Human Heart, Cosmic Heart

August 21, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Risk

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Heart disease needs no introduction. We know that we need to exercise and eat well to avoid a risk of heart attack. But what if we don’t understand everything the way we thought we did? Dr. Thomas Cowan discusses is book “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart” in this interview.

Falling Through the Cracks: Feel alive and thrive

Falling Through the Cracks: Feel alive and thrive

Monday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Falling through the cracks will help you take back your health and thrive through every day, instead of surviving. Each week we’ll give you tools and advice on how to get your health back. In our society a lot of people are feeling unwell, and their doctors aren’t able to help them. Given bills of health, their lab tests are normal, but they are in excruciating pain and debilitating fatigue. This is Dr Risk’s story, and she eventually had to help herself through a very long journey to the health she has now. Dr. Risk has dedicated her life to guiding those who have fallen through the cracks in our health care system to achieve wellness so they can live their lives, instead of just surviving. Tune in to Falling Through the Cracks, broadcasting live every Monday at 9 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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Dr. Rebecca Risk

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 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 View Guest page

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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

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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

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Lora Anderson

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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

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Shawn Anderson

Shawn is a #1 ranked motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others. A six-time author (75,000+ books sold), Shawn also created "Extra Mile Day"...a day recognizing the power we have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile." On 11/1/16, 560 cities made the declaration and recognized local extra-mile heroes. He’s built a million dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the U.S. (twice), walked across three countries, and inspired thousands through his speaking and writing. View Guest page

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Nancy Appleton PhD

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Jillian Augey

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Frazer Bailey

Frazer Bailey was preordained to be a film Director. Born and raised at a multi-award winning production company, Frazer was soon working with Australia’s best editors at The Post Lounge, where he learnt the world of post production and for the next 5 years worked in the many facets of film production. Frazer managed everything from Australian TV commercials, to multi-million dollar US productions, as well as production managing The Crocodile Hunter phenomenon. In 2005 Frazer established his own production company to change the world - Play Pictures was born. Frazer directed a short film called Self Serve which came 2nd at the Italian Film Festival and went on to be selected in the Top 8 Tropfest Shortfilms of all time and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. On the back of this Frazer was signed to Hollywood Director Michael Bay’s branded entertainment prod co The Institute in the USA. In his spare time Frazer directs award winning thought provoking documentaries. View Guest page

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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

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Henny Beaumont

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Halley Bock

Halley Bock is the author of Life Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living and founder and CEO of Life, Incorporated—an organization that fosters mindful connection in all areas of life as the means to experience a wholehearted, fulfilling, and joyful life. Previously, Halley spent over a decade as a shareholder and CEO of a successful training and development company, where she both worked on and studied human dynamics and relationships and their impact on business and individual success. The focus of her company was on developing the art and skill of conversation as the vehicle for creating connection with teams, employees, leaders, and individuals, as well as transforming individual and collective results. Based out of Seattle, Halley now spends her time authoring content and connecting others to her vision and mission of Life, Incorporated. View Guest page

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Dr. Harris Bram

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Lillian Pearl Bridges

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Jennifer Buchanan

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Jennifer Cannon

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Scott Carney

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. "What Doesn't Kill Us" is his most recent book; other works include "The Red Market" and "A Death on Diamond Mountain." Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story "Meet the Parents," which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. View Guest page

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Leo Cashman

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

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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 View Guest page

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Master Mantak Chia

Master Mantak Chia, world famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught tens of thousands of students and trained instructors all over the world. The director of the Tao Garden Health Spa and Resort in northern Thailand, he is the author of more than 50 books, including Chi Self-Massage and Healing Light of the Tao. View Guest page

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Travis Christofferson, M.S

Travis Christofferson, M.S. received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the Montana State University Honors Program and a masters degree in Material Engineering and Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Today, he is a full-time science writer and founder of a cancer charity ( He lives in South Dakota. View Guest page

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Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning writer, artist and filmmaker and has set herself apart for her bereavement advocacy. She is a leading expert in creativity and healing. She has become an advocate in supporting and educating others on how to process their grief in creative and authentic ways, promoting healing through the arts and sharing stories in community. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and photography from the University of Alberta, and her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chute is a highly regarded public speaker and has traveled around the world presenting on art, writing, and the healing capacities of creativity. Her documentary film, also called Expecting Sunshine, subtitled, “The truth about pregnancy after loss” follows her second pregnancy after loss. View Guest page

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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 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

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Dr. Don Colbert

Dr. Don Colbert graduated from ORU Medical School in 1984. He then moved to Central Florida where he did his internship and residency at Florida Hospital. For over twenty years, Dr. Colbert has practiced medicine in Central Florida. He has been board certified in Family Practice for over 25 years and Specializes in Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr.Don Colbert is also a “New York Times “Best Selling Author that has written over 40 books. Orlando Doctor, Dr. Don Colbert, has ministered health and healing to thousands. Dr. Colbert is a frequent guest with John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland and other leaders in the body of Christ. Don Colbert, M.D. has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, ABC World News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine, and many others. View Guest page

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Nancy Colier

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 View Guest page

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Thomas Cowan, M.D.

Thomas Cowan, M.D., has studied and written about many subjects in medicine including nutrition, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and co-author (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation®. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine) and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith. View Guest page

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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 ( 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

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Julie Daniluk

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. She is the bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation, Slimming Meals That Heal and her latest book Hot Detox.
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Check out more information at and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @juliedaniluk View Guest page

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Mary Derbyshire

Mary Derbyshire (M.AmSAT) has taught fitness and movement for over 35 years. For almost 25 years she has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, helping people get out of pain and learn how to move with balance, agility, and ease. She is a strong advocate for this powerful self-care technique and as a recognized master and expert in her field. She regularly presents to and with the medical community, most recently presenting alongside doctors from the Mayo Clinic on a panel at the Harvard Medical School 2015, and to the Brown Medical School in 2016.
Her online learning self-study series for seniors is due out in 2017. Her new book Agility at Any Age: Discover the Secret to Balance, Mobility and Confidence, which is an accessible and practical introduction to the Alexander Technique and movement, is due out in 2017 as well. Mary's private practice is in beautiful Little Compton, RI. View Guest page

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Sebhia Dibra

Sebhia Marie Dibra is an author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and millennial lifestyle contributor. Her new book, Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain (2017), featured in Publishers Weekly, teaches health practitioners to help individuals suffering from pain with natural, non-drug, evidence-based remedies – such as mindfulness and meditation – based on their personality type. Sebhia contributes a 21st-century perspective on energy medicine, energetics, and spiritual dimensions to health and wellness issues, including life cycle and healthy aging. She is on the editorial board of the European Journal of Physics Education and is a biofeedback retreat facilitator at the Academy of Wellness in Toronto, Canada. She practices mindfulness and meditation daily. View Guest page

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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

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Udo Erasmus

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

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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

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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

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Vanessa Farnsworth

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

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Dr. Michael Fossel

Dr. Fossel has an MD and a PhD (in neurobiology) from Stanford University. A clinical professor of medicine for almost 3 decades, he is considered the world foremost expert on telomeres, aging, and age-related disease. He published the very first articles on the potential of telomeres as a clinical intervention two decades ago, and is the author of the only medical textbook in this field, Cells, Aging, and Human Disease. He was the editor-in-chief of several medical journals, the director of the American Aging Association, and is the current medical advisor of the Dementia Society of America. He has authored multiple books, chapters, and articles, including his latest book, The Telomerase Revolution, which was praised by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best science books of the year. He is founder and president Telocyte, a biotech firm taking telomere therapy to human trials next year to cure Alzheimer’s. View Guest page

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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

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Lisa Frentz

Lisa Ferentz is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 30 years. She is the founder of The Ferentz Institute and author of the new book, Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch. An internationally known speaker, clinician and consultant, Ferentz participates in documentaries, webinars and podcasts related to trauma, self-care and wellbeing. She is also the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing. View Guest page

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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 ( 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

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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

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Leo Galland, M.D

Leo Galland, M.D., a board-certified internist, is recognized as a world leader in integrated medicine. Educated at Harvard University and NYU School of Medicine, he won the Linus Pauling Award for his trailblazing vision that created a new way to practice medicine for thousands of doctors. Dr. Galland has been featured in The New York Times, Self, and Men’s Fitness and has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, PBS, CNN, and Fox. He is the Coauthor, with Jonathan Galland, of The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well. He is the author of The Fat Resistance Diet, Power Healing, and Superimmunity for Kids and the director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine. Join his natural health community at and on and twitter @LeoGallandMD View Guest page

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Jean Gallick

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 (, 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

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Terry Gaspard MSW, LICSW

Terry Gaspard MSW, LICSW is a therapist, author, and college instructor. Terry’s research studies have been published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. She is a contributor to Huffington Post,, The Gottman Institute Blog, and Terry’s new book Daughters of Divorce: Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents’ Breakup and Enjoy A Happy, Long-Lasting Relationship was published by Sourcebooks. View Guest page

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Nora Gedgaudas

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

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Robin Ray Green

Robin Ray Green is a mother of two boys, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a leading expert in the field of pediatric acupuncture. She holds a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. Robin has over ten years clinical experience helping children with asthma, allergies and eczema heal using Chinese medicine. An up-and-coming Hay House author, Robin’s book, Heal Your Child from the Inside Out: The 5-Element Way to Nurturing Healthy, Happy Kids, will be in bookstores October 18, 2016. Her popular kid’s health blog, now at, has over 1 million visitors annually and she runs a directory to connect parents to pediatric acupuncture specialists at Robin founded the Center for Advanced Acupuncture Pediatrics, which provides premier pediatric acupuncture training worldwide. View Guest page

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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

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Dr. Guarneri is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology & Integrative Holistic Medicine; Pres. of Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine; & Past Pres. of American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Highly-sought consultant to healthcare systems for integrative therapies, she has educated healthcare providers for over 20 years. She is on the Founding Board of American Board of Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine. A Founder & Med. Director of her clinic Guarneri Integrative Health/Pacific Pearl La Jolla, she began at Scripps Clinic as an attending in interventional cardiology where she founded Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, 15 years as Med. Director. Author of 108 Pearl to Awaken Your Healing Potential & The Heart Speaks & professor of The Science of Natural Healing videos of The Great Courses, her awards include ARCS Foundation '09 Scientist of the Year & Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award'12 View Guest page

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Mindy Haber LCSW, CASAC

Mindy Haber LCSW, CASAC is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Hudson Valley where she lives with her family. Mindy offers information about her experiences with Lyme disease through her website View Guest page

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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

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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

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Martin Heskier

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

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Doug Hilton

Doug Hilton is a psychotherapist and Chi Kung instructor who works in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Doug has a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. He has been working in the counselling field since 1992. His areas of specialization are marriage and family counselling, trauma and addictions. He has specialized training in hypnosis, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Doug combines traditional Western psychotherapy methods with Chi Kung to provide his clients with a holistic treatment experience. The Universal Healing Tao practices that Doug has learned from Master Mantak Chia provide simple and powerful ways for people to learn how to heal and balance themselves on all levels, which is very helpful in addressing virtually any concern that a client brings to Doug. View Guest page

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Dr Richard Horowitz

Dr Richard Horowitz is a board certified internist in private practice in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is past president elect of ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, and medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical center which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 12,000 Chronic Lyme disease patients in the last 30 years, and his NY Times best-selling book “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” and his latest national bestseller “How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease” explains his full classical and integrative approach to helping those with tick borne diseases and resistant chronic illness. View Guest page

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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

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Gina Lake

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: View Guest page

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Shannon Leavitt

Based in Minneapolis, Shannon Leavitt, M.S., R.D. is the founder of Yogalift® a holistic wellness program and author of Learn to be Lean: A Yoga-Based Approach to Healthy Weight Loss. She is a licensed dietitian, hatha yoga instructor, NASM-certified personal trainer and a professional health coach with a certificate from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.
To learn more about Shannon Leavitt please visit
Learn to be Lean is available on Amazon and other major online retailers. View Guest page

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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

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Lisa Lister

Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an author, menstrual maven + reproductive health practitioner. Lisa is dedicated to helping women crack their lady code, love their lady landscape + stay woke in the womb.
Love Your Lady Landscape is a healing journey through the terrain of what it is to be a woman, It moves women into a fiercely loving and healing relationship with their body and teaches them how to use its cycles and signs to create a life of vitality, fulfilment and creation. View Guest page

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Bruce Lourie

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

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Anna Mann

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

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Stephanie Marohn

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

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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

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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

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Jennifer Miele

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

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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

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Kelsey Miller

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

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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

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Josh Mitteldorf

Josh Mitteldorf studies aging from an evolutionary perspective. He offers health tips at and comments on the latest science at His book, with Dorion Sagan, is Cracking the Aging Code. Originally an astrophysicist, Mitteldorf has been a researcher, a writer, and an advocate for the science of anti-aging for 21 years. His unique perspective comes from epigenetics--genes that are turned on and off, determining the course of our health. He has said that if we learn the language of epigenetics, we can learn to take control of our bodies. Mitteldorf's scientific collaborators include top scientists at major universities. He has been a featured speaker at health workshops and scientific conferences around the world. This summer, he is a visiting scholar at the Chinese National Institute for Biological Research, and will be a speaker at RAADfest, the Coalition for Radical Life Extension in San Diego. View Guest page

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Stephen Moeller

Stephen Moeller has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1978. Steve established one of the first Grief Recovery Method Support Groups over thirty years ago. Since then, thousands of grievers have gone through his programs. He moved to the Tulsa, OK area in 1989 to start and manage Floral Haven Funeral Home on the grounds of Floral Haven Cemetery, with the goal of including Grief Recovery as part of their services. Steve then became Director of Community Relations, for the firm, prior to resigning to form Grief Recovery Resources, Inc. He also has served on the Tulsa County Task Force on Infant Mortality, The Greater Tulsa Community Service Council and the Tulsa Human Response Coalition. Steve is a featured grief and recovery speaker at hospitals, churches, civic clubs and many other organizations, but spends the bulk of his working time focused on Certification Trainings for the Grief Recovery Institute and writing articles for their website. View Guest page

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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

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Wyatt Palumbo

Wyatt Palumbo graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering with focus in Biochemical Engineering. He founded Lifestyle Healing Institute® in 2014 where he utilizes his Patent Pending 100% All Natural IV Therapy (amino acids, vitamins & minerals) which treats neurological and neurodegenerative medical conditions such as Lyme disease. Wyatt, along with his partner, Dr. Edwin Dean are facilitating the most unique and science based treatment program that heals individuals quickly, safely and without prescription medications.
Wyatt’s book “Don’t Kill My Lyme” – Just Get Me Better, disputes medicine’s opinion that you must “kill” your Lyme disease in order to get better. He shows why kill protocols and biofilm busting programs are dangerous and often cause more debilitating symptoms as well as devastatingly irreversible damage. View Guest page

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is the author of “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.” Drawing on history, neuroscience, and psychology, “Rest” argues that leisure and mind-wandering are essential components to creative lives, and that many of history’s most creative and prolific people crafted daily routines that allowed some of their best insights and ideas to emerge during their leisure hours. Alex founded The Restful Company to help people and organizations apply these insights. He has a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. View Guest page

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Elaine Pereira

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

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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

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William Reddy

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

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Diana Reeves

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

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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

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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 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

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Dr. Dan Siegel

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.
Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over fifty textbooks. View Guest page

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Steven Sloman

Steven Sloman is a Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University where he has worked since 1992. He did his PhD in Psychology at Stanford University from 1986-1990 and then did post-doctoral research for two years at the University of Michigan. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognition. Steven is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think. He has studied how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world, how the different systems that constitute thought interact to produce conclusions, conflict, and conversation, and how our construal of how the world works influences how we evaluate events and decide what actions to take. In 2005, he published the book Causal Models: How We Think About the World and Its Alternatives with Oxford University Press. His recent book with Phil Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, is now on sale. View Guest page

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Cynthia Smith

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 and she can be reached at View Guest page

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Rick Smith

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

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Jo Stepaniak

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

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Anthony Stephan

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

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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

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Teresa Tapp

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 When you're ready, T-Tapp is ready to help YOU achieve results. Yes You Can! View Guest page

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Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a couple therapist known for his pioneering work in helping partners form happy, secure, and long-lasting relationships. His method—called PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®)—draws on principles of neuroscience and teaches partners to become what he terms “secure-functioning.” Together with his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, Dr. Tatkin founded the PACT Institute to train psychotherapists and other professionals how to incorporate his method into their practices with couples. Therapists from all over the world are being trained in this breakthrough approach.
Dr. Tatkin has a private practice in Calabasas, CA, and is an assistant professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling WIRED FOR LOVE and WIRED FOR DATING published by New Harbinger. View Guest page

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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

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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

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Terry Wahls

Dr. Wahls is a functional medicine practitioner, clinical researcher, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. Though she is at the forefront of functional medicine, what sets Dr. Wahls apart is her experience using nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat progressive health problems to heal her own MS, and later, that of others. Within a year of beginning her Wahls Protocol, Dr. Wahls went from being bound to a zero-gravity chair to completing an 18-mile bike tour - without any disease modifying drugs or surgery. View Guest page

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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

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Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP

Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP is an internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist who has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009.
Dr. Wentz is the author of the New York Times best-selling patient guide Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and the forthcoming protocol-based book Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back.
As a patient advocate, researcher, clinician and educator, Dr. Wentz is committed to raising awareness on how to overcome autoimmune thyroid disease through The Thyroid Secret Documentary Series, the Hashimoto’s Institute Practitioner Training, and her international consulting and speaking services offered to both patients and healthcare professionals. View Guest page

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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

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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

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Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, L.Ac., FABNO

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, L.Ac., FABNO, is the founder, CEO, and visionary of Optimal Terrain Consulting ( She has been working in the health care industry for over 25 years and is a nationally board certified naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Initially motivated by a terminal cancer diagnosis when she was 19, she now lectures all over the world and trains physicians in the application of mistletoe therapy and consults with researchers on projects involving immune modulation via mistletoe, hyperthermia, and the ketogenic diet. She lives in Durango, Colorado. Her new book, which she coauthored with Jess Higgins Kelley, is The Metabolic Approach to Cancer (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017). View Guest page

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Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist, health expert, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Paleo Solution and the eagerly anticipated Wired To Eat. He has been a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and Journal of Evolutionary Health; serves on the board of directors of Specialty Health medical clinic in Reno, Nevada; and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resilience Program. Wolf is also a former California State powerlifting champion and holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife Nicki, and daughters Zoe and Sagan. View Guest page

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