Everyday Wellness

Everyday Wellness podcast, hosted by Cynthia Thurlow, NP.

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Ep. 363 Challenging the Diet-Heart Hypothesis: Reevaluating Nutrition and Health with Dr. David Diamond

Ep. 363 Challenging the Diet-Heart Hypothesis: Reevaluating Nutrition and Health with Dr. David Diamond

I am honored to connect with Dr. Dave Diamond today. Dr. Diamond is a professor at the University of South Florida in their Department of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology. He has a Ph.D. in biology, specializing in behavioral neuroscience. In our discussion today, Dr. Diamond talks about his journey as a neuroscientist and his interest in heart disease, and we discuss how Ancel Keys, the nutritional department at Harvard, and governmental dietary guidelines have significantly hindered our state of health. We explore the diet-heart hypothesis, the effects of seed oils and low-fat diets, the misconceptions surrounding cholesterol, metabolic errors, and the role of insulin resistance in coronary artery disease and metabolic health. We also scrutinize the implications of scientific misconduct, the effects of statins, and the role of nutrition in shaping lipid panels.  Join us for today’s valuable, insightful, and informative conversation with Dr. Dave Diamond.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How Dr. Diamond became a leading voice in heart disease research The negative impact of a low-fat, high-carb diet  How the American Heart Association ignored the effects of sugar on heart disease How seed oils have contributed to the obesity epidemic  Why a low-carb diet could increase the risk of heart disease How the demonization of cholesterol deflects from nutritional factors exacerbating poor metabolic health How the benefits of statins get overstated  How statins can lead to strokes and heart attacks and contribute to metabolic damage The perils of scientific misconduct and the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry The benefits of a low-carb diet Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. David Diamond On X (Twitter)   Email Dr. Diamond: ddiamond@usf.edu
BONUS Muscle Matters: Transforming Metabolic Health for Weight Control with Bronson Dant

BONUS Muscle Matters: Transforming Metabolic Health for Weight Control with Bronson Dant

I am happy to connect with Coach Bronson Dant today. He has spent over a decade guiding and training people in health and fitness. He discovered the benefits of a whole food animal-based ketogenic diet for optimizing metabolic health and performance and wrote The Ultimate Ketogenic Fitness Book. In our discussion today, we dive into the powerful story of Coach Bronson’s pain-to-purpose journey. We explore the value of mindset and look at how age-related changes affect muscle, inflammation, and metabolic flexibility. He shares his three pillars of muscle health related to nutrient density, bioavailability, and satiety, and we examine the importance of sleep, the impact of extremes in exercise, and the value of stress management. We also unravel the complexities of weight loss resistance, and Coach Bronson discusses his research from the Journal of Nutrition Metabolism and Health Science, sharing his perspective on macros and functional movement in menopausal women. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Coach Bronson shares his three pillars for nutrition The limitations of basing nutrition on calories alone How the hormone piece impacts effective weight management How to avoid physical deterioration through fitness and nutrition Why Coach Bronson advocates for living life to the fullest and dying quickly How does muscle mass impact metabolic health? The importance of taking a balanced approach to weight loss How sleep aids muscle recovery and growth  Stress management, nutrition, and fitness for overall well-being How alcohol affects our health and fitness The benefits of combining functional movement training and proper nutrition for older adults  Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Bronson Dant On his website  On YouTube and Instagram The Ultimate Ketogenic Fitness Bundle is available on Amazon
Ep. 362 Optimizing Health: Strategies for Menopause Well-Being with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz

Ep. 362 Optimizing Health: Strategies for Menopause Well-Being with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz

I am thrilled to connect with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz today. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women's empowerment and public education, appearing frequently to share her expertise in women's health and integrative medicine. She received her medical degree from the USC School of Medicine and did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She is the author of The Menopause Bootcamp.  In our discussion, we dive into paradigm shifts and identity differentiation in middle age, debunking the common misconception that our worth ties into our physical attractiveness or the ability to have children. We talk about ageism and the impact of misogyny on sexual education and healthcare, exploring precursors to disease risk in menopause, pelvic floor advocacy, bone and muscle changes in menopause, and the effects of disordered eating on mental health. We also touch on brain remodeling, the three Ps, and how cycle changes can impact our ability to interact with our environment and affect our relationships.  I am excited for you to listen to this insightful conversation, which is the first of two discussions with Dr. Gilberg-Lenz. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How women get pressured to conform to societal standards  Sexual health education is so important Why we need policy changes to address gender-related health disparities How our past medical history is essential for predicting our future health outcomes The importance of pelvic floor health for women The benefits of vaginal estrogen and energy-based devices during menopause  Why annual pap smears are essential for sexually active women over 40 The musculoskeletal changes that occur in menopause How disordered eating patterns often get hidden, and how they can worsen with hormonal changes and mood disorders How the brain chemistry brain of women gets remodeled with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause Bio: Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz A Diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, received her medical degree in 1996 from the USC School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education. She appears frequently as an expert in women’s health and integrative medicine in print, online, and on TV, where she is the Chief Medical Correspondent for the Drew Barrymore Show. She is the author of MENOPAUSE BOOTCAMP: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age (Harper Wave; October 11th)  Connect with Cynthia Thurlow   Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz On her website Dr. Gilberg-Lenz on Instagram The Menopause Bootcamp on Instagram Dr. Gilberg-Lenz’s Menopause Bootcamp
Ep. 361 Metabolic Health: Addressing Mitochondria, Medicine and Advocacy with Casey Means, M.D.

Ep. 361 Metabolic Health: Addressing Mitochondria, Medicine and Advocacy with Casey Means, M.D.

I am delighted to reconnect with Dr. Casey Means today. Dr. Means is the Co-founder of Levels, a health technology company dedicated to reversing the global metabolic health crisis. She is also the co-author of the book Good Energy, along with her brother Callie Means.  In our discussion today, we dive into mitochondria and metabolism, looking at the impact of cognitive dissonance and the reductionistic philosophies of medical specialization. We explore the effects of siloing, the challenges posed by our broken medical system, the Flexner Report, the role of RVUs, the effects of insulin resistance on metabolic health and mitochondrial dysfunction, and the symptoms commonly seen in women. Dr. Means also offers her insights on advocacy, continuous glucose monitors, and the labs she finds impactful, and she shares the incredible story of her mother's health journey.  Good Energy is an outstanding book that will benefit every listener and clinician, and I will often recommend it. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How energy gets created in the body The link between insulin resistance and acne How insulin resistance impacts fertility How underpowered parts of the brain and neurological system can show up as depression or anxiety, potentially leading to dementia The problem of our siloed, reactive, and specialist-obsessed culture The importance of getting your biomarkers tested and learning simple strategies to improve your metabolism, based on the results  What are the conditions encompassed by the metabolic spectrum disease?  The labs that Dr. Means finds most impactful Dr. Means shares her thoughts on continuous glucose monitors. The benefits of looking at your basic eating patterns in a non-judgmental and curious way before implementing any changes Dr. Means shares the powerful story of her mother’s health journey.   Bio: Dr. Casey Means Casey Means, MD, is a Stanford-trained physician and co-founder of Levels, a health technology company with the mission of reversing the world’s metabolic health crisis. Her book on metabolic health, Good Energy, comes out in May 2024 with Penguin Random House. She received her BA with honors and MD from Stanford, was President of her Stanford class, and has served on Stanford faculty. She trained in Head & Neck Surgery before leaving traditional medicine to devote her life to tackling the root cause of why Americans are sick. She has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Women’s Health, and more.  Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Casey Means On her website Good Energy  Newsletter signup On Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and LinkedIn Good Energy, by Casey and Calley Means, is available from Amazon and most anyplace good books are sold.
BONUS Menopausal Toolkit: Heart, Brain and Hormonal Health with Dr. Deb Matthew

BONUS Menopausal Toolkit: Heart, Brain and Hormonal Health with Dr. Deb Matthew

I am delighted to have the privilege of reconnecting with Dr. Deb Matthew today. She joined me once before on Episode 259. She is a distinguished best-selling author, international speaker, and dedicated educator known as the Happy Hormone Doctor.  Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing one of every 3.2 deaths among women annually. In our conversation today, Dr. Matthew and I delve into the realm of cardiovascular disease, exploring the benefits of hormone replacement therapy, essential laboratory testing, medications, and the neurocognitive changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause. We also focus on lifestyle, gut testing, and the all-time favorite topic of weight loss resistance.  Stay tuned for today’s engaging, enriching, and enlightening discussion with Dr. Deb Matthew. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How HRT reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease  How long-term use of estrogen can reduce the risk of heart disease over time Why should you do a hormone panel before starting HRT? How cortisol levels impact cardiovascular health How the coronary calcium score helps to predict heart attack risk Cholesterol markers and their significance in cardiovascular risk assessment Managing cholesterol levels in perimenopausal women The importance of addressing underlying hormonal imbalances in women to mitigate cognitive decline and lipid disorders The connection between gut health and brain fog How women’s testosterone levels impact their cognition and motivation Hormone imbalance and weight loss resistance in women Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. Deb Matthew On her website On Facebook and Instagram Purchase Dr. Deb Mathew’s book This is Not Normal on Amazon or download the ebook  Ep. 295: HRT’s Impact on Women’s Health Through Time with Dr. Deb Matthew
Ep. 360 Raising Resilient Kids: Insights from Holistic Pediatrician, Dr. Elisa Song

Ep. 360 Raising Resilient Kids: Insights from Holistic Pediatrician, Dr. Elisa Song

I am thrilled to have Dr. Elisa Song joining me today.  Dr. Song is an integrative pediatrician and author of Healthy Kids Happy Kids. She trained at Stanford University, New York University (NYU), and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  In our conversation today, we dive into kids in crisis, exploring the butterfly effect of crisis impacting teens and young adults. We discuss the significance of the gut microbiome, dispelling myths surrounding antibiotics and addressing the resulting global health crisis. We touch on PANS, PANDAS, rheumatic fever, and strategies for restoring the gut microbiome of children, post-antibiotics. We also look at the significance of food labeling and constipation in children, explore the importance of the vagus nerve and heart rate variability, and examine the impact of sugar, glyphosate, and other forever chemicals.  Stay tuned for today's insightful and enlightening conversation with Dr. Elisa Song as we dive deeply into crucial aspects affecting pediatric health and wellness. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Dr Song discusses the crisis surrounding the health of children and the shifts and trends she has seen in pediatric medicine over the last two decades Why do we need to address the root cause of illness instead of just treating the symptoms? How autoimmune disease rates in children are rising The importance of empowering teens through education and support to make healthy choices  How do antibiotics impact children’s health? Strategies for restoring the gut microbiome of children after antibiotics How the vagus nerve impacts the gut microbiome and brain How sugar affects children’s health The importance of gut health for brain function and detoxification How to improve children’s health through diet, exercise, and integrative treatments Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. Elisa Song On her website Find out more about Dr Song’s book here   
Ep. 359 Sleep, HRV, and Supplements for Perimenopause and Menopause with Cynthia Thurlow, NP

Ep. 359 Sleep, HRV, and Supplements for Perimenopause and Menopause with Cynthia Thurlow, NP

I am excited to share AMA number eight with all our listeners today, where we dive deep into listener questions concerning sleep and HRV.  In today's AMA episode, we investigate the physiology of sleep, also looking at changes that occur with perimenopause and menopause. We discuss supplements for better sleep, explore sleep hygiene and metrics for REM and deep sleep, examine melatonin and glycine, touch on heart rate variability, and review various gadgets beyond the Aura that can enhance sleep quality. Join me for a comprehensive exploration of HRV and the benefits of better sleep. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: Why middle-aged women experience poor sleep during perimenopause Why sleep hygiene is essential, particularly during perimenopause and menopause Which supplements help with better sleep? The benefits of a low-carb or ketogenic diet for improving sleep quality How HRT helps to induce better sleep  The benefits of melatonin for improving sleep quality Why deep sleep is essential for memory consolidation, improving the immune system, and overall health Factors that could impact heart rate variability (HRV) How to improve your heart rate variability (HRV) Gadgets I have found helpful for sleep Tips for improving sleep quality Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Resources: Ep. 301 Creatine: The Best Supplement for Better Bones & Brain Health with Darren Candow, PhD, CSEP-CEP Purchase myo-inositol Purchase creatine Research:  Nocturia through the menopausal transition and beyond: a narrative review The influence of high and low levels of estrogen on diurnal urine regulation in young women Technically sleeping? A clinical single-case study of a commercial sleep robot 
Ep. 358 Lipid Masterclass: Impact of the Menopausal Transition with Dr. Thomas Dayspring

Ep. 358 Lipid Masterclass: Impact of the Menopausal Transition with Dr. Thomas Dayspring

I am excited to share our fourth class in our informative Lipid Masterclass series today, with the esteemed Dr. Thomas Dayspring. Dr. Dayspring is certified in internal medicine and clinical lipidology and is a distinguished fellow of the American College of Physicians and the National Lipid Association. He brings a wealth of expertise to our discussion today. In this class, we dive into lipid and lipoprotein dynamics during the menopausal transition, exploring the impact of estrogen on gut health and its effects on laboratory findings. We look at the differences between hyper absorbers and hyper synthesizers, sharing clinical insights on routine lipid panels that can let you know if you are one of those individuals. We talk about Boston Heart Testing, highlighting the impact of specific biomarkers on brain health lipids and lipoproteins, and we get into the staggering differences between the half-lives of peripheral cholesterol and brain cholesterol. We discuss lipid permeability across the blood-brain barrier, highlighting those at risk for brain health concerns as they age, and we reveal strategies for managing lipid abnormalities. We also focus on LP(a), an ApoB lipoprotein with potent atherogenic and thrombotic properties, and its implications regarding calcific aortic stenosis.  I am sure you will find this enlightening conversation with Dr. Dayspring invaluable. There is one more class yet to come in this masterclass series. Be sure to listen in! IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How cholesterol absorption in the gut increases in perimenopausal women How hyper cholesterol absorbers tend to have elevated HDL cholesterol The impact of phytosterols on cholesterol absorption When should hyperabsorbers consider treatment? What research has shown regarding the differing effects of estrogen on brain health for older versus younger menopausal women What happens if a statin crosses the blood-brain barrier? How cholesterol synthesis relates to cognitive impairment  The importance of understanding LP-PLA2 test results How Lp(a) levels in women tend to fluctuate, particularly during menopause Should women with heart disease consider hormone replacement therapy?   Bio: Thomas Dayspring MD is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the National Lipid Association certified in internal medicine and clinical lipidology. After practicing in New Jersey for 37 years, in 2012, he moved to Virginia to serve as an educational director for a nonprofit cardiovascular foundation until mid-2019 as a Chief Academic Advisor for two major CV laboratories. Since then, he has served as a virtual cardiovascular / lipidology educator. Career-wise, he has given over 4000 domestic (in all 50 states) and several international lectures, including over 600 CME programs on atherothrombosis, lipids/lipoproteins (and their treatment), vascular biology, biomarker testing, and women’s cardiovascular issues. He has authored several manuscripts and lipid textbook chapters and performed several podcasts. For several years, he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. He received the 2011 National Lipid Association’s Presidents Award for services to clinical lipidology and the 2023 Foundation of NLA Clinician/Educator Award. He has over 34K followers on his educational Twitter (X) feed (@Drlipid). He has Gold Heart Member status as a professional member of the American Heart Association, and he serves as a Social Media Ambassador for the European Atherosclerosis Society and the National Lipid Association. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. Thomas Dayspring On Twitter (@DrLipid) On LinkedIn
Ep. 357 Aging Well: Biohacking Longevity and Lifestyle with Dr. Nick Bitz

Ep. 357 Aging Well: Biohacking Longevity and Lifestyle with Dr. Nick Bitz

Today, I am thrilled to connect with Dr. Nick Bitz, a renowned naturopathic physician specializing in Ayurvedic medicine.  Dr. Bitz is an influential figure in the natural products industry, specializing in nootropics, anti-aging, medicine, biohacking, herbology, nutrition, and dietary supplements. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Product Development at Neurohacker Collective. In our discussion, we cover cellular senescence, zombie cells, and distinctions with autophagy, highlighting some hallmarks of the aging process. We discuss the gut microbiome and the significance of akkermansia, also exploring the impact of senomorphics and senolytics, brain aging, lifestyle factors, the challenges of sarcopenia, and anabolic resistance. Join us for today’s enlightening conversation with Dr. Nick Bitz as we journey into various aspects of holistic health and wellness. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN: How modern lifestyle factors exacerbate age-related cellular dysfunction Why it is critically important to consume enough fiber each day  Senescent cells and their impact on aging, health, and disease What is the difference between senolytics and senomorphics? How senolytics get used in a clinical setting to target different body parts Diet, lifestyle, and supplements for brain health How adaptogens are used in Ayurvedic medicine The role of senescent cells in muscle aging Dr. Bitz discusses the popular senolytic product he created with Neurohacker Collective Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Follow on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Check out Cynthia’s website Submit your questions to support@cynthiathurlow.com Connect with Dr. Nick Bitz Neurohacker Collective Collective Insights Podcast Use the code EverydayWellness to save 15% on any Qualia formulation

Bio of Everyday Wellness

Everyday Wellness podcast, hosted by Cynthia Thurlow, NP, is a platform dedicated to empowering individuals with knowledge and tools for achieving optimal health and wellness. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Cynthia is a renowned expert in intermittent fasting and women's health.

As a nurse practitioner, bestselling author, and TEDx speaker with millions of views, Cynthia brings a wealth of expertise to the podcast. Through engaging conversations and insightful interviews, she shares practical tips and strategies that listeners can incorporate into their daily lives to enhance their overall well-being.

Cynthia's mission is to educate women on the benefits of intermittent fasting and provide holistic approaches to health and wellness. By highlighting the importance of making simple yet impactful changes, she aims to empower her audience to take charge of their health and live their best lives.

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