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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Jul 19, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy Podcast welcomes Dr. Joanny Liu to the podcast to talk about brain health, concussions, and the importance of emotional and mental support. 

Dr. Joanny Liu is an international leader in Chinese Sports Medicine and Chinese Sports Psychology.  She works in Calgary and has written a book called Heal Your Concussion: How to Quickly and Effectively Get Back in the Game.

She talks to us today about the effect of emotions on the body and the effect that emotions has on lingering symptoms in the body.



Quiz: 9 signs to a hidden brain injury

Article: 5 things you should never do when you have an injury

Ebook: Concussion Answers


Dr. Joanny Liu, TCMD, RAc, P.Eng, International #1 Best Selling Author and founder of Extraordinary Sports Medicine, where we help athletes reverse injury, get back in the game they love and improve their quality of life.

Buy International #1 Best Seller: Heal Your Concussion: How to Quickly and Effectively Get Back in the Game, at Amazon:

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  • every Thursday 3:30 PM MT/5:30 PM ET.

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  • every Thursday 4 PM MT/6 PM ET.
Jul 18, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy is excited to welcome Dr. Glenn Livingston to the show.  He is a veteran psychologist and longtime CEO of a consulting firm that has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. 

He is coming on the podcast to talk about binge eating and the emotional connection that we have to food.   Through both personal and professional experience, he takes a different approach to binge eating.  In this podcast, he shares with us what he has learned about how we are programmed to approach food. 

He has written a book Never Binge Again: Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person on the Food Plan of Your Choice!”

Want to find out more about his book, check out his free ebook at

Thanks so much Dr. Livingston for coming on the show.

Jul 15, 2016

Michelle McQuaid is a playful change activator, best­selling author, and workplace wellbeing teacher! With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting ­edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success. An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Lives Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.


  • She talks about as adults we have lost our ability to play and that we need to reconnect with our creativity, curiosity, and ability to play.
  • It is important not to be as attached to the outcomes so that we can not be so connected to the results but the journey.
  • The studies that show that we have better performance when we focus on our wellbeing at work.
  • How we can improve our positive feelings at work. 
  • How we can increase productivity by building on our strengths one at a time.

6 things that we need in order to increase wellbeing in the workplace

  1. Positive Engagement.  The right amount of heartfelt emotions
  2. Engaged. Feeling engaged in what we are doing and to utilize our strengths
  3. Relationships with other people have the biggest impact on our wellbeing
  4. Meaning. That what we are doing has some meaning and purpose
  5. Accomplishment and that we can achieve what matters to us most
  6. Health. That we have the basics of health in our job.



Jul 14, 2016

Research shows there is a definite connection between traumatic brain injuries and gut inflammation.  It all comes down to the gut-brain axis.

It is shown that as soon as 2 hours after a brain injury, there is an increase in gut inflammatory markers.  Therefore, it is vital to make sure to add in gut support to heal the digestive system.  These supplements include: 


  • L-glutamine
  • Zinc
  • Licorice
  • Aloe

 Click here to read the research article referenced in this article:

Traumatic Brain Injury and Intestinal Dysfunction: Uncovering the Neuro-Enteric Axis


This latest research is so fascinating.  It proves the power of the brain-gut axis and the need always to repair a gut in any individual that has had a brain injury.


Jul 6, 2016

In his book Achieve: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, and How to Make it Happen, Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D. talks about what it takes to be successful in your life.

  • Accepting yourself for who you are. Discovering what your strengths are and working with what you are given.  He works with you to figure out and get the most out of your personality, values, strengths, weaknesses, and passions.
  • Living your life and setting goals congruent with your personality, values, strengths, passions, mission, and purpose. This means not making decisions based on immediate urges, moods, or circumstances.
  • Realizing that you have much more control over the trajectory of your life than you or others realize.
  • Accepting that you will repeatedly go through tough times.  Tough times are par for the course for those who do big things.  You know that's how the world works, and so there is no point fighting or complaining about it.  Without difficult times and failures, there is no learning.

This is a great podcast about how to achieve your goals whether they are personal, professional, or health related.


Find out more about the book by clicking here.

Jul 6, 2016

There are many positive research-based benefits of L-theanine.  This include:

  • Sleep- Improving Sleep Quality
  • Balancing Brain Chemistry and Balancing Neurotransmitters
    • Specifically dopamine and GABA.
    • This leads to a calming effect on the body without a sedative side effect
  • Mood Stabilization
  • Weight and Hormone Balance
  • Stress Relief
  • Cognitive Improvement and Increased Attention
    • Overall, it can have the benefits of caffeine without the side effects. Improve test performance and concentration without the agitation and caffeine spike of caffeine.  And because tea has less caffeine than coffee, you can get more of the benefits of caffeine without the side effects. 


L-theanine is found naturally in green and black tea.  But supplementing levels have shown many benefits in research.  Listen in to the podcast as we talk about these benefits. 



Use in caution with individuals taking meds to lower blood pressure or that have episodes of low blood pressure because it is known to decrease blood pressure


Want to know more about our product, AX2: Adrenal Relax that is based on the positive effects of l-theanine. Click Here:

Jul 6, 2016

Today we welcome Peggy Sealfon on the show to talk to us today about stress and how we can effectively manage stress in our lives. She is a personal development coach, author, motivational speaker and expert on stress and anxiety.  She is the author of the best-selling book Escape from Anxiety- Supercharge Your Life with Powerful Strategies from A to Z.  In this book, she writes about a compilation effective ways to decrease stress in your life.   

Peggy goes over an overview of the effect that stress has on our body and then what we can do to help manage it so that we can be productive in our lives.  She then shares wonderful techniques and tips to help manage stress.

How to find out more about Peggy:

Jul 6, 2016

Today we sit down and talk to Lea Ann Mallet to speak about the power of our actions.

Here is a little more about her and her journey in her words:

"I am a lifelong activist, midlife mom and someone who has discovered a creative and life-transforming renaissance at the age of 50! I am living proof that delving into self-knowledge and development can truly change our lives and the way we experience and live them.

My extraordinary life has arced from being a direct action wilderness activist (sitting 80 feet up in a tree for 3 days to protest clearcut logging in ancient forests in British Columbia and leading there months protests in northern Ontario to protect wild places) to successfully leading two charities as Executive Director and then to motherhood in my 40s and now entrepreneurship! It has been a wild, beautiful ride.

I left my successful non-profit leadership career three years ago to spend more time with my children (Noah, now 8 and Ruby, 6) and to create a new career as a personal leadership coach and speaker. I have melded my high-octane energy as an activist with my coaching. I am a huge action catalyst for my clients, who range the spectrum from entrepreneurs to activists, all seeking to create their biggest impact while leading healthy and happy lives. I have also bloomed creatively in the past year as a photographer and writer and have a blog called "Becoming Undomesticated" that tells stories of love, life, and beauty in suburbia. (
For me, deeply exploring myself through coaching and creative pursuits over the last three years was life changing. I had lost myself in motherhood and my career transition and had to find my way in a very new landscape. I am now healthier and happier than I have ever been, and that comes from a deep sense of knowing who I am and what I want. I am also a much better mom because I have deep self-compassion for the challenges of motherhood. My children are my frontline teachers in what I most need to learn - patience, addressing the anger that carried so much of my activism, taking care of myself and slowing down to appreciate the present. Entering motherhood at 42 was a huge shock to me! I thought I could handle anything, and I had a lot to learn."


She talks about her work as activist to realize the effect that her actions can have on her life and her community.

Check her out on her website at

Jul 6, 2016

“All disease starts in the gut” -Hippocrates


What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut is the state of the gut where there is Inflammation and microtrauma that leads to a change in permeability in the gut.  This leads to more of an inflammatory response and immune response

Most people have some level of leaky gut and don’t even know it

Signs and symptoms of leaky gut

  • Digestive issues: Gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea
  • Food sensitivity or intolerance
  • Don’t absorb vitamins: low energy, fatigue, trouble sleeping
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Mood/Behavior Issues
  • Skin Disorders: acne, 
  • Hormonal concerns
  • Allergies/Asthma

 What we can do to help support our gut:

  • Need to take sugar out of the diet and other inflammatory foods especially gluten and dairy
  • Food sensitivities
  • Fermented foods and probiotics
  • Need to avoid tap water due to fluoride and chloride


It is important to follow the 4R program:

  1. Replace
    1. Good digestive enzymes
    2. Betaine HCl
  2. Remove
    1. Food sensitivies
    2. Heavy metals
    3. Infections or Candida
  3. Reinoculate
    1. Put in good bacteria
      1. Need lactobacillus and bifidobacterium
      2. Also a good idea to add in saccharomyces boulardii
  • Food items- Fermented foods
    1. Such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha, fermented raw yogurt
  1. Repair
    1. Repair the integrity
      1. L-glutamine or bone broth
      2. Licorice, zinc, aloe
Jul 6, 2016

Dr. Meaghan welcomes Rachel Archelaus to the show.  Rachel is an internationally known spiritual teacher, artist, and business mentor. She founded the Intuitive Art Academy, where she teaches people her method of Intuitive Art. This modality allows you to have a two-way conversation with your higher self. Graduates all over the world are using this to enhance their existing practices and to teach Intuitive Art to new cultures.

Intuitive Art: Learning the Language of Your Higher Self is Rachel’s upcoming book. She has also authored several coloring and activity books designed to connect people with their intuition. 

Rachel is a nature enthusiast and loves hiking and solo camping. Her photography can be seen in her blog posts and weekly videos. All of her material is designed to remind you that you have all the answers and that everything is already perfect.


Jul 5, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy is excited to welcome Dr. Mary Wingo, phD on the show to talk about stress and the effects that it has on a person and society.  She brings a deep understanding of human physiology and the human stress response.  Mary has spent the last 20 years studying and really trying to understand stress and how it has an effect on our communities, our health, and our biology.  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.  She really breaks it down in a fascinating manner.

She also talks about her book that addresses all these issues The Impact of the Human Stress Response: The biological origins and solutions to human stress.

The Impact of the Human Stress Response is a humanitarian work intended to educate the public world wide about the true causes and costs of preventable human stress. 


  • The definition of stress
  • The root causes of stress and learn how to manage it effectively
  • Why the stress response is essential for helping one adapt to one's environment
  • The fascinating biology of human stress
  • The 5 major causes of stress in modernized society
  • How to protect your health – learn how to avoid over-loading one body’s stress response

One thing that seems to escape many analysts and political leaders is the staggering costs of stress in modern society within the psychological, social, political, and economic sectors. In Mary's analysis, preventable human stress leads to (many, many) millions of unnecessary death every year. Furthermore, the economic costs of chemical, physical, and psychological human stress world-wide are well into the multiple trillions of dollars of losses every year. 

These losses are due to five major causes of modernized stress:

  • Loss of working memory
  • Loss of social capital
  • Loss of social equality
  • Depletion of the human biome
  • Chemical stress, both voluntary and involuntary sources


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

Want to know more?  Check us out at

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
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