions with people
  • His advice for parents on helping avoid some of these patterns and embrace creativity and imagination
  • How to maintain the joy of possibility in our kids as much as possible
  • What true happiness is and how to transition to joy
  • How to transcend happiness and sadness as both parts of the human experience
  • Why happiness, in the way we often think of it, is impossible and why this is beautiful
  • The importance of making room for all of our emotions

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Oct 28, 2021
490: Paul Jaminet on the Perfect Health Diet, Carbs, and Cancer Research

Today I’m here with Paul Jaminet, who had a very strong early influence on me with his “Perfect Health Diet.” As a key leader in the health and wellness world, he also influenced people like Chris Kresser and Mark Sisson. If you aren’t familiar with Paul, he’s MIT-educated in both physics and philosophy and has a Ph.D. in physics. After working in astrophysics, Paul became an entrepreneur and then transitioned into the natural health world after he experienced his own health problems.

Paul’s also the founder and president of Angiex, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for solid cancers. It’s built on discoveries made by his wife and co-founder, Shou-Ching. They created a new class of cancer drugs, and so far the results are absolutely astounding! Normally I am not a big proponent of pharmaceuticals, but I actually invested in this company because of its potential.

We talk about a wide range of topics from diet and natural health, circadian biology, and these novel cancer treatments. And without further ado, let’s jump into this fascinating episode.

Episode Highlights With Paul Jaminet

  • What the Perfect Health Diet is and how Paul created it
  • How the work of Art DeVany impacted his work and what he learned in his own experimentation
  • The reason he thinks carbohydrates are important (within a certain ratio)
  • Paul’s own health struggles that led to his research and experimentation for the Perfect Health Diet
  • The gut, carb, thyroid connection and how to understand carb needs
  • How cycling fits into an evolutionary approach and how to use it effectively
  • Key lifestyle and nutrition interventions for health and how circadian biology plays a pivotal role
  • How he shifted into cancer research
  • Paul and his wife Shou-Ching’s work on effective cancer treatments and what sets them apart
  • The innovative way they are taking a two-prong approach to cancer treatment that is much less toxic and appears to be much more effective in initial trials
  • Natural vs pharmaceutical approaches to cancer and how they work best together
  • The things people don’t know or understand about his areas of expertise
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

489: Deanna Byck on Carbon Offsets, Climate Change and How Hemp Can Help Save Our Planet
Today’s episode is a little different than our usual health topics and I’m excited to explore the extremely versatile uses of hemp, the carbon equation and how that comes into play, and how hemp can truly help save our planet. I am here with the Deanna Byck who is the chief global engagement officer of …
Oct 21, 2021
488: Laila Ali on Mindset From World Championship Boxing to Health and Wellness
This podcast was so much fun to record! I’m here with Laila Ali, my personal friend and a former four-time world boxing champion. She’s also a cookbook author, a health and wellness advocate, a TV personality, and most importantly, a mom to her two children! You may know Laila as the daughter of the late, …
Oct 18, 2021
487: Dr. Andrew Hill on How to Build a Better Brain at Home (Starting With Sleep)
This podcast is all about the brain, and specifically how to build a better brain at home starting with sleep. I’m here with the neuroscientist I trust my own brain to, Dr. Andrew Hill, who is a previous guest on this podcast. We spoke in the first episode about neurofeedback and very specific brain training …
Oct 14, 2021
486: Sara Gustafson on the Four Feminine Archetypes and Finding Purpose

I’m really excited to have Sara Gustafson back on the podcast today and we focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual side of women’s health. We went deep in our first episode on the physical and medical side and the mismatch between men and women both in research and treatment. But, we ran out of time before we could really delve into these other areas.

Today, we cover what she calls the four feminine archetypes and how those each relate to women in various periods of their lives, and even in a smaller basis throughout the month. She works with many women in resolving trauma, working through health problems, and a lot more. She’s a CHEK practitioner and has direct experience helping a lot of people work through issues, both physically, mentally, emotionally. We go into some really interesting topics like intuition, balancing those archetypes, and having a proper amount of each in our lives.

I’m excited to share it with you. Let’s jump in!

Episode Highlights With Sara Gustafson

  • What an archetype is and the most common ones within the heroes journey
  • The four specific feminine archetypes are and why they are important
  • How these archetypes play a role in health
  • What happens when we become detached from the archetypes
  • The shadow of these archetypes and how they express themselves
  • How overexcited or underdeveloped archetypes can express
  • What happens when a woman isn’t allowed to express one of these archetypes
  • The seven dark arrows and how they affect relationships
  • How doing the work can sometimes lead to relationship problems and how she helps counteract these
  • Ways to nurture intuition
  • A reason to write down dreams
  • How to use artwork for inner processing
  • Why Sara paints everyday and how she starts her day

Resources We Mention

485: Dr. Kanwal Bawa on Overcoming Cancer, Sexual Health and Biohacking
This podcast is all about an amazing and inspirational story of overcoming cancer, how mindset can impact your health and also dives into other areas such as sexual health and biohacking. I am here with Dr. Kanwal Bawa, who is a Board Certified physician and founder of Bawa Medical and Chief Medical Officer at New …
Oct 07, 2021
484: Steve Wright on Tributyrin Breakthrough Molecule for Microbiome, Histamine and Leaky Gut
I’m excited to have Steve Wright back on the podcast today. He’s the founder of and has a lot of expertise specific to gut and health issues. I wanted to bring him back to talk about the promising research on tributyrin, which is a new molecule that I’ve been using that helped in my …
Oct 04, 2021
483: Mark Wolynn on Why It Didn’t Start With You, Inherited Trauma & How We Heal
I’ve spoken a lot on healing from trauma and this episode helps to bring awareness about the generational impacts of individual trauma and how it can play a role in our life. I’m here with Mark Wolynn and I recently discovered his book called “It Didn’t Start with You.” And when I read it, I …
Sep 30, 2021
482: Katy Bowman on Grow Wild - Optimal Movement for Children and Families
This episode is focused on a topic that I love to talk about – movement. I am here with Nutritious Movement guru Katy Bowman, and we talk about the idea of growing wild and how we can optimize movement for our children and our families. Katy is a much-requested repeat guest on this podcast, and …
Sep 27, 2021
481: Dr. Joshua Levitt on Real Solutions for Musculoskeletal Pain

This podcast is all about real solutions for orthopedic and musculoskeletal pain. I’m here with Dr. Josh Levitt, who draws on the science of both conventional and natural medicine and has a really unique approach to dealing with musculoskeletal pain and orthopedic pain. He shares his wide-ranging approach to this and why it’s much more than just addressing the acute pain. He also talks about how he got started as a naturopathic doctor, the root causes of pain, the mind-body connection, understanding inflammation and how it relates to pain, and so much more!

He’s also the founder of, which is a new company. I’ve been using some of their products and am really enjoying them. While we touch a lot on pain in this one, he has expertise in a lot of different areas and he is am amazing resource for all of his patients.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Joshua Levitt

  • Fun Fact: Why surfing imitates life and what we can learn from it
  • How he got his start as a naturopathic doctor (it started with antibiotics)
  • The patients he works with most and how he approaches care
  • Root causes of musculoskeletal pain
  • The mind body connection of pain that we can understand through phantom limb pain
  • Why pain is actually in the brain and not the body
  • The root of the word inflammation and how this relates to pain
  • Why those with chronic inflammation will have a heightened pain response
  • The reason he supports vs suppresses the pain/inflammation response
  • Why structural problems that cause pain are only part of the equation

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Sep 23, 2021
480: Sara Gottfried on Women, Food and Hormones (Calories Matter but Hormones Matter More)

Today’s guest is Dr. Sara Gottfried and this episode goes deep on women, food and hormones. She is such a wealth of knowledge and she is also a personal friend. She is a board-certified physician and practices evidence-based, integrative, precision and functional medicine and we touch on so many different areas today.

We talk about new studies on when metabolism actually changes, a better model of health for women and how to reverse the negative diet mindset, why BMI is a poor metric, the reason that hormone-related problems are on the rise right now, and why hormones are more important than calories. We also touch on the most common endocrine abnormalities, why women are more sensitive to stress, how testosterone is the most abundant hormone in the female body (which I didn’t know), and so much more. Such a fun and informative episode as always!

Let’s get ready to join Dr. Sara!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Sara Gottfried

  • Why doctors are trained to gaslight women about weight and metabolism
  • How metabolism doesn’t change until over age 60
  • A better model of health for women and how to reverse the negative mindset
  • Why BMI is a poor metric that is often not helpful for women
  • The reason hormone related problems are on the rise right now
  • What the most common endocrine abnormality is in women and why this is important
  • Why women are more sensitive to stress and how to understand how to manage it
  • How cortisol can disrupt other hormones in a cascade
  • Why testosterone is the most abundant hormone women have
  • The 400 jobs estrogen has in the body
  • What range to aim for optimal testosterone for women
  • Natural ways to balance hormones, especially testosterone
  • How coffee can lower testosterone in women
  • The way to leverage exercise to improve hormone levels
  • Why calories matter but hormones matter more
  • The reason some people don’t do well with high levels of saturated fat
  • Why keto doesn’t work for some women and how to adapt it
  • How to be metabolically flexible and how to know if you aren’t
  • A reason to cycle everything
  • How to support hormones through menstrual cycles, perimenopause and menopause

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479: Sarah Greenfield on the Gut + Hormone Connection and Learning From Your Poop
Today’s episode is a fun one and is all about the connection between gut health and our hormones and what we can all learn from our poop. Yes, your poop! I’m here with Sarah Greenfield, who is a functional dietitian and founder of the “Fearless Fig”. We spend some time going deep on the gut-hormone …
Sep 16, 2021
478: Dr. Sheila Kilbane on 7 Steps to Heal and Prevent Common Childhood Illnesses
Today’s guest is Dr. Sheila Kilbane, who is a board-certified pediatrician, trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. I have known Sheila for years and she is absolutely incredible. And today, we’re talking about her seven-step process that she uses to significantly improve or completely resolve childhood issues such as colic, reflux, eczema, ear …
Sep 13, 2021
477: Dr. Steve Morris on Glutathione, Free Radicals, Antioxidants, and Aging
Today’s episode brings me back to my high school science days and is all about glutathione, free radicals, antioxidants, and aging. I’m here with Dr. Steve Morris who is a physician who is currently serving as a scientific adviser and principal formulator in the nutraceutical industry. He has done a lot of research in various …
Sep 09, 2021
476: Paul Chek on the Only Four Doctors You Will Ever Need & Challenging Our Beliefs

Meet Paul Chek, a well-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology, stress management, and holistic wellness. He’s the founder of the CHEK Institute and a coaching program by the same name, and he’s the host of the podcast, Living 4D with Paul Chek.

This conversation isn’t about just one topic, but many many interesting ones. We explore the idea that our mental belief systems and the thoughts that we have internally drastically affect our health in a very real and physical way. Paul talks about how to address some unconscious beliefs that might be holding us back, especially in terms of motherhood.

I think this is a very educational episode and probably pretty surprising. I would encourage you to listen to it with an open mind, and I’m very curious to know your opinion once you do!

Episode Highlights With Paul Chek

  • How Paul got into the world of holistic health 37 years ago
  • Why his day starts at 3 am
  • How his system of four doctors developed and how he teaches his practitioners this process
  • The four categories that no philosophy can be reduced below: Happiness, movement, diet, and quiet
  • Why unbound play is so important for us all
  • What control fatigue is and how to manage it, especially as a mom
  • How to avoid burnout and “stinking thinking”
  • The importance of your mental diet, not just the food you put in your mouth
  • Why moms especially can struggle with taking care of themselves and the unconscious beliefs at the root of this
  • How long-term elevated cortisol levels can lead to a cascade of thyroid and neurotransmitter issues
  • What research shows on the healthiest tribes in the world and what we can learn from them
  • Why to ask yourself if your belief system is worth challenging
  • The “name it, blame it, tame it” technique
  • Why to identify what your most important unmet task is
  • Why you have a 38-60% chance of manifesting a disease you believe you have due to the nocebo effect
  • How curiosity is the antidote to unconscious beliefs
  • Ways to be present and impactful as a parent
  • The four factors most likely to lead to addiction: perfectionism, intensity, negativity, need to know
  • And more!

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475: Jeffrey Smith on the Existential Threat of Gene-Edited Microbes
This episode is on a topic you might not have heard of but that could have an extremely negative effect on your health. I’m here with Jeffrey Smith, whose name you may know as he is a leading spokesperson on the health dangers related to GMOs. To call him an expert is an understatement! Jeffrey …
Sep 02, 2021
474: Aimee Raupp on The Egg Quality Diet for Fertility & Healthy Pregnancy
I’m here with Aimee Raupp, a women’s health and fertility expert who has written multiple books on this topic, including her most recent, The Egg Quality Diet. And it’s not the kind of eggs you might be thinking! She presents a clinically proven, 100-day diet to balance hormones, reduce inflammation, and optimize your ability to get …
Aug 30, 2021
473: Aleks Rybchinskiy on Pain, Trauma, and Inner Work for Health and Healing
I’m here with Aleks Rybchinskiy, co-founder of Primal Fusion Health, a company that specializes in wellness education and primal integration. If you’re asking what primal integration might be, it’s simply how all of the areas of life (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) intersect to create your best state of health. I’m excited to go deep …
Aug 26, 2021
472: Josh Trent on Breathwork for Health, Inner Peace, and Learning to Feel Safe In Your Body
This podcast is all about breathwork and how this simple (and free!) practice can profoundly impact health. Just a few small changes to how we breathe can promote feelings of safety in our own body, activate our parasympathetic nervous system, improve health, and so much more! I’m here with Josh Trent, the founder of Wellness …
Aug 23, 2021
471: Dr. Jen Forristal on Umbrella Parenting and Raising Children With Strong Coping Skills
This episode is on a really cool new concept called “umbrella parenting,” a term for raising children with strong coping skills. I’m here with Dr. Jen Forristal, a naturopathic doctor and the founder of the Umbrella Project, a well-being curriculum that is currently running in hundreds of schools internationally. Since tools for emotional well-being are …
Aug 19, 2021
470: Amy Emerson of MAPS on the Future of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy & Research
This episode goes deep on the science of psychedelic-assisted therapy and research in light of some really astounding Phase III clinical trials that have recently come out about some of these substances. I am here with Amy Emerson, the CEO of the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Just as …
Aug 16, 2021
469: Dr. Kenneth Bock on Brain Inflamed & Healing the New Childhood Epidemics
I’m here with Dr. Kenneth Bock, a leader in integrative medicine with over 35 years of direct experience helping brain-inflamed children. He’s well respected as a leader on some of the new childhood epidemics, such as autism, PANS, PANDAS, tick-borne illnesses, and a lot more. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that a lot of these chronic …
Aug 12, 2021
468: Daniel Vitalis on Human Domestication and Our Diminishing Relationship to Nature
I loved doing this interview! This podcast goes deep on the idea of human domestication and our diminishing relationship with nature. I’m here with Daniel Vitalis, host of the WildFed TV show and podcast. For over a decade, he has taught in the U.S. and abroad about living healthier, more integrated, nature-based lives. He’s also …
Aug 09, 2021
467: Dr. Tim Jackson on Mold Toxicity, Testing, and Remediation
This episode is all about mold! Mold exposure, mold toxicity, and mold remediation, both in the home environment and in the body. I’m here with Dr. Tim Jackson who is a functional medicine practitioner and biohacker, and he’s also a member of the Wellness Mama medical review board because I really trust his opinion and …
Aug 05, 2021
466: Cynthia Thurlow on What Makes Fasting Unique for Women

I’m here with Cynthia Thurlow, who is the CEO and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project. She’s also a nurse practitioner and a globally recognized expert when it comes to intermittent fasting and nutritional health. In fact, she has a TED talk on intermittent fasting that has been watched over 8 million times!

We go really, really specific on the differences between fasting for men and women, how to fast without stressing out your body, and some really important reasons to stop snacking. If you fast or practice time-restricted eating (or are considering it), this is the episode for you!

Episode Highlights With Cynthia Thurlow

  • The reason for the differences in fasting between men and women
  • How to navigate fasting as a woman during fertile years
  • The time of the month that it is better not to do much intensive fasting
  • A reason to stop snacking
  • The importance of hydration and electrolytes with any type of fasting
  • How snacking keeps insulin elevated and makes weight loss difficult
  • The reason our body (liver especially) needs a break from food between meals
  • What the mitigating motor complex is and why it’s important
  • Why not to over-exercise and what we get wrong about this
  • The importance of electrolyte balance, especially during fasting
  • How fasting changes after menopause
  • Her tips for mitigating stress and staying in parasympathetic mode
  • And more!

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Aug 02, 2021
465: Sara Gustafson on Physiological, Limbic, Somatic, Biochemical & Psychological Differentiation Levels

Did you know 80% of all autoimmune diseases and 90% of fibromyalgia diagnoses are in women? And (less surprisingly) that women experience more anxiety and PTSD than men?

This episode separates fact from fiction when it comes to how men and women differ on the physiological, limbic, semantic, biochemical, and physiological levels. Sara Gustafson is a holistic tech practitioner and a women’s health researcher from Austin, Texas. She has a lot of expertise in many areas, but today we’re digging into tough questions like why medical studies focus on men, what factors in our modern world affect women more than men, and how to use this knowledge for better health.

Episode Highlights With Sara Gustafson

  • The problems that arise when studies look primarily at men but women receive the same treatments
  • A fascinating hormonal difference that affects how women respond to viruses
  • The surprising reason so many Alzheimer’s patients are women
  • Two items that we use on a daily basis that were designed on the measurements of women and not on the average man
  • How we can understand and use knowledge of cellular differences based on sex to better help everyone
  • A metaphysical link to chronic disease symptoms and why this affects women more
  • The surprising statistic of how much work women do, unpaid and paid
  • Why autoimmune disease often comes from a feeling of not feeling like you have worth or that you aren’t good enough
  • The link between breast cancer and disease and self-sacrificial emotions
  • A short exercise to help get emotionally unstuck by asking “is this true?” and “what else could be true?”
  • The cortisol connection: how our cortisol response is still pumping out cortisol for a 24 hour period after a stimulus
  • Drastic differences between cortisol patterns in response to stress in women and men
  • Why Sara recommends reading a lot of books written before 1989!
  • And more!

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Jul 29, 2021
464: Justin Mares on Regenerative Agriculture as the Solution to Climate Issues (and Health Issues)
It’s always a pleasure to chat with Justin Mares, who’s a friend of mine and also the founder and CEO of Kettle & Fire bone broth. Today we go deep on regenerative agriculture as a solution to climate issues and health issues. We go into the different ways that animals are raised and how certain …
Jul 26, 2021
463: Matt Dawson on Wild Health, Precision Medicine & Genomics
Matt Dawson is a father of four and a doctor who wants to be a farmer “when he grows up.” He’s also the founder and CEO of a genomics-based personalized medicine company called Wild Health. We’re here to talk about the paradox of how medicine is often 20 years behind the current science, yet often …
Jul 22, 2021
462: EMFs, Quantum Healing Technology and Inner Power With Philipp of Leela Q

Know much about quantum technology? Me neither! I will be the first to admit this is a field I definitely do not fully understand but I’m still very much excited to learn about it. I’m here with Philipp Samor von Holtzendorff-Fehling, a coach, entrepreneur, and the founder of a company called Leela Quantum Tech. His company works with quantum energy technology, which works to support health on a cellular level.

In this episode, we go into what quantum energy therapies can do and the roots of understanding how the body is able to heal itself. Philipp has been able to make some really surprising changes in a lot of people using some of this technology, including some pretty drastic HRV changes, which is a significant marker for health.

This is a complex topic, but one with so much promise. Take a listen!

Episode Highlights With Philipp of Leela Q

  • What the primal healing human frequency is and how this can benefit us
  • The measurable results of meditation
  • Understanding quantum energy and how this impacts us on a cellular level
  • Why the body is able to heal itself and how we unlearn that
  • The surprising HRV changes from quantum devices
  • What dark field microscopy is and how it shows changes from quantum fields
  • Understanding EMFs (from someone who used to be an executive for a cell phone company)
  • The measurable results of meditation
  • How quantum energy devices can be used to harmonize and neutralize EMFs
  • And more!

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Jul 19, 2021
461: Sam Thayer on Foraging and Wild Edibles for Health, Conservation, and Culinary Uses
Most of us think plants you can eat only exist in a garden or grocery store, but did you know that more than half of the plants we see outdoors in daily life are also edible? I did not know that before this episode! I’m here with Sam Thayer, foraging expert, to go deep on …
Jul 15, 2021
460: Seth Conger on Functional Medicine and Growing a Clinical Practice (for Practitioners)

Today’s guest is going to be of special interest to any of you natural health or functional medicine practitioners out there, whether you’re already in practice or just thinking about getting into this field. Seth Conger has been a business leader and innovator in the functional medicine world since 2013. He’s helped bring several businesses to seven figures and beyond. He also created a cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s startup geared at helping people in those spaces.

Seth is now the COO of Freedom Practice Coaching, a company that helps practitioners reinvent and maximize business and client outcomes. We go deep into some practical tools practitioners can use to grow as entrepreneurs. We also talk a lot about functional medicine in general and the direction it should hopefully go over the next few decades. It’s a truly fascinating topic and I learned so much!

Episode Highlights With Seth Conger

  • How life’s most unexpected experiences (for him, becoming a truck driver) can open doors you never thought possible
  • The functional medicine difference: working from symptoms to root cause and first principles
  • Why not to run your small practice like a hospital or corporation (and what to do instead)
  • The need for business education in the doctor/naturopath sector
  • Why the acute care model in the U.S. isn’t enough, and how to rethink the system
  • The importance of creating an emotional connection with the patient in good, long-term holistic care
  • Techniques for developing effective health programs to get the patient to their destination
  • How to recognize when it’s time to grow your team/practice
  • Why marketing and advertising on its own is not enough
  • Seth’s experience with neurofeedback and biofeedback, and its impact on brain health
  • An important lesson he learned from a business launch failure
  • How to adjust and reinvent as a practitioner in a post-COVID world
  • And more!

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Jul 12, 2021
459: Suzanne Somers on a New Way to Age (Focused on Cellular Health)
Today we’re talking all about aging gracefully, or more specifically, appreciating the gifts that come with age and limiting the downsides. I’m here with Suzanne Somers, who you might remember as one of America’s most popular and beloved TV personalities. You may remember her as Chrissy Snow in “Three’s Company,” and from there she launched …
Jul 08, 2021
458: Dr. Marcella Madera on Neurosurgery, Cell Medicine, TBIs, and Anti-Aging

This episode gets into some really cool science, even more than usual! It’s about neurosurgery, specifically in spinal health, but we dive into also brain health, and so much more. I am here with Dr. Marcella Madera, whose bio is so impressive. She is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Not only that, she is world-renowned in the surgical treatment of conditions of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, spine tumors, and degenerative deformity.

What’s really impressive is that Marcella combines the cutting edge of surgical treatment with alternative and even energy therapies. She shares the incredible results she’s getting for her patients and how these therapies can translate into other areas of life as well.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Marcella Madera

  • Why Marcella chose to make neurology/the nervous system her specialty
  • How her holistic education reinforced her success as a neurosurgeon, resulting in an integrative practice
  • Indicators that you might need surgery for spinal issues vs. more non-invasive options
  • The role of aging in brain and spinal health, and how to age gracefully
  • Why the research is pointing to the need for biologic decoding when addressing these problems
  • Common causes of back pain, and natural solutions to try
  • How to combat inflammation, a root cause of pain and disease, with energy work
  • Simple lifestyle changes that can make a real difference in spinal and overall health
  • How to learn your “real” age by testing your DNA methylation
  • Dr. Marcella’s take on nootropics and whether they’re safe and effective for moms
  • And more!

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Jul 05, 2021
457: Rachel Harrington on Understanding and Navigating Sensory Processing Challenges in Our Kids
With the number of questions I get about sensory processing issues in children, I knew I needed to find an expert on this topic who could really help families struggling with this. Enter Rachel Harrington, a pediatric-certified occupational therapy assistant who works with children of different abilities. Rachel began her own sensory journey by designing …
Jul 01, 2021
456: Rian Doris on Harnessing Flow States for Accelerated Learning and Peak Performance
This podcast is all about flow states. You know, that feeling when everything just lines up and you’re able to get a ton of work done? Or when you’re in an intense creative zone where you feel thoroughly like your best self? That’s what we’re talking about today. I’m here with Rian Doris, who is …
Jun 28, 2021
455: Gin Stephens on the Real Deal About Intermittent Fasting for Women
Today’s episode is in response to a number of questions, and even pushback, I’ve gotten about the idea of women fasting. Intermittent fasting expert Gin Stephens is here to talk specifically about what the research says about if women should do this and how to do it in the best way possible. We really dispel …
Jun 24, 2021
454: Dr. Jennifer Tippett on Trauma Therapy, Never Wasting Triggers, and Psychedelic Research

I’m here with Dr. Jennifer Tippett, a licensed clinical psychologist in the Denver Metro area. Dr. Tippett has been working with patients with mental illness and substance misuse for a decade. She’s the director of the Substance Use Disorder specialty at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, where she teaches the sequence of graduate-level courses about the neurobiology of trauma, addiction, and behavioral addictions. She also has a small private practice where she provides psychedelic integration and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

I wanted to have her on because these things have been helpful to me in my own life, and because we’re likely going to see the clinical legalization of substances in the United States in the next couple of years. I think education around this topic ahead of time is vitally important, as it can be easily misunderstood or even misused.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Jennifer Tippett

  • The astounding research on certain therapies for PTSD and severe trauma
  • How these therapies can have a lasting effect without continued use
  • The downsides of SSRIs and what to be aware of
  • How trauma lives in the body and how this gives us a window to address it
  • The role of somatic therapies in trauma processing
  • How ACE (adverse childhood experiences) play a role in the trauma response
  • Clinical research on ketamine and how it is being used in patients with depression
  • The vital importance of integration for processing any type of trauma or trauma therapy
  • Why couples are each other’s perfect triggers and how to reframe couple disagreements
  • Complementary and alternative therapies that work with these types of therapy
  • The surprising roots of the stigma around psychedelics
  • Important safety and risk information
  • Problems and barriers with access to these therapies for people who need them most
  • What the future holds for clinical use of psychedelics and ketamines
  • And more!

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453: Dr Tami Meraglia & Ian Mitchell on a Holistic Approach to Hair Loss
I’ve gotten an increasing number of questions about hair loss recently. The stress of the last year has gotten to a lot of us! That’s why today’s episode delves into the science of hair loss and provides evidence-based methods for reversing it! I chat with Dr. Tami Meraglia, author of the bestselling book The Hormone Secret …
Jun 17, 2021
452: Esther Blum on How to Navigate Menopause Without All the Negative Symptoms
I may be a few years away from menopause, but this is the time to start learning about it and how to approach it in a natural way. Today’s episode is jam packed with really direct, practical resources on menopause, from dietitian and women’s coach Esther Blum. Esther’s helped thousands of women permanently balance their …
Jun 14, 2021
451: Dr. Roseann on How to Develop Resilience and Support Kids With ADHD, OCD, LD, or PANS/PANDAS Kids
This episode goes deep on things like PANS and PANDAS, which I don’t have any firsthand experience with but get many questions about. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is the founder of the Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and has been recognized as a thought leader in children’s mental health by Forbes. She’s worked with thousands of …
Jun 10, 2021
450: Aviva Romm on Hormone Intelligence: Calming Hormone Chaos & Feeling Good Again
This episode is all about getting your hormones into balance, a topic that’s so important to us as moms. I’m here with Aviva Romm, a world-renowned midwife and herbalist who also happens to be a Yale-trained MD and a board-certified family physician. Her specialties are integrative gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Aviva has an incredible new book …
Jun 07, 2021
449: Randy Newberg on Seasonal Eating, Sustainable Food Sourcing, & Learning From the Outdoors
I’m here with Randy Newberg, the host of popular TV shows and podcasts focused on self-guided public land hunting, conservation, and environmentalism. We discuss some misconceptions around these topics and really delve into the difference we make when we source our food as locally and as sustainably as possible, whether it be through gardening, fishing, …
Jun 03, 2021
448: Mike Bayer on Creating a Strong Mindset in Ourselves and Our Kids
I’m here with Mike Bayer, who is all about curating a strong mindset in ourselves and in our kids. Mike is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, founder and CEO of the leading mental health treatment center in Los Angeles, and one of the top life coaches in the world today. Mike works with …
May 31, 2021
447: Kambo Frog Medicine for Detox, Healing, and Trauma Release With Todd Shipman
If you follow my Instagram, you already know that I’ve tried Kambo, a secretion from a poisonous Amazonian frog that actually has positive health benefits for humans. Understandably this raised a lot of questions from all of you, like “why would you do that?” and “what does it do?”. This episode goes deep on all …
May 27, 2021
446: The Science of Psychedelics (& Why I Took Drugs) With Ted Achacoso

Welcome back to Ted Achacoso, one of the smartest doctors and human beings on the planet, for the second part of last week’s episode. In our first interview, we talked about consciousness, suffering, ego, and a lot of other topics related to that. Today we take it a step further into some controversial waters, the substances called psychedelics and their possibilities from a medical and neurological perspective.

I would encourage you to listen to this episode with an open mind, not only because you’re hearing from one of the smartest people in the world, but because these substances, while often misunderstood, have truly life-changing potential. I know this firsthand from my own experience with several of them, which were instrumental in healing some personal trauma in my past.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Ted Achacoso

  • What ketamine is and how it can be used therapeutically
  • How ketamine can do a DNM reset
  • The way ketamine inhibits the inhibitor by taking away from the task positive network
  • How psychedelics calm the default mode network to allow for emotional recovery
  • How the 5HT2a receptor affects mood and why these substances can be a great alternative to other depression medications
  • What psilocybin, DMT, and MDMA are and how they affect the brain, body, and consciousness
  • How psychedelics are to the mind what a telescope is to astronomy and a microscope is to biology
  • “Meditation is like a mental gym and psychedelics are like steroids for your mental gym”
  • What psychedelic therapy is and how it is being used in research for things like PTSD
  • The research happening at Johns Hopkins
  • How they are so safe that we can say that no one has actually died from certain psychedelics
  • Why psychedelics are by their nature non-addicting
  • Who should be very cautious or not use psychedelics
  • The importance of being in therapy when considering using these substances (and the importance of integration after)
  • Important safety notes related to all of these substances
  • The science of how psychedelics affect and can benefit the body too!
  • Why ketamine has been approved for treatment-resistant depression (and where to find it)
  • And more!

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May 24, 2021
445: Understanding Consciousness, Ego & How to Reduce Suffering with Dr. Ted Achacoso
Dr. Ted Achacoso is, in my opinion, one of the smartest physicians in the world, and he’s back today to share more from his depth of knowledge about human consciousness and wellness. I think this conversation is so important for moms, since our awareness around this topic affects the next generation. We start by delving …
May 20, 2021
444: Dr. Stephen Cabral on The Rain Barrel Effect, Inflammation, Fasting & Hormones
Dr. Stephen Cabral is a board-certified doctor of naturopathy and founder of the Cabral Wellness Institute. He has been through his own life-altering illness diagnosis. After recovery, he discovered a passion for helping other people do the same through naturopathic and functional medicine. In this episode, we talk about the common root causes he looks …
May 17, 2021
443: Dr. Manasa Mantravadi on How Plastic Chemicals Are Changing Your Family’s Health & Hormones
I am here today with Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a pediatric hospitalist who is also a mom. We sit down to talk about something I’ve taken some heat for in the past: my stance on the problems with plastic chemicals. Years later, with the benefit of new studies and a 2018 paper from the American Academy of …
May 13, 2021
442: John Roulac on how Chemicals are Killing Insects & Destroying the Ocean
This episode is incredibly important for any of us who breathe air, eat food, or drink water. Today we delve into some of the real dangers of some of the climate change problems that we’re having and what the real roots are. Bottom line, it’s not the story that you’re hearing from most sources. I’m …
May 10, 2021
441: Dr. Robert Lustig on the Lure & the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, & Modern Medicine
Warning: if you have a sweet tooth, you might not like what you hear in this episode! Dr. Robert Lustig is a professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed articles, …
May 06, 2021
440: Dr. Ari Langdon on Working Through Trauma & Understanding the Mind/Body Connection
Over the last year, I’ve been sharing how I worked through my past trauma and ways that others can start that journey as well. I’m here with Dr. Ariana Langdon, who is a Bastyr-educated naturopathic physician. She was raised in the Ukrainian area of Chicago where she learned plenty of street smarts by age nine. Later …
May 03, 2021
439: An Interview With My Five-Year-Old About Family Culture
I’ve talked before about how I believe that kids are born with many of the skills they need to thrive as an adult, like creativity, imagination, connecting the dots (pattern recognition), critical thinking (asking why), and many others. In my opinion, much of our work as parents is just keeping them from having these skills …
Apr 29, 2021
438: Martha Tettenborn on Metabolic Factors That Affect Cancer Recovery
I’m here with Martha Tettenborn, a registered dietitian and health coach whose health journey began with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. It led her to deep research on the science of cancer metabolism and eventually to her own recovery. Now she helps so many others do the same. I walked away from this episode amazed by how …
Apr 26, 2021
437: Dr. Ted Achacoso on Health Optimization Medicine, Nootropics, & Anti-Aging
I’m here with Dr. Ted Achacoso, a polymath doctor with one of the most impressive resumes I’ve ever seen. He is multiple board-certified and an expert in many things, including what he calls health optimization medicine. It’s an entirely different approach to medicine, beyond even functional medicine and naturopathic medicine, that specializes in things like …
Apr 22, 2021
436: Are Bras Making Us Sick? The Breast Disease Link With Sydney Singer
Sydney Ross Singer is a medical anthropologist, which is a term maybe not many of us have heard before. As director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, Sydney uses his training in medicine, biochemistry, and anthropology to discover the cultural causes of disease and how they link to medical causes. When his …
Apr 19, 2021
435: Eileen Durfee on the Cause & Solution of Back and Neck Pain
I am back today with Eileen Durfee, a former nuclear power plant engineer who, like many of us, has battled through a lot of her own health problems. Eileen has figured out a really innovative solution called the Neck Shaper that helps the misalignment of spinal posture that causes many back and neck problems. There …
Apr 15, 2021
434: Radha Agrawal on Biohacking Joy & Creating Strong Community
This episode is all about creating joy and strong community, something we’re all longing for about now! I’m here with Radha Agrawal, who is quite simply a force for community-building in the world. She is the co-founder, CEO, and chief community architect of a company called Daybreaker, which is a dance and wellness movement company …
Apr 12, 2021
433: Dr. Steven Gundry on The Energy Paradox
I am here today for a round two with a much-requested return guest, Dr. Steven Gundry. He’s one of the world’s top cardiothoracic surgeons and a pioneer in all things nutrition. Dr. Gundry is well-known for his books, including The Plant Paradox, The Longevity Paradox, and his newest, The Energy Paradox: What to Do When …
Apr 08, 2021
432: Jodi Cohen on Using Olfactory & Transdermal Methods to Calm Anxiety
I am here with my friend Jodi Cohen from Vibrant Blue Oils, talking all about olfactory and transdermal methods of using essential oils for things like calming anxiety, helping the body achieve parasympathetic, improving sleep and focus, reducing inflammation, and much more. Her story is pretty incredible. She’s been through some pretty tough things and …
Apr 05, 2021
431: Jason Conviser on How to Use Whole Body Vibration for Strength, Bone Health & Fat Loss
Today we’re talking all about whole bodyweight vibration, what that is, and how to use it to your advantage. Jason Conviser is an expert in sports medicine, metabolic syndrome, and fitness and wellness. He is one of the developers behind the Power Plate, which I’ve been using in my own home and with my kids. …
Apr 01, 2021
430: Giada De Laurentiis on How to Eat Better to Feel Better
I am so excited today to get to share this interview with someone I have known of for many, many years and who partially taught me how to cook. Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy award-winning star of many shows, including “Everyday Italian,” “Giada Entertains,” “Giada at Home,” and “Giada in Italy.” She trained at …
Mar 29, 2021
429: Andy Mant on How Light Can Heal (or Damage) Your Health & Hormones
Light and our exposure to it (or lack of) has everything to do with our hormone balance, how we age, the quality of our sleep, and so much more. I’m here with Andy Mant, the founder and CEO of BLUblox, one of my favorite sources for light-filtering eyewear. Andy knows this topic inside and out …
Mar 25, 2021
428: Michael Stevens on Designing Long-Term Financial Wellness for Your Family
Financial struggles can be a major source of stress for couples and parents, and I think this last year has made that even more acute for a lot of people. To start a conversation around this topic, I invited Michael Stevens, a financial advisor I personally use and trust. He runs, a site you …
Mar 22, 2021
427: Dr. Scott Sherr on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) & Health Optimization Medicine
From glucose monitors to PEMF treatments, you know I’m always one to try something new in the name of health. I’m here with Dr. Scott Sherr, a board-certified internal medicine physician certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He’s one of the foremost experts in the world on this therapy both in a medical setting and now …
Mar 18, 2021
426: Lisa Shank on Everything You Need to Know About Sleep & Melatonin
I am here with Lisa Shank, who has been in the natural products industry for over 20 years. She’s studied functional nutrition and herbal medicine and is an expert in sleep and hormones. In this episode we go especially deep into melatonin, which is often misunderstood and very often given at the wrong dose. We …
Mar 15, 2021
425: Katey McPherson on Helping Kids & Teens Build a Healthy Relationship With Technology
It’s no secret that technology is a big part of our lives and is likely to increase in our everyday lives. It’s no secret either that screen time can be addictive especially for kids. We’re gonna go deep on how we can help kids build a really healthy relationship with technology, mental health for teenagers, …
Mar 11, 2021
424: Amy McCready on Navigating Virtual School, Homework, & an Unpredictable School
Today’s guest is a much-requested second round with Amy McCready, founder of the Positive Parenting Solutions course and the creator of The 7-Step Parenting Success System. These are the most impactful courses I’ve ever taken and it’s been very helpful to me with my kids. If you missed my first interview with her, definitely check …
Mar 08, 2021
423: Dr. Michele Borba on The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle
Today’s topic is going to be really fun! As you know if you follow the blog, education is a subject near and dear to my heart and I suspect many of yours too. Meet Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist, former teacher, a mom. She’s been recognized for her ongoing research on how to raise successful …
Mar 04, 2021
422: Dr. Amy Shah on a Proven Plan to Beat Burnout & Boost Energy
My favorite part of the podcast is sitting down with some of the people I admire the most, and today’s guest is no exception! Dr. Amy Shah is a double board-certified medical doctor specializing in allergy and immunology, as well as hormones and gut health. She’s also a mom of two, so the title of her …
Mar 01, 2021
421: Getting Rid of Eczema for Good With Dr. Ana-Maria Temple
Dr. Ana-Maria Temple is a functional medicine doctor, a best-selling author, and an award-winning speaker at the Harvard Club of Boston. Her specific expertise is eczema, a condition that plagues many of us and our kids. We go really deep on how this problem can start even before birth or during the birth process and …
Feb 25, 2021
420: Is The Pegan Diet the Answer to the Diet Wars With Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman hardly needs introduction, but just in case, he's an internationally recognized speaker, 13-time New York Times bestselling author, and renowned physician in the field of functional medicine. Dr. Hyman is here talking about his newest book The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World, a paleo-vegan book that promises to end the dietary wars once and for all!

Dr. Hyman delves into the roots of functional medicine today, and why a nutritious diet isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Take notes on this one... it is jam-packed with advice you won't want to miss!

Episode Highlights: The Pegan Diet With Mark Hyman MD
  • What paleo and vegan diets have in common
  • How Dr. Hyman's views on food have changed over the years, and why
  • The role of phytochemicals (and why you can't always get enough from food alone)
  • What happens to our immune systems as they age
  • Why insulin resistance is the most common condition affecting Americans right now
  • How to eat if you want to protect the planet
  • The new label to look for on food (regenerative organic)
  • Success stories from his practice
  • Food rules we can all agree on (and end the diet wars)
  • And more!
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Feb 22, 2021
419: Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Health and Postpartum With MUTU Founder Wendy Powell
Wendy Powell has helped over 75,000 women worldwide with her MUTU system, a method that can help you naturally recover from all kinds of pelvic floor issues, incontinence, diastasis recti, and so much more. I love her message that women do not have to accept these issues as normal or lifelong! In fact, they might …
Feb 18, 2021
418: Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness With Dr. Perlmutter
I’m thrilled to have Dr. Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and five-times New York Times best-selling author here today. You probably know him as the author of the book Grain Brain, which he’s been on the podcast to talk about before. He’s a widely recognized expert in a lot of topics, including things like Alzheimer’s disease and …
Feb 15, 2021
417: The Energy Formula and Biohacking From Home With Shawn Wells

You all really enjoyed Shawn Wells the first time he was on, and I’m glad to say he’s back again! Shawn has written a fascinating new book, The Energy Formula, and it’s safe to say we all want more of that!

Just to tell you a little about Shawn, he is one of the world’s leading nutritional biochemists and has personally formulated over 500 supplements and cosmeceuticals, as well as patents on 10 novel ingredients. He is also formerly a chief clinical dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience.

Today we cover some very specific advice on ways you can have more energy, and how this equation is a little bit different for each individual person.

Episode Highlights With Shawn Wells

  • The biggest factors for having more energy
  • A subtle but important shift in mindset that makes a big difference in health
  • What we can actually learn from data and studies (and what the limitations are)
  • How to increase compliance and actually stick to changes
  • Some simple labs to track to see if something is working for you (HA1c, CRP, oxidized LDL), glucose, HRV, etc
  • How to figure out the healthiest diet for you personally
  • What sirtuins are and why these matter (for aging)
  • Some easy exercise hacks to make it more efficient
  • A reason to stop doing cardio
  • The power of “I am” statements for creating change
  • How a growth mindset helps us improve in every area
  • Ways to increase resilience and use hormesis to our advantage
  • How stoicism relates to health
  • And more!

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416: Q&A: Supplements, EMFs, Protein Snacks, First Principles, and More
I’m answering your questions today, from supplements to fasting to homeschooling to EMFs… and beyond! These solo episodes are always fun for me because I get to hear from you guys and hopefully, help by answering some questions that are really on your mind. If you have questions you would like included on future episodes …
Feb 08, 2021
415: Reversing Limiting Beliefs Such As "I Am Not Enough" With Marisa Peer
Our thoughts (especially the ones we think about ourselves) make such an impact on our wellness and happiness. I’m sure every mom out there knows exactly what I’m talking about! My guest today does too. Marissa Peer, the founder of, designed an entire therapy system to help people find and reverse the limiting beliefs …
Feb 04, 2021
414: Ancestral Parenting, Biological Norms, Wild Food, and Foraging With Arthur Haines
Are you a history buff? Do you love spending time in nature? Then this episode is for you! I’m here with Arthur Haines, who is a forager and ancestral skills educator, an author, and a botanical researcher. He lives in Maine, where he’s known for his knowledge about things like tracking, foraging, wild plants, and …
Feb 01, 2021
413: How to Use Notion for Organization and Productivity With Sandra Halling

Sandra Halling is a business strategist who knows how to get the best out of technology. She’s been working on optimizing and organizing systems for just about everything for the last 20 years. Now she brings her corporate experience and strategic thinking to help small businesses and individuals implement Notion, an app I’ve been using and loving lately. If you haven’t heard of it yet, definitely check it out.

Many experts say Notion is a total game changer for how we organize and use information. I’m still learning Notion but I love the clean, visual layout and endless flexibility. I’ll definitely be taking notes on everything Sandra has to say!

Episode Highlights With Sandra Halling

  • What Notion is and how to use it for organization and productivity
  • How to create a daily journal in Notion
  • What a daily homepage looks like
  • The difference between tables and pages and how to use them
  • What OKR is and how you can use it to reach goals
  • How I (Katie) use Notion to keep track of summaries using the Feynman Technique
  • What the momentum method is in Notion and how to use it
  • Using templates for maximum productivity
  • Ideas for using Notion to organize the home, family, and meal planning
  • And more!

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412: Getting the Benefits of Ozone Therapy With Biocharged Scientist Ian Mitchell

I’m here with Dr. Ian Mitchell, an expert in the field of ozone and many other topics. He’s here to tell us what ozone is, how to use it, and why it can sometimes be a controversial therapy. We also dive into the cautions and what you need to avoid if you’re going to try ozone.

Dr. Ian also explains a cutting edge product called Biocharged that allows you to ingest ozone orally and get a lot of the same benefits you get from using ozone in the blood. I’ve tried some ozone therapy myself and I can’t wait to learn more about this!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Ian Mitchell

  • What ozone is (it doesn’t just have to do with the environment)
  • Antibacterial and antifungal benefits of ozone therapy
  • The pros and cons of ozone delivery systems
  • Why ozone isn’t a therapy to use every day
  • Cautions when using ozone and why it’s controversial
  • Tips to avoid a Herxheimer reaction (excessive die-off)
  • How to use an indirect signaling mechanism to deliver ozone
  • What causes sugar cravings (and how ozone can help)
  • Benefits of ozonated oils and how to use them
  • How to find the right dosage for you
  • Carbon 60: promising research that it mitigates effects EMF and radiation
  • And more!

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Jan 25, 2021
411: Breaking the Invisible Corset & Connecting to Your Body With Lauren Geertsen
Today’s episode is all about learning how to release the emotional ties that make us view our bodies from a place of fear, and how to replace that with love and acceptance. Lauren Geertsen of Empowered Sustenance is a body connection coach who’s done a ton of research and coaching to help women heal their …
Jan 21, 2021
410: Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Be a High-Performing Human With Dave Asprey
Thanks so much to Dave Asprey, world-famous biohacker and founder of Bulletproof, for returning to the podcast. He’s been called the father of biohacking and I think he deserves the title! Dave has spent about $2 billion taking control of his own biology and finding new and innovative ways to reach the peak of health. …
Jan 18, 2021
409: The Thyroid Reset Diet to Resolve Thyroid Problems With Dr. Alan Christianson
I’m here with Dr. Alan Christianson, who is most recently the author of The Thyroid Reset Diet, which we talk about today. Dr. Christianson is a naturopathic endocrinologist who specializes in Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and Graves’ disease. He is also the doctor who had a tremendous role in my own path to remission. He’s convinced that …
Jan 14, 2021
408: Cardiometabolic Risk, Lipoproteins and Metabolic Disorders With Dr. William Cromwell
This episode goes deep on something called cardiometabolic risk, understanding lipoproteins and metabolic disorders. I’m here with Dr. William Cromwell, who is the chief of the Lipoprotein and Metabolic Disorders Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, and who is one of the foremost experts in the world on these topics. I think this is a really …
Jan 11, 2021
407: Working Toward Financial Independence and Time Freedom With Joe DiSanto
Today we’re talking about an often overlooked aspect of health, which is financial health. Statistically, financial woes are one of the top five stressors for many Americans. And we know stress can have a big impact on our sleep, our immune system, and of course our happiness. Enter Joe DiSanto, creator of the blog “Play …
Jan 07, 2021
406: The Case for Keto: Rethinking Obesity and Weight Loss With Gary Taubes
Gary Taubes is an award-winning scientist, health journalist, and author. You may know his books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat. Now he has a new book called The Case for Keto that really deep dives into the data about the unprecedented epidemics of chronic disease, obesity, and diabetes in our society. Especially with everything going …
Jan 04, 2021
405: Eat Smarter: How to Use Food to Reboot Your Metabolism With Shawn Stevenson
Shawn Stevenson is back! You remember him from one of our most popular episodes ever. As a mom I always knew sleep was important, but it wasn’t until I met Shawn that I realized just how crucial it is for our health. Shawn has revolutionized the field of sleep hygiene and sleep health. His book Sleep …
Dec 31, 2020
404: Understanding Mast Cell Activation and Histamine Intolerance With Dr. Beth O'Hara
Today’s topic may not be one we think about every day, but unfortunately there are probably more and more people who are dealing with these conditions. I’m talking about mast cell activation and histamine intolerance with Dr. Beth O’Hara, who’s a Functional Naturopath specializing in this area. Beth is the founder and owner of Mast …
Dec 28, 2020
403: Whew! 2020 in Review + Experiments, Highlights, and Systems for 2021
Wow… what a crazy 525,600 minutes this year has been! For many of us, the intense challenges of 2020 have been a rollercoaster, a teacher, a frustration, and a very very long 12 months. I know my year didn’t match the plans I made, and maybe some of you are feeling the same way. Instead …
Dec 24, 2020
402: How to Use Glucose as a Continuous Health Marker for Metabolic Health With Dr. Casey Means of Levels
Lately you’ve probably seen me experimenting with a continuous glucose monitor on my arm. I have learned so much from just one month of tracking that I was eager to go deeper. Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician and the chief medical officer and co-founder of a company called Levels. They make a continuous …
Dec 21, 2020
401: Rethinking Education to Set Our Kids Up for Success With Jesse Elder
This episode is about one of my favorite topics: how we can set our kids up for success in an increasingly technological world. And I’m here with one of my favorite people to talk about this topic with, Jesse Elder. He is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur working on creating resources for families that help …
Dec 17, 2020
400th Episode: My Mental Models and 8 Rules for Life
Here we are… episode 400 of the Wellness Mama Podcast! It’s hard to believe I’ve been recording these for so long, and I’m so honored and grateful that you would share your most valuable resource, your time, with me and my guests over these past five years. This episode is a little bit different. It’s …
Dec 14, 2020
399: Chronic Pain: What’s Wrong With the Normal Approach and How to Fix It With Dr. Yoni Whitten

I’m here with Dr. Yoni Whitten, who is an expert on chronic pain. He’s a lifelong athlete who is no stranger to the physical and mental ailments that can hold us back. He is well-known for his program, Pain Fix Protocol, which blends the latest in scientific research with essential concepts from the field of natural movement, evolutionary health, spinal hygiene, and much more.

In this episode, we really go deep on things like why 1.5 billion people are suffering from chronic pain worldwide, and why so much of the conventional approach to treating chronic pain doesn’t make sense. Even if you don’t struggle with chronic pain, it can help so much with posture and agility overall.

Episode Highlights With Yoni Whitten

  • Why 1.5 billion people are suffering from chronic pain (and half of these have back pain)
  • The factors that make chronic pain so complex
  • What we can learn from five year olds about movement
  • The difference between exercise and movement and why it matters
  • Why so many chronic health problems could be resolved if people would walk 5-9 miles a day
  • How joints wear out even in people aren’t using them
  • A funny side effect of wearing heels
  • The surprising longevity correlation with being able to get up and down off the floor
  • Why NSAIDs are the number one prescribed treatment for chronic pain
  • The big mismatch between conventional pain treatment and what the research says
  • Ways to improve posture in adults and kids in creative ways
  • Why every joint needs to move through full range of motion every day, and how to do it
  • How to adopt a healthy movement routine each morning to avoid and fix chronic pain

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Alitura. You’ve probably heard me talk about that. This is a skincare company I love, and it’s founded by a dear friend of mine, Andy, who created these incredible products when he was in a horrible accident that left him with scars on his face. And this sent him into an incredible resea

Dec 10, 2020
398: Sauna Use to Increase Lifespan, Improve Thyroid, Detox Safely, and More With Sauna Fix
As you probably know, sauna use has been a really important part of my own recovery journey. It’s something I do at least three or four days a week without fail. I recently found a really intriguing budget-friendly sauna option when I met the researcher behind it, Eileen Durfee. Eileen is a former nuclear power engineer …
Dec 07, 2020
397: Can Normal Thyroid Function Return by Avoiding Iodine With Dr. Alan Christianson

I’m here with someone I deeply admire and I’m incredibly grateful for. Dr. Alan Christianson is a naturopathic endocrinologist who focuses on thyroid function and specifically Hashimoto’s (which I had) as well as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease.

Dr. Christianson was actually the first doctor to diagnose me (correctly) and guide me to my recovery. He’s also done this for thousands of people in his years of practice.

In this episode, we go deep on, of course, thyroid health, but also things like iodine, weight loss, and some confounding factors that aren’t always considered when it comes to thyroid.

Episode Highlights With Dr. Alan Christianson

  • Specific resources to help with thyroid disease
  • Some important reasons to consider avoiding iodine with thyroid disease
  • Why you likely need less iodine, not more, if you have thyroid disease (this was an important factor for me)
  • The hidden source of iodine you’ve probably never considered
  • How to know if you’re putting iodine on your skin without knowing it
  • What to know about selenium intake and how to get enough without getting too much
  • The labs to know to look at for thyroid health
  • One lab that confirms the presence of thyroid disease
  • The two products you should consider avoiding for thyroid health
  • And more!

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Dec 03, 2020
396: A Better Way to Connect With Small, Sustainable Farms, and Agriculture With LAEF
This episode is about a clever way one entrepreneur connects people directly with their local food economies to save money, get more nutritious food, and support small family farmers. I’m here with Matthew Barnes, who’s the co-founder of LAEF, which is short for Local Agriculture Expansion Foundation. In a nutshell, LAEF is a free payment …
Nov 30, 2020
395: Gratitude and Silver Linings of This Year - Thanksgiving Podcast
It’s been such a tough year for many people, and Thanksgiving is bound to feel different for many of us. In tough and uncertain times, it’s easy to focus on the negative… but what’s the benefit in that? In this Thanksgiving podcast, I share the lessons I’ve learned through all of this, including reinventing many …
Nov 26, 2020
394: The Carnivore Code, Plant Toxins, and Optimal Protein With Dr. Paul Saladino
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming a much-requested guest, Dr. Paul Saladino of “The Carnivore Code” fame. He’s a double board certified doctor with a controversial claim: vegetables aren’t as good for you as you think! Dr. Saladino goes deep on how he used a meat-only diet to reverse autoimmune issues, chronic inflammation, mental health …
Nov 23, 2020
393: Fish Oil, Nature's Real Superfoods, and Strengthening Immunity With Nora Gedgaudas
We’re back for a second episode with Nora Gedgaudas, who is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a clinical neurofeedback specialist. She has over 20 years of clinical experience and she’s also an extremely detailed researcher. I always love to hear her thoughts on controversial health topics since she goes deep and leaves no stone unturned. …
Nov 19, 2020
392: Understanding Genetics vs Epigenetics: How Genes Work Like Dominos and What Yours Are Telling You With Dr. Lynch of StrateGene
I am thrilled to say today I’m sitting down for round two with Dr. Ben Lynch, one of my favorite experts on genetics and epigenetics. He’s going to give us some very practical, useful tips on supporting your health by paying attention to your genes, and how to teach your kids to do this too. …
Nov 16, 2020
391: Using Detailed Health Journaling and Mindset Shifts to Heal With Sarah Kay Hoffman
Over the last few years, I have shared more about my own health journey and how I truly had to figure out my own individualized approach to health. I saw benefits from other systems — paleo, AIP, keto — but it wasn’t until I found a personalized approach that everything started to change. It can …
Nov 12, 2020
390: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success With Julie Lythcott-Haims
I’m here with Julie Lythcott-Haims, who is the author of The New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult. It’s one of my favorite books and I think her message is incredibly, incredibly important. I’m so excited to have her on today to share her perspective because Julie is a mom (and also …
Nov 09, 2020
389: Addressing the Root Cause of Eczema, Allergies and Asthma With Dr. Nelli Gluzman
I’m here with Dr. Nelli Gluzman, the founder and head physician at Blossom Pediatrics, a practice dedicated to helping families address the root cause of common childhood illnesses and problems. As with so many guests I met on the podcast, Dr. Nelli’s story started with trying to help someone close to her — her own …
Nov 05, 2020
388: Balanced Hormones, Micronutrients, and the Thermo Diet With Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker is the CEO and co-founder of an amazing health company called UMZU. He also authored and created The Thermo Diet, a provocative new nutrition and health program. Today he shares his incredible story, from performing surgery on a patient at the age of 16, to his own brain tumor diagnosis at the age of 19 and how he recovered from that.

Oh, and for those of you who have written to me with concerns about husbands and significant others suffering from low testosterone, we address it in this episode!

Episode Highlights With Christopher Walker

  • The amazing story of how he first performed surgery at 16
  • Why he went through the Duke neuroscience program
  • The incredible health journey he undertook after getting a brain tumor
  • What the thermo diet is
  • The core parts of a nourishing micronutrient-rich diet
  • The reason to avoid phytic acid and vegetable oils (hint: your liver)
  • A case for focusing on fruits and roots as starches
  • The specific things women should pay attention to
  • A surprising fitness truth that you are likely getting wrong
  • Blockers vs activators and how to pay attention to this
  • A reason to do less cardio
  • And more!

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Nov 02, 2020
387: Ask Katie Anything: Protein, Supplements, Sleep, Parenting, and Shoes
You all ask so many great questions that I like to do a solo episode once in a while to answer some of the things on your mind. Of course I’m not a doctor, but I am a mom who’s been totally immersed in health for the last 15 years! As for today’s topics, I’ve …
Oct 29, 2020
386: What the Current Data Says About Viral Risk, Immune Function, and Herd Immunity With Dr. Chris Masterjohn PhD
This episode has been a long time coming, but I knew it was important to make sure we had reliable data available first! Now that some studies have come out, it’s time for a deep dive into COVID and who better to walk us through it than one of the researchers I highly, highly respect …
Oct 26, 2020
385: Root Canals, Wisdom Teeth, Remineralizing Teeth, and More With Dr. Kelly Blodgett
This episode is about one of my favorite research topics, oral health. I’m here with Dr. Kelly Blodgett, a recognized leader in holistic dentistry. Dr. Kelly has a fascinating and integrative approach to common dental health questions on topics like root canals, wisdom teeth, remineralizing teeth, gum disease, and a lot more. And some of …
Oct 22, 2020
384: Building a Village, Creating Strong Relationships & Biohacking Tips With Michael Trainer
My guest today is Michael Trainer, a biohacker and social impact entrepreneur making a huge difference in the world. He is the co-creator of Global Citizen, a movement dedicated to ending extreme poverty. He’s also the creator of Peak Mind, which brings together thought leaders to inspire a new vision of leadership. As you can …
Oct 19, 2020
383: Resilience, Mitochondrial Health, Peptides, and Smart Supplementation With World’s Leading Biochemist Shawn Wells
Shawn Wells is one of the most sought-out nutritional biochemists in the world, as well as an expert on biohacking and health optimization. Known as the “world’s best formulator,” he’s been responsible for creating over 500 supplements, foods, beverages, and cosmeceuticals. He’s also a chief clinical dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience. I …
Oct 15, 2020
382: World Renowned Mindset Expert on High Performance and Setting Our Kids Up for Success With Elliot Roe

In life, mindset is half the battle — especially when parenting! This episode is all about specific ways we can improve mindset in our homes and set our kids up for success in life. Elliot Roe is a world-renowned performance coach who works with Olympian athletes, Hollywood actors, Wall Street traders, entrepreneurs, and leaders in almost every industry. He hosts the podcast “The A-Game Advantage” and also created an app called Primed Mind that helps people in highly demanding industries unlock their full potential and perform on-demand.

As a dad, Elliot understands the complicated dynamics of parenting and the great potential that comes with that responsibility. I’ve found his techniques really helpful in overcoming my own mental roadblocks, which I can trace back to childhood and adolescence. By learning how to pass on a resilient mindset to our kids, we can interrupt the cycle and avoid giving our kids some of these roadblocks in the first place!

Episode Highlights With Elliot Roe

  • How to tap into the subconscious to change your habits
  • Why hypnotherapy isn’t what you think it is
  • A hidden reason you might procrastinate
  • Two key factors behind most of our decisions and personality traits
  • Why most of what we don’t like about ourselves can be changed
  • Ways to redefine how we look at success and failure
  • How to reach a flow state in your life and work
  • Steps to building a growth mindset (and passing it on to our kids)
  • How to use the Primed app to re-train your emotions
  • And more!

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381: How to Protect Indoor Air Quality From Viruses, Contaminants and Smoke With Peter Spiegel of AirDoctor
With viruses and now smoke from wildfires across much of the nation, air quality is an incredibly important topic. My heart goes out to any of you listening or reading who are in the path of these fires or affected by smoke. I’m here with Peter Spiegel, who is an entrepreneur, inventor, wellness expert, and …
Oct 08, 2020
380: How to Use CARs: My Secret for Mobility and Strength (+ HRV, FRC & Kinstretch) With Hunter Cook
I’m so glad to welcome my friend Hunter Cook back to the show today, because he’s a big reason why I’m more flexible and healthy today than I have been in a long time. Hunter and I became close friends when I visited Finland with Four Sigmatic, which was easy to do since he’s such …
Oct 05, 2020
379: Why Your Home Isn’t As Non-Toxic As You Think (& How to Fix It) With Kelly Love of Branch Basics
It may not be pleasant to think about, but chances are our homes probably aren’t as non-toxic as we’d like them to be. Modern carpets, paints, furniture, and cleaners all contribute to the problem, and it can feel like there’s not much we can do. Enter Kelly Love, one of the cofounders of Branch Basics …
Oct 01, 2020
378: Q&A: Health on a Budget, Virtual Schooling, Screen Time, Self Care, Eczema & Giving Blood
Today we’re going to switch things up and have a Q&A episode to cover some of the great questions I get from all of you. We’ll cover some timely topics like virtual schooling and homeschooling on a budget, as well as health-related topics I have been talking about for a while, like why I make …
Sep 28, 2020
377: How to Overcome Stress, Cravings & Weight Gain With The Watkins Method

During quarantine, I’ve heard from many of you asking for help with cravings and weight gain caused by stress and the emotional toll all of this is taking. To that end I brought in Brittany Watkins, one of my favorite people for advice on natural ways to stop emotional eating, control food cravings, and end self-sabotage.

In fact, she’s one of the top experts in the world on using something called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping, which I relied on heavily during my weight loss journey. During that experience I realized I had to do the inner work I had ignored for so long in order to move forward.

Let me say too that I don’t think people need to necessarily be a certain size or a certain weight to be healthy. At the same time, I can’t argue with the fact that my health markers are all in a healthier range now and my Hashimotos is finally in remission. I give Brittany and her methods a lot of credit for where I am today, and I’m excited to share her with you in this episode.

Episode Highlights on The Watkins Method

  • How trauma can show up on our body as extra weight
  • Ways our bodies store traumatic experiences (even the small ones)
  • Why tapping interrupts and retrains our ingrained thoughts and memories
  • A strategy for tracing a craving back to an emotion or thought
  • The 9 points of EFT and how Emotional Freedom Therapy works
  • Ideas for handing down healthy thoughts and behaviors to our children, especially around food
  • What led Brittany to finally find the source of her struggles and find peace
  • One key question that stops most cravings in their tracks
  • And more!

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376: How to Use Everyday Activities to Rewire the Brain for Calmer Kids With Brain Harmony
She’s back! If you listened to her other podcast episode, you already know how much I love Carol Garner-Houston. Her ideas have influenced me as a parent and homeschool teacher, not to mention in business. Carol is a licensed occupational therapist who has been helping adults and children for the last 25 years. She is …
Sep 21, 2020
375: How to Breathe the Right Way (& Why It Matters!) With Max Gomez From Breathwrk
It wasn’t one of the first health hacks I tried, but it’s impossible to ignore the stress-reducing benefits of using the breath to calm the body. Max Gomez is my guest today, and he’s the co-founder and CEO of Breathwrk, a wellness company dedicated to teaching people breathing exercises for stress reduction, anti-anxiety, and more …
Sep 17, 2020
374: Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat (& Methane Explained) With Diana Rodgers
This episode is a must listen, I would say, especially for women and moms. I’m here with Diana Rogers, who is a licensed, registered dietician with a focus on real foods. She’s the host of the “Sustainable Dish” podcast, a mom of two, and an internationally recognized speaker on topics like sustainability, social justice, animal …
Sep 14, 2020
373: Why Sunlight Is As Important As Nutrition and Exercise for Health & Lifespan With Ari Whitten

This episode brings back one of my favorite guests, and one of your favorites as well, because he is one of the most requested repeat guests. I’m here with Ari Whitten, best-selling author and founder of the Energy Blueprint. I have a tremendous amount of respect for his research and look to him for guidance in many areas.

In this episode, we tackle what is often is a very controversial topic, even though it shouldn’t be — sun exposure! He makes an incredibly compelling case for why sunlight is as important as nutrition or exercise when it comes to health and lifespan. I know that you will learn as much as I did from this, even with all my research in this area, because he goes that deep.

Thanks for being here Ari!

Episode Highlights With Ari Whitten

  • The reason the sun is important (beyond just vitamin D)
  • Why a vitamin D supplement won’t replace the benefits of the sun
  • The relationship between sunlight and all-cause mortality
  • Why the research doesn’t show that sunlight is linked to dying earlier
  • The reasons why sun exposure is linked to better health and longer lifespan
  • A fascinating study that showed that women who got more sun exposure lived longer and healthier
  • Why avoiding the sun was as risky as smoking a pack a day of cigarettes
  • What malillumination is and why it is as bad as malnutrition
  • How sunlight reduces your risk of cancers, heart disease, and diabetes (which can all be more problematic than just skin cancer)
  • The different types of light in sunlight and why we need them all
  • A strong case for why sunlight does NOT meaningfully increase risk of skin cancer
  • Why melatonin is one of the most potent forces for health and how to increase it (hint: it has to do with light!)
  • How avoiding the sun might speed aging!
  • Why the more sunlight you get during the day, the stronger your brain gets against artificial light
  • How Katie eats her sunscreen to be able to handle more sun naturally without sunscreen
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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Sep 10, 2020
372: Why Olive Oil Is My Health Secret With Kasandrinos International
I recently wrote about how olive oil has become my main dietary source of fat since I took a gene test that showed I don’t do well with saturated fat. Tony is the man behind my favorite brand of olive oil, Kasandrinos International, which he single-sources through family farms in Greece. In this episode we’ll …
Sep 07, 2020
371: How Eating More Protein Will Transform Your Metabolism With Dr. Gabrielle Lyon
I’m here with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, a Washington University fellowship-trained physician in nutritional science and geriatrics, and she’s board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulation. She also walks the walk. She is in incredible shape. She’s also a mom. And has what seems to be endless energy. And she works closely with special ops …
Sep 03, 2020
370: Creating a Profitable Business (& Why Now Is the Best Time!) With Ryan Moran

Today we’re talking all about finances, side hustles, and entrepreneurship — what you need to know and why this is best time (maybe ever) to start a new venture. I’m here with Ryan Moran, founder of, a site that teaches entrepreneurs to build businesses and invest. Ryan shares how he turned a $600 investment into an 8-figure company, and ways you can duplicate and build on what he learned along the way.

Many people are certainly feeling financial stress right now, so I think this is an especially timely episode. I hope these tips give you the confidence to take the leap and start putting your dreams into action!

Episode Highlights With Ryan Moran

  • How to think outside the box and start a business
  • Opportunities available in the market right now
  • Why this is the best time in history to be an entrepreneur
  • Unexpected benefits to nontraditional education
  • Why your ordinary life may be enough to inspire the best business ideas (if you know what to look for)
  • The most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make (and how to avoid them)
  • How parents can help kids start their own business incubators
  • And more!

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Do you have a business idea? What is your biggest obstacle to getting started? 

Aug 31, 2020
369: Lessons From Gaining & Losing 75 Pounds of Fat With Fit2Fat2Fit Drew Manning
This episode is so much fun! Today I’m talking to someone who has gained and lost 70 pounds and who is about to do it again. Drew Manning is the New York Times bestselling author of the book Fit2Fat2Fit. He writes about his experiment that went viral online where he gained and then lost a …
Aug 27, 2020
368: Finding Joy, Developing Intuition, & Asking Empowering Questions With Joy Martina
Dr. Joy Martina is my guest today and I credit her as a key part of my own personal growth in the last few years. She is a psychic psychologist with an incredible ability to help people see into themselves and find their own key for transformation. Dr. Joy teaches super practical, easy-to-use ways to …
Aug 24, 2020
367: Creating Your Tribe: Micro-Communities for School, Activities, & Social Support
It’s certainly no secret that school looks different for many of us this year. (In fact pretty much everything looks different!) In a recent podcast episode with our managing editor, Carrie, she and I walked through some of our best homeschool systems and tips, to offer encouragement to any other homeschool families or virtual schooling families, …
Aug 20, 2020
366: The Man Who Forgot to Die on Remembering to Live With Khalil Rafati
I’m here with Khalil Rafati, one of my favorite speakers and authors. He’s also an entrepreneur (are you surprised?!) and owns a chain of juice and smoothie bars I love, SunLife Organics. Khalil also owns Riviera Recovery, a transitional living facility for drug addicts and alcoholics, and this is a project of his for a …
Aug 17, 2020
365: Why What We Put on Our Bodies Matters So Much and CBD Science With Jessica Assaf of Prima
I am here today with Jessica Assaf, co-founder and the chief education officer at Prima, a company doing many of the same things in a different industry. She’s been a leading advocate for her safe beauty products and corporate accountability since she was fifteen. Since then she’s graduated from Harvard Business School and become an award-winning …
Aug 13, 2020
364: Mindset Strategies to Survive and Thrive as a Homeschooling, Working Parent With Carrie Husse

Carrie Husse has been one of the editorial masterminds behind the content on Wellness Mama and is now a homeschooling mom of four. She has a background in print book publishing and made the jump to join the Wellness Mama team in her spare time.

Like my family, Carrie and her husband both work from home in addition to homeschooling. It hasn’t always been an easy road, but at this point she’s addicted to building a flexible, out-of-the-box life where family and career go hand in hand. Reading, traveling, and learning as a family are always at the top of her priority list, as well as keeping up with her ever-growing suburban homestead.

It’s our hope this conversation can at least help lessen the learning curve for so many families in a time of great change.

Resources We Mention

Carrie’s Favorite Homeschool Picks

363: Mind Body Green on Mental Health, Micro-Communities, & 80/20 Personalized Wellness
I’m so glad I get to sit down today with Colleen Wachob, the co-founder and co-CEO of MindBodyGreen, one of my all-time favorite health resources. Colleen graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies like Gap, Walmart, and Amazon. We touch on a …
Aug 06, 2020
362: A Cardiologist Takes on Common Health Myths With Dr. Jack Wolfson
We haven’t talked about heart health on the podcast in a while, but this is an incredibly important topic for women! Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson joins me today to talk about how nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements can help protect and improve long-term cardiac health. During our interview, we bust some common myths and misconceptions …
Aug 03, 2020
361: Homeschooling and Raising Entrepreneurs With Nathan Barry
I am here with Nathan Barry, a friend of mine and also the founder of a business called ConvertKit which powers the email and newsletter that many of you subscribe to. He like me was homeschooled and dropped out of college. He now runs a hundred million dollar company. In this episode, we delve into …
Jul 30, 2020
360: Four Questions to Change Your Life & Doing The Work With Byron Katie
I’m here today with Byron Katie, one of my favorite authors and speakers on the topics of mindset, parenting, and about a million other things. She is the author of many books including Loving What Is, I Need Your Love – Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy and, A Mind at Home with Itself. In …
Jul 27, 2020
359: All About Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum, and Avoiding Mom Burnout With Midwife Diana Spalding From Motherly
This episode is about all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, but not in the usual way. Instead of just focusing on baby, we are taking a close look at our journey as moms through of all these life-changing stages. My guest is Diana Spalding, a digital educator and editor at Motherly. She also happens to …
Jul 23, 2020
358: A Practical Guide to CBD and Medicinal Mushrooms With The Rebel’s Apothecary
I’m here with Jenny Sansouci, author of The Rebel’s Apothecary and an expert on all things cannabis, CBD, and mushrooms. These may sound like controversial or off-the-wall topics, but they are actually increasingly relevant in the research right now. Now that they are more widely available than ever, I thought they would be important to talk about …
Jul 20, 2020
357: HPV: How to Support the Body to Recover Naturally With Dr. Doni Wilson

In this episode, we’re wading into a controversial area that parents are very concerned about, based on the number of emails and comments I get on the topic. Today we’re tackling HPV or Human Papillomavirus from all the possible angles, from vaccination to root cause approaches.

Since I don’t have personal experience within this area, I’m leaning naturopathic doctor Dr. Doni Wilson. She has an extremely high success rate in helping patients with problems like HPV or abnormal pap smears get back to normal after diagnosis. She goes deeps on underlying causes and factors, including genetic issues, reverse adrenal distress, autoimmunity, cervical dysplasia, and infertility.

p.s. Just in case you think HPV isn’t a concern for you: If you are female, you likely have up to an 80% chance of getting this at some point during your life. If you are male, you may never know if you had this or not, but you may be just as much at risk!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Doni Wilson

  • The factors that make a difference in your risk for HPV
  • What percentage of people likely have HPV at some point
  • How to know if you have it
  • Ways to support the immune system after an abnormal pap smear
  • The leaky gut connection more doctors need to be talking about
  • How many women resolve HPV and get a normal pap smear after
  • The amazing protocol that helps 95+% of Dr. Doni’s patients heal
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Four Sigmatic, a company specializing in superfood mushrooms products designed to improve immunity, focus, sleep and health and so much more. I’ve been using these products for years and I am a big fan of their Lion’s Mane Coffee in the morning and their Reishi at night, I use at least o

Jul 16, 2020
356: How to Improve Your Health Based on Genetics With Joe Cohen From SelfDecode

Joe Cohen won the lottery on bad genes. From childhood he suffered from all kinds of inflammation, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and many other issues his doctors couldn’t seem to sort out. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, he threw himself into experimentation and self-learning to improve his health like many of us have. He’s now a self-made “biohacker” and he created the ultimate biohacking resource, a website called SelfHacked.

All this led to his next venture, a biotech software platform for DNA-based health research called SelfDecode. We go deep today into how you can use your personalized genetics to understand how to meet your health goals.

There’s so much to cover here I bet we’ll need to have Joe back for round two, but for now let’s get started!

Episode Highlights With SelfDecode

  • A helpful analogy for how our immune system works
  • The role of genetics in our personal health
  • Why all MTHFR mutations aren’t equal (it depends on your genes)
  • How knowing your genetic information can help you figure out the right path to overcome depression
  • Ways to counteract your “bad” genes
  • Why COVID affects some people more than others
  • Diet considerations for someone with the PEMT (fatty liver) gene
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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Have you ever had genetic testing done? What did it do for your health? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This podcast is brought to you by Wellnesse, my new personal care company that is based on the recipes I’ve been making at home in my kitchen for decades. Many “clean” products simply don’t work and this is why I have spent the last decade researching and perfecting recipes for products that not only eliminate toxic chemicals but contain ingredients that work better than their conventional alternatives and that nourish your body from the outside in. I’m so excited to finally share these products with you and w

Jul 13, 2020
355: What You Need to Know About Cavities, Gum Disease, and TMJ With Dr. Thomas Birkenhauer
This episode was a fun one for me because I have been an amateur dental researcher for over a decade now. I’m so obsessed with oral health that I even developed and launched my own toothpaste! My guest is Dr. Thomas Birkenhauer, a personal friend of mine and actually my dentist. In fact I now …
Jul 09, 2020
354: How to Upgrade Your Brain and Learn Anything Faster With Limitless Author Jim Kwik
Jim Kwik taught me how to speed read, one of the most valuable skills I have ever mastered. Now he’s back on the show today to talk to us about how to upgrade your brain and learn anything faster! And his story is incredible. After a childhood brain injury, teachers gave him little hope and …
Jul 06, 2020
353: A Chat With My Husband: Healthy Living, Working Together, Parenting & Random Things in the Name of Health
Today you get the real inside scoop as I sit down with my husband Seth for a long-awaited podcast chat. He’s the mastermind of all things tech behind the Wellness Mama website and podcast, an avid outdoorsman, and I couldn’t do what I do without him! Obviously and most importantly we also tackle the business …
Jul 02, 2020
352: How Protein Improves Metabolism and Health With Billy Bosch From Iconic Protein
Today on the podcast we’re talking all about protein: how much do we need, what kind do we need, and how can know our kids are getting enough! I’m here with my friend Billy Bosch, the founder of ICONIC Protein, who knows this area inside and out. We’ll explain exactly how protein works as a …
Jun 29, 2020
351: A Parent’s Guide to Precocious Puberty & How to Slow It Down With Dr. Anne Marie Fine
I have a pre-teen daughter now and it’s a whole new world! I’ve been thinking a lot about today’s topic, which is how modern toxins and lifestyle affects our kids during puberty. Dr. Anne-Marie Fine is an award-winning researcher and expert on this topic. She founded a forward-thinking health company called IAMFINE, based on her personal …
Jun 25, 2020
350: The Three Pillars of Healing to Become Your Best Self With Danette May
Danette May has an incredible story of healing and a complete mindset and lifestyle shift. She’s the best selling author of a book called The Rise as well as seven health and fitness books and programs. Danette brought all of her experiences together to cofound a company called Mindful Health. Today I’ll also share some of …
Jun 22, 2020
349: How to Be Your Best in High Stress Situations With Former Army Ranger and CIA Agent Jeff Banman

I’m pretty sure every one of us has experienced some level of high stress, especially these days! I am here with Jeff Banman, a former firefighter, U.S. Army Ranger, and CIA Counter-terrorism Operator. He’s made a career of studying successful people and discovering which variables allow them to survive or even thrive in stressful situations. Jeff has taken all he’s learned from years of conducting operations and missions all over the world and applied it to all aspects of modern-day parenting.

Jeff is a parent as well, so we also talk about how to foster this mindset of resilience and strength in your kids from an early age. I think you’ll enjoy this super creative and science-based way to look at adversity as much as I did.

Episode Highlights With Jeff Banman

  • What combat situations teach us about the brain
  • Jeff’s three Cs that allow kids (and adults) to thrive: comfort, confidence, and creativity
  • Why parenting may be the toughest and most important leadership role anyone can have
  • What it means to live in a conscious parenting zone
  • Tips and strategies for getting comfortable with discomfort
  • How heart rate variability lets us see stress
  • Ways to find (and create) calm even when there’s chaos
  • How to judge an acceptable and healthy level of risk for kids
  • Why Jeff made it his life’s mission to help people be more resilient
  • And more!

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Can you relate to Jeff’s life lessons? What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Joovv Red Light Therapy, a natural red light therapy in your very own home. We may not think of light when we think of essent

Jun 18, 2020
348: How to Minimize Your Exposure to Toxins & Effective Detox Protocols With Dr. Sandison From Neurohacker
Today we’re going deep on two very important topics in today’s modern world: toxins and detox. I’m here with Dr. Heather Sandison, the founder and medical director of the North County Natural Medicine Clinic and founder of Neurohacker and Marama, a unique residential care facility for the elderly. Dr. Sandison specializes in brain health, especially …
Jun 15, 2020
347: The Neuroscience of Calm During Stressful Times With Dr. David Rabin
In a time when we all probably feel more stress and uncertainty than usual, I invited Dr. David Rabin back for a second episode. Dr. Rabin has made a science of developing simple, non-invasive measures to better handle common emotional states like anxiety, stress, isolation, and overwhelm. During his research at the University of Pittsburgh, …
Jun 11, 2020
346: Sulforaphane: The “Broccoli Molecule” That Slows Aging, Fights Cancer, & Boosts Immune Health With BrocElite
Years ago, one of the things my doctor recommended for my Hashimoto’s was to start incorporating broccoli sprouts into my diet. He explained that they contain a compound called sulforaphane with incredible protective health benefits. To get sulforaphane I’ve been growing and eating broccoli sprouts routinely (in a hot broccoli and mustard smoothie for maximum …
Jun 08, 2020
345: How to Use Circadian Fasting to Improve Health & Slow Aging With Dr. Amy Shah
Dr. Amy Shah is back by popular demand! This is no surprise to me as I know what a wealth of information she is. Dr. Amy is a double board-certified doctor and nutrition expert with training from Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard University. She also has an extensive background in internal medicine and allergy and immunology, …
Jun 04, 2020
344: Get Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Yelling, or Losing Control With Amy From Positive Parenting Solutions
Calling all parents… this episode is 100% dedicated to you! Today I’m having a heart to heart with Amy McCready, creator of Positive Parenting Solutions, on the subject of kids, discipline, and peaceful parenting. She is here with some priceless wisdom to help us figure out how to get our kids to listen without nagging …
Jun 01, 2020
343: How to Balance Neurotransmitters Naturally With Dr. Ann-Marie Barter

Today we’re about to get an amazing education in neurotransmitters, those very important chemical messengers in our brains. Balancing neurotransmitters through natural methods is an important part of Dr. Ann-Marie Barter’s work in her practice in Colorado. Dr. Ann uses a combination of functional blood chemistry analysis, nutrition, applied kinesiology, and other natural remedies with a functional medicine approach to help people with a host of brain/body issues.

While we may think of neurotransmitters in terms of brain health, when they get out of balance they can also affect the thyroid, blood sugar, gut health, hormones, and so many other issues.

Let’s get started as there’s so much to cover, including practical ways that you can start at home to optimize your neurotransmitter levels, reduce stress, and feel better!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Ann-Marie Barter

  • What neurotransmitters are and the areas of health they affect (hint: most things!)
  • Kinds of neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and dopamine, and how they work in the body
  • Why addressing dopamine levels may help you with sugar cravings and other addictive habits
  • Signs you might have low dopamine
  • Why diabetes should not be the only measure of having a blood sugar problem
  • What processed foods can do to your neurotransmitters
  • How to check your glucose at home (and why you’d want to)
  • What a simple elimination diet can do for brain balance
  • How to know if you have a serotonin imbalance
  • Important things to know about SSRIs and antidepressants
  • Key vitamins for brain and neurotransmitter health
  • And more!

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May 28, 2020
342: How to Use Enzymes to Help Digestion & Autoimmune Issues With Steve Wright
Just when you think we’ve touched on every health topic possible, something new and exciting comes up! I’m here with Steven Wright, a medical engineer, Kalish Functional Institute graduate, and expert in an emerging area of gut health: enzymes! It turns out they don’t just help with digestion but also with a whole list of …
May 25, 2020
341: Q&A With Katie: Motivation, Magnesium, Homeschooling & Parenting Teens
I’m coming to you solo today to answer your most frequently asked questions, and you asked some great ones! I’ll be giving a long-awaited update on how (and why) we homeschool, whether our food rules still apply as our kids get older, and what I’m learning as I start to parent teenagers! Hopefully what I share …
May 21, 2020
340: My Son Talks Entrepreneurship, Homeschooling, Sustainability, and His Cookbook Chef Junior
Today’s episode is a special one for me, because I am here with my oldest son, Anthony, to talk about a project he has worked really hard on the past couple of years: a cookbook by kids and for kids called Chef Junior, scheduled to release May 19th! We also answer many of the questions …
May 18, 2020
339: Healing Trauma, Releasing Shame, Finding Joy & Becoming a Super Attractor With Gabrielle Bernstein

The last two years have been a journey for me as I worked through a past trauma to get to a new point of inner healing. The result? I feel happier in my skin and even enjoyed a dramatic 80-pound weight loss as everything else came into balance.

One of the heroes I looked up to during this process was Gabrielle Bernstein, who is my guest today. She has an incredible story of fighting her way back from a traumatic experience. Now she’s known as a “shame-shifter” who helps people all over the globe.

Gabrielle wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling author of book The Universe Has Your Back and six additional bestsellers, including Super Attractor. She also co-hosted the Guinness World Record’s largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra and was chosen by The Oprah Winfrey Network to be part of the “Super Soul 100,” a trailblazing group whose life’s work is to elevate the world.

Episode Highlights With Gabrielle Bernstein

  • The story of how Gabrielle faced a life-or-death decision at the age of 25… and how she chose life
  • The protective mechanisms that help us “hide”
  • Why Gabby calls her postpartum depression a blessing in disguise
  • How to discover the habits that undermine your success and root them out for good
  • Why addiction often has its roots in trauma
  • Why acceptance is sometimes more important than doing everything “right”
  • How our belief systems are formed, and ways to reshape based on our authentic selves
  • And more!

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May 14, 2020
338: From Autoimmune Disease to Thriving Health With Ryan Lee
My guest Ryan Lee is a dad of 4 and a super inspiring figure in the health and business world. He created REWIND, a delicious plant-based bar that is one of my go-to healthy snacks. He’s here today to not only talk about that, but about everything from time management to parenting to strategies for …
May 11, 2020
337: Science-Backed Strategies for Happiness Even During Stressful Times (With Yale Professor Dr. Laurie Santos of The Happiness Lab)
Does getting what we want make us happy? Or is making our own happiness help us get what we want? That’s just one of the many questions Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University, is here to talk about today. After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her college students, …
May 07, 2020
336: How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen for Nutritious and Inexpensive Food With Doug Evans
Fresh produce you can grow on your kitchen counter in a matter of days? Yes please! Doug Evans learned everything you could ever want to know about sprouting by learning to live off the food grid on his desert property in California. He learned so much he wrote The Sprout Book to share the benefits of …
May 04, 2020
335: How the Food Industry Preys on Children & How to Fix It (With Dr. Mark Hyman)
Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most celebrated and widely recognized health leaders today. He’s back on the podcast today to talk about how the food industry is targeting our children, and what we can do as moms to fight back. From school lunches to what we put on the dinner table, there are …
Apr 30, 2020
334: Why We Need Salt (& How Much) With Robb Wolf
We’re used to seeing health fads come and go, but one that I think is increasingly important for women to pay attention to is salt and sodium intake. Many of us were raised to think low sodium was good for the heart and for blood pressure, but Robb Wolf is here to say that we …
Apr 27, 2020
333: How to Scale Up and Be a Thought Leader With Denise Brosseau
I’ve always said that women, especially moms, have so much power to create exponential change in the world. We’re going to talk through that concept today and get advice on how to channel our efforts in some very practical and also visionary ways. My guest Denise Brosseau created her own business teaching women how to …
Apr 23, 2020
332: An Eastern, Ancient Traditional Approach to Health & Longevity With Simon Cheng of Pique Tea
We hear some incredible health stories on this podcast, and today is no exception! After a decade of very poor health, Simon Cheng found himself celebrating his 30th birthday with a tube of antibiotics connected directly to his heart valve. He said, “Enough is enough” and changed his life dramatically. Today we’re going deep into Simon’s personal …
Apr 20, 2020
331: Rethinking Health: 8 Predictive Biomarkers for Lifetime Health With Russell Jaffe
The longer I study health, the more I’m convinced: health is highly personal and there is no “one-size-fits-all” health prescription. The problem is, how do you know where you stand? Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD and PhD, is pretty much my dream guest. He went from a full conventional medicine background at the National Institute for …
Apr 16, 2020
330: Science-Backed Practical Strategies for Immunity & Decreased Viral Threat With Dr. Ken Brown
This timely episode focuses on what we can all do to help support immune health and fortify the body against viruses at this crucial time in history. It may surprise you that I’ve asked not an infectious disease specialist but a gastroenterologist to talk to us about this subject. Dr. Ken Brown is on the …
Apr 13, 2020
329: How to Slow Aging, Fight Inflammation, & Improve Cellular Signaling With Brian Dixon
While there’s plenty of things I like about getting older, it’s definitely a goal of mine to stay flexible, strong, and healthy as I age. This is how we’re approaching the topic of anti-aging today — not so much lines and wrinkles, but going deeper to how we can slow the aging process, fight inflammation, …
Apr 09, 2020
328: How to Live Fearlessly and Work Through Roadblocks With Rhonda Britten
Today’s episode is going to be all about the mental and emotional side of health, which I’ve learned plays a powerful role in overall physical health. I’m here with the fascinating and Emmy Award-winning Rhonda Britten. You may have seen her a few times on Oprah guest sharing her own tragic and inspiring story of …
Apr 06, 2020
327: Optimizing Gut Health to Keep the Immune System Strong With Tina Anderson
We’re bringing you a bit of a “special edition” episode today by taking some time to really talk about all that is going on in the world. There are practical and evidence-based strategies and supplements that I’m using to focus on gut and immune health right now and to keep my family, hopefully, safe and …
Apr 02, 2020
326: The Catastrophic Consequences of Sitting Too Much and What to Do About It With Dr. Turner Osler
The average American spends 8 hours a day sitting… just let that sink in… If there’s anything we spend that much time doing, we should be sure we know what it’s doing to our bodies! Dr. Turner Osler, a retired academic trauma surgeon turned research epidemiologist, who has published over 300 peer-reviewed medical papers, is …
Mar 30, 2020
325: Hashimoto's Update: How I Got to Remission & What I Do to Maintain
Today I’m going to give you all an update on my decade-long journey with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, one of the reasons I got into health and started a blog and a podcast. I’ll revisit from beginning to end all of the steps I tried, what worked and what didn’t work, and where I currently am with …
Mar 26, 2020
324: Increasing Immunity Naturally & Skincare From the Inside Out With Four Sigmatic

My favorite superfood mushroom coffee company, Four Sigmatic, launched a skincare line that is so clean you can actually eat them! I’ve asked Four Sigmatic founder Tero Isokauppila to come back and tell us everything he knows about natural skin care today, from products to diet to superfoods that nourish skin from the inside out.

This should be a great conversation since I’ve also been researching natural personal care pretty intensely to develop my own toothpaste and shampoo formulas.

Bonus for everyone listening (or reading): this episode will go beyond skin deep and really get into how the things that are good for skin health support immunity also. Something we all want to know right now!

Episode Highlights With Tero from Four Sigmatic

  • How Tero created a line of skin products so clean you can eat it!
  • 10 functions of the skin, our largest organ, and how they give us a clue to how to care for it
  • Why ingestible skincare is the next big thing for the beauty industry
  • How to respect and nourish the skin microbiome (and why you should)
  • The connection between gut health and skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and premature aging
  • Medicinal mushrooms that help immunity
  • Prebiotics, beta-D-glucans, and other natural substances that strengthen our natural protection against viruses and disease
  • Which mushroom to consume with vitamin C for a strong immune system boost
  • Why Tero puts Four Sigmatic body butter in his coffee!
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

What do you use for skin care? Have you noticed an improvement in your skin with diet or supplements? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

I am so excited to finally be able to share a top secret project I’ve been working on for years…this episode is sponsored by Wellnesse… a new company I co-founded to create safe, natural and obsessively tested products for families. You’ve heard that much of what you put on your body gets absorbed and goes into your body. We turned this idea on its head, creating products that aren’t just safe to put on your hair, skin and in your mouth, but that are beneficial. We started with the toughest first, creating the first of its kind natural toothpaste that is free of fluoride and glycerin and that contains ingredients like green tea, neem and hydroxyapatite to support the mouth. Our haircare is free of harmful ingredients and contains ingredients like lavender and nettle to support healthy hair! Be the first to try it at

This podcast is sponsored by XPT. You might have seen me mention this on Instagram as it’s something I’ve been implementing lately…here’s why. If you’re like most people you set a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, go on a diet or to start working out. We do things like lift weights, run, bike, hike

Mar 23, 2020
323: How to Have a Genius Life Using Four Key Pillars of Health With Max Lugavere
I just love today’s interview, since it’s not often you get to talk to someone who is a filmmaker, best selling author, and renowned health and science journalist all in one! Max Lugavere is the host of the iTunes podcast “The Genius Life” and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Genius Foods: Become …
Mar 19, 2020
322: A Common-Sense Approach to Coronavirus & COVID-19 with Pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song
As we are all well aware, a world-wide pandemic called the coronavirus or COVID-19 has turned the lives of millions upside down. We are literally flooded with information but still have detailed questions about our day-to-day decisions that seem to go unanswered. Dr. Elisa Song, MD, is a pediatrician and functional medicine expert who is …
Mar 16, 2020
321: Detoxification, Mitochondrial Health, Biophysics, and Figuring Out Your Optimal With Caleb Jennings
Caleb Jennings is a former extreme sports athlete with an incredible background. After sustaining an injury that ended his career, he set out on the path of holistic biohacking, trying anything and everything to get better. Today, he’s a world-renowned health coach and expert in health at the micro-cellular level. There’s so much we could …
Mar 12, 2020
320: Coffee: Everything You Need to Know - With Andrew Salisbury of Purity Coffee
This episode is all about one of my favorite drinks (no, not wine)… coffee! Today we are going answer the perennial question of whether coffee is good for you or not. For help I’ve asked Andrew Salisbury, founder of over 14 companies in the last 25 years, to tell us about his latest (and my …
Mar 09, 2020
319: Everything You Need to Know About the Keto Diet With Dr. Dominic D’Agostino
The keto diet has been sweeping the health world for quite a while now, but I still get so many questions about whether this high fat, low carb diet approach is really healthy for women. Lucky for us, I’m here now with one of the top experts in the world on the topic, whose research …
Mar 05, 2020
318: Fecal Microbiota Transfer (FMT) for Gut Health and Autism
If you don’t know what FMT is, you’re not alone! This is a new and cutting-edge treatment, and one that might make you a little squeamish. Dr. Jason Klop, who has been working in the field of digestive health and microbiome restoration for many years, is here to talk about his extensive experience with FMT …
Mar 02, 2020
317: Tackling Insomnia, Anxiety, Weight, and Hormones Naturally With Esther Blum
Esther Blum is an Integrative Dietitian and High Performance Coach who has helped thousands of women permanently lose weight, eliminate the need for medication, lose stubborn belly fat, and reverse chronic illness. You may have seen her on Dr. Oz, The Today Show, or Fox News Live. She is also the bestselling author of Cavewomen …
Feb 27, 2020
316: 17 Practical Time-Saving Systems for Parents (& How I “Get It All Done”)
Hands down, the question I’m asked the most is how I “get it all done.” It’s true — with six kids, homeschooling, running several businesses, and prioritizing health, I have a lot on my plate. The truth is, there was a time not so long ago when I nearly dropped all of the plates I …
Feb 24, 2020
315: Mindfulness for Moms With Ziva Meditation’s Emily Fletcher

My guest today is Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation and author of the best-selling book Stress Less. Emily really caught my attention when we were chatting at an event about meditation. Meditating has never been the easiest thing for me, but something she said that day stuck with me.

She said we meditate not to get good at meditation, but to get good at life. And that’s when I started actually wanting to learn to clear my mind and sit and do “nothing” for a while!

Emily teaches leaders at Apple, Google, and Harvard Business School how to meditate… the question is, can she teach this Type-A mom?

Episode Highlights on Ziva Meditation

  • How a certain meditation technique can be 5x as restful as sleep for the brain
  • Why one of the top doctors in the US says 15 minutes of meditation gives him an extra three hours of productivity a day
  • The difference between meditation and mindfulness
  • Why clearing the mind isn’t the point (oops!)
  • How meditation can improve sleep, sex, and immune function
  • Ways to incorporate meditation with kids for better sleep and calmer interactions
  • The way terrible questions lead to terrible answers… and the ones to stop asking yourself internally
  • And more!

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Beekeepers Naturals – superfood products from the hive that help support your family’s health. Right now, their Propolis has been a lifesaver with all of the sniffles and coughs going around w

Feb 20, 2020
314: Why We Need Meat (& So Does the Planet) With Anya Fernald
A look at the recipes on my blog shows that I consider meat to be an important part of a healthy diet. I realize this stance can be highly controversial given the poor diet, environment, and climate impact of commercial meat-raising practices. This is why I asked Anya Fernald — a leader in the high …
Feb 17, 2020
313: The Tapping Solution to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Pain With Nick Ortner
I’m here today with Nick Ortner, the CEO of The Tapping Solution, a company with a mission to bring tapping to the mainstream. What is tapping, you ask? Think of it as modern psychology meets ancient Chinese acupressure, but self-administered in the comfort of your home. I use it during times of stress or when …
Feb 13, 2020
312: What to Expect & How to Prepare for Menopause with Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs
Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs is a board-certified family and functional medicine physician with 22 years of clinical training and experience. I met Dr. Lyla when she joined SteadyMD, which I’ve shared about before. I knew I wanted to ask Dr. Lyla to be on the podcast when I learned she is an expert in women’s hormone …
Feb 10, 2020
311: Getting Unstuck From Self-Sabotage With Erin Pheil of MindFix
It’s so easy to get stuck in our own thoughts and insecurities, and so tough to break the cycle! Today’s episode is all about self-sabotage and how to remove mental roadblocks that are barriers to success or happiness. I am here with Erin Pheil, the founder of the MindFix Group, a program that has a …
Feb 06, 2020
310: Can Our Soils Heal Us? How Regenerative Agriculture and Home Gardens Can Improve Our Health
Today on the podcast we’re talking all about regenerative agriculture, what it is, and how to apply it to a home garden. By using these principles that rebuild and nourish the soil, you can grow nutrient-dense food for your family inexpensively and without a lot of time and effort. Leah Webb has worked in nutrition …
Feb 03, 2020
309: How I Overcame Trauma (and Lost 50 Pounds)
Today I’m opening up and sharing about my own inner journey over the past year and how that led to dramatic physical changes without major diet and exercise changes. If you’d told me a few years ago that something like that was even possible, I would not have believed you. My journey involved realizing firsthand just how connected …
Jan 30, 2020
308: How to Use Your Hormones to Your Advantage With FloLiving
You’ve heard me talk about the importance of optimizing our circadian rhythm with food and light, but as women there’s another rhythm we all know well… that monthly cycle that fogs our brains, gets our food cravings going, and plays havoc with our emotions! It ruins everything, right? Well, Alisa Vitti is here today to change …
Jan 27, 2020
307: Anti-Aging Skin Science From the Inside Out With Dr. Emilia Javorsky
The way our skin looks and feels as we age isn’t determined just by genetics, or what cream we use, or how much we stay out of the sun! In many ways it is a reflection of everything we put into our bodies. Today, Dr. Emilia Javorsky returns to the podcast to tell us how …
Jan 23, 2020
306: Dangers of Mold Exposure & How to Protect Yourself From Mold Toxicity With Ann Shippy MD
Dr. Ann Shippy is a powerhouse on a very important mission to help people across the world live their healthiest lives using cutting-edge science, really specific research, and genetic information to treat the root causes of disease. She left engineering to attend the University of Texas medical school and is now board-certified in internal medicine …
Jan 20, 2020
305: A Day in the Life: Wellness Mama Health Routines
With over 1300 posts on Wellness Mama, I think I’ve tried just about every diet, supplement, workout, and health tool out there! Today I thought I’d do something a little different and share how I’ve filtered through all that to settle on my personal health non-negotiables. My views have definitely changed on many things, while …
Jan 16, 2020
304: Ninja Warrior Travis Brewer on Movement, Gratitude, and Play
I met Travis Brewer on my trip to Finland with Four Sigmatic, and let’s just say he made an impression! Forget the subfreezing temperatures and snow everywhere… Travis did handstands and backflips on pretty much everything… from sleds to towers to bridges! Outside of Finland, Travis is literally a fitness ninja who is on a …
Jan 13, 2020
303: Gabby Reece on Parenting, Creating Strong Relationships, and XPT

It’s not every day you get to sit down with one of your personal role models! Gabrielle Reece is not only a volleyball legend but an inspirational figure for girls and women everywhere. You may already know Gabby as a former professional beach volleyball player and Nike’s first female spokeswoman, but in this episode, you’ll also get to know her as an entrepreneur, an amazing mom of 3, and a dedicated wife of 20 years.

What I appreciate most about Gabby is the positive message she sends to women everywhere about a healthy body image, the importance of relationships, and creating your own definition of success.

Episode Highlights With Gabby Reece

  • Ways to help teenagers learn healthy self-love and body image
  • Why freedom is key to motivation
  • Strategies for raising kids who learn to be independent
  • Why being a good role model doesn’t mean being perfect
  • Characteristics of a healthy relationship and marriage
  • Ways to model good communication and conflict resolution in a family
  • The role of sports in the family
  • How Gabby approaches exercise and fitness today (and how you can train with her)
  • The benefits of cold plunge
  • A powerful mental switch that can lighten any mom’s load
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

More From Wellness Mama

Jan 09, 2020
302: 5 Ways to Move for Improved Posture, Sleep, and Health With Align Method
Aaron Alexander returns with tips on how to get more movement in your life with a few simple changes in your daily routine. Aaron is a manual therapist and movement coach who helps the world’s best athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between to relieve pain, increase strength, and optimize their movement. Today we talk more …
Jan 06, 2020
301: How to Use Light to Drastically Improve Health With Matt Maruca
I’m here today for a fascinating conversation with Matt Maruca who is a researcher, a teacher, and an entrepreneur in the field of photobiology, or the study of how light affects health. After suffering from poor health and chronic fatigue since the age of 14, Matt chose to skip the beaten path of higher education …
Dec 30, 2019
300: A Big Announcement and Happy Holidays!
Happy holidays to you and your family! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Today I’m coming to you solo to share a super exciting, big announcement about a project I have been working on for over a decade and can finally share with you! I recently co-founded a new company called Wellnesse, and we’ve …
Dec 23, 2019
299: How Serenity Kids Is Revolutionizing the Baby Food Industry
I am here talking with Joe and Serenity Carr, the husband and wife team that co-founded Serenity Kids Baby Food. I knew I had to help them get the word out when I heard they were making a pre-packaged baby food that was low sugar and contained plenty of healthy fats. Finally! I know moms …
Dec 16, 2019
298: Getting Back to Happy With Marc and Angel Chernoff
We could all use a little help when it comes to figuring out this crazy ride called life! Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with two of my favorite personal development and life hack coaches, Marc and Angel Chernoff. Because of their ideas on success and happiness (and how to combine the two) …
Dec 09, 2019
297: Why the Wahls Protocol Works for More Than MS: An Update With Dr. Terry Wahls
In her years of practice, Dr. Terry Wahls has helped thousands of people fight incredible odds. If you haven’t heard her story, prepare to be amazed. In 2000, Dr. Terry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her health deteriorated, leaving her in a wheelchair and dependent on medication. She fought back with years of medical training …
Dec 02, 2019
296: Why AI-Assisted High Intensity Training Is the Next Exercise Frontier With CAR.O.L
Today we’re honing in on the science of high intensity interval training, which is the science-supported idea that you can get more benefit from a short, intense workout than from a 45-minute run, if you do it right. I’m here with Ratna Singh, a mom of two and co-founder of a new startup called CAR.O.L, …
Nov 25, 2019
295: Health Foods That Are Actually Making Us Sick With Dr. Gundry of the Plant Paradox
I am here today with one of the most requested podcast guests ever. Dr. Steven Gundry MD is a renowned heart surgeon and four-time New York Times bestselling author and physician-scientist. He’s a leading expert on the lectin-free diet as the key to reversing disease and increasing longevity, which he explains in his book The Plant Paradox. …
Nov 18, 2019
294: Using Targeted Nutrition to Alleviate Hormone Related Issues With Dr. Chris Masterjohn
Chris Masterjohn is one of those people you never want to stop talking to, so although he’s been on the podcast before, my list of questions for him might be longer than the first time! Chris Masterjohn holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut and his understanding of the intricate relationship …
Nov 11, 2019
293: Functional Medicine for Families and Stress Reduction With Dr. Rick Henriksen
My guest Dr. Rick Henriksen is a concierge medicine doctor with SteadyMD, my favorite online source of health care for our family. Dr. Rick is also Whole 30 founder Melissa Urban’s personal physician, which means he has an in-depth understanding of how diet affects health and a functional medicine approach to solving health problems. Before coming …
Nov 04, 2019
292: Transformational Nutrition From the Inside Out With Cynthia Garcia
I’d call Cynthia Garcia a true mentor of mine and someone I look up to in every way. Cynthia founded the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, which is where I got my MCHC certification. I love that now I get to share her with you! Today we’re going to talk about how the key to weight …
Oct 28, 2019
291: How to Create Your Ideal Family, Career, and Life With Kion CEO Angelo Keely
I’m really looking forward to this conversation today! Angelo Keely is one of my most inspiring and favorite friends, and I admire him so much both personally and professionally. Angelo is the CEO of Kion, a lifestyle supplement and functional food company he founded along with Ben Greenfield. I love their coffee, energy bars, and …
Oct 21, 2019
290: Braving Dark Night of the Soul and Learning to Own Yourself With Kelly Brogan

Today we’re going in a different direction but it’s one more closely related to physical health than we often realize. I am here with Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, whom you have heard from before. (See the show notes below for her first episode.) She’s board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine and specializes in root cause resolution as an approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms (not to mention graduating from Cornell and M.I.T.)

Dr. Kelly has a lot of fascinating things to say about the anxiety, depression, and mental health struggles so many women face. She’s reframing the entire conversation and has authored the New York Times bestselling book A Mind of your Own as well as the children’s book A Time for Rain. She’s also co-editor of the landmark (and much-needed) textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression.

In this conversation, we get super vulnerable about life changes that come with being a mother and something she calls a dark night of the soul. We all have a lot to share with each other on this topic I’m sure, so please chime in and let me know if you can related and what you think in the comments.

Learning to Own Yourself: Episode Highlights

  • Why we might need to reframe the stories we’ve learned about birth, mothering, and the emotional realm
  • What the dark night of the soul is
  • How to know if this is what you’re facing
  • Why symptoms can be a beautiful invitation
  • The things we all have things where we love to be “right about being wrong”
  • How emotions get coded physically in the body
  • Whether men experience anything similar
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

Books by Kelly Brogan

Other Resources

289: Stoic Wisdom for Modern Life and Parenting With Ryan Holiday
Today’s guest, Ryan Holiday, has been on my dream list of interviews for a long time. He is the best-selling author of many books including Ego is the Enemy, The Obstacle is the Way, and his newest Stillness is the Key, along with the Daily Stoic, a book I read one page from each morning. …
Oct 07, 2019
288: Breakthrough Solutions for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD With Apollo Founder Dr. David Rabin

I’m going to go ahead and say it: this is one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done to date! You definitely need an open mind for this one. We’re talking about how a breakthrough technology could change the way we manage, treat, and actually fix things like anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and other conditions. I’m here with Dr. David Rabin, the chief innovation officer, co-founder and co-inventor at Apollo Neuroscience. Apollo is the first wearable system to improve focus, sleep, and access to meditative states by delivering gentle layered vibrations to the skin.

Since Dr. Rabin has also spent the last 10 years studying the impact of chronic stress in humans, I figure he’s a great person to also brainstorm with about ways to improve your own sleep, your children’s sleep, and your heart rate variability, which is one of the things most linked to health.

Episode Highlights With David Rabin

  • Why Dr. Rabin became so interested in mental health and the topic of stress in particular
  • The single biggest factor in any type of recovery and healing
  • How he figured out a way to “trick” the body into feeling safe
  • What heart rate variability (HRV) is and why we are coming to know it as an important health marker
  • The risks associated with low HRV… and ways to raise it
  • Why pyschedelics might be the answer for stopping PTSD and other pyschiatric conditions for good
  • MDMA and what it does for the brain and the emotions
  • What the FDA trials show so far about these controversial medicines
  • How the Apollo wearable balances the nervous system in real time (without drugs!)
  • Why Dr. Rabin thinks psychiatrists are not just for the mentally ill
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

More From Wellness Mama

Sep 30, 2019
287: How to Create and Rekindle Passion & Libido in Relationships With Susan Bratton
Today we take a bit of detour from the usual topics to one that is deeply personal and probably not talked about enough. We’re discussing sex, libido, and intimacy, all rolled into one… and I think we all know this can be an interesting area to navigate post-motherhood! If you don’t already know about my …
Sep 23, 2019
286: Create a Dashboard for Your Life With Dan Pardi From Human OS

Dr. Dan Pardi is a researcher at Stanford University in California and at Leiden University in the Netherlands who specializes in studying lifestyle factors like sleep, exercise, and diet. He is the CEO of Human OS, an app designed to take a healthy lifestyle to the next level, hour by hour. This is not your typical health tracker. When I checked it out after meeting Dr. Dan at Paleo FX this year, I knew I had to share it with you!

Part of the reason Human OS succeeds is it operates on a behavior model called the Loop Model, which not only measures activity against your goals, but helps you tap into the “why” and the “how” to keep you motivated and overcoming obstacles. Human OS even takes into account the light (or lack of light) you’re exposed to during the day, memory retention, and other details other apps miss.

Episode Highlights With Human OS

  • How Human OS creates highly credible, easy to understand, referenced courses on health topics
  • Ways that light affects our bodies and the ideal pattern for exposure
  • Why friendship may be the #1 health hack
  • A simple way to manage stress better
  • Five key development objectives: brain development, mind development, wisdom development, personality development, and real world skill
  • Strategies for education in a fast-changing world
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

This podcast is brought to you by Joovv. You’ve heard me talk about them before but their red light therapy or photobiomodulation lights are a part of my daily routine. Here’s why: There’s evidence that certain wavelengths of light are beneficial to the body in various ways. On a cellular level, they may help improve mitochondrial function and increase production of ATP, or cellular energy. This can manifest in clearer skin, more energy, quicker recovery and even increased hair growth. I use red light on my thyroid as part of my protocol along with a low inflammation diet

Sep 16, 2019
285: How to Have a Miracle Morning and Organize Your Day With Hal Elrod
I am a huge believer in the power of a story, and my guest today has several almost unbelievable chapters to share. Hal Elrod is known for his incredible ability to shine light on even some of the darkest tragedies, of which he’s experienced several in his own life. His book The Miracle Morning has made …
Sep 09, 2019
284: Why Healthcare Sharing May Be the Future of Medicine With KNEW Health
There is a huge range of opinions when it comes to discussing the current state of healthcare, but one opinion seems almost universal: something needs to change! My guest today, James Maskell, is a true innovator for positive change in the health community. He has spent over 10 years now innovating at the cross-section of functional …
Sep 02, 2019
283: Razi Berry on a Whole-Person Approach to Health
I have a feeling today’s episode will be especially personal and eye-opening for all of us. My guest today is my good friend, Razi Berry, who is the founder and publisher of the journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review as well as the premier consumer-based website of naturopathic medicine, Razi is also the host of …
Aug 26, 2019
282: Garrett Salpeter on NeuFit for Fitness, Rehabilitation, & Brain Health
Today’s fascinating guest is Garrett Salpeter, dubbed a “health engineer” by many. He invented a patented device that makes the benefits of neuro bioelectric stimulation more accessible to everyone. His system for improving the body (starting with the brain) is called NeuFit (think “neurological fitness”). This device and his program has helped people in chronic pain …
Aug 19, 2019
281: Building Resiliency, Mindset and Doing the Impossible With Joel Runyon
One of the best parts about hosting a podcast is meeting so many amazing people who push themselves to be their best and influence the world. My guest today, Joel Runyon, has one of those stories! Joel is the creator of one of the best paleo and keto resources out there, called Ultimate Paleo Guide …
Aug 12, 2019
280: Dr. Mary Bove on Using Adaptogens & Herbal Supplements to Manage Stress
I am here with Dr. Mary Bove, and you guys are going to love her! She’s a naturopathic doctor and midwife with advanced training in phytotherapy and herbal medicine. She practiced naturopathic family medicine and midwifery for 25 years and even authored one of the go-to references on the subject, The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing …
Aug 05, 2019
279: Dr. Elizabeth Pearce on Creating a Personalized Birth Plan
Dr. Elizabeth Pearce is a psychologist, a childbirth educator, a doula like I am, and a mom of three. Today, we are talking about that mysterious, wonderful, and sometimes scarring experience called birth! Dr. Elizabeth is an expert on how personality and other key factors can impact your overall birth experience and outcome. She focuses …
Jul 29, 2019
278: Dr. Rob Franklin on Natural Remedies for Pet Health
For many of us, pets are part of the family! Yet it can be hard to find solid information about pet health and how to be proactive in taking care of them. Enter veterinarian Dr. Rob Franklin and Full Bucket Health, a supplement company paying special attention to the gut health and digestion of dogs, …
Jul 25, 2019
277: Diane Kazer on Healing Breast Implant Illness
Today we are covering a much-requested topic: breast implants and how they might affect health. I am here with Diane Kazer, a pro soccer player turned functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. Many credit her as a visionary and a gamechanger in the world of women’s hormones, detox, empowerment, and leadership. Diane started the CHI Hormone Warrior …
Jul 22, 2019
276: Tony Kasandrinos on What You Need to Know About Olive Oil
I am here today with someone I am so impressed with on many levels, especially his time management and everything he accomplishes. I thought I was busy, but I don’t hold a candle to Tony Kasandrinos, the co-founder of Kasandrinos Olive Oil. You’ve probably heard me sing the praises of this olive oil on the …
Jul 18, 2019
275: Gretchen Rubin on Outer Order, Inner Calm & Happiness
I’m guessing you’ve heard of Gretchen Rubin, and if not well you’re in for a treat! She is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. We touch on all of those today and explain how these ideas …
Jul 15, 2019
274: Luke Storey on Spirituality, Psychedelics & Circumcision
In this episode, I am joined by Luke Storey who is a former celebrity fashion stylist turned public speaker, lifestyle design coach, thought leader, and entrepreneur. Luke has spent the past 21 years relentlessly searching the world to design his ultimate lifestyle through his extensive and sometimes even dangerous personal research and development. We’re definitely …
Jul 11, 2019
273: Aaron Alexander on The Power of Movement for Mind and Body
Not only is today’s guest super inspiring and incredibly fit, he has a unique take on exercise and how to align our movements to the body’s natural design. Aaron Alexander is a manual therapist and movement coach who has helped the world’s best athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between to relieve pain, increase strength, and …
Jul 08, 2019
272: Dr. Marisol Teijeiro on Castor Oil for Digestion, Health, & Beauty
Sometimes on this podcast we talk about all things poo (because it’s important!), and today is no exception. Dr. Marisol Teijeiro is a naturopathic doctor who took her own challenges with irritable bowel syndrome and created a platform with solutions to help others. Her patients have affectionately and humorously crowned her “Queen of Thrones,” a …
Jul 04, 2019
271: Sarah Fragoso on Calming Your Hormones
Today should be an extra fun interview! Sarah Fragoso is an international best-selling author of five books and founder of the Everyday Paleo brand. She is one of the first people I connected with when I started blogging years ago, and I used to actually guest write on her blog, so we’ve been friends for …
Jul 01, 2019
270: Tara Youngblood on Better Sleep With ChiliPad
Today on the podcast we’re going to talk about some ways to really, really drastically improve your sleep! Tara Youngblood has spent over 10,000 hours studying how and why we sleep, and how to do it better. Applying her analytical skills from her physics and engineering background, Tara’s passion is to shape the future of …
Jun 27, 2019
269: Hannah Crum Answers Kombucha Questions
I’m here today with a friend of mine who has been here before and I know you’re going to love to hear from her again. Hannah Crum, aka “The Kombucha Mamma,” pioneered Kombucha Kamp, an education workshop everyone interested in fermented foods should take. It started in 2004 out of her Los Angeles kitchen. Now, …
Jun 24, 2019
268: Tildet Varon on Positive Parenting & Effective Family Communication
Can you say you are blessed with stress? No? I’m not sure I could either, but my guest today makes it her motto! Tildet Varon is a talented speaker and inner mastery specialist. She teaches individuals and companies all over the world to achieve success and maximize their potential. Today, Tildet shares her personal story …
Jun 20, 2019
267: Hunter Cook on Why Sports Aren’t Good for Kids & Solving Joint Pain
Hunter Cook of Hunter Fitness became a close friend when I visited Finland this year with Four Sigmatic. Ever since, I have been implementing his systems and at this point I am totally sold on his approach to mobility training and overall physical health. Today we’re covering all things joint health — how they function, …
Jun 17, 2019
266: Jennifer Fugo on Decoding Skin Health, Eczema, & Acne
Jennifer Fugo is a clinical nutritionist empowering women who have been failed by conventional medicine and are trying to beat chronic skin and unending gut challenges. And she’s well equipped to do it. Jennifer has a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a certified nutrition specialist. Her work has been …
Jun 13, 2019
265: Dr. Shawn Tassone on Hormone Balance & Finding Your Normal

Hormone balance is one of the topics you all ask about most, so I’m excited to bring another hormone expert and doctor on the show today. Dr. Shawn Tassone is double board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Integrative Medicine and holds a medical degree in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. His work includes studies and publications on spirituality and medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine.

In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Shawn has seen over 40,000 women and is highly regarded as a patient advocate. I’ve read through reviews and testimonials and I can tell Dr. Shawn really stands up for his patients and lets them be an active part of an integrated part of their health. And you all know I’m all about that!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Shawn Tassone

  • The various different imbalances that contribute to hormone symptoms and what to do about them
  • If you’re a warrior, a nun, a workaholic or a queen (hormonally) and how to find balance
  • What to know about hormone replacement therapy
  • Some little known facts about various types of birth control
  • About breast implant illness and what to do about it
  • A novel way he’s helping women suffering from problems after the Essure device
  • Why low libido isn’t always hormonal
  • But what to do when it is
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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Child: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast.

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Jun 10, 2019
264: Opher Brayer on Creating Polymaths Using Games of Genius
Today’s episode is going to be so fascinating and a little unusual! I am here with Opher Brayer, a world-famous talent coach and the creator of something called MindFinity (previously Games of Genius). Opher coaches the best and brightest in Silicon Valley and he has taught innovation at many leading companies, including IBM and Disney Imagineering. …
Jun 06, 2019
263: Sheri Salata on The Beautiful No & Other Life Lessons
I’m here today with a really special woman I can’t wait to share with you. Sheri Salata is a producer, podcast co-host, and the author of an amazing new memoir, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation. Sheri shares lessons learned over her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey, where she served as the executive producer …
Jun 03, 2019
262: Dr. Andrew Weil on the Most Important Factors for Health
I’m sure you all know Dr. Andrew Weil, a true pioneer of integrative medicine in the last few decades. Today Dr. Weil shares what he’s learned along the way during his impressive career. Although his list of accomplishments is almost to long to mention, I’ll start with this: Dr. Weil, MD, is a world-renowned leader in …
May 30, 2019
261: Chrissa Benson on Practical Tips and Mom Hacks
“Self-care” is quite the buzzword these days! While I’m glad we’re having the discussion as a culture, I think it’s safe to say that we moms are still trying to figure out the problems as well as the answers. Chrissa Benson is the founder of the amazing Physical Kitchness blog and programs, which she founded …
May 27, 2019
260: Dr. Ty Carzoli on Why the 21st Century Is at War With Your Spine
The spine is so incredibly important for our posture, alignment, nervous health, and more… but how often do we really think about taking care of it? Dr. Ty Carzoli is a doctor of chiropractic and has conducted research at Florida State in cardiovascular and muscle physiology. He specializes in a really cool form of upper …
May 23, 2019
259: Idahosa Ness on How to Learn Any Language by Ear
Even though I studied Spanish for years in school, I still struggle to use what I learned in any meaningful way. Sound familiar? Then you’re in the right place. Idahosa Ness is a teacher, a musician, and foreign language expert who created The Mimic Method, a system to learn languages faster and more effectively. Although …
May 20, 2019
258: Sarah Kay Hoffman on Beating SIBO, IBS, & Histamine Intolerance
Sarah Kay Hoffman is the founder of A Gutsy Girl, a website I’ve been following for a long time. She’s created an amazing online community geared towards women who are looking for a reasonable approach for healing things like IBS, IBD, SIBO, hormonal problems, acne, and more. Sarah got her start when trying to heal …
May 16, 2019
257: Jeffrey Smith on The Truth About GMOs & Secret Ingredients in Our Food
Buckle your seatbelts… we’re going there! Today we talk in-depth about genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs. This is not exactly my field of study and certainly a very controversial issue, so I’ve asked Jeffrey Smith, man behind the compelling new documentary Secret Ingredients, to shed some light on the topic for us. For more …
May 13, 2019
256: Chris Masterjohn on Decoding What Your Body Really Needs
All of my years of health research have led me to one conclusion: there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription for good health. Each of us needs a personalized approach when it comes diet and the vitamins and minerals we need. The trouble is, how do we figure this out so we can act on it? Today I’m …
May 09, 2019
255: Dr. Valter Longo on a Fasting Mimicking Diet & Increasing Healthspan
I’ve wanted to interview Dr. Valter Longo for years, and today I finally get to! In this episode, we explore all things fasting — one of my favorite health topics — and especially the fasting mimicking diet, a precise system of fasting that he invented. In fact, his diet was granted one of the only …
May 06, 2019
254: Michael & Lauryn Bosstick on Business, Lifestyle, and Routines

Today’s episode is a little different than normal as I’m here with Lauryn and Michael of The Skinny Confidential to talk business, entrepreneurship and navigating the dynamic of working together as a couple. Lauryn Evarts is a well-known lifestyle and beauty blogger at The Skinny Confidential and her husband Michael Bosstick is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the podcast network Dear Media.

I met them in Finland with Four Sigmatic and wanted to have them on to talk business since I get a surprising amount of questions about that side of things and rarely talk about it. They also interviewed me on their podcast (see resources below) where I share about my own business strategies and some parts of my journey you may not have heard before.

As I said, I know this is a departure from our normal health topics, but if you’re interested in the business side at all, I think you’ll enjoy this episode.

Episode Highlights with the Skinny Confidential

  • A recap of all of our lessons from Finland
  • What we all thought of the sauna/cold plunge situation there
  • The benefit of pushing out of your comfort zone regularly
  • What our gratitude alarm is and why it started after Finland
  • How The Skinny Confidential started and grew to a massive podcast and platform
  • The ways Lauryn and Michael navigate working together as a couple
  • How they’ve grown multiple businesses
  • Lessons learned from real estate (and real estate failures)
  • How they met when they were 12 and how long it took for them to eventually start dating
  • The powerful benefit of practice that they use in many aspects of life
  • How to handle the negative aspects of social media we all encounter
  • Ways to create community in daily life
  • Lauryn’s quote (that I’ve adopted): “What you think about me is none of my business”
  • All of our morning routines

Resources We Mention

Books We Recommend

253: A (Semi) Serious Ultra-Spiritual Conversation With JP Sears

I’m here today with someone you have probably heard of and possibly enjoy as much as I do. JP Sears is a YouTuber, a comedian, an emotional healing coach, and fun fact which you may not know, a serious world traveler and curious student of health. You’ve probably seen his funny and entertaining videos where he tackles some serious topics with grace and humor. His videos have accumulated over 300 million views, which is no small feat!

I’m excited to find out what JP has to say as we talk about building community, being open-minded, and learning how to have a serious conversation while still having a good time. If you want to hear more from JP, I linked to my favorite videos of his below and also check out The Awaken with JP Sears Show, his amazing podcast.

Episode Highlights With JP Sears

  • How a health coach turned comedian (and we’re so glad he did!)
  • Why JP loves to tackle controversial topics
  • Why humor and difficult conversations actually go together
  • A telltale sign that you’re overly controlled by fear
  • An empowering method for dealing with anger
  • Powerful ways to “mother” ourselves
  • How JP and his wife handle their dietary differences (she’s vegan and he’s not)
  • Ways to foster more real connection (even with those who disagree with you!)
  • The importance of building a “tribe”
  • Three steps to deal with negative criticism and stop letting it get to you
  • JP’s daily routine and his non-negotiables for a healthy lifestyle
  • How he manages his luxurious head of hair!
  • And of course, plenty of laughs!

Resources We Mention

Books JP Recommends:

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May 02, 2019
252: Dr. Andrew Hill on Neuroscience & Peak Brain Performance
With advances in brain mapping and neurofeedback, there’s so much to learn about the brain. I feel like I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg on this topic, so I’ve invited Dr. Andrew Hill here today. He is one of the top brain performance coaches in the country and holds a PhD in cognitive …
Apr 29, 2019
251: Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe on Improving Water Quality & Drinking Water
This episode is not only about what is in your water, but how to get out the things that you don’t want to be drinking! I am here with Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe, a PhD who has been involved in the design, testing, and installation of water filtration and purification systems for both residential and commercial …
Apr 25, 2019
250: Addie Conner on Sustainable Fitness, Cork, & Benefits of Rolling
I think today’s topic is a fun one and an unexpected twist on physical fitness and well-being. This episode is going to be all about foam rolling and why it should be part of our daily self-care. I’m here with Addie Conner, the co-founder of a company called 42 Birds. Rather than foam, her company …
Apr 22, 2019
249: Suzy Batiz on Harnessing Energy to Create Success From the Inside Out

You’ve probably heard of Poo~Pourri, a spray that traps unpleasant bathroom odors with natural oils (moms/wives everywhere owe her a debt of gratitude for it!). While you may not have heard though of Suzy Batiz, the amazing woman behind the product has an equally inspiring story.

Since Suzy built an empire on the unlikely platform of bathroom stink, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s known for her willingness to tackle taboo topics and challenge societal norms. She had to overcome huge challenges and multiple “failures” to reach success. In the end, Suzy credits her mindset and willingness to follow an “alive idea” as the reason she was able to create a company worth $500 million without borrowing a cent or enlisting a single investor.

Episode Highlights With Suzy Batiz of Poo~Pourri

  • Suzy’s incredible story of overcoming childhood trauma and later business failure, bankruptcy, and personal breakdown
  • How Suzy turned everything around and went on to found a $500 million debt-free enterprise
  • The four signs of resonance and how to recognize an “alive idea”
  • How the idea for Poo~Pourri came about
  • The unique contributions women entrepreneurs have to offer
  • What to do if you don’t like where you are in life
  • And more!

Episode Quotables

You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller

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