Welcome to the Essentials of Healthy Living, a program for news and advice on complementary and alternative approaches to living well.

Join hosts Dana Laake and Dr. Kevin Passero, along with health experts, for a lively discussion of topics related to health and wellness.

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2015 Episodes

2015 Episodes

March 1, 2015

Special guest Amber Lynn Vitse is a Certified Nutritionist in integrative nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the Garden of Life team.
Topic: Proteins, the plant protein options, and Organic Plant Protein

February 22, 2015

Special guest: Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular drink, Bulletproof Coffee. Through his work Dave provides strategies for taking control of and improving your body and mind so they work in unison

Topic: The Bulletproof Diet and how to lose up to a pound a day, reclaim energy and focus, and upgrade your life.

February 15, 2015

Special guest Valerie Estess — Director of research for Project A.L.S

Topic: Project A.L.S. and research against neurodegenerative disorders

February 8, 2015

Special guest Steve Christensen, MD, is the Medical Affairs Consultant for Thorne.

Topic: Vitamin D and Its Role in Human Health

February 1, 2015

Special guest Patricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years.

Topic: Outsmarting Autism.

January 25, 2015

Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D. earned his A.B. from Stanford and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Topic: Appetite Control and Weight Management

January 18, 2015

Dana Laake is a licensed nutritionist providing preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services for over 25 years.

Topic: Health controversies including Environmental risk factors, autism, vaccinations, and fluoride.

January 11, 2015

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials.

Topic: Wahls Protocol-An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions.

2014 Episodes

December 21, 2014

Mike Mutzel has an B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and is completing his M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP).

Topic: Leptin, gut bacteria and belly fat

December 14, 2014

Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life since 2007, and brings with him a life-long passion for the Natural Foods Industry and a strong herbal knowledge.

Topic: Kind Organics vitamins – made from organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

December 7, 2014

Alan Miller, ND is a 1989 graduate of Bastyr University and a well-known clinician and educator who has lectured at medical conferences nationally and internationally.

Topic: Energy – How our bodies create cellular energy from foods, how this can go awry, and how to optimize the energy-producing process

November 30, 2014

Travis Lesperance is the regional educator for Garden of Life and has extensive knowledge of the natural foods Industry.

Topic: Kind Organics Vitamins – made from organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs

November 23, 2014

Dana Laake is a licensed nutritionist providing preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services for over 25 years.

Topic: Nutrition Controversies and Getting Back to the Basics

November 16, 2014

Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, the Medical Director for MegaFood. She combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry.

Topic: Winter Immunity: Strategies for supporting optimal immune health during the holidays and beyond.

November 9, 2014

Dr. Richard Maurer is a naturopathic physician, author, and expert in metabolic recovery.

Topic: Crack Your Metabolic Code with a few Simple Blood Tests

November 2, 2014

Dr. Lamb is Director of Intramural Clinical Research at The Functional Medicine Research Center for Metagenics.

Topic: Genomic Testing

October 26, 2014

Dr. Maggie Laidlaw acquired her degrees in human nutrition from the University of Guelph.

Topic: Choosing an Omega-3 Supplement

October 19, 2014

Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP, is a founding member of the Xymogen Medical Board of Advisors.

Topic: Living Healthy in a Toxic World

October 12, 2014

Tom Malterre, MS, CN, received both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from Bastyr University and is licensed by the state of Washington as a certified nutritionist.

Topic: How chemicals are altering our microbiome, hormones, and immune systems and what that means to our health.

October 5, 2014

Tracy L. Hackett, DOM, L.Ac, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and clinical herbalist in Washington, DC. Dr. Shaundel Knights, ND is a naturopathic physician with a focus on natural skin care and pain management.

Topic: Weight management, digestive health regulation through natural medicine, and types of healing massage treatments.

September 28, 2014

Hannah Bradford, MAc, LAc is an acupuncturist with training in nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.

Topic: Preconception planning and care

September 21, 2014

Peggy O’Mara is the publisher and editor of Mothering Magazine.

Topic: The truth about the early years of parenting.

September 14, 2014

Dr. Donald Brown is a naturopathic physician and a leading authority on the safety and efficacy of nutritional supplements, evidence-based herbal medicine, and probiotics.

Topic: Anxiety management and the healthy alternatives to anti-anxiety medication.

September 7, 2014

Dr. Michael Lewis is the President of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, which he founded upon retiring from the US Army after a distinguished 31-year career.

Topic: The benefits of omega-3s for athletes – helping to prevent brain injury, and supporting recovery, if injured

August 31, 2014

Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC™, The Mojo Coach®, and President of Lifestyle Fitness, Inc., is a leading authority on health, fitness, lifestyle and personal development.

Topic: Why healthy eating and exercise aren’t enough to look, feel and live our best.

August 24, 2014

Jennifer Fugo is the founder of Gluten Free School and teaches gluten-sensitive individuals simple, savvy and empowering steps to get healthy.

Topic: How to Save Money Eating Healthy Real Food

August 17, 2014

As a probiotic consultant for Jarrow Formulas, Silvano works to heighten consumers’ awareness about probiotic strains that are science-based and supported by clinical documentation.

Topic: How probiotics help with candida and other problems caused by bacterial imbalance, and the importance of documented strains.

August 10, 2014

Dr. Boone is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of mental stress on the heart.

Topic: Prevention of heart attack and stroke

August 3, 2014

Holly Lucille is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant and television host.

Topic: Double Whammy: Hypothyroid AND Adrenal Fatigue

July 27, 2014

Dr. Friedlis is one of few physicians in the Washington DC area trained to perform Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and is one of the first doctors in the area to use Stem Cell Therapy for musculoskeletal injuries, in particular knee and hip arthritis.

Topic: Using your body’s stem cells and platelets to treat arthritis and other musculoskeletal injuries.

July 20, 2014

Dr. Stokes is the Director of Education at MegaFood and received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001.

Topic: The MegaFood brand story and their four new nutrient booster powders.

July 6, 2014

Caroline Alexander is a Nationally Board Certified I-ACT Instructor for Colon Hydrotherapy and the founder of Vitality Cleansing

Topic: Cleansing and Detoxification Protocols – When in doubt, follow the gut, Nutritional Detoxification and Digestive Healing