36 episodes

Welcome to Wellness: Fact vs. Fiction with cardiologist Dr. Danielle Belardo, a podcast dedicated to debunking wellness trends, exploring fact-based medicine, and busting any headline that’s more “hype” than happening. Each week, Dr. Belardo will interview top experts in a variety of fields including women’s health, dermatology, exercise science, gastroenterology, mental health, and—her personal favorite—nutrition science. She will be addressing common myths that, even as a preventative cardiologist, she once fell victim to, and sharing whether the latest tips from Goop, Rogan, or other so-called experts are indeed facts or just pure fiction. Dr. Belardo's mission is to cut through the noise and help you to stop wasting your time and money on anything that doesn’t actually bring you the health and happiness we all deserve. This is the podcast where scientific debates and discussions are fact-based and nonsense pseudoscience can take a hike. Wellness has been unwell, so let’s change it! 

Be sure to rate, review, follow and comment about what not-so wellness trend you would like to hear debunked. Follow Dr. Danielle Belardo @daniellebelardomd and the podcast @wellnessfactvsfiction.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 1.2K Ratings

Welcome to Wellness: Fact vs. Fiction with cardiologist Dr. Danielle Belardo, a podcast dedicated to debunking wellness trends, exploring fact-based medicine, and busting any headline that’s more “hype” than happening. Each week, Dr. Belardo will interview top experts in a variety of fields including women’s health, dermatology, exercise science, gastroenterology, mental health, and—her personal favorite—nutrition science. She will be addressing common myths that, even as a preventative cardiologist, she once fell victim to, and sharing whether the latest tips from Goop, Rogan, or other so-called experts are indeed facts or just pure fiction. Dr. Belardo's mission is to cut through the noise and help you to stop wasting your time and money on anything that doesn’t actually bring you the health and happiness we all deserve. This is the podcast where scientific debates and discussions are fact-based and nonsense pseudoscience can take a hike. Wellness has been unwell, so let’s change it! 

Be sure to rate, review, follow and comment about what not-so wellness trend you would like to hear debunked. Follow Dr. Danielle Belardo @daniellebelardomd and the podcast @wellnessfactvsfiction.

    Unpacking Food Myths: A Masterclass in Nutrition Epidemiology

    Unpacking Food Myths: A Masterclass in Nutrition Epidemiology

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, obesity and nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Deirdre Tobias, for a masterclass on nutrition epidemiology and its impact on public health. Diedre opens up her nutrition epidemiology toolbox to explain the research and data supporting healthy dietary patterns and what nutrition tips you can implement in your own life. Danielle and Deirdre also bust the myth that whole grains and fruit are evil, so forget what you’ve read on social media! Whether or not you're in the medical field or just a hobbyist trying to learn to interpret science in a more robust way, this is the episode for you. 
     
    Danielle and Deirdre discuss:  
      

    The basics of nutritional epidemiology and role of a nutritional epidemiologist 

    General healthy dietary patterns and the problems with a western diet  

    The reasons whole grains and fruits have been demonized 

    The table 1 method and how it can help you interpret scientific data 

      

    Dr. Deirdre Tobias is an obesity and nutritional epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Tobias was appointed as the Academic Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2019. Her research focuses on the role of diet and lifestyle for obesity and its major chronic diseases, including gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is assistant professor and co-Instructor for Nutritional Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 
     
    For more information on the research Deirdre does at Harvard, visit www.hsph.harvard.edu/deirdre-tobias 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to a generation that values fact over fiction! Be sure to rate, review, and follow on your favorite podcast app and let us know which not-so-wellness trend you’d like to hear debunked. Follow your host on Instagram @daniellebelardomd and the podcast @wellnessfactvsfiction. Follow Deirdre @deirdre_tobias. 
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Small Changes, Big Differences – Eating to Lower Cholesterol

    Small Changes, Big Differences – Eating to Lower Cholesterol

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo for the highly anticipated episode on nutrition and lipids. In Part 3 of the cholesterol series, Danielle addresses the impact of diet on cardiovascular disease risk and LDL cholesterol by sharing the key findings from a variety of research papers and studies. The main takeaway is that your overall dietary pattern is what matters most and no one food in one dose will cause disease. So go ahead, be an omnivore, vegan, pescatarian, or whatever works for you, as long as you’re including the advice from today’s episode. 
     
    This week Danielle addresses the following questions surrounding nutrition and lipids: 
     
      

    What is dietary cholesterol and how does it impact lipids?  

    How can you lower LDL cholesterol without raising triglycerides and reduce APOE? 

    Which interventions lower cardiovascular risk the most? 

    Which foods are high in saturated fats and what dietary recommendations lower the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and LDL cholesterol?  

    Why does polyunsaturated fat lower LDL cholesterol?   

    Which oils are better for your lipid levels?  

    What is fiber, why is it important in your diet, and how does it lower cholesterol?  

    Which foods are packed with viscous fiber, and how much per day should you consume? 

    What is a portfolio diet and what kind of impact does it have on LDL cholesterol? 

     
     
    Find all the papers and research studies discussed this week on Instagram @wellnessfvfjournalclub. 
     

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    • 42 min
    All You Need to Know About Cholesterol Metabolism

    All You Need to Know About Cholesterol Metabolism

    This week, Dr. Danielle is back for part two of her highly requested cholesterol series, where she is setting you up with the foundational knowledge about cholesterol and lipid metabolism. She covers why this topic is so important for your health, and she arms you with the tools to debate any cholesterol denier or self-proclaimed bio-hacker at your next dinner party.  In order to truly understand the way nutrition, diet, lifestyle, and medications impact cholesterol and heart disease, you have to understand lipid metabolism. The Cholesterol class is in session! 
     
    On today’s episode, Danielle addresses the following questions surrounding cholesterol metabolism:  


    Why is lipid metabolism important?  

    Where does cholesterol actually come from and how does your body make it? And how does your body get rid of cholesterol?  

    What happens when cholesterol is turned into bile?

    What happens to VLDL, LDL, and HDL particles in the body? Where do they go?

    What happens when we eat food, including dietary cholesterol?

    How do the cells in your small intestine play a role in lipid metabolism?

    What are chylomicrons, what do they do, and why aren’t we measuring them?  

    How does our body know how to regulate the amount of cholesterol it makes?



    And much more!
     
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    • 29 min
    Why Everyone Should Care About Cholesterol

    Why Everyone Should Care About Cholesterol

    This week, Dr. Danielle is hopping on the mic solo to dive into one of your most requested topics (drum roll, please) — cholesterol. As a cardiologist, lipids and cholesterol are practically her second language, and she has heard every question under the sun from her patients. In part one of this multi-part series, she covers the foundations of cholesterol, common terminology, and myths and misconceptions. Welcome to Cholesterol 101!  
     
     On today’s episode, Danielle addresses the following questions surrounding cholesterol:  


    What is it and is it true your body needs it?   

    How does LDL cholesterol cause heart disease?   

    What does a lipid panel tell you?   

    What is the difference between total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and apo B, and how does each one relate to cardiovascular risk?   

    What are some of the values we are looking to target to get an optimal lipid panel?   

    Is it true that high HDL cholesterol is beneficial?  

    What is the difference between small vs large LDL particles and how do they impact the risk of developing atherosclerosis?  

    How useful are Triglyceride/HDL ratios in determining cardiovascular risk? 

     

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    • 41 min
    The Full Spectrum – SPF & Sun Protection Must-Haves

    The Full Spectrum – SPF & Sun Protection Must-Haves

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, board certified dermatologist and the internet’s favorite skincare myth buster, Dr. Ranella Hirsch. Today’s episode addresses some of the biggest and longest-standing misconceptions about sunscreen. They share their SPF and sun protection must-haves and why the most important thing is to find a product that works for you.  

    Danielle and Ranella discuss: 
      

    How often you should apply sunscreen and how much you really need  

    Whether makeup with SPF protects your skin and how to layer your products 

    Common misconceptions about SPF, water resistant sunscreen, and the UV index 

    The latest hot topic that sunscreen makes you vitamin D deficient—is it true? 

    Differences between mineral, chemical, and DIY sunscreens  

      
      

    Dr. Ranella Hirsch is a board certified dermatologist highly sought after by media for her expertise in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology. She often lectures to physicians in the fields of laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology and is currently involved in a number of clinical studies of laser technologies and skin care. She’s also recognized as a leading mythbuster on Instagram, where she can be found as @RanellaMD. She is the co-founder of Atolla Skin, which was acquired last year by Function of Beauty. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Personalized Nutrition – Too Good To Be True?

    Personalized Nutrition – Too Good To Be True?

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, clinical and academic dietitian Dr. Nicola Guess, as they unpack whether "personalized nutrition" is worth all the hype. It’s the latest hot topic all over social media, and with a new trend comes new supplements, testing kits, online programs, and apps. So, could this diet be the miracle worker it claims to be, or is this just another excuse for pseudoscientists to make a few bucks? Tune in to learn the facts (and fiction) about personalized nutrition and whether it’s just too good to be true.  
     
     
    Danielle and Nicola discuss: 
     

    What personalized nutrition actually is and why online programs can be problematic 

    Nutrition buzzwords such as microbiome and inflammation  

    Why the nutrition industry can get away with monetizing bogus products  

    The positive role big tech companies could play in the health industry

     

    Dr. Nicola Guess is an experienced clinical and academic dietitian, registered in the UK and the US. Her clinical and research interests are in obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiometabolic disease. She has worked in the NHS and currently runs a private consultancy. Her expertise in type 2 diabetes is globally recognized and she is a Diabetes UK Allied Health Professional Fellow, a National Institute of Clinical Excellence Scholar, a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar. 
     
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    • 54 min

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Dr. V., MN ,

This is what all physicians & patients need!

As a family practice doc who does obstetrics and takes care of people of all ages, I get questions from patients about topics on all body systems & medical specialties. Evidence based medical practice & advice is incredibly important to me. This podcast is fantastic!! I appreciate so much your calling out lies & disinformation from evidence & true science, which is ever evolving as new research comes out. I’m now recommending this podcast for my colleagues and patients. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Keep going! Real medicine needs you! —-Dr. V. , MN

TheLazyEditor ,

Good science, but kinda boring

I really wanted to like this podcast. I loved Danielle Belardo’s interview on Conspiratuality but this podcast is a little too dry and technical. I think the format of having a doctor interview other doctors and experts means there isn’t a lay person perspective or some translation. A science reporter or someone who could interpret some of this info would help, as well as some variation in the production to help keep the listener’s attention. It’s a shame because the very people who need this myth-busting information might be turned off by how technical this podcast is.

j88097 ,

Cholesterol series

I’ve been looking forward to this series! Two items I hope are covered are: (1) what options do women (especially post menopausal women) have to deal with high cholesterol; and (2) what is the bottom line with respect to women and statins - advice I received indicated that statins will reduce a post-menopausal woman’s cholesterol levels, but do not change outcomes (ie, do not reduce incidences of atherosclerosis).

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