The Link Between Genetics and Eczema with Dr. Kendra Becker

April 12, 2018

On today’s podcast we’re discussing eczema, genetics and a naturopathic approach. My guest is Dr. Kendra Becker. She is an integrative physician practicing in for over 10 years and is Connecticut’s “4A Specialist” (asthma, autism, allergies, atopy/eczema). She holds an ND degree and MS, APRN.  Dr. Becker is adjunct Faculty at 2 prominent universities and was recently chosen as one of Connecticut’s “Top Naturopathic Doctors”. Dr. Becker is the author of “A Delicious Way to Heal the Gut” and has a brand new book that has just came out.

On today’s podcast, we discuss the most common genetic markers seen in kids and adults with eczema and how to address these to improve eczema. And we also cover what sign eczema is for other health conditions and how to treat them.

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Addressing Concerns about Supplements with Evan DeMarco

April 5, 2018

The supplement industry is rapidly growing today. It's great to see the growth and recognition of the natural products industry, but with this growth has come some concerns around safety, quality and purity of supplements. So, I asked today’s guest to come on to discuss what to look for in supplements.

My guest is Evan DeMarco. Evan is a published author, public speaker and frequent guest on various international TV platforms. He also works directly with many of the top published doctors in the US on building functional medicine platforms that combine the use of high quality supplements with strategic and holistic approaches to treating disease.

As an innovator, his greatest joy is developing products and platforms that have a true and lasting impact in people’s lives. Evan has a history of developing sports and lifestyle nutrition products as well as creating the Alpha & Omega ingredient technology that is now used in over 25% of the global prenatal vitamins. In 2017 he developed and launched another branded ingredient technology called Phyto-3, focusing on the emerging CBD market.

In today’s interview, we discuss what to look for in supplements to ensure quality and efficacy, and we discuss two of the most popular supplements trending right now – fish oil and CBD.

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Lyme Disease with Darin Ingels

March 29, 2018

On today’s podcast we’re discussing Lyme disease. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about Lyme disease, and there are people who have it but aren’t aware. So, I asked today’s guest to come on the podcast to share information about Lyme disease.


My guest is Dr. Darin Ingels who is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and 30 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and worked as a clinical microbiologist and immunologist prior to attending medical school. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. 


Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic doctor in both Connecticut and California, where he maintains practices in both states.  He is also Board Certified in Integrated Pediatrics and is a candidate for fellowship with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.


Dr. Ingels is the author of the new book, The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan To Fight The Inflammatory Autoimmune Response And Beat Lyme Disease.


In this interview Dr. Ingels explains what exactly Lyme disease is, all the possible ways (even beyond tick bites) you may get it, as well as testing, and treatment.

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Rockin’ Fitness with Bree Argetsinger (The Betty Rocker)

March 22, 2018

On today’s episode of The Spa Dr. Podcast, we’re talking about a rockin’ fitness approach. One that you can fit in easily and get the results you’re looking for.

My guest Bree Argetsinger, a.k.a. The Betty Rocker, is an internationally known holistic health and fitness coach, innovative entrepreneur and motivator of self growth.

Bree is a Corrective Exercise and High-performance Kinesiology, certified Exercise Coach, a Nationally Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (realignment of the body through manual therapy), an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified fitness nutrition practitioner, and an all around fitness motivator and champion of personal growth.

She has written multiple cookbooks, and has nutrition and fitness plans such as 30-day home workout Challenges. Bree provides actionable health and fitness guidance via her blog, online courses and social media channels that reach millions.

On today’s podcast, Bree shares nutrition and fitness tips that are effective and will fit in with your busy schedule.

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Naughty Nutrition with Kaayla Daniel

March 15, 2018

Today we’re talking about some specific foods that are good or bad for skin that have been somewhat controversial or new to the market.

My guest is Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD who is known as the Naughty Nutritionist®. She is an author, speaker and has appeared on Dr. Oz, PBS Healing Quest & other shows, and been a speaker at Paleo f(x), Ancestral Health and other conferences.  She received the Integrity in Science Award from the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2005, the Health Freedom Fighter Award from Freedom Law School in 2009, and the BadAss Award from the Paleo-Primal-Price (Hunt Gather Grow) Foundation in 2015.

In today’s interview, we talk about foods for the skin with a focus on bone broth, soy, dairy products and camel’s milk, with specific tips on each of these.

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Glowing Skin and Health through Autophagy with Naomi Whittel

March 8, 2018

On today’s podcast, we’re discussing Graceful Aging and Glowing Skin through Autophagy. I know that might sound like a funny word, but it’s one you’re going to want to know about because of the tremendous impact it can have on your health and your skin.

My guest today is Naomi Whittel. She is CEO of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings and was named the nation’s leading female innovator in the natural products industry by Prevention. Naomi is known as a trailblazer and an advocate of purity and potency in nutritional wellness.

Naomi has traveled around the world and back again and has immersed herself in the world’s healthiest cultures; to touch, to feel, and to learn about the ingredients that keep them healthy. She has looked for ways to combine nature with science. Her breakthroughs led her company, Reserveage Nutrition, to become the fastest growing midsize company in the nutritional supplement industry. Now, leading the charge as the CEO of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings (which acquired Reserveage), Naomi continues to deliver on her promise to help millions thrive with award winning supplements they know will truly help them.

Her story and products have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, PBS, InStyle, The View, Dr. Oz, SHAPEGood Morning America, Today Show and more. She is a steward of sustainability, a sought-after keynote speaker, and a member of the UN Chamber of Commerce.  Naomi lives in Boca Raton, Florida with her husband and their four children.

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Slow Aging with Holistic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Anthony Youn

March 1, 2018

Dr. Anthony Youn, MD, FACS is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Award-Winning Author, and Anti-Aging Expert. Known as America’s Holistic Plastic Surgeon™, Dr. Youn is considered one of the nation’s best-known experts in looking younger with or without surgery. You may have seen him on TV shows such as The Rachael Ray ShowThe DoctorsThe Doctor Oz ShowFox and Friends, PBS, and many others.  Or you may have read one of his articles such as in The Huffington Post,,, and USA Today.

You may be wondering why Dr. Cates is having a plastic surgeon on her podcast when she always recommends a natural approach to skin, beauty and aging… Well, while I do recommend a natural approach and using the least invasive treatments possible, I realize some people are still going to choose plastic surgery. And, if you’re considering it, you should know what you’re signing up for. And, I know that Dr. Youn recommends using surgery as a last resort for patients who want to look and feel younger and better. He has plenty of less invasive tips to share without having to resort to surgery. Plus he is one of the top plastic surgeons in the United States, according to Harper’s BazaarUS News and World Report,, and many others.

And in his best-selling book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger, he shares advice on how to look ten years younger without going under the knife.  So I wanted him to come on the podcast to share his top 7 tips.

Dr. Youn just had me on his podcast ( where I shared my top 7 tips to slow down aging from a naturopathic physician’s persective. I think you’ll enjoy hearing both of our perspectives.  Right now you’ll hear Dr. Youn’s top tips – some of these may surprise you but you’ll see how we really look at the science behind these and consider the risks with the benefits. And, remember I think you’re beautiful just the way you are. This is just information to help you make educated decisions.

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How to Be the CEO of Your Child’s Health with Ryan and Teddy Sternagel

February 21, 2018

My guests on today’s episode of The Spa Dr. Podcast are Ryan and Teddy Sternagel who started My Kid Cures Cancer one year after their son Ryder was diagnosed in 2014 with stage four neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the nervous system.

Wanting to do everything they could for their son, Ryan and Teddy dove deep into integrative research and as a result, today Ryder is a happy, healthy little boy. Early on in the journey, however, it had become apparent that practically no information of this kind existed written in a way that parents could understand if and how it would apply to their children. After consulting with doctors and health experts all over the world, and a whole lot of trial and error, My Kid Cures Cancer was born to make finding this information accessible to other parents that need it.

In today’s interview, Ryan and Teddy tell their story with their son Ryan’s journey. And, they share tips on how the rest of us can create a healthier home for our families to thrive.

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How to Drop Belly Fat with Kellyann Petrucci

February 15, 2018

On today’s episode of The Spa Dr. Podcast, we’re discussing how to drop the dreaded belly fat. And, here’s a bonus… the solution is also great for your skin.

My guest is Dr. Kellyann Petrucci who is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet and Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Cookbook. She also is the host of the highly successful PBS special, 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You .

Dr. Petrucci is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Petrucci did postgraduate work in Europe, studying naturopathic medicine in England and Switzerland. She is one of the few practitioners in the United States certified in biological medicine by the esteemed Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle in Switzerland.

Dr. Petrucci is also weekly contributor on Dr. Oz and appears regularly on Good Morning America and other national news programs.

In today’s interview, we discuss why belly fat is dangerous for your health and what you can do to finally get rid of it.

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Meditation for Vibrant Skin and Optimal Performance with Emily Fletcher

February 9, 2018

My guest is Emily Fletcher who is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaMIND, the world’s first online meditation training. Emily created this training to make meditation attractive, accessible and easy to adopt into modern life.

Emily was recently featured in The New York Times, named top 100 women in wellness to watch and regarded as one of the leading experts in meditation for performance. And, she has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank & Sweetgreen to help improve company performance through meditation. Emily has been invited to speak at Harvard Business School, Bulletproof Biohacking Conference, Summit Series, Wanderlust, A-Fest and the Omega Institute.

Emily began her ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in ChicagoThe Producers & A Chorus Line.

In today’s interview we discuss why meditation is so powerful and how do it, depending upon your goals and your lifestyle. And, Emily leads us through a short meditation that you won’t want to miss. And please be prepared to actually do this meditation with us. So go ahead and find a quiet comfortable spot where you’ll be able to follow us. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

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