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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Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Meaghan and Dr. Mark of One Agora Integrative Health sit down to discuss the importance of Omega-3 balance in the body.  It is not only important to take out the bad fats in the diet, but also to balance with supplementing the right amount of Omega-3.  

In this episode, we will talk about:

  • How much fish oil we need in the United States
  • How to cook right with oils and fats
  • Not all fats are created equal
  • What lifestyle changes we can make to decrease inflammation
  • What is Omega-3 Index and how this blood level can be preventative against dementia
  • What type of testing we do at One Agora Integrative Health to assess overall Omega-3 status

Thanks everyone for listening.  This is a podcast jam packed with information.  And remember to:

Be kind, take care of others, and make good choices.  

Oct 4, 2019

Dr. Meaghan and Podcast welcomes Maria Aparis to talk about many different aspects of health and wellness. 

Maria is hear to talk about her own personal experience with thyroid concerns and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  This lead her to discover the connection between the gut, immune system and the rest of the body.  She was able to navigate through brain fog, extreme fatigue, vertigo, weight gain and even a tumor in my throat.  

This journey made her realize the truth that was said by Hippocrates ages ago... "All disease begins in the gut."

She is now the best selling author of the book The Essential Gut Awakening: Mastering Hashimoto’s and Other Autoimmune Diseases.

Maria Aparis joins us today to share her journey, insight and wisdom.  Such a fun and educational conversation.

You can find out more about Maria Aparis at


Sep 11, 2019

Dr. Meaghan and BTBHA Podcast welcomes Dr. Amber Walker, DPT, PT.  She is the author of a new book called Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.

Dr. Amber joins us to share her knowledge, expertise and experience overcoming multisystem concerns and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.  

In this episode, we discuss

  • What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
  • What causes some people to become overly reactive to their environment
  • Dr. Amber's journey with multi-system problems and concerns
  • The best approach to help the body to heal
  • Why multiple systems and symptoms occur when Mast Cells have been activated


  • Dr. Amber's website:
  • She also likes to refer people to – a great wealth of information!

Besides being the author of “Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome” published in March of 2019, he currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she encourages a root issue approach to healing within physical therapy and advocates for the MCAS population with speaking engagements and the patient resource website She is the owner of Origin Wellness, a holistic practice that will serve patients in northern Colorado starting in the summer of 2019.

May 20, 2019

Beyond the Basics Health Academy is excited to welcome Dr. Yael Halaas, MD to the show to talk about the latest FDA approved device out there called EMSCULPT.

EMSCULPT is a completely new device that is in a body-contouring class of its own because it uses HIFEM (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology to produce high-intensity muscle contractions meant to simulate the equivalent of 20,000 sit-ups in 30 minutes. It's the first FDA-cleared energy device approved to burn fat and build muscle mass. EMSCULPT contracts muscles beyond what is possible through physical training, yielding better muscle tone and enhanced fat metabolism.  It is absolutely taking the nonsurgical fat reduction and body sculpting world by storm.

Dr. Yael Halaas is known as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York City.  Dr. Halaas is double board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her dedication to continued education, training, and top of the line patient care has earned her the highest recognition offered to surgeons practicing in the United States- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

She was part of the research done on EMSCULPT and joins us today to tell us all about this new technology and the research behind it.

You can find out more information about Dr. Halaas through the following:

  • Her website: 
  • Calling her office: (212) 688-5955

You can also find your closest EMSCULPT provider by going to website.

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

-Dr. Meaghan Kirschling, DC, APRN, CCN

One Agora Integrative Health Clinic

May 1, 2019

Welcome everyone to Beyond the Basics Health Academy Podcast. In this podcast, I interview Amy Medling.  Amy is the founder of an online group called PCOS Diva.  Amy is a certified Health Coach who has built an amazing community to help to support, educate and empower individuals with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 

 She joins us to talk about her comprehensive approach to health and wellness with her new book Healing PCOS: A 21-Day Plan for Reclaiming Your Health and Life with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

Her book is grounded in the latest medical research and filled with knowledge along with guidelines about how to take a comprehensive approach to PCOS.   It lays out the mental changes that are needed along with:

  • A 21-day anti-inflammatory, hormone-balancing and gluten-free meal plan, including meal prep and plan-ahead tips to make eating this way sustainable
  • 85 delicious recipes- half fan favorites and half new dishes
  • Daily self-care exercises, including meditation and journaling prompts

 More information and links to Amy:


Thanks Amy for coming on again.  Always great to talk to you and thanks everyone for listening!


And remember to be Kind to others, take care of yourself, and make good choices

Apr 17, 2019

Beyond the Basics Health Academy is excited to be back and there is no better topic to discuss after a little hiatus than thyroid and how the thyroid works.  So many individuals struggle with thyroid concerns but are told that they have a normal thyroid gland.  Dr. Eric Balcavage DC, CNS, CFMP, BCIM joins us to tackle this issue and explain exactly how the thyroid works and why we need comprehensive testing.

Dr Eric Balcavage is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional and regenerative medicine clinic in Glen Mills, PA. He is nationally recognized speaker and educator on various health related topics including thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and chronic illness. He has been in private practice in Glen Mills, PA since 1996.

Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Balcavage is the co-host of Thyroid Answers Podcast. The podcast focuses on answering the pressing questions those suffering with chronic hypothyroid symptoms can’t get answered elsewhere. You can find his educational Thyroid Thursday videos on Vimeo and Youtube.

Dr Balcavage has made it his mission to change the way medicine looks at hypothyroidism. He is currently working on a book that will address the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Why we need more than TSH to test the thyroid
  • How chronic inflammation affects the thyroid
  • What each thyroid marker means
  • Why thyroid function is so much more than just what we test in the blood
  • What role does diet and gluten play in the thyroid

Want to know more about Dr. Eric Balcavage.  Follow him and find him here: 
Rejuvagen Functional & Regenerative Medicine 17 Regency Plaza Glen Mills, PA 19342

Phone: 610-558-8920

Youtube: Rejuvagen
Vimeo: Rejuvagen
Instagram: @drericbalcavage

Thanks so much everyone for listening!  Reach out to us at with any questions, comments, or topics for future podcasts.

And remember to be kind to others, take care of yourself and make good choices. 

Mar 15, 2018
Beyond the Basics Health Academy is excited to welcome Jordan Gross to the show today.  He is a young entrepreneur and writer. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Economics, and received a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School of Management, and went directly into a corporate job. Recently he left the daily grind to recently to pursue what truly makes him happy and motivated each day... adding value to others without expecting anything in return.
He shares the importance of setting the right tone for your day through his new book,  Getting COMFY: Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness.   This book is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon, specifically in the categories of Teen Health, Relationships, and Family. 
In this podcast, we discuss how you can incorporate his five main components of a morning ritual into your day.  
How to find out more about Jordan Gross and his book Getting COMFY!
Find the book through these links:
Thanks everyone for listening and remember:
Be Kind to Others, Take Care of Yourself, and Make Good Choices!
Jan 2, 2018

Podcast 174 introduces Trista Zinn and low pressure hypopressive fitness to our listeners.  Trista Zinn is a master trainer for hypopressive fitness.  

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is hypopressive low pressure fitness
  • The muscle groups that make up the core canister
  • How you can improve different pelvic floor concerns such as incontinence, cystocele, prolapse, and sexual dysfunction
  • How hypopressives can help with athletic performance
  • Why these exercises are vital for both men and women
  • How you can learn more about these techniques
  • How health care professionals can be trained to use these exercises with their clientele

To learn more about Trista Zinn and hypopressive training visit:

You can also find a good educational video at:


Want to sign up for the courses in Minnesota in January, visit this site:


Nov 23, 2017

Patrick Plum has joined to do a series on Lyme Disease and Chronic Disease.  The purpose of this series is to explore subject matters that are specific to individuals that are dealing with complex health conditions.

In Podcast 173, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling joins Patrick Plum to talk about diet and Lyme Disease.  Which diet is right for you is a hard question to answer for anybody, but in this podcast, we discuss the specific considerations with chronic disease.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • What dietary restrictions can benefit most
  • Why one diet doesn't fit all
  • Differences in diets
  • Why diet has to be individualized

Thanks everyone for listening.  Hear more podcasts at

Jul 20, 2017

Thanks for listening to Podcast 171 of Beyond the Basics Health Academy with Dr. Norm Robillard, Ph.D.  In this episode, we have an interesting conversation about gut health and diet.  Dr. Norm is the founder of the Digestive Health Institute and has been studying issues of the digestive tract for most of his professional life.  He became passionate about digestive health after suffering from his concerns with GERD and reflux.  


In this podcast, you will learn:


  • ·      The negative effects that carbohydrates have on our health
  • ·      The overall importance of good digestive health
  • ·      Some of the underlying causes of SIBO and IBS
  • ·      What is SIBO and how it has an effect on every aspect of health


Want to find out more information about Dr. Norm:

  • To get the fast tract app go to
May 31, 2017

Beyond the Basics Health Academy is honored to welcome to the show, Dr. Stephen, and Janet Lewis. 

Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet have a long history of helping people achieve their maximum potential. Dr. Stephen Lewis stays current on the latest research about nutritional supplements and optimal health. Janet Lewis is a Certifed Natural Health Consultant with a unique perspective on alternative and complimentary nutrition from studying with numerous national leading alternative health experts.

Paramount in their education was their trip to China while studying with traditional Chinese medical doctors. They incorporate the latest medical research into the decisions made while helping people with their nutritional decisions by offering extremely low-cost blood work and free consultations to determine the most appropriate nutritional products that are only available through a doctor’s office.

They come on the show today to talk about thyroid function and why we are seeing more concerns and problems in recent years.  

What we will discuss in this podcast

  • Why do we see an increase in poor thyroid function?
  • What is the best way to assess thyroid function?
  • What can be done about thyroid concerns?
  • What signs and symptoms we see with thyroid dysfunction?
  • How Dr. Stephen and Janet approach patient care

What to know more about Dr. Stephen and Janet Lewis?  Here are ways to connect with them.  

Phone: 903-663-1008
Facebook: DoctorsNutritionEastTexas


Link to the Thyroid Sniper book


Thanks everyone for listening.  Remember to be kind to others, take care of yourself and make good choices.  

Mar 30, 2017

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling has joined forces with her father Dr. Ron Kirschling, MD to talk about both sides of medicine.  Here is a recording of our first show on hormones.  

In this episode we talk about:

  • The role of hormones on health and wellness
  • The different hormones that we need to look at
  • Hormone replacement therapy and what we have learned from it
  • Why it is important to fully assess hormones
  • Best way to assess hormones
  • Bio-identical hormones
Jan 24, 2017
Beyond the Basics Health Academy welcomes Byron Morrison to the show.  He is the Author of the book 'Become a Better You: Stop Dieting, Start Living' and Founder of Tailored Lifestyles Coaching.
‘Become a Better You’ takes a holistic approach to improving your wellbeing, teaching you to listen to your body as you learn to make more informed choices in all aspects of your life. From improving your diet to managing stress and developing healthier habits, everything in this book can be tailored around your goals, helping you become the best version of yourself. This is not a diet, it’s a change in lifestyle, that will help you not only look, but also feel better than you ever have before.
His work is all about helping others live healthier, happier lives, as they change the way they eat, think, move and live. You can find out more at


Oct 27, 2016

Today Dr. Meaghan Kirschling welcomes Fatema Karim to the show to talk more about EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. 

She discusses how addressing negative emotions and stress can help with health and wellness along with helping someone reach their goals and desires.  


  • How EFT works
  • What EFT is good for
  • Why we need to deal with emotions
  • How emotions hold us back in life
  • How EFT can help with pain

Want to know more about Fatema Karim, check out her website at:

Want to know more about EFT, check out our podcast with Dawson Church at:


Oct 20, 2016

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling, APRN, RN, DC, MS joins up with Dr. Ron Kirschling, MD to discuss both sides of alternative and allopathic medicine.  

In this recording, we have a fascinating conversation about the importance of lifestyle  when it comes to health and wellness.  We start out by discussing detoxification and how it is approached.

In this episode, we will talk about:

  • The importance of nature in health and wellness
  • Detoxifying our environment and lifestyle
  • Role of wholistic medicine 

Thanks so much for listening.  Tune in to our radio show on BBM global and Tune In Radio at 9 pm EST Wednesday.  And visit us at for more podcasts, blogs, and health and wellness information.

Oct 13, 2016

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling joins forces with her father, Dr. Ron Kirschling every Wednesday night at 9 PM EST on BBM Global Network and Tune In Radio.  Here is a link to more information about the show and other recordings:

Both Sides of the Prescription Radio Show

During these shows, we discuss numerous health topics that address both sides of medicine.  Listen in to the recording of this show to find out more about the importance of diet in health, wellness and disease.  

We discuss a recent article from New York Times about how we are approaching weight and diabetes with traditional medical practices.

Click here to read the article

We use this article to discuss the importance of diet and lifestyle in treatment of disease.  The article talks about how we should talk more about low carb and ketogenic diets and not have a first-line treatment approach with expensive bariatric surgery.



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.

Website: http:// /
His Book & FREE  Sample:
FREE Newsletter: http:// /free-newsletter/
Blog: http:// /blog/
Amazon Author Page:

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?

  • Website:   
  • Facebook:
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