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Posts by Dr. Kevin Passero

Next generation methylation and learning about epigenetics

Special guest: Kara Fitzgerald, ND

Kara Fitzgerald, ND, completed post-doctorate training in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD, at Metametrix Laboratory. She authored/edited Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and was a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Textbook for Functional Medicine, and co-authored the eBook, The Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, blogs and podcasts for professionals and consumers. Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at The Institute for Functional Medicine and maintains a functional medicine practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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Natural medicine for mental health

Special guest: Dr. Peter Bongiorno

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, graduated from Bastyr University, the leading accredited university for science-based natural medicine. He completed 5 years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments, the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His book for the public, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? was released in 2012. He regularly writes articles for the Dr. Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today.

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Advances in pre-natal supplementation

Special guest: Dan Hanson

Dan Hanson is the owner of DHA Laboratory and founder of Build a Bump. DHA is a CLIA licensed independent clinical laboratory specializing in unique biochemical testing, corporate and personal drug screening, and paternity testing. The lab services private medical practices with unique results necessary in formulating individualized, advanced micro and macro nutrient treatment protocols for patients suffering from mental and emotional conditions. DHA is dedicated to meticulous laboratory procedures which allow for the treatment of various conditions through the use of neutraceuticals. Village Green offers a selection of unique DHA lab panels here.

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Children’s health

Special guest: Dr. Decker Weiss

Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, is the first naturopathic physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship. He became the first Naturopathic Cardiologist after training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss has a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease management and is a pioneer in the application of effective natural alternatives to heart bypass and angioplasty. He is also knowledgeable about natural treatments for autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, and most forms of chronic disease. Dr. Weiss has traveled worldwide training physicians and pharmacists on safer ways to use fewer prescriptions and provide improved outcomes to their patients. He is currently a consultant for Solgar.

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Integrative approaches for managing chronic pain

Special guest: Dr. Emily Telfair

Emily Telfair, ND, a graduate of Bastyr University, practices in Baltimore, MD, where she supports healing and transformation for adults and children with chronic health concerns using traditional naturopathic modalities and cranio-sacral therapy. She is past president of the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association and is co-chair of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) State Alliance Committee. Dr. Telfair is a past recipient of the AANP President’s Award for her leadership in the passage of legislation to license naturopathic doctors in Maryland.

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Stress, and its impact on health, with a focus on the immune system

Special guest: Erin Stokes, ND

Erin Stokes, ND, is the Medical Director at MegaFood, and a registered naturopathic doctor in the state of Colorado. In her role as Medical Director, Erin has the opportunity to educate on health and wellness topics via webinars, radio shows, articles and blogs. Dr. Stokes received her naturopathic doctor degree from Bastyr University in 2001. Shortly afterwards she began to pursue her passion for educating others by teaching Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. She combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives.

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your gut health

Special guest: Dr. Will Cole

Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine practitioner, specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, and more. He consults locally in the Pittsburgh area as well as webcam and phone consultations for people across the country and around the world. Dr. Cole lectures nationally and writes articles for health-related sites such as mindbodygreen.com.

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Overcoming adrenal fatigue

Special guest: Marcelle Pick, NP

Marcelle Pick, NP, co-founded the Women to Women Clinic in 1983 with the vision to not only treat illness, but also help women make healthy choices to prevent disease. In 2001, Marcelle created MarcellePick.com to reach, inspire, and educate more women with informative articles on women’s health issues and at-home solutions to some of the most troublesome symptoms. Marcelle discovered functional medicine early in her career and was among the first to be certified as a functional medicine practitioner. In addition, she holds a BS in nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in nursing from Boston College-Harvard Medical School. Marcelle is currently an educator with The Institute of Functional Medicine and has served as a medical advisor to Healthy Living Magazine. She is a prolific writer and lectures on a variety of topics including weight loss resistance, infertility, stress and illness, and adrenal dysfunction. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, FOX, and ABC to discuss women’s health.

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The epidemic of sleep problems in our society today

Special guest: Dr. Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics and food science from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in nutritional biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and is currently is a consultant for Jarrow.

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Iron deficiency and MegaFood’s new Blood Builder® clinical study conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Special guest: Dr. Erin Stokes

Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. In her current position as Medical Director for MegaFood, she combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry. Erin believes education is a key to making positive changes, and her personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. The focus of Erin’s naturopathic practice in Boulder, Colorado, is on healthy moms. She believes, “When moms are healthy, the world can be healthy.”

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