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The china study solution | Dr. Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell, MD, is a board certified family physician and instructor of clinical family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He coauthored The China Study, which sold more than a million copies and inspired the 2011 documentary Forks over Knives. He also is director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a nonprofit organization in Ithaca, New York, which promotes optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research in partnership with eCornell, Cornell University's online course provider. He lives in Rochester, NY.

The China Study Solution is based on the book, The China Study, which is based on a very comprehensive study in rural China which showed that a whole-food, plant-based diet has the potential to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases.  The China Study became a worldwide phenomenon, selling more than a million copies and inspiring countless readers to reinvigorate their health by making better food choices.

With Dr. Campbell we discuss his 3 food group concept, which is inspired by nature:

  1. Animals, or animal sourced food group;
  2. whole plant food group; and
  3. processed plants or plant fragment.

We also discuss transitioning to a plant-based diet, whether going cold turkey or a gradual transition over time, as well as the options and health benefits.   Changing our behavior can be hard, but Dr. Campbell discusses his six-step approach which he has developed based on many years of observation in his family practice.

While there is plenty of science-based information in The China Study Solution, Dr. Thomas Campbell’s book also provides practical tools and advice on stocking your kitchen, reading food labels and navigating social situations.


The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman

June 10, 2016

Start here | Eric Langshur & Nate Klemp

In this episode, we talk with Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp about their new book, Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing.

Eric Langshur, a seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur, is the founder of Abundant Venture Partners. Years of research into the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience have established him as a thought leader in optimizing wellbeing.

Nate Klemp, PhD, is a Stanford-Harvard-Princeton trained former philosophy professor and an expert in understanding how the tools of ancient and modern wisdom can be used to improve individual wellbeing. They have founded Life Cross Training together to foster a greater sense of wellbeing at work, home, and in all areas of life.

We’ve heard of cross training in fitness, such as sprinting for cardiovascular conditioning, and weight training for strength.   Eric and Nate believe that just like in fitness and popular physical fitness training programs, they believe that you can cross train for the skill of wellbeing.

Eric and Nate discuss the guiding theme of the book is that wellbeing is a skill that can be trained.   The science community has taught us that the brain does not have a fixed number of neurons, but that our brains can change and we can use our minds and certain sets of practices to change our experiences at life and at being alive. They structure the book with a structure of recommended practices for well-being. We also discuss how good practices lead to good habits and the benefits of meditation. Exercise is also discussed and its benefits on emotional as well as physical well-being.

Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing is a thought provoking book that is well researched and scientific, yet it is also filled with simple and basic guidance for taking care of both our physical and mental well-being.  Additional information, including a training course, can be found at starthere.life.

How to be here | Rob Bell

Life on purpose | Dr. Victor Stretcher

June 8, 2016

The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Today we talk to Dr. Joel Fuhrman about his philosophy of the nutritarian diet and his new book, The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Dr. Fuhrman is a Board-certified family physician with over 25 years experience in nutritional medicine. Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet.

Grounded in the latest scientific research as well as his years of clinical experience treating heart disease, Dr. Fuhrman’s book outlines a plan that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduces your weight, heals obstructive coronary artery disease, and can even eradicate advanced heart disease.   His philosophy is that all of this can be corrected without the prescription pad, as Dr. Fuhrman believes the most powerful drug on the planet is food.

According to Dr. Fuhrman, while heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of death in the United States, most heart disease-related deaths are preventable with diet and nutrition. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a diet that is nutrient-dense and plant-rich, and includes anti-cancer superfoods, which also facilitate weight loss. These foods supply both the right amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and the vital micronutrients (vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals) that unleash the body’s incredible power to heal itself and slow the aging process, giving the body renewed vitality.

Dr. Fuhrman is also the author of other NY Times best-selling books, Eat to Live, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, The Eat to Live Cookbook, and The End of Dieting. Additional information about the nutritarian diet and Dr. Fuhrman can be found on his website (https://www.drfuhrman.com).



The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman

The china study solution | Dr. Thomas Campbell

May 23, 2016

Naked in 30 days | Theresa Roemer

Today we meet with Theresa Roemer and discuss her new book Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape.

 As background, Theresa Roemer is an author, media personality, entrepreneur and small business owner based in Houston, Texas. Her passion for health started at a young age. As a child Theresa was diagnosed with rheumatic fever many times over, which caused her to have a heart murmur; she was sickly and her doctors diagnosed her with a lifetime of physical constraints. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, Theresa began her lifelong journey to stay active, healthy, and physically fit. Theresa took the U.S. Open title in bodybuilding at the age of 40, and held the titles of Mrs. Houston U.A., Mrs. Texas U.A., and was the 1st runner up for Mrs. United America concurrently.

Theresa feels that anyone can do anything for a period of 30 days, and if you put yourself on this plan, you will find that you change your approach to food and exercise, as well as your relationship to both.   Before you know it, you will be standing naked with yourself and proud of who you are and how you got there.

Based on her years of experience as a personal trainer and body builder, Theresa covers diet, exercise, hormones, meal plans and recipes. She lays out her plan in a day-to-day guide that also includes the mental and spiritual aspects of taking care of your health and well-being.

Additional information about Theresa and her new book Naked in 30 Days can be found on www.theresaroemer.com.

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Warrior | Theresa Larsen

May 11, 2016

101 homemade products | Jan Berry

In today’s episode, we are joined by Jan Berry, the author of 101 Homemade Products for Skin, Health and Home.   Jan is also the writer and photographer of the blog, The Nerdy Farm Wife.   She is also a contributed to HobbyFarms.com and Natural Herbal Living Magazine.

Jan talks about her background and inspiration for her creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into beautiful, fun and practical products. She discusses how she’s especially fond of finding fun and practical uses for weeds and otherwise overlooked plants, such as dandelions.

Homemade products are featured that are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients. Going green has never been easier or more affordable.   Local, natural ingredients are key to making something beautiful, effective and good for you and your family.

Jan describes herself as a serial hobbyist with many interests, yet her blog has morphed into a place where she shares soap making ideas and tips along with herbal recipes and natural DIY body care projects. Learn and explore more about Jan Berry’s 101 Homemade products for Skin, Health and Home at the Nerdy Farm Wife website.


Ayurveda meets western medicine with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary


May 9, 2016

The big book of kombucha | Hannah Crum

An industry journalist and author, today we talk to Hanna Crum, author of The Book Book of Kombucha. Hanna is also known as the Kombucha Mama, and founder of Kombucha Kamp, the most visited website in the world for Kombucha information, receipts and advice. KKamp’s mission is to “change the world, one gut at a time.”

The health of our gut is an important foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Ancient humans always incorporated fermentation into their diet because of the lack of modern practices such as refrigeration. Kombucha has been undergoing resurgence as the concept of gut health is in the wellness spotlight.

So what is Kombucha?   It is a fermented beverage made from tea.   A starter culture of bacteria and yeast is added which increases the nutritional content of the beverage. Just like other fermented foods, Kombucha brings billions of self-perpetuating beneficial bacteria to your gut. It is available at health food stores, mainstream grocery and retail stores, and it is also easy to make at home. A lifetime supply can be made from one fresh, healthy culture.

Learn more about Kombucha and its gut health benefits from Hanna Crum who is an industry journalist and Master Brewer. She directly mentors thousands of new and experienced Kombucha brewers and provides consultation services for Kombuchs start-ups since 2007.   Along with her partner, Alex LaGory, their reporting has been featured in BevNet, Beverage Specrum Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Los Angeles times, Elephant Journal, Vital Juice and mother others while her instructional video series with E-How/Expert Village has racked up over 1 million views.




101 homemade products | Jan Berry


May 6, 2016

Carey – dealing with setbacks

In this episode, we talk with Carey who has been successful in her health and fitness endeavors. Along the way she has had key learning points, so let’s talk with her about her successes and dealing with setbacks.

Carey’s mantra is “slow and steady” is the way to go, as it establishes good habits.   She did not find it discouraging; rather she made a commitment to change.   She did this by hiring a personal trainer.   This also took a while as she had to find the trainer who was in sync with Carey’s personal goals and approach to fitness.   She also experimented and found the right cardio training for her, as she is not a fan of running, walking, swimming and other forms of cardio.   She finds cycling has helped to reshape her body and she enjoys the peacefulness of the experience.

We discuss how finding that activity that you enjoy makes you connect with the exercise and your passions, which drive you to pushing yourself to a higher fitness level.

Carey’s journey was interrupted from time to time with health issues.   She tried to not let it discourage her, despite having put on some weight. Again, her approach is to get back on the slow and steady pace of eating better and incorporating exercise into her daily routine. Her approach with nutrition is through whole food, and has developed a palate which enables her to continue a lifestyle that has eliminated sugary soda, condiments etc.

Carey has been successful in so many ways, particularly with dealing with setbacks, yet she always maintains a positive attitude. We wish her continued success in her health and wellness journey.

Nelson finds crossfit

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