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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Aug 22, 2016

I am extremely excited to welcome Dr. Angelo Tran on the show.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. After working as a primary care physician for five years, she realized that she was prescribing numerous medications for different treatments and conditions and was not getting the root of the cause.  She now has a strong passion for treating obesity and helping people achieve their weight goals.

She opened up the clinic Med-Fit Medical Weight Loss to focus on weight management.  She comes on the show today to talk about what she has noticed with weight loss and the successful way to lose and keep weight off.

In this episode, she will address:

  • The biggest mistakes made by individuals when it comes to weight loss
  • The mental game of weight loss and how to think thin
  • How to keep weight off long-term and what it takes to be a successful loser
  • Why diets fail
  • The secrets to rapid weight loss

Contacts for Dr. Angela Tran:

Aug 19, 2016

Today we welcome Andrea Wildenthal Hanson to the show.  She is a speaker, bestselling author, and master certified life coach. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, Andrea empowers people to become their own wellness hero, instead of the victim of a disease. Andrea combines her experience from five years of life coaching and 16+ years of living with MS to teach her audience how to create a customized approach to health that includes life balance, mindset tune-ups, and stress management so that they can feel in control of a life they love.

Andrea Hanson has two bookS:
1. "Live Your Life, Not Your Diagnosis: How to Manage Stress and Live Well With Multiple Sclerosis"  - written for people newly diagnosed with MS (Applicable to anything, though). It talks about the major ah-ha's that she had in my own health care and how to manage stress- for good - because stress management is so important for MS. This is about the deep work you can do - thought work and mindset shifts - to get you to shed a huge layer of everyday stress.
2.  "Stop Carrying the Weight of Your MS - The Art of Losing Weight, Healing Your Body, and Soothing Your MS"-  teaches the reader how to navigate the relatively new world of health-hacking and extreme diets to stay well. It shows them how to be their own "wellness hero" and find what works for them (we're all different), and to stop being confused about conflicting advise on what to eat and how to live. 
If you would like to receive free electronic copies of both of her books, email Andrea at  Email her with "BTBHA podcast" in the subject line.
Check out her website at:
Aug 18, 2016

In Podcast 163, we talk about the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain fatty acids.  Listen in to find out about how coconut oil can:

  • Help with cholesterol levels
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Promote better energy
  • Kill off infections
  • Help you lose weight
  • Feed the nervous system and brain
  • Make your skin glow
Aug 17, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Sarah Clark to share her story and knowledge about diet and fertility.  She runs an excellent site at and talks about the importance of diet and food sensitivities when it comes to reproductive issues and fertility.

When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance.

She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 

She is the author of Fabulously Fertile - Supercharge your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby!


Visit her website at for the FREE 3-day Fertility Diet Challenge loaded with chef prepared recipes that will prepare your body for a baby!

Sarah's website:

Aug 16, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes back Mary Wingo to the show to discuss the physiological changes that we see during chronic stress.  

She discusses the changes that we see on both a cellular and organ level with unmanaged stress in the body.  She also addresses what we can do to help try to balance stress and limit a long-term stress response



Aug 10, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Michael Tamez to the show to share his incredibly powerful story with our listeners.

He was morbidly obese, had severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, advanced gum disease, and a whole lot of resentment for himself. Not only did he reverse all of those conditions, but he also transformed the dysfunctional relationship he had with food, his lifestyle, and his true self. This experience was intensified tremendously when he lost five family members in just eighteen months. Because of the tremendous impact, these losses had on his life; Michael was forced to have unforeseen breakthroughs with the things that were the hardest to deal with. Those experiences were necessary for him to appreciate truly and understand where he is at in his life right now.

After experiencing all of these devastating and life transforming deaths, he was highly inspired to write a transformative book about life! During his journey, Tamez discovered his life's purpose. His mission is to educate people who want to experience fully living a healthy and balanced life by reaching all their wellness goals.

Tamez has written many professional articles and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Mind Body Green, Food Matters TV, Spirit Science, Living Green Magazine, and Wake up World. He has also been interviewed on several local, and national TV and radio show as well.

By supporting their health through nutrition and balanced living, Michael inspires a permanent and transformative shift in the way people eat, think, feel, live and love.He comes on the podcast to talk about his journey and his book.  

He comes on the podcast to discuss his journey and his book. Drawing from this incredible health transformation, Michael published his debut book, Transformative Nutrition.

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Aug 9, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron Kirschling are back for the third part of our book club for Food Politics by Marion Nestle.

Our discussion includes the following chapters in the book

    • Starting Early: Underage Consumers
    • Pushing Soft Drinks: "Pouring Rights
    • Science versus Supplements: "A Gulf of Mutual Incomprehension."
    • Making Health Claims Legal: The Supplement Industry's War with the FDA
    • Deregulation and Its Consequences

More information about the book Food Politics:

"We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health. The abundance of food in the United States--enough calories to meet the needs of every man, woman, and child twice over--has a downside. Our over-efficient food industry must do everything possible to persuade people to eat more--more food, more often, and in larger portions--no matter what it does to waistlines or well-being. Like manufacturing cigarettes or building weapons, making food is big business. Food companies in 2000 generated nearly 900 billion in sales. They have stakeholders to please, shareholders to satisfy, and government regulations to deal with. It is nevertheless shocking to learn precisely how food companies lobby officials, co-opt experts, and expand sales by marketing to children, members of minority groups, and people in developing countries. We learn that the food industry plays politics as well as or better than other industries, not least because so much of its activity takes place outside the public view. Editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, Nestle is uniquely qualified to lead us through the maze of food industry interests and influences. She vividly illustrates food politics in action: watered-down government dietary advice, schools pushing soft drinks, diet supplements promoted as if they were First Amendment rights. When it comes to the mass production and consumption of food, strategic decisions are driven by economics--not science, not common sense, and certainly not health. No wonder most of us are thoroughly confused about what to eat to stay healthy.An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics will forever change the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. By explaining how much the food industry influences government nutrition policies and how cleverly it links its interests to those of nutrition experts, this path-breaking book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why."

Aug 8, 2016

Rich Jacobs is a functional medicine practitioner who is committed to helping women overcome health issues such as fatigue, insomnia, and low libido. He became passionate about helping others holistically through his own health issues that doctors couldn’t resolve.

Rich comes on the show to talk more about functional medicine and how this holistic approach helped him take back his health and decrease certain concerns that he was having.  Rich also addresses why weight gain may not be from overeating and ways stress affects hormonal imbalances.


  • What is functional medicine?
  • What makes Rich so passionate about functional medicine?
  • The effect that stress has on our body
  • How our gut is tied to health
  • Your weight gain may not just be overeating.
  • What is DRESS? And why Rich takes this approach

Want to connect with Rich Jacobs?

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Aug 5, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes back Bob Miller, CTN and Julie Roberts to the show to talk about epigenetics, genetic expression, and the role that this plays in chronic disease and Lyme.

Both Bob Miller, CTN and Julie Robert focuses a lot on the role that genetics play on health and wellness. This is especially important for chronic concerns and infections like Lyme.  We talk about what role this plays when holistically treating a person.  There is such a need for individualized care and in this podcast we address why this is so important and necessary for optimal health and wellness.

Julie Roberts also talks about her journey with Lyme and how genetic testing was a vital component of supporting her body and pathways in order to achieve optimal health.

Bob Miller is currently undergoing research on Lyme and genetic testing and you can find out more and join his study by going to:


  • What are genes and genetic expression?
  • How do they affect our overall health and wellness
  • Why is genetic testing much more than just MTHFR
  • Why this is an important aspect of care for chronic disease and Lyme
  • How you can get involved in Bob Miller's study regarding genetic assessment and Lyme if you have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease



Aug 4, 2016

Dr. Mary Wingo is here to further talk about the social issues of our time that have the biggest impact on our health: the uncontrolled stress of modern life and its devastating effects on our bodies and our communities

Human stress costs our communities trillions of dollars every year. In addition, millions of people die prematurely, or suffer disability needlessly because of preventable exposure to stress.


She also wants to tell you about the 20 years it took her to "really" understand human stress, and how she was initially reluctant to write her book covering the social, political, and economic implications of stress in the modern world.

Her book, The Impact of the Human Stress Response, is a humanitarian work intended to educate the public worldwide about the true causes and costs of preventable human stress. The study of stress and adaptation is probably the most complicated and fascinating field in science. After more than a hundred years of study, most scientists are still mystified by the mechanisms of human adaptation, so this book is of great importance to the general public and will transform many, many lives.

Mary Wingo has been a permanent resident in Ecuador for 2 years. She trained as a Ph.D. scientist and is a business person originally from the United States.

Today she is coming back on the show to talk specifically about two of the five major causes of stress in the modernized world (the loss of social capital and social equality).  The five stressors are:

1. The loss of working mental capacity

2. The loss of social capital

3.  The loss of social equality

4.  The depletion of the microbiome

5.  Chemical stress

I can't thank her enough for coming back on the show and sharing her knowledge and expertise.  This is a wonderful conversation that I am glad that we were able to have to bring awareness to the stress of social inequality.


Aug 3, 2016

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six-pound poodle. She has published numerous books including, "Interviewed by God, A Journey to Freedom". She also wrote the Meditation for Life Series and co-authored several consciousness shifting seminars.  These seminars serve as a catalyst for participants to emerge with a whole new way of relating to themselves and to their world.  

Today we are going to talk about some of those debilitating feelings that a lot of people have like fear, doubt, and loneliness and how you can turn these into positives like love and prosperity.  Beth talks to us about the importance of spiritual expansion and inner guidance. 

She addresses how we have to balance three parts of our existence: 

  1. Mental
  2. Physical
  3. Spiritual

There are a few quotes that Beth said during the podcast that really resonated with me: 

  • "Every thought we have is a gift"
  • "Skepticism is just the desire to not want to be let down again"

Want to know more about Beth Banning, check out the links below:


Aug 2, 2016

Dr. Meaghan welcomes Randi Fine to the show to talk about an important topic.  She is here to talk about how Narcissistic Personality Disorder plays a toll on relationships and what to do if you have been in an abusive relationship with a narcissistic personality.

She is the host of A Fine Time for Healing, a show about all facets of human wellness; emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual. She is also the author of two books, and just finished the manuscript for her third book on her expertise, Pathological Narcissist Abuse, called Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

Here is what Randi Fine says about her work and passion:

"My focus is on healing people at the core level, which usually begins in childhood, so they can overcome the issues of their past and achieve the life they were always meant to live. There are many people in the world struggling with day to day life and relationships, unable to figure out why. I am astonished at how much of society's problems stem from childhood issues, but I work hard to bring awareness to it."

  • What is a narcissistic personality?
  • The characteristics of a narcissistic personality
  • The effect that a relationship with a narcissistic individual would have on an individual
  • The effect that growing up with a narcissistic personality will have on a child


Links for Randi Fine

  • Need Advice? Request a Call
  • Radio Show Host, A Fine Time for Healing
  • Website
Aug 1, 2016

BTBHA invites Helen Chin Lui on the show to talk about the emotional aspect of pain and whether or not we should ignore pain?

How ignoring pain symptoms can affect you physically and emotionally. Certified Reflexologist and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner Helen Chin Lui will talk about how painful and stuck energy can lead to physical and emotional problems.

Helen is the owner of the Healing Place in Medfield, MA. She specializes in helping people to find relief from chronic digestive problems, chronic pain and balances hormones naturally.

To learn more about the Helen and her services go to

For the Healing Place's free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing.”

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