Beyond The Basics Health Academy Podcast

Are you looking for practical, holistic, real-life solutions for healthier living? Join Dr. Meaghan Kirschling for real life education as she discusses and explores topics that affect your everyday living. Learn how balanced eating can increase energy, stabilize moods, jumpstart metabolism, eliminate cravings, restore digestion and decrease inflammation. Dr. Meaghan fields questions from listeners and brings in expert guests for a lively discussion about nutrition, supplements, holistic health, integrative medicine and the latest research. Join the Academy for the University of You.
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Dec 31, 2015

Transformation, What You Want to Be in 2016 with Dr. Kristy Towell Podcast 089:

Dr. Kristy Towell, DC joins us today to tell how she transformed her life in 2015 through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Dr. Kristy works at Westfelt Wellness Center in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Dr. Kristy is a busy working mother of two children. She has always enjoyed working out but realized at the end of 2014 that something had to change. She had just trained for a half marathon. Though she was happy with her time results, she was disappointed in how she looked in pictures. She knew something had to change. In this podcast, Dr. Kristy talks about what she did to make 2015 different. How she went from 27% body fat to under 15% body fat. How she started working out for less time to get better results. And how changing her nutrition made all the difference!

This is a great podcast full of great information and real life motivation. Thanks so much Dr. Kristy Towell for coming on the show and sharing your story and expertise.

Here is also a great before and after picture to see exactly how Dr. Kristy has transformed over the past 14 months.

Dec 22, 2015

Podcast 088: Conversation with Cindy Locher about Hypnotherapy

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy welcome Cindy Locher to the show. Cindy is a hypnotherapist that uses hypnosis as a complementary medical training.

• What is hypnosis?
• What hypnosis is NOT?
• What role does the subconscious mind play in overall thought processes and health?
• What client populations do the best with hypnosis?

• Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy
• Change Works Hypnosis Center
• Hypnotic Radio Hour
• Find out more about Cindy Locher at

Thank you so much, Cindy, for coming on the show and telling us more about the power of the subconscious mind.

Dec 21, 2015

TOX-SICK Part 4 Podcast 087: Book Club

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss the following chapters in Suzanne Somers book:

• Chapter 9: The Detox Basics
• Chapter 10: Advanced Techniques
• 9 Point Detox Checklist
• Suggestions for DNA Protection & Cellular Support
• Suggestions for Liver Support
• Suggestions for Brain and Neurological Support
• Suggestions for Digestive and Gastrointestinal Support
• Suggestions for Cardiovascular Support
• Suggestions for Hormonal Support
• Coconut Oil and the benefits…and a Detox
• Coffee and Bentonite Enemas

Tune in and listen to our podcast about Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somers. Read along with us as we discuss this book and the points you need to focus on. If you don’t like to read, just follow our discussion, and you will learn everything you need to know about this book.

CoQ10 Podcast # 086
B Vitamins Podcast # 083
Natural Cleaning Household Cleaners Podcast # 042

Dec 17, 2015

CoQ10 Protect Your Heart Podcast 086

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy conversate about the research, information and physiology behind CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10). This essential chemical is involved in every cellular process in the body because of its role in energy production, enhanced blood flow, and protection of blood vessels.

The research is a bit conflicting, but there are three populations that especially seem to benefit from supplementation of CoQ10; fibromyalgia, after a heart attack, and statin drug users.


· What is CoQ10

· What does the research say about Coq10

· Who benefits from CoQ10 supplementation

· What is the difference between ubiquinol vs. ubiquinone forms

· How much should you supplement

· What is the drug Idebenone and what benefits does it preliminary show in research

Dec 15, 2015

Podcast 085: Aquaponics and Hydroponics with Ro Elgas

Ro Elgas from A Bee Organic is back on the show to discuss with us the process of hydroponic and aquaponic farming. This is a specialized type of farming that utilizes water-based environments to grow efficiently numerous plants and aquatic life.

The USDA Organic is a powerful marketing tool with recognized value to consumers. USDA Organic production methods help to protect our pollinators, frogs, and soil ecology. When compared to conventional chemical methods, organic cultivation benefits farmworkers and the health of their unborn children. Included under the organic seal is the verification that products are produced without GMO’s, Irradiation, and sewer sludge. It’s no surprise that the organic label brings a marketplace premium.

A Bee Organic is an accredited Certification Agency (ACA) that has been in operation since 2010. Certifying agents are responsible for ensuring that USDA organic products meet or exceed all organic standards. That means our clients need to know the standards to create vibrant, successful organic operations.

It’s A Bee Organic’s policy to encourage our clients to read through pertinent NOP definitions and regulations and then to ask as many questions as desired. Questions are important because the rule and your operation are interrelated. At A Bee Organic, we demonstrate our belief that organic is our future through our ongoing client care.

• What is aquaponic and hydroponic farming?
• What are the issues surrounding this type of farming?
• The controversy behind farming in this manner
• Can aquaponic and hydroponic truly be organic?

Dec 14, 2015

Podcast 084: Book Club Tox-Sick Part 3

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss the following chapters in Suzanne Somers book:
Chapter 6: The Effects of Toxins on Your Thyroid and Other Hormones
Chapter 7: The Rest of You
Chapter 8: Protecting Your Home, Family, and Workplace

• Why are people becoming sicker and sicker
• Why are we more toxic
• Why use HEPA filter
• The power of alkalinized water

Dec 11, 2015

Podcast 083: B Vitamins What You Should Know

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss the role of B vitamins in diet and supplementation support. The B vitamins are composed of a group of vitamins that work in numerous processes in the body.


Which vitamins make up the B vitamins
What role do the B vitamins play in health and wellness
How does stress affect B vitamin levels
What is MTHFR
How should you supplement if you have an MTHFR mutation

Dec 10, 2015


Dr. Meaghan and Wendy talk about the power of Apple Cider Vinegar. Unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar has many powerful health benefits when it comes from the mother.


What is Apple Cider Vinegar ACV
What kind of Apple Cider Vinegar should you take
What is acetic acid and what are the health benefits
Research out of Japan that shows that acetic acid may help to control blood pressure and fat accumulation
How Apple Cider Vinegar is antimicrobial in nature
How it can help to improve indigestion and problems digesting food
Interesting research suggesting that it can shrink certain growths and possible cancers

Dec 9, 2015

Podcast 081: BTBHA Visits Vegas for Integrative Conference

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy ventured to the (semi) sunny land of Las Vegas to escape the cold of the Midwest and learn more about Integrative Wellness through the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic is paving the way for major hospitals to incorporate research-based Integrative practices into their system. They are incorporating natural ways to promote healing and decrease stress to optimize both health and wellness and the healing process.

The conference discussed everything from gut health to the benefits of a plant-based diet. It was information dense with great research. Dr. Meaghan and Wendy are excited to take this education and incorporate into many different podcasts so that the listeners can learn what they can do to control their health better.

Education is empowering. Many topics were addressed that can help us all make better lifestyle choices. Stay tuned as we share this education and relate it to what we all can do to make better choices.

Cleveland Clinic is on the cutting edge of integrating health and wellness. They incorporate yoga, acupuncture, and stress reduction techniques with traditional medicine.


Dr. Esselstyn has written a book on Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease through a low-fat plant-based diet. We share what he has seen clinically by implementing this diet with his patients

The benefits of taking two (2) aspirin a day and taking it with warm water to decrease side effects

The benefits of a plant-based diet

How important stress reduction plays with health and wellness

Thank you to the Cleveland Clinic for putting on a great weekend and thank you to our listeners for continuing to tune into our podcast each week.

Dec 8, 2015

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy tackle the second part of Suzanne Somers’ book Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick The Toxins in Your Body The Diseases They Cause The Doctors Who Can Help.

For this part of the book, we will talk about:

· Chapter 3: The Gut

· Chapter 4: The Brain

· Chapter 5: The Heart

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss their takeaways from the book including

· The power of coffee enemas

· How to heal the gut

· How to support the brain and what you should do to detoxify the brain

· That there are two causes of diseases: nutrients going down and toxicity going up

Dec 3, 2015

Podcast 079: Oxidative Stress

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss what oxidative stress is and how it affects and ages the body. Oxidative stress is the term used to describe the production of free radicals in the body due to the process of building up byproducts of cellular function faster than your body can manage the byproducts. This leads to DNA damage and mitochondria damage that leads to increased aging and cell breakdown. Oxidation occurs in some processes including using glucose for energy, immune system fighting off infections, and the body detoxifying. This leads to numerous signs and symptoms.

• What is oxidative stress
• What causes it
• What effect oxidative stress has on the body and aging
• What we can do to combat oxidative stress
• The role of oxidative stress in overall health and wellness

Dec 2, 2015

Podcast 078: Living Longer Through Chemistry: The Science Behind Metformin

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss an interesting article published about the positive effects of Metformin and how it is being studied to increase lifespan.



· Why is insulin and blood sugar so important for overall health

· What is the mechanism of action for Metformin

· What does Metformin do and why is it beneficial to health

· Why longevity of life can be altered by controlling insulin and blood sugar levels

· How Metformin might be able to increase life by decreasing oxidative stress and preserving telomeres

Dec 1, 2015

Podcast 077: Seven (7) Tips To Manage Holiday Stress

With the holidays coming, Dr. Meaghan and Wendy want to address ways to combat stress. In this podcast, we will look at several techniques you can utilize to help manage stressful times

1. Meditate/Set intentions

2. Keep Control. Eat right, Move right, Sleep right, Prioritize Relationships

3. Relaxation

4. Breathing exercises

5. Gratitude List/Journaling

6. Support adrenals

7. Find support system



· Techniques to decrease stress in your life

· Ways to manage stress

· Benefits of managing daily stress and making sure that you are not sweating the small stuff

· Why does stress have such a toll on health and wellness

Nov 30, 2015

Podcast 076: Book Club- Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somers Part 1

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss Part 1: Totally Tox-Sick in the book.  The first two chapters in this book discuss information about how we have become toxic and the different toxins in the environment.  Suzanne Somers does a great job of integrating personal experience with clinical and scientific information. 


Next week, we will go over Chapter 3, 4, and 5 as we start to go over an action plan of how we can heal our bodies and chemistry.



·      The New Toxic Threats

·      The 6 Major Toxic Threats to our Health

·      How our bodies protect themselves

·      What happens when things go wrong in our body

Nov 24, 2015

Podcast 075: Happiness

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy tackle the topic of mood and happiness. We discuss various research articles and what is known about different things that affect happiness.



  • What causes changes in mood
  • What role do neurotransmitters play in mood and happiness
  • The link between mood and exercise
  • What countries are the happiest
  • What are things and strategies that you can implement to increase your happiness
Nov 23, 2015

Podcast 074: The Truth About the Organic Farming Process

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy welcome to the program Ro Elgas. Ro is the co-creator and co-owner of A Bee Organic, a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent. She has a wealth of knowledge about organic production, methods, cultivation and the inner workings of the industry as a whole. Ro and Sarah Costin co-created A Bee Organic with a mission to treat organic producers humanely through the process. She shares with our listeners lots of great inside information about organic products.

Nov 19, 2015

Podcast 073: IV Therapy What You Need To Know

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss one of the latest fads in alternative medicine: IV Therapy. There are many different types of IV therapy, and we discuss the different ones and the benefits.

• What is IV therapy?
• What are the most common types of IV therapy including Myer’s Cocktail, Vitamin C, Glutathione, and B shots?
• We also talk about the benefits of hydration therapy
• Who is a good candidate for IV Therapy?
• What to be careful about when choosing a place for IV therapy.

Nov 18, 2015

Podcast 072: The Skinny on Obesity

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss the following article

We talk about different diets and why they work and why they don't. How it is important to balance all hormones and truly reset your metabolism in order to have the best results and permanent weight loss.

Nov 13, 2015

Podcast 071: The Leaky Brain: Brain and Gut Connection


The podcast show is stirred by a recent Huffington Post article.  You can read the article at  The impact of the microflora in our gut is linked directly to brain function.  UCLA researchers have found that probiotics alter the brain function.


An important part of health is our microbiome.  The microbiome is the bacteria that make up our ecosystem and is made up of 100 trillion organisms.  This compromises 90% of our bodies.  This is gut and brain communicate through the nervous system, hormones, and immune system. There is a gut/brain barrier that can be compromised during times of high stress.  The microbiome actually can release neurotransmitters and speak to the brain via the vagus nerve.  This is very important when realizing the whole realm of how the gut and brain are connected. 


Stress and overactive immune system have similar results in the body because our body goes into a protective mood.  We start to release inflammatory chemicals called cytokines to activate the inflammatory response.  This is meant to protect our body because that is what inflammation does.  However, chronic inflammation breaks down our bodies and “creates holes.”  We see this in the leaky gut but we also now know there is the leaky brain that goes along with leaky gut.  The longer the stress, inflammation, and immune system activation, the more the body has this response. 

The leaky brain can start to let other toxins and molecules have access to the brain.  A molecule called microRNA-155 is responsible for cleaving epithelial cells to create microscopic gaps.  This is shown in research that was published in June 2014 in The FASEB Journal.


More and more research is coming out about gut health and mental issues

May 2013 Swedish study found that anxiety and depression are linked to abdominal problems; both IBS and milder GI symptoms


August 2013 Vanderbilt University study found that adults who had stomach issues as children were 4 to 5 times more likely to have anxiety as adults

Nov 11, 2015

Podcast 070: How Society is Shifting the Way We Eat


Dr. Meaghan and Wendy discuss a recent New York Times article that talks about how diet habits have changed over the last few years.  Here is the link to article:


There is also a great article that we read showed different stats for dietary changes.  Here is a link to that article.


It is interesting to see that our dietary habits are changing and this is single-handedly changing what big corporations are doing with food and advertising.

Nov 10, 2015

Podcast 069 I Can See Clearly Now

We conclude the book tonight regarding Dr. Wayne Dyer's life and the lessons that he has learned from different situations.

We talk about Chapter 24 when he was faced with a life decision regarding what to do professionally.  He talks about how he was almost held back by fear.  He left his comfort zone and made a difficult decision that really helped him grow.  

This book is a great read and one that we highly recommend.  

Next book club is Suzanne Somer's new book "Tox-Sick"  Hope you decide to pick up the book and read along with us.

Nov 3, 2015

Podcast 068: Visceral Fat- What is it and what can you do about it?

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy tackle the issue of visceral fat on this podcast episode. Visceral fat is the fat that is specifically around the midsection, and it leads to increase in health issues including cardiovascular disease, metabolic concerns, insulin resistance, and an increase inflammatory markers. There truly are more health concerns being an apple shape person vs. a pear-shaped individual.

Fat goes to the visceral area both because of hereditary and hormones. The hormones we can affect with lifestyle choices. We now know that visceral fat is not an inert substance but that it releases its hormones leading to hormonal imbalance and disturbances throughout the body. We now know without doubt that visceral fat is responsible for releasing chemicals that affect the immune system and increase inflammation. These chemicals include cytokines including tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6. These chemicals increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. They also lead to a negative effect on insulin and blood sugars. They can increase blood pressure and have an effect on blood clotting factors.

It is important to focus on losing visceral fat because even 10 pounds can have an extremely positive effect on overall health and wellness (including increasing the longevity of your life).

Ways that you can lower visceral fat:
1. Balance hormones
2. Decrease stress/cortisol- Stress management
3. Sleep better
4. Exercise- especially interval training and cardio
5. Insulin friendly diet- South Beach, Atkins Diet, Low Carb. Low Glycemic Index Diet
6. Green tea (2-3 cups a day)
7. Apple Cider Vinegar- acetic acid can produce proteins that burn fat
8. Monitor your fat- Polyunsaturated fats are good. Saturated fats lead to more visceral fat.
9. Intermittent fasting
10. Increase protein intake

As always, thanks so much for listening. Remember to be kind to others, take care of yourself, and make good choices.

Nov 2, 2015

Podcast 067: We're Back.

After a few weeks of crazy, hectic life, Dr. Meaghan and Wendy are glad to be back with podcasts.  In this episode, we talk about what we have been up to and what exciting changes ar coming to Beyond the Basics Health Academy.


We discuss some of the major health and wellness topics that have come up.  The most major news article was the WHO (World Health Organization) came out and said that processed meat causes cancer.  This includes bacon, sausage, hot dogs, spam and other processed meat. New York Times does a good job of breaking down the research and true concerns.


One of the interesting aspects is that smoking increases your chance of cancer sometimes in your life by 2500 times.  Eating two pieces of bacon a day increases your risk of cancer by 6%. 


We also discuss how Tom Brady talked on a Boston radio show about the negative effects of coke on children's health.  Here is a link to what he said:


We are excited to be back and start podcasting again.  We have many great podcast topics coming up in the next few episodes and great guests lined up.  We are also working on the supplement line and new courses.  So make sure to stay connected with us through our website and signing up for our newsletter on our website at

Oct 9, 2015

Podcast 066: Habits with Mark Schneider

Wendy and Dr. Meaghan are excited to welcome back Mark Schneider to discuss habits. He discusses what leads us to form habits and what it is needed to change your habits. He brings up fascinating points that will help with life, health, relationships and professional goals. He discusses the role of culture on habits and how we have to change our mindset and culture to really change habits.

This is a podcast you will not want to miss. It makes you think of a lot of different aspects of habits and how to approach changing your habits. Thanks Mark for coming back on BTBHA.

Remember to be kind to others, take care of yourself, and make good choices.

Oct 8, 2015

Podcast 065 Emotions and Health

Dr. Meaghan and Wendy welcome back Dr. Patrick Quigley to discuss what role emotions play in your overall health.  There truly is a triad of health that includes physical, emotional, and chemical balance.  Many times the emotional aspect is not addressed as much as the other two pillars of health.  This does not mean that it is not vital for healing. 

Dr. Patrick Quigley provides great references and research that show the connection of emotional health with total health.  He shares many different interesting and thought-provoking research articles.

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