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Jul 12, 2016

Nanci Tunley was already trained in Pilates, nutrition and functional medicine, but she felt like something was still missing from her practice.  She found the missing link in transformation coaching.  She uses this tool to help women overcome their blocks to reach their health goals.

In this interview, we cover:

  • Something we can do right away to start to change
  • Important questions that you may have never asked yourself
  • A case study about weight loss

On the call I got to pin Nanci down and have her give the steps to transformation. Here's what she came up with:

  1. State what you want
  2. Step back
  3. Let go as needed
  4. Be able to say yes
  5. Choose your beliefs
  6. Take empowered action

A previous episode I mentioned on the show is Weight Loss Starts with Trust with Michelle Hastie Thompson.  Check out that one here.

To learn about private and group coaching with Nanci, visit her website here.

As mentioned on the show, the Fuel Your Fertility Summit is happening Jul 20-30, 2016. It is completely free and highly recommended if you are trying to conceive.  I will be speaking, along with 20 other fertility experts.  Register here.

Jul 7, 2016

Dr. Carrie Jones

You are in for a treat with this interview with Dr. Carrie Jones! Dr. Jones is a naturopathic physician who specializes in women's health.  She currently works as the full-time medical director for Precision Analytical, Inc, makers of the DUTCH test.  

You have heard me sing the praises of the DUTCH test on a past episode with functional medical practitioner, Ann Melin. DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test of Comprehensive Hormones.  I really like this test because it is a great way to measure adrenal function, female hormone status and detox capacity.

Dr. Jones has looked at many thousands of these tests, and she recaps the common patterns she sees on this episode. She also talks about why and when to take such a test.

Finally, she dishes on all her favorite herbs and supplements for female hormonal complaints.  We put this together in a handy sheet for you. You can get a copy by using the button below:

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Thanks for listening!

Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Jul 2, 2016

Cate Stillman

Our guest Cate Stillman of explains how modern life tends to create imbalance. When we are disconnected from the Earth and its rhythms, or disconnected from our communities or our values, symptoms can develop.

Though she had studied advanced Ayurvedic principles and yoga, Cate observed that each of her students and clients needed some basic habits in place if they were to heal. Cate has worked with thousands of women and men to help them develop the ten habits needed to thrive.  

She developed a book and program called Body Thrive, and we discuss two of the principles from the book here today.

I love these two practices because they are not commonly discussed or revered in our culture, and they are 'hidden gems' to create health.

Today we discuss the importance of:

  • Eating three meals a day without snacking to be in 'rest and digest' mode as often as possible (thus avoiding feeling frazzled)
  • Decluttering your space for a clear mind and less anxiety

This is a really fun conversation with both clear tips and strong foundational theory. Hope you enjoy it! 

Here are a few resources we mention on the show:

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Spark Joy by Mair Kondo

Body Thrive by Cate Stillman

How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead

Body Thrive Webinar with Me and Cate (free and happening July 13, 12 PM PST)

Jun 25, 2016

My guest this week is an old friend and colleague, Alix Northup.  Alix is a very centered and peaceful person, who is dedicated to the journey of body and mind, and she loves to help others along their own paths as well.

Alix is a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist. As a teen, she dealt with severe scoliosis, wearing a brace and probably dealing with a lot of frustration around it.

Luckily her mom, who was an MD with holistic leanings, got her to try yoga. She took to it immediately, and stuck with it.

Along the way she also developed a love for travel.  She spent some time in Nepal a few years ago, and there began a seed of an idea to come back and teach.  After some slowdowns and changes, she is excited to be leading a small group on a yogic/ cultural/spiritual journey there soon.

To learn more about Alix, visit her site here.  She teaches yoga and practices massage locally in Portland, Oregon

Information on her group tours to Nepal can be found here

The tours to Nepal are happening in October 2016 as well as October 2017.

We also filmed a short, one-pose yoga video here.  This simple pose is great for back pain.

**To enter our iTunes Review raffle, go leave your review at iTunes, and then come back to this link to enter!  Ends 6/30/16.

To learn more about this women's wellness community, come visit our site, Women's Wellness Collaborative.


Jun 15, 2016

Food sensitivities are sometimes called "the great mimicker," as they can present so many ways, from brain fog to skin rashes.

According to our guest Dr. Carri Drzyzga, the best way to find out what you are sensitive to is to do an elimination diet.  

Two books we mention as great resources to do your own elimination diet are:

The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas 

The Elimination Diet by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segersten

We also talk about the pros and cons of blood testing for food allergies and food sensitivities.  There are different labs to consider, and Dr. Carri's favorite is Cyrex labs, as they measure both the cooked and raw version of a food, not just the raw version. The test I like is by Oxford Biomedical, called the LEAP test.

Just to make things more confusing, there are also food intolerances, meaning foods that you don't digest well.  A common one you hear about is lactose (dairy protein) intolerance, which can actually be a sign of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.)

We also talk about:

  • Gluten and leaky gut
  • Stool testing for pathogens
  • Food rotation and allergy avoidance
  • Dr. Carri's favorite healing supplements

Dr. Carri Drzyzga is known internationally as ‘The Functional Medicine Doc’. She is committed to helping patients find the root cause of their health problems and fix the cause with natural treatments so they can feel normal again.

Her last name is pronounced ‘Driz’-ga’ (it’s Polish), but everyone calls her Dr. Carri.

She has been in private practice since 1996, and is founder of Functional Medicine Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dr. Carri holds two doctoral degrees—Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine. Additionally, she has training in Functional Medicine and The Kalish Method, and is a Certified Gluten Practitioner. Always an avid learner, Dr. Carri has obtained a level of expertise in her profession that no other doctor in Canada has achieved to date.  

She is currently studying functional neurology.  If you'd like to learn more about functional neurology, check out our past episode with Dr. Peter Kan.

Connect with Dr. Carri at:  She can see clients over Skype.  She also hosts a functional medicine podcast you can learn more about here.

To register for the webinar I mentioned on this episode, please go here.

It's happening Saturday 6/18/16 10 AM, PST 1 PM EST.  

This webinar gives you a chance to learn about your cycle and ask questions.  It is also a preview to our upcoming Path to Perfect Periods program.  The deadline to join that program is 6/20/16 here.

Thanks!  Bridgit

Jun 6, 2016

Rachel Eyre is a young woman who is of the generation of women that may get their periods quite young due to environmental factors.  Rachel got her period at age 8 or 9, and they came on heavy and painful.  She proceeded to develop an array of troubling symptoms, including severe migraines, and was taking 40 medications at day by age 28.

Luckily for her and us, she turned to natural medicine and educated herself on the causes of women's health woes.  She is now a wealth of knowledge on the following topics:

  • What that weird menstrual color means
  • Why you might have clots
  • A reason behind menstrual headaches
  • A reason behind frequent urination
  • Alternatives to hormonal birth control
  • Uterine positioning and "dancing fallopian tubes"
  • The link between dioxin and endometriosis

She will also cover some cool solutions that you can do at home such as:

  • Yoni steams
  • Castor oil packs
  • Abdominal massage


Rachel taught me a LOT on this interview, and I think you'll learn a lot too!



Rachel's site:

Research site about progesterone and more: 

Jun 2, 2016

Denie Hiestand is a natural health consultant, author, research expert, and former successful New Zealand dairy farmer. Denie has spent decades studying the skin and toxins/chemicals in everyday cosmetics and personal care products and identified a strong link between the high usage of chemical personal care products and the growing rates of cancers, infertility, hormone imbalances, allergies and various other modern day illnesses.

In response to his patient’s requests, Denie set about to create a completely pure and natural range of skincare products which not only contained none of the harmful additives found in the majority of commercial products, but equally importantly, contained life-giving, cell nourishing ingredients which feed and nourish the skin.

It took him eight years, many attempts and a big investment of his own money (including selling his wife's car out from under her!) to develop his skincare line, called The Cream.

Denie has a no-nonsense "New Zealand farm boy" style in his communication.  His passion to prevent women from using dangerous skin care products, and his passion to formulate alternative, effective products is evident in this interview.

Here are a few things he shared about conventional skincare:


  • Chemicals in skin cream are designed to enter through skin 
  • This makes them the #1 source of toxin ingestion- absorbing up to 2.6 lbs a year
  • 99% of disease involves toxins 
  • 90% of chemicals in use are used in cosmetics
  • One month on commercial skincare is worse 10 years of smoking
  • In reproductive women, toxins are stored in the fatty acid reserves, which the fetus lives off of in the 1st trimester
  • In menopausal women, storage is more in the organs such as the breast

Denie's skincare line is colostrum-based. Colostrum is produced in lactating mammals the first 72 hours after giving birth.  

These days colostrum is being used more a health supplement.  Denie was already aware of the power of colostrum from his experience as a dairy farmer. Colostrum activates the cells, the immune system, and has "electric and zeta potential." It stimulates growth hormone.

Their colostrum is sourced from healthy, grass-fed, antibiotic-free New Zealand dairy cows. The cows produce a surplus, so collecting it is no detriment to their offspring.





Denie and his staff are extending a 20% discount plus free shipping to our listeners through June 30, 2016 with the code HEALTHYSKIN at check-out.  Shop and explore at  


May 26, 2016


My guests today are Audrey Sourroubille Arnold and Lucia Lukanova, both women's health coaches and also partners in a women's health app called The Flow.

A bit about the pair:

Audrey- Diagnosed with endometriosis  a few years ago.  She feels her former high pressure career contributed to her endometriosis diagnosis and overall burn-out. She switched careers into women's health.

Lucia- Working long hours doing big technology projects. She got burned out as well, and started to learn about hormones of stress and the menstrual cycle. She started to notice the subtle symptoms related to the phases of her cycle. She wanted an app to help her track her cycle, but didn’t find one, so she started to develop one, now out in several languages, called the Flow App. 

Stages of the Cycle

Week One- Starts with day one of your cycle.   Cleanse time, from the inside out- want to be alone and peaceful.  Your verbal skills are lower, but is a 'wise stage.'  Energy is low and if you push you get cravings to create energy.

Paula Ratcliffe ran the Chicago marathon in world record time, and was on day 1 of her cycle.

In transition from period to the next stage (dynamic), is a good time to knock out your to-do list.

Week Two- Dynamic phase- energy is good, accomplish things, 'maiden' phase

Ovulation- femme fatale moment - phéromones are high, vocal chords have highest range, good time to ask for pay raise

Post-ovulation- a mini PMS is possible

Week Three- Reflexive phase- decide what to keep or give up, evaluate, very empathic, mother, femininity, caring, nurturing 

Week Four- Creative phase, Enchantress, represents Autumn season

Some resources we mention on the show:

Audrey's website

Miranda Gray's website

Jason Karp's book, Running for Women: Your Complete Guide for a Lifetime of Running

Video on How to Use the Flow App

Ultimately you will have to download the Flow App from the app store on your smartphone, but you can find more info on the Flow App here.

Try the Flow App with a friend so you can discover it together!

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May 14, 2016

This episode is not as geeky and not as medically-focused as most of our shows. Yet it was one of my very favorites, because I think the topic is so important.

Women these days are very stressed and overwhelmed (well, most of us) and that is affecting our health and happiness. 

Our guest Laura McClellan is the host of the podcast 'The Productive Woman,' a platform where she both shares her insights on productivity, and interview a range of women on how they deal with getting things done, meeting their own goals and needs, and managing family life on top of it.

What you'll learn in this episode is not how to shove more activities into your day, but rather how to be efficient, and also discerning.

“It’s possible to be really busy, but not be productive. It’s not just about doing more stuff, but the right stuff.”  Laura McClellan

Enjoy this one with Laura McClellan, and learn more about her and her show here.

For the complete notes and links mentioned on the show, follow the button below.

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May 14, 2016

I think you're going to like this episode!  Cammi Balleck really brings it with great information on women's health, focused on brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and their relationship to our hormones.  

When our hormones ratios are off, our neurotransmitters will likely get affected. Cammi has worked exclusively with female health and hormones for 13 years, and has developed a testing strategy and treatment strategy that get her clients great results from anxiety, pain, food cravings and more.

Learn more at  You can download detailed notes and links below. Thanks! Bridgit


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May 3, 2016

Essential oils are really growing in popularity.  They are fun and easy to use, but there is a lot to learn!  Which ones are best for you?  How do you use them?  What about the quality?

We answer many of these questions with Dr. Mariza Snyder, an essential expert and women's health expert.  

We also recorded a short video together to show off her favorite oils and we talked about using oils internally.  See the video here.

Lastly, I was inspired to create an eBook to organize all the juicy details Dr. Mariza was throwing down!  You can pick that up below.

Thanks for listening!  

Click on the image below to grab your eBook, Dr. Mariza's Favorite Essential Oils for Women.  

Apr 26, 2016

The birth control pill is an easy-to-use, affordable way to avoid pregnancy.  But are there any risks?  

Many women do have symptoms, such as loss of sex drive or weight gain, but beyond that, most women don't know much about the health-related side effects.

In this interview, Andrea Thorpe, LAc opens the lid on the topic of the possible effects of long-term birth control use.  Many women are on birth control pills for 10-15 years, and the long-term effects are something to be considered:

  • Synthetic estrogen dysregulates the thyroid
  • Birth control pill casues nutrient depletion
  • Hormone receptor site have a downregulated response
  • Toxic burden on the system of long-term medication use
  • Toxic/ inflammed state and nutrient depletion affects the gut and immune system
  • Autoimmune disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis then becomes a possiblity
  • Ovulation and fertility are often delayed after birth control use

Andrea also covers some of the healing options such as:

  • How acupuncture benefits the system
  • Why Andrea prefers foods over supplements
  • When it's time to see a functional medicine practitioner

Andrea is an amazing practitioner, and if you can see her in the LA area, I highly recommend her.  Her clinic:


Apr 13, 2016

Did you feel you were intuitive as child, but shut that down as an adult?  Do you get caught up in self-judgement or negative thinking?  Have you stopped to think how negative thinking, gossip, unhealthy eating or a guarded approach to life might be affecting the outcomes of your life?

The concept of vibrational energy, shared with us today by author Caroline Shearer, is 'like attracts like.'  If we are treating ourselves poorly, and thinking about life in a small way, that is what we attract and manifest.  If we are open and positive, we tend to attract more opportunities and happy synchronicities. 

Caroline does not claim this will result in a challenge-free life!  But she believes that these challenges can be easier or repeated less often when we meet them with a high vibration.

Caroline is the author of Raise Your Vibration: Tips and Tools for a High-Frequency Life, as well as several other books.  She is also a publisher who founded Absolute Love Publishing.

Beyond theory, she gives some practical tips for raising your vibration, such as:

Mind- Yes to meditation-focusing on white light. No to gossip, worry, negative self-talk.

Body- Eat Non-GMO, organic, fresh food, bless your food. Use sea salt baths-clears energy that you picked up, use 1 cup of sea salt.

Spirit/Soul- Project love- for example to everyone you pass on the walking trail. "Project love and it comes back. Even if you can’t see it, you can feel it."

Learn more about Caroline's other books and her publishing company and their other titles here.



Apr 7, 2016


Andrea Beaman did not always eat so well.  Microwave dinners and toaster pizzas were on the menu.  Eventually she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  

Also her dear mom had breast cancer that had spread, and she was given not long to live.  In looking for solutions for her mom, she turned to whole foods and healthy mindset.  

Two books that inspired her in those early days are:

Physician Heal Thyself by Hugh Faulkner

The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

Andrea later went on to be on the first season of Top Chef, after being encouraged by one of her cooking students.  Andrea did not own a TV, and had no idea what she was getting into, so it turned into quite an adventure!

Some of Andrea's many get quotes:

"Autoimmunity can be healed."

"Don’t wait till you’re in the grave to make a change."

"Cooking at home and feeding others is so valuable."

On pesticides..."the difference between the bug and us is size."

"This century is about thyroid.  50 years of women not eating fat, not getting minerals carried by fat got us here."

 "I value the doctors. If I go outside and get hit by a bus, please take me to the doctor, don't take me to the health food store."

"Fad diets are always missing some food group."

Vegans- Get adrenal exhaustion

Paleo- Missing starches needed for microbiome, which backs up liver. Starches feed the mitochondria.

Nourishing Thyroid Health is Andrea's online educational program on the thyroid.  Learn about:

  • Preparing foods
  • How the endocrine system works
  • Environmental toxicants
  • How to heal the digestive system
  • How to heal the adrenals
  • The emotional and spiritual aspect of thyroid health


  • Guest expert modules
  • Live coaching calls

Please check out the program here:

Andrea's Top Five Take-aways:

  1. Eat clean- get toxins out
  2. Support your energetic body with exercise of some sort, inc. tai chi, yoga
  3. Destress- set boundaries
  4. Get some sun- get outdoors
  5. You’re worth it!

Andrea and I also recorded a short video on youtube that is super fun.  You can access it below, for your own mini-cooking lesson with Andrea.

Cooking with Sea Vegetables, Brewing Up Herbs 

If you enjoyed this episode, please support us by rating and reviewing us on iTunes!



Apr 4, 2016

Hello!  This is a special week of podcasts in celebration of our upcoming online event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit

You'll be hearing a lot of me, Bridgit Danner, being hosted on the podcasts of my friends.  All these friends are my guests on my upcoming event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.  

The event is fully free and happens April 11-18, 2016.  We have some fun previews for you as well, so sign up now! The event covers topics that women are asking about, such as PMS, PCOS, fertility, pregnancy nutrition and thyroid disease.  LINK  We would love to have you.

Today I am interviewed by Amy Medling of PCOS Diva.  Amy is one of my favorite people in the online health space because she is so's not an act, she is always like this!  She's a great role model, and she does it with the tools she shares in the above event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit. So be sure to register above to access her free talk on summit day 3.

If you are dealing with PCOS, you absolutely must visit her very informative site and pick up her free PCOS 101 Guide.

Enjoy! Bridgit

Apr 2, 2016

Hello!  This is a special week of podcasts in celebration of our upcoming online event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit

You'll be hearing a lot of me, Bridgit Danner, being hosted on the podcasts of my friends.  All these friends are my guests on my upcoming event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.  

The event is fully free and happens April 11-18, 2016.  We have some fun previews for you as well, so sign up now! The event covers topics that women are asking about, such as PMS, PCOS, fertility, pregnancy nutrition and thyroid disease.  LINK  We would love to have you.

Today I am interviewed by Melissa McCreery of Too Much on Her Plate.  Melissa is a talented practitioner in the field of women's health, specifically stress handling and disordered eating.  Check out her website and Hidden Hungers Quiz here.

Enjoy! Bridgit

Apr 1, 2016

Hello!  This is a special week of podcasts in celebration of our upcoming online event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit

You'll be hearing a lot of me, Bridgit Danner, being hosted on the podcasts of my friends.  All these friends are my guests on my upcoming event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.  

The event is fully free and happens April 11-18, 2016.  We have some fun previews for you as well, so sign up now! The event covers topics that women are asking about, such as PMS, PCOS, fertility, pregnancy nutrition and thyroid disease.  LINK  We would love to have you.

Today I am interviewed by Shannon Garrett of Holistic Thyroid Care.  Shannon is an expert at helping women navigate Hashimoto's thyroiditis.  I just love her nurturing and light-hearted approach. This interview is a quickie at about 20 minutes.

Enjoy! Bridgit

Mar 29, 2016

Hello!  This is a special week of podcasts in celebration of our upcoming online event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit

You'll be hearing a lot of me, Bridgit Danner, being hosted on the podcasts of my friends.  All these friends are my guests on my upcoming event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.  

The event is fully free and happens April 11-18, 2016.  We have some fun previews for you as well, so sign up now! The event covers topics that women are asking about, such as PMS, PCOS, fertility, pregnancy nutrition and thyroid disease.  LINK  We would love to have you.

Today I am interviewed on 'The Period Party' with Nicole Jardim.  The systems of female hormones and digestion are not linked as often as they should be, and I get to break down the importance of digestion to our sex hormones with Nicole.

Enjoy! Bridgit

Mar 28, 2016

Hello!  This is a special week of podcasts in celebration of our upcoming online event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit

You'll be hearing a lot of me, Bridgit Danner, being hosted on the podcasts of my friends.  All these friends are my guests on my upcoming event, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.  

The event is fully free and happens April 11-18, 2016.  We have some fun previews for you as well, so sign up now! The event covers topics that women are asking about, such as PMS, PCOS, fertility, pregnancy nutrition and thyroid disease.  LINK  We would love to have you.

Today I am interviewed on 'Holistically Haute with Rachael Pontillo.'  You can search that phrase to find her show on your podcast player.  Rachael is a super guru when it comes to a holistic approach to your skin.  She will get you looking amazing!

In this interview, she gets to pick my brain about the menstrual cycle and how it can affect our skin, and also how we can fix period problems.  

It's a great interview.  Enjoy! Bridgit

Mar 23, 2016

Before you jump into hormone replacement, or get hooked on mood-altering medications during your perimenopausal years, you need to hear out Maria Claps!

Maria is a health coach and functional medicine practitioner who entered full menopause before 50.  But before that, she had a rough ride in perimenopause.  After not sleeping for three full days, she broke down and saw a holistic medical doctor.  Though she got some relief, she didn't get the careful testing and holistic approach she would have liked.

She went on to become an expert on perimenopause, and now sees, primarily, women ages 45-50 who are complaining of fatigue, low libido, weight gain and low mood.

She developed her approach to hormone health, which she calls the 4 pillars.  These include liver care, adrenal support, blood sugar balancing, and hormone testing.

We talk especially about a test we both like, called the Dried Urine Test of Comprehensive Hormones.  This test can save you a lot of grief!


Listen in, and learn about Maria's approach.

For more on Maria, see:

Her program "Balance Your Hormones, Love Your Life" which starts May 2, 2016

Or pick up her free perimenopause guide:

See Maria's demonstration on homemade kombucha on our youtube channel.

Have you joined our online summit yet?  It's free, and preview event start 3/30! Sign up at Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit.

Mar 15, 2016

We are pleased to have Evan Brand of Not Just Paleo on the podcast.  Evan is a great educator, and he embraces a 'no BS' approach to health care.  

In college, he got sick and depressed, but learned about nutrition, omega 3 oils, vitamin D and more to improve his health.  He also dropped out of business school (where he wasn't happy) and went to work on park land.  This dedicated, full-time time in nature was very therapeutic for him.

Evan shares that plants emit compounds that benefit our immune system, and how communing with nature lowers and manages our stress.  He teaches about the neurotransmitters that shape our moods, how we self medicate with foods and drink, and how we can break those habits.  He also shares the testing method he uses to observe neurotransmitter activity.

There are lots of other great nuggets in here, such as how Facebook can affect our mood, and how we can get addicted to the rush of modern pleasures, at the expense of our natural mood regulation.


Evan's Podcast, and he highlights episode #44 with Dr. Albert Mensah

Evan's YouTube video on nature and how it benefits us

National Geographic article on benefits of nature and integrating in nature to urban folks

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

The Diet Cure by Julia Ross

Evan's website, Not Just Paleo, and free consult offer

Evan also appears on our upcoming summit, Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit. We hope you can just us for this free summit with 35 experts!  Starts April 11, 2016.

the Nature Pyramid

Mar 9, 2016

I really fell for Nikki Warren of Kaia Fit, and I think you will too!  Though she runs a busy business with 58 locations, she is grounded, present and grateful.

Hear how she went from being a pregnant teen, to having her boyfriend die suddenly, to having an infant son with serious health kick-ass mom, wife, athlete and business owner!

Nikki has 4 sisters, and definitely believes in the idea of sisterhood.  The gym she founded with her husband, which now has other business partners, is exclusively for women.


  • Why she thinks working out with other women is important
  • How we can do a quick work-out at home 
  • What 'functional movement' is
  • How we can take first steps to working out
  • Why she thinks variety is important in our workouts
  • How she trains groups of women for triathlons though I Kan Tri 

Nikki and I recorded a short YouTube exercise video here. (She exercises, I just watch!)

Find out more about Kaia Fit here.

See her with her adorable sisters in the above photo and at their group blog, Frank 5 Sisters.

Have you signed up for Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit yet???  Well, it's time! Event happens free, online April 11-18, 2016.  

Mar 2, 2016

Hello, and a big thank you for listening.  We've had a surge in listeners in the past month, and it's thanks to YOU listening and sharing!

About 6-8% of all women have endometriosis (source), and many of those experience severe, chronic pelvic pain.  Many of those women will undergo surgery, or multiple surgeries, as our guest expert Melissa Turner did.

Exhausted and frustrated, Melissa turned to dietary changes to see if that could help. She did find relief there, but also found that there was more the solution than obsessing over diet.

Melissa now experiences her cycle with nary a blip on her radar, and she teaches others to do the same at

In this interview, she explains how she developed her REACH method. (She's got a new Endo Wellness Technique program starting soon here.)

Melissa also made an appearance on our youtube channel to take about turmeric.

And she generously wrote a blog for us called, What Few People Will Dare to Tell You About Endometriosis.  Intrigued? Check it out here!

P.S.- Our Hormones: A Women's Wellness Summit is starting April 11, 2016. Registration is now open and the event is free.  The event features 35 experts in the field of female hormones, including Melissa, me, Nicole Jardim, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, Dr. Dan Kalish, and many more. Please join us!


Feb 23, 2016

As a health practitioner and educator, I am very cautious about talking about weight loss. Though I know that many women struggle with weight, I don't like to emphasize the weight aspect of health, or encourage any sort of particular diet to lose weight.

There is one 'style' of weight loss advice I feel good about, and our guest today, Michelle Hastie Thompson, espouses that style, so she got to come on the show!

This style involves self-love and self-awareness.  I am not a proponent of if you have the right mindset, you can eat anything, but I am a proponent of making any changes to our health starts with a healthy mindset.

And this is the truest with weight loss.  If we feel badly about ourselves, and mistrustful of food and our bodies, can cannot have feel good about our weight no matter how much we weigh.

Join Michelle and me as we learn:

  • Why trust is step one to losing weight
  • How you can let go of the fear of weight gain
  • Managing pregnancy weight gain and post-partum weight loss
  • How to cultivate presence, with food and in life
  • Learning to love yourself right now, not when you lose weight
  • Learning to use your intuition about food
  • How excess weight is a gift to learn life lessons
  • How to move into 'ideal weight consciousness'

More about our guest:

Michelle Hastie Thompson is the author of The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less, available on Amazon.  She is also a mind -body health coach Total Body Health Solutions, and was trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

She speaks about the struggle with weight from her own experience of being obsessed with exercise and calorie counting, and gaining weight nonetheless.  After she got injured and was laid out on the couch doing nothing, she lost weight.  Confused and intrigued, she started to research.

More about your host:

Bridgit Danner is a women's health educator at Women's Wellness Collaborative, an online resource for education on hormones, and inspiration on healthy lifestyle.

Pick up here free interactive hormone stressor quiz here, and look at other resources available through Women's Wellness Collaborative.

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Feb 17, 2016

Dr Allan Warshowsky

I was honored to interview Dr. Allan Warshowsky, author of Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure.  Dr. Allan is a pioneer in progressive and integrative care for women's health, doing it long before it was popular, and out of frustration that he couldn't get results for his patients with conventional care.

With his wife Priscilla, he now runs a small wellness practice in Rye, NY, and sees clients from all over the world.


Dr. Allan tells us that 30-70% of women get fibroids, and he estimates that 80% of fibroid surgeries could be avoided.

His approach includes:


  • Reducing inflammation
  • Restoring hormone imbalance
  • Detoxification
  • Gut repair
  • Blood sugar balancing
  • Caster oil packs or poke oil packs
  • Creating connection to fibroids with massage, visualization 
  • Moving into parasympathetic mode of nervous system with meditation, gratitude
  • Dry skin brushing
  • Breast massage
  • Clearing chakra issues
  • Elimination diet- including removing allergenic and GMO

"Being in the moment is the only time to heal and have joy."

Learn how to prevent fibroids, or if you are a good candidate to treat your fibroids naturally!


American Board of Integrative Holistic Physicians

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