Your Magic Mirror: What Your Skin is Telling You About Your Health

May 25, 2017

Skin is your magic mirror. It’s time to stop covering it up with topical creams and makeup and take a closer look at what it’s trying to tell you.

In this podcast, I cover the 6 underlying causes behind skin issues and specific diet, lifestyle and skincare tips you can implement today to start addresses these root causes. And, I share exactly how to know which of these root causes are impacting you!

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The Brain-Skin Connection with Dr. David Perlmutter

May 11, 2017

This may seem like an odd connection, but as you’ll see during this interview, there is a common bond between the brain and skin that impacts the health of your entire body.

My guest today is Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who specializes in preventative medicine and neurology. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter has contributed extensively to medical literature with publications appearing in such journals as The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology. He is the author of the international bestsellers Grain Brain, Grain Brain Cookbook, Brain Maker and his recent book Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.  Dr. Perlmutter has appeared on TV shows such as Dr. Oz, Today Show, 20/20, Larry King Live, Fox and Friends, CNN, and Oprah.

On today’s podcast, we discuss what has been the missing link in much of the treatment for neurologic conditions and how it also impacts the health of your skin.

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How to Daydream and Doodle to Improve your Productivity with Dr. Srini Pillay

April 27, 2017

Have you ever wondered why you’re tempted to doodle, daydream or fidget? My guest on today’s podcast explains why and how these actually can help you be more productive.

My guest is Dr. Srini Pillay, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who is the former Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital.  After graduating as the top medical student in South Africa, he graduated from Harvard as the top award-winner during his psychiatric residency. After seventeen years of brain-imaging research at McLean Hospital, he is now widely sought out by the media as a mainstream psychiatry expert who can apply brain science to everyday psychological challenges to help deal with psychiatric issues especially as they relate to stress and anxiety. He is also well known in the self-development space. He has been featured on Oprah radio, CNN, Fox, The Boston Globe, the New York Times, and NPR.

Apart from his clinical practice, Srini also runs a world-renowned startup called NeuroBusiness Group that helps leaders apply brain science to further their personal and business goals. Current and past clients include The World Bank, IMF, UN, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Lockheed Martin, Prudential and top tier consulting companies.  As a doctor, musician, poet and consultant to biotechnology-based investment firms, Srini's approach to psychological challenges is biopsychosocial, research-based but informed mostly by his 25 years of clinical experience as a doctor. He was invited to the "Disasters and The World" group at a psychiatric think tank called “Group for Advancement of Psychiatry.” His current projects also involve intense work at the psychology and technology interface as well. Dr. Srini’s new book is “Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of an Unfocused Mind” (Ballantine Books, 2017).

In today’s interview Dr. Srini explains how to be more productive and reduce stress using techniques that have been looked down upon such as doodling, daydreaming and taking naps. He shares some unconventional techniques and the research behind it that I think you’ll really enjoy.

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Live Clean and Go Green with David Gottfried

April 20, 2017

Today we’re covering a topic we haven’t discussed before on The Spa Dr. podcast… As a naturopathic physician and The Spa Dr, I talk a lot about clean living. And it’s something I cover in my book Clean Skin From Within… how to have a clean body, clean mind, and clean skin.  In addition to the health reasons for clean living, there’s another benefit… clean living is also essential for a healthy planet. So, I asked my guest today to talk about this other side of clean living so we can learn how to live greener, more sustainably for the health of our planet for generations to come.

My guest is David Gottfried. David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement. He founded both the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils. The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world. David serves as the CEO of Regen360 which helps accelerate commerce and adoption of advanced greentech products and methodologies for leading global organizations, including Dreamworks, Starbucks, Genentech, Apple, Stanford University, and the State of California.

Reset360 also formulates and distributes hormone-balancing and anti-aging books, courses and products. The company’s products are guided by Dr. Sara Gottfried MD, a New York Times bestselling author. David has received numerous leadership awards, including being inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame, and he is author of the award winning bestseller Explosion Green. He lives in Berkeley California with his wife Sara and their two daughters.

In today’s interview, David shares why it’s so important to make changes today in your home and how you can start  those changes right away to support a greener lifestyle today to protect the health of your family and planet for generations to come.

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Autoimmune Thyroid Disease and Your Skin with Izabella Wentz

March 30, 2017

Today, we’re discussing how to overcome autoimmune thyroid disease with Izabella Wentz. Her last interview is (to this point) is my most viewed/downloaded podcast, and this one is sure to be another hit…

Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP is an internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist who has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009. Dr. Wentz is the author of the New York Times best-selling patient guide Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and the protocol-based book Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back. 

As a patient advocate, researcher, clinician and educator, Dr. Wentz is committed to raising awareness on how to overcome autoimmune thyroid disease through The Thyroid Secret Documentary Series, the Hashimoto’s Institute Practitioner Training, and her international consulting and speaking services offered to both patients and healthcare professionals.

On today’s podcast, we cover symptoms, triggers, root causes, lab testing, and integrative treatment options for autoimmune thyroid disease.

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Homeopathy and Healing with Dr. Mitch Fleisher

March 23, 2017

On today’s podcast I’m interviewing the physician who had the single biggest influence on me deciding to attend naturopathic medical school… My guest is Dr. Mitch Fleisher, and we’re discussing homeopathy.

Dr. Mitch Fleisher is a double board-certified family physician specializing in classical homeopathy, nutritional and botanical medicine, with over thirty years experience practicing integrative medicine. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine, during which time he began his homeopathic studies in 1975. Dr. Fleisher has served as an active member of the clinical faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy, a Clinical Instructor for the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and at the Medical College of Virginia, where he has taught homeopathy in the complementary medicine programs. He continues to lecture throughout the U.S. and internationally on classical homeopathy and nutritional therapy.

He is the author of Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols© designed to help people help themselves with natural therapies. He is also the author of Rapid Reference to the Fundamentals of Vitamin Therapy: Oral, Topical, and Intravenous Clinical Applications. Dr. Fleisher is in private practice in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Nellysford, Virginia.

On Today’s show Dr. Fleisher explains how he has helped numerous patients overcome skin and health conditions with homeopathy. There are many questions about homeopathy – what it is, how it works and ways to use it at home as well as in clinical settings. And, we cover all of this and more in today’s podcast.

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A Naturopathic Approach to Skin with Dr. Pamela Langenderfer

March 9, 2017

On today’s show we’re talking about a naturopathic approach to skin. My guest is Dr. Pamela Langenderfer.  Dr. Pamela and I attended school together at the National University of Natural Medicine. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Pamela is passionate about empowering patients to lead a healthy life and find the root cause of their health concerns. She recognizes the body is one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. So, she treats the whole system, not just the symptoms and strongly believes optimal health is best achieved in a partnership with her patients.

In today’s podcast, we discuss root causes of skin issues. Dr. Pamela shares her own experience with overcoming eczema with a naturopathic approach and how she helps her patients with eczema and other skin issues. We discuss specific laboratory testing and approaches to unveil and address the root cause. As you watch this interview you may wonder what your root causes for skin issues are and how to address them. So, I want to remind you that you can go to and take my free skin quiz to find out your skin type which corresponds with your unique combination of root causes. And, you’ll receive customized recommendations for you.

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Superhuman Energy and Performance with Dr. Matthew Accurso

March 2, 2017

Today’s podcast is about simple solutions for all day energy and how to structure your day like a superhuman. My guest is Dr. Matthew Accurso, a world leading expert in helping executives and entrepreneurs access peak performance through cutting-edge research, supported strategies such as lifestyle genetics, cellular detoxification and advanced customized nutritional solutions to create long-term sustainable transformations in the high performers he helps.

His health participants include Fortune 500 CEO’s, online celebrities and top rated Forbes list entrepreneurs. His cutting edge strategies and systems have allowed him to consult from anywhere in the world, including from his surfboard in the Atlantic. He conducts doctor training retreats that have attracted global attention and are held everywhere from Sri Lanka to Florida.

I think you’re going to enjoy this interview today to learn how to boost your energy and performance.

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Essential Oils for Common Health Issues with Dr. Mariza Snyder

February 23, 2017

On Today’s podcast we’re discussing essential oils for common health issues. Need a quick pick-me-up that doesn’t involve caffeine or an easy way to de-stress? Or how about a simple natural solution for curbing cravings? Did you know that essential oils can be used for all of these and more? That’s exactly what my guest Dr. Mariza Snyder is sharing with us today.

Dr. Mariza Snyder graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West and has a background in biochemistry and certifications in nutrition and aromatherapy. She became passionate about women’s health after her own health crisis.  Through functional medicine, whole foods and self-care practices she was able to heal her adrenal dysregulation, fatigue and chronic migraines related to hormone imbalance. Currently, Dr. Mariza serves as an educator on topics relating to women's hormone health.  She's the creator of the Women’s Balance Summit and author of five best-selling nutrition books, including The DASH Diet Cookbook, which was featured on Dr. Oz, The Low Glycemic Index Slow Cooker, The Antioxidant Counter, and The Water Infusion Detox Book. She currently finished her sixth book, The Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils.

Today, Dr. Mariza shares how to use essential oils to shift your lifestyle around personal care, health solutions, daily habits and reducing toxic load. She even shares some of her favorite recipes that she has found really moves the needle in terms of exercise, energy, mood and hormone support.

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Solutions to Disease-Causing Toxins with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno

February 16, 2017

Ever wondered why we’re now seeing more rates of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, ADHD, thyroid disease, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis? Today’s guest has made some interesting and well-researched connections between these and other health problems and something that is unavoidable today.

My guest is Dr. Joseph Pizzorno. Dr. Pizzorno is a world-leading authority on science-based natural medicine. A licensed naturopathic physician, educator, researcher, clinician and lecturer, he is founding president of the naturopathic medical school Bastyr University, Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Treasurer of Board of Institute for Functional Medicine, co-founder of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, board member of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and on science boards of Hecht Foundation, Gateway for Cancer Research and Bioclinic Naturals. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to two prestigious commissions advising the US government on how to integrate natural medicine into the healthcare system. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors and author/co-author of 12 books, including the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (2 million copies in 6 languages) and the principal textbook in the field, the Textbook of Natural Medicine. His newest books, The Toxin Solution, is being released February 2017 by HarperCollins and another textbook for physicians, Clinical Environmental Medicine will be released in January 2018.

On today’s podcast, if you haven’t already guessed it, we’re talking about toxins. But don’t worry, we’re not going to spend the whole podcast scaring you about the toxins in the environment. Dr. Pizzorno shares some very practical tips. And he explains why some detox and cleansing programs may actually cause more harm than good. Dr. Pizzorno also shares some interesting patient cases of disease recovery that I think will give you hope.

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