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Welcome to the Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast! (formerly the Boundless Health Podcast)

I aim to be your go-to source for accurate and cutting-edge information to help you achieve your best health ever! As a practicing cardiologist with over 20 years of clinical experience, I want to explore evidence based, practical information and dive deeper into the controversies as it relates to your health and your healthcare so you can start to make sense of what it really means to live a healthy lifestyle. Join me and my range of guests from New York Times best-selling authors to engineers reshaping the field of medicine as we talk in depth about the many approaches to living your best health ever.

The Boundless Health Podcast: Victor Montori, MD

During this episode, Dr. Victor Montori and I discuss the industrialization of healthcare, how healthcare has corrupted its mission, how it has stopped caring, and what this means for our patients. It is clear something has to change. Healthcare has lost its way, and the patient is the one who suffers most. As a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinologist specializing in diabetes care at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Montori is an expert in patient care experiences.. He also runs the Knowledge and Evolution Research Unit (KER) unit, which focuses on medical evidence, patient wishes, and minimally disruptive care. He is the co-founder of Patient Revolution.org and his book, Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care is a testament to his passion towards transforming the current healthcare industry. With Dr. Montori leading the way, I have great hope for the future of medicine!  

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Benjamin Bikman, PhD

Ben Bikman believes whole heartedly in a low carb diet. He lives it, he studies it and he educates physicians about it through his Insulin IQ organization. As an Assistant Professor and Scientist at BYU, he focuses on modern day diseases that are influenced by metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. He actively spreads the word about the benefits of a low carb diet including at Lowcarb Breckenridge which is where we met. During our conversation, we walk through the role of protein in the metabolic system, the impact of insulin and LCHF nutrition, why it’s important to separate emotion from science, and how to incorporate all this into busy everyday life. Ben is a fantastic scientist, but he is an even better human being! .  

 

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Vinnie Tortorich

Vinnie Tortorich is America’s favorite celebrity trainer, podcaster and author of Fitness Confidential . Vinnie shares how he got started in his career as a trainer to the stars, and he highlights the key differences between training celebrities for shoots and films, exercising to be healthy or training for competitions. As a long-time competitor in ultra-endurance races, Vinnie shares how he has used nutrition to help him achieve spectacular results in these grueling competitions. As much as he loves exercise, Vinnie firmly believes that the key to health and looking good is adopting a No Sugar, No Grains (#nsng) way of living. This has not only contributed to his success as an athlete and a model, but also helped in his battle against cancer. He is known as “America’s Angriest Trainer,” but he may also be America’s most outspoken and entertaining trainer as well. If you love Vinnie, you will love this interview. And if you don't....well, after this interview you may just start! .  

 

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Jason Fung

Dr. Jason Fung is a passionate advocate for reclaiming our health through low-carb nutrition and intermittent fasting. As a Nephrologist, he recognized his diabetic patients on dialysis uniformly declined into worsening health. He knew something had to change. That is when he went against the prevailing paradigm and starting using low-carb nutrition and intermittent fasting as primary therapy for his patients. And he hasn’t looked back.  

Although the benefits of fasting to treat diabetes are immense, they do not stop there. Fasting also impacts our nutrient sensors, and by doing so, may help us prevent or treat cancer, and improve our longevity. The science behind this is fascinating and continues to grow every day.  

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes put his career and his reputation on the line by saying three simple words that we infrequently hear: I Was Wrong. In the 80s and 90s, he was the preeminent authority on sports performance, and he wrote the defining book explaining the importance of a high carbohydrate diet. Fast forward 20 years, and Prof Noakes’ own personal struggle with diabetes opened his eyes to the unforeseen dangers of the high carbohydrates diet. That is when he realized “I Was Wrong.” But he had no idea what was coming next. Given his position as a highly respected scientist, he was seen as a threat by the staus quo in South Africa, and what ensued was a 3-year long trial intent on silencing him. Now he has committed his life to teaching the science behind low carb nutrition, how that can help athletic performance, and more importantly, how it can improve our health. Nobody has risked more personally to proclaim this message, and that makes Prof one of the most remarkable proponents of healthy nutrition I have ever met. We have a lot to learn from Prof Noakes, and it all starts with the ability to say those simple three words: I Was Wrong.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: HD is back again, from HormonesDemystified.com

HD of HormonesDemystified.com is back on the Boundless Health Podcast. Once again, this well trained and highly respected endocrinologist brings his entertaining, thoughtful and witty no-nonsense perspective to help us dissect some big topics.  

In this episode, we explore HD"s own personal journey with Time Restricted Feeding, and of course we tackle insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia and how that relates to low-carb diets possibly being the cure for IR and even diabetes. We delve into the brave new world we are in with an army of engineers and critical thinkers forcing us to reframe how we see certain paradigms in medicine, and how the new venture with Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan will change medicine as we know it.  

Lastly, we explore his latest blockbuster blog post on Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions regarding their health care. You do not want to miss this episode!

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dave Feldman Part 2, CholesterolCode.com

During Dave Feldman’s second appearance on the podcast we delve deeper into the results of his Ketofest experiment, how that led to a series of new experiments, and how his research is revolutionizing the way we look at cholesterol. According to Dave's ‘energy status’ theory, the body as a system anticipates its energy needs and regulates how it mobilizes long term and short term energy storage. This makes cholesterol a passenger in an energy delivery system, not an inherently harmful doer of evil. Dave also shares the secrets of his future experiments, and explains why Lipidology is an engineer's "Holy Grail." This is not your every day conversation!"

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Ivor Cummins, Fatemperor.com

After a blood test left him with more questions than answers, my guest, Ivor Cummins, began applying his problem­solving, tactical engineering point of view to answer the questions his doctors could not. Why were his tests abnormal? He then turned his attention to finding the root cause of societies most prevelant diseases- diabetes, obesity, and heart disease just to name a few. He spent countless nghts scouring decades ­old research and came up with a unifying cause- Insulin Resistance. To help treat and prevent IR, Ivor is a strong proponent of a low­carb, high­ fat lifestyle and his book, written with Dr. Jeffry Gerber, Eat Rich, Live Long, (due out 2/2018) makes the case that a low ­carb diet along with lifestyle changes is the key to improving health. We discuss insulin resistance and insulin tests, the importance of adipose and how to structure your life for optimal health!

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Chris Winter MD, The Sports Sleep Doctor

How to get a better night’s sleep is on the front of just about every magazine cover these days. New methods, products, and books promise a sleep experience like no other. But, few of these practices or gadgets get to the root cause of why people aren’t sleeping. My guest, Dr. Chris Winter, is an expert on sleep with over 25 years of sleep medicine and research experience. His book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It is a no ­nonsense, practical guide to getting the sleep your mind is craving. We discuss how insomnia is really a fear and overcoming the fear can be a cure, how much of sleep hygiene and proper sleep starts in your mindset, the role of high­tech gadgets in sleep, and how getting to the root cause is the key to sleep disorder treatment. This is not your average "sleep hygiene" advice. Listen now for Dr Winter's fresh and unique perspective!

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Jeffry Gerber, MD DenversDietDoctor.com

This week I welcome Denver’s Diet Doctor, Dr. Jeffry Gerber, to discuss how we optimize our health and cardiovascular risk. We discuss the need to go beyond traditional risk factors that have been perpetuated for decades, and instead look at metabolic health through a different lens. We all know about LDL cholesterol, but jow important is it? And what do we need to know about insulin resistance?. We also discuss the importance of daily nutrition, having an open mind, focusing on prevention, low­carb and/or keto diets, and how statins can backfire. Dr Gerber has a refreshing approach, and he has helped thousands of patients during his career, and promises to help thousands more.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dave Feldman from CholesterolCode.com

Dave Feldman is not a doctor. Yet he may know more about cholesterol than your doctor does. He is an engineer with a fascinating and curious mind who has used his self-experimentation journey to revolutionize how we test and diagnose lipid "disorders." In this interview, Dave explains how his low-carb lifestyle and subsequent rise in LDL started him on this path, and more importantly, what that may mean for you. We all need to remember that LDL has a purpose in our bodies. It is not inherently "bad" and is not there to kill us. Through understanding the greater purpose of LDL, and defining how variable LDL testing can be, Dave has reframed how I and many others approach cholesterol tests. Listen for yourself to see how it may apply to you! 

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Danny Penman, MIndfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Dr. Danny Penman, joins me to dicuss the undervlue importance of mindfuleness, and he provides a practical approac how to implement it into our busy and frantic lives. Danny has a PhD n biochecmistry, and is an award winning journalist. But it was a tragic paragliding accident that brought him to mindfulness, which he used to calm his mind and to minimize his suffering. After realizing there was a profound benefit to adding mindfulness into our daily lives, Dr. Penman partnered with Professor Mark Williams to write the international bestseller, Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Dr. Penman’s latest work, The Art of Breathing, simply explains the concept of mindfulness through art. It is through th lens of mindfulness that Danny believes we find true peace in ourselves and in the world.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. William Davis author of Wheatbelly and Undoctored

Cardiologist Dr. William Davis feels it is time for all of us to take charge of our health. Real, true preventative health. But Dr Davis is clear, you wont get this from your regular doctor. t is u The book is Wheat Belly. In Wheat Belly and in his other resources on the subject, Dr. Davis ascertains grains, which come from grasses, are one of the best foods to eliminate from the human diet to reduce the possibility of disease and maintain healthy bowels. During our conversation, Dr. Davis and I discuss the rise of grains in the human diet through farming and agribusiness, the profit­driven, process­laden conventional health care system and how we can encourage patients to change their health care expectations.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Amy Berger- The Alzheimer's Antidote

Everywhere you go, it seems people can’t stop talking about the ketogenic diet but what is it, how does it work, and isn’t it just the Atkin’s diet revamped? Nutritionist and Author Amy Berger joins the program to share what she learned when researching the topic for her Master’s thesis and book, Alzheimer’s Antidote. Amy says there is proof the ketogenic or low­carb diet can be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other illnesses plaguing us today. Amy’s book, Alzheimer’s Antidote is one of the first books to delve deep into the subject of using ketones to feed neurons in the brain which would otherwise starve when they lose their ability to process glucose

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Dale Bredesen, The End of Alzheimer's

It is estimated that by 2050, 13 million people will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease or Alzheimer’s dementia. It is on track to become the second leading cause of death in the U.S. My guest today, Dale E. Bredesen, MD, is working toward reversing and preventing cognitive decline. Dr. Bredesen’s book, The End of Alzheimer’s, provides a programmatic approach to staving off neurodegenerative disease by identifying and eliminating the why behind the affliction.During our discussion, Dr. Bredesen discusses possible causes of the disease, preventative lifestyle changes and the future of diagnosis and treatment of cognitive decline

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Hormones Demystified

This week, Host Dr. Bret Scher welcomes returning guest H.D. to the program. H.D.is a well-respected Endocrinologist and Creator of the Hormones Demystified website. H.D. shares his thoughts on the copious amounts of testing performed by alternative medicine providers, how a person should address their primary care physician with questions about their naturopathic test results, the confounding variables in the diagnosis of gut microbiomes, and how burnt out physicians get to the point of dispair and what they can do about it. All this an more, plus the expected brutal honesty and sharp wit from Dr. HD

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Anthony Ongaro- Break The Twitch

Anthony Ongaro wants us to live an intentionally connected life with minimalism, habits and creativity. Anthony is the creator of the website BreakTheTwitch.com, and in today’s interview we discuss the concept of minimalism and how that leads to intentional living, finding our joy, and living purposefully. We discuss how minimalism isn’t just about getting rid of physical possessions, as it is equally important to promote the things you enjoy and find value in. We talk about practical tips how to manage technology and how we need to be vigilant to prevent tech from creating more stress and more distractions in our lives. He gives a great example about the board game Monopoly sending us notifications while we sleep. Who needs that? We also connect the dopamine surge from technology to the same response from sugar, and how eliminating either is a process that takes time but is 100% doable.  

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Professor Robert Sapolsky

Why do we behave the way we do? The answer may surprise you. In his new book, “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst,” Professor Robert Sapolsky explains that the answer is more complex than we may think. It doesn’t just have to do with our neurobiology or hormone levels at the moment we act, but rather is influenced by days, weeks, years, even generations of experience. In this interview, we talk about his book, Behave, and we also talk about his prior book, “Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers.” This is a fascinating description of the effects stress has on our biology, and how stress management techniques may or may not be beneficial in different contexts. And not to dwell on the serious too much, we also explore why we cannot tickle ourselves, and why we don’t like new music after we turn 35. 

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Ted Achecoso

Is your cellular health optimized? Is your gut microbiome optimized? If you are like me, you probably have no idea. Dr. Ted Achecoso hopes to change all of that. As the founder of BioBalance, and creator of Health Optimization Medicine, Dr. Ted is pushing the boundaries of the intersection between health and medicine. In this interview, we discuss his amazing background, what led him to create Health Optimization Medicine, how he helps his clients achieve balance and optimization, and I try to get him to demystify the gut micro biome for me. 

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams 

Rachel Carlton Abrams has a perspective I wish all doctors had. She is board certified in family practice and integrative medicine, and she is the director of the Santa Cruz Integrative Medical Center. She is also the author of the book, “Body Wise,” and a very accomplished speaker. She understands the importance of health promotion through lifestyle, and not just the basics of nutrition and exercise. She strongly advocates for us all becoming more “body wise.” Becoming more in touch with our intuition, how we feel and being more mindful and present with our health. We discuss these issues, as well as, the impact of technology on our health, the importance of understanding our evolutionary roots, and the benefits and pitfalls to evidence based medicine.  

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Jeff Stanley 

This epsiode features Dr. Jeff Stanley, an internal medicine trained MD who works for Virta Health helping patients adopt a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet, and helping them safely treat their diabetes with low-carb and high-tech. With their proprietary technology, they are keeping their patients engaged on a regular basis and helping them improve their lifestyles, not just in the short-term, but but for the long-term to help cure their diabetes. Virta Health has published a 10-week trial with impressive results, and they have a 6- and 12-month data as well that we will hopefully learn more about. In this episode, you will hear all about how Virta works, you will learn some specifics about implementing a ketogenic diet, some of the benefits and pitfall of ketosis, the importance of individualize care, and so much more.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Nutritional Summary

So far on The Boundless Health Podcast you have heard from Joel Kahn, the Vegan Cardiologist. You have also heard from Diana Rodgers, the nutritionist and farmer who is the defender of beef. Lastly, you have heard from Nina Teicholz, the investigative journalist who blew the lid on the faulty case against saturated fat. On the surface, the vegan philosophy and the approach from Diana and Nina may seem completely at odds and contradictory. How can you make sense of the opposite viewpoints? Can both be right? Or is there a clear right and wrong? In this episode, I take a few minutes to provide a nutritional summary. I show how we can combine the advice and evidence to find an individualized approach, a pattern of eating that works for you, for your health and your enjoyment. I hope this helps you make sense of the controversy.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Nina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz The Big Fat Surprise Author on Boundless Health Podcast

This episode features an interview is with Nina Teicholz, the New York Times best selling author of The Big Fat Surprise, Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. This book is nothing short of revolutionary. For decades we have been told that saturated fat, namely butter, meat and cheese, have no part in a healthy diet. We have been led to believe that this recommendation was clearly based in high quality science. Well, Nina blew the lid off that fallacy. Her book shows how poor that research actually is, and shows why we should not demonize or avoid saturated fat.  

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers Sustainable Dish Founder and Author sustainabledish.com

In this episode, I am joined by Diana Rodgers from Sustainabledish.com. Diana is a real food nutritionist, an author and a farmer who lives and works on an organic farm outside of Boston. Diana has been very focal in the defense of beef, and she dives deep into the specifics of meat as food, how cattle are raised, and how they effect our environment. We have all heard that we need to eat less beef. Cows produce excessive greenhouse gasses that harm our environment, and meat has been linked to an increased risk of health problems. That message is pervasive. But is it wholly accurate? Diana says it is not.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Mark Shapiro

In this episode, I am joined by Dr Mark Shapiro. Dr Shapiro is a hospitalist in Northern California and is the creator of Explore the Space Podcast. This is a special interview for me since Dr Shapiro was one of the main inspirations for me to start my podcast. I am in awe of his ability to tell stories, and help others tell their stories. He is a master communicator, and that has helped him excel as a physician and also as a human being. He is one of the most genuine people I know, and this interview was a real treat for me. If you enjoy this interview, definitely check out his podcast at explorethespaceshow.com

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Joel Kahn

Dr. Joel Kahn America's Healthy Heart Doc Cardiologist

This episode I have the honor or interviewing Dr. Joel Kahn. Dr. Kahn is a cardiologist in Detroit Michigan, and is probably best known as being the Vegan Cardiologist. He is an outspoken supporter of plant based nutrition, and has an active presence on social media promoting the benefits of lifestyle for promoting health. He has also developed into a defender of what he sees as misinformation or unfair attacks on many doctors and scientists.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. John Neustadt

This episode features an interview with Dr. John Neustadt. Dr. Neustadt is a naturopathic trained doctor who has been heavily involved in research. He has published over one hundred scientific articles, he has authored three textbooks, and has been named one of the ten most cited authors for his work on mitochondrial damage in disease. In addition, he is an entrepreneur with his own supplement company, NBI, and is a wealth of information about how to analyze scientific data and how to view supplements and medications as they all relate to us as individuals.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Dr. Brian Stenzler

This podcast episode, I interview Dr. Brian Stenzler, a well-respected chiropractor and CEO of DREAM wellness. We explore the role of chiropractic care for overall health promotion, the image crisis chiropractors face, "staying in your lane" as a practitioner, the role of collaborative care, and of course the role of evidence based care.

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The Boundless Health Podcast: Hormones Demystified

In this episode, I interview the endocrinologist behind the blog, “Hormones Demystified.” He prefers to remain anonymous, but I can tell you he is a highly respected and a very well-trained physician, and he is no stranger to controversy. He speaks his mind and has made it his mission to educate the public about fringe health practices that may be doing more harm than good. This episode may get your blood boiling, or it may make you rethink some assumptions. Either way, it is bound to be entertaining and informative.

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