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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Jun 29, 2016

Today we welcome Mike Veny to the show to talk about the stigma around mental health.  In this podcast, he touches on how we should change our thinking of mental illness to realize that it is an asset and not a liability.  He touches on his personal experience with mental health and how it has shaped his life.  His mission is to try to get people to connect so that there is no longer the stigma and feelings of isolation that are common with mental health concerns.

What we talk about in this podcast

  • What is the stigma surrounding mental health?
  • How can mental health be an asset?
  • Some of the reasons why there is a stigma around mental health
  • How mental health makes him a better drummer and communicator.

Links to things talked about in this podcast

Thanks so much, Mike, for coming on the podcast and talking about this important topic.

Jun 29, 2016

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling discusses the many benefits of cypress oil.  This is an amazing oil with therapeutic benefits that promote health and vitality.  It has been used for centuries and in various cultures to help with the following conditions:

  • Invigorating
  • Astringent
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Deodorant
  • Diuretic
  • Constricts blood vessels
  • Lymphatic
  • Cleansing properties.  Helps to move the liver, kidneys and stagnation
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nose bleeds
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Menstrual concerns

Listen in to find out about all the benefits of cypress oil and how to use it.

Jun 28, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron Kirschling sit down to discuss the second book club for the book Food Politics by Marion Nestle.  In this book club, we present Part 1 and Part 2 of the book.  

Here are the five main points that we took away from these two parts of the book:

  1. Nutritional advice is meant to be confusing.  The nature of the game makes it complicated and that it is not always the information that is sent out to the media is based on scientific research and unbiased facts.  
  2. A lot of the information that we get regarding nutrition comes from the food industry and has a potential bias because the food industry wants to make money.
  3. Research studies are open to interpretation.
  4. When the government tries to establish guidelines, there is always a political undercurrent to those guidelines and compromise from the government and food industry.
  5. The real issue for the food industry is profits because it is a business.

Listen in as we discuss how these principles have shaped the food industry and how lobbyists have played a major role in our food politics.

Jun 27, 2016

Dr. David James is a transformational hypnotherapist out of Los Angelos, CA.    He comes on Beyond the Basics Health Academy Podcast to talk about his book "Discovering Your Magnificient Mind: Finding Freedom, Prosperity, and Heal."


  • What is transformational hypnotherapy
  • How our thoughts affect our behavior
  • Why change is so difficult for most people
  • How the vast majority of patterns and fears in our life are learned behaviors
  • How "miraculous" healing stories and "placebo" effects might have more to do with thought patterns than luck


How to connect with Dr. David James

"Whatever the mind can create, it can recreate"

Jun 27, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Reggie Padin to the show to discuss his book.  Dr. Reggie Padin is the author of the Amazon Best Selling book, "Get Out of the Dumpster"

Find out more about his book by clicking the link below:

It was a dumpster,and what he did to climb out, that inspired Dr. Padin
to write this book. In the book Dr. Padin shares his most personal
moments of defeat and triumph, of fear and courage, of stagnation and
momentum. The principles found inside the book helped Dr. Padin, and now
he hopes it helps everyone who reads it find their way out of their own

Thanks so much Dr. Reggie Padin for coming on the show and sharing great information and insight into this topic.  And we highly recommend that our community checks out his book.

Jun 27, 2016

Join Dr. Meaghan Kirschling as she discusses the importance of the lymphatic system.  The lymphatic system is the body's defense against infection and the clean-up system.  And is important to note that this is a concern for a majority of people with about  80% of people having lymphatic congestion.

We talk about the various things that one can do to help with lymphatic flow.

  • Movement
  • Drinking water
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Adding lemon to water
  • Herbal teas
  • Detoxification
  • Good gut health
  • Take out processed foods from diet


Jun 21, 2016

Dr. Meaghan sits down and welcomes Allan Misner to the Beyond the Basics Health Academy.  He is an NASM certified personal trainer and works with clients to help them to achieve their health and wellness goals.  He also has an excellent podcast and is the host of 40+ Fitness Podcast.

Today we are going to talk about the correlation between strength and lean muscle mass in connection with longevity and overall health vitality


  • What is sarcopenia and how does it affect us as we age?
  • The importance of strength training in maintaining body composition and improving health and vitality
  • How you can start to incorporate strength training into your daily routine

Allan has been generous enough to offer an exclusive mini course on Strength Training to our listeners.  Find out more by CLICKING HERE

Want to know more about Allan Misner, here are links to his website and social media links

Thanks so much Allan for coming on the show and sharing with us this important information.


Be Kind to Others, Take Care of Yourself, and Make Good Choices


Jun 15, 2016

Dr. Meaghan welcomes Dr. Kathy Gruver, PhD to Beyond the Basics Health Academy.  Dr. Gruver joins us today to talk about the connection between the mind and body and the role of stress in disease and dysfunction.

It is thought that 60-80% of doctor's visits are due to stress-related illnesses.  Dr. Gruver talks to us about how stress perception is really at the wheel for a lot of the dysfunction that we experience.

In this podcast, we discuss

  • The role stress has on our lives
  • How our thoughts can change our response to stress
  • What research has showed us about the effects of prayer
  • Different alternative and holistic techniques that can help us deal with stress

Things mentioned in this podcast

Thanks so much Dr. Kathy Gruver for coming on the show.

Jun 15, 2016

Dr. Meaghan sits down and talks today to Alexis Nicole White. She is a relationship expert, entrepreneur, journalist, and author of the book The Covered.  Alexis uses her personal experiences and story to help convey to her readers the benefits of establishing emotional stability in your life.  

Alexis’ objective is to:

  • Educate the fundamental knowledge of emotional abuse in relationships
  • Encourage women to develop and maintain healthy relationships
  • Empower women to become survivors of emotionally challenging situations and circumstances that may alter one’s outlook on life by being: transparent, fearless and resilient.

She shares with us the 5 rules for modern day relationships.

1.  Set clear boundaries It is imperative to set clear boundaries in your relationships to ensure that you are being treated with the utmost respect.  Without identifying those parameters, people will treat you the way they percieve is appropriate.

2.  Trust your inner voice God speaks to us.  He shows us signs.  He reveals things to us.  Our intuition is there for a reason- use it.  Trust your instinct.

3.  Don't believe the hype Every woman needs to have the ability to have their own money, housing and vehicle.  Ensure you have established your credit so that if you needed to get your own things today, you can.

4.  Don't be afraid to walk away If the relationship is not empowering you to become a better and not inspiring you to do better, thn it maybe something you need to leave behind.  Value yourself enough to know when something is not being fruitful and move on with your life.

5.  Identify quality relationships and people  Character breeds quality.  You deserve to surround yourself by quality people and relationships that fulfill you.

We dive into the fact in this podcast that



  • How to connect with Alexis Nicole White
    • Facebook
    • Twitter  
      • @IamMsAlexis
    • Instagram
      • @IamMsAlexis
    • Google +
      • Alexis Nicole White
    • Website:
  • Find out more and purchase the book The Covered here


Jun 13, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and BTHBA are excited to welcome Alison Kero to the podcast.  She is the CEO of the website ACK Organizing along with being a speaker, blogger, and author. 

The reason that I am excited to have this conversation with Alison is that she is a decluttering expert.  I have seen firsthand how important organization and declutter can be for someone. And she focuses on the ramifications on health, both physical and mental, by keeping too much clutter in someone’s life.

She has been a professional organizer since 2004 and works with clients to make their lives simpler and take back control of their lives by getting rid of stuff that doesn't matter.

She does this through incorporating 5 basic steps to organizing your life:

1) Know Your Priorities

2) Establish Boundaries

3) Make Small, Self-Love Based Decisions

4) Create Simple Systems

5) Become Aware of Your Emotions/Intuition & How to Use it Effectively



Thanks so much for listening and thanks Alison for coming on the show.  I would like to leave you with one of Alison's mottos:

"One’s self or material goods, which has more worth"

Jun 13, 2016

Dr. Meaghan is excited to welcome Kathryn Kemp Guylay, CNC, MBA, to the show today to talk about her new book Give it a Go, Eat A Rainbow.  This book follows the magical travels of Blake as he is exposed to all the colors of the rainbow in his food choices and how they positively affect his journey. 

Kathryn is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Nurture that focuses on low-income populations and the nutritionally related diseases that we see in certain populations.  She has found by working closely with these wonderful families, that nutrition needs to be fun and straightforward.  That is how this book has come to be.  With her son, Alexander Guylay, contributing the augmented reality illustrations for the book.  This book is excellent for both parents, teachers, and children.



Thanks so much Kathryn for coming on and talking about your new book.  We highly recommend that everyone goes to the links above and checks it out.

Until next time, Remember to Be Kind to Others, Take Care of Yourself, and Make Good Choices

Jun 13, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron Kirschling dive into the book Food Politics by Marion Nestle


  • What are the driving forces of food politics in the US
  • How advertisements and food companies drive our food choices
  • How many more calories we are driven to consume now compared to a few decades ago
  • How sometimes science can be manipulated for the good of big industries

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Jun 8, 2016

In this podcast, Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron Kirschling talk about the second part of the book The Brain Maker by Dr. Perlmutter.   This book was full of great information about the effect that a healthy microbiome and gut has the whole body focusing on the connection with the brain.

This podcast is full of great information about both the connection between the brain and the gut, but also what you can do to have a healthy gut.


  • What is fructose and what levels of fructose should we have in the diet?
  • What is the difference between Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup?
  • What are the negative effects of gluten?
  • How the microbiome affects overall health
  • How gut bacteria imbalance can lead to weight gain
  • Supplements that help to support the brain
Jun 6, 2016

In this podcast, Dr. Meaghan discusses the benefits of dry brushing and why this should be incorporated into your daily regimen.  The benefits include:

  • Exfoliating
  • Increased circulation
  • Improving lymphatic drainage
  • Healthier skin
  • Detoxification
  • Neurological improvement
  • Decreased stress
  • Reduce Cellulite
Jun 3, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr.  Ron Kirschling dive into the book The Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain- For Life by Dr. David Perlmutter.  This book really dives into the effects that the gut microbe has on brain health.  And even how the gut microbiome is linked to different diseases such as autism, obesity, and general health.

We have attacked our microbiome due to environmental factors, such as:

  • Food sources
  • Antibiotic use
  • Lack of breastfeeding
  • C section births
  • Antimicrobial products

Due to these, and other reasons, we are seeing a rise in conditions that can be linked back to the gut and the microbiota being off.  


  • The role of the microbiota with epigenetics and the expression of disease.
  • How microbiome helps to manage inflammation 
  • We transport our microbiome from one generation to the next
  • The gut and the brain are bidirectional.  The brain affects the GI tract and the GI tract affects the brain.  And leaky gut causes leaky brain.
  • Why berberine is a super supplement and how it improves the gut balance and overall health because of its effects on the gut
  • How gut bacteria can affect sleep, mood, immune system, autism, obesity and depression