27 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 • 1.1K 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.

    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. 
     
    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. Learn more about Derek at derekberes.com. 
     
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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
    GI Myths Busted – Coffee Enemas, Colonics & Parasites

    GI Myths Busted – Coffee Enemas, Colonics & Parasites

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, TikTok’s favorite gastroenterologist Dr. Austin Chiang, to get to the bottom (pun intended) of the most common GI myths. Austin is one of the most influential voices in the field of gastroenterology online, and on today’s episode he sheds light on the enormous amount of misinformation being shared on social media that could be detrimental to your health.   
     
    Danielle and Austin debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding: 
     

    Parasite cleanses and rope worms  

    Colonics and coffee enemas 

    Probiotics, candida and gut microbiome testing 

    Gluten-free diets and celiac disease  



    Dr. Austin Chiang is a triple board-certified, dual ivy-league educated and trained gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist. In October 2021, he became the first Chief Medical Officer of the gastrointestinal business for Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device company responsible for products to help endoscopists better prevent colon cancer. Dr. Chiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Endoscopic Weight Loss Program and Chief Medical Social Media Officer at Jefferson Health. 
      

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    • 58 min
    Eat the Damn Banana (if you want!) - Understanding Carbs with Kevin Hall, PhD

    Eat the Damn Banana (if you want!) - Understanding Carbs with Kevin Hall, PhD

    TW: Diet, weight  
     
    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo for part two of her fascinating conversation surrounding carbs, energy balance, and body weight with NIH nutrition and metabolism scientist, Dr. Kevin Hall. Danielle and Kevin discuss the phenomenal research Kevin and his team have done evaluating the impact of different diets and their studies in regards to the carbohydrate insulin model. They debunk myths about low carb versus low fat diets, the effects of carbs and fat on appetite, and whether keto deserves all the hype. If you have ever had anxiety about eating a banana because of the carbs, this one is for you! 
     
    Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he is the Section Chief of Integrative Physiology. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the NIH Director’s Award, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner has been used by millions of people. 
     
    They discuss myths and misconceptions in regards to: 
     

    Calories, insulin, and glucose  

    Social media’ newest enemy, fruit  

    The latest fad diets  

     

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Science Behind Metabolism & Weight Loss with Kevin Hall, PhD

    The Science Behind Metabolism & Weight Loss with Kevin Hall, PhD

    TW: diet, weight

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, NIH nutrition and metabolism scientist Dr. Kevin Hall. In part one of this fascinating conversation, Kevin and Danielle cover a lot of ground, including Kevin’s brilliant metabolic award studies at the NIH, which are a frequent topic of conversation in the nutrition world. They discuss Kevin’s research in metabolism, energy expenditure, and weight loss and take a deep dive into his research on participants from the reality TV show, The Biggest Loser. Today's episode explores whether or not the myth is true that extreme exercise, like that depicted on the TV show, prevents the a fall in metabolic rate during weight loss, and the possible reasons why physical activity aids in weight maintenance.
      

    Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he is the Section Chief of Integrative Physiology. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the NIH Director’s Award, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner has been used by millions of people. 
     
    They discuss myths and misconceptions in regards to: 
     

    Metabolic adaptation and vigorous exercise 

    BMI and adipose (fat) tissue 

    Weight loss, weight gain, and weight maintenance 

     

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Diet Soda, Artificial Sweeteners & Gut Supplements - Should You...?

    Diet Soda, Artificial Sweeteners & Gut Supplements - Should You...?

    Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, bodybuilding coach and nutrition pseudoscience myth buster, Dr. Layne Norton. Layne is a champion powerlifter and bodybuilder who turned his passion for lifting weights into a career that has helped over 2k people reach their health and fitness goals. Today’s episode debunks misinformation about artificial sweeteners, gut health, and calories in vs. calories out. Danielle and Layne also dissect numerous studies related to sucralose, diet soda, and other sweeteners that will leave you stunned and perhaps a little bit thirsty. Permission granted to crack open a diet coke while listening.  
     
    Dr. Layne Norton is a bodybuilding, figure, and physique coach who received his BS in Biochemistry from Eckerd College with honors and his PhD in Nutritional Sciences with honors from the University of Illinois. He developed his own nutrition and fitness coaching app called Biolane and has a no-BS supplement line called Carbon by Layne Norton. 
     
    They discuss myths and misconceptions in regards to: 
     

    The health impacts of artificial sweeteners and whether they make you prone to diabetes and cancer   

    Whether sweeteners are linked to obesity and can hinder weight loss 

    The gut microbiome  

    Metabolism and calorie deficits 

     

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    • 52 min

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Facts!

Love the evidence based info in a world full of IG gimmicks & health memes. Curious about your thoughts re animal protein. So much of the information out there is either keto/carnivore zealots or from vegans with a healthy user bias. Thanks for all the work you do!

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So interesting

I love this pod and always learn something!!

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Love it!

As a newer nurse practitioner, the info on this podcast is so helpful for talking to patients who have been diagnosed with vague conditions like leaky gut and candida. I would love a deeper dive into EBV and Lyme! There is so much confusing discussion online (and in pseudoscience) on the long term effects of both of these.

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