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New York Times best-selling author and distinguished thyroid care expert, Dr. Alan Christianson dives deep into today's big controversies like vaccines, grains, and soy. We explore the unexpected side of things you never thought were controversial like leaky gut, pesticides, and fructose. The goal is not to shock or outrage, but to help us all learn to cling tightly to our health, and cling loosely to our ideas. Feel an unprecedented sense of being able to communicate with love, concern, and science - and help us get back on track.

Medical Myths, Legends & Fairytales Dr Alan Christianson

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New York Times best-selling author and distinguished thyroid care expert, Dr. Alan Christianson dives deep into today's big controversies like vaccines, grains, and soy. We explore the unexpected side of things you never thought were controversial like leaky gut, pesticides, and fructose. The goal is not to shock or outrage, but to help us all learn to cling tightly to our health, and cling loosely to our ideas. Feel an unprecedented sense of being able to communicate with love, concern, and science - and help us get back on track.

    Thriving after thyroidectomy with Patricia Pomareda

    Thriving after thyroidectomy with Patricia Pomareda

    Did you know that taking care of your adrenal system through detoxifying your body can help turn your life around? That's right! By understanding healthy habits like eating well, staying active, practicing mindfulness, taking the right supplements, and keeping an eye on your iron levels, you can make a big difference in your battle against thyroid cancer.
    Joining us is Patricia Pomareda, a dedicated family nurse practitioner specializing in integrative medicine with a diverse background in geriatrics, urgent care, women's health, and primary care. She is a visionary; consistently advocating for her patients and deriving immense satisfaction from assisting them to attain optimal health and prevent chronic afflictions.
    Following her diagnosis of thyroid cancer in June 2020, Patricia felt lost and fearful while undergoing treatment. Although she anticipated her life returning to normal, she quickly realized there would be a new normal to adjust to. "I was taking my supplements, I was eating, I was doing everything right on time. But when I went to go do my blood work. My ferritin was below range. It was super low. And so I knew because I was having all the symptoms of iron deficiency, this unreal fatigue. This is not the only thing but was a major driver for my source of fatigue. So I was just kind of piecing things together, like what would I do as a provider for myself?"
    In this episode, join Patricia as she shares her journey with thyroid cancer and how it has impacted her approach to practicing medicine. She also explores her mission to promote public awareness of thyroid health and resilience through her clinic, The Integrative NP. Don't miss out on her insightful story!
    Episode Timestamps:
    0:02 - Episode Overview
    0:35 - Dr. Christianson introduces Patricia Pomareda, Integrative Medicine Family Nurse Practitioner
    2:42 - Dealing with neurological symptoms during COVID-19 pandemic.
    7:52 - Patricia's thoughts on mortality and coping strategies upon diagnosis of thyroid cancer amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
    13:03 - Using a patient-centered care experience to assist patients in receiving appropriate tests and diagnoses.
    15:35 - Patricia's experience with thyroid surgery and the issues that persisted.
    17:01 - Identifying any form of stress, be it mental, physical, or metabolic, in laying the groundwork for restoring physiology.
    19:14 - The significance of exercising mindfulness and meditation, and detoxifying your body.
    21:44 - How supplement selection and iron level monitoring address adrenal system care.
    25:32- Understanding the importance of eating right, exercising regularly, meditation, and cultivating mindfulness practices for physiologic changes.
    28:35 - Why thyroid cancer affects females more frequently than males, as indicated in statistics and trends.
    31:10 - Early detection and treatment as the key to surviving women's health issues and the importance of patient empowerment in healthcare conversations.
    37:38 - Resilient thyroid program and methodology.
    38:25 - Establishing resiliency and optimizing thyroid hormones and adrenal health.
    41:17 - Helping other people through integrative and non-integrative medicine.
    42:43 - The gentle approach to iodine and the latest research on its importance for optimal health.
    44:30 - Resilient thyroid methodology and other projects on integrative and non-integrative medicine.
    44:53 - Patricia's journey in integrative health and her practice: the Integrative NP, balancing traditional and non-traditional approaches to healthcare.
    47:40 - Final statement.
    Patricia is an Integrative Medicine Family Nurse Practitioner.   As a graduate of the University of Miami, she received training at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and is board-certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
    In July of 2020 Patricia was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  She had a thyro

    • 48 min
    Adrenal/Thyroid Connection with Dr. Izabella Wentz

    Adrenal/Thyroid Connection with Dr. Izabella Wentz

    Adrenal stress is real. It can hurt your thyroid and cause major symptoms like:
    Mid-body weight gain
    Food cravings
    How do you know what can help it? We now have even more evidence that adrenal symptoms can improve with natural lifestyle therapy. My friend Dr. Wentz created a protocol that was successfully tested for over 900 people. Most saw marked improvement in adrenal symptoms in just a few months. 
    She has a new book out that explains the adrenal/thyroid connection and walks readers through the protocol. In this episode, she and I discuss why your adrenals matter and what you can do to help them.
    As a pharmacy graduate, Dr. Izabella Wentz is fascinated by science and the impact of substances on the human body. After two years of researching Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism, she combined emerging knowledge with her quality improvement expertise to run rapid changes on herself, leading her to discover the root cause of her condition. She has summarized three years of research and two years of testing in her book: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause.
    If you experience thyroid symptoms, tune in to this episode as Dr. Izabella Wentz explains in simple terms how lifestyle changes can be used to identify and treat the underlying causes of adrenal fatigue.
    Episode Timestamps:
    0:00 - Episode overview
    0:35 - Guest introduction
    4:31 - Conversation regarding Dr. Wentz's move to Texas.
    9:15 - Introduction to Dr. Wentz's trial, study, and survey.
    10:33 - The connection between thyroid health and the adrenal side of thyroid care.
    11:33 - Dr. Wentz's healing journey in addressing the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
    16:20 - Comparing the evidence and experience of the fatigue model versus dysfunction.
    16:50 - The adrenal fatigue model, its association with other diseases, and its existence.
    18:12 - Understanding adrenal dysfunction - how our body compensates under too much stress.
    20:15 - Exploring how the body receives danger signals when deprived of sleep, insufficient calorie intake, and excessive stress.
    23:22 - Solutions and practical steps to transition towards thriving and healing modes.
    27:31 - Obtaining sunshine or utilizing a light therapy box early in the morning as one strategy.
    29:49 - The potential of weight loss and a natural increase in metabolism to alleviate fatigue.
    31:10 - How Dr. Wentz assisted patients in transforming their lives by modifying their lifestyles.
    32:58 - At what point will the advantages of lifestyle modification become evident?
    33:37 - Who should undertake all of the mentioned protocols?
    34:15 - Where to get Dr. Wentz's books and other great resources.
    34:47 - Episode closing

    Dr. Izabella Wentz is a compassionate, innovative, solution-focused integrative pharmacist dedicated to finding the root causes of chronic health conditions. Her passion stems from her own diagnosis with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2009, following a decade of debilitating symptoms. As an accomplished author, Dr. Wentz has written several best-selling books, including the New York Times best seller "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause," the protocol-based #1 New York Times best seller "Hashimoto's Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back," and the Wall Street Journal best seller "Hashimoto's Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid
    Her latest book, "Adrenal Transformation Protocol," is set to be released on April 18th, 2023. The book focuses on resetting the body's stress response through targeted safety signals and features a 4-week program that has already helped over 3,500 individuals. The program has an impressive success rate, with over 80% of participants improving their brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, sleep issues, and li

    • 26 min
    Simple Autoimmune Solutions Dr. Forrest Sauer

    Simple Autoimmune Solutions Dr. Forrest Sauer

    If you have autoimmunity, there may be easy answers. Dr. Sauer (think sour like lemon) shared many simple solutions that have helped his patients. 
    If you’ve heard enough long medical words, you’ll enjoy this episode. 
    Autoimmune diseases are on the rise and not just a result of genetics, but also physical, chemical, and emotional stress that tax the body and lead to various diseases such as Hashimoto's, Celiac, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, brain fog, and others. Women between 35-60 years old are particularly susceptible due to their tendency to prioritize others over themselves, leading to hormonal imbalances and excessive stress.
    Join us in this interview with Dr. Sauer as he sheds light on autoimmune diseases and how a holistic approach to lifestyle can help prevent and manage these conditions. Learn about his impact on people's lives and how he has helped them achieve better health and a more fulfilling purpose.
    Discussion points:
    0:02 - Episode Overview
    0:33 - Reconnection between Dr. Forrest Sauer and Dr. Alan Christianson
    2:51 - The Autoimmune Disease as defined by Dr. Forrest Sauer
    3:39 - An analogy of autoimmunity versus allergies
    4:58 - Environmental factors as triggers for autoimmune diseases
    5:27 - What’s causing the rise in autoimmune disease and the physical, chemical, and emotional stress
    8:08 - Some of the more common types of diagnosis and versions of autoimmune disease
    10:08 - Health imbalances leading to multiple diagnoses
    11:58 - The mainstays of conventional therapy and its drawbacks
    14:33 - The most common pitfalls with generalized immunity
    16:54 - The prognosis and what are the expectations in addressing earlier stages 
    18:42 - A story about Dr. Sauer's first client who successfully recovered from 25-year thyroid symptoms
    21:32 -  Reaching out to potential clients who will prioritize their health
    23:45 - Connecting with Dr. Sauer to discuss whether functional/holistic medicine is a good fit 25:02 - Dr. Alan Christianson’s closing statement 
    One of the greatest gifts we have in this life is the gift of hope and purpose. Without it, life can feel like going through the motions. That is how Forrest felt when he was in his early 20s, feeling fat, sick, and depressed, it was even while getting his doctorate in chiropractic he was told "this is how life was". It wasn't until a friend asked him to attend a seminar on nutrition did he get his first exposure to the world of wellness. From that time on Forrest has coached and impacted thousands of lives towards better health and hopefully a better purpose. 
    Get to know more about Dr. Forrest Sauer's work by visiting him through this website: Twin Oaks Health or these links:

    “I take a 5-pillars-of-health approach to wellness Detoxification, Nutrition, Fitness, Hormones, and Mentorship. What I mean by this is we do not address one facet of a person's life we look at all areas and customize our recommendations for the client.” - Dr. Forrest Sauer
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    • 25 min
    Myths of Sexual Dysfunction with Susan Bratton

    Myths of Sexual Dysfunction with Susan Bratton

    Aging is inevitable but we’ve come to learn that our choices radically change how we experience it. Health has many facets and sex life is one of them. Most people lose their sexual interest and capacity as they age.
    If you are among those who are frustrated by that loss, this episode will be full of welcome news. 
    In it, I talk with my friend Susan Bratton. She is a champion and advocate for all those who desire intimacy and passion their whole life long. We had a frank conversation about the importance of sexual health to overall health and how much can be done to improve it. 
    Our talk was detailed but not graphic. I learned quite a bit about concepts like female erectile dysfunction and the role of nitric oxide. 
    If you struggle with making love and staying aroused, tune in to this episode. Susan Britton made this difficult topic a very casual discussion to help us keep our partner and ourselves satisfied in bed despite how old we are.
    Episode timestamps:
    (0:31) Episode Overview
    (2:20) What is sexual dysfunction for Susan Bratton
    (3:18) How and why sexual dysfunction happens
    (5:00) Myths about sexual dysfunctions in male
    (6:26) Causes of loss of lubrication
    (7:22) Libido, Desire, and Arousal and their differences
    (8:09) Understanding the loss of lubrication
    (10:37) Importance of blood flow for pleasure
    (11:58) How prevalent does having trouble achieving satisfaction as you age.
    (12:40) How essential nutrients keep genital functions
    (13:48) 2 categories of reversing the ravages of aging in our genital system
    (15:18) What is “V-Fit” and where to get it
    (16:10) Rejuvenating erectile tissues with “PRP-shots (O-shots)”
    (19:36) Stimulating new tissue growth with “Femiwave”
    (22:15) Importance of a healthy sexuality
    (23:13) Expounding on libido, desire, and arousal
    (26:00) Normalcy of male masturbation
    (27:22) Having sex: what is it really for both genders?
    (29:22) What happens when partners stop having intercourse?
    (30:40) Relevance of intimate relationship
    (32:25) Magic Pill Method Technique by Susan
    (35:54) Susan’s message for listeners
    (36:24) Discussion on The Flow Supplement (Nitric Oxide Booster)
    Susan Bratton is the co-founder and CEO of two corporations: Personal Life Media, Inc., a publisher of heart-connected lovemaking techniques and bedroom communication skills, and The20, LLC., a manufacturer of organic and botanical supplements that enhance sexual vitality. As well as a best-selling author and publisher of 44 books and programs including Sexual Soulmates, Relationship Magic, Revive Her Drive, Ravish Him, Steamy Sex Ed™, The Passion Patch, Hormone Balancing, and Hot To Trot. 
    She has also been featured in the New York Times and on CNBC and the TODAY show, as well as frequent appearances on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC.
    Catch Susan at:
    “There’s the Golden rule and the Platinum rule - Golden rule is “Do unto others as you have them do unto you;” Platinum rule is “Treat your partner the way they want to be treated, not the way you want to be treated.” – Susan Bratton.

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    • 39 min
    Adapt to the Seasons with Dr. Trevor Cates

    Adapt to the Seasons with Dr. Trevor Cates

    Did you know your nutritional needs change as the seasons change? They do. If you learn to adjust your diet and lifestyle each season, your hormones will stay in balance so that you can have healthier skin and more energy. 
    In this interview, you’ll learn about seasonal adaptation and more ways to feel your best and look your best. Dr. Trevor Cates, the spa doctor,  is an expert on natural beauty care. In the new podcast episode, we talked with her about seasonal and circadian cycles and also did an update on personal care products. 
    If you struggle to make your care products work, tune in to this episode. Dr. Trevor Cates will help us understand the importance of how our hormones change, what ingredients in our skincare are to be avoided, and other things we don't realize that are also impacting our health.
    Key Takeaways:
    (1:28) Introducing Dr. Trevor Cates
    (2:05) The reason behind Dr. Cates' decision to talk about season variation
    (2:48) How seasons affect our hormones and moods
    (3:38) How sunlight impacts behavior and hormones
    (7:15) Gut health discussion
    (9:27) What's overzealous hygiene?
    (10:45) Things to avoid disrupting microbiomes in personal care products
    (11:51) Diethyl phthalate in fragrance
    (13:30) Organic essential oils as an alternative mood booster
    (14:08) The presence of Parabens in your skincare cosmetics
    (16:08) Being aware of the ingredients of your cosmetics
    (16:48) Regulation on organic ingredients
    (17:57) What's inside Dr. Cates' book
    (19:44) Growing up in a wheat-free home
    (21:18) Misconception about superfoods
    (22:01) More DIY recipes you can find in the book
    (22:41) Wisdom of sustainable food
    (24:28) Understanding your circadian rhythm
    (25:58) What Dr. Christianson thinks about the book (Natural Beauty Reset)
    (26:25) Where to grab a copy of Dr. Cates' book
    Dr. Trevor Cates is the author of the USA Today bestselling book 'Clean Skin From Within' and founder of The Spa Dr. natural skincare line. She's the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and was the doctor in several world-renowned spas in Park City, Utah. She continues to help women worldwide with a focus on skin and hormones. She has been featured on various TV shows, including The Doctors and Extra TV. Dr. Cates also hosts the Hormones, Health & Harmony Docuseries, The Woman's Doctor Podcast, the PBS show, and Younger Skin From Within.
    To know more, visit www.thespadr.com 
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/thespadr
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrTrevorCates
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thespadr
    Where to buy the book: naturalbeautyreset.com
    “Just because a product says it’s Natural, doesn’t mean that it is. The words Natural and Hypoallergenic have zero regulations […] Anyone can call their products Natural.”
    – Trevor Cates
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    • 28 min
    What if weight loss doesn’t work? with Diane Lawrence

    What if weight loss doesn’t work? with Diane Lawrence

    Have you ever struggled to lose weight? Maybe not much more than a few pounds came off, maybe none at all, or maybe it came back on too soon. 
    Today’s interview might be inspiring. I talked to a person who had unsuccessfully tried to lose weight many times. She even found that the Metabolism Reset Diet didn't work at first. Yet she stuck with it and went on to lose over 60 pounds. 
    One of the biggest things holding us back is our weight. It can give us so many symptoms and it can feel like it can't ever change. So many try hard to lose those excess pounds. Some are successful, some are not.
    Joining us today is Diane Lawrence. She's been very public about her story and she wanted to share it with everyone. It’s pretty inspiring, she had a massive change in body weight and a pretty big shift in health overall. It took her a few years. She had some false starts along the way but, eventually, became successful.
    She will talk about some ins and outs on how that worked for her journey and just some inspiration. People realize that weight can be the cause of symptoms. Good thing is, it can change and even if nothing is worth before, it's still possible. 
    Key Takeaways:
    (00:32) Introduction 
    (02:26) Internet, Social Media Misinformation
    (04:41) More pills is the answer?
    (07:16) The right mindset
    (12:16) Traveling takes away stress
    (13:11) Managing symptoms vs chasing symptoms
    (15:11) People deserve validation and vindication
    (16:22) How many ways can weight affect one’s health?
    (19:43) Symptoms early along the journey
    (21:03) Attitude towards failure in the journey
    (24:45) Cycles of reset and maintenance
    (29:16) Looking back
    (34:00) How food is affecting you on the following hour and days
    (36:14) Doing active and physical things 
    (39:15) Trying new things
    (43:41) Her final advice

    "You've lost some weight, now, force yourself every day! I'm going to walk. I am going to do an elliptical. I am going to do a bike. I'm doing something for me and it's you right here that counts in making those little changes every day. In time, you're going to feel amazing." 
    – Diane Lawrence
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Shana @total_genius ,

This IS the problem with health!

Thank you to Dr. Christiansen for this podcast! This IS the problem with finding solutions to your health issues. Conventional AND functional medicine are filled with DOGMA. Everyone is trying to get their opinions and interpretations of some research study but it’s an OPINION. It’s not necessarily applicable to someone’s unique situation and lifestyle.

If you are struggling with a health issue please keep this in mind next time you listen to a well known doctor. They mean well but is it truth? Dogma? Perception? Grant sponsored?

Only you can internalize, test, and see for yourself what works for you.

oliviabaker13 ,

Educational, engaging, and actionable! 🙏

If you’re looking to uncover the truth behind medical myths or simply be more knowledgeable about your health - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Dr. Alan is does a fantastic job leading conversations with fellow doctors, researchers, scientists, and other experts. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

nicknamemareena ,


I am very confused by your report on iodine and thyroid autoimmune. Your saying to avoid sea salt because of the high iodine and yet your information goes totally against Dr David Brownstein who has helped so many people heal their thyroid by adding iodine. Even many nutritionist and natural healing doctors are using iodine now. My own thyroid seems to be much better since I’ve added Iodine salt and more seafood. In some people with thyroid issues adding iodine can cause problems but testing and how your feeling can determine if iodine is right for you.

Also you did a talk once about colloidal silver and were warning people away from it. It takes an extreme amount and years of high use to turn a person blue. In small amounts it has been shown and proven to be quite safe. While traveling once I had a severe tooth infection to the point where I was having heart palpitations and yet I started on silver and in one day the infection was gone, I kept using it for 4 more days. When I returned home I went to the dentist, no infection and never had Problem with that tooth again. Antibiotics can be very damaging and sometimes can kill people, I personally prefer silver and use antibiotics only if silver does not work.

You apparently are not interested in natural or even functional medicine and very much old school.

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