Episode 21 – How Karen Parrott is Winning the Battle of Obesity by Being Data-Driven

Episode 21 – How Karen Parrott is Winning the Battle of Obesity by Being Data-Driven

How do you know if what you’re doing to improve your health is working? If you’re not tracking your changes, it’s nearly impossible to understand. Karen Parrott overcame her lifelong struggle with obesity through a low-carb diet using data-driven tracking. She supports her weight maintenance by continuing to track her progress with Heads Up Health, where she can link all her data and see what’s working and what isn’t.

A Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Karen Parrott is also a single mother who works full-time and commutes 2+ hours. Yet Karen managed to take control of her health after struggling with her weight for 40 years. After yo-yo dieting and stress-eating for some time, Karen realized she’d have to make some changes if she was going to turn her health around. When she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Karen decided it was time to take her health into her own hands. She began tracking her health data and became her own advocate for testing. Through diet, tracking and lifestyle changes, Karen has successfully lost over 70 pounds — and kept it off — for 6+ years!

Listen to Karen’s interview with Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, as they discuss her health journey, nerd out over her numbers via the tracking she’s done through apps connected to Heads Up Health.

Karen blogs at www.gardengirlkp.blogspot.com, is active on Twitter and Instagram, and shares her photography work on Instagram under a separate account.

“We live in a world where the odds are not in our favor against developing a disease.  People who monitor their health learn their body.” – Dave Korsunsky

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Karen Parrott’s story, background, and why she’s a data geek who loves tracking her health with Heads Up Health [4:25]
  • As a Heads Up Health beta user, she was able to merge data from My Fitness Pal, Fitbit, and Apple Health to deepen her understanding of what was changing in her body [5:30]
  • How she participated in an intermittent fasting study with Dr. Satchin Panda in July of 2016 and the changes she saw [6:00]
  • Why she tracked her own data simultaneously through Heads Up Health while participating in the study with Dr. Satchin Panda to help her get the results she wanted [6:50]
  • How you can change the times you eat during the day and not necessarily have to change the quantities of food to improve your desired results [9:50]
  • Why finishing your last meal of the day by 6pm can improve your sleep, which can be tracked with your Oura ring [10:30]
  • How she was able to go back through the data when her cholesterol began rising to see what had changed [14:00]
  • That her A1c was stuck at 5.5 – 5.4 but when she started intermittent fasting she dropped to 5.0 – 4.8, which she was able to see because she had the data to make the connection [16:00]
  • About empowering yourself to track your own info and make your own changes to achieve the goals you are reaching for [16:30]
  • How her doctor wanted to put her on a statin as her cholesterol levels elevated, so she ordered her own lab testing and convinced her doctor to order a coronary artery calcium score to see what her risk for heart attack really looked like [17:30]
  • About the psychology of eating and Carole Freeman’s recent podcast with Heads Up Health [28:35]
  • How Karen was able to look back at her struggle with weight, her ability to abstain from triggers and where she was most successful with weight maintenance [29:15]
  • How she found out, through testing her genes, that she has an extra gene for ghrelin production which means she can even overeat things like ribeye (why she’s diligent in tracking her food intake) [37:15]
  • Karen talks about her triggers for overeating and her strategies to quell those urges [39:40]
  • Karen and Dave nerd out over the numbers and tracking with Heads Up Health – see YouTube Video (coming soon) [41:50]
  • What metrics Karen has found most helpful in her tracking [53:20]
  • How even though Karen’s doctor’s health system doesn’t connect to Quest, she can pull it up on Heads Up Health and show her doctor her own health data and trends [54:45]
  • Karen’s advice to anyone struggling with obesity that’s starting down their own path; why tracking –and continuing to revise your plan —  is so important, to keep you moving in the right direction [59:40]

References

Karen Parrott’s blog

Found My Fitness Podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda

Salk Institute Dr. Panda

Cholesterolcode.com

Dr. Brian Lenzkes

The Low Carb Cardiologist Dr. Bret Scher

Jeff Kotterman Trainer

Dave Feldman

The Feldman Protocol

Amy Berger’s Coronary Artery Calcium blog post

Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Ted Naiman

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Episode 20 – Biohacking Mental Illness Using Keto for Bipolar: How to Become Your Own Detective | Carrie Brown

Episode 20 – Biohacking Mental Illness Using Keto for Bipolar: How to Become Your Own Detective | Carrie Brown

Is biohacking mental illness even possible? In this podcast episode, learn how Carrie Brown became her own detective to heal her mind and body using her “seek the tweak” approach and how she used keto for bipolar to optimize her health and live her best life. Listen to Carrie talk about her experience with Bipolar II Disorder and how she has biohacked mental illness through tracking health data, a keto for bipolar diet, MTHFR support, supplements and lifestyle changes.

Now completely medicine-free, she maintains a healthy mental outlook by understanding what her body needs and how to support it.

If you’ve ever felt even a little bit of that darkness, you know that it isn’t something you can talk or will your way out of. Your body is literally starving for what it needs, and while a pharmaceutical may be necessary to help you while finding your root causes, you do not have a medication deficiency.

After years of being crippled by overwhelming thoughts of killing herself, Carrie hit a point where she was nearly committed to an institution but was able to pull herself out into the light enough that she had an opportunity to find another way. Carrie wants you to know that there is another way and if you’re willing to do the detective work and seek the right avenues for support, you too, have an opportunity to heal unmedicated. Although she emphasizes that everyone with bipolar disorder has their own path, she is a firm believer that you need to listen to your body and remember the importance of collecting and monitoring data. “Even data such as: How do I feel when I eat X? Or I eat Y?”

It is Carrie’s hope that her story inspires you to take control of your own health, to be your own detective, in the knowledge that she believes there is a fix for you, to know there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

Carrie Brown is a former-professional-pastry-chef-turned-keto-cookbook-author, recipe developer, keto advocate, motivational speaker, and podcast co-host of Ketovangelist Kitchen. She is also part of Ketovangelist Unlimited (a membership for people who are serious about keto, who want to take it to the next level). 

You can find her here: Carrie Brown-Life in the Sane Lane, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram.

Listen to her inspiring story and know that you are not alone.  Suicide is a very real subject and anyone having suicidal thoughts should call the National Suicide Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.  Ask for the help that you need.

If you know someone struggling, reach out to them.  You may be the lifeline that they need.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Carrie Brown’s history and background; how she was born depressed and did all the conventional meds and therapies [5:45]
  • While working at Microsoft and in the corporate world with a high profile career, she learned very early to fake it (happiness) to be able to make it [8:50]
  • How exhausting it is keeping up the front that everything is normal while inside your thoughts are obsessive and all-encompassing, and everything in your brain is telling you to die [10:00]
  • How she talked herself out of being committed at the hospital in the middle of the night, by agreeing to meds and therapy [13:45]
  • Why she was frustrated at the lack of critical thinking in conventional treatment (i.e., being a deep thinker, started asking about things she could try and her therapist was just agreeing with what she was suggesting). They just wanted to medicate her to the point where she didn’t want to kill herself but was socially acceptable, not asking the question of why she was bipolar [17:30]
  • Why she fired everyone except her psychotherapist [18:15]
  • How “you can’t talk your way out of clinical depression or bipolar any more than you can talk yourself out of a broken leg or diabetes” [18:30]
  • She started her detective work with her DNA (23andMe) and uploaded her data into a website to help her unpack the info into something useful (like Genetic Genie) [19:30]
  • She’s found out she’s heterozygous for MTHFR and learned that it has the ability to cause a lot of issues including anxiety, depression and bipolar [23:55]
  • That it’s super important to live in a non-toxic environment from the cleaners she uses to the furniture she buys due to her impaired detox abilities, and how uncovering this information through 23andMe testing gave her a place to start [26:00]
  • How she was on Lamotrigine which was originally an anti-seizure med and via Dr. Ted Naiman’s help, made the connection that the ketogenic diet was originally prescribed for seizure prevention in children; there might be a strong enough connection to work on the same mechanism to help her bipolar [28:15]
  • That more ketones do not mean more weight loss, but it can be helpful when working with the brain to have higher ketones, which she refers to “peetones” for urine testing to figure out which foods were working for her [32:55]
  • That she was terrified to come off of her Lamotrigine, but she was able to in a week or two (under a doctors care) and has been completely off of meds with no bipolar symptoms in the 2.5 years while being on a ketogenic diet [35:30]
  • How she wants everyone to know that their experience will be different and their needs will be unique to them, even if they are doing a ketogenic diet or if they have methylation issues…you need a healthcare provider who will support you in finding your combination for your unique body [37:35]
  • How your needs change over time, so it’s important to review your supplements and diet, etc. to continue supporting you (or “seek the tweak,” as Carrie calls it) by tracking your data [41:40]
  • Why it’s super important to find an ND and/or a functional doc to work with that understands all of these tests and the ketogenic diet [50:00]
  • More about Carrie Brown’s current work with writing cookbooks, working on the Ketovangelist podcast team developing recipes for keto and teaching individuals how to cook and make delicious food, as well as speaking at conferences such as KetoCon [53:40]
  • About her gratitude for what she went through to be able to be given the opportunity to give back [1:00:20]

References

23andMe

Genetic Genie

MTHFR.net

Strategene report by Dr. Ben Lynch on methylation

Dr. Ben Lynch’s book: Dirty Genes

Promethease

Plant Paradox by Dr. Stephen Gundry

Bristol Stool Chart and tracking

Ketovangelist Unlimited

Ketovangelist Kitchen

Kickass Keto: Your 28-Day Quick Start Guide to Health, Fat-burning, and Weight-loss by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Ice Cream Scoop: 52 amazingly delicious ice creams and frozen treats for your low-carb high-fat life by: Carrie Brown

101 KETO Beverages: Amazingly delicious, health-boosting, sugar-free lattes, teas, hot chocolates, frozen drinks, yogurt drinks, sodas, mocktails, and infused waters by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Crockpot: 40 scrumptious, simple, fat-burning, health-boosting recipes that cook themselves while you’re on the go! by: Carrie Brown

KETO for the Holidays: 53 scrumptious, fat-burning recipes so you can thrive on delicious KETO food through the Holidays by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Soup Bowl: 50 delicious fat-burning, health-boosting bowls of soup, chowder, hodgepodge, gumbo, stew, and gazpacho by: Carrie Brown

Dr. Ted Naiman

Dr. Georgia Ede

Brain on Fire

Perfect Keto Ketone Testing Strips for Ketosis

VIDEO: KetoCon2018 – Carrie Brown: Mental Health on Keto – From Surviving to Thriving

VIDEO: KetoCon2018 Stories Panel with Carrie Brown with Shawn Mynar, Gillian Szollos, Jade Nelson, Vanessa Spina, Allison Gannett

Nutrition Genome

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Episode 19 – The Case for Regenerative Farming & Nutrient Dense Food | Tyler Boggs of Heart2Heart Farms

Episode 19 – The Case for Regenerative Farming & Nutrient Dense Food | Tyler Boggs of Heart2Heart Farms

Tyler Boggs and his wife Elizabeth own and operate Heart 2 Heart Farms and believe that sustainability in farming, while important, is not enough. Enter regenerative farming.

After having retired from the military, they both set out to find a new path, wanting to get out of the city. They bought some land outside of Portland, Oregon and began growing their own food. At first they just wanted to support themselves but as they became more aware of the way foods were commercially produced, quickly realized there was a need to support their community in accessing quality meats and produce free from antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals.

Their farm has evolved from simply growing food and raising animals to now farming and educating individuals who want to understand better how a regenerative farm operates. They give back to their community by running a food pantry where they give away 100,000 lbs of food every week for free through their work/trade program.

Heart 2 Heart Farms provides food, consultations, teaching and education on how to build a regenerative food system and how to source high-quality foods, especially when on a limited budget.

Always willing to talk farming, environmental impact, and nutrition, Tyler Boggs tells Dave Korsunsky of Heads Up Health all about the farm that has grown from feeding just his own family to now educating and feeding thousands.

Listen and learn more about how regenerative farming is different, and a step up, from sustainable agriculture.

You can learn more about Heart 2 Heart Farms through their website or Facebook and about Elizabeth Boggs Nutritional Therapy practice at Heart2HeartHealth.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • What regenerative farming is and how it’s different from sustainable farming [4:00]
  • About Tyler and his wife’s transition from military life to farming [5:35]
  • How industrialized CAFO raised animals differ from regenerative farm raised animals [7:35]
  • About a conversation Tyler had with a man who works as a meat washer for conventionally raised meats, and how horrified he was after seeing the wash eat through his sweater when he accidentally spilled it on himself! [8:35]
  • How that it only takes two weeks to change the composition of meat when fed grains instead of grass, which is why it’s important to look for grass-finished when purchasing red meat, not just grass-fed [10:20]
  • That everyone has access to sourcing, but it does take work to find it [12:50]
  • How cortisol raises in animals when transported (all commercial meats are required to be processed in a USDA slaughterhouse) which in turn changes the composition of the meat. [14:10]
  • Why you have to meet your farmer if you’re serious about your health, to find out how the animals are raised and slaughtered [15:00]
  • Why buying your organic feed from a quality source is important when raising your own animals for food [16:40]
  • Why Heart 2 Heart farms raises-mostly USDA exempt meats like alpaca and yak, chukar, quail, duck, pheasants, geese, turkey, rabbit, but also raise a small amount of cow, pig, goats, and sheep for people who want to slaughter their own [17:45]
  • Why you should make an appointment to meet your farmer and what that process looks like and how to find a local farmer. [18:45]
  • How to search Craigslist for what you want and how to approach the farmer for information. (Hint: be kind.) [20:45]
  • Learn about the 3/6/12 month internships that Heart 2 Heart Farms offers to learn about regenerative farming [22:00]
  • How one customer can make the difference between a regenerative farm from surviving and not making it [23:30]
  • Why regenerative farming costs more, but it’s worth it [25:15]
  • Why it takes 16 heads of cabbage today to get the same mineral content of one cabbage in 1952; produce can’t absorb something that’s not present in the soil due to depletion of nutrients. (You can’t judge the nutrient density by looks alone.) [26:40]
  • Why the nutrient density of the soil is just as important as what types of food you’re choosing, and how as a result of depletion in our soil (and in turn, our food today) we’re simultaneously malnourished yet overfed. [27:25]
  • How getting your foods from local farmers can provide you with foods you’ll never find on supermarket shelves. [31:00]

References

USDA Changes in grass-fed labeling

Changes in nutrient density over time


Food Inc

NTA

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Episode 18: The Keto Doctor’s Intro to the Health Benefits of Cold Water Therapy – Quick Hits with Dr. John Limansky

Episode 18: The Keto Doctor’s Intro to the Health Benefits of Cold Water Therapy – Quick Hits with Dr. John Limansky

Are we literally jumping into a freezing cold lake just for the health of it?  Absolutely! Join Dave and Dr. John Limansky for this Quick Hits episode about the benefits of cold water therapy and how it can benefit you in reducing stress while costing you nothing. Be sure to watch the video!

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Welcome to the latest Quick Hits feature episode, delivering the quick and dirty details on topics that are important to you and your health. In 15 minutes or less, we’ll deliver important health info to you to keep your mind active whether you’re waiting in the carpool lane, on your morning commute, or fitting in a quick workout!

When was the last time you jumped into a cold lake, just for the fun of it? In this Quick Hits episode, Dave Korsunsky talks with John Limansky, MD, board-certified physician of Internal Medicine to discuss the stress-reducing, immune modulating, and therapeutic benefits of cold water immersion therapy.

We’re diving in quick to get you the big ideas and then we’ll provide you with some resources at the bottom of the page for further reading if you want to learn more.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • What cold water therapy is and why your body responds positively to specific stressors that stimulate your body short term [1:50]
  • How you can induce this hormetic stress with cryotherapy and cold immersion therapy in your home or outside in nature [3:00]
  • Why the immersion temperature for cold water therapy has to be below 50 degrees to initiate a hormetic stress response [3:30]
  • The differences between clinical cryotherapy (-200º) for 1-2 min. vs. cold water lake immersion (50º or colder) 5-10 min. [4:40]
  • Why you have to build up to it for it to be effective and not harmful [5:00]
  • How to recreate this effect in your bathtub [5:40]
  • That your body adapts its response, initially shivering in response to burning energy, and then non-shivering where biochemical changes happen. [6:00]
  • Why it’s vital to submerge deep enough to cover the vagus nerve (neck) and how covering your head can be even more beneficial [6:35]
  • Why studies show a reduction in blood pressure, cortisol, and positive changes in neurotransmitter levels [7:55]
  • How cold water immersion therapy can reduce inflammation and can increase dopamine 530% after one hour at about 57º study [8:25]
  • How biohacking with cold water therapy inhibits TNF-a, stimulates the immune system to include benefits similar to autophagy that happens when fasting as well as decreases inflammatory prostaglandins [10:00]
  • How cold immersion therapy helps with stress reduction and how doing it in a natural body of water has additional benefits [12:00]

Eat your own dog food

Check out this video where Dave and John take a dip into the balmy waters of Lake Tahoe at 42 degrees!

References

Link to cold water immersion video

STUDY: Human physiological responses to immersion into water of different temperatures

Dr. Limansky’s podcast: The Ketohacking MD   

Dr. Limansky’s website: www.biohackmd.com

Our Partners

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

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Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 17 – A Keto Bodybuilder’s Guide to Tracking Health and Performance: Interview with Robert Sikes of Keto Savage

Episode 17 – A Keto Bodybuilder’s Guide to Tracking Health and Performance: Interview with Robert Sikes of Keto Savage

Most people know the ketogenic diet can help with weight loss, but did you know you can actually build muscle too?  Is keto bodybuilding legit? Let us introduce you to Robert Sikes, AKA Keto Savage, a lifetime natural competitive keto bodybuilder. Using the ketogenic diet, he has seen consistent gains in building lean muscle mass, finding it to be much less stressful on the body than bulking and cutting the traditional way with carbs.

Robert Sikes went from a 115-pound kid in high school to 230 pounds in college and started competing in 2010.  A few years ago he began transitioning to a keto bodybuilding approach and found that his body recovered faster after competitions and that the ketogenic diet provided a much more sustainable and healthier way to building lean muscle.

When not training, you can find Robert providing online coaching through his company Keto Savage. He and the love of his life, also a phenomenal keto competitive bodybuilder, Crystal Love (and also a keto coach), founded Keto Brick, a 1,000-calorie meal replacement bar that meets all the keto macros for anyone actively training, running, hunting, mountain biking, backpacking, and more. (Be sure to sign up on their list as these keto bars sell out like hot cakes!) Robert believes that anyone can achieve the same physical success that he has if they are willing to invest the time, effort, and dedication in their diet and fitness.  

Take the next step and learn more about his new 90-day comprehensive program with KetoConnect’s Matt and Megha: Deeper State Keto. You can also catch the awesome Keto Savage podcasts here

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Robert Sikes’ (AKA Keto Savage) history of keto bodybuilding [3:40]
  • Why there is not one perfect approach to the ketogenic diet, and how tracking can help you decide what is working for you based on trackable measurements [4:45]
  • How you can apply keto with bodybuilding for mass building [5:45]
  • About the bulking/cutting phase, and how that affects body composition with carbs vs. fat [6:50]
  • Why keto is more sustainable for putting on mass at a steady pace without taxing the body during “cutting” [8:15]
  • How you can increase calories without gaining a lot of fat [9:00]
  • How keto can be used for endurance performance like long-distance running or adapted for building muscle [10:20]
  • Why you can you put on the same amount of lean mass with the ketogenic diet  [11:20]
  • How building muscle with keto is more sustainable because you don’t lose as much in the cutting season [11:35]
  • Why building with keto is more enjoyable than cutting on carbs [12:00]
  • How to do the cutting phase with the ketogenic diet [12:20]
  • How Robert gets down to 65g of protein in cutting and doesn’t lose muscle because he’s using a ketogenic diet [13:30]
  • How to set up macros for someone wanting to lose fat vs. someone wanting to put on muscle [14:15]
  • Why the one area you have 100% control over is your macros and how to work with them for muscle building vs. fat loss [14:40]
  • Why women usually have to increase their calories when building muscle [16:15]
  • How adjusting inputs (macros, training, HRV, etc.) can be like a game and tracking is the only way to see how what you’re doing is affecting your goals [16:55]
  • Which biomarkers Keto Savage tracks for optimal performance [19:20]
  • How his performance was better on higher fat than higher protein [21:50]
  • More about Robert Sike’s Deeper State 90-day comprehensive program with Matt and Megha of Keto Connect and how Matt lost 20lbs and Megha lost fat and gained muscle tracking metrics for meeting their goals [23:20]
  • About the details of the Deeper State Program and its practical application to anyone who wants to build muscle [26:25]

References

The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance by Jeff S. Volek, and Stephen D. Phinney

Deeper States Program with Robert Sikes, Matt, and Megha

InBody Test Body composition test analyzer

Skulpt to measure body fat percentage and measure muscle quality

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

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Episode 16 – The Terrain Ten Approach with Cancer Survivor and Thriver: Dr. Nasha Winters

Episode 16 – The Terrain Ten Approach with Cancer Survivor and Thriver: Dr. Nasha Winters

Listen to Dr. Nasha Winters, a cancer survivor — and thriver! —  talk about her work with cancer treatment and her program: The Terrain Ten. Dr. Nasha Winters’ holistic approach emphasizes that a person is more than the sum of their diagnosis. It honors that how we find ourselves with a cancer (or other chronic illness) diagnosis does not happen in a vacuum. All of our life experiences, as well as our childhood traumas, affect how our genes are expressed, and in fact, can make a more significant impact than any one-specific dietary, supplemental or prescription treatment! To be a cancer thriver, Dr. Nasha Winters believes we must take a whole body, mind, spirit approach.

Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, talks with Dr. Winters about psychoneuroimmunology and how the whole body, mind, and spirit are interlinked, and how optimal health cannot be achieved without addressing them all. Dr. Winters also talks about the top five labs that she monitors monthly in all of her patients with active disease processes, and why you should be checking these at least a couple of times a year to maintain your own health.

Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OM, has over 25 years experience with direct patient care. She is a best selling co-author, a speaker, and an educator. She is the Founder of Optimal Terrain Consulting, offering integrative oncology, philosophy, and methodologies.

You can follow Dr. Nasha Winters and her work on Facebook, LinkedIn, and her website Optimal Terrain Consulting.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Nasha Winters’ own experience with a terminal cancer diagnosis — 27 years ago! — and how it fueled her to make this her life’s work. [05:20]
  • How our ability to access any information at any time of day can cloud our connection with what our bodies need as individuals to heal. [10:30]
  • Why a large part of your survivability of cancer has nothing to do with your treatment team. [11:20]
  • Learn about The Terrain Ten, Dr. Winters’s cancer program for achieving optimal health, and how it’s an adaptable framework based on the individual and not a particular protocol. [15:55]
  • The difference between carcinogenic emotions vs. carcinogenic environmental toxins and how they both affect cancer. [19:15]
  • Why your immune system gets suppressed for a minimum of 7 hours after getting into a fight with a loved one. [22:45]
  • How trauma locks people into a rut so they can’t see other options or possibilities, thus driving physiological changes. [23:15]
  • About The ACE score for adverse childhood events, and how it can affect disease development. [27:00]
  • A discussion of Michael Pollan’s new book and how microdosing psychedelics can help to heal traumas. [30:25]
  • Learn which quantifiable measurements Dr. Winters recommends and what they mean. [33:10]
  • What the LDH test is and why you should be watching it. [46:00]
  • How you don’t have to be a medical expert to track your health and make significant changes. [57:00]
  • How genetic SNPs can affect the ability to get into ketosis, and why being in ketosis is not the same as metabolic flexibility. [59:00]
  • About glucose-ketone index tracking and reasons why it can be difficult to achieve this in a real-life scenario, but you can still have amazing results with a ketogenic diet. [1:01:35]
  • Why tracking your sleep with the Oura Ring is super useful. [1:03:45]
  • Learn more about her book and her husband’s work with CBD oil. [1:04:45]

References

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, by Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, L.Ac., FABNO and Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT

Radical Remission, by Dr. Kelly Turner

The Healing Platform, by Annie Brandt

Molecules of Emotion, by Candace Pert, Ph.D.

The Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.

The ACE Score

How to Change Your Mind; What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan

KETO for CANCER by Miriam Kalamian

Best Answer for Cancer Conference

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About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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