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Dec 15, 2015

You can almost guess by her name that Zlata Sushchik has an interesting story.  Immigrating from Russia to Alaska as a teen, and new to the English language, she stumbled into a saving grace when a friend convinced her to join a bodybuilding competition.

She went on the win many titles, and learned a lot about nutrition, fitness and motivation along the way.  She now runs an online coaching business called SexyFit which has helped many women lose weight and feel great in a healthy way.

You can also check out her podcast, where I was a guest on episode #30.

I consider myself a half-way fit person, but I know very little about the best ways to work out in comparison to Zlata.  She shares in this interview a comparison of different work out methods, and some advanced ways to approach your gym work out.

She also shares her views on food, which include not being too rigid, eating whole foods, and avoiding scammy weight loss products.  She has also learned that in order to really get fit and lose weight, you need to identify your 'big why' to keep yourself motivated.

Having burned out her adrenals in the early years of her competition days, she had to cut back on exercise a lot to recover.  So she is well versed in meeting women where they are, and choosing the right exercise for each stage.

I really enjoyed this interview with Zlata, and I know you will too!

For more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please see bridgitdanner.com.

Dec 8, 2015

Dr. Lauren Noel

In this fun interview, I talk with Dr. Lauren Noel, aka Dr. Lo, of Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach, CA on how to use a primal lifestyle and diet to boost libido.

In our busy modern lives, stress can inhibit our hormone production. Learn how the attributes of a primal / ancestral lifestyle can be brought into your life, and increase your natural sex drive.

Here's a preview:

  • What Dr. Lo considers to be the #1 killer of sex drive
  • How many hours a week cavemen worked (hint: you probably work at least double)
  • What is the best kind of exercise to feel good and increase your libido
  • Is coffee helping or hindering your sex drive?
  • How common is low libido?

Here are some of Lauren's favorite aphrodisiac foods:

  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Oysters
  • Figs
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate

You can find out more about Dr. Lo at drlaurennoel.com and pick up her free Tired but Wired ebook.  You can also look find her popular podcast, the Dr. Lo Radio Show, on iTunes or other podcast players.

To find out more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please see bridgitdanner.com.  She offers a free Hidden Health Stressors quiz for women there.

Dec 1, 2015

 

Holly Morello is a mother of three boys, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a certified GAPS diet practitioner.  She is also a project manager for author and health coach Diane San Filippo

As she tried to help her youngest son's health through nutrition, she began to blame herself when outcomes were not as good as expected.  She struggled with how much her family got involved, with public eating settings, and with isolating herself.

She comes clean on this episode about all she went through, and how she came out on the other side.  

She also shares how simply being on a wrong type of diet (a low-fat diet) contributed to the lack of results for her son's health.

In the end she re-connected with her family, her kids actually chose to get on board with dietary changes (more in the healthy fats/ whole foods camp), and her kids' health improved.

She now has a much healthier attitude about food and family and has "ditched the perfectionism."

If you are a parent struggling with how to feed your kids, or being hard on yourself because of your kids' health, please listen in and you won't feel alone.

Learn more about Holly's services at NourishingExcellence.com.

 

Nov 24, 2015

Style:  Informational

Dr. Anh Nguyen always wanted to be a pharmacist, and enjoyed many aspects of the work.  But she realized people were just getting on more and more medications, and were never really coming off of them.  

She was curious about how she could help people come off medications safely, and how to use food as medicine instead.  

This led her to study health coaching and functional medicine.  She also got interested in bodybuilding and started to train for competitions.  Meanwhile she was dealing with illness in her family, which led to her own compromised health.

She shares some of her learnings with us on this interview.  Here's what we talk about:

  • How to approach pharmaceuticals in a safer way
  • How pharmaceuticals can cause nutrient depletions
  • How pharmaceuticals can cause thyroid symptoms
  • Which nutritional supplements she recommends to restore thyroid health

and much more.  

Dr. Anh hosts a popular weekly podcast called Food As Medicine that you can find on iTunes or through her website, Dranh.com.  

I was her guest on episode 49, talking about Fertility After Age 35.  

Thanks for checking out the show!  If you're not yet subscribed, please take a moment to do so through your podcast player.

You are also welcome to get to know me better at my website, bridgitdanner.com.  

Nov 17, 2015

Money has power, and energy.  How do you relate to money?  

Do you label money as good, or bad?

Do you overspend it, only to feel guilty later?

Do you avoid it, never checking your bank account?

Are you afraid of it, that you'll never have enough?

Do you feel worthy of spending money on your health, or your pleasure?

Is money the topic of a lot of arguments with your spouse/partner?

Today's interview is a bit out of the box of what you'd traditionally think of as health care, but I find this too-rarely-discussed subject very important.

Money can be a major source of worry, which can severely affect our health.  Money, or fear of spending it, can affect our health care decisions.  Money is also about the biggest reason that couples fight, which again affects our health and happiness.

I hope you can take a little time to listen to this conversation about money and women with our guest expert Janin Johnston of Fashionable Finance.  Janin is a really sweet and bright woman form Hawaii and she is actually an expert on finance and fashion...which is perhaps the goal of many women!

If you'd like to share anything about how you've learned to manage money in a healthy way, you can do so at our blog.

If you are not yet a part of our Women's Wellness community, sign up for our Hidden Health Stressors quiz on our main page, and you get our latest blogs, videos and interviews every week!

Nov 11, 2015

DR. PETER KAN

Low thyroid symptoms are most commonly known to be weight gain, hair loss or cold hands and feet.  Our guest expert today, Dr. Peter Kan, points out that brain symptoms such as brain fog, memory loss and balance issues could also be related to the state of the thyroid.

We also talk about how these 'brain farts' can be early stages of more serious brain disorders later in life, so it's important to address them.

"Thyroid physiology actually starts in the brain."

According to Dr. Kan, the brain needs:  1. fuel (oxygen and glucose) and 2. activation (which comes from movement.)

So the good news is that there is a lot we can do to improve brain health, such as:

  • Use yoga to challenge your brain
  • Learn new skills to activate your brain
  • Drink salted water to increase blood pressure / circulation to brain and body as needed
  • Eat regularly to get fuel your brain.

We talk about some surprising things like:

  • How chronic toenail fungus can indicate poor neural enervation
  • How facial asymmetries could be a sign of a brain issue.

Subscribe on iTunes or your Android podcast player so you get a new expert interview, free, in your hands (and ears) every week!

Dr. Peter Kan is a chiropractic functional neurologist running a clinic called Hope Integrative Wellness Center in Gilbert, Arizona.  He shares many free health videos on his site, AskDrKan.com.

Have you joined our Podcast Fan Club yet?  It's free, and you get private access to me and many of our expert guests.

Nov 3, 2015

Episode style:  Conversational

I got a request for a show about health initiatives in the workplace.  At first I had no idea who to invite, and then I thought of an old friend, Rachel Wagner.

Rachel has been an active person since childhood, and got a graduate degree in Health Promotion within the field of public health.  

Her first job out of graduate school was with a consulting firm to help businesses of all sizes get healthier.  She never pictured herself in corporate wellness, but she learned a lot.

She now runs wellness programs at a local liberal arts college, and finds her busy, young students have many of the same challenges to health as office workers did.

Rachel observed that people were most successful in improving their health when they made small steps.  She also saw that when health initiatives came from within the employee population, those initiatives worked better.  And when there was some kind of community accountability or reward system, that element of fun and togetherness helped people reached their goals.

A big thanks to Rachel for coming on the show, and a big thanks to our subscribers- we love you!

For more information on your host, Bridgit Danner, visit bridgitdanner.com.  Be sure to take our Hidden Health Stressors quiz when you're there!

 

 

Oct 27, 2015

Dr. Alexis Shields

Content type:  Specific

Migraines headaches have to be one of the worst experiences many women endure.  They can make you cancel important meetings, load up on potent pharmaceuticals, and miss out on life.

Luckily we have today as a guest Dr. Alexis Shields, who throws it down about where migraines come from, how to treat them, and also what we still don't know about them.

She explains that there is a dys-regulation of the electrical system of the brain that precipitates a migraine.  (Did you know that the vascular theory has been disproven??)

Dr. Shields talks about certain foods and food additives that are triggers. (Did you know that left-overs are more apt to cause a migraine??)

She also talks about the underlying factors, such as hormone imbalance, misalignment and more.  (Did you know oversleeping can be a problem??)

She gives specific apps, book and sites she likes, and I'll share a few of those below:

App: Headspace

Site: Yoga Glo

Book:  It Starts with Food

To learn more about Dr. Shields and her online practice, see her site here.

P.S.- I received a listener comment about our last episode not being specific enough, and the main take-away was 'buy the book.'  I can assure we never manipulate content to try to make anyone buy books.  However we have many published authors on the show, and you may occasionally want to buy a book that interests you, as we cannot possibly cover the whole book in 45 minutes.

Next is guest speaking style.  Some speakers and topics lend themselves well to specific information.  Other guests want to tell more of their story, or we have more of a dialogue about a topic.  (Our next episode with Rachel Wagner is more dialogue.)

I try to pace these different types of episodes so you get some variety.  I actually don't know my guest's style until we start the recording!  Not every episode will be for you, but for another listener, it may be their favorite.  

I am experimenting with labeling the episode at the top of the show notes, so you know what is coming.  You can let me know what you think of this, or give me more feedback and guest ideas by joining our podcast fan club here. Please note this private space is for positive and constructive communication only.

Oct 20, 2015

Dr. Jessica Black, ND

Dr. Jessica Black, ND is an experienced clinician and accomplished author.  Her first book, which started as a compilation of the recipe suggestions she was giving to her clients, became very popular.  She has since written a second edition of The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, as well as a companion version, More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes.

She also co-authored a book about Living with Crohn's and Colitis, and is currently working on books about a blood sugar diet, and then pediatrics.  Somehow in all this she manages to see patients at her clinics in Portland, OR, and McMinnville, OR, raise two daughters, and eat tons a vegetables along the way!

With her varied background, we bounce around a bit, talking about picky eaters and how she's developed a strong plan for controlling blood sugar in her clinic.  But at the core of this conversation is the anti-inflammation diet.

This diet is so important because it prevents and treats so many diseases, from PCOS to joint pain to gastric distress.  Yes, we know there are so many fad diets, but when my clients ask me what diet I promote, I usually say the anti-inflammation diet.  It's safe, and treats the array of diseases caused by inflammation (much of which comes from inflammatory foods.)

Find out the tenets of the anti-inflammation diet at the player below.  To get these interviews delivered right to your phone every week, be sure to search "Womens Wellness Radio" in your podcast player.

Has an anti-inflammation diet helped you? Join in the conversation in the comments field at our blog.

Oct 13, 2015

Today's guest, Hannah Ransom, is a Certified Fertility Awareness Educator in the sympto-thermal method.  

Today we talk about:

  • What is the symptom-thermal method?
  • How can it be used for both conception and birth control?
  • How effective is it?
  • How does it work?
  • How does it compare to other methods of birth control?

Hannah specializes in this system of monitoring your basal body temperature, symptoms and cervical mucus mainly for birth control.  I have used this type of cycle monitoring with my clients more for fertility.  So we have a nice dual set of perspectives that we can share with you.

Many women are interested in natural birth control, but are nervous if it will work. Getting educated can really dispel these worries.

Still other women were on chemical birth control for years, and are now trying to get pregnant. It is time to get to know their cycles and learn their fertile windows, and this is a great jumpstart for some, and a way to fill in some knowledge gaps for others.

So if you are:

  • Thinking of switching your birth control method
  • Are not happy with your current method
  • Are worried about side effects of chemical birth control
  • Are trying to gain more cycle awareness to help your health
  • Are monitoring your cycle in order to get pregnant

This is a great episode for you!  

Find out more about Hannah at HolisticHormonalHealth.com.

Hannah's course

 

Oct 6, 2015

Caitlin Weeks blogs at her site, grassfedgirl.com, and is the author of several cooking books, including the paperback cookbook, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, she co-authored with her husband, Nabil Boumrar and Diane San Filippo.  

Caitlin become a comfort food eater and a sugar and carb addict at a young age.  She lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers, but was eating processed foods and doing tons of cardio.  

She later became a personal trainer, effectively making weight control a career choice, and got really into strength training.  She continued to experiment with dieting, trying low-fat, then vegetarian.  

With her busy schedule and low-fat, low-protein diet, she wasn't feeling great.  That is when she discovered the Weston A. Price type diet through a nutritionist, and it is also when she found out she had Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

There is a happy ending to this story, but you'll have to listen to find out!  Caitlin and I have a great conversation about her journey, plus about how she and her chef husband concocted the ideas and recipes for Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.  

I think there is a lot of value in sharing our health stories as women.  It is easy to feel alone in your health challenges, and easy to give up for lack of results.  But with persistence and open-mindedness, as Caitlin demonstrates, you can truly find your sweet spot.

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Sep 29, 2015
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
The Gut Bone's Connected to the Brain Bone...

In this interview with functional medicine expert Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, we talk about the rarely acknowledged gut-brain connection.  With modern research, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how digestion and the gut micro-biome effects the brain, and common symptoms of mood disorder, and poor concentration.

You don't always connect that your:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain Fog

...are coming from the foods you eat or the damage that has been done to your gut.  When we get into habits of eating on the run, eating processed foods, eating gluten, etc, we may not notice a direct correlation between the meal and the brain symptom.  But in fact the internal inflammatory response could be increasing every time you eat.

Dr. Ritamarie is like a walking encyclopedia of health knowledge, and she is very generous about sharing it.  Here are some things we cover in the interview:

1.  How are the gut and brain connected?

2.  How do we make neurotransmitters and what do they do?

3.  What can go wrong in the gut that leaves us not digesting and absorbing nutrients?

4.  How do we come to have parasites and candida in the gut, and what damage do they do?

5.  What are some of the worst habits/things we do to our guts?

6.  What are a few reparative things we can start doing right away?

Dr. Ritamarie shared some helpful links both to help educate practitioners on this important relationship, and to give everyone more tools to nourish their own gut-brain axis.

Practitioner Gut-Brain Webinar

Gut Health Quiz

Happy Belly Recipe Book

Dr. Ritamarie is offering a live training program in Austin, Texas this Oct 30- Nov.1, 2015.  This will included high-level lectures on gut health and the brain from a variety of top experts.  Learn more here.

Sep 15, 2015

Hormones are such a mystery! One month your cycle is behaving, the next month it's not.  Why I love lab testing for hormones is that it reveals the cold, hard facts, and from there you can take the best action to get great results.

Our expert today is Ann Melin, who is a Clinical Nutritionist, a Clinical Master Herbalist, a yoga teacher, and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner.  

I invited her over to talk to us about DUTCH, or the Dried Urine Test of Comprehensive Hormones.  

Here are some things we cover:

  • What is the dutch test and why do you use it?
  • How do you take a dutch test? 
  • What does it include and cost?
  • What can you learn from your DUTCH test?
  • How would you develop a protocol based on these results?

Ann also shares two really interesting case studies that help you see how the symptoms, tests and protocols come together.

You can find out more about Ann at her website.  Ann offers a complimentary consult for prospective clients at this link.  

Listen to my interview with Ann through the player below, and be sure to also get subscribed to our weekly interviews at iTunes or most podcast players.

Sep 15, 2015

Does what you eat matter for your mental health? According to Dr. Ann Childers, MD, it sure does.  

Dr. Childers is a child and adult trained psychiatric physician with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep. 

 

Dr. Childers was 'trying to eat right' when the low-fat craze was going on in the U.S.  Despite her best efforts, she was getting increasingly dizzy and anxious, and had become pre-diabetic.  

 

Since then she's adopted a ketogenic (high-fat, low-carb, moderate protein) diet, with great results for her own health.  She also works with her pyschiatric clients to establish this diet, along with healthy sleep habits, for improved mental health.

 

We talk about her nutritional experiences, plus the new dietary guidelines for Amercians, in this episode.  Dr. Childers is thrilled that the new guidelines, based on scientific evidence, are letting fats back into our diets, while limiting sugars.  

 

Learn more about Dr. Childers, who blogs regularly and has a private practice in Lake Oswego, OR, here.

 

Learn more about yor host, Bridgit Danner, and pick up her free hormone guide, here.

Sep 8, 2015
Are you trying to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, but don't know what to cook instead?  Come check out this episode with Maria Emmerich, co-author of the Ketogenic Cookbook:  Nutritious Low-Carb, High-fat, Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body. See our past episode"Should You Try a Ketogenic Diet?" with author Jimmy Moore for more on the theory and practice of ketogenic eating. Learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, at bridgitdanner.com.
Sep 1, 2015
I get beyond 'just eat paleo' and get real about a paleo lifestyle that is balanced and healthy for women in this interview with my guest Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells. Noelle is very savvy about nutrition and fitness but also very realistic about women's health, in the sense that we can't all look like super models and we can't be perfect about our diets 100% of the time.   I love that Noelle crosses the bridge between, yes, let's have good nutrition and habits, and, yes, let's also embrace our bodies "as-is" and embrace a full life (without the need to count calories or miles run).  It's a bridge that's not crossed enough in conversations about women's health. I hope you can check out this episode with Noelle Tarr, and you can also check out the podcast she co-hosts, The Paleo Women podcast.   You can also learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, and grab her resources on Ease and Gratitude, plus how your cycle works at bridgitdanner.com.
Aug 25, 2015
Do you feel like stress has become your norm?  Or that you are way too busy but can't see how to reduce your load?  Do you have trouble letting go of stressful events, and end up in constant anxiety? Our guest on the podcast today is Linda Wilson, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a hypnotherapist and an Faster Emotional Freedom technique who is based in Melbourne, Australia.  She is also the author of Stress Made Easy:  Peeling Women Off the Ceiling. "It's about the degree of stress and how we interpret it." Here's a few things you'll learn from Dr. Linda: Under stress, blood moves away from the forefront of the brain, involved in connection, creativity, problem solving Chronic stress effects your heart, your gut, your immune system Weight gain, insomnia, headaches are common complaints in chronic stress The fatigue of chronic stress can cause negative thinking and emotions The Faster Emotional Freedom Technique, which uses the meridians of Chinese Medicine, touch, images and language to create change. Please see our blog to access Linda's free video guide to practicing Faster EFT. Join our newsletter at our homepage to get a weekly update on new women's health resources.
Aug 18, 2015
Mira and Jayson Calton are super passionate and knowledgable about micronutrients, and my podcast recording with them is a taste of the fun and adventure they've created in their lives. Mira was a busy, super thin publicist in New York City, living the dream, except for increasing, debilitating pain.  She was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis, and advised to move home with her family and recuperate.   In her search to figure out her osteoporosis, she met Jayson Calton, a clinical nutritionist who did not specialize in osteoporosis,  but agreed to dive into this project with Mira.  Her osteoporosis became completely reversed, and meanwhile she and Jayson fell in love and got married. The podcast covers the tenets of their new book, The Micronutrient Miracle:  The 28 Day Plan to Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Reverse Disease. In this episode, we talk about: How BPA is in more places than you'd think, and how it raises your insulin levels How adequate vitamin C can moderate your stress response Why iron should be taken away from most other supplements The best form of chromium (it's polynicotinate) The most important nutrients for thyroid health Their new book is highly educational, but also very practical.  There are quizzes to find out where you might be deficient, and plans to follow (including meals for a whole month) for different health goals.   Click here to check out the book.
Aug 11, 2015
Our little adrenal glands (we've got a one sitting atop each kidney) are getting more attention nowadays.  Why?  In one word - stress.  The stresses of modern life- whether it's traffic, deadlines, pollution, processed food, or late night tv- are really taking a toll on our adrenals.   In today's interview, Dr. Saman Rezaie, NMD of the Integrative Health clinic in Scotsdale, AZ, explains: How our adrenal glands work The difference between adrenal disorder and adrenal disease The stages of adrenal disorder Why getting tested for adrenal fatigue is not performed in a standard MD's office A few simple things you can do to be nice to your adrenals Please visit us at bridgitdanner.com to join our newsletter and stay up to date with all our happenings!
Aug 4, 2015
I met Tom Malterre on a dance floor getting sweaty to hip hop music.  Yup. We were both at health conference with a party event, and there were a few of us who clearly shared a love of dancing full on, late night.   Tom is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine, and he holds a master's degree in Nutritional Science.   He co-authored a new book with his wife, Ali Segersten, called The Elimination Diet:  Discover the Foods that are Making You Sick and Tired, and Feel Better Fast. He and his wife have also co-authored two other books mentioned in my podcast interview with Tom: Nourishing Meals:  Healthy Gluten Free Recipes for the Whole Family The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook:  Over 300 Delicious Whole Food Recipes, including Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free and Egg Free You can find all their books, plus The Elimination Diet support program on their site, WholeLifeNutrition.net.   On this episode of the podcast, Tom talks about: How removing inflammatory foods eliminates symptoms throughout the body How doing an elimination diet can be as easy as learning a dozen new recipes How children's moods (and adults!) can be effected by foods Why we are sensitive to foods in the first place If you enjoyed this episode, we appreciate your rating and review on iTunes, thanks!
Jul 28, 2015
Dr. Andrea Maxim is our guest on the podcast today, and she is sharing some great insights on commonly overlooked symptoms of intestinal parasites, bacterial imbalance, and systemic candida. Dr. Maxim is the author of the book, Maximized Health:  The New, Intelligent System for Optimal Digestion and Hormones.  Her clinic, in the Hamilton, Ontario region of Canada, were voted 'best naturopathic clinic' by the Hamilton Reader's Choice for the past three years.   Andrea is passionate about spreading the message of Maximized Health.  You can find her video blogs, her book, and information about becoming a patient at her website, The Maxim Movement.  In this episode, we talk about: The possible signs and symptoms of a gut infection How she tests for infections How we become infected in the first place  How often she finds gut bugs (this may shock you!) Some of Andrea's favorite supplements and protocols for infections For further show notes, please use this link to go to our blog.  Thanks!
Jul 21, 2015
I am a yoga-loving American woman, having practiced for over a decade, but still don't know much about Ayurveda.  If you're like me, Ayurveda curious, then enjoy this new podcast with my old friend, Jeevani Eigen.   Jeevani will give us some context, taking the elements and how they influence Ayurvedic theory.  Then we'll dive into one theory within Ayurveda, the tri-doshic theory.   The three doshas are:  Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  When there are imbalances in these subtle energies, it can signal a pre-curser to disease.  For show notes, including a description of the 3 doshas and Jeevani's resources, please follow this link to our blog.
Jul 14, 2015
Cindy Haas was a Dental Hygienist for many years before also becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She published a book called Over the Lips and through the Gums to teach others about the mouth and how our choices effect our oral health.  She also educates dental professionals who want to incorporate more holistic methods into their practices at Integrative Dental Concepts.   Cindy was nice enough to answer my myriad of questions about oral hygiene.  It's a long episode, but I encourage you to listen through to the end when we give some practical tips. Here are some things you'll learn on the show: What is the bacterial environment in the mouth? How do teeth get nutrients versus get decayed? What are the most important foods to eat or avoid for oral health? Are brushing and flossing getting the job done? What about these dental options:  fluoride, xylitol, MI paste, oil pulling and water pics? How can we help our babies develop a healthy mouth? This is really exciting and important information that is sadly still hard to find.  I hope you enjoy the show and share it with a friend who needs it!  
Jul 7, 2015
I had a great conversation on the podcast with Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND about thyroid conditions, and how they effect our fertility, our baby's health and our own post-partum health. I would say that we speak the most on the subject of post-partum, as it's a subject close to my own heart, as well as Jolene's, who discovered well past childbirth that she had post-partum autoimmune thyroiditis. One thing I think is important to understand deeply is that our reproductive stages are linked, and minding this continuum is critical to our health as we try to conceive, carry a child, and then support a new baby. Dr. Brighten talks about: Why and which thyroid markers to test pre-conception How an untreated thyroid condition can lead to miscarriage and developmental deficits Why it's important to test thyroid markers in weeks 6-12 of pregnancy if you are autoimmune thyroid Why changes in our immune system potentiate thyroid imbalance after childbirth Which underlaying factors to consider of you have autoimmune thyroid Why getting support is needed for post-partum health complaints If you are an autoimmune mom, a mom suffering with post-partum symptoms, a woman diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, or someone curious about thyroid disorders (which are highly on the rise in women,) I think you'll benefit from the info-packed interview with Dr. Brighten. To learn more about Dr. Brighten, visit drbrighten.com.  
Jun 30, 2015
If you are experiencing new hormonal symptoms as you age, check out this episode.   Our guest Andrea Thorpe, of Lotus Center of Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles, is an acupuncturist, a functional medicine practitioner, and PhD candidate in Chinese Medicine.  She specializes in treating women's health and infertility in her practice, and is often treating women who are 35 and up and stuggling with their hormones. You don't have to be in menopause to have symptoms.  Symptoms like: Irregular cycles Brain fog Mood swings Depression Night sweats Weight gain can arrive as young as 35, when perimenopause actually begins. Andrea explains how the body systems are effected by changing hormones levels, and how pre-existing imbalances can send you into a hormonal tailspin.   Andrea is also a food enthusiast, making sauerkraut, cooking and gardening.  Learn her tips for nutritional choices that can ease symptoms in this life period, including high fats and minerals. See Andrea's last appearance on Women's Wellness Radio on Hashimoto's here. Learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, at bridgitdanner.com, and grab your free guide to Understanding Your Cycle.
Jun 23, 2015
Ketosis is a nutritional state in which we are primarily burning fats for fuel.  Perhaps the easiest example of this is when you think of a traditional Eskimo diet, in which the vast majority of calories came from the fat of sea animals. But you don't have to eat only whale blubber to get into ketosis!  Our guest today, renowned podcaster Jimmy Moore of Livin' La Vida Low Carb, joins us to talk about his book, Keto Clarity, co-authored with Dr. Eric Westman, MD. Jimmy spent one year experimenting with a ketogenic diet, documenting his daily ketone measurements, scanning his body fat, checking his blood labs for sugar, cholesterol and more.    A ketogenic diet can be used for more common complaints, such as: PCOS Overweight Acne Brain Fog Mood swings.  Jimmy also has a book soon to be published on July 28, 2015, the Ketogenic Cookbook, co-written with Maria Emmerich.
Jun 16, 2015
According to our guest, Dr. Nalini Chilkov, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will get cancer.  That means it will effect either us or someone close to us. But what can we do about it?  Are we just doomed? Dr. Chilkov says 40% of cancers can be avoided with diet and lifestyle. Her book, 32 Ways to Outsmart Cancer, is a quick read, but packed with useful suggestions.  She recommends to add a method or two per week to slowly build in her anti-cancer habits.  Plus it's only $2.99 for the ebook on Amazon so I think you can swing it! Here are few that caught my interest: At least half your food should come from plants Exercise regularly for cancer prevention Do a cleanse at least twice a year Express gratitude and appreciation daily Take 5 essential core nutrient supplements daily You can enjoy her free gift here:  
Jun 9, 2015
Did you know the grocery store is laid out in a way to get you to spend more?  Did you know that one moldy food in your fridge can infect all the other foods in there? These and other fascinating tidbits can be found on today's podcast with guest health expert, Jamie Logie. Jamie is a blogger, podcaster, heath coach and personal trainer out of London, Ontario. You can find his book, articles and show at his website, Regained Wellness. If you struggle with some of these issues (like I do), tune in: Buying multiple items you didn't intend to buy Buying one bag of groceries at the upscale natural grocery store and wondering how it was $80 Feeling guilty because you had to toss out a few pieces of produce that went rotten Wondering how to store onions so you don't get a gross, moldy one Wanting to save money, without going to 3 stores per weekend Wanting to get out of the whole grocery store scene, and into your local markets After listening in to the show, I encourage you to share your own tips on how you shop healthy for a good price at our blog.
Jun 2, 2015
Have you been wondering what all the buzz is about with these HIIT work-outs? HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and the cool thing about it is that it gives you a muscle-building, calorie-burning work-out in about 20 minutes.   Doing long runs is hard on your joints.  Hanging out on the elliptical machine while you watch TV at the gym doesn't get results.  Besides, you're busy, and you don't have time to make it to the gym much anyway. Enter 20 year veteran of the fitness industry, Brett Hoebel.  Brett was once a trainer on the TV program The Biggest Loser.  While the other trainers were having their clients work out all day, Brett was giving short, effective work-outs. He brings that confidence and clarity on what works to his new book and DVD program, The 20-Minute Body. I really enjoyed interviewing Brett, because he has so much passion for what he does.  He also sees the whole picture on why most folks don't get fit and healthy, and goes about solving that problem. As as result, he introduces: Easy 20-minute healthy recipes Shopping guides that make it a snap Super fun 20-minute work-outs Inner game journaling ideas to keep yourself inspired An online community to share in your journey with others. Whether you grab the book or the DVDs, I think you'll benefit from Brett's work.  I recently started doing his 20-Minute Body work-outs, and I'm feeling psyched to get really fit this summer.  You can check out his offerings here:  20-MINUTE BODY To learn more about your host, visit bridgitdanner.com.
May 26, 2015
I'm delighted to have local chef and traditional foods expert Tressa Yellig on the show today.  Tressa was an ambitious, young chef when she became very ill with a septic mersa infection.  While awaiting surgery, she thankfully got more involved in the fermented food scene, which turned her condition around.   Learn: Why traditional foods are 'immediately healing' The trouble with some coconuts and yogurts Why one of their products was a surprise win for chemotherapy patients How kombucha clears brain fog How eating 'pre-digested foods' leaves you with much more energy How you can eat traditional foods easily  How you can be one of the first to visit a Broth Bar (we love our Portlandia) Order products from Tressa's company, Salt, Fire and Time, both locally and away here.  They offers such yummy, delightful foods as coconut yogurt, chocolate truffles, bone broths, fermented sodas and beef jerkies.   You can also join her newsletter at the close of her home page to learn when Broth Bar opens, or stayed tuned on their instagram page.  
May 19, 2015
It's easy to get caught in our 'critter brain' when we are trying to conceive.  Patients and practitioners alike can be so busy chasing symptoms and the latest trends, that the fundamental needs of health are ignored. Today acupuncturist, health coach and holistic fertility expert Angela Tisci teaches us about: The three brains, and how our desire for safety sabotages our ability to change The four pillars of health, including financial health and how this plays into the fertility path How the right career and a clean house can support your fertility! Angela and I have both been treating fertility for a number of years, and we have a lively discussion on how it's often necessary to take a step back, see the big picture, and smell the roses!   Whether you are well-intentioned woman on the fertility path, or a well-intentioned practitioner trying to get he best results for your fertility clients, this episode will get you to question your assumptions! To pick up Angela's free Optimizing Your Fertility gift, click here. To learn more about Angela's Integrative Fertility Institute for practitioners, click here, and sign up to know when the next course begins. Our listener survey is open for about one more week!  We'd appreciate your feedback in this 3 minute survey, and we'll reward you with a video guide to charting your cycle.  
May 13, 2015
The MTHFR gene mutation has gotten a lot of press lately.  But it can be confusing to understand, and even more confusing to know what to do next. Our guest today, Dr. Samantha LeVine of Docere Naturopathic Wellness, breaks it down simply and practically in this short episode.   Learn what a defect in methylfolate reductase gene production can effect: Mood and brain health Allergies Detoxification Hormone metobolism Cancer risk Pregnancy and miscarriage How to Test: Why it's best to get professional support When it's better to NOT find out  Also learn about what to do about it: Reducing inflammation Staying hydrated Choosing the right supplements Additional Resources: Docere Naturopathic Wellness  (Samantha LeVine, ND) MTHFRSupport.com MTHFR.net (Ben Lynch, ND) We'd love your feedback to back Women's Wellness Radio even better!  Please take the 3 minute survey at this link, and we'll thank you with a free video guide to cycle charting.  Thanks!  Bridgit
Apr 28, 2015
Do you have the desire to have a healthy diet, but just can't seem to figure out how to do it in your busy life? Join host Bridgit Danner as she interviews Paleo expert Alison Golden of Paleo/Nonpaleo.   Alison will talk about paleo and the behavioral systems and habits that are necessary for sustainable success. She will share about her experience with her son and her own with endometriosis. "As someone who has struggled to sustain dietary changed over the long term, it has been changing my systems, habits and practicing acceptance and self-forgiveness that have enabled me to paleo paleo a long-term change." Are you a fan of the show, or someone interested in health care?  We'd love your help!   We have a survey active now through May 27, 2015 asking...what topics do you want to hear?  What health challenges do you have? We'll thank you for taking this anonymous, short survey with a free video Guide to Charting Your Cycle Cycle Charting is a powerful way to begin to fix your hormones.  Get yours!
Apr 21, 2015
As a student of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Trevor Cates was not interested in dermatology.  However through her private practice working with digestion, detox and allergies, she learend that the skin will reflect inner health, so having beautiful skin could be easier than she once thought. Dr. Cates has also spent many of her practice years working in a spa setting, at the Waldorf Astoria Spa in Park City, Utah.  Through this experience, she became known as 'the Spa Doctor,' and she holds a strong sense of bringing pampering into the home, through self-care and strong diet. She is the host of the upcoming free event, the Glowing Skin Summit, which runs from April 29 - May 4, 2015.  Register here. Today on the episode, we'll take about: -Sunscreens:  when and what type -Hidden ingredients in 'natural' skin care products -A common food sensitivity that causes break-outs -Superfoods for the skin Don't forget to join the Glowing Skin Summit here to hear 35 experts dish on natural skin care- from gut health to facial acupuncture!   To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, visit bridgitdanner.com and pick up your complimentary hormone guide.  Peace, and we're out...until next week! 
Apr 15, 2015
Release Your Emotional Blocks, Powerfully! with Dawn Fleming Are you ever so angry that you can’t sleep?  Or are you dying to speak your mind, but can’t?  Sometimes energy blocks in our body can cause disease, or lead us to a life not fully lived. Our guest today, Dawn Fleming, shares about the ancient energy centers discovered in Ayurvedic medicine, the chakras. As Dawn explains, these seven energy centers are meant to spin freely, bringing in healthful energy, and expelling unhealthy energy.  If they are stuck, disease and distress can ensue.   We talk about: -Avoiding the victim mentality in illness -Amazing success stories from her clients in fertility, eyesight, backache and more -How we process situation through the chakras -A detailed description of each chakra and its significance -How most people aren’t living in joy, and what to do about it! Dawn Fleming can be found at: energytransformations.org blogtalkradio.com/twomodernmystics reikidawn@yahoo.com Learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, and pick up her free guides to fertility and hormonal health at bridgitdanner.com
Apr 7, 2015
Do you feel like you burn calories too slowly, or too quickly?  Do you struggle to lose weight, even though you think you eat healthy foods? Our guest today, Dietitian Cassie of Healthy, Simple Life, demystifies metabolism in this helpful episode! Learn the following things about metabolism: -What it is (and isn’t) -What slows down metabolism/ its biggest barriers -What increases it/ its biggest promotors -How dieting impacts metabolism -What are the hormones involved in metabolism -What in the world is 'PFC' and why is Cassie so crazy about it! Dietitian Cassie is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Lead Health Coach and founder of Healthy Simple Life—a company that helps people find freedom from diets and chronic health conditions through the power of real food! Her team is passionate about debunking diet rumors, myths and fads, while teaching people how to eat real, healthy foods in a manner that is scientifically proven to prevent disease and increase health.  Cassie is the cohost of the weekly iTunes health podcast Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore, Dietitian Cassie & Friends.  You can hear your host, Bridgit Danner, as their guest in episode 141!
Mar 31, 2015
Bone broth, or meat stock, is an ancient food that is regaining popularity today.  If you are curious about broth - how to make it and what the value is - then tune in to today’s guest, Dr. Kaayla Daniel. Dr. Kaayla Daniel is co-author of the book, Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World. Written along with Sally Fallon Morell, the well-known author of Nourishing Traditions, Nourishing Broth is ‘the Bible of broth,’ according to Dr. Daniel.  It is a cookbook for many variations of broth, but also a historical and nutritional guide to this healing food. On this episode, we discuss: How to make a simple chicken stock today How Florence Nightingale championed broth How broth heals the gut How broth is good for anxiety and sleep To learn more about the book Nourishing Broth, to join the Nourishing Broth community,  or to purchase, visit www.nourishingbroth.com. To learn more about our guest Dr. Kaayla Daniel, aka the Naughty Nutritionist, visit www.drkaayladaniel.com If you are not yet subscribed to Women’s Wellness Radio, you can do so through iTunes or other podcast players, to get a fresh episode directly delivered to your device weekly. To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please visit her site here and pick up your Cycle Guide on the right side bar of the homepage.
Mar 24, 2015
Is PMS normal and inevitable?  This is the first question I ask Dr. Lara Briden.   Dr. Briden, author of the new book, Period Repair Manual:  Natural Treatments for Better Hormones and Better Periods, speaks candidly about PMS, and give practical advice for PMS sufferers.   We talk about: Food cravings Headaches Breast tendernes And more. PMS is just one topic in her very practical book, Period Repair Manual, which recently became available in print and kindle versions on Amazon. Dr. Briden has been working with women's hormones since the mid 90s, before natural medicine got more mainstream. If you are dealing with tough 'period problems' -from choosing birth control to treating PCOS- I highly recommend her book.  You can also learn more about Dr. Lara at her website. You can learn moe about your host, Bridgit Danner, here. **Take advantage of our special give-away, an in-depth video guide to tracking your cycle here for a limited time only!**
Mar 17, 2015
Many women slog through the day fueled by caffeine and sugar.  Most feel that there is no solution for this; it's just life.  What if that's not true?  What if you could have the energy you had when 20, still now at 40?   Dr. Jen Landa, whose gym buddies refer to as 'the powerhouse' (all 5'2" of her) and whose friends call her the 'energizer bunny,' wasn't always so energetic.   You can imagine that after med school, now with kids and a busy practice, she was burned out.  But she learned what to do to get her energy back, and she shares some of the problems and solutions on the podcast.   Learn more about how your hormones work, food solutions, and the natural sweetner Dr. Jen taught Dr. Oz about on his show! Click here for the free energy quiz and video we mention on the program. Dr. Jen has a very affordable Endless Energy starting soon.  Make sure you take the first step here, to be invited to that shortly.  Get your energy back! Be sure to get subscribed to the show on itunes or stitcher for weekly delivery of fantastic insights on women's health.  Just type in 'Women's Wellness Radio,' and there we are! To learn more about your host, and to grab her free hormone and fertlity resources, click here.    
Mar 10, 2015
If you are ready for an in-depth approach to your fertility diagnosis and care, we recommend you listen to this one! Modern fertility treatment is too often oversimplified with the rush to the next new herb or superfood, or a rush into technologic options that could have been avoided. Marc Sklar is an acupuncturist who gives his patients both a traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and also a Functional Medicine diagnosis. Some things we talk about on the call: When to start working with a fertlility specialist What does acupuncture treat well What labs are beneficial to run Marc is a certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, a Havard-trained Mind/Body practitioner, and a clinician with many years of experience in reproductive medicine.  He is available for appointments in San Diego, CA and online.   Learn more about Marc's clinic here. Liked the show?  Be sure you are subscribed on itunes, or search "Women's Wellness Radio" in other podcast players such as Beyond Pod. To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please see her website for some great blogs and free gifts.    
Mar 3, 2015
Do you have an amazing partner, but just no energy to have sex?  You are not alone!  In our busy, busy culture, with a lack of nutritous food, too many activities and too many toxins, many people feel too tired or stressed at day's end to have sex. Luckily we still have access to the earth's potent, natural plants to heal us. Amanda Furbee, co-owner of the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy, takes us on a tour of her favorite herbs for energy, relaxation and libido.  Some notes from the call: Damiana-mood enhancer  Shatavari- more for women, menopause, vag dryness Ahswagandha- ayurvedic- adatpogen stamina, increse sperm quality and quantity Maca- Sweet nutty flavor, nice energy boost, started with horse energy- from the Andes Yohimbe- stimulating, blood flow, stamina, the wild animal Nervines= treat the nervous system Lavender, lemon balm, poppy- relaxing Damiana- euphoric Rose petal and chamomile in the bath ‘Relaxation Now’ tincture Bullet Proof ice cream recipe Jill Blakeway, author of Sex Again Light My Fire Tincture-  (link goes to the Herb Shoppe's website) Erectile, cocoa, maca 1-2 dropperfuls 3 times a day
Feb 25, 2015
Leah Jorgensen had a career in the wine industry, surrounded by rich, gourmet food, when she was diagonsed with celiac disease.   She had to take a step back to consider her relationship with food, while she worked with her practitioners to heal her gut.   Leah already had a long-standing interest in nutrition and she eventually became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through the Wellspring School for Healing Arts.  And she has her own wine label! On this episode, we'll cover: What is celiac disease? How is it diagnosed? Is gluten free a fad? What is mindful eating? How can we begin to eat mindfully? Find out more about Leah below: w: www.strongasoaknutrition.com w:   www.leahjorgensencellars.com f: facebook.com/StrongAsOakHolisticNutrition t: twitter.com/LeahJorgensenOR Please visit our site @ bridgitdanner.com, and choose our Ten Tips of Gratitude Guide or our Clear Path to Fertility free at our home page! Subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating, on itunes here.  
Feb 18, 2015
Our guest today is Diana Rodgers, author of the new book, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook.  The book includes over 100 Farm to Table Paleo recipes, and also an in-depth guide to gardening, homesteading and sourcing local food. If you are already interested in Paleo eating, and are ready to deepen your relationship to this diet by joining a community agriculture program, keeping chickens, raising bees or hosting your own pig roast, Diana is your girl.  Her beautiful book is both inspirational and practical. Diana and her family live on a working farm, Clark Farm in Carlisle Massachusetts.  Her husband is an avid farmer, and Diana is a nutritionist, author and podcaster who helps out on the farm as well.   To learn more about Diana, visit her blog, Sustainable Dish. You can pre-order or order her book through Amazon here. You can check out the podcast called Modern Farm Girls, that she co-hosts with fellow dirt lover and nutritionist Liz Wolfe. Additionally, she a video series featuring different aspects of farm life that is posted on my YouTube channel, Sustainable Dish. You can see the book trailer we mentioned on the show here.
Feb 11, 2015
One in Eight American woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  This statistic is up from one in forty in the decade of the 1940s.   Our environment and our diet are changing rapidly, and some things are out of our control.  But the good news is that many things are under our control, and we can make positive changes now, whether young or old, with a breast cancer diagnosis or without one. Our guest Dr. Veronique Desaulniers has had a 30 year career in holisitic medicine, and in 2004 found her own breat lump, despite her healthy habits. She has compiled a thorough and hopeful book in Heal Breast Cancer Naturally:  7 Essential Steps to Beating Breat Cancer. Here's a few things I learned in the book: Potato chips are scary bad for us. Sticking a cell phone in your bra = really bad idea 98% of women with breast cancer had a root canal on the corresponding side of their body Intrigued?  Listen to the show! Get Dr. V's book See her website, BreastCancerConqueror To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, please visit bridgitdanner.com.  We offer a free Guide to Understanding Your Hormones on our site.  
Feb 4, 2015
Are spices helpful for health, beyond their flavor? Do I need to use fresh herbs, and how long can I keep dried herbs? How can I incorporate some healing spices easily into my routine? Our guest today, Rylen Feeney, gives us some practical advice on using herbs.  She also highlights three of her favorite herbs and how to use them.  She is offering a free mini-cookbook to our listeners at this LINK. Rylen has been practicing and teaching wholisitic nutrition, as well as Chinese medicine and bodywork for many years.  She is the founder of the Wellspring School, which offers certification in Amma Therapy and Wholisitic Nutrition, as well as classes and discounted bodywork clinics to the public at their Portland, Oregon location.   To learn more about the Wellspring school, please go HERE.       
Jan 28, 2015
Peri-menopause begins at 35, according to Sara Gottfried, author of the Hormone Cure.  Does that mean your life is over, and now you'll be infertile and full of hot flashes?  No!   But it's important to know what changes may be arising in your body as hormone levels begin to decline, so you can cruise through this period with vitality and confidence. Today our guest expert, Nina Price, will help us navigate this life stage. We'll talk about: Safe solutions you can start now for hormonal changes Why every woman's symptom picture is unique Why you often need to treat more than your hormones (my mantra!) How to recreate your sense of purpose and beauty in midlife Self-care, support and knowledge are critical in the time of life, so get a start on it with this podcast! For further resources with Nina, see her blog and clinic website below: NinaPrice.com  (free health assessment) MidlifeWithoutCrisis.com (get a free copy of a Midlife Superhero's Guide to Success) To learn more about your host, Bridgit Danner, see BridgitDanner.com.  Bridgit specializes in helping you end your menstrual cycle distress!