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.

The benefits of micronutrient testing

By Dana Laake | December 30, 2018
Special guest: Heather Gunn, MS, CNS, LDN, is a clinical herbalist, licensed nutritionist and fitness consultant and serves as an account manager for SpectraCell. Heather attained a Master of Science in plant medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and is also a certified nutrition specialist in Maryland. Her special interests are supporting overall health, weight loss, hormone balance and stress management. Heather is a strong believer in functional wellness and uses nutrition and plants to support good sleep, improved energy, better concentration, low stress levels and balanced hormone production.
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Toxic Metals that Cause Fatigue – and How to Detox Them

By Dana Laake | December 23, 2018

Special guest: Wendy Myers is a functional diagnostic nutritionist and toxic metals specialist. She is also the author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. Through her book and her “Live to 110” podcast, Wendy explains how to safely reverse damage from toxic metals and reclaim energy once again. Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long, disease-free life, she created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol after working with thousands of clients.

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Glyphosate and Gut Health

By Dr. Kevin Passero | December 16, 2018

Special guest: 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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Optimizing GI Health

By Dana Laake | December 9, 2018

Special guest: Veronica P. Gasko, DC, graduated from Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, Georgia, in 1989. Shortly after beginning practice, she started using nutrition as part of her protocols to help patients achieve their health goals. Her success led to opening three practices specializing in functional nutrition with chiropractic sports and pediatric care. Dr. Gasko has lectured throughout the US and Canada on pediatric chiropractic, along with her sister Theresa Warner, DC. She is currently working with Metagenics as a Medical Information Scientist, addressing questions on formulas and protocols for practitioners.

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Food sensitivities and eczema

By Dr. Kevin Passero | December 2, 2018

Special guest: Eric Nager, MD, is a functional medicine physician who is opening his practice at Belcara Health in Baltimore, Maryland, in January of 2019. After over 20 years as an emergency physician, Dr. Nager felt compelled to pursue his passion of finding the root cause of illness in his patients. Dr. Nager is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging / Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM). When he is not engaged in learning all he can to help his patients, he is spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys Olympic lifting, running in Spartan races and training with his old SWAT team.

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Garden of Life mykind herbal products, the first dual certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project verified herbal line

By Dana Laake | November 25, 2018

Special guest: Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than 8 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the natural foods industry and a strong knowledge of herbs. For more than 13 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 Garden of Life’s mission of empowering extraordinary health.

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Nutrient support for the gut-brain connection

By Dr. Kevin Passero | November 18, 2018

Special guest: Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his B.A. 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 serves on the Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel.

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Nutritional controversies and news you can use

By Dana Laake | November 11, 2018

Special guest: Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, provides preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services in Kensington, Maryland. Her practice encompasses the full spectrum of complex health issues for all ages, including children with special needs, ADHD and autism. In addition to media presentations, writing, radio talk show hosting and providing professional continuing education courses, Dana has been a Maryland legislative assistant on health issues and has served four gubernatorial appointments on two state health care regulatory boards.

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Fish Oil Absorption

By Dana Laake | October 28, 2018

Special guest: Joshua Chernov is a senior medical consultant for Xymogen with a focus on functional and integrative medicine. He is a certified personal trainer and a certified lifestyle educator. He is developing dietary and exercise regimens for cardiometabolic patients throughout the mid-Atlantic area, as well as working on a masters in nutrition.

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The importance and benefits of Ester-C, and how it pertains to immune support

By Dr. Kevin Passero | October 21, 2018

Special guest: Dorie Greenblatt is the brand marketing director for American Health and American Health Ester-C brands. An enthusiastic creative marketer and strategic leader, she has been successfully launching and building brands in the natural health food channel for more than 20 years. Her record of excellence has been demonstrated through fresh product innovation and promotion, consumer grassroots efforts and strong retail partnerships.

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Meet the Hosts

Dana Laake is a licensed nutritionist providing preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services for over 25 years. Her practice includes the nutritional evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of health issues affecting children and adults. Dana holds a Master's degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Kevin Passero a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine has trained extensively with leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate botanicals, homeopathy, vitamins, and nutrition.

Kate Costello focuses on functional nutrition by emphasizing the healing power of whole-food nutrition and wellness practices like movement, stress-reduction and sleep hygiene. Kate earned her graduate degrees in nutrition and health coaching at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and works as a nutrition advisor at Village Green