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 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
Apr 20, 2016

Podcast 104: Benefits of Ganoderma with Dr. Tanae Romportl

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Dr. Tanae Romportl from Natural Medicine Center of Houston, Texas.  Dr. Tanae is on a mission to help others balance their lives and live with physical, chemical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and relational health.  She is a wealth of knowledge and information, and we are so excited to have her stop by and share her expertise and research.

Dr. Tanae is here to talk about the benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum that is extracted from the Reishi mushroom.  There is a reason that Ganoderma is known as the “king of herbs.” The benefits include that it is high in antioxidants, adaptogenic, supports the immune system, increases blood flow and healing, and improves overall health and wellness. 


  • What is Ganoderma Lucidum
  • What are the health benefits of Reishi mushrooms
  • What health and wellness concerns can benefit from Ganoderma
  • How can you use Ganoderma to help detoxify the body



Tanae Romportl email

Natural Medicine Center Phone Number

  • (281) 286-6040

Connect with Dr. Tanae on facebook either through Dr. Tanae Romportl or the Natural Medicine Center page

How to order OrganoGold/Ganoderma coffee

  • www.


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Sep 28, 2015

Podcast 059: Book Club 3: The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

Wendy and Dr. Meaghan discuss the last part of the book. This part of the book discusses how the habit of if.. then can be incorporated into your everyday life. He states that we are not necessarily destined to be either individual of self-control or not, but that we have to work on these habits.

This book has a lot of great nuggets of information that can easily be related to everyday life. How you are the master of your own thinking. It is about the balance of the emotional limbic system and the thought-based prefrontal cortex of the brain.

Also, it is great what he says at the end of Chapter 19: “But I can’t end this discussion without reiterating: a life lived with too much delay of gratification can be as sad as one without enough of it. The biggest challenge for all of us- not just for the child- may be to figure out when to wait for more marshmallows and when to ring the bell and enjoy them. But unless we learn to develop the ability to wait, we don’t have that choice.”

Sep 23, 2015

Podcast 056: Hodgepodge of the Week


Wendy and Dr. Meaghan discuss numerous things that happened in the last few days.


Wendy and Producer Scott just watched the new documentary that is available on Netflix called Cowspiracy. It talks about the beef industry and the cover-up with the amount of resources that cows use.  This includes producing large amounts of greenhouse gases and our water supply.  They both thought it was an interesting documentary that was worth seeing and they were addressing a topic that a lot of people are not talking about.  


Also we have been looking at crowdfunding for some projects at BTBHA and found one that wants to start utilizing crickets for a source of protein.  They are supposed to be the perfect source of protein without overusing resources like the larger cows.


As we continue to grow, please provide feedback and submit questions to  We love hearing from our listeners and truly appreciate all the support and feedback.


Remember to be kind to others, take care of yourself, and make good choices

Sep 18, 2015

Podcast 53: Are your supplements really killing you?

Wendy and Dr. Meaghan welcome Dr. Patrick Quigley back to BTBHA podcast.  Today we are talking about the truth behind supplementation.  We review the research and discuss many different issues that are with articles that just completely disregard the need for supplementation.


Many times the research that is referenced is flawed by methodology and/or design study.  Many times it is the wrong form of the drug, small dose, or comorbidity of the population that was not properly controlled.  A perfect example of this is the Iowa Women's Study.  Another example is the way that dl-alpha-tocopherol is constantly used in studies to discredit supplementation and Vitamin E.  This is a synthetic Vitamin E that comes from coal tar.  There is a lot of research out there about the benefits and antioxidant power of gamma-tocopheral (a powerful form of Vitamin E).  Even though this natural Vitamin 

E is known to have many positive benefits, research uses the synthetic version and then makes negative claims about all Vitamin E.



This is a great podcast to listen to as we have a roundtable podcast discussion about the research and clinically what we have seen with supplementation.