Conversations for Health

Designs For Health

Welcome to Conversations for Health, the podcast dedicated to engaging discussions with industry experts, exploring evidence-based, cutting-edge research, and practical tips. Our mission is to empower you with knowledge, debunk myths, and provide you with clinical insights. Join Evelyne weekly for insightful, in-depth interviews and deep dives into evidence-based, emerging research. Immerse yourself in the current landscape of Functional Medicine with an irresistible line-up of industry leaders. read less
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Treating Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain with Functional Medicine with Dr. Jessica Drummond
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Treating Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain with Functional Medicine with Dr. Jessica Drummond
Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC, is the founder and CEO of The Integrative Women’s Health Institute, The Outsmart Endo Health Coaching Program, and the creator of the Women’s Health Coach Certification.  She is passionate about caring for and empowering people who struggle with women’s and pelvic health concerns. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians and wellness professionals in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare.  Dr. Drummond has two decades of clinical experience as a licensed physical therapist, licensed clinical nutritionist, and board-certified health coach working with women with pelvic pain, including endometriosis, vulvodynia, and bladder pain syndrome.  She brings a unique, conservative, and integrative approach to supporting women to overcome hormonal imbalances and chronic pain conditions. She is a sought-after international speaker on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, menopause, and female athlete nutrition.  Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health. Together Dr. Jessica and I discuss pelvic pain conditions, including endometriosis, and her journey with long COVID. She highlights the signs that indicate pelvic pain is more serious than period pain and shares what screening steps to take next to achieve optimal women's health from the earliest stage. She shares resources for supporting women’s health and increasing endometriosis education from school age, defines the relationship of endometriosis, hysterectomies, and fertility, and underscores the importance of starting with the nervous system in healing pelvic pain. She also shares her experience with long COVID as a practitioner and details how her own journey has changed her approach to helping patients heal.    I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us.   Episode Resources: Dr. Jessica Drummond - https://integrativewomenshealthinstitute.com/   Endo What? - https://endowhat.com/   Below the Belt Film - https://www.belowthebelt.film/   Designs for Health - https://www.designsforhealth.com/   Nutrition Blog: Clinical Studies Investigate the Role of Micronutrients to Support Menstrual Comfort - https://www.casi.org/clinical-studies-micronutrients-support-menstrual-comfort   Science Update: Review Explores Role of Micronutrients, Antioxidative Status, and Endometrial Health - https://www.casi.org/role-micronutrients-antioxidative-status-endometrial-health   Science Update: Recent Review Explores Relationship Between Pain Perception and the Gut Microbiome - https://www.casi.org/node/1567 Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. https://www.designsforhealth.com/research-and-education/education   Chapters: 00:00 Intro. 02:16 How common is pelvic pain and what does it encompass?  7:14 Jessica’s background and the career milestones that led her to work with women’s pelvic health. 10:15 Signs that pelvic pain is more serious than period pain and what screening steps to take next.  16:00 Resources for supporting women’s health and increasing endometriosis education from school age.  20:55 The ‘terrible triplets’ of common syndromes that can be addressed by a functional nutrition practitioner can assess for.  22:48 Diagnosing endometriosis at every age of a woman’s life, and the relationship of endometriosis, hysterectomies, and fertility.  28:35 The importance of starting with the nervous system in healing pelvic pain.  32:52 Symptoms and causes of endometriosis, genetic SNPs, and optimizing valve functions.  35:24 Endometriosis surgery requirements, preparations, effectiveness, and recovery. 39:55 Nervous system regulation through effective supplements and physical practices.  44:19 Digestive support and supplements to assist endometriosis healing.  46:05 Jessica’s experience and lessons learned from long COVID as a practitioner.  54:36 Lifestyle and supplement tools that proved helpful to Jessica through long COVID.  1:06:45 Demographics of long COVID risks and sufferers.  1:07:45 Jessica’s supplement list, favorite health practices, and the approach to patients that she has changed her mind about over the years.
Focusing on the Pediatric Gut Microbiome with Dr. Elisa Song
May 15 2024
Focusing on the Pediatric Gut Microbiome with Dr. Elisa Song
Dr. Elisa Song is a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained holistic pediatrician. She founded Whole Family Wellness (formerly Whole Child Wellness), an integrative pediatric practice in Belmont, CA – one of the first and most highly regarded holistic pediatric practices in the country. She also created Healthy Kids Happy Kids – dedicated to empowering parents to take charge of their kids’ health by integrating conventional and functional pediatrics with an evidence-based approach.  Dr. Song is a holistic pediatrician, integrating conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. She is also a lecturer for the Center for Education and Development in Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH), Academy for Pain Research, Institute for Functional Medicine, and Holistic Pediatric Association.   Together Dr. Elisa and I examine the importance of supporting children’s gut microbiome from their very first days to support a long life of health and wellness. She covers the full spectrum of holistic pediatric care, from stress-reducing prenatal care and first solid foods to effective and appropriate supplements and probiotics in the teen years.  She offers a practical approach for practitioners to effectively support their patients and their children’s gut.  Elisa also highlights the dangers of inappropriate levels of antibiotic use and shares a host of supplement recommendations that parents can consider when finding the right balance of functional and traditional medicine for their children.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Episode Resources: Dr. Elisa Song - https://healthykidshappykids.com/   Designs for Health - https://www.designsforhealth.com/   Research Blog: Staying Up-to-Date on Probiotics for Pediatric Health - https://www.casi.org/node/1295 Research Blog: Functional roles of Zinc - https://www.casi.org/node/1193 Research Blog: Benefits of Fiber Intake in Children - https://www.casi.org/node/1631   Research Blog: Potential Benefits for Bovine Colostrum in Pediatric Health - https://www.casi.org/node/1564   Research Blog: Probiotics May Support Pediatric Gastrointestinal Health and Colic in Infants - https://www.casi.org/node/1454   Nutrition Blog: Supporting the Pediatric Allergic Response with Quercetin - https://www.casi.org/node/1630 Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. https://www.designsforhealth.com/research-and-education/education   Chapters: 00:00 Intro 02:26 Dr. Elisa’s steps to incorporate holistic and functional medicine into her pediatric practice.  5:05 Known areas of impact in children’s gut microbiome including the gut-brain connection, the effects of antibiotic use, and the impact on every system in a child’s body. 9:09 The critical importance of a healthy gut microbiome in the first 1,000 days of a developing immune system.  14:31 Timelines for introducing solid foods and the dangers of not properly managing stress while supporting a healthy gut microbiome. 21:08 Tactics for practitioners to effectively support patients through gut-friendly stress management.  26:02 Important facts about the impact of glyphosate and antibiotics on the gut microbiome.  38:14 Tactics for supporting gut health during times when antibiotics are necessary.  42:58 Supplement dosing recommendations for zinc, omega-3, glutamine, and quercetin.  53:26 Elisa’s recommendations for probiotics and daily fiber requirements from infancy through childhood and what she has changed her mind about through her years of practice.  1:01:25 Tactics for supporting a healthy gut microbiome through fermented foods in the diet and flavor learning. 1:07:30 Elimination diet tips and tricks and timelines for success.  1:12:40 Antimicrobial recommendations for children.   1:15:20 Elisa’s personal favorite supplements and top health practices that keep her well.
Proactive Prenatal and Neurodevelopment Care with Dr. Ari Calhoun
May 8 2024
Proactive Prenatal and Neurodevelopment Care with Dr. Ari Calhoun
Dr. Ari Calhoun is a perinatal and pediatric naturopathic doctor and mother of two.  She is the owner and director of Wholesome Brain Medicine, focusing on optimizing neurodevelopment and emotional regulation from the womb onward. As an adjunct faculty of the Medical Academy of Pediatrics, she is a passionate speaker and advocate on the importance of a biomedical approach toward neurodevelopmental disorders. She is licensed by the California Board of Naturopathic Medicine, holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in San Diego, California, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Minor in Clinical Nutrition Sciences from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.   Together Dr. Ari and I dive into the many ways that practitioners can take a proactive stance on prenatal and neurodevelopmental care to support the high-risk profiles of their patients. She shares tactics for mitigating risk and supporting proactive prenatal and neurodevelopmental care through nutrients. She highlights research behind anti-brain antibodies in pregnant moms, details folate receptor antibodies, offers lab recommendations, and explores the need for dairy in most diets. Ari also covers the risks associated with maternal infections, the supplements and lab tests that she recommends for her patients, and the danger of a zinc-copper imbalance. Ari has a wealth of information on these lesser-known topics, and our conversation is filled with a variety of clinical pearls that practitioners can use to help support parents as they navigate prenatal and postpartum care as well as for children with autism. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Episode Resources: Dr. Ari Calhoun   Wholesome Brain Medicine   Designs for Health - https://www.designsforhealth.com/   Nutrition Blog: Choline – A Critical Nutrient During Pregnancy - https://www.casi.org/node/1080   Research Blog: Do Higher Prenatal Choline Levels Mitigate Fetal Impact of Respiratory Infections - https://www.casi.org/node/1274   Research Blog: Autism and Cerebral Folate Deficiency - https://www.casi.org/bid/166694/Autism-and-Cerebral-Folate-Deficiency   Research Blog: Functional roles of Zinc - https://www.casi.org/node/1193   Science Update: Recent Study Explores Impact of Folate Supplementation During Pregnancy on Newborn’s DNA Methylation and Neural Outcomes - https://www.casi.org/node/1596   Science Update: New Study Investigates the Effect of Vitamin D Status during Pregnancy on Infant Neurodevelopment - https://www.casi.org/node/1312 Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. https://www.designsforhealth.com/research-and-education/education   Chapters: 00:00 Intro 02:05 Ari recalls the experiences that fueled her passion for brain health, fertility, and working with children. 04:45 Holistically optimizing neurodevelopment starts with a focused approach to maternal prenatal health. 08:04 The impact of maternal immune activation and inflammation on neurodevelopment.  13:02 Common maternal infections that tend to trigger immune activation, include stress and metabolic conditions. 16:41 Ari highlights safe prenatal nutrients that have been sufficiently studied and optimize prenatal care. 21:39 Details and dosing for zinc, copper, folate, Vitamin C, and other beneficial supplements. 27:00 Research regarding the safety and concerns of melatonin use in pregnancy. 28:49 Ari weighs in on glutathione controversy and Tylenol usage in pregnancy. 32:07 The phenomenon of anti-brain antibodies and their association to severe forms of autism, and key risk factors for mom and baby. 36:51 Determining the appropriate timing for anti-brain antibody testing to proactively support high-risk patient profiles. 38:48 Specialized lab testing recommendations for preconception care based on mom's immune concerns and history of miscarriage. 42:00 Addressing concerns before conception based on the patient's ideal timeline. 44:05 Ari shares the teaching and personal experiences that have shaped her compassion and desire to help parents find answers and solve the pieces of their child's puzzle. 46:18 Pro-resolving mediators can be used in high doses for infection and injury in pregnancy as well as for children with autism. 47:52 The danger of low zinc-to-copper ratios and the mechanisms behind the imbalanced levels. 54:32 Supplementing with zinc and other supplements can be the easy solution to most copper imbalance-related issues. 55:20 Ari highlights the training and experience that she has gained in these little-researched topics. 58:10 Ari shares her top three supplements, her evolving health practices around diet, sleep, and exercise, and the dairy-free idea that she has changed her mind about.
Outsmarting Migraines and Optimizing Pain Management with Dr. Robert Bonakdar
May 1 2024
Outsmarting Migraines and Optimizing Pain Management with Dr. Robert Bonakdar
Dr. Robert Bonakdar is the Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management and Physician Wellness Committees.  He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and is the current president of the American Academy of Pain Management. After completing his family medicine residency he completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic with a focus on integrative pain management.  He has additionally completed the UCLA Acupuncture Course for Physicians and a Richter Fellowship in Southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, Tai Chi, and mind-body practices. His clinical and research interests include integrative approaches to chronic disease management with a focus on pain management and metabolic disease.   Together Dr. Robert and I examine all things migraine.  From the most common triggers and demographics of main sufferers to the importance of education as a tool to help patients combat migraines, Dr. Robert shares a host of information that practitioners can use to empower their patients.  He shares a wide variety of supplements and dietary recommendations that can be used in treatment and underscores the importance of optimizing eye health, prioritizing exercise, limiting caffeine, and other pearls of proactive care for optimal migraine and pain management.   I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us.   Episode Resources: Dr. Robert Bonakdar - https://www.scripps.org/physicians/5903-robert-bonakdar   Designs for Health - https://www.designsforhealth.com/   Research Blog: Predictors of Progression to Chronic Migraine - https://www.casi.org/node/1235   Nutrition Blog: New Ways to Think About CoQ10 Supplementation - https://www.casi.org/node/1362   Nutrition Blog: Topical Uses for Magnesium - https://www.casi.org/node/1389   Research Blog: Ginger for Healthy Muscle Recovery - https://www.casi.org/ginger-for-healthy-muscle-recovery   Educational Webinar: Modernizing Migraine Care: Innovations in Migraine Management - https://www.designsforhealth.com/research-education/library/webinar/modernizing-migraine-care-innovations-in-migraine-management Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. https://www.designsforhealth.com/research-and-education/education   Chapters: 00:00 Intro. 02:26 Dr. Robert recalls the experiences that first piqued his interest in integrative pain management.  3:47 Key differentiators between tension headaches and migraines and the hormonal connection to women sufferers. 6:01 Drugs that are commonly used for migraines and concerns about their mechanisms of action. 9:16 Compounds that routinely affect the gut and brain in accentuating headaches and natural approaches that work for migraines. 11:50 Hormones, cycles, and life events that have the greatest impact on headaches, and genetic SNPs that are connected to headaches. 13:55 The role of central sensitization in pain management for headaches. 16:51 Supplement treatment and dosing for common micronutrient deficiencies that trigger headaches. 24:33 Dietary recommendations that are beneficial in treating migraines and Dr. Robert’s approach to common food sensitivities. 30:38 Overconsumption of caffeine is a common migraine trigger; Dr. Robert offers suggestions on appropriate servings. 32:44 Ketogenic dietary considerations, timelines, and recommendations. 34:55 Compounds, supplements, and herbs that Dr. Robert regularly recommends for migraine treatment. 40:10 The correlation between eye health and migraines, and acute herbal supplement recommendation. 43:10 The power of educating patients about migraines in addition to offering remedies and treatments. 45:12 Dr. Robert’s personal favorite supplements, top wellness practices, and the leaky gut link to migraines that he has changed his mind about.
Optimizing Oral Health Alignment with Dr. Staci Whitman
Apr 24 2024
Optimizing Oral Health Alignment with Dr. Staci Whitman
Doctor Staci Whitman is a Functional Kids’ Dentist in North Portland, Oregon. She is the founder of NoPo Kids Dentistry where she takes a whole-body, holistic, and functional approach with her patients. Doctor Staci attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and worked as a general dentist for 2 years before earning a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She has always been passionate about children’s sleep and airway health, focusing her research in residency on how to improve airway assessments and diagnostic tools in the pediatric population. In 2019, she founded NoPo Kids Dentistry with a mission to practice a whole-body approach to dentistry. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2012 and is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also involved in many organized dentistry groups, including the Holistic Dental Association, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, and the American Association of Ozonotherapy.   Together Dr. Staci and I look into the importance of oral health from a holistic approach.  Starting in the womb with prenatal care, through childhood, and into adult years, she has insights into every stage of optimal oral health.  She shares the key dental health points and patient support that traditional pediatric dentists tend to overlook, including airway assessment tests and the local and systemic roles of the oral microbiome. Dr. Staci highlights considerations for tongue tie correction and palate expanders for adults, the dangers of and alternatives to fluoride, and her recommendations for effective oil pulling, tongue scraping, and mouth washing, all to optimize oral health alignment at every age.   I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us.   Episode Resources: Dr. Staci Whitman   NoPo Kids   Designs for Health   Nutrition Blog: Hydroxyapatite for Dental Enamel and Tooth Integrity   Nutrition Blog: The Potential Role of Oil Pulling in Oral Wellness   Nutrition Blog: The Latest on Probiotics and Periodontal Health   Research Blog: The Synergy of Vitamins D and K on Bone Health   Science Update: Recent Review Explores Potential Connection Between Oral Microbiome and The Immune System   Educational  Webinar: The Oral-Somatic Connection- Impact on Systemic Inflammation Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. Chapters: 00:00 Intro. 02:22 The realization that led Dr. Staci to change her course after beginning her career as a regular dentist.  06:07 The highlights of Dr. Staci’s work as a functional kid’s dentist. 07:47 Key dental health points and patient support that Dr. Staci offers that traditional pediatric dentists tend to overlook. 11:27 Under-mineralized teeth and microplastics findings according to the research. 16:46 Findings from Dr. Staci’s airway assessment and recommendations for patients to overcome airway devolution. 23:21 Considerations for tongue tie correction and palate expanders for adults. 27:22 Insights into the local and systemic roles of the oral microbiome. 31:18 Testing that assesses the 700+ microbes in the mouth. 32:55 Dietary and hygiene recommendations for optimizing oral microbiome health. 37:06 Success stories of switching from fluoride to hydroxyapatite and systemic concerns of overexposure to fluoride. 43:15 Recommendations for effective oil pulling, tongue scraping, and mouth washing. 51:38 Dr. Staci’s favorite supplements, her personal health practices including sleep hygiene and hydration, and the shift she has made toward prioritizing emotional health.
An Integrative Approach to Ocular Health and Nutrition with Dr. Rani Banik
Apr 17 2024
An Integrative Approach to Ocular Health and Nutrition with Dr. Rani Banik
Dr. Rudrani Banik is a Board-certified Ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained Neuro-Ophthalmologist, and Functional Medicine expert. She is fully trained in ophthalmic surgery and Botox, and she has a special interest in treating headaches and migraine. Dr. Banik manages a wide spectrum of conditions affecting vision, as well as the complex connections between the eye and brain. She graduated with a B.A with Honors and M.D. from Brown University. She trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, followed by Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine, and Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Banik is the founder of Envision Health NYC, a private practice based on the Upper East Side in New York City, and is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Banik brings more than 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the eye and brain, combined with a holistic approach, to her own practice.   Together Dr. Rani and I explore the role that functional medicine plays in achieving optimal eye health.  She offers updates on the latest research, shares vitamin recommendations, and highlights the importance of eye exams in understanding overall body health. Rani answers the questions that she hears most often from her patients, including the effectiveness of blue light-blocking glasses, eye drop recommendations, and warnings, and how to meet the daily requirements of natural plant foods in a healthy diet. She also covers the research, food, and supplement recommendations for popular antioxidants and bioflavonoids and offers key talking points for practitioners to engage their patients in optimal eye health. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Episode Resources:   Dr. Rani Banik   Lutemax 2020 Science Overview   Iris: Blue light filter and eye protection software   Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS/AREDS2)   Designs for Health   Science Update: Recent Review Explores Relationship Between Eye Health and Nutrients to Support Antioxidative Status   Science Update: Recent Review Investigates Eye Aging and Supporting Antioxidative Status   Nutrition Blog: Eye Health Effects of Vitamin E Tocotrienols   Nutrition Blog: Nutritional Support for Eye Health   Nutrition Blog: Nutrient Protection Against Photooxidation and Blue Light Exposure   Educational Webinar: Modernizing Migraine Care: Innovations in Migraine Management Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. Chapters: 00:00 Intro 02:10 Dr. Rani recounts her journey from an ophthalmologist and neuro-ophthalmologist facing migraine headaches to a patient of functional medicine. 5:56 Key changes that Rani saw in her migraine and macular degeneration patients once she implemented functional medicine in her ophthalmology practice. 9:35 Indicators of over 200 overall body health conditions can be identified in an eye exam including diabetic retinopathy for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. 12:19 Changes in the retina can indicate warning signs for serious health concerns. 14:02 30 nutrients that are needed for optimal eye health can be broken into 3 main categories of antioxidants, nutrients that support mitochondrial function and energy production, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. 18:04 Recommendations for safe and effective eye drops to address dry eye symptoms. 19:15 Rani’s vitamin recommendations for optimal eye health include optimized forms of Vitamin A and natural antioxidants from macular carotenoids. 25:10 An ophthalmologist’s warning against looking directly into the sun and a reasonable alternative to setting your circadian rhythm. 27:12 Measuring carotenoid concentrations in the retina with Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). 29:50 Natural food and supplement recommendations to maintain healthy levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. 34:00 The negative effect of screen time on eye health needs to be counterbalanced by macular carotenoids and blue light-blocking glasses. 39:30 Research, food, and supplement recommendations for popular antioxidants and bioflavonoids that support eye health. 45:12 Rani’s recommendation for 5 cups of plant foods every day can easily be met with her green smoothie recipe. 46:52 Findings from age-related eye disease studies (AREDS) and key missing links to supporting eye health. 53:43 Rani’s top three personal supplements, prioritized health practices, and individualized journey advice that she has changed her mind about over the years.
Advancements in Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Functional Medicine with Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz
Mar 13 2024
Advancements in Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Functional Medicine with Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz
Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz is the Director of Product Development, Research, and Clinical Support for Designs for Health, Inc., and has been studying nutrition and wellness for the past 17 years. He is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and is an adjunct professor for the Master of Science in Human Nutrition program at the University of Bridgeport as well as Sonoran University of Health Sciences. He is board-certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, and Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Doctor of Chiropractic. He is also a member of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition’s Item Writer’s Committee and a contributor to various professional publications. In addition, Dr. Jurgelewicz specializes in functional medicine in the management of a variety of chronic health conditions.   Together Dr. Jurgelewicz and I discuss autoimmune disease treatments, the third most common cause of chronic illness in women, with functional medicine. He highlights the most common autoimmune diseases, the health stage at which many patients come to work with him, and what he expects from patients from their very first interactions to optimize success. He shares probable outcomes with optimized vitamin levels and dosing preferences for his patients, his autoimmunity supplements preferences, and the rate at which he treats patients with gut-healing herbs and nutrients. As a key player in the development team at Designs for Health, he offers an overview of each phase of his treatment strategy, shares exciting developments in the field of autoimmune research, and underscores some of his all-time favorite product and technology developments in the world of autoimmune research and development. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Episode Resources:   Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz    Clinical Trial: Vitamin D and marine omega 3 fatty acid supplementation and incident autoimmune disease: VITAL randomized controlled trial   Vitamin D inhibits monocyte/macrophage proinflammatory cytokine production by targeting MAPK phosphatase-1   Review: An Update on the Effects of Vitamin D on the Immune System and Autoimmune Diseases   Clinical Trial: Magnesium status and supplementation influence vitamin D status and metabolism: results from a randomized trial The influence of omega-3 supplementation on vitamin D levels in humans: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials   Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Science Update: Recent Trial Investigates Potential Link Between Vitamin D, PUFAs, and Autoimmunity Science Update: Pilot Study Explores Immunomodulatory Actions of Selenium and Vitamin D for Thyroid Health Science Update: New study demonstrates selenium reduces antibody levels in Hashimoto’s patients Science Update: New review demonstrates the role of dietary supplements in thyroid conditions Nutrition Blog: Micronutrients to Support the Autoimmune Response Research Blog: The Immune Supportive Properties of Mushrooms Nutrition Blog: The Versatility of Nigella (Black Cumin) Seeds Nutrition Blog: The Immune Support of Andrographis Research Blog: Serum-derived Bovine Immunoglobulins and Gut Barrier Function Educational Webinar - The Thyroid Reboot with Justin Marchegiani Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog. Chapters: 00:00 Intro 02:30 Michael shares his journey into nutrition and the need for his work with autoimmune disease. 04:53 The most common autoimmune diseases and the health stage at which many patients come to work with Dr. Jurgelewicz. 09:14 Standard procedures and lab tests for patients with positive ANA antibodies. 14:29 Dr. Jurgelewicz shares ideal Omega 3 index and Vitamin D levels and probable outcomes with optimized levels. 20:35 Dosing preferences for patients with low Vitamin D levels and supplement recommendations for stimulators versus modulators. 28:48 Ideal levels for thyroid antibody recommendations and testing guidelines. 32:57 Dr. Jurgelewicz shares his preferences for autoimmunity supplements including medicinal mushrooms, black cumin seed oil, and Andrographis. 37:49 The rate at which Dr. Jurgelewicz is treating patients with gut-healing herbs and nutrients. 40:02 A closer look at the role of immunoglobulins in optimal gut health from a treatment perspective. 42:31 An overview of each phase of Dr. Jurgelewicz’s treatment strategy and the supplements and dietary restrictions he recommends at each stage. 50:20 Exciting developments in the field of autoimmune research including targeted therapies and antibody testing. 53:26 Dr. Jurgelewicz shares his top supplements, favorite health practices, and the testing approach that he has changed his mind about in recent years. 59:28 A bonus question - Dr. Jurgelewicz reveals his favorite product and technology developments at Designs for Health.
How to Approach Environmental Toxins and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals with Lara Adler
Mar 6 2024
How to Approach Environmental Toxins and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals with Lara Adler
Lara Adler is an Environmental Health Educator and Science Communicator who teaches health professionals and individuals with health-based businesses to better understand the role of environmental chemical exposures in causing or contributing to chronic health issues so they can more comprehensively support the clients/patients they serve. She trains practitioners to become experts in everyday toxic exposures to improve client outcomes without spending hundreds of hours researching on their own.  Combining environmental health education and business consulting, she’s helped thousands of health professionals in over 35 countries worldwide elevate their skills, get better results for their clients, and become sought-after leaders in the growing environmental health & detoxification field.   Together Lara and I explore the truth behind the dosing dangers of over 1,400 endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the importance of addressing environmental toxins to clear the noise of the body and optimize health. Lara contextualizes the why behind the chemical and regulatory toxin landscape and explains the common endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in everyday life.  She addresses findings from recent studies, pinpoints the ages and stages of life that are in greatest need of minimizing toxins, and offers clear and simple ways that practitioners can help their patients on the path to reducing environmental toxins.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:30] Lara’s passion for environmental toxins ignited when she was working to combat metabolic-related weight loss resistance. [6:04] Common health issues where toxins are likely a key player. [7:54] Key differentiators between plant or animal-produced toxins and man-made toxins. [9:28] Contextualizing the why behind the chemical and regulatory toxin landscape. [13:42] ‘The dose makes the poison’ – the truth behind this dangerous idea. [21:28] Common endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in everyday life and their impact on receptor bindings. [27:15] The importance of persistence in lowering symptoms for optimal health and other targeted endpoints. [33:41] Vulnerable times for minimizing exposure to toxins, including women of childbearing age. [38:27] Lara highlights the findings from an environmental toxins breast cancer study. [43:00] The power of the increased interest in endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including more research and more findings. [47:58] Common mistakes practitioners make when talking about toxins include sensationalism and fear-mongering. [52:35] Lara’s practical recommendations for starting the conversation with patients about reducing environmental toxins. [1:00:11] Resources to get patients started with optimized environmental health. [1:03:15] Lara’s favorite supplements, prioritized health practices, and the rigid language she has changed her mind about in her years of work.   Episode Resources: Lara Adler Environmental Health Intake Form Clearya App Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: The Role of Toxins in Weight Gain Blog: Creating a Holistic Detox Plan for Sustainable Weight Management Blog: Activated Charcoal’s Role in Clearing Environmental Toxins from the Body Research Blog: Common Pollutants from PFAS Linked to Higher Blood Glucose in Pregnancy Webinar: Beauty and the Beast: The Perverse Relationship Between Environmental Estrogens, Endocrine Function, and Breast Cancer Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
A Practical Approach to Metabolomics and Organic Acids Testing with Dr. Dan Kalish
Feb 28 2024
A Practical Approach to Metabolomics and Organic Acids Testing with Dr. Dan Kalish
Dan Kalish, DC, IFMCP, is the founder of the Kalish Institute For Functional Medicine, an online practice implementation training program dedicated to building Integrative and Functional Medicine practices through clinical and business courses. He has trained over 7,000 practitioners in building successful functional medicine practices. The Kalish Institute teaches clinical application and patient communication techniques through a hands-on, case-based approach.  Dr. Kalish has published a research study on his clinical methods with the Mayo Clinic and is the author of three books on functional medicine.   Together Dr. Kalish and I discuss metabolomics and organic acids testing. He simplifies the complex concepts of organic acids testing, who it would be best for, and how practitioners can incorporate these concepts into their practice. He highlights the four main areas that are included in metabolomic and organic acids tests, the key markers of the tests, and the main deficiencies that are better addressed by these tests over a micronutrient panel.  Our conversation touches on the Krebs cycle, carnitine deficiencies, and practitioner limitations in understanding various pathways. Dan offers recommendations for practitioners to sequentially structure a supplement program and shares information regarding panels, tests that indicate healthy neurotransmitter function, and cortisol insights.  His approach is practical, inspiring, and encouraging for practitioners who are interested in metabolomics and organic acids testing and need to know where to start. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:28] Dr. Kalish offers an overview of his journey in this field and his passion for teaching it to other practitioners. [4:19] The four main areas that are included in metabolomic and organic acids tests, and common patient issues and symptoms that indicate the need for the test. [8:44] Key markers in the test, including lactic and pyruvic acids, and main deficiencies that are addressed in this test versus a micronutrient panel. [13:42] Overcoming the practitioner's limitations of understanding the intricacies of various pathways, including Dan’s favorite pathway beta-oxidation. [19:25] Potential underlying reasons and resulting defects for carnitine deficiencies. [22:34] The most relevant steps in the Krebs cycle in a metabolomic test. [25:04] Common results and recommendations from the individual markers of the metabolomic test. [31:08] The critical role of supplementing with B vitamins in the Krebs cycle. [34:18] Timelines for realizing expected results in patients and the longevity of the vitamin effectiveness. [37:56] Dan’s recommendations for practitioners to sequentially structure a supplement program. [40:15] Markers on organic acids and metabolomic tests that indicate healthy neurotransmitter function and cortisol. [44:25] The full salivary adrenal panel covers three tests and three body systems including HPA analysis or salivary cortisol testing, GI testing, and organic acids testing. [45:35] Determining whether high neurotransmitter markers are clearance issues or issues of being too high starts with acquiring the learning of markers. [51:12] Final questions regarding quinolinic acid and other organic acids. [56:00] How to connect with Dr. Kalish, his changed perspective on microbiome health, and his go-to supplements and health practices.   Episode Resources: Dr. Dan Kalish Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Spotlight™ Functional Wellness Tests Webinar: Spotlight Suite Functional Wellness Tests Blog: Optimizing Micronutrient Status for Energy Metabolism Research Blog: B Vitamins and Overall Stress Response Research Blog: The Latest on Magnesium for Healthy Blood Sugar Support Science Update: Recent Review Explores Potential Relationship Between Magnesium Status and Cardiometabolic Health Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
The Not-So-Secret Power of Supplements in Aging Powerfully with JJ Virgin
Feb 21 2024
The Not-So-Secret Power of Supplements in Aging Powerfully with JJ Virgin
As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ is a passionate advocate of the healing power of nutrition and is mission-driven to change the way the world sees aging and longevity. She has launched 3 multimillion-dollar businesses, including a 7-figure personal brand, and founded the Mindshare Collaborative, the most influential professional community in health. JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, the author of four NY Times bestsellers, and the host of the Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin podcast, which has over 19 million downloads, and one of the original DFH reps.   Together JJ and I take a look at the realities of aging powerfully, especially for women over 40. With over 40 years of experience in the field, JJ is truly an expert at aging intentionally and in ways that will benefit the body over time.  She shares insights into diet, exercise, supplements, tocotrienols, Ozempic, and more. JJ also offers a variety of practical advice that practitioners can share with their patients to improve strength training, regardless of which decade of life they are in, so they can continue to reap its many benefits. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [4:04] What matters to JJ today versus what she thought was important at the beginning of her career. [6:24] The science-backed importance of aging powerfully, not just gracefully. [11:02] Tools that can help patients improve strength training in every decade of their lives. [16:53] DEXA scans and alternative options for tracking bone density changes. [18:58] JJ shares the additions she has made to her diet as she ages powerfully. [25:30] Figuring out the protein piece of the puzzle in your daily diet. [29:45] The immense value of creatine and other essential supplements for women over 40. [37:34] JJ’s experience with tocotrienols and GG- what she calls the most amazing experience that no one is talking about. [42:20] The role of protein quantities in extending a lifespan. [47:12] Concerns of triggering autophagy through fasting and exercise and the importance of putting on muscle to avoid frailty in later years. [49:19] JJ addresses the pros and cons of Ozempic and offers dietary recommendations to maintain quality muscle. [54:15] Suggested steps to take to lose 10-15 pounds and increase muscle mass before turning to Ozempic. [55:53] JJ shares one of her favorite success stories from the Mindshare community. [1:00:29] JJ’s personal health practices that keep her healthy and balanced.   Episode Resources: JJ Virgin JJ Virgin on Instagram Mindshare Collaborative Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Creatine Monohydrate for Healthy Aging and Brain Function Research & Education: Effects of High Protein Intake on Aging, Metabolic Health, and Weight Research & Education: Vitamin E Tocotrienols, Metabolic Health, and Healthy Aging Science Update: Long-term Study Explores Potential Influence of Collagen Supplementation on Bone Health in Postmenopausal Women Research & Education: Intro to Geranylgeraniol Webinar: Geranylgeraniol-A Groundbreaking Anti-Aging Solution from the Amazon White Paper: Geranylgeraniol:  A Novel Nutrient in Healthy Aging Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Cardiovascular Care: Testing and Treating Heart Disease in Women with Dr. Kristine Burke
Feb 14 2024
Cardiovascular Care: Testing and Treating Heart Disease in Women with Dr. Kristine Burke
Kristine Burke, MD is a triple board-certified Functional Medicine physician, entrepreneur, author, educator, and researcher. She is an expert in the reversal and prevention of chronic diseases such as dementia, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. She has a special focus on mold-related illness and its connection to many conditions including research into reversing the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. She teaches Functional Medicine in her role as Asst Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and is the Founder and Medical Director of True Health Center for Functional Medicine in Northern California - a multi-disciplinary practice that delivers personalized primary care with a proprietary data-driven wellness plan that has successfully prevented any heart attacks from occurring among its patients for over a decade.    Together Dr. Burke and I tackle the topic of the leading cause of death in women – heart disease.  Our conversation centers around tactics for improving cardiovascular care in women, including detection, hormonal insights, testing, and treatment particularly for peri- and postmenopausal women. She challenges possible reasons that cardiovascular health has not been not a main concern for many health practitioners and patients, and underscores the importance of supporting balanced hormones and a healthy endothelial glycocalyx.  Dr. Burke shares a variety of clinical pearls for practitioners and highlights the evolving ideas and tactics that she has embraced as additional testing and research has become available in the world of cardiovascular health over her 30 year career, resulting in healthier, stronger aging women.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:26] Dr. Burke’s transition from traditional to integrative and functional medicine was fueled by the positive results she was seeing in women.  [4:58] What students can expect from the introductory course to functional medicine at Loma Linda University, and the impact of the course in a variety of professional settings. [7:28] The detection and hormonal reasons behind the increasing risk of heart disease as the number one killer of women.  [9:36] Insights into bioidentical hormone replacement and balance for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in cardiovascular and brain health. [12:13] Possible reasons that female cardiovascular health is not a key concern for patients and practitioners. [14:49] Symptoms associated with the majority of Dr. Burke’s peri- and postmenopausal patients.  [16:37] Key tests that Dr. Burke offers beyond the conventional cholesterol panel work, including an advanced lipid profile and particle risk profiles.  [22:27] Dr. Burke’s membership-based program gives patients access to multiple scans and tests throughout the year and a multifaceted team of doctors, dietitians and health coaches.  [26:26] Diet and lifestyle recommendations for effective cardiovascular disease prevention.  [35:30] The role that alcohol plays in cardiovascular health, particularly in the United States. [38:07] Practitioner recommendations for explaining endothelial glycocalyx as it relates to the different pathways of nitric oxide production.  [46:02] Dr. Burke shares powerful success stories of working with the endothelial glycocalyx.  [48:53] The role of Arterosil in supporting the healthy endothelial glycocalyx and changes to macular degeneration and neuropathy in clinical practices.  [52:36] Dr. Burke considers potential applications for Vascanox, including poor circulation, erectile dysfunction, and possibly to address lymphedema and encouraging lymphatic flow. [56:15] Dr. Burke shares her personal favorite supplements, her resilience health practices and one of the many health ideas she has changed her mind about over her years of practice.    Episode Resources: Dr. Kristine Burke Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Research Blog: The Postmenopausal Decline of Estrogen and How it May Influence Cardiovascular Health Blog: The Latest Research on Antioxidative Status for Optimal Cardiovascular Health Blog: The Intelligent Inner Lining of Blood Vessels: Nutrients that Support Vascular Health Research Blog: Exploring the Dual Pathways and Nutrients for Enhanced Nitric Oxide Production Research Blog: The Role of the Oral Microbiome on Nitric Oxide Production and Healthy Blood Pressure Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Optimizing Heart Health Through Prevention and Early Detection with Dr. Michael Twyman
Feb 7 2024
Optimizing Heart Health Through Prevention and Early Detection with Dr. Michael Twyman
Dr. Michael Twyman is a heart attack prevention expert, the founder of Apollo Cardiology, and a board-certified cardiologist. He is also a veteran who served as a Medical Corp physician in the Navy and now works out of St. Louis to integrate conventional and functional medicine to get to the root cause of his patients' cardiovascular issues. He serves as the Cardiovascular Director for the Institute of Muscle-centric Medicine and is recognized nationally as a speaker regarding cardiovascular risk and more. His mission is to help his patients live better and longer lives by optimizing their mitochondrial function to become heart attack-proof.   Together Dr. Twyman and I explore what it takes to not only treat but effectively prevent heart disease. He offers a high-level overview for practitioners to help patients become heart attack-proof by preventing cardiovascular disease from taking hold at an early age. He highlights the four main levers to optimize health, including exercise, stress mitigation, sleep, and sunlight, and shares clinical pearls addressing testing and dosing, as well as the relationship between the endothelium and nitric oxide.  He shares the success stories he has seen in protecting the glycocalyx and endothelium and offers insights into the role that AI will play in the future of heart attack-proofing patients. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:17] Dr. Twyman highlights his journey from conventional to integrative and functional medicine. [4:04] A high-level overview of helping patients become heart attack-proof by preventing cardiovascular disease from taking hold at an early age. [6:02] Dr. Twyman’s ‘starter pack’ recommendations for practitioners when testing for cardiovascular health. [13:00] Devices that Dr. Twyman utilizes include the endopap and Max Pulse. [13:24] An overview of the pathways by which nitric oxide is produced and the importance of it in heart health. [16:08] The impact of smoking and vaping on a healthy oral microbiome. [18:26] Optimizing nitric oxide production in the body through exercise, sunlight, and protected circadian rhythms. [24:50] Recommendations for effective utilization of photobiomodulation, or light therapy, in optimizing patient health. [31:02] Ingredients and dosing recommendations in supplements and nutrients when raising nitric oxide production. [34:57] Positive effects that Dr. Twyman has seen in his patients when using products like Vascanox. [36:52] Addressing the oral microbiome in effective ways that will reduce damage and protect the glycocalyx and endothelium. [39:55] Dr. Twyman’s success stories in protecting the glycocalyx and endothelium. [41:50] An overview of the relationship between the endothelium and nitric oxide. [43:00] Determining when to use arterial preventative products before plaque is present. [44:10] The relationship between erectile dysfunction and endothelial dysfunction, and Dr. Twyman’s clinical pearls when treating both. [47:27] Recommendations for utilizing the Cleerly Scan when identifying and quantifying heart plaque. [51:38] Dr. Twyman highlights the technology and testing features he is excited about in the field of cardiovascular medicine. [52:56] Dr. Twyman reveals what he has changed his mind about over his years of practice, his personal favorite supplements, and the health practices that keep him healthy and resilient.   Episode Resources: Dr. Michael Twyman Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Exploring the Dual Pathways and Nutrients for Enhanced Nitric Oxide Production Blog: The Intelligent Inner Lining of Blood Vessels: Nutrients that Support Vascular Health Nutrition Notes: The Intelligent Inner Lining of Blood Vessels: Nutrients that Support Vascular Health Webinar: The Supplement Toolbox - Research on Glycocalyx Regeneration and Nitric Oxide Webinar: The Role of the Endothelial Glycocalyx in Cardiovascular Disease Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
A Functional Medicine Approach to Hypertension with Dr. Mark Houston
Jan 31 2024
A Functional Medicine Approach to Hypertension with Dr. Mark Houston
Dr. Mark Houston, Internist, and hypertension and cardiovascular specialist, is the cofounder of The Hypertension Institute, which immediately received national acclaim as one of the leading Institutes in the US for the treatment of hypertension and related cardiovascular disorders. Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures, nationally and internationally, and published over 250 medical articles, and scientific abstracts in peer-reviewed medical journals, books, and book chapters. He is an author, teacher, clinician, and researcher and is triple-boarded in hypertension as an American Society of Hypertension (ASH) specialist and Fellow of the American Society of Hypertension (FASH), Internal Medicine (ABIM), and Anti-aging Medicine (ABAARM). He also has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a Master of Science degree in Functional and Metabolic Medicine from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Together Dr. Houston and I discuss a functional medicine approach to hypertension, including supplements, diagnosis, endophilia glycocalyx, and more. He shares hypertension statistics, why high blood pressure is so prevalent in the US, and the consequences of high blood pressure that physicians need to share with their patients. He offers insights into clinical trials and results of key blood pressure testing, the nutrients, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes that can better support endophilia dysfunction, and key diet and lifestyle recommendations for hypertension including meat, fish oil, and sodium chloride intake. As Dr. Houston notes, hypertension can be impacted by both genetics and environment, and our conversation is filled with clinical pearls for physicians to share with their patients today for healthier blood pressure tomorrow. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:45] Dr. Houston shares the family history that started his journey into integrative medicine. [4:32] Hypertension statistics, why it is so prevalent in the US, and the consequences of high blood pressure that physicians need to share with their patients. [7:06] Correctly diagnosing hypertension starts with properly testing blood pressure in the office and prescribing the correct medication to be taken at the right time of day. [12:03] Key concerns with medicines that result in low blood pressure and appropriate testing options. [15:57] The pathophysiology of hypertension as it relates to the arteries and endophilia glycocalyx. [18:32] Nutrients, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes that can better support endophilia dysfunction to enhance nitrous oxide production and viability. [20:23] Dr. Houston highlights the clinical trials and results of key blood pressure testing. [24:17] Blood pressure medications and common nutrients that can be helpful for reducing blood pressure. [28:47] The relationships between nitric oxide production and the endothelial lining. [31:02] Physical improvements that accompany increased nitric oxide production and its potential impact on low blood pressure. [33:05] Dr. Houston’s diet and lifestyle recommendations for hypertension including meat, fish oil, and sodium chloride intake. [38:38] The impact of genetics, stress, and exercise on hypertension. [44:10] The connection between the oral microbiome and blood pressure and cardiovascular health. [46:36] The relationship between iron and cardiovascular health. [49:03] Dr. Houston shares what he is most excited about in the future of the field of integrative and functional cardiology. [52:14] Dr. Houston highlights the greatest change he made over the course of his career, his three personal favorite supplements, and his preferred health practices.   Episode Resources: Dr. Mark Houston Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Exploring the Dual Pathways and Nutrients for Enhanced Nitric Oxide Production Blog: The Intelligent Inner Lining of Blood Vessels: Nutrients that Support Vascular Health Nutrition Notes: The Intelligent Inner Lining of Blood Vessels: Nutrients that Support Vascular Health Webinar: The Supplement Toolbox - Research on Glycocalyx Regeneration and Nitric Oxide Webinar: The Role of the Endothelial Glycocalyx in Cardiovascular Disease Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Optimizing Elite Athlete Performance and Combating RED-S with Jill Lane
Jan 24 2024
Optimizing Elite Athlete Performance and Combating RED-S with Jill Lane
In addition to being a mom of 3, Jill Lane has spent over 15 years consulting, coaching, and teaching functional nutrition and exercise physiology. Her passion for helping pro athletes, sports families, and high achievers attain maximum strength, quick recovery, heightened energy, sharp focus, and optimal body fat for peak performance has become the cornerstone of her business. Some of her current and past clients include coaches and players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB as well as aspiring MMA and Olympic athletes. As a former High School All-American, Olympic Development Team Member, Collegiate, and Semi-Pro athlete herself, Jill has a clear understanding of what competitive athletes require to achieve and sustain their personal best. Her mission to support the next generation of student-athlete leaders (as well as those who lead them daily) comes full circle in her event, program, and academy called Fueling Champions™. Fueling Champions follows Jill’s proprietary 3-step process, FEED, LEAD, SUCCEED so families of student-athletes can achieve healthy success, together. Together Jill and I discuss the health challenges facing elite student and professional athletes and the role that practitioners can play in optimizing their performance. Jill highlights the negative impact of RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport), the importance to functional medicine practitioners of understanding RED-S, and offers tactics to help practitioners have more effective conversations with their patients. Together we address key supplements for athletes, including protein intake, fish oil, and Vitamin D. Jill also offers recommendations based on her vast experience for injury prevention and illness reduction and shares the advice that practitioners need to hear to keep their elite athletes on the field, in the pool, or on the track. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:02] Jill’s journey into sports nutrition was born out of necessity and personal experience. [5:02] Key changes Jill has seen in performance nutrition in recent years. [7:15] RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) in a timeline and a detailed description of chronic low energy availability. [17:05] The importance to functional medicine practitioners of understanding RED-S and having effective conversations with patients about it. [19:44] The negative impact of RED-S on hormone, bone, and organ development. [22:38] 3 effective communication tactics for setting student-athletes up for optimal performance. [29:21] Key macronutrient needs differences between endurance and strength athletes. [32:22] RED-S intake form resources for practitioners and the importance of raising awareness. [36:47] Nutritionally supporting clients in injury prevention and returning to performance. [45:04] Protein powder age and dosing recommendations. [46:45] Fish oil and Vitamin D action items for injury prevention and risk reduction. [49:26] Evelyn shares an encouraging supplement concussion recovery success story. [52:34] The importance of using Certified For Sports products for all athletes. [58:12] Jill’s top three personal supplements, favorite health practices, and the viewpoint on carbohydrates that she has changed her mind about throughout her career.   Episode Resources: Jill Lane 2014 IOC Consensus Statement on RED-S 2023 BJSM RED-S Update Nicky Keay RED-S Endocrine diagram paper Injury and Rehab Nutrition  Fueling Champions Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Krill Oil for Muscle Health and Recovery Science Update: Meta-analysis Investigates Efficacy of Vitamin D Supplementation on Bone Health Blog: The Synergy of Vitamins D and K on Bone Health Sports Performance Protocol Nutrition Notes: Fuel Exercise Properly Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
The Sales Side of Supplements: Building Better Businesses and Bodies with Laura Frontiero
Jan 17 2024
The Sales Side of Supplements: Building Better Businesses and Bodies with Laura Frontiero
Laura Frontiero, FNP-BC, has served thousands of patients as a Nurse Practitioner over the last 22 years. Her work in the health industry marries both traditional and functional medicine. Laura’s wellness programs help her high-performing clients boost energy, renew mental focus, feel great in their bodies, and be productive again. She believes that to create optimal wellness we need to identify and clear the root causes of our health problems first, usually toxins and chronic infections, then eliminate inflammation, and restore gut and mitochondria health. In addition to clinical medicine, Laura is a Master Leadership Trainer who has mentored hundreds of students on shifting mindset and being responsible for their health. Her mission is to help them navigate the myths in modern medicine, eliminate negative self-limiting beliefs, remove toxins from the body, and restore health for peak performance.   Together Laura and I explore clinical and business topics, including building an audience, scaling a business up, optimizing supplement sales, and gut repair, dietary changes, and supplement recommendations. As someone who successfully 4Xed her business in one year, Laura openly shares the business tactics, numbers, and strategies she has employed as a nurse practitioner turned functional health consultant.  She highlights the triumphs and struggles of becoming a business owner and reflects on the impact that she now has on helping people around the world get results that work.  Laura also reveals the missing pieces to find the true root cause of nutrient deficiencies, including chronic hidden infections and toxins, and offers valuable advice and insights for patients, practitioners, business owners, and anyone ready to make lasting changes toward a healthier lifestyle. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:34] Laura highlights her transition from Kaiser to the fulfilling work that she offers clients today. [5:40] Building a successful business starts with offering high-ticket, high-commitment coaching. [8:03] Laura shares real numbers for her private health coaching and functional lab testing services. [9:52] Transitioning into the group model, for Laura, was the critical next step for scaling her business. [16:25] Webinars, seminars, and other strategies for building an audience and attracting high-quality clientele. [21:50] The danger of perfectionism in building a business that effectively serves others. [22:58] A profile of Laura’s ideal avatar, or person she is speaking to, and how she crafts her message directly to them. [26:20] Adopting a mindset that allows you to give away your knowledge and concepts without giving away your proprietary formula. [32:11] Guidelines for determining how to reinvest back into your business at every stage. [38:55] The critical role of a top-caliber customer service team as your business scales. [42:50] Selling between $100,000 and $200,000 of supplements per month is easy when people are getting optimal results. [44:25] Tremendous results start with identifying the true root cause of health problems that were stealing nutrients. [47:20] GI map testing, toxin testing, and gut health repair steps that Laura takes to prompt the body back toward health. [49:20] Top supplements that Laura utilizes to promote gut and mitochondrial health. [55:30] Laura’s favorite supplements and health practices to combat stress, toxins, and sleep disruptions.   Episode Resources: Laura Frontiero Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Mastering the Microbiome and Optimizing Gut Health with Dr. Tom Fabian
Dec 13 2023
Mastering the Microbiome and Optimizing Gut Health with Dr. Tom Fabian
Dr. Fabian is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function, chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focus is on the clinical application of microbiome research in the integrative and functional medicine space. He received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has worked as a biomedical researcher in the biotechnology industry, and more recently, as a consultant in the microbiome testing field. Currently, Dr. Fabian serves as a translational science consultant and science advisor with Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory, and he is also a Science Advisory Board member with Designs for Health. He is also certified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.   Together Dr. Fabian and I discuss the essential role of the microbiome in gut health, food sensitivities, histamine intolerance, and more. He shares a variety of clinical pearls regarding histamine-producing microbes, short-chain fatty acids, and digestive enzymes, and addresses the prevalence of parasites in the general population.  Dr. Tom offers encouraging insights and practical recommendations for anyone who is looking for ways to heal their gut and maximize their microbiome. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:07] Tom shares how he became interested in the microbiome and a snapshot of a regular day as a translational science consultant. [6:52] The role of the microbiome and specific microbes in food sensitivities and common food reactions. [15:49] Oral tolerance and key distinguishers between and mass cell and histamine activation. [18:44] The role of good bacteria in interacting with the species that produce histamine. [23:15] Overgrowths of histamine-producing microbes are commonly found in patients with food reactions. [27:35] Delimitation factors for recommendations for digestive enzymes and recommendations for taking supplemental DAO. [29:30] The likelihood of achieving perfect gut health after testing and treatments. [30:51] Clinical pearls regarding indicators in major short-chain fatty acids. [34:14] Considerations for major histamine-producing intolerances that are not accompanied by gut-related symptoms. [37:22] Insights into repairing and regenerating the gut barrier and protocol recommendations. [43:01] Dr. Tom’s antimicrobial duration and cycling factors and recommendations. [47:45] General prevalence of parasite testing, measurements, and treatments. [50:30] Findings and recommendations from low FODMAP diet studies. [58:22] Dr. Tom’s evolving health mindset, his favorite personal supplements, and preferred health practices. Episode Resources: Dr. Tom Fabian Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Histamine Intolerance and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Any Connection? Blog: Recent Review Explores Relationship Between Gut Microbiome Integrity and Healthy Aging Blog: Recent Review Explores Potential Relationship Between Food Allergy and the Gut Microbiome Blog: Recent Review Explores Relationship Between the Gut Microbiome and Certain Neurodegenerative Diseases Blog: Recent Review Explores Potential Connection Between Oral Microbiome and The Immune System Blog: Recent Review Investigates Potential Link Between Cardiovascular Health, Inflammation, and the Gut Microbiome Webinar: Phytochemicals-Keys to Optimizing Microbiome and Mucosal Health with Dr. Tom Fabian Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Empowering the Mom Doctor with Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Elana Roumell
Dec 6 2023
Empowering the Mom Doctor with Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Elana Roumell
Dr. Elana Roumell is a pediatric naturopathic doctor and mom of 3 with a mission to teach moms how to safely be a Doctor Mom. She teaches parents how to transform their fear, panic and overwhelm when their child is sick into feeling calm, competent, and confident to prevent illness and treat sickness wisely. She is the founder of The Doctor Mom membership with over a thousand members and host of The Doctor Mom podcast, and with almost 2 million downloads she has helped inspire moms around the world.    This episode of Designs for Health focuses on children’s health with a special focus on GI and immune health. Together we discuss the insights into the body that can be gained from childhood illnesses and the importance of sickness in developing a strong immune system. Elana shares her recommendations for gut health testing and probiotic usage and offers her advice to parents who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the compounding environmental toxins and genetic factors that seem to be working against children’s health. Parents and practitioners alike will be encouraged by her perspective and wisdom.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:10] Dr. Elana’s journey to pediatric-focused naturopathic medicine started with a family tragedy.  [4:18] Common concerns and anxiety-provoking topics that Elana regularly addresses including vaccines, eczema, constipation and frequent illness.  [6:06] What parents should considered a ‘normal’ frequency of illnesses and why being sick is not a bad thing.  [9:07] Elana’s 3-pronged approach to and recommendations for treating less severe illnesses.  [11:44] Vitamin D, DHA and EPA in fish oil and probiotics dosing recommendations for children.  [18:01] Recent gut testing in children shows that mold toxicity and other environmental factors continue to be a threat to children’s health.  [21:34] Recommendations for gut health testing in children are based on the severity of symptoms and parental compliance – Elana shares her standard protocol.  [26:44] Probiotic recommendations for the times when antibiotics need to be taken.  [29:41] Tactics for dealing with picky eaters when improving gut health.  [33:30] Eczema insights, considerations and recommendations.  [38:09] Mold toxicity and genetic susceptibility and indicators that suggest testing for mycotoxins.  [41:06] The value of herbal medicine in treating hyperactivity and lack of focus in children.  [43:35] The powerful benefits of limiting screetime and social media during childhood.  [47:01] Elana’s transition from in-person practicing to online practicing – ‘I’m living my dream’.  [53:17] Elana’s healthful parenting mindset has shifted over the years, her personal favorite health practices and supplements, and the adaptogens she takes as a nursing mom.  Episode Resources: Dr. Elana Roumell The Doctor Mom Membership Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Staying Up-to-Date on Probiotics for Pediatric Health Blog: Probiotics and Children’s Gut Health Blog: Recent Review Explores the Impact of Vitamin D Deficiencies in Children Blog: Recent Study Investigates Potential Correlation Between Vitamin D Status and Bone Fracture Risk in Pediatric Populations Blog: Research Study Explores the Effects of Supplementation with Omega-3 on Behavioral Health in Preschool-aged Children Blog: The Latest on PUFAs and the Pediatric Allergic Response Webinar: Children's Digestive Care: The Role of the Gut and Microbiome in Pediatric Health & Disease Lindsey Wells – Managing Pediatric Post-Infectious Syndromes, including PANS and PANDAS Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Designing a Healthier Health Practice: A Lesson in Better Business with Dr. Z
Nov 29 2023
Designing a Healthier Health Practice: A Lesson in Better Business with Dr. Z
Dr. Brandy Zachary is a powerful and unique functional medicine teacher and award-winning practice owner. She has taken functional practices from zero to $1.8 million in mere months and has worked with thousands of health entrepreneurs on their branding, marketing, sales, speaking, clinical and practice strategies. Dr. Z helps practitioners grow 6 and 7 figure business and is passionate about the business of health and rapid practice growth.    This episode of Designs for Health shifts gears away from the clinical side to all things business. Together we explore the common problems that overworked, under compensated health practice owners face and the strategies that will help them develop a better business.  We discuss essential business growth practices, including effective marketing, building a better team and her recommended business tools. Dr. Z is on a mission to help burnt-out practitioners improve their quality of life, consider their own needs and long-term future first, and craft a  practice that they are excited to continue working in for years to come.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:10] Dr. Z’s transition into functional medicine and a health practice consultation business that she directs from Mexico.  [5:52] Tactics for rapid business growth including teaching and sharing content with others.  [7:11] Essential business growth practices include effective marketing, an attractive offer and fulfillment.  [9:15] Ideas for improving communication and engaging clientele at in-person events.  [10:22] Dr. Z’s Practice Plan and mentorship models help practitioners focus on their long-term plan.  [15:35] Bringing on additional practitioners is not the only answer to creating a dream practice. [17:08] First steps to move away from the daily grind that burns out so many health professionals. [19:38] Strategies for forging effective collaborations between health practitioners and nutritionists and health coaches.  [24:00] The importance of maintaining a health license even after leaning into health coaching.  [27:56] Best practices for creating successful ads in today’s today’s saturated marketing world.  [33:16] No cost consults are sales calls that will increase interest, but may not be the best route to generate business.   [37:11] Tactics for reconciling the high costs associated with dedicated care with the desire to help as many patients as possible. [45:32] Dr. Z’s top tools for enhancing your functional medicine business and bringing the right people onto your team.  [54:12] How to connect with Dr. Z.  [55:10] The business tools that Dr. Z has changed her mind about using in recent years, her favorite supplements and preferred health practices.  Episode Resources: Dr. Brandy Zachary The Practice Plan The Dr. Z Academy Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Dietary Supplement Specialist Certification Program Designs for Health Spotlight Functional Testing eLearning How Dr. Brandy Zachary Reinvented her Functional Medicine Practice Online Educational Webinar: Our Nutrition and Weight Loss Practice - "The Chemistry of Food" with Dr. Brandy Zachary Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Supplementing Your Health: The Facts Behind Natural Products Research with Dr. Chris D’Adamo
Nov 22 2023
Supplementing Your Health: The Facts Behind Natural Products Research with Dr. Chris D’Adamo
Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyles, environmental exposures, and genetics on human health and wellness. He received his PhD in epidemiology, is the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board at Designs for Health.    Together we explore key differences in clinical trials in the pharma and natural product spaces, the benefits of third-party testing, and the many challenges of getting natural product studies approved.  Dr. Chris highlights his preferred supplements and lifestyle practices, offers advice to help practitioners guide their patients in supplement usage, and details the underrated, research-identified supplements that should be implemented in more diets for optimal health.  I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [1:20] The current state and challenges of natural products research. [3:00] Common hurdles to getting studies approved by the Institutional Review Board. [4:36] The impact of the Dietary Health and Supplementation Act (DSHEA) on identifying supplements as regulated food, not drugs. [5:15] Key differences between clinical trials in pharma and the natural product space. [6:55] Funding studies and the standard cost of IND trials. [8:26] Tactics for more effectively evaluating the findings of clinical trials. [11:00] Accounting for the genetic and dietary factors that affect the whole health of patients in research. [13:07] Chris shares advice for practitioner considerations when choosing a dietary supplement. [14:36] Resources for practitioners to help patients make informed decisions about supplement usage. [16:32] Top underrated supplements based on research that has demonstrated effectiveness. [21:44] Major nutrient deficiencies that are commonly identified in the research include Vitamin D and magnesium. [23:17] Reasons that doctors and insurance have stopped covering Vitamin D testing and treatments. [25:18] Research-backed facts addressing the dangers and benefits of protein intake in humans and animals. [30:13] Chris highlights his personal favorite supplements, his research on collagen, and his favorite health practices. [35:48] The importance of nasal breathing and other practices Chris has changed his mind about. Episode Resources: Chris D’Adamo   DSHEA Clinical Trial Registration Examine Mytavin The NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Effects of Creatine on Brain Health and Function Blog: L-Carnitine for Energy Production and Beyond Blog: Creatine – Benefits Beyond Exercise Blog: Applications of the Antioxidant, Astaxanthin Blog: Research Review: Glucosamine and Chondroitin in Osteoarthritis Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.
Healing Your Gut and Your Relationship with Gluten with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
Nov 15 2023
Healing Your Gut and Your Relationship with Gluten with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized and sought-after speaker specializing in wheat, its impact on health, and the development of autoimmune diseases as they occur inside and outside the gut. Dr. Tom is the author of You Can Fix Your Brain and The Autoimmune Fix, the creator of the documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Solution They’re Not Telling You” and he holds teaching positions with the Institute of Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences.   Together we discuss the dangers of going gluten-free, the history behind autoimmune disease, the power of employing different antibodies, molecular mimicry in the gut, and more. Dr. Tom shares his knowledge and passion about gluten and autoimmune conditions and doesn’t shy away from the facts about what it will take to heal an adult’s relationship with gluten. I’m your host, Evelyne Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us. Key Takeaways: [2:05] Dr. Tom’s interest in gluten and autoimmune conditions initially developed from infertility issues. [5:55] Distinguishing gluten sensitivity from wheat sensitivity and celiac disease from non-celiac disease. [9:48] The four horsemen of Celiac research, their findings, and the tests that are being conducted on gluten sensitivity. [12:30] Labs that test IGG and IGA and the surprising lack of accurate results. [17:03] The value of lab testing sequences and specific genetic testing. [21:12] Details of the most commonly tested protein in wheat and their actions. [28:25] The key cause of intestinal permeability and leaky gut in every single human. [30:52] The negative impact of glyphosate on our food supply. [33:55] Dr. Tom’s son is a living example of a healthy microbiome. [34:42] The revealing relationship between memory B-cells and gluten. [39:09] Humans have been negatively reacting to wheat through transient permeability for over a century. [43:05] Five elements of the perfect storm that activate wheat-related disorders including genetics and environmental triggers. [48:22] Details regarding elevated zonulin and the transient leaky gut. [49:35] Autoimmune antibodies and their relationship with the thyroid. [52:52] Dr. Tom’s approach to teaching patients to implement effective gluten-free diets. [58:46] Rebuilding the microbiome and employing the digestive enzymes that actually work. [59:33] Dr. Tom’s favorite personal supplements and health practices and the key knowledge he has gained over the course of his career. Episode Resources: Tom O’Bryan   House Plants Are Air Purifiers   The Dangers of a Gluten-free Diet   Nutritional Wheat Amylase-Trypsin Inhibitors Promote Intestinal Inflammation via Activation of Myeloid Cells   All disease begins in the (leaky) gut: role of zonulin-mediated gut permeability in the pathogenesis of some chronic inflammatory diseases Design for Health Resources: Designs for Health Blog: Serum-derived Bovine Immunoglobulins and Gut Barrier Function Blog: Polyphenols May Support the Body’s Response to Increased Intestinal Permeability Blog: The Relationship Between Histamine Intolerance and Gastrointestinal Health Blog: How Diet Guards Against Leaky Gut Blog: Supportive Role Probiotics Play on Gut-Brain Axis and Mood Health, According to Recent Review Blog: The Adaptogen Advantage Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.