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 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
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



May 31, 2016

Today we welcome Dr. Jeremy Schmoe of Minnesota Functional Neurology and Chiropractic. This is just a fascinating podcast talking about the importance of brain health and rehabilitating the brain for optimal wellness.

This has been one of my favorite podcasts to date because people don't talk enough about the importance of rehabilitating the brain no matter what the trauma has been. Dr. Schmoe breaks this down into an easy to understand way. On top of that his background is very impressive.

Dr. Jeremy Schmoe (DC DACNB FACFN, FABBI), a Minnesota concussion doctor and owner of Minnesota Functional Chiropractic & Neurology (MFNC.) He is a leading practitioner who works with patients from all over Minnesota as well as the USA.

Dr. Schmoe has successfully completed the TBI Fellowship Examination for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and specializes in helping patients who are suffering from concussions and complex brain injuries, and is an expert in Chiropractic Functional Neurology. Dr. Schmoe is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and a Fellow of Functional Neurology.

Dr. Schmoe is also a speaker for the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies, where he shares his expertise and presents advice on managing patients with concussion and brain injury. In this role, he teaches and educates other practitioners about clinical applications in functional neurology. He has also lectured for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, Northwestern Health Science University, University of Minnesota Sports Performance Program and various patient support groups.

Dr. Schmoe can be found at the two following websites:

May 26, 2016

Today we welcome Erica Brahan to discuss with us the limitations and frustrations of food restrictions that are specific to teenagers.  Erica shares with us her journey with various health concerns and food restrictions.  This podcast is jam packed with both information about food sensitivities and what they are and how to best incorporate dietary changes into your life when your food is making you sick.

Thanks Erica for coming on the show and if anyone is looking for her book or more information, check out Erica's blog at

May 20, 2016

BTBHA welcomes back Michelle Langdon from the Embodied Life for the third part of our three-part series.  In this podcast, we discuss the effect that social media has on our self-worth and how we can promote balance in a society that is driven by social media.

This is one of my favorite conversations so far and I really think that so many people will find benefit from the different topics that we bring up in this podcast.  


  • Embodied Life Website
  • Michelle’s email
May 18, 2016

In this podcast, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling discusses natural approaches to fertility and reproductive health.  Reproduction is a complicated system, and infertility issues affect many women.  However, we do not talk about all the aspects of reproduction enough, and this podcast focuses on starting that important conversation.

In this podcast, we want to discuss fertility and provide some examples of individuals that Dr. Meaghan has helped with fertility.  


  1. Healthy oils
    1. Take high-quality fish oil
      1. 6-8 grams of fish oil supplementation a day
    2. Take coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, walnut oils, etc
    3. Take out processed fats, vegetable oils, and trans fats
  2. Stress Reduction
    1. Find good coping mechanisms to decrease the production of cortisol and stress hormones
    2. This can be emotional, mental, physical or chemical stress
    3. Incorporate meditation
    4. Recommend acupuncture and essential oils
  3. Insulin and Blood Sugar Control
    1. Insulin and blood sugar is so important for the reproductive organs
    2. Berberine can be very helpful in this case
  4. Take out dairy
    1. Mucus producing and can interfere with hormones
  5. Estrogen Detox to take you out of estrogen dominance
    1. Estrogen is the hormone of womanhood
    2. Progesterone is the hormone of motherhood
    3. Estrogen will help you create eggs, but you can’t prepare the uterus and grow a baby without proper progesterone
    4. Need to support the release of estrogen with phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification and calcium d-glucarate.
    5. Also, important to incorporate DIM and Indole 3-carbinol either through supplementation or the cruciferous vegetables of broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower, etc.
    6. Castor Oil Packs with heat are also beneficial


May 16, 2016

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Ron tackle the second part of the book The Second Brain by Dr. Michael Gershon.  This book is jam packed with great research and information about the physiology of the digestive system.  We discuss the research, how it changed functional medicine and what it means to everyone.


  • What happens if we don’t produce enough HCl or shut down the HCl production in the stomach
  • Why gluten and dairy proteins can start to have problems with digestive concerns
  • How you can better manage your HCl and breaking down food
  • The argument that Dr. Meaghan makes for eating less frequently
  • What is SIBO- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth? And how is it connected to production of stomach acid
  • How the research in the book has changed the way many practitioners address health
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
May 11, 2016

Podcast 112: Th1/Th2 Balance

BTBHA welcomes back Patrick Plum to discuss Th1/Th2 Balance.  Patrick shares with us his personal story about Th1 and Th2 dominance in order to show the importance of balancing the immune system when dealing with chronic diseases of the immune system such as Lyme Disease.

This is an aspect of health and infectious diseases that practitioners don't always explore.  Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand the way the both parts of the immune system (the cell-mediated Th1 and the humoral-mediated Th2) work. 

Supplements that don't affect either Th1 or Th2 include Vitamin D, colostrum and fish oil.  Here is how the two systems of Th1 and Th2 breakdown:

Th1/Th2 Balance

Thank you Patrick Plum for coming on the show again. If you would like to stay connected to Patrick.  Find him on facebook under his name or Instagram under Patrick Plum Lyme Warrior



May 9, 2016

Podcast 111: Book Club 1 The Second Brain by Michael D. Gersh

In the first part of this book club, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling and Dr. Ronnie Kirschling discuss Part 1 of the book.  Dr. Michael Gershon has spent his career studying the digestive system and its intricate role in overall health and wellness.

We are seeing so many more digestive system concerns and many functional medicine doctors focus on the digestive system as the route of all health.  This was the groundbreaking book that really connects the reasons for the importance of the digestive system for nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system wellbeing.



  • What is the enteric nervous system
  • How much of the nervous system is involved in the digestive system
  • What is serotonin
  • How the digestive system houses 95% of serotonin
  • How autoimmunity and the gut are connected
May 6, 2016

We welcome back Michelle Langdon from the Embodied Life for the second part of our series with her about how our thoughts affect our actions and goals in life. 



  • The importance of gratitude and how it is the antidote to negativity
  • Steps necessary to overcome self-doubt to achieve the life you were meant to live
  • The importance of a gratitude list
  • How different emotions can affect us in different ways
  • The need to start small and build from there to change behaviors and thoughts
  • The importance of organizing your day and how to attack your to-do list everyday
  • How emotions affect our health and wellness
  • The power of the question “What are you listening for?”
  • How are if… then relationships with our thoughts affect our life
  • The power of saying yes



May 3, 2016

In this last part of the book club on The WahlsProtocol by Dr. Terry Wahls we sum up Part 3 of the book. This part of the book was called Going Beyond Food.  Itaddresses the other components of optimal health and wellnessincluding exercise, supplementing, and alternative medicine. 

In this podcast, Dr Meaghan and Dr. Ron discuss a variety oftopics that Dr. Wahls brings up in this book. This book is a greatoverview of functional medicine and there is a lot of great talkingpoints.


  • What are the benefits of supplementing
  • Why so many people are deficient in vitamins and minerals, suchas selenium
  • What we have noticed with outcome in care and Vitamin d
  • Differences in the Vitamin E: There is a difference betweentocopherols and tocotrienols
  • Why we need more than the Recommended Daily Allowances in orderto thrive
  • What happens in our body on the cellular level when we aredeficient in certain vitamins and minerals
  • What is functional medicine and when you should utilizefunctional medicine for optimal health
Apr 29, 2016

Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Michelle Langdon with The Embodied Life.  Michelle is a health coach that works with clients to help with weight, life goals, and relationships with food.  We are excited to have her on for a series of topics related to body image, goals, and talking about these important topics that everyone goes through but few people really discuss.


In this podcast, she shares her story about how she struggled with weight issues and it structured her life and what she is doing today.   



  • What is intuitive eating?
  • What you can start to do today to help improve your relationship with food
  • Importance of working with someone to achieve your food goals and life goals
  • The emotional connection that we have to food and how to reflect on that for better results



  • Embodied Life Website
  • Michelle’s email
Apr 27, 2016

Thanks for joining Dr. Meaghan and Wendy for another podcast episode.   In this episode, we welcome back Lydia Henshaw with Sow Organic to talk about the tools and resources that Sow Organic offers to help facilitate managing organic farmers. 



  • What are the current organic farming practices
  • What are the difficulties for the farmers when it comes to being USDA certified organic
  • How the company Sow Organic is helping to bring better management of documentation
  • That currently only 4% of people eat organically (this fact shocked Dr. Meaghan and Wendy!)




  • Podcast 30: Lydia Henshaw and Sow Organic
  • Podcast 74: Organic Practices with Ro Elgas
  • Podcast 85: Aquaponic Farming with Ro Elgas
  • Sow Organic


Thank you so much, Lydia, for coming back on the BTBHA podcast to share your knowledge, experience, and insight into organic farming. 

Apr 25, 2016

Podcast 106: The Wahls Protocol Book Club 2

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling and Dr. Ronnie Kirschling discuss the second part of The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls, MD.  In this part she goes into more detail about the effects that diet can have on health and wellness.  She talks about what dietary changes she made in order to get back her health and go from being in a wheelchair to improving her energy, muscle strength, and overall health.

Listen in as we discuss the research and clinical experience behind her diet.  


  • What dietary changes Dr. Wahls recommends
  • Should you eat dairy and gluten 
  • Why Dr. Meaghan thinks that the gluten grain in the US is different than in other countries and therefore, we should all limit our gluten consumption
  • What role diet plays in health and wellness and disease treatment
Apr 22, 2016

Podcast 105: Mold Toxicity

Today BTBHA welcomes Rochelle and Alyssa as they talk about their health journey after being exposed to mold in a work setting.  They both started to have chronic problems that were not going away after seeing many different specialists.  They soon found out that their school had mold.  They are kind enough to share their journey from diagnosis to recovery to help others.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to them at


  • What is mold?
  • Where is mold often found?
  • How can mold affect your health?
  • What you can do if you think you are exposed to mold
  • All about the National Treatment Center in Atlanta
  • Treatment protocols for mold

Thanks so much to Rochelle and Alyssa for coming.  And thanks everyone for listening.


As always be kind to others, take care of yourself and make good choices.

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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Until next time: Be kind to others, Take care of yourself, and Make good choices.

Apr 18, 2016

PODCAST 103: Book Club #1 for Wahl's Protocol

In this book club, we discuss the first three chapters in The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine by Dr. Terry Wahls, MD.  Dr. Ron Kirschling, MD joins Dr. Meaghan for this book club as we discuss functional medicine and its approach to both chronic disease and overall health and wellness.

In these chapters, Dr. Wahls explains how her health started to decline as she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  It talks about both her physical journey and also the mental frustrations of watching her health deteriorate.  She was forced to realize that in order to get her health back, she needed to change her diet and lifestyle.  

These first three chapters do a great job of taking about the biochemistry component of health and wellness.  In this book club, we will discuss:

  • What is functional medicine?
  • How its approach differs from traditional medicine?
  • What are mitochondria and what role they play in health?
  • Dr. Wahls approach to health


Dr. Terry Wahls Ted Talk   

In the second part of the book club, we will explore Part 2: Eating for Your Cellular Health. 

Until then: Be Kind To Others, Take Care of Yourself and Make Good Choices

Thanks so much for listening.  


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