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 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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Jul 29, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes to the show health expert and author Stacey Chillemi.  She has authored over 20 books and she is here today to talk about her most recent book The Complete Guide to Natural Healing: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine.

Stacey's passion is helping others discover the surprising secrets to healing the body and maintaining excellent health for life.  Stacey has dedicated her life to the field of health, alternative medicine, and herbal medicine.  Stacey educates others and shares with them the natural remedies to stay healthy, restore health, and look and feel younger. 

She is a strong advocate and teaches about how to heal the body naturally and maintain optimal health using herbal supplements, fruits, vegetables, and alternative medicine, a way of life that does away with unnecessary medicines and over-the-counter drugs that pose a threat to our health in the long-run.

It was such a pleasure to have her on the show to talk about specific herbs and foods that can help to heal your body and share her expertise with us.

Find out more about Stacey Chillemi through her websites and social media links:

Jul 28, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Dr. Michele Summers Colon to the show today.  Dr. Michele is a physician, surgeon, Ayurvedic health coach, author, and overall health and wellness expert. Dr. Michele Summers Colon is known as The Holistic Podiatrist of Southern California and has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to combine the best of Eastern and Western medicine to treat the whole patient and create individualized treatment plans, yoga sequences, and meal plans for her clients and patients. She believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has been featured in various print and online publications, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Yahoo!, USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Sweet Sleep Summit, FashInvest, The LA Fashion Magazine, Footwear News and others.

Today we discuss the importance of balancing life and incorporating healthy lifestyle changes into your life to promote optimal health and wellness.  Dr. Michele has been incorporating these different Eastern and Western medical practices with her clientele for over eight years.  After battling with her own health concerns, she started to realize the importance of these practices in overall health and wellness.

She has an online program that is 10 weeks where she goes through and helps individuals to incorporate these healthy lifestyles into their daily lives.  Her program is Body Wisdom Coaching Program where she helps women with healthy habits, meditation, and nutrition.


Learn more about her Body Wisdom Coaching Program at

Jul 27, 2016

Dr. Igor Zilberman has come on the show to shed light on a crucial topic and talk about how all fats are not created equal.  He goes into detail about the differences in fat and which fats we should eat more of and which ones we should take out of our diet.

Medium Chain Triglycerides, MCTs, have a very vital role in health and wellness, and they are often not consumed enough.  He educates us on why these fats are different and what we can do to improve our health by incorporating more of these fatty acids in our diet.  

The podcast starts by talking about cholesterol and different cholesterol levels.  MCTs play such a vital role in optimal cholesterol levels.  He breaks down all the fats so we can understand how the fats differ and the health benefits of certain fats.

He also talks about the Ketogenic Diet and when this is beneficial for individuals. He incorporates all of the research and information behind ketogenic diets.  

Thanks so much Dr. Zilberman for coming on and sharing all of your knowledge with us! This podcast is jam-packed with lots of information and research.

Want to know more about Igor Zilberman, here is his website:

Jul 26, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Bob Miller, CTN and Julie Roberts to the show to talk about epigenetics, genetic expression, and how analyzing genetic information can be powerful for optimal health and wellness.  

Dr. Bob Miller has focused much of his career as a naturopath to gene expression and the best way to interpret and implement genetic mutations.  He is a wealth of knowledge and it was so wonderful to have him explain the comprehensive way that we should look at genes.  


  • What are genes and genetic expression?
  • How do they affect our overall health and wellness
  • How can we test our genes
  • How is it best to analyze our genes
  • Why is genetic testing much more than just MTHFR


  • Training for healthcare providers:
  • Free trial of the software:




Jul 25, 2016

Today we welcome Marian Mitchel to the show to discuss the role of diet in autoimmune disease.  She talks about how diet and dietary changes can have an effect on overall health and wellness.  

She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She has her health coaching practice based in Tempe, Arizona where she specializes in working with clients who have autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and type 2 diabetes.

Her passion is to make life easier for people with these conditions by helping them understand the treatment plan their doctors have for them, how lifestyle and food impact their disease and symptoms, and how to live in a way that gives them relief from their symptoms and living life again. 


Here she focuses on simple yet delicious recipes that are free of common allergens and gut irritants.


"My co-author and I, who both deal with autoimmune disease everyday, share a passion for setting our clients up for success. Focusing on the "can's" and making food simple and delicious. Being healthy doesn't have to be boring or tasteless! I think that your listeners who live with, or know someone who lives with, one of the 80 autoimmune diseases would really benefit from a positive, inclusive approach to eating with autoimmune disease."

Jul 22, 2016

Dr. Carri Drzyzga is known internationally as ‘The Functional Medicine Doc’ – the go-to expert on finding the root causes of health problems so you can feel normal again. She is a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor, host of the popular podcast “The Functional Medicine Radio Show”, and author of the hit book Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again! Fixing the Root Cause of Your Fatigue with Natural Treatments. Dr. Carri is the creator of Entrepreneurial Fatigue: How to Fuel Your Brain & Body for Entrepreneurial Success. Her private practice is Functional Medicine Ontario located in Ottawa, Ontario.

She comes on the show today to talk about the stress response and so many other topics.  Here are a few of the topics that we discuss in our podcast today:

  • What is functional medicine?
  • Why does one size not fit all in health care?
  • The eight major causes of many health concerns such as fatigue.
  • How fatigue impacts our life on a daily basis?
  • What is the best approach to fix concerns and imbalances in the life to regain optimal health?

Dr. Carri's Website and Link to Podcast

Jul 21, 2016

Today we tackle the subject of SAMe.  SAMe is a nutrient that we make in our liver but also has documented benefits from supplementing it in the diet.  It stands for S-adenosyl methionine, and it plays a significant role in methylation in our body. 

It has been shown in research to help with various concerns including depression, osteoarthritis, pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and mood/attention concerns.

In this podcast, we talk about how SAMe works in the body, who would benefit from taking it and supplementation levels.

It also plays a role in methylation and genetic concerns like MTHFT and COMT.  In this podcast, we touch briefly about these concerns and how you can incorporate SAMe supplementation to help support the body and promote optimal health and wellness.


Here is a link to our course on methylation and epigenetics if you would like to find out more:


Jul 21, 2016

Dr. Meaghan joined Dustin Dukart and Ryan Maxwell on Refit-Life Radio to talk about autoimmune disease and the connection with the microbiome and gut bacteria.  Great conversation about:

  • My approach to health and wellness
  • The importance of the microbiome
  • What happens in autoimmune disease
  • And what people can do to help live their healthiest lives

Want to know more about Refit Life

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Jul 20, 2016

Dr. Dawson Church is here to talk about EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and his book that includes 48 different emotional freedom techniques.

Dr. Dawson Church comes on to talk about the effect that emotion has on health and wellness.  And actually when we talk about emotions that it is based on emotions that we set at a young age.  

He talks about what we can do to help break free from these feelings.


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.

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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.

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