The Complete Guide to Fasting
December 5, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Risk
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Treating thousands of diabetic patients, Dr. Jason Fung realized that the treatment for this disease has become more of a problem than it is solving. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are a growing epidemic, and it has become obvious that the “eat less, move more” advice given to patients is not working. In his attempt to help his patients, Dr. Fung realized that fasting was an easy, economic and necessary tool to transition them to a place where medication was no longer needed and their lives transition back to normal. He will be discussing his new book “The Complete Guide to Fasting” in this episode.
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Dr. Rebecca Risk
With 10 years of experience as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Dr. Rebecca Risk operates Ananta Health in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Having chosen the Sanskrit word Ananta which means infinite or without limit, Dr. Risk partners with her patients to help them achieve infinite health. She applies TCM principles with a modern view, allowing her to care for her patients in a unique way, helping them overcome health obstacles and getting to the root of their chronic health problems. A graduate of the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Risk is trained in Chinese Herbology, Dietary Therapy, Acupuncture, BioMeridian Stress Testing and supplementation. Certified from the Academy of Natural Health Sciences in New Jersey as a Supplement Consultant, Dr. Risk provides her patients with customized vitamin and herbal therapies that support their nutritional needs for optimal health.
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Dr. Ashley Abbs
Dr. Ashley Abbs is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta, Canada and the owner of TerraSana Health, a Woman’s Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Centre. Born out of her professional experience helping hundreds of women get pregnant and her own Fertility Story She created The Living Fertile Method, a program and way of life for women to embrace their bodies and empower their lives while achieving a successful pregnancy. Dr. Abbs is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Dr of Acupuncture and Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She shares her take on her life as a mom, entrepreneur and all things women’s health and liberation through stories tips and inspiration over at www.ashleyabbs.com View Guest page
Nikki is fascinated and inspired with the incredible design of the human body and the integration of the mind body spirit connection that moves us through life. She started her movement journey as a dancer at age 14. With her ignited passion she performed and choreographed professionally as a contemporary jazz dancer and aerial acrobat in Los Angeles, Japan and across Europe. In her travels she was introduced to various forms of bodywork and healing modalities that lead her to study craniosacral massage therapy and Pilates. The Pilates principles of posture and dynamic alignment presented an arena of vast healing potential that guided her educational path and experience. Nikki had the good fortune to apprentice with a team of chiropractors that developed an energetic healing system called Quantum Kinetics. For several years she has been mastering this gentle hands-on approach that utilizes the body’s electrical and myo-fascial system in relation to structural stability. View Guest page
Dr. Larry Altshuler, M.D
Larry Altshuler, M.D. has been a board-certified internist for 36 years, having practiced in numerous settings including solo practice, group practice, HMO, and for the federal government, both in outpatient and hospital services. Dr. Altshuler is currently the Director of Oncology Intake at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa, OK. He is also a hospitalist, Director of Sleep Medicine, Director of Oncofertility Services, and treats quality of life issues and pain management. Dr. Altshuler authored Balanced Healing: Combining Modern Medicine with Safe and Effective Alternative Therapies,which earned him the USA Book News national award for the “Best Health Book of 2004.” He is also a published researcher of integrative therapies, and has lectured extensively and appeared as a guest on television and radio both regionally and nationally. View Guest page
Lora has been dancing with happy abandon since she was three years old. When she became a professional dancer, she practiced Pilates to strengthen herself during rehearsals and performance schedules. She went on to dance as a Radio City Rockette in NYC for 9 years and appeared in numerous musicals around the world. During her very active entertainment career she never missed a show and remained injury free. She credits this to the attention she paid to posture and alignment.
While still performing she began her studies that would lead her to become a master teacher in the Pilates method through Pilates Sports Center as well as certified in GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, the Franklin Method, DaVinci BodyBoard and other body balancing disciplines. In 2004, Lora opened the doors to Pilates Studio City and now co-owns two studios in Los Angeles with Nikki Alstedter and Pilates South Austin in Austin, TX. View Guest page
Nancy Appleton PhD
Nancy Appleton PhD has been researching and writing about the perils of sugar in the modern diet for more than 40 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Nutrition from UCLA and went on to a PhD from Walden University. She has authored several bestselling books on sugar and other food issues: Lick the Sugar Habit, Stopping Inflammation, Suicide by Sugar and Killer Colas. She retired from her consulting practice to focus on writing. She lives in San Diego. View Guest page
Jillian Augey spent most of her life feeling unwell and pushing herself despite constant health concerns. Although constantly suffering from a myriad of symptoms, she completed university and established a career. Throughout these years frequent visits to doctors did not reveal any answers to her health questions, and none of the tests performed could identify the source of her pain, fatigue, cardiac problems, digestive troubles, and later, mobility issues. Even with compassionate and curious doctors, no answers were discovered and Jillian forced herself to continue working and volunteering, until one day her body gave out. Having exhausted all resources, she traveled to the US where it was determined she was suffering from a multitude of vector-bourne illnesses. After years of intensive IV and pharmaceutical treatments, she is now including Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural remedies with success. She has spent much time researching Lyme disease and viable treatment options. View Guest page
Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, BBEC
Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, BBEC was graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Architecture in 1978 and from The International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology in 1995. In 2007, she was honored with investiture into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Her award-winning architectural practice is based in Ashland Oregon. Since 1992, Paula has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health enhancing architecture. She has developed a unique specialty in alternative construction for health and in addition to her architectural design practice she serves as a consultant on the health aspects of building throughout North America and beyond. View Guest page
Henny Beaumont is an artist and portrait painter, with an M.A in fine art printmaking. Her first book ‘Hole in the Heart’, published in June 2016, to great acclaim, was short-listed for the Myriad first graphic novel prize. She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4, performed at several Literary festivals including the prestigious Hay Festival. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Daily Mail and as a guest blogger for Mumsnet and The Mighty. Robert Yates, Consultant Cardiologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children has described her book as ‘essential reading for every pediatrician in training’ and Meg Rosoff called it ‘A masterclass in the sorrow and joy of being human, and a powerful reminder that nothing is more earth shattering than love.’ Henny has lectured at the Camberwell College of Art, Brighton Medical School and Kings College London. She is now working on new graphic fiction and an audio-visual app. She is married with four children. Henny lives in London, UK. View Guest page
Dr. Harris Bram
Dr. Harris Bram is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His postgraduate training in anesthesia was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital where he sub-specialized in cardiac anesthesia. He completed his pain management fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
In 1993, Dr. Bram was recruited by Monmouth Medical Center to establish and coordinate the Acute and Chronic Pain Services Section of the hospital’s Anesthesia Department. Appointed Director of Pain Management Services, Dr. Bram set up a post-operative epidural service for acute pain.
In 1997, Dr. Bram conceived and co-founded Spine and Pain Medicine of NJ & NY, where he specialized in interventional pain management. Over the years, his practice evolved as pain management technology advanced, and Dr. Bram became adept at minimally-invasive procedures. View Guest page
Lillian Pearl Bridges
Lillian Bridges is an authority on Face Reading and Diagnosis. She is credited for bringing this body of ancient knowledge back to the field of Chinese Medicine and introducing it to Western Medicine and Business. She has 25 years of experience in speaking to Complimentary and Allopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists and, CEO’s and Executive Management Teams. Lillian is the founder of The Lotus Institute, Inc., and trains students in her comprehensive Certification Program, teaches for continuing education courses, and is a featured speaker at conferences and symposiums around the world. Lillian learned her skills from a long line of Master Chinese practitioners in her Chen Family Lineage and received her degree in Psychology from UCLA. She is the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, 2nd Edition, released by Churchill Livingstone in August 2012 - first published in 2003. She has been on numerous radio and television shows and was most recently featured on Dr. OZ in February 2013. View Guest page
Jennifer Buchanan BMT, MTA is an Certified Music Therapist, founder of Calgary-based JB Music Therapy, and author of the book Tune In. A highly regarded expert and trailblazer in her field, Jennifer is Past-President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and an in-demand keynote speaker at national conferences spanning areas including healthcare, education, leadership, and business development. Her company, JB Music Therapy has been most recently nominated for the Community Impact Award by the Chamber of Commerce. “There are countless opportunities for music to make a difference. It can and does save healthcare dollars, but its effects go far deeper than its monetary value. My mission is to help everyone understand what music is capable of doing when we allow ourselves to truly tune in to its potential.” Jennifer is currently completing her MBA with a focus on creating Social Impact and is a proud Member of the Global Speaker’s Federation. View Guest page
Jennifer Cannon is a Midwest business owner and mother of two. In the summer of 2009 Jennifer and her family moved into a modest 3 bedroom ranch in the suburbs. What seemed to be a peaceful transition turned into an utter nightmare as Jennifer would soon learn that the home she had moved her family into was hiding a deep/dark secret of hidden toxic mold in the walls and subflooring. After being diagnosed with mycotoxicosis due to mold exposure, and finding out that the home was extremely toxic, Jennifer fled with her children to a new clean home and did not take anything from the old house with her. Still facing a few chronic symptoms daily she started a website and founded www.SurvivingToxicMold.com She spent thousands of hours researching toxic mold, understanding it’s effects on humans and animals and at the same time searching for treatments, remedies and cures that would get her closer to the life she once had before the mold exposure. View Guest page
Donna Carey, LAc is co-founder of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine where she oversees and teaches the Acutonics Certification Program. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, educator, and poet. Donna co-authored Acutonics There’s No Place Like Ohm: Sound Healing, Oriental Medicine and the Cosmic Mysteries and Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells: Planetary Science, Harmony and Medicine. She has two published poetry collections Unintended Sutras and Traveler’s Advisory. A new collection Days of Endless Capture will be published in 2016. She is also a frequent contributor to Oriental Medicine Journal. Donna’s extensive background in community health included development and oversight of 14 community clinics while she served as Clinical Dean at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. An avid gardener managing 35 acres in Northern New Mexico she is involved in numerous experiments on the intentional use of sound vibration to improve agricultural production. View Guest page
Leo Cashman has served as executive director of DAMS, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, since year 2000. DAMS is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public on dental mercury and other ways that dentistry may affect health. DAMS is a recognized leader in this area of public education. Cashman is editor of the DAMS newsletter, Dental Truth, and he has written extensively on the science, the new developments and the regulatory issues involving dentistry and health. Over the past 18 years, Leo Cashman has been attending conferences of the major academies for holistic (“biological”) dentistry enabling him to learn from many of the top dentists, doctors and scientists on the dental-health connection. Leo Cashman has a BS degree in physics and an MA degree in mathematics. View Guest page
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need of a paradigm shift in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-based) medical system. Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, where her teachings about Ayurvedic medicine have been applauded by a national audience. She is also the author of The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss as well as the founder of The Prime Club www.ThePrimeClub.com. View Guest page
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Dr. Ciaramicoli is the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org and is also in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area. View Guest page
NANCY COLIER is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, and veteran meditator. In her new book, THE POWER OF OFF The Mindful Way To Stay Sane In A Virtual World (Sounds True/2016). Colier sounds the call for wakefulness, helping us to learn to use technology in a way that supports our well-being. Nancy is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. She is also the author of an INVITING A MONKEY TO TEA: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. For more, visit nancycolier.com. View Guest page
William Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H)
William Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H), is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and Professor of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (www.acimconnect.com) of Panama. He is a USA board-certified cardiologist & internist who is internationally known for his knowledge & skill in practicing & teaching integrative medicine. He has co-authored 6 books: 1)An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer (1997), 2)Cancer Diagnosis: What To Do Next (2000), 3)Longevity, An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide (2001), 4)Create A Toxin-Free Body & Home (2014), 5)Foods That Fit a Unique You (2014), 6)BioEnergetic Tools for Wellness…(2014), and has contributed to several other publications. He is the creator of the Cowden Support Program, which is an all-natural program that has been used successfully by several thousand people to support their bodies during recovery from various chronic inflammatory conditions including Lyme Borreliosis with co-infections. View Guest page
Dr. Nicola McFadzean Ducharme
Dr. Nicola McFadzean Ducharme is a Naturopathic Doctor, and is the owner and medical director of RestorMedicine, an integrative medical center in San Diego, CA. She has specialized in treating Lyme disease for over a decade, working with patients both in the United States and abroad. She is a medical advisor for the Lyme Disease Association of Australia and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS).
Dr. Nicola is a published author, with her own books – Beginners Guide to Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease in Australia, and The Lyme Diet: Nutritional Strategies For Healing From Lyme Disease, as well as a chapter in Connie Strasheim’s book Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies. Her new book, Lyme Brain, is due for publication mid-2016.
Dr. Nicola also writes a holistic health blog called The Naturopathic Mama. She lives in San Diego with her husband, their two-year old daughter View Guest page
Poisoned by pesticides in 1980, Udo Erasmus used his university education in biological sciences, biochemistry, genetics, and psychology to cure himself naturally.
He invented a way to ‘make oils with health in mind’, wrote FATS THAT HEAL FATS THAT KILL, fathered flax oil, designed ‘Udo’s Choice’ Oil Blend, and works with several blends of enzymes, age-specific probiotics, fiber, and greens to optimize human and animal digestion.
He’s given 5,000+ talks and 3,000+ media interviews in 30+ countries.
Based on many years of intense theoretical and experiential inquiry, he created a teachable field of Total Global Health based in nature and human nature.
In addition to health, his focus for the next 30 years includes self-knowledge, personal contentment, sustainable energy, social harmony, and education to thrive, not just survive in the 21st century. View Guest page
Mark J. Estren, Ph.D.
Mark J. Estren, Ph.D. holds doctorates in psychology and English from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. A Pulitzer-winning journalist, Dr. Estren has held top-level positions at numerous print and broadcast news organizations for more than 30 years, ranging from producer of “Report on Medicine” for CBS Radio to frequent health-related reporting for the “Bottom Line” newsletter group. Other affiliations include The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, United Press International, and CBS and ABC News. He was named one of “Fortune” magazine’s “People to Watch.” Dr. Estren is the author of six books, including Prescription Drug Abuse, Healing Hormones, Heal Yourself: How to Harness Placebo Power, and Statins: Miraculous or Misguided? View Guest page
Dr. Emil Faithe
Dr. Emil Faithe has practiced in virtually every healthcare setting over the past 30 years, honing his skills as a Holistic Expert and Medical Intuitive. He earned his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Southern California. Using his keen intuitive diagnostic skills, Dr. Emil is able to detect organ, gland, energetic, and nutrient imbalances to help restore physical and emotional harmony within the body. He has helped thousands of people from across the globe solve some of the most "mysterious" health puzzles.
Dr. Emil is recognized as one of the top experts in Natural Medicine and Medical Intuition, and has Keynoted top conferences and appeared on numerous television and radio programs. The author of four self-help books, Dr. Emil has a special affinity for the ultra¬sensitive people on the planet. He maintains a private practice in holistic and intuitive healthcare where he works with all health conditions naturally. View Guest page
Vanessa Farnsworth studied both journalism and creative writing, receiving the TJ Allen Memorial Award for Journalism from Sheridan College. Her literary fiction has appeared in journals across Canada and the US, and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. She has published more than 100 columns and articles in national and regional publications, including Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, and Harrowsmith Country Life. Her first full-length book, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada(Signature Editions), is a timely call for attention to a devastating disease that is becoming increasingly prevalent in this country. Farnsworth lives in The Kootenays in southeastern BC. View Guest page
Ellen F Franklin, PhD
Dr. Ellen F. Franklin is co-founder and CEO of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine. For more than 15 years she has been involved in developing and teaching programs in sound therapy rooted in Oriental Medicine and psychology. She is co-author of Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells, Planetary Science, Harmony and Medicine, the author of numerous articles, and a regular contributor to Oriental Medicine Journal. An avid photographer, she contributed her work to Donna Carey’s poetry collection Traveler’s Advisory as well as the forthcoming collection Days of Endless Capture. Ellen received her Certificate in Jungian Studies and her PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University. Her doctoral research focused on self-care with Acutonics to reduce severe stress and compassion fatigue in nurses. Prior to Acutonics Ellen spent twenty-five years in senior leadership positions, she has served on numerous boards, and is a frequent presenter at conferences around the globe. View Guest page
Dr. Heiner Fruehauf
Dr. Heiner Fruehauf is the Founding Professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has lectured on 3 continents for more than 30 years, and authored a wide variety of articles and textbooks on Chinese Medicine. His interest in preserving some of the traditional features of Oriental medicine led him to develop a database dedicated to the archiving of classical knowledge, where a selection of his publications can be accessed. Out of concern over the rapidly declining quality of medicinals from mainland China, he has founded the company Classical Pearls specializing in the import of wild-crafted and sustainably grown Chinese herbs (ClassicalPearls.org). He also maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in the treatment of chronic and recalcitrant diseases with Chinese herbs. One of his primary areas of specialization is the development of alternative approaches to chronic inflammations of the nervous system. View Guest page
Dr. Jason Fung
Dr. Jason Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto. He is the chief of the department of medicine at Scarborough General Hospital. In addition to clinical medicine, he is also on the board of directors of Low Carb Diabetes Association and the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance.
During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity was getting worse. The prevailing dietary recommendations to reduce dietary fat and calories were clearly ineffective. He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective. View Guest page
Jean Gallick is an inventor who has focused for 30 years on environmental pollution and Electromagnetic Radiation Protection. Jean is an inventor of EMF protection technology, which she created in order to improve her chronic health problems and the health of others. She has a background in Developmental and Experimental Psychology, from UC Berkeley, and advanced to candidacy for PhD in History of Consciousness, with major in Philosophy. Her company, EarthCalm (www.earthcalm.com), manufactures US made handcrafted circuitry, for their EMF protection products. EarthCalm has a wide variety of EMF protection products, for home, office, children, pets, cell phones, wireless devices, as well as a wide variety of wearables. Her products have helped provide her customers relief from: chronic headaches and migraines, high blood pressure and panic attacks, mind fog and memory loss, depression and chronic anxiety, tinnitus, and asthma symptoms. View Guest page
Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on what is popularly referred to as the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It.
Nora is an experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator, widely interviewed on national and international radio, popular podcasts, online summits, television and film. Her own popular podcasts are widely listened to on iTunes and are available for free download. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Board-Certified nutritional consultant and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. She is currently working on her next upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster (Atria) in December of 2016/January 2017. View Guest page
Dr. Marc Grossman
Since 1980 Dr. Marc Grossman has helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is best described as a Holistic Eye Doctor. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches to tackle difficult eye problems. His background includes degrees in Optometry, Biology, Physical Education and Learning Disabilities, coupled with yoga, bioenergetics, nutrition, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the Alexander technique and Feldenkrais. This orientation provides the foundation for an integrated approach to vision and its influence on the body, mind and spirit of each patient. View Guest page
Dr. David Hanscom MD
Dr. David Hanscom is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the surgical correction of complex spine problems in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He treats spinal infections, tumors, trauma and spinal deformities such as kyphosis and scoliosis. Much of of his practice is devoted to addressing problems created by multiple unsuccessful spine surgeries. Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. He also collaborated with rehabilitation physicians learning non-operative care. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved. It was named the DOCC project (Defined Organized Comprehensive Care). He has published a book, Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain that is the basis of the structured spine care program. He has witnessed many patients become pain free using a largely self-directed structured approach. View Guest page
Dr. Rick Hanson, PH.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter. View Guest page
Martin Heskier, CEO of Heskiers LLC, speaks internationally about Optimizing Health and Wellness and treating pain naturally and effectively. He is the inventor the Heskiers Method and the Heskiers OneTool, a new approach to Myofascial manipulation, manipulation of the interstitial fluid, Massage and Connective tissue such as Guasha that functions interdisciplinary in all modalities in Bodywork therapies and cross over from high-end professional treatment to easy self-treatment for athletes and lay persons.
He is a industrial designer and a licensed acupuncturist, having taught and practiced in multiple techniques since 1998. He received his degree from the Skolen for Akupunktur og Kinesisk Medicin in Copenhagen. He apprenticed with Dr. Gou Gou Dong of Beijng, learning Tui Na Massage and Guasha and he studied organ massage and cranial sacral therapy with Stanley Rosenberg. View Guest page
Dr. Casey Kohlman
Casey has always taken pleasure in helping people which brought her to work at a Wellness Centre nine years ago. During this time she experienced the healing effects of acupuncture both physically and mentally and knew that this was a natural approach she wanted to share with others. After studying the philosophies and foundations of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbs, she graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist in Calgary, Canada. View Guest page
Gina Lake is the author of fourteen books about awakening to one's true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, Choosing Love, Ten Teachings for One World, Trusting Life, In the World but Not of It, A Heroic Life, and The Jesus Trilogy. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty-five years' experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. The focus of Gina's writing and teaching is on helping people be in the present moment and live the happy and fulfilled life that is possible and on shedding light on the ego and other programming that interferes with that. Gina's teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle's, Byron Katie's, Adyashanti's, and A Course in Miracles. Gina’s website offers information about her books, online courses, and spiritual mentoring as well as free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings: http://www.radicalhappiness.com View Guest page
Dawn Lesley Fielding
Dawn Lesley Fielding, RCP, AE-C, is a licensed respiratory therapist, certified COPD educator, certified asthma educator, patient advocate, and pulmonary rehab clinical specialist. She also founded the Chronic Lung Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to educating those who suffer with chronic lung disease and their families, friends, and care providers. View Guest page
Bruce is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the best-selling books Toxin, Toxout and Slow Death by Rubber Duck. He is President of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator. He is a Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Canadians for Clean Prosperity and the San Francisco-based Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. He sits on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.
Bruce may be best known for his work in connecting environmental issues to human health through his research on mercury and developing the campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants in Ontario. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations. In 2014 he received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award. View Guest page
Anna Mann is the Executive Director of the Alberta Caregivers Association. In this role, she has lead the development and expansion of caregiver supports throughout Alberta. Anna regularly speaks on topics related to caregiving and has been involved in the development and evaluation of a number of programs including COMPASS, which has been identified as a best practice, and Caregiver Navigator. She has an interest in research and the policy implications of caregiving, and sits on a number of related advisory boards. View Guest page
Stephanie Marohn is the author of 10 books, including What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary, seven books on natural medicine, and the anthologies Audacious Aging and Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change. Her writing has also appeared in magazines, newspapers, and poetry, prayer, and travel-writing anthologies.
Stephanie runs the Animal Messenger Sanctuary, a safe haven for farm animals, and has an energy medicine practice for animals of all species. Since 1993, she has operated Angel Editing Services, specializing in books on mind-body-spirit topics.
Natural medicine books by Stephanie Marohn:
The Natural Medicine Guide to Addiction
The Natural Medicine Guide to Anxiety Disorders
The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism
The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder
The Natural Medicine Guide to Depression
The Natural Medicine Guide to Schizophrenia
Natural Medicine First Aid Remedies View Guest page
Judy R Mazurin
Judy has been practicing acupuncture, nutritional and health and wellness coaching for over the past 16 years. She strives to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. Judy believes that optimal health is critical to accomplishing everything else we want in life. She helps one create a healthy balance with an abundance of energy. The body has an inherent ability and potential to heal itself provided it is supplied the correct tools, nutrients and healing therapies. Judy is an accomplished speaker and healer who guides the way to an evolutionary and balanced approach to health, and wellness. View Guest page
Fiona McCulloch, N.D.
Little did Fiona McCulloch, N.D., know, as a curious young girl who liked to play in the woods and create imaginative compounds from what the land provided, that one day her innate interest in science and nature would eventually lead her to practice natural medicine through a scientific lens and heal thousands of women – including herself -- suffering from such things as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, weight gain/loss management and infertility.
Having successfully reversed her own PCOS naturally, Dr. McCulloch now practices what she preaches. In fact, her new book, 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, will be available in September 2016. In her new book, and during an interview, she will empower your audience to understand their bodies and restore their own balance. Like her customized clinic approach, she can take into account a patient’s unique symptoms and life stage to offer the most comprehensive treatment. View Guest page
Jennifer has worked with multiple private clinics, hospitals, and integrative health centers, and research centers, medical doctors with specialties in oncology, immuno-therapy, regenerative medicine, endocrinology, infectious diseases, Chinese medicine, naturopathic medical doctors, health coaches, nutritionists, stem cell therapy specialist and chemists among many others and continue to strive and accomplish a goal of offering the most integrative medical programs available. She received a diagnosis of Lyme disease and then a year later early onset breast cancer and then Lupus. She started searching for answers and bringing the doctors, scientists, researches and chemists, to assist in finding the answers and treatments. This is how she began work in the health field. View Guest page
Judy Mikovits, PHD
Judy Mikovits, PHD, earned her BA from University of Virginia and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University. In her thirty-five-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology, and drug development. In just over twenty years she rose from an entry level lab technician to become director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before leaving to direct the Cancer Biology program at EpiGenX Pharmaceuticals in Santa Barbara, California, where she had met and married David Nolde in 2000. There in 2006, she became attracted to the plight of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and autism and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune based inflammation and these diseases. She has published over fifty scientific papers. View Guest page
Kelsey Miller is the author of Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life. Kelsey graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television and began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. After joining the staff of Refinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website’s most popular franchises. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Kelsey Miller took on a life changing challenge to embrace a new way of eating. In a society that pressures women to look a certain way, she definitely felt this pressure while growing up. She took years of yo-yo dieting and poor body image, and decided to face her fears and recreate her relationship with food. She embraced “Intuitive Eating” and went on the arduous journey to train herself to listen to what her body needed and craved, instead of binge eating, fad diets and late night purges. In her book Kelsey lays out the struggles of this journey. View Guest page
Dr. Carlos Joel Miramontes Muñoz, MD
The Baja MedGate Program enters into the realm of alternative, complimentary and integrative therapy. We uniquely orchestrate our treatment programs specifically on a per patient basis so that every step is appropriate to your situation. Dr. Carlos Joel Miramontes Muñoz, MD is an integral part of this team. View Guest page
Dr. Janelle Murphy
Dr. Janelle Murphy has advanced clinical training in various treatment strategies, but her true passion lies in treating cancer and chronic diseases, including chronic pain and neurological conditions. One of Dr. Murphy's goals is to make you feel your optimal self through the use of various modalities. Dr. Murphy's education has taught her the value of an integrative approach to patient care. She studied Science and Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, and she holds a Doctorate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In her internship year, Dr. Murphy was on the Adjunctive Cancer Care shift at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. She is a member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association. View Guest page
Within a few years, Elaine Pereira dealt with the premature deaths of her sister-in-law, father, brother and the rapid decline of her mother. The most difficult challenge of these life-changing events was accompanying her mom through her struggle with and eventual surrender to Alzheimer’s. These experiences, both tragic and funny and lessons learned during this compassionate journey led Pereira to write the exquisite and revealing memoir I Will Never Forget. Others facing the same challenges will benefit from the insights Pereira shares.
A native of Kalamazoo, Elaine and husband Joseph live in SE Michigan with their two big dogs and two new cats. Together they have five adult children and five young grandchildren. Pereira earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Masters from Wayne State University. Her professional career as an OT was with special needs children and adult home care. She also holds certificates as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Caregiver. View Guest page
Dr. Simone Ravicz
Dr. Simone Ravicz is a brain coach, certified business and life coach, multiple International Best-selling author, radio show host and speaker. She embraces her roles with a passion and enthusiasm that is powerful and comes across whether she is coaching, speaking publicly, hosting workshops and even through the pages of her books. Dr. Ravicz has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an MBA which have maximized her knowledge of business and human behavior. She worked for years as a psychologist before the move to coaching which she feels allows her to spread her inspirational impact to more people. She is fascinated by neuroscience and how it can optimize human behavior. As a coach, she uses proven brain-based techniques through business and life coaching for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Her clients learn to make lasting transformations in their thoughts, feelings and actions so they can achieve great business and personal success with ease. View Guest page
Bill Reddy is a nationally board-certified Licensed acupuncturist who studied under graduates and professors from Beijing and Shanghai medical schools. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, is the former President of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia, and former Vice President of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (the “AMA” of acupuncture). He is the author of over 80 publications, avid Qigong practitioner, and ranked in six different martial art styles. He practices at Pinecrest Wellness Center in Annandale, VA and is in the process of writing the third edition of “The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine” with Dr. Leonard Wisneski, due to be published in 2017. View Guest page
Diana Reeves, a Connecticut mom-turned-activist, founded GMO Free USA in response to a failed initiative to label genetically engineered foods in her home state. Diana was a CPA on the fast track at a major accounting firm when her firstborn son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. She walked away from her career to take care of him. Her son died before he turned five and she has since raised three children. After Diana’s family developed autoimmune diseases and other health problems, she began to learn about the connections between these illnesses and genetically engineered foods. Her family’s health, her lack of tolerance for putting children at risk and her anger with untested and unlabeled GMOs have instigated her passion to bring positive change to our broken food system. Diana is the recipient of the Healthy Child Healthy World 2013 Mom on a Mission Award. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the GMO Free Global Coalition and Co-chair of the GMO Action Alliance. View Guest page
Dr. Zoltan P. Rona
Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88). He is the author of three Canadian bestsellers, The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 38 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. He currently writes regular articles for Alive and Vitality magazines. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. View Guest page
Mary J Shomon
Mary Shomon is a patient advocate, New York Times best-selling author, and health educator who transformed her own struggle with thyroid disease into an advocacy campaign on behalf of patients with chronic diseases such as thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances, among others. Since early 1997, Mary has served as Thyroid Expert for the award-winning About.com Thyroid website. Mary also blogs for the Huffington Post and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center, health educational center. Mary is author of a number of New York Times bestselling books, including Living Well With Hypothyroidism, The Thyroid Diet Revolution, The Menopause Thyroid Solution, and Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism. Mary co-stars in the popular PBS television series, Healthy Hormones, and she has been featured in hundreds of TV, radio, print and web interviews. View Guest page
After retiring from Intellectual Property law in 2006, Cynthia Smith downsized her lifestyle, and went back to school. She studied Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for 2 years. After seeing a NOVA special called “Ghost in Your Genes”, it was off to the races with respect to genetics. The NOVA Special piqued her interest and passion, so she shifted her focus away from Chinese Medicine to nutritional impacts on genetic expression, and began augmenting classes in biochemistry, and all things nutrition. She studied nutrition both through Chicago City Colleges and Huntington College of Health Sciences and obtain her Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) certification. Cynthia co-authored the SNPBit Compendium 1 with Sterlling Hill. Cynthia can be reached viawww.lifezonewellness.com and she can be reached at email@example.com. View Guest page
A prominent Canadian author, environmentalist and non-profit leader, Rick is the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute. From 2003 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of Environmental Defence. He is the co-author of two bestselling books on the health effects of pollution: Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health (2009) and Toxin Toxout (2014). A Quill & Quire “Book of the Year”, Slow Death by Rubber Duck has been featured by the Washington Post (which said it “is hard-hitting in a way that turns your stomach and yet also instills hope”), Dr. Oz, Fox News, and Oprah Magazine, and translated into six languages. Rick is a former Chief of Staff for the federal NDP, and has led many successful campaigns for important new public policies at the federal and provincial levels related to environmental and consumer protection, urban planning and green jobs creation. View Guest page
Jo Stepaniak is the author and coauthor of more than two dozen books on cooking, health, and compassionate living, including Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, Gluten-Free Success Strategies, and The Food Allergy Survival Guide (with dietitians Vesanto Melina and Dina Aronson). She has dealt with multiple food sensitivities and understands firsthand the challenges of living with dietary restrictions. Having struggled with IBS for decades, Jo knows what it's like to feel that no food is safe, even when eating healthy vegan fare. View Guest page
When Truehope co-founder Anthony Stephan ponders the future, he sees a world in which everyone who suffers from a mood disorder has open and affordable access to a cure. “When they open the history book ten years from now, it will talk about how mental illness was found to be nothing more than a nutrient deficiency disorder.” Stephan has battled hard with the bi-polar disorder that claimed his wife through suicide and threatened two of his ten children. It ended when he found the secret of EMPowerPlus. The discovery gave son Joseph and daughter Autumn their lives back, along with over 200,000 people who have come to know the Truehope Program. As his children continue to enjoy normal, healthy lives, he works tirelessly to ensure others who suffer as they once did will one day have the same opportunity. View Guest page
Patricia Tallman, PhD
Patricia Tallman has a Doctorate in Water Resources Engineering (University of British Columbia, Canada) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences (California Institute of Technology, USA). After her post at McMaster University as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, she became a private consultant to natural resource industries.
Despite her educational background and her professional work in environmental policy, Dr. Tallman didn’t make the connection between individual daily actions and global environmental issues until 2003, when she decided to become vegan for ethical and environmental reasons. In her current speaking engagements and writing, including 10 editorial articles in 2013 for The Vancouver Sun, Dr. Tallman helps people understand the immense value of adopting a plant-based diet for the well-being of our planet and all its inhabitants. View Guest page
Teresa Tapp's life long journey to understand and teach others "how to help your body help itself" repair and rebuild has taken her all over the world from corporate centers and science laboratories to international model agencies and every day moms. Her passion is empowering real people with the ability to achieve lasting results for better brain-body fitness and healthy hormones. Her workouts, called T-Tapp, do not use any equipment and can be done in less than 4 feet of space. Her innovative way of using full fiber activation of multiple muscles (T-Tapp Method) increases energy, decreases inflammation and improves effectiveness of any activity. Her book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, is a global bestseller. Teresa's public broadcast tv documentary, Vibrant for Life was launched 2016. To learn more about T-Tapp and to try sample exercises for free go to http://www.t-tapp.com/try/index.htm. When you're ready, T-Tapp is ready to help YOU achieve results. Yes You Can! View Guest page
Oliver the co-host
Each of these radio shows is recorded in Dr. Risk’s dining room, while connecting to the studio. Oliver insists on being part of each show, actually jumping and whining until he is on Dr. Risk’s lap in his co-host spot. He is a “kijiji rescue”. His last owner said he was two years old, but after a visit to the vet, it is now believed he is about eight. Oliver had 23 teeth removed right away due to a serious infection and since then he has grown more hair (seriously, it’s more than two inches long!) and his heart murmur has disappeared. He gained 1 ½ lbs, making him now a full 7lbs! We believe he is a Chihuahua Papillion cross. His hobbies include long walks, playing ball, running around like a crazy dog, chasing the cat and hanging out with his family View Guest page
Dr. Wanda Vockeroth
Dr. Wanda Vockeroth graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. She worked in clinics in Grande Prairie, Alberta and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba before settling in Calgary with her husband in 1991. In 1993, she purchased the Elbow Valley Pet Hospital (now the Marda Loop Veterinary Clinic) where she has worked until recently.
She became interested in doing acupuncture in animals early in her career, and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1990. She then began to learn about other complementary modalities, and became certified in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1995. She has studied Veterinary Osteopathy, Craniosacral therapy, Chinese herbology, western herbology, and Bach flowers, and also advises clients on natural nutrition and supplementation. She also continues to practice conventional veterinary medicine, but employs complementary and non-invasive therapies where ever possible. View Guest page
Dr. Lisa Weleschuk
Dr. Lisa Weleschuk works with people to heal imbalances, helping to understand why these imbalances exist, and to assist in the discovery of their true selves and of the power to heal themselves. Dr. Lisa uses Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Esoteric Acupuncture (which works with the chakra system and other modalities), German Auricular Medicine (ear acupuncture), Laser Therapy, and Herbal Medicine. She is a registered acupuncturist and graduate of the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she received diplomas in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as from the University of Beijing for studies completed in China. She has 360 hours of training with Insight Counseling and Therapy Centre and Joan Van Walleghem Counseling Services, and full certification in German Auricular Medicine through Vital Principle Institute with whom she is currently an instructor. View Guest page
James L Wilson, DC, ND, PhD
For almost 40 years, Dr. James L. Wilson has dedicated himself to helping people regain their health and vitality, and to promoting a deeper understanding of the key roles stress and adrenal function play in health conditions from menopause to cardiac arrest. In 1998 he coined the term “adrenal fatigue” to describe a distinct, diagnosable syndrome and his popular book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, has been translated into seven languages. Dr. Wilson is the President of ICA Health and creator of Doctor Wilson’s Original Formulations, a unique line of stress supplements used by doctors around the world. View Guest page
Shelagh and Doug Winkler
Shelagh and Doug have 3 children, John and Greg 17 year old twins, and Lauren who is 12 and a small Dachshund named Sonny. They currently live in the small town of Langdon, which is east of Calgary. Doug has been farming alongside his Dad, Mom and brother Steve for the past 25 years. The family operates a grain farm east of Calgary where Doug takes an active role the farm. Shelagh is a resource teacher/literacy specialist at the local K-9 school in Langdon. Her passion is supporting the young students to become readers! The past few years have been met with some health challenges within their family and we are here to talk about that today. View Guest page