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Let me guess, you're sick of the endless wellness fads that blow up on the internet, but don't actually work for you. Yeah, us too.

Muscle Medicine shines a light into today's health and wellness trends and debunks the myths surrounding nutrition and exercise with sound science to deliver actionable tips for you to use every day. Follow your host, Dr. Emily Kiberd, Chiropractor and movement expert as she interviews industry leaders on their simple and effective strategies to live a healthy, empowered life.

Muscle Medicine Dr. Emily Kiberd

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 64 Ratings

Let me guess, you're sick of the endless wellness fads that blow up on the internet, but don't actually work for you. Yeah, us too.

Muscle Medicine shines a light into today's health and wellness trends and debunks the myths surrounding nutrition and exercise with sound science to deliver actionable tips for you to use every day. Follow your host, Dr. Emily Kiberd, Chiropractor and movement expert as she interviews industry leaders on their simple and effective strategies to live a healthy, empowered life.

    How to Apply Knowledge and Commitment to Beat Hashimoto's w/ Stephanie Pearce

    How to Apply Knowledge and Commitment to Beat Hashimoto's w/ Stephanie Pearce

    Key Takeaways
    Consistency and commitment to building strength will also build resilience. This will create the space to actually analyze how you’re doing. When you give yourself enough space to think, you’ll quickly realize what you’re truly capable of.
    When managing Hashimoto’s symptoms, it’s important to work out and push yourself. Yet, it’s all too easy to overdo it and end up with little to show but exhaustion. Finding the right regime and sticking to it will help you incrementally increase your strength and stamina without overtraining.
     
    Isolation, helplessness, and loneliness are common feelings for women struggling with thyroid health. Many other people just don’t understand their symptoms. It takes dedication and commitment to retake control. Today’s guest shares her amazing story of how she did it.
     
    About Stephanie Pearce
    After her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s, Stephanie tried many different things to get her life back in order. Anxiety about her thyroid health was a big part of her struggle. Through dedication and hard work, Stephanie has come out on the other side feeling more confident and empowered than ever.
     
    Making the Necessary Changes
    Stephanie describes her long struggle with thyroid health. Even though she was not diagnosed with Hashimoto’s until three years ago, the signs had been there for some time. Brain fog, fatigue, and rapid weight loss took their toll. Since her diagnosis, Stephanie has been able to take control and move her health in the right direction.
    One of the first changes Stephanie made was to her diet. The grains and dairy left. Now she sticks to a paleo diet and feels so much better as a result. She also exercises regularly. What started as daily walks has evolved into the strength-based program of Thyroid Strong. Now Stephanie is thinking more clearly and is more motivated than she has been in many years.
     
    Beating Anxiety with Knowledge, Dedication, and Support
    Throughout her struggles with thyroid health, Stephanie dealt with the anxiety that often accompanies it. It often felt like she was all alone in her situation. Little tasks that seemed so easy for other people were nearly impossible for her. Since Thyroid Strong, she lives her life with more clarity and confidence than she thought she ever could achieve. It has given her the knowledge and guidance she needs to feel better than she has in many years.
    What mindset shifts have been necessary on your health journey? Leave a comment on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    Stephanie’s long journey with thyroid health [3:45] Adapting your diet to control thyroid problems [7:30] The power that comes with being an advocate for your health [10:20] The role of exercise in managing Hashimoto’s symptoms [19:45] The importance of finding support from family and friends [23:10] Finding the right balance with exercise [25:25] Shifting your mindset as you heal [28:35]  
    Quotes
    “I realized that I could put this into remission and that it didn’t have to run my life. The lightbulb that went off that was so exciting for me was that I knew what was wrong.” [12:05]
    “The kettlebell is one of the best investments that I’ve made ever. It’s so versatile. I can do cardio workouts with it. I can do an upper body workout with it and lower body - the whole entire body with a kettlebell.” [26:49]
    “I feel like I’m moving forward. Before, I was just in the water-treading water. Now I’m out of the water on the beach just dealing with it.” [30:00]
     
    Links
    Thyroid Strong
    Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology by Izabella Wentz
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
     
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    • 38 min
    How to Retake Control of Your Health With Confidence w/ Norma Huffman

    How to Retake Control of Your Health With Confidence w/ Norma Huffman

    Key Takeaways
    Your health is ultimately your responsibility. Do the research necessary to become armed with the best information and don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself whenever it is necessary. 
    Weight-training can seem intimidating. However, if you find the right coach and learn the proper form, it is a safe and effective way to improve thyroid levels.
     
    A thyroid condition presents numerous challenges. Healing from it is an up and down journey. Being in tune with your body and making informed choices is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to stay healthy and meet your goals. Today’s guest understands this as well as anyone.
     
    About Norma Huffman
    Norma Huffman was one of the very first people to sign up for my Thyroid Strong program. From a young age, Norma struggled with thyroid problems. Never one to give up on her own health, Norma took matters into her own hands and took necessary action to take control of her health.
     
    Becoming Your Own Health Advocate
    There is a lot to consider after a diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The advice from different doctors can be confusing and even contradictory. Norma recounts how she worked to become an expert in her own health to become the most informed patient that she could be.
     
    Mindset and Discipline as Keys to Health
    Armed with the right information, Norma tried out numerous programs and exercise routines. She credits her newfound energy, confidence, and weight loss to the discipline and exercises that come from the Thyroid Strong program. Many people are hesitant or even fearful of weight-based exercises. However, Norma found that being properly informed and coached on form quickly erases doubts. With confidence, knowledge, and motivation, it is possible to retake control of your health.
    What mindset shifts have been necessary on your health journey? Leave a comment on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    Becoming an advocate for your own health after a disappointing diagnosis [2:30] Using weight-training exercises to maintain muscle mass with a thyroid condition  [8:15] The limitations of walking-based exercise [15:55] Overcoming fear of weight-training [19:35] Shifting your mindset to focus on the truly important parts of health [21:32] Retaining hope for future health [28:00]  
    Quotes
    “I always had proper form and I had the confidence to go into the gym and work with free weights with all of the young people with awesome form.” [9:55]
    “Just knowing that everybody is in a different space, I recognized that I need to compete against myself and nobody else.” [18:26]
    “We all just need to be happy with the skin that we’re in. Just focus on being consistent with your exercises and being consistent with healthy eating and the results will come.” [22:32]
     
    Links
    Thyroid Strong
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
     
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    • 33 min
    Feeling Your Best Working Out with the Minimum Effective Dose w/ Adina Rubin

    Feeling Your Best Working Out with the Minimum Effective Dose w/ Adina Rubin

    Key Takeaways
    It is possible to meet your strength goals without exhausting yourself and damaging your health. Finding the minimal effective dose and doing just what is necessary to achieve your goals will ultimately be more rewarding and sustainable.
     
    Shouldn’t workouts make us feel our best? Yet so many result in exhaustion, burnout, and frustration. Many focus on the wrong thing. Others are based on a one-size-fits-all approach. Today’s guest strives to help her clients work out better so they can have consistent energy throughout the day.
     
    About Adina Rubin
    Adina Ruben is a nutritional therapy consultant and a medical exercise specialist. Her program, The Strong For Life Method, helps busy women stay strong and have more energy with smart workouts and real food.
     
    Finding the Minimum Effective Dose
    When working with her clients, Adina identifies the “minimal effective dose” of exercise. Many workouts just go too far. The results can lead to hormone imbalances, fatigue, and even metabolic problems. Finding just the right dose of exercise can often be the key to restoring balance.
     
    Knowledge is Essential
    Adina’s passion for educating her clients is really clear. When you have a full understanding of how your body and all its parts and systems are connected, you can begin to make the changes that you need. Listening to your body’s messages, learning to respond, and applying it all correctly is central to any workout program.
    How do you listen to what your body tells you when working out? Leave a comment on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    What to focus on in order to feel your best [2:50] Balancing hormones through strength-training [5:50] How to address an overflow of stress levels [10:00] The importance of rest breaks and variability for building resiliency [13:10] Barbell back squats and kettlebell swings as some of the most important exercises [21:38] Educating patients to create empowerment [24:08] Whether or not to adapt trainings according to age [28:12] Refueling after a workout [32:08]  
    Quotes
    “How can we do less? How can we do the minimal effective dose in exercise, ‘dieting’? How can we make this the least restrictive that it needs to be to still get us to our goals?” [4:11]
    “Just try eating real food - quality proteins, quality fats, and starchy carbs. I think that really makes a huge difference.” [35:36]
    “Strength is important. You are stronger than you think you are and it’s okay to get stronger than that.” [37:31]
     
    Links
    Find Adina Rubin online
    Follow Adina on Instagram
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
     
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    • 39 min
    What You Need to Do to Treat the Root Causes of Hashimoto's w/ Reed Davis

    What You Need to Do to Treat the Root Causes of Hashimoto's w/ Reed Davis

    Key Takeaways
    There’s no single test that will identify the source of metabolic issues. It takes a thorough and holistic approach. Multiple tests are often needed to identify what the true source of a condition is. Once root causes have been identified, handling stress, eating well, and exercising will likely lead to improvements.
     
    Many of the clients that I see have been to several other practitioners already. That might be because their previous practitioners just looked at them as data and test results. Today, I’m speaking with someone who redefined how we approach our patients to actually make sense of the data they provide.
     
    About Reed Davis
    Reed Davis is a board-certified holistic health practitioner and a certified nutritional therapist. His vast experience working with numerous autoimmune patients led him to develop Functional Diagnostic Nutrition in order to give practitioners the functional lab training, data-driven protocols, tools, and leadership they need to confidently solve their clients’ health issues.
     
    When a Thyroid Symptom Isn’t actually a Thyroid Condition
    Reed and I get into what he has observed about thyroid conditions over the years. In fact, many of the classic thyroid symptoms don’t even originate with that gland. Reed describes the ways in which many thyroid conditions begin in places like the brain or cell-receptors. With that understanding, the actual root causes of conditions can be addressed which will lead to true healing.
     
    Toxins and Metabolic Chaos
    Reed understands the huge impact that toxins have on us. There are tens of thousands of them in the environment, from pesticides on crops to off-gassing from furniture. Different toxins will affect different people in different ways. However, they all contribute to metabolic chaos. To mitigate the impact of toxins, Reed recommends eating a wide variety of non-processed food and being aware of your genetic risk factors.
    How do you help yourself and others make health a priority? Leave a comment on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    What led Reed to develop Functional Diagnostic Nutrition [3:45] Why many thyroid symptoms originate elsewhere in the body [8:15] The effect of environmental toxins on human health [15:46] The importance of identifying food sensitivities to get Hashimoto’s under control [27:09] How to make sense of the many tests you may need [31:12] Identifying gut dysfunctions before it’s too late [37:55] Why different people respond to stress differently [41:33] Where to start after a Hashimoto’s diagnosis [47:55]  
    Quotes
    “If you suffer from ordinary thyroid symptoms, there could be nothing wrong with your thyroid. And yet, the standard treatment is to just replace the T4 and hope your body converts it.” [11:45]
    “We have this natural ability to excrete and detox, but it can be overloaded and some people have it worse than others, not just because of their level of exposure but because they’re just different.” [21:14]
    “You can’t change your genes. But you can have some control over the expression of those genes.” [23:56]
    “We don’t guess and test. We test. We never guess.” [34:53]
     
    Links
    Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
     
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    • 53 min
    Life Transitions thru COVID and finding the Silver Lining

    Life Transitions thru COVID and finding the Silver Lining

    Key Takeaways
    Success comes in many forms. Even when things don’t go right, you can succeed by using them as catalysts for growth. Before reacting, pause, breathe, think about how you can grow from it.
     
    Every single one of us has been affected by this pandemic. Likely, plans you’ve made will not come to fruition because of it. That’s certainly true for me. However, there is still hope for us if we can recognize it.
     
    Closing My Clinic
    It has been a strange past several months to be sure. On March 16, I made the difficult decision to close my clinic in New York City. For the safety of my staff and patients, it was the right thing to do. It was really challenging, but I was bolstered by the support of my staff and patients.
     
    Making Transitions and Learning Lessons
    As I’m sure it has for you, my life is drastically different now. I went from a full-time business owner to a full-time mom. In May, my family left the city altogether. During this time, I’ve experienced numerous lessons surrounding gratitude. Sure, things are not the way I’d prefer. But this whole experience has shown me that success comes in many forms.
     
    Main Point #2
    The stressors that came with these changes have certainly taken their toll, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Remembering to respond to these stressors in a productive way that leads to growth, rather than simply in a reactionary way, has given me hope for the future. It has led me to make some big decisions and set my life on a whole new trajectory.
    What positive changes have the pandemic led you to make? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    Making the tough decision to shut down the clinic in NYC [0:30] Maintaining patience and grace during challenges [6:45] Responding to stress in productive ways [14:30] Accepting a life without solid plans when times are unpredictable [20:18]  
    Quotes
    “Originally, the sentiment was not if but when we come back. But slowly the sentiment started to become if we go back.” [2:03]
    “Every single struggle and moment that feels challenging is a place to learn and grow.” [7:23]
    “How can we make this time a moment and point of reflection so that every single day moving forward we are heading on a path that brings joy and growth and makes us one percent better every day?” [22:50]
     
    Links
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
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    • 25 min
    How to Find and Remove Toxic Mold From Your Home the Right Way w/ Brian Karr

    How to Find and Remove Toxic Mold From Your Home the Right Way w/ Brian Karr

    Key Takeaways
    Historic water damage is more likely a source of mold than a recent incident. Even when the water is gone, the mold will stay behind. That’s why a proper inspection should take some time. It involves looking everywhere.
    Remediation is a big process. What it’s really doing is removing biotoxins that make you sick. This is not a place to cut corners. Even though it is a big process, if done correctly, there is hope that your health will improve and you’ll be safe in your home.
     
    Even after mold remediation, people still get sick. That’s because mold is extremely hard to vanquish for good. And mold affects so many of us. As many as 40 percent of the population is mold sensitive. That’s why it’s crucial that you not only identify its presence but get rid of it too.
     
    About Brian Karr
    Brian Karr is the expert mold inspector you wish you had. He is the go-to mold and biotoxin resource for many medical practitioners, particularly functional medicine doctors. Brian has helped over 3,000 hypersensitive individuals nationwide create healthier living environments.
     
    Finding Hidden Sources of Mold
    Mold does not discriminate. It affects some people differently than others, but it causes ill effects on anyone. That’s why having a proper inspection is so important. Even if there is no obvious or recent sign of water damage in your home, mold can still be present. In fact, Brian seldom deals with mold from recent damage. Usually, the cause happened some time ago. That’s why, as Brian describes, an inspection needs to be extremely thorough.
     
    Getting Rid of All the Mold in Your Home
    Once mold has been found and identified, it needs to be removed. Remediation is a big process. It might involve removing significant parts of your walls, floors, and ceilings. However, half-measures will just mean that your problems will return before too long. Brain shares how he tests, both before and after remediation, and the questions you should ask anyone you hire to rid your home of toxic mold.
    Tell me about how you’ve rid your home of mold in the comments on the episode page!
     
    In this episode
    How to detect mold when there’s no obvious water damage [5:58] Questions to ask in order to find a well-informed inspector [11:20] The best approaches for finding the sources of mold in your home [21:00] How to remediate properly so that the mold is actually all gone [27:20] The actual value of a post-remediation inspection [31:38] Where aspergillus can actually be found [42:45] Why it’s important to have a professional remediate your home [46:28] Why geography has very little impact on the mold in your home [48:38] How to decide what to bring back into your home after remediation [50:09]  
    Quotes
    “I think the big misconception is that there has to be a water issue happening right now for there to be a problem. It’s usually not often that you see that. Most times, it’s historical water issues that cause the problem.” [9:02]
    “We should be treating this as if we’re in a hospital and need to clean this the right way because, ultimately, we’re dealing with biotoxins.” [29:20]
    “Mold - it can be growing or not growing - either way, it’s a problem for us. If the particles are breaking off the colony, even if the colony is ‘dead’, we still breathe that in.” [41:43]
    “It’s so important to have people who understand the process [of remediation] in there doing it. And yes, it can be expensive, the same way that medical treatment can be expensive. But we’re basically applying medical treatment to your house.” [47:48]
     
    Links
    Follow Brian Karr on Instagram
    We Inspect
    Mold Masterclass - Use code MUSCLEMEDICINE to get $100 off or click here to apply the coupon directly
    Mold Finders Radio
    Check out the full show notes for this episode here
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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