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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May 31, 2016

Today we welcome Dr. Jeremy Schmoe of Minnesota Functional Neurology and Chiropractic. This is just a fascinating podcast talking about the importance of brain health and rehabilitating the brain for optimal wellness.

This has been one of my favorite podcasts to date because people don't talk enough about the importance of rehabilitating the brain no matter what the trauma has been. Dr. Schmoe breaks this down into an easy to understand way. On top of that his background is very impressive.

Dr. Jeremy Schmoe (DC DACNB FACFN, FABBI), a Minnesota concussion doctor and owner of Minnesota Functional Chiropractic & Neurology (MFNC.) He is a leading practitioner who works with patients from all over Minnesota as well as the USA.

Dr. Schmoe has successfully completed the TBI Fellowship Examination for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and specializes in helping patients who are suffering from concussions and complex brain injuries, and is an expert in Chiropractic Functional Neurology. Dr. Schmoe is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and a Fellow of Functional Neurology.

Dr. Schmoe is also a speaker for the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies, where he shares his expertise and presents advice on managing patients with concussion and brain injury. In this role, he teaches and educates other practitioners about clinical applications in functional neurology. He has also lectured for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, Northwestern Health Science University, University of Minnesota Sports Performance Program and various patient support groups.

Dr. Schmoe can be found at the two following websites:

May 26, 2016

Today we welcome Erica Brahan to discuss with us the limitations and frustrations of food restrictions that are specific to teenagers.  Erica shares with us her journey with various health concerns and food restrictions.  This podcast is jam packed with both information about food sensitivities and what they are and how to best incorporate dietary changes into your life when your food is making you sick.

Thanks Erica for coming on the show and if anyone is looking for her book or more information, check out Erica's blog at

May 20, 2016

BTBHA welcomes back Michelle Langdon from the Embodied Life for the third part of our three-part series.  In this podcast, we discuss the effect that social media has on our self-worth and how we can promote balance in a society that is driven by social media.

This is one of my favorite conversations so far and I really think that so many people will find benefit from the different topics that we bring up in this podcast.  


  • Embodied Life Website
  • Michelle’s email
May 18, 2016

In this podcast, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling discusses natural approaches to fertility and reproductive health.  Reproduction is a complicated system, and infertility issues affect many women.  However, we do not talk about all the aspects of reproduction enough, and this podcast focuses on starting that important conversation.

In this podcast, we want to discuss fertility and provide some examples of individuals that Dr. Meaghan has helped with fertility.  


  1. Healthy oils
    1. Take high-quality fish oil
      1. 6-8 grams of fish oil supplementation a day
    2. Take coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, walnut oils, etc
    3. Take out processed fats, vegetable oils, and trans fats
  2. Stress Reduction
    1. Find good coping mechanisms to decrease the production of cortisol and stress hormones
    2. This can be emotional, mental, physical or chemical stress
    3. Incorporate meditation
    4. Recommend acupuncture and essential oils
  3. Insulin and Blood Sugar Control
    1. Insulin and blood sugar is so important for the reproductive organs
    2. Berberine can be very helpful in this case
  4. Take out dairy
    1. Mucus producing and can interfere with hormones
  5. Estrogen Detox to take you out of estrogen dominance
    1. Estrogen is the hormone of womanhood
    2. Progesterone is the hormone of motherhood
    3. Estrogen will help you create eggs, but you can’t prepare the uterus and grow a baby without proper progesterone
    4. Need to support the release of estrogen with phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification and calcium d-glucarate.
    5. Also, important to incorporate DIM and Indole 3-carbinol either through supplementation or the cruciferous vegetables of broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower, etc.
    6. Castor Oil Packs with heat are also beneficial


May 16, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron tackle the second part of the book The Second Brain by Dr. Michael Gershon.  This book is jam packed with great research and information about the physiology of the digestive system.  We discuss the research, how it changed functional medicine and what it means to everyone.


  • What happens if we don’t produce enough HCl or shut down the HCl production in the stomach
  • Why gluten and dairy proteins can start to have problems with digestive concerns
  • How you can better manage your HCl and breaking down food
  • The argument that Dr. Meaghan makes for eating less frequently
  • What is SIBO- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth? And how is it connected to production of stomach acid
  • How the research in the book has changed the way many practitioners address health
May 13, 2016
Recently there was an article that I found on about a potential link that was found between folic acid and autism. Here is a link to the article: The article discusses the fact that there might be a connection between taking too much folic acid and B12 during pregnancy and an increase in autism. The immediate reaction to this research is that this is premature and women should still stay on folic acid during pregnancy. However, there are some concerns that I bring up in this podcast as we get into a deeper conversation on the matter. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST: -There are different forms of folic acid. L-5 MTHF is the desired folic acid for individuals with methylation problems -What are SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms)? These are genetic mutations that are present in individuals. -What is methylation? How does this process affect overall health and wellness? -Genetic testing and What role does genetic testing play in health? RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST -23 and me genetic testing -Livewello -Genetic Genie -Health Coach 7 -Forms of B12- Cobalamin -Cyanocobalamin (cheap brand of B12) -Methylcobalamin -Hydroxycobalamin -Adenosylcobalamin -Seeking Health- provides B minus that is a B vitamin without B9 or B12 -Epigenetics Course on Here is the video on the course
May 11, 2016

Podcast 112: Th1/Th2 Balance

BTBHA welcomes back Patrick Plum to discuss Th1/Th2 Balance.  Patrick shares with us his personal story about Th1 and Th2 dominance in order to show the importance of balancing the immune system when dealing with chronic diseases of the immune system such as Lyme Disease.

This is an aspect of health and infectious diseases that practitioners don't always explore.  Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand the way the both parts of the immune system (the cell-mediated Th1 and the humoral-mediated Th2) work. 

Supplements that don't affect either Th1 or Th2 include Vitamin D, colostrum and fish oil.  Here is how the two systems of Th1 and Th2 breakdown:

Th1/Th2 Balance

Thank you Patrick Plum for coming on the show again. If you would like to stay connected to Patrick.  Find him on facebook under his name or Instagram under Patrick Plum Lyme Warrior



May 9, 2016

Podcast 111: Book Club 1 The Second Brain by Michael D. Gersh

In the first part of this book club, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling and Dr. Ronnie Kirschling discuss Part 1 of the book.  Dr. Michael Gershon has spent his career studying the digestive system and its intricate role in overall health and wellness.

We are seeing so many more digestive system concerns and many functional medicine doctors focus on the digestive system as the route of all health.  This was the groundbreaking book that really connects the reasons for the importance of the digestive system for nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system wellbeing.



  • What is the enteric nervous system
  • How much of the nervous system is involved in the digestive system
  • What is serotonin
  • How the digestive system houses 95% of serotonin
  • How autoimmunity and the gut are connected
May 6, 2016

We welcome back Michelle Langdon from the Embodied Life for the second part of our series with her about how our thoughts affect our actions and goals in life. 



  • The importance of gratitude and how it is the antidote to negativity
  • Steps necessary to overcome self-doubt to achieve the life you were meant to live
  • The importance of a gratitude list
  • How different emotions can affect us in different ways
  • The need to start small and build from there to change behaviors and thoughts
  • The importance of organizing your day and how to attack your to-do list everyday
  • How emotions affect our health and wellness
  • The power of the question “What are you listening for?”
  • How are if… then relationships with our thoughts affect our life
  • The power of saying yes



May 3, 2016

In this last part of the book club on The WahlsProtocol by Dr. Terry Wahls we sum up Part 3 of the book. This part of the book was called Going Beyond Food.  Itaddresses the other components of optimal health and wellnessincluding exercise, supplementing, and alternative medicine. 

In this podcast, Dr Meaghan and Dr. Ron discuss a variety oftopics that Dr. Wahls brings up in this book. This book is a greatoverview of functional medicine and there is a lot of great talkingpoints.


  • What are the benefits of supplementing
  • Why so many people are deficient in vitamins and minerals, suchas selenium
  • What we have noticed with outcome in care and Vitamin d
  • Differences in the Vitamin E: There is a difference betweentocopherols and tocotrienols
  • Why we need more than the Recommended Daily Allowances in orderto thrive
  • What happens in our body on the cellular level when we aredeficient in certain vitamins and minerals
  • What is functional medicine and when you should utilizefunctional medicine for optimal health