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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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