The Model Health Show

The human immune system is truly at the foundation of human health. And at a time in human history when so many folks are suffering with various diseases and illnesses, it’s critical that we understand the expansive role of the immune system. On today’s show, we’re covering the function of the immune system, how viruses work, and the connection between our microbes and our overall health. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Zach Bush, is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care. He is an educator on the microbiome and its connection to health and disease. He is also the founder of The Journey of Intrinsic Health and the nonprofit, Farmer’s Footprint. Dr. Bush is passionate about immunity and the larger picture of how our planet’s health impacts human health. 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, Dr. Bush is here to discuss the human microbiome, immunity, and viruses. We’re discussing topics like the role of the immune system, the scientific process, and the integration of humans in nature. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How much money is spent each year in the US healthcare system. 
  • Why the human body is an ecosystem.
  • The role that microbes play in distinguishing humans from other species. 
  • How our understanding of the immune system has evolved over time. 
  • The purpose of the body’s inflammatory responses.
  • What the role of mitochondria is. 
  • Challenges of germ theory. 
  • The relationship between scientific studies and reductionism.
  • Why curiosity is an important piece of science.
  • How urine can be used in regenerative agriculture. 
  • Why having your first child changes you so much.
  • How Dr. Zack Bush’s career evolved over time. 
  • What spontaneous remission means. 
  • The number one piece of advice from patients on hospice.  

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Our experiences shape so much about us—our beliefs, the way we view ourselves and the world around us, and the way we react in our relationships. But for those of us who had a shaky start to life, luckily, we are not by default destined for a life full of pain. Healing is available, and healing from those challenges can help us live a happier and more fulfilled life.  

Today’s guest, Tana Amen, is here to discuss how reframing our past experiences and traumas can improve our relationships and our health. Tana is a New York Times bestselling author, the vice president of Amen Clinics, and a former ICU trauma nurse. Her mission is to help people become stronger in mind, body, and spirit. In her newest book, The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, Tana shares her journey of turning pain into purpose. 

In this interview, you’re going to learn more about Tana’s story of overcoming trauma and critical steps you can take to heal from your past experiences. We’re going to discuss choosing growth over trauma, the importance of nutrition, and the power of setting boundaries and taking responsibility. No matter what challenges you’ve faced in your life, Tana’s empowering approach can help you heal. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What you should know about sourcing high-quality olive oil. 
  • The implications of a high adverse childhood experiences score.
  • How generational trauma is often passed down.
  • The far-reaching impacts of chronically high cortisol levels. 
  • What post-traumatic growth is. 
  • How our early experiences shape our blueprints (and how we can change them).
  • What percentage of the average American’s diet is ultra-processed food.
  • The problem with having a cheat day. 
  • How to heal from trauma.
  • What it means to take responsibility. 
  • The importance of setting boundaries. 
  • How the darkest period of Tana’s life became her purpose. 
  • The impact that nutrition can have on every area of your life. 

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Nutrition is a powerful key to human health, but have you ever considered how your dietary choices may be impacting the environment and society at large? Much like the systems in our body, every single component of our world is in some way affected by the food we eat. Today you’re going to hear from Dr. Mark Hyman on the important topic of food as a form of medicine and activism. 

Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most impactful voices in the space of functional medicine and an influential advocate for eating real, whole foods to reverse and prevent diseases. He is also a 14-time New York Times bestselling author, host of The Doctor’s Farmacy Podcast, and the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center. On today’s show, you’re going to hear a compilation of my past interviews with Dr. Hyman.

This episode contains powerful insights on how changing our food system can improve everything from disease rates to social justice issues and the health of the planet. You’re going to learn about important topics like soil health and food waste, the truth about common nutrition misconceptions, and what we should actually be eating. Today’s show is packed with essential facts about food, plus realistic tips we can all implement to make a positive, far-reaching impact. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How our food system impacts climate change, poverty, violence, and more. 
  • The statistics on obesity in the US and worldwide. 
  • Why food waste is a contributor to greenhouse gases 
  • The connection between soil health and microbial health. 
  • How Big Food corrupts science and preys on children.  
  • What the achievement gap is. 
  • The definition of structural violence.
  • What the biggest nutrition myth is. 
  • The truth about saturated fat. 
  • Why dogma has no place in science. 
  • How cholesterol levels are influenced by dietary fats.  
  • The number one hormone that causes you to gain fat. 
  • What nutritionism is. 
  • The most commonly consumed vegetables in America. 
  • How the human body processes fructose. 
  • The impacts of consuming factory-farmed animal foods. 
  • What you need to know about meat consumption and cancer risk.
  • Five critical principles that apply to most popular diets. 

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What if you could transform your health with a handful of simple, practical steps? Many people believe the myth that a radical, difficult lifestyle change is the only route to wellness. However, the key to health is rarely found in cutting out food groups, shady detox products, or logging hours on the treadmill. Often, it’s the most simple and sustainable changes that lead to lasting results. 

On today’s show, I’m sharing the full story of my personal health transformation, including my diagnosis and the journey of mindset shifts and behavior changes that led to results. Specifically, you’re going to learn five specific and practical steps you can take to gain control over your health. These five action steps are attainable, realistic, and you can implement them starting today. 

Whether your goal is to change your body composition, minimize symptoms, or reverse chronic illness, these five action steps can help you achieve results. I hope this episode resonates with you and leaves you feeling empowered. So listen in, take good notes, and enjoy the show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The first thing I learned in my university nutrition class. 
  • My health history, including my diagnosis and healing.
  • How the placebo effect works. 
  • The power of seeking a second opinion in our healthcare system.
  • What instinctive elaboration is. 
  • How our bodies are literally made from food. 
  • Which vitamins and minerals are integral for bone health. 
  • What bioavailability means. 
  • How processed foods can impact our metabolic function. 
  • Why the model of calories in, calories out is an oversimplification.
  • The relationship between processed food consumption and cancer risk. 
  • Which bodily processes that water is responsible for. 
  • The two most water-dominant organs in the body.
  • What water-induced thermogenesis is. 
  • The importance of moving your body for vitality and not for vanity.
  • How to slowly incorporate movement into your routine if you’re sedentary.
  • The vital connection between sleep and healing. 
  • How your sleep quality directly impacts your immune function. 
  • Which preventable disease is the number one cause of death in the US. 

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In a country where only 12% of adults are metabolically healthy, it’s clear that there’s a disconnect between our behaviors and our bodies’ biological needs. Certain environmental inputs like movement, sleep, sunlight exposure, and whole foods are critical pillars of human health that our genes expect. And when it comes to improving our metabolic health, even making small changes can have a huge impact. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Casey Means, is the co-founder and chief medical officer at the innovative metabolic health company, Levels. She’s back on The Model Health Show back to discuss all things metabolic health. We’re diving into topics including the metabolic benefits of reducing your chemical exposure, the power of optimizing your micronutrient intake, and the surprising connections between metabolic function and sexual health. 

Dr. Means is truly an expert in the field of metabolic health, and her mission is to help folks maximize their potential by empowering them with tools that facilitate personalized and sustainable lifestyle choices. In this interview, you’re going to learn some realistic lifestyle habits you can implement to optimize your metabolism, no matter your starting point. Please enjoy this interview with the one and only, Dr. Casey Means! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What obesogens are. 
  • How chemicals can impact your metabolic function. 
  • The importance of building biologic resilience to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
  • Simple swaps for reducing your exposure to chemicals. 
  • What percentage of people experience side effects from antidepressants.
  • How choosing organic food can impact your microbiome health. 
  • Why restriction is not the key to building a healthy body.
  • Three ways that micronutrients support cellular processes.
  • How selenium is involved in immune function.
  • The importance of focusing on regenerating the health of our soil.
  • How eating colorful food can impact your micronutrient levels.
  • The role magnesium plays in the body, and how to get more in your diet.
  • What the pillars of healthy gene expression are. 
  • How adequate sunlight exposure can improve your metabolic health.
  • The specific systems in the body that are tied to sexual function. 
  • What cardiometabolic health is. 
  • The link between obesity and sperm count. 
  • What polycystic ovarian syndrome is, and why it’s tied to insulin resistance. 
  • The metabolic effects of consuming breakfast cereal. 
  • Why long-term glycemic variability is not optimal. 

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Most folks training the gym are there for one reason: to look good. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to build a fit, aesthetically pleasing body, it’s not the only reason you should work out. Becoming a stronger and healthier version of yourself is about much more than what your abs look like; it’s also about your mindset, your routines around sleep and nutrition, and your functionality on an everyday basis. 

Today’s guest, Gunnar Peterson, is a personal trainer who is recognized for working with professional athletes and celebrities. What I love about his approach is his focus on movements that are critical whether you’re in the gym, in a championship game, or just everyday life. With nearly 30 years in the industry with a focus on functional training modalities, Gunnar is an expert in all things fitness. In this interview, he’s sharing the best principles for building a strong and functional body. 

Interviewing Gunnar has been a goal of mine from the beginning of The Model Health Show, and this experience did not disappoint! On this episode, you’re going to hear Gunnar’s background and how he started working with celebrities, the importance of sustainability in any health practice, the power of consistency and intentionality, and so much more. Gunnar is bringing so much knowledge and value to this interview, and I hope this message resonates with you. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How having information can help you avoid being a victim.
  • Why Gunnar doesn’t take credit for his clients’ results. 
  • The power of consistency in fitness.
  • Why the gym is the fairest place in the world. 
  • The importance of recognizing your wins. 
  • How a childlike curiosity can help you excel in any field.
  • Gunnar’s story of becoming a trainer and cultivating his education.
  • Why personal training is a service. 
  • The origin story of the toilet In Gunnar’s squat rack. 
  • Why sustainability is the key to any health goal. 
  • The three reasons why people work out. 
  • How focusing on performance in training can improve your everyday life. 
  • The evolution of beauty standards and the ideal body. 
  • What an auditory diet is and why it matters. 
  • Why you should work your body every day.
  • Which specific movements Gunnar has all his clients doing.
  • The importance of having a flexible training plan. 
  • Why you should check in with your body regularly. 
  • The benefits of working with a professional trainer. 

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What does soil have to do with human health? Everything on our planet is interconnected, from tiny organisms that live in the soil to humans. Unfortunately, we’re actively and rapidly destroying the communities of microbes in our soil through unsustainable farming practices. This impacts literally everything, including our gut microbiomes, disease propensity, food security, climate change, and so much more. 

Today’s guest, Autumn Smith, is a passionate advocate for human health through regenerative agriculture. She is a functional diagnostic nutritionist and the co-founder of two forward-thinking health companies: Paleo Valley and Wild Pastures. In this interview, Autumn is sharing her personal health anecdote, plus the science behind important health topics like processed foods, the consequences of modern agriculture practices, and the importance of well-thought-out, quality supplements. 

We’re diving into the prevalence of digestive issues in the US, the surprising link between eating animal fats and developing chronic illnesses, and the scary reality of antibiotic resistance. Autumn is bringing a ton of valuable knowledge to this episode of The Model Health Show, so listen in, take good notes, and enjoy the show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What a diagnosis of IBS actually means, and its prevalence today.
  • Autumn’s personal story of transforming her health through dietary changes.
  • How many Americans suffer from digestive issues. 
  • The problem with ultra-processed foods, and how they hijack your satiety. 
  • How modern food engineering impacts our dopamine.
  • A realistic strategy for eating less processed foods.
  • What it means to prioritize pleasure in your diet and your life. 
  • The shocking relationship between saturated fats and non-communicable diseases.
  • How the human diet has evolved in recent decades.
  • The origin story of vegetable oils.
  • What percentage of animal products come from confined feeding operations.
  • The unintended consequences of industrial animal agriculture. 
  • How conventional animal agriculture encourages antibiotic resistance. 
  • The importance of restoring the health of our depleted soil.
  • How climate change is linked with our topsoil.
  • What regenerative agriculture is. 
  • An important distinction between sustainability and regeneration.
  • Why regenerative agriculture is like functional medicine. 
  • The difference between whole food vitamin C and ascorbic acid.
  • What you should know about curcumin supplements.
  • Autumn’s daily routine, and how she models self-care for her son. 

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Your brain is a powerful force that regulates so many functions and processes in your body. Everything from memory and emotion to temperature and metabolism are controlled by this complex and dynamic organ. Because of the expansive nature of the human brain, the field of neuroscience is vast and ever-evolving. 

Dr. Lisa Mosconi is a world-renowned neuroscientist who is ranked amongst the top 1% of scientists in the past 20 years. Dr. Mosconi studies the fascinating and growing intersection of neuroscience and nutrition, including how what we eat impacts our brain health and can ultimately determine our susceptibility to neurodegenerative diseases. She is the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine, an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry, and the author of two incredible bestselling books, Brain Food and The XX Brain. 

On today’s show, you’re going to hear two powerful excerpts from previous interviews with Dr. Lisa Mosconi. She’s sharing the science on a wide variety of topics under the umbrella of brain health—including how Alzheimer’s disease develops over time, what your brain is made of and what nutrients it needs to survive, how men and women’s brains differ, and so much more. We can all learn more about how to nourish and protect our brain health, and I hope this episode empowers you to do just that. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the HPA axis is, and how it works.
  • The relationship between your hypothalamus and your metabolic rate.
  • What nuclear medicine is. 
  • The surprising connection between Alzheimer’s disease and genetics.
  • What neuronutrition is, and how the blood-brain barrier works. 
  • A major differentiating factor between brain cells and other cells in the body. 
  • How many nutrients the brain has access to. 
  • Why your brain itself cannot feel pain. 
  • What a brain reserve is. 
  • An important distinction between dietary cholesterol and cholesterol in the brain. 
  • What compounds your brain is made of. 
  • Specific nutrients your brain needs for optimal health. 
  • Why long-chain polyunsaturated fats are critical for brain function. 
  • The link between menopause and Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Why you should avoid xenoestrogens.
  • How women have been systematically excluded from research.
  • Why the XX chromosomes are related to brain function. 
  • What estradiol is. 
  • How Alzheimer’s disease develops over time. 
  • The role estrogen has in the brain. 
  • What the number one cause of early menopause is. 
  • Why hormone replacement therapy needs to be individualized. 
  • The power of protecting your brain with antioxidants. 
  • Which vitamins are most important for combating oxidative stress.
  • Why your brain needs carbohydrates. 

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