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#22 Your Wellness Journey: Own The Means, Own The End with Zachary Bodenweber

Today on the program, Neal is joined by life/fitness coach and social worker, Zack Bodenweber. He and Neal talk about what brings someone to a life coach; how the idea of happiness gets exploited; what this culture of instant gratification has done to our minds and bodies; why it’s important to schedule downtime; plus he gives us some good breathing techniques and book recommendations. Contact Zack and Please check...


#21 Fitness For Regular People with Dr. Rachel Gregg

On the show this week, Neal is joined by fellow pharmacist, Rachel Gregg. Along with being a pharmacist, Rachel has moved into fitness and life coaching. She and Neal discuss the best way to start a new fitness routine; how to start your day off healthily; basic exercises that everyone should do; the benefits of circuit training, heavy weight lifting, HIIT; and how important good nutrition is to actually seeing a change in your body. Get more from Rachel...


#20 Recap and Q&A with Neal

For the 20th episode, Neal is joined by his producer, Daena to answer some listener questions. They cover what basic supplements to take; green supplements and powders; stacking vitamin C and iron; dealing with constipation when taking minerals (because what episode is complete without poop talk); managing cholesterol; managing menopause; the difference between cranberry and D-mannose; and our other show favorite- CBD! In this case, the effectiveness of topical CBD. Please check out...


#19 How To Sleep Well with Dr. Neil Stanley

Today, Neal is joined by yet another Neil! Dr. Neil Stanley is one of the foremost sleep specialists, having conducted many clinical sleep studies, published 38 peer-reviewed papers, and How To Sleep Well. He and Neal cover insomnia; sleep cycles; melatonin; the specifics with falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early; depression; the boxed mattress craze; and of course- CBD. Find our more about Neil and get his book Please check out...


#18 Supplement Manufacturing: Compliance and Concerns with Marc Ullman

Today on the program, Neal is joined by attorney, Marc Ullman. Marc is a second-generation supplement industry lawyer who helps keep an eye on the safe manufacturing of these products. He tells us all about what he thinks of the quality of supplements today; what to look for as far as packaging goes; cites some worst-case scenarios and how they were handled; gets into the minutiae of legalizing hemp and CBD; what needs to improve in the industry; and the good things he sees happening in...


#17 The Mind-Gut Connection with Dr. Melissa Hunt

Dr. Melissa Hunt is back! Today, she has come to talk to us about the connection between the brain and the gut. Neal and Dr. Hunt talk about the path of physiology that leads to GI disorders; how the endocrine system is involved; long term effects of GI disorders, pre- and probiotics; why hyper-sanitation is actually bad for us; the FODMAP diet; and fecal transplants. Get Melissa's book Contact Melissa...


#16 Diets? Stop The Madness and Listen To Your Body with Jeanette Bronee

Maintaining a healthy eating plan can feel insurmountable at times so today, Neal is speaking with Jeanette Bronee, a coach who has helped both companies and individuals lead their best lives. Jeanette tells how she structures her meals based on how she wants to feel, both physically and mentally; why it’s so important to pay attention to how we react to what we eat; digesting plant fats vs. animal fats; her feelings on supplements and meal replacement shakes; and how to eat healthily at...


#15 Food Allergies & Intolerances with Dr. Michael Daines

Joining Neal today is doctor of pediatric allergies and immunology, Michael Daines. He explains what an allergy is, exactly; how they form; why we have seen such a dramatic increase in them; how to test for them; how to manage them; the difference between allergies and intolerances; and he directly addresses the most notorious allergies- peanuts and gluten. Contact Dr. Daines and...


#14 Addressing Autism Misinformation With Lifelong Experts with Jamey Wolff and Dr. Monica Meyer

Today on the show, Neal is joined by Jamey Wolff and Dr. Monica Meyer. These ladies have spent their careers working with autistic spectrum disorders to help both the affected children and their families to understand the needs of people on the spectrum so they can lead happy, productive lives. Jamey and Monica tell us about what the understanding of the spectrum was when they first started working with autism in the 1970s, why the number of autism diagnoses has risen so dramatically,...


#13 Vaping: The Next Epidemic with Meredith Berkman

Meredith Berkman, co-founder of Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes, joins us today to expose the truth about the real harm that E cigarettes, in particular the brand, Juul is causing. She talks about the chemistry of the new nicotine compounds, the very shrewd and insidious marketing to kids, and what her foundation is doing to get the production halted on flavored cartridges. Find out more at and Please check out...


#12 Social Media: Don’t Twitter Away Your Sanity with Melissa Hunt

Society has been turned on its head by social media. People are losing days and years of their lives scrolling through social media instead of living actual lives. Clinical psychologist, Dr. Melissa Hunt has done a thorough study of the effects of social media on both mind and body. She breaks down the study for us, plus explains why exactly social media has been so detrimental instead of bringing us joy. She also points out the toll that our ‘on demand’ culture has taken on our ability to...


#11 Tea Guru: There's Something About Miriam with Miriam Novalle

With us today is the lady who brought tea into mainstream culture in the US, owner of the T Salon and High Tea, Miriam Novalle. She has much to say about the quality of tea leaves, how they are farmed and fair trade, how flavors can be sullied by shortcuts in mass production; and she tells us the emotional story of how she created High Tea; along with some interesting side notes on meeting Herb Alpert, having the first non-smoking restaurant in NYC, and serving tea to the first responders at...


#10 Fandom & Wellness Fanaticism with Zoe Fraade-Blanar

The idea of a superfan has become ubiquitous, but have you given thought to the psychology of it? Neal's guest, author Zoe Fraade-Blanar has done just that. She talks to Neal about the rise of superfandom and its acceptance in modern society; the philosophical concept of fandom; what's good about it, what's bad about it; how it can be exploited; concepts like 'shared toxicity' and 'posse syndrome'; and how to keep a healthy perspective when you become fanatical about something. Buy Zoe's...


#9 CBD: It’s Time To Believe The Hype with Martin A. Lee

Today, Neal is joined by author and co-founder of Project CBD, Martin A. Lee. CBD is the latest drug craze and with good reason. It has applications from lowering anxiety, to pain relief, to calming neurological disorders. However, as a derivative of hemp, its research and distribution can be stymied be narcotic laws. Martin explains to us a bit of its history including prohibition; the science of how it interacts with the other compounds of hemp, especially THC; the research being put into...


#8 Yoga: A Path For Healing with Tara Sanders

Yoga is the centuries old practice of stretching and breathing to help quiet the mind and keep the body fit, yet it has a stigma of being only for a certain type of person. Neal is joined by yoga instructor, Tara Sanders to examine the possibilities of the practice. Tara specializes in trauma-informed yoga which is its own kind of practice. Yoga, while meditative, can also be very tactile and interactive. Trauma-informed yoga is generally hands-off as well as providing other safeguards for...


# 7 Keto, Fasting, Paleo, Raw: Trendy Diets In 2019 with Julie Morgan

Good nutrition has flummoxed the best of us and new fad diets seem to be nonstop. Most of us grew up learning that fat and calories were what made you fat, now carbs are the enemy. Sugar has always been the devil, but sugars occur naturally in fruit, so which is it? Neal is joined by his in-house nutritionist, Julie Morgan to address all the heavy-hitters in the diet world today. Julie applies common sense and offers the science behind these diets, or lack thereof. Get in touch with Julie...


#6 The Rock Doc with Neil Ratner

This week, we experiment with all the different ways to spell Neal. It's two, there are only two ways; and the other way is favored by our guest, Neil Ratner a.k.a. The Rock Doc. What an interesting life this man has lead. He talks to Neal about his love of music early on coupled with his love of the human body; how he met up with the brothers Winter and became Edgar's tour manager; how that lead to forming his own company and then leaving it all behind to pursue medicine. But his life in...


#5 Bone Health with Dr. Matt Stryker

Neal is talkin' bones this week. How to care for our bones and keep them strong into the winter of our lives can get murky. Neal explains what calcium actually does for us and what other vitamins and factors we should be taking into account. It might surprise you what influences bone density. Plus, we hear from Dr. Matt Stryker, a clinical pharmacist and assistant professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This episode is book-ended with puns, so, you know... just a head's...


#4 The Crazy Person In Your Head - Meditation and Mindfulness with Dr. Lawrence Dresdale

This week, Neal sits down with his actual therapist, Dr. Lawrence Dresdale to discuss the benefits of meditation and to define exactly what mindfulness is. Dr. Dresdale explains how to push past the stigma of therapy and the defeatist thoughts in your head in the effort to recondition yourself not to be so angry about small mistakes that will be inconsequential to the whole of your life. He also explains what a person can hope to achieve with meditation, what it won't do for you, and how to...


#3 Choosing An Expert

With so many fly-by-night companies trying to cash in on wellness, how do you find a real expert? Neal is back this week to give you the questions to ask when it comes to finding the right specialist, supplement, or medication for you. What differentiates this person or product? How transparent is this company? What kind of credentials do they have and who issued those credentials? There is a lot to consider when it comes to finding the best of the best and Neal outlines it all for...