30 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.

Wellness: Fact vs. Fiction Danielle Belardo

    • 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.

    Demystifying Mental Health Myths

    Demystifying Mental Health Myths

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, clinical psychologist Dr. Jonathan Stea, for a highly requested and informative episode about all things mental health. With the rise of pseudo-psychology circulating on social media, Dr. Stea has been on a mission to drown out the mental health misinformation noise by amplifying scientific communication in a digestible, creative way. Tune in to hear how Dr. Stea answers some important questions surrounding depression, anxiety, and much more. 
     

    Danielle and Jonathan discuss: 
     

    What depression and anxiety are and how they are diagnosed  

    Evidence-based therapies to treat depression, anxiety, and other disorders 

    Pharmaceutical treatment options including SSRIs and SNRIs and their effectiveness 

    The impact of exercise on mental health  

     

    Jonathan N. Stea, Ph.D., R. Psych., is a registered and practicing clinical psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Clinically, he specializes in the assessment and treatment of concurrent addictive and psychiatric disorders. He is interested in topics related to science communication and health misinformation in popular media, especially with respect to addiction and mental health. He is a coalition member of Science Up First which distributes and amplifies best-in-class, science-informed content surrounding COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Investigating Psychology: Pseudoscience, Fringe Science, and Controversies out in 2023. 
     
    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 Jonathan @jonathanstea and Science Up First @ScienceUpFirst. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    What Everyone Needs to Know about Medical Guidelines

    What Everyone Needs to Know about Medical Guidelines

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, past Chief of Cardiology, author and women’s health advocate Dr. Martha Gulati. Martha is an expert in women’s heart health and an influential voice for women’s empowerment in the medical field. On today’s episode she sheds light on whether the health claims on your Instagram are fact or fiction and how guidelines are working to keep this from being detrimental to your health and wellness.  
     
    Danielle and Martha debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding: 
     

    The rigorous process of creating guidelines 

    How unbiased committees are created 

    Why medical guidelines are (always) better than anecdotal advise 

    How, even as a layman, you can use guidelines to ensure the credibility of your healthcare 

     
    Martha Gulati, MD is the President-Elect of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. She was a Professor of Medicine and the inaugural Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona. She is the author of the best-seller, “Saving Women’s Hearts”. She served as the chair of the national chest pain guidelines that were released in late 2021. She recently joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute as a professor of cardiology and is the director of prevention, the associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and holds the Anita Dann Friedman Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine and Research.
     
    Check out Martha’s book - Saving Women’s Hearts HERE! 
      
    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 Martha @drmarthagulati. 
     
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Organic Food, GMOs and The Dirty Dozen - The Unexpected Truth

    Organic Food, GMOs and The Dirty Dozen - The Unexpected Truth

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, media expert and creator of @foodsciencebabe, Erin. Erin is revealing the facts behind food science and exposing the harmful myths, trends, and truths of the food industry that have been plastered throughout the media over the past years. Danielle and Erin address the impacts that the food industry has on our health, the health of those working in the field, and whether we really need to worry about consuming pesticides. With the new-found knowledge from today’s episode, you’ll be able to make more educated and healthy food choices! 
     
    Danielle and Erin discuss: 
     

    Is organic food better than non-organic food?

    The environmental impact of organic vs non-organic food 

    Should you be scared of eating pesticides? 

     
    Erin has a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from the University of MN, has worked in the conventional and organic food industries for over 10 years, and is the creator behind @foodsciencebabe where she challenges the beliefs of the food industry by using science based information to answer hard-hitting questions. 
     
    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 Erin @foodsciencebabe. 
     
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    • 56 min
    Understanding Obesity – From Stigma to Solutions

    Understanding Obesity – From Stigma to Solutions

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, associate professor, author, and co-owner of the Bariatric Medical Institute, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. Yoni is on a mission to destigmatize obesity and shed light on the life-changing pharmaceutical therapies available to patients. Yoni and Danielle address the impact weight stigma has on the quality of medical care for individuals with obesity and how we need to stop blaming patients for this complex, multi-factorial, neuro-hormonal condition. With these changes, the days of the diet guru will be dead and gone! 
     
    Danielle and Yoni discuss: 
     

    Solutions for healthcare providers to evaluate their own bias in order to improve the quality of care for patients  

    Advice for patients who have obesity to advocate for themselves while navigating this stigma in healthcare 

    The physical and mental health benefits of various treatments

    Why patients deserve individualized, personalized recommendations for weight management  

     
      
    Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, and he is the founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute. He is the author of the #1 national bestseller, The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work. Dr. Freedhoff is a sought-after international speaker and has made appearances on The Today Show, feature-length documentaries, The New York Times, and more. 


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Shady Side of Wellness - Spiritual Thinking & Conspiracy Theories

    The Shady Side of Wellness - Spiritual Thinking & Conspiracy Theories

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, multi-faceted author, media expert, and co-host of the Conspirituality Podcast, Derek Beres. Derek is pulling back the curtain on the wellness industry and exposing the harmful trends, tactics, and patterns of pseudoscience influencers that have turned spirituality into paranoia. Today’s eye-opening episode will leave you with the tools to weed through spiritual disinformation and recognize a “wellness” opportunist when you see one.  
      
     
    Danielle and Derek discuss: 
     

    The meaning and origins of conspirituality  

    How the wellness industry has been taken over by conspiracy theories and fake progressive wellness utopianism 

    How charismatic influencers exploit their followers and tips to avoid scamfluencers   

    The horseshoe effect in wellness and why it is a major red flag  

     

    Derek Beres is a Los Angeles based writer and the Senior Editor at Eco. Currently, he is co-writing Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Public Health Threat with Matthew Remski and Julian Walker. He has been featured in over forty publications, including Rolling Stone, Women’s Health, Big Think, Yoga Journal, and National Geographic. He is also the co-founder of EarthRise SoundSystem and has produced records for Six Degrees Records and Vieux Farka Toure. 
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The “No One Size Fits All" Approach to Weight Loss

    The “No One Size Fits All" Approach to Weight Loss

    TW: Diet, weight  

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, registered nutritionist and researcher specializing in sustainable weight loss, Marie Spreckley. In her latest research, Marie posed the question — what does the experience of trying to achieve sustainable weight loss entail after completing a 1-year weight-loss program followed by one year of predominantly self-directed support? Tune in to hear the fascinating results and why there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to weight loss and health. 
     
    Danielle and Marie discuss: 
     

    The importance of a multidisciplinary, empathetic, and compassionate approach for success in weight loss and weight management 

    How personalized, agile treatment approaches have the potential to enhance long-term treatment outcomes for patients 

    The complexities of obesity and how it’s not *always* the right time to lose weight 

    How family, social commitments, food environment, time, and structure can impact weight loss 

     
     
    Marie Spreckley is a clinician, researcher, and academic specializing in obesity and weight management. She is currently in the final month of her PhD, which focuses on investigating behavioral determinants that increase the likelihood of achieving long-term weight loss outcomes with her own patient cohort. She also runs a private weight loss practice in London and teaches the Master of Science in Obesity and Weight Management at the University of South Wales. Prior to this, she spent over a decade working as a registered nutritionist for the NHS and in private practice, with a particular focus on sustainable weight loss and overall health improvements. 
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

hemingwayhalfdozen ,

EVIDENCE BASED AWESOMENESS!!

I would highly recommend this show to ANYONE looking to improve their Health!

IsYourRefrigeratorRunning ,

YES! Evidence based science!

I’m loving this podcast! My new favorite activity is to walk and listen to this podcast. I know Dr. Belardo mentioned doing a podcast on cholesterol, but I’d also like to hear a podcast on vegan nutrition and if there is any importance to complimentary protein.

thinker526 ,

This podcast is what I expected..

This podcast has an expected agenda towards conventional healthcare, medicine over supplements, organic isn’t better, MD over NMD and so forth. That is why I decided to listen, to gain a well rounded perspective of both extremes.

The reason this is getting 1 star is because they consistently state that the data and science supports what their saying, but never link or read the “evidence” on the episode, that would make them more credible and informative. When I listen to podcast with a more natural approach to food and medicine, they are usually referencing the data and linking it so everyone can learn and inform themselves. This podcast definitely is coming from a doctor who approaches all medical conversations as if you are an ignorant person who cannot possibly know anything about the medical field or ask questions contrary to what they present you. If you know, you know. I came to the podcast for evidence based perspectives against the functional medicine movement, this is someone telling me what to do without showing me the facts.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with these questions, the results are why Americans are moving away from blindly trusting the conventional health “experts”. Where do Americans rank on global health? How much money do we poor into healthcare and medical interventions compared to other countries? Are our children healthier? What do cancer rates look like in America compared to other peer countries? What about cancer in children? What ingredients does our FDA approve, but other countries ban?

I’ll come back to this podcast later to see if there is any real evidence shared fact checking going on.

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