Providing cutting edge news, education, and practical advice on nutrition, lifestyle, toxins and disease, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, genomics, inflammation, digestive health, and  more!

Join hosts Dana Laake and Dr. Kevin Passero for lively weekly discussions with health experts and
thought leaders in the fields of integrative, personalized, and functional medicine.

Specific Nutrients

The benefits of magnesium including support for relaxation, stress, sleep, mood and fatigue

Special guest: Rex Jones

Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than seven years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the Natural Foods Industry and a strong knowledge of herbals. For more than 10 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist. Rex also led classes, co-hosted a radio show, managed web content and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures. He is excited to share the Garden of Life mission: Empowering Extraordinary Health®.

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The synergistic roles for bioactive B vitamins – methyl-B12, 5-MTHF, and P5P

Special guest: Anthony Thomas, Ph.D.

Anthony Thomas, Ph.D., serves on Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and contributed his expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for a number of scientific journals.

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Benefits of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid

Dana Laake and her special guest Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D., will discuss the benefits of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid.

Dr. Clouatre earned his A.B. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. A Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, he is a prominent industry consultant, author of numerous books and a sought-after speaker. Dr. Clouatre is the New Product Development & Marketing Consultant for Jarrow Formulas.

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New and exciting research on nutrients and botanicals

Dana Laake and her special guest Alan Miller, ND, will discuss new and exciting research on nutrients and botanicals.

Dr. Miller is a 1989 graduate of Bastyr University and a well-known clinician and educator who has lectured at medical conferences nationally and internationally. He has been a member of Thorne Research’s Medical Affairs team since 1994. As an author and researcher, Alan has published over 20 articles in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Medicine Review. He is Chief Medical Editor of the book Alternative Medicine Review Monogrophs, Volume One and is a contributing author to the Textbook of Natural Medicine.

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New advancements of Jarrow Formulas’ product, BroccoMax

Dana Laake and her special Anthony Thomas will discuss new advancements of Jarrow Formulas’ product, BroccoMax.

Anthony Thomas, Ph.D., serves on Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and contributed his expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for a number of scientific journals.

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Supplements for athletes: the good, the bad and the ugly

Dana Laake and her special guest Tavis Piattoly will discuss dietary supplementation for athletes.

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN, is the sports dietitian and nutrition consultant for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, and the Tulane University Athletics Department. Prior to this, he held the same position for the New Orleans Saints for several years. He works with athletes from high school to Olympic levels, designing individualized nutrition programs to improve their health, performance and recovery.

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Proteins, the plant protein options, and Organic Plant Protein

Dana Laake and her special guest Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, will discuss proteins, plant protein options, and organic plant protein.

Amber Lynn Vitse is a Certified Nutritionist in integrative nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the team. For 16 years she has worked in product retail, as well as maintained her own wellness practice, often working with doctors and alternative health practitioners promoting optimum health, inside and out. In the last several years she has been writing for several natural health publications, educating retailers and consumers on what quality really means in both foods and products. Amber is excited to be a member of the Garden of Life Education team and continue the mission of empowering extraordinary health.

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Vitamin D and its role in human health

Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Steve Christensen, MD, will discuss vitamin D and its role in human health.

Steve Christensen, MD, is the Medical Affairs Consultant for Thorne. He received his degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, Utah. A board-certified family physician, he practiced the full gamut of rural medicine, much of it as a solo practitioner, in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Montana. After leaving medical practice in 2003, Steve and his wife Tonya owned and operated a nutrition and health food store in Newport, Oregon, before returning to the Inland Northwest.

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Leptin, gut bacteria and belly fat

Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Mike Mutzel will discuss the effect of leptin, microbes, and metabolism on belly fat.

Mike Mutzel has blended his formal education – a degree in biology and graduate work in clinical nutrition – with his competitive athletic background and personal training experience to help others improve their health. He regularly conducts live webinars and workshops to help healthcare professionals keep abreast of the rapid advancements in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, and immunity. Mike is a functional medicine consultant for Xymogen and author of Belly Fat Effect.

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Choosing an omega-3 supplement

Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Maggie Laidlaw will be discussing how to choose an omega-3 supplement.

Dr. Maggie Laidlaw acquired her degrees in human nutrition from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her doctoral research was on rheumatoid arthritis and supplementation with anti-inflammatory oils, such as fish and borage seed oil. Maggie was the Associate Director and Clinical Investigator at the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the University of Guelph for 4 years before becoming Director of the Clinical Trials Division of Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. in 2007.

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