180 Nutrition -The Health Sessions.

This week we welcome Alexx Stuart to the show. She is an educator, activist and change agent who runs online courses and hosts a podcast for those wanting to reduce their toxic load in everyday life. She's at the forefront of a movement that's non-judgmental, gentle on the body and skin, and tough on the companies selling produces masquerading as food or safe cleaning products. A columnist for Wellbeing magazine, she also a sought-after speaker and consultant to businesses committing to change for good.

Questions we ask in this episode:

  • What is low tox living and why is it important?
  • Where should we start if we want to embrace this way of living?
  • What ‘low hanging fruit’ could we address where our health is concerned?




This week, I'm excited to welcome Alexx Stuart. Alexx is an educator, activist and change agent who runs online courses and host a podcast for those wanting to reduce their toxic load in everyday life, Alexx calls this low tox living. In this episode we discuss the principles of following a low tox lifestyle and focus on the areas that could be unknowingly impacting our health. Over to Alexx.

01:12 Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I am delighted to welcome Alexx Stuart back onto the podcast. Alexx, how are you?


01:20 I am so great. Thanks, Stu. It's so great to be here with you. Sorry for the mood lighting I've got happening on my side. I've retreated to my parents. There's construction everywhere around our place at the moment. So, I figured quiet and moody was better than noisy and bright, right?


01:38 It looks super comfortable behind you.

01:40 It is. Yeah.

01:42 Excellent. So before we get into the questions today, for any of our listeners that might not be familiar with your work, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself please?


01:51 Yeah, for sure. So I'm an author of a book that came out last year, The Tox Life. But the story goes way, way, way back into the past. And the whole reason I ended up in health education, even though I had a successful career in hospitality and prior to that in cosmetics in the beauty industry, was through a series of events that I like to call waves of realization, if you like. The first one being a retrospective realization that when I left cosmetics I also left the world of migraines and I was like, "Oh." I didn't really know to dig as to what was in the industry that might be causing those migraines. But I literally stopped getting migraines once I left the beauty industry. So I knew there was something there.

02:40 Then I had this recurrent tonsillitis situation, and so many people will hear this and go, "Yeah, I've been on that merry-go-round" where you go to the doctor because you feel unwell, get the drugs, you take the drugs, you feel better, you feel better for a couple of months, then you feel crap. Then you go to the doctor, then you get drugs and with antibiotics, as some people may or may not know, antibiotic resistance starts to creep in. So you get put on stronger and stronger and stronger ones and of course you're killing more and more and more good gut bugs at the same time.

03:11 And I found myself in a situation where antibiotics didn't work and this was really my wake up call to stop doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. It just wasn't making me better. And I was a thriving 28-year-old in every other area of my life. And I was like, "I can't go on like this. This is ridiculous." And so a friend said, 'I know it might be a bit crazy, but why don't you go see a naturopath?" Which, 15 years ago was a bit of a cuckoo thing to do. even though now, thank gosh, there's one on every street corner helping us build stronger bodies. But back then it was a bit weird and I went and she put me on some revolting tasting herbs that have since come to love the taste of, and a really simple and strict three day, if you have to eat something, just have some really well cooked brown rice, chicken stock and carrots and that's it. I just don't want you doing anything too complicated for your system.

04:05 And I got better in three days. I sweated it all out and it was really quite astounding to me that some herbs from plants could actually ship tonsillitis. She suggested I quit gluten containing foods as a longer term strategy to stop it from reoccurring because she had read in the research that was starting to come out that there was a strong link between [inaudible 00:04:32] bugs and a gluten, in terms of gluten feeding them and then causing proliferation, et cetera.

04:42 So I was desperate. I gave it a go even though as a half Frenchie that was probably the worst news I could have ever received. [foreign language 00:04:49] all the good things. But it worked. And the really interesting thing in that time was it got me looking at food labels for the first time in my life. I actually had to look at the ingredients because a few months off gluten and then you'd accidentally have it in a restaurant or something. I really noticed a huge issue with it, but it's kind of like the cows getting grain fed from the late '60s and onward and then realizing you got to give them a tiny bit and then a tiny bit more and then a tiny ... You never realize you're not meant to feel average.

05:28 And so I had started to feel great and then boom. And so I really knew these things were hurting me and I had gluten in every meal. They would have been in my pre 28-year-old self. every single meal, there would have been some form of gluten. And so it was really interesting to see how it was in products that were causing, as they were called health products, breakfast shakes and those sorts of high protein this and low fat that.

05:54 It really started me questioning food companies and questioning our whole system that allows us to trust that they're doing the right thing by us. And they're really, really not, and our government just lets it happen and this is happening all over the world. So, I had been a bit of an activist in my teen years, joined Greenpeace first day of uni. I was that chick. I kind of put it all to bed, you get the good career, the boyfriend, you start on your little societal checklist. I was raised quite conservatively.
Alexx: 06:29 And so, I forgot myself really. And this really woke that up. I was like, "How is this allowed?" I got really riled up by it. And then cut to a few years later when my son was about to be born and I got all the well meaning gifts at the baby shower, I started to think, "Well, I'm really good at reading food labels that why don't I give these labels ago, go and have a look at what's in these products before I start lathering them all on my precious unborn."

06:58 And I was horrified to learn that about 90% of what was in there was petroleum derived. That really then sent me on the journey of learning what these chemicals were, I discovered endocrine disrupting chemical families. I discovered the word fragrance and how that can have up to 140 different chemical compounds inside it's secret little word recipe thing there. And again, my sense of justice around the secrecy and the lack of longterm research done before things are brought out to market.

07:32 Really just, for me, those two things happening in a bit of a wave and a few little things in between made me think I need to focus my skills on education, empowerment, and motivation and nerdiness. I always liked a bit of a nerd factor.

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Category:Health & Nutrition -- posted at: 4:57pm PDT

This week we welcome Dr. Frank Shallenberger to the show. He is a six time grandfather and four time father. He is one of the originals. He has been practicing medicine since 1973 and has been a pioneer in alternative/integrative medicine since 1978. He is one of only 16 physicians in Nevada that are licensed both in conventional medicine as well as alternative and homeopathic medicine. This allows him to integrate the best of both approaches for optimal results.

Dr. Shallenberger has revolutionized the practice of anti-aging and preventive medicine by developing a method to measure mitochondrial function and oxygen utilization. He has written two popular books describing this method, The Type 2 Diabetes Breakthrough and Bursting With Energy, and has authored numerous papers in the international peer reviewed literature on ozone therapy and oxygen utilization. He is also the editor of Second Opinionalternative medical newsletter.

He is the developer of Prolozone®, an injection technique that has been shown to regenerate damaged joints, herniated discs, and degenerated joints, tendons, and soft tissues. He has just published the first paper on Prolozone Therapy in the Journal of Prolotherapy entitled, Prolozone – Regenerating Joints and Eliminating Pain.

Questions we ask in this episode:

  • What exactly happens when we age?
  • What strategies do you utilise to combat ageing?
  • What are the most common practices you see the public doing that accelerate ageing?


For full transcript and interview:

https://180nutrition.com.au/180-tv/dr-frank-shallenberger-interview/ ‎

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Category:Health & Nutrition -- posted at: 8:16pm PDT

This week we welcome Lee Holmes to the show. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Food and Nutrition and is a certified holistic health coach (IIN), yoga teacher, wholefoods chef and bestselling author of the Supercharged Food series, which includes Eat Your Way To Good Health; Eat Yourself Beautiful; and Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian. She is a columnist for Wellbeing Magazine and Lifestyle Food Channel's Healthy Eating Expert, and her articles have appeared in leading Australian newspapers and journals, as well as The Times and The Daily Express in the UK and The Huffington Post in the US. Find Lee at her award-winning blog, superchargedfood.com.

Questions asked in the episode
  • Why is gut health so important?
  • Why are digestive issues becoming so common these days?
  • What are the telltale signs of an imbalanced gut?



This week, I'm excited to welcome Lee Holmes. Lee is a nutritionist, yoga teacher, whole foods chef, and author of multiple books with a whole food focus. She's the founder of the website Supercharged Food that aims to help you feel amazing and improve your health through diet, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle tips. In this episode, we discuss gut health, why it's so important, how we can determine if we might have issues, and then the steps to take to get us back on track. Lee is a wealth of knowledge, we have great fun, and I know you'll enjoy our conversation. Over to Lee.

01:21 Hey, guys. This is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I'm delighted to welcome Lee Holmes back to the podcast. Lee, how are you?


01:28 Hi. I'm well. How are you, Stu


01:30 Very well, thank you. Very well. Thanks for coming back. It was a while ago that we spoke, so I'm just aware that we may have a few new listeners that may not know who you are, so before we get stuck into the questions, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself please?


01:46 Sure. I'm Lee Holmes. I'm a nutritionist, a whole food chef, and I teach yoga and meditation. I have a website called SuperchargedFood.com, which I share a lot of recipes on there and I've written about nine books now.


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Category:Health & Nutrition -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

This week we welcome Dr. Stephen Cabral to the show. Stephen Cabral developed his passion for health & wellness after going through severe health complications at the age of 17. He saw over 50 different doctors, tried over 100 different treatment protocols, but still saw no hope of recovery.

It wasn’t until he met an “alternative” health doctor whom explained to him how he got here and how he could become well again, that he began his recovery process. It was at this young age that he knew his life would be dedicated to helping others rebalance their bodies and renew their health.

Questions asked in the episode

  • What are the biggest mistakes people make with weight loss?
  • What strategies do you utilise to combat ageing?
  • Any foods or drinks that you would go out of your way to avoid?



This week, I'm excited to welcome Dr. Stephen Cabral. Dr. Cabral is a Naturopath Ayurvedic & Functional Medicine Practitioner who developed his passion for health and wellness after going through sever health complications at the age of 17. His mission is to share how he changes his life and the lives of thousands of others from a state of chronic sickness, pain, weight gain, depression and suffering to one of energy, vitality, and happiness.

In this episode, we discuss the biggest mistakes people make with weight loss, how we may be unknowingly accelerating our own aging process, and the best form of exercise for long lasting health. Over to Dr. Cabral.

Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I am delighted to welcome Dr. Stephen Cabral to the podcast. Dr. Cabral, how are you?


 Doing well. It's so great to be here. Thank you for having me on your show.


 No, thank you so much for your time. I know that you're a busy man. But first up, for all of those that may not be familiar with your work, I'd love it if you could just tell our listeners a little bit about yourself please.


 Sure. I'm a board certified Naturopath doctor. I work out of Boston, Massachusetts here in the US. But we are actually at a probably 90% virtual practice right now. So we are trying to pioneer and push forward the ability to get people functional medicine, lab testing, all over the world. We basically work with people, well, all over the world but we ship to 19 different countries. I'm trying to get people to find out what their underlying root cause imbalances are. And I've just made that my mission in life. I had my own health struggles when I was young. I was able to overcome those with the help of other practitioners and that eventually led me to studying all over the world. In India, China, Sri Lanka, Europe, and all over the US. And my belief is this, is that there is no one best form of medicine but the best form of medicine is that which encompasses and integrates all forms of medicine. And that's what I try to preach to this day.

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Category:Health & Nutrition -- posted at: 6:25pm PDT