Tune into Wellness Podcasts

Tim Noakes

The Low Carbohydrate – High Fat Diet

Dr. Frank Lipman talks with fellow South African. Professor Tim Noakes, the author of numerous books and a sports scientist, who has published more than 750 scientific articles. 

He initially advocated a high carb diet for athletes in his book “Lore of Running” (1986). But his beliefs evolved over the years when he realized he was wrong and now advocates for a low-carb, high fat diet in his more recent books “The Real Meal Revolution” (2014) and “Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs” (2017).  

Professor Noakes, who single-handedly popularized the low carb diet in South Africa has created The Noakes Foundation to educate low income South Africans about modifying their diet to improve their health. 

In the podcast, they discuss the importance of a healthy gut microbiome, the role of diet in managing diabetes and hypertension, and how medications are often not necessary if a healthy diet is adopted. 

Ken Cook

Reducing Toxins in Our Lives and Environment

In this edition of the Tune into Wellness podcast we have Ken Cook, President and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group and Dr Bojana who has been working at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York with Dr Lipman.

EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  It’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers have worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government and industry won’t.

It’s website, EWG.org is an invaluable online resource for information regarding what chemicals are in the food and products we use.   It has over 25 million visitors a year.

Myles Spar MD

Five behavior changes to improve you life.

Dr. Frank Lipman talks with men’s health expert and integrative physician Myles Spar, MD about his best scientifically-validated health tips.  He recommends modifying five behaviors which will extend and improve your life.  They are, quit smoking, don’t drink excessively, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and have a social network.   Also discussed is the importance of monitoring and maintaining hormone levels, primarily testosterone and estrogen.  Positive results that can be achieved include improved mood, increased energy, ability to focus, increased libido and reduced risk for heart disease.  

Danielle Walker

Danielle Walker on the powers of a grain-free diet

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, we sit down with Danielle Walker, the author and photographer of the New York Times best-selling cookbook “Against All Grain.” At age 22, Walker was diagnosed with a painful autoimmune disease. Doctors told her changing her diet wouldn’t help ease her symptoms — but she had a sneaking suspicion they were wrong.

Almost 10 years ago, Walker removed all grains and legumes from her diet, and it has made a major difference in managing the symptoms of her ulcerative colitis. Soon, she became passionate about helping other people who suffer from similar illnesses continue to enjoy delicious, nourishing food. In addition to her first cookbook, “Against All Grain,” Walker also reaches people through her popular Instagram page. In addition to sharing recipes, she also promotes the benefits of self-care.

Dr. Lipman also talks with Walker about her newest cookbook, “Eat What You Love,” a compilation of healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free recreations of classic comfort foods.

Taryn Toomey

Taryn Toomey on movement as medicine

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, fitness guru Taryn Toomey talks with Dr. Lipman about how she created what’s known simply as “The Class.” Toomey has always used movement and music as her personal form of medicine, so seven years ago, she began developing a class that does just that. It’s a unique mat-based workout class that combines cardio, yoga, and strength training. But it’s more than just a typical exercise class — it encourages people to ultimately free their mind through movement. It’s all about catharsis and self-empowerment.

That means Toomey trains instructors not just on the physical aspects of The Class, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual components. Through a series of burpees, jumping jacks, and other physical movements, participants are encouraged to bring up a thought that that’s been prominent in their mind for the past few days, weeks, or even years, and then cathartically let it go or reshape the thought entirely.

Dr. Lipman and Toomey also discuss music, which is a crucial part of the class. Songs are curated specifically to evoke different feelings and guide people through The Class — everything from tribal music to quiet singer-songwriters to Rage Against The Machine.

Gregg Renfrew

Beautycounter founder Gregg Renfrew talks about Safe and clean cosmetics

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, we sit down with Gregg Renfrew, the founder of Beautycounter, a company that creates safe and clean cosmetics. She talks with Dr. Lipman about the community she’s building and how she’s driving a national movement for improved transparency in the beauty industry. She explains the origin story of Beautycounter and encourages everyone who might be skeptical about natural skincare products to stop assuming they don’t work and give them another try.

Renfrew launched Beautycounter in 2011 after becoming passionate about environmental health and making changes in her own life to reduce her exposure to chemicals and toxins. She set out to find safer alternatives to chemical-laden cosmetics, but came up short. So she started her own company because she thought the world needed a movement for better beauty, and she wanted to show that you can create high-performing products without chemicals of concern.

Renfrew discusses her “never list,” which is a list of about 1,500 harmful ingredients (available for download!) that her company will never use in its products. She also addresses the common concern that cleaner products aren’t as effective and provides tips on where to start if you’re just beginning to detox your personal care routine.

Nina Teicholz

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz on why everything you know about dietary fat is wrong

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, investigative journalist and author Nina Teicholz talks with Dr. Lipman about dietary fats — and why everything Americans think they know about them is wrong. She explains how misinformation about saturated fats, along with the erroneous idea that a low-fat diet is best, is causing numerous health problems.

Author of the best-selling “The Big Fat Surprise,” Teicholz has spent more than a decade researching the history of how we came to believe that dietary fat is inherently bad for health. She makes the argument for why saturated fats are actually notbad for health, despite what researchers, the government, and conventional wisdom have told us. We’ve been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk, eggs, and she assures us we can welcome these whole fats back into our lives.

In addition to the bias against saturated fat, Teicholz and Dr. Lipman discuss topics including the dangers of vegetable oils, misplaced concerns about cholesterol, the pros and cons of coconut oil, and the problems with observational data in nutrition science.

Tune in to find out why everything you’ve been told about fat is wrong.

Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O’Brien – Undercovering GMOs in the Food Industry

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, we’re joined by Robyn O’Brien, who’s known as “food’s Erin Brockovich” for her tireless work uncovering the truth about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food industry. It all started when her child developed a food allergy — and she started to realize that the rise of food allergies was directly tied to the rise of GMOs.

Author of “The Unhealthy Truth,” O’Brien has helped lead an awakening about the American food industry and the prevalence of GMOs. This change in our food supply is causing a host of health issues, and O’Brien says consumers deserve more information and labeling on their food.

In this episode, O’Brien also discusses the largest genetically engineered crops in the U.S., artificial growth hormones, and the strategies of food corporations.

Finally, O’Brien offers some tips on avoiding modified foods: shop the perimeter of the grocery store, eat more whole foods, choose organic whenever possible, and grow your own food in a garden.

Dr. Jason Fung

Dr. Jason Fung on the powers and benefits of intermittent fasting

In this episode of Tune Into Wellness with Dr. Frank Lipman, we sit down with Dr. Jason Fung, a leading expert on intermittent fasting for weight loss, diabetes reversal and overall wellness. The author of three best-selling health books, Fung has been a key leader in popularizing fasting and changing the negative perception of it over the last few years. Dr. Fung explains the physiological benefits of fasting — and the science behind why it works so well.

It’s hormones, not calories, that people should be focusing on, Dr. Fung explains. So if you’re trying to lose weight, instead of restricting calories, you should fast, because it’s the most intensive way to lower insulin so your body burns fat instead of storing it. In addition to weight loss, other benefits of fasting that Dr. Lipman and Dr. Fung discuss include lowering risk of diabetes or reversing it, improving brain function, and possibly lowering risk of cancer.

Finally, the doctors touch on a few different types of fasting and which are the best options for specific wellness goals.

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