34 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
    • 4.7 • 1.3K 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.

    Fitness Trackers & Wearables - Health or Hype?

    Fitness Trackers & Wearables - Health or Hype?

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, cardiologist and internal medicine physician Dr. Rohin Francis. Rohin is also a writer, comedian, and creator of the YouTube channel Medlife Crisis, where he tackles fascinating and offbeat science topics that don’t get covered elsewhere. On today’s episode, he covers the spectrum of all things exercise and cardiovascular disease related, with a sprinkle of humor (of course), and answers the burning question—is there such a thing as too much exercise? He may also help save you a few bucks as you eye up the latest flashy fitness tracker. 
     
    Danielle and Rohin discuss:  
      

    How much exercise the average person needs weekly to accrue health benefits  

    The causes of atrial fibrillation (A-fib) in high-performance athletes  

    Target heart rate training and the importance of moderate exercise  

    The advantages and disadvantages of smart tracking health and fitness devices   

    The data surrounding heart rate variability and what we actually need to worry about   

    The fascinating results of the Apple Watch study   

    Harmful physical and emotional effects of medical over-screening 

     

    Dr. Rohin Francis is a Consultant Cardiologist and a Doctoral Researcher at the University College London with a passion for science communication and education. Dr. Francis got his MBBS from St George's Hospital Medical School and trained as a physician at the Cambridge Deanery (Cambridge, UK) with a subspecialization in coronary intervention. Currently, Dr. Francis is undertaking a PhD on imaging techniques for acute myocardial infarction at University College London. Rohin has presented around the world and has been published extensively, including in The Guardian and numerous academic journals and websites. 
     
      
    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. All studies discussed can be found @wellnessfvfjournalclub. Follow Rohin @medcrisis. 
     

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Am I Actually Allergic? The Truth About Food Allergies, Intolerances & “Sensitivities”

    Am I Actually Allergic? The Truth About Food Allergies, Intolerances & “Sensitivities”

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, pediatric allergist and immunologist Dr. David Stukus, for a myth-busting episode about food allergies, intolerances, and "sensitivities." Danielle and David crack down on food "sensitivity" scams and unnecessary, unvalidated tests that people all over social media are falling victim to. Even allergies have a dark side, so tune in to learn what is fact and what is, simply, fiction. 
      
       
    Danielle and David discuss:   
       

    The basic terminology and meaning of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances  

    The difference between IgG and IgE and why IgG testing isn’t validated or accurate  

    Low histamine diets and the pseudoscience claims these diets make 

    How to use a trial, elimination, and reintroduction diet to discover food intolerances  

    Why an oral food challenge is the gold standard for allergy testing  

    Ways to find a provider to get an accurate allergy diagnosis   

    Red flags for spotting allergy misinformation on social media  

      


    David Stukus, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Prior to becoming the director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center, Dr. Stukus started the Complex Asthma Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2011, which treats children with severe or difficult-to-treat asthma. He holds multiple leadership positions in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is one of twelve allergists invited as a member of the Joint Task Force for Practice Parameters. He is the Social Media Medical Editor for the AAAAI, where he produces and hosts their podcast "Conversations From the World of Allergy." He has been named a Top Doctor in Pediatric Allergy every year since 2015. 
     

    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. All studies discussed can be found @wellnessfvfjournalclub. Follow Dr. Dave @allergykidsdoc.
     

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Calling the Shots - Botox, Filler & Feminism

    Calling the Shots - Botox, Filler & Feminism

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, the highly sought-after facial plastic surgeon to the stars, Dr. Kay Durairaj. On today’s episode, Dr. Belardo gets a full rundown of the pros and cons of Botox, fillers, rhinoplasty, and liposuction, and the two share their favorite non-surgical treatments. Dr. Kay empowers her patients (including Danielle) to call their own shots when it comes to beauty and provides them with the autonomy to make decisions about their aesthetics that stay true to who they are. The pursuit of beauty is on your terms. 
       

    Danielle and Kay discuss:   
       

    The pretty vs. brainy dichotomy that is present in today’s society  

    The positive and negative effects of social media on beauty standards and self-image 

    The differences between non-surgical and surgical rhinoplasty and the costs associated with both interventions  

    What to look for on a specialist's resume to ensure you’re in good hands  

    What Kybella is, how it differs from liposuction, and its efficacy  

      
      

    Dr. Kay Durairaj completed her surgical training at UCLA and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Her expertise is in Botox and neurotoxins, facial injectables and fillers, and she was voted one of the top 100 injectors in the country by her peers. She is Chairman of the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and she serves as an advisor to multiple aesthetic industry organizations. 
     
      
    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. All studies discussed can be found @wellnessfvfjournalclub. Follow Dr. Kay @beautybydrkay. 
     
     
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    • 50 min
    Fed Up Fact Check - Debunking Fiber Feuds with Science

    Fed Up Fact Check - Debunking Fiber Feuds with Science

    Can fiber actually cause death? How about heart attacks? Panic attacks? On today’s episode, the fiber queen herself, Dr. Danielle Belardo, and her expert guest registered dietitian, Dr. Kevin Klatt, discuss the scientific evidence around dietary fiber. There is a lot of stir about fiber after the release of Wondery's top podcast, Fed Up, about the phenomenon diet F-Factor, founded by registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot. Danielle and Kevin are on the mic to settle the fiber feud and advise listeners if they really should fear the fiber. Tune in to hear the fiber facts and whether these two doctors will be placing their F-Factor orders anytime soon.
     
     
    Dr. Kevin C. Klatt, PhD, RD is a nutrition researcher and registered dietitian who provides individualized medical nutrition therapy and health coaching to patients/clients. Dr. Klatt completed his doctoral work in nutrition at Cornell University and his dietetic training at the National Institutes of Health. He is currently a researcher at the Baylor College of Medicine. 
     

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Eating for a Stronger Self – How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

    Eating for a Stronger Self – How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, an internal and emergency medicine physician who has been dubbed the Latin Dr. Fauci, Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez-Arias. This week, Danielle and Mauricio dive into a topic that doesn’t get a lot of air time in the plant-based community but that is incredibly important—protein. It doesn't matter which area of the dietary spectrum you are in, this episode will be incredibly educational, informative, and helpful for you.  
      

    Danielle and Mauricio discuss:   
       

    What is protein, and why is it so important to include it in your diet? 

    The meaning of RDA and how it affects protein intake   

    The daily protein recommendations for increasing muscle mass and losing weight, as well as ways to increase your intake 

    The physical and psychological benefits of resistance training and tips to include more in your workout routine even if you don’t like it  

    High-quality, vegetarian protein sources   

    Amino acid composition in animal vs. plant proteins and how much leucine to include each day 

     
     
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    Dr. Mauricio González is a Mexican doctor who practices medicine in New York. He has a double major in internal medicine and emergency medicine from New York Medical College. Along with his wife, Mayte Moncada, he founded the Veggie Power Summit ® which is the largest congress in Latin America on plant-based nutrition. Various television networks have interviewed him to combat disinformation and he frequently collaborates with CNN en Español, Telemundo, Televisa, and Univision La Saga. He has also been interviewed by People Magazine, The Today Show, InStyle, and GQ Mexico and shared a forum panel with Dr. Tedros and Bill Clinton. 
     

    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. All studies discussed can be found @wellnessfvfjournalclub. Follow Mauricio @dr.mauriciogonzalez and his wife Mayte @mayte_moncada_p. 
     

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Worth the Weight? Breaking Down Bariatric Surgery Myths

    Worth the Weight? Breaking Down Bariatric Surgery Myths

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, bariatric surgeon and obesity medicine specialist Dr. Garth Davis, for a myth-busting episode about weight loss surgery. Dr. Davis debunks the enormous amount of misinformation circling social media about the harm of these surgeries and provides an inside look into what you can expect before, during and after surgery. Danielle and Garth dive into the pros and cons of the most common weight loss surgeries and provide the facts so people can make an educated decision on whether bariatric surgery is right for them.   
     
      
    Danielle and Garth discuss:  
      

    The anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract  

    The history of gastric bypass surgery and why it causes weight loss 

    Myths and misconceptions surrounding bariatric surgery 

    Criteria to qualify for bariatric surgery  

    The long term effects and success rate of surgery 

    How to find a great surgeon and what kinds of questions to ask 

    Risks and benefits associated with bariatric surgery 

     
      

    Garth Davis, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a board-certified bariatric surgeon and obesity medicine specialist physician in Houston, Texas. For more than 20 years, Dr. Davis has specialized in bariatric and general surgery and has performed thousands of weight loss surgeries. He is currently working at Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist Downtown and serves as the Medical Director for the system’s Clinic For Chronic Metabolic Disease. He has started and led several of the largest multidisciplinary weight loss programs and is an invited keynote speaker on topics related to obesity and obesity surgery. Dr. Davis is a published author of two books: "Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat is Killing Us" and "The Expert’s Guide to Weight-Loss Surgery." He founded the two largest bariatric practices in Houston: the Houston Medical Clinic and the Davis Clinic. 


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    • 52 min

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Topic idea - cold water plunge and sauna health benefits

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Love your podcast.. as a Registered Dietitian, I hear everything! So Much not so true information out there and at times I am baffled by it. You really have thrown my thinking into a new headspace..
I would be interested in a podcast regarding soy.. effects bad or good?

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Thank you Dr. Belardo

As a long time medical sales rep and girlfriend of a physician, I highly value evidence based medicine. I am also a 500 hour yoga teacher. The amount of misinformation passed through the yoga and wellness industry is disturbing. I appreciate Dr. Belardo’s dedication to the *actual* science and well proven, well documented and real information.

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