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Is it really possible to defy aging?  Can we really be healthy, lean, and sexy at any age?   Dr. Shirley Picarreto joins the show to discuss just that.  Dr. Picarreto is the author of the the international best seller Healthy, Lean and Sexy at Any Age.  She's a  Doctor of Naturopathy and has a BS in Health and Wellness Counseling.  She is also a Certified Herbalist and Weight Loss Coach who has been helping people create healthy bodies, minds and spirits for over 30 years now. Listen in as we debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions about how we age and why, with simple lifestyle and nutritional modifications, we can be healthy and sexy forever!
The Optimized Condition welcomes McCartney Green back to the show! If you all remember, McCartney and I had every intention on discussing her 7 keys to becoming a manifesting magnet on our last show and we had such a great time chatting it up that we completely didn't get to those keys!  So she is coming back to the show to finally get to how we can manifest all that we desire. McCartney is the author of 11 books, a speaker and Life Transformation Coach, and mother of 7!  She loves helping people to change their lives through a simple formula by learning to have unshakeable joy or having joy no matter what the outside circumstances are. 
We hear a lot about how our ego can get in the way of our success.  But how can we control our ego to gain what we truly want to achieve? Todd Lemense, author of Lose Your Ego, Gain the World joins the podcast to discuss just that! Todd is a business and motivational speaker with a specialization in personal accountability and business accountability. He is also an expert in ego control and keeping things in proper perspective. He has received national speaker awards and spoke to more than 500 corporations.
Let's face it. We ALL binge eat. Who hasn't eaten the entire bag of chips, or the tub of iced cream, or the entire box of cookies when we intended on just having a little taste? Who hasn't, on occasion, drank a 2 liter of soda or juice when all you set out for was to have a cup? Listen, it happens to the best of us! But this mentality isn't the mentality for someone who aims to lose weight. I'm pretty sure this isn't how a thin person thinks. Today we welcome Dr. Glenn Livingston to the show. Dr. Livingston Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of binge and overeating through work with his own patients and also a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.  Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food. His book, Never Binge Again is for anyone who has struggled with food, had difficulty sticking with a healthy diet, or have successfully lost weight before only to gain it all back.  The key?  Caging the beast, or simply isolating and permanently disempowering your "fat thinking self."  
I always envisioned a conversation with a monk to be quite different than the conversation that I had with Vishnu Swami.  Just by talking to Vishnu, it is clearly evident why he's called the Maverick Monk.  His energy and radical perspective helps him relate to millennials, self-improvement enthusiasts, and working professionals alike. So what can a swami teach us about health and wellness?  Truthfully, a ton!   Vishnu and I discuss his latest book, Eternal Dharma, where he presents his Unprecedented Elemental Reality System that enables us to utilize ancient teachings in the modern world.  These principals apply not only to the spiritual components of our life, but the practical, everyday choices that we make in our approach to health and wellness.
Fungus?  Really?  Sure I've heard of fungus and mold, but to see how they can be detrimental to your health on such a significant level was really eye opening for me.  Can you imagine going through years searching for a way to feel better without any luck? Today's guest can relate to this.  Erin Porter is the founder of Eat, Pray, Get Well and had endured 25 years of chronic illness, endured many unnecessary surgeries and had been on over 100 courses of antibiotics until she found her root cause, Fungus (aspergillomas in her sinuses).  After much research she realized this fungus was systemic, causing MANY of her other health issues she previously thought were unrelated. She has been recently featured on two national TV shows including PBS American health journal as well as many radio/podcasts within the short time EPGW has gone live.
Marijuana is becoming one of the most researched substance in regards to health and wellness today.  However, a lot of the discussion focuses on the legality of marijuana and the concern that it is a gateway drug to harder, more dangerous drugs. But, did you know that there is a component of cannabis that is legal in 50 states, is non addictive and also has many amazing health uses?  It's called CBD or cannabidiol.  Here to talk about this overlooked compound is Dawn Peacock Owens. Dawn is the Co-Founder of the CBD Talk Podcast and Haven CBD  Haven CBD was created to inform people with the most updated information on CBD and its uses.  Dawn uses her experience and invites those on the forefront of CBD research to prove the public with the information they need to make informed decisions for their use of CBD.
The Optimized Condition welcomes Dr. Mary Wingo to the show!  Dr. Wingo is a scientist and author of the book "The Impact of the Human Stress Response." She earned a Ph.D. in human stress research from The University of North Texas. In 2014, She emigrated to Ecuador, and was introduced to a new and very different society.  This opened her eyes to the unsustainable social, economic, and political costs preventable stress causes in the modern world. Dr. Wingo's aim is to clearly explain to the public the biological mechanisms behind the stress response, as well as its staggering costs to society. On today's show we will discuss her book  which is the first analysis in history covering the scientific, biological, sociological, political, and economic ramifications of stress in modernized society.  
TWU Radio welcomes Joseph Holmes to the show!  Joseph is a survivor of adolescent sexual, emotional and physical abuse. He joins the show to discuss how he was able to overcome a nervous breakdown, followed by a period of deep depression to eventually become aware of the angels around him.  His latest book, Love Notes For Your Soul, is a story of “Angel Interventions” and transformation available to all of us. It is a story about turning our lives around by listening to our hearts and intuition, specifically by tuning into what our angels are telling us. 
The understanding of mental illness has come a long way.  Yet, the stigma attached to having a mental illness continues to be profound.  Today's guest Mike Veny is America's leading mental health speaker who aims to show how having a mental illness is an asset, not a disadvantage. Mike is a mental health speaker and blogger for He has struggled with mental health challenges for his entire life, yet he has managed to find success and fulfillment. His advocacy work has been featured on ABC news, CBS news, and has given a TEDx talk on mental health. He's known for delivering educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world.
Walking is making a comeback!  Can something so simple really be the key to lasting health? Because we work long hours, most of us have trouble finding the time to go to the gym. Fewer than 25% of Americans meet minimum recommended goal of an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Paul Michaels was no different.  He was a desk-sitter working 8-12 hours a day with an ever expanding waistline and plummeting wellness. He was desperate for ways to hack back his wellness without turning to ineffective supplements, unnecessary medications, and wacky diets. Walking was his key.  Listen in as he shares how he discovered a way to get in exercise in your daily routine without having to drastically change your current lifestyle.  
Dealing with an aging loved one is quite difficult.  As the population gets older and lives longer, the epidemic of declining cognitive function is rapidly rising.  It is a need that needs to be addressed or the consequences can be dire not only economically, but emotionally for those who take care of their loved ones. TWU Radio welcomes Curtis Walker to the show.  Curtisis the author of Courageous Caregiver: Support, Encouragement, and Tools to Aid Our Heroes Who Partake in Home Healthcare For Those With Dementia. This writing project was conceived out of his personal journal that he kept as he engaged in personal caregiving for his sister.  
All Game of Thrones fans know the ominous saying "Winter is coming".  Whenever it is mentioned, a feeling of dread descends onto the scene.  In our world, winter isn't that pleasant either.  In fact, as far as our health goes, it can be a really difficult time. Today we welcome Gina Van Luven to the show to help us navigate these winter hurdles.  Gina is an international wellness speaker, author and Board Certified Health Coach. For over a decade, she has been working with a wide variety of clients from CEOs and top executives to stay-at- home moms and dads, guiding them to live healthier, happier lives.    
Abuse isn't always physical.  Emotional abuse is one of the most powerful, unspoken, yet frequent forms of mistreatment of people.  Often disregarded as being an unnecessary topic to address, numerous forms of anxiety, chronic depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder have all stemmed from this.  Alexis Nicole White is dedicated to raising awareness to emotional health in relationships particularly focusing on improving the quality of relationships. She is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and entertainment personality.  Today we will be discussing her book, The Covered, her memoir aimed at raising the awareness of these abuses as it is disguised in forms of deceit, mischief and betrayal.
Unfortunately, we see a lot of negative aspects of religion nowadays.  Yet terrorism and sexual abuse aren't the only things that qualify as negative aspects of religion.   We welcome Dr. Paul DeBlassie to discuss the sometimes subtle dynamics of religion that are often overlooked.  Paul is the author of the multiple award-winning novel, The Unholy, a story that explores the dark side of religion. He is a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and specializes in treating survivors of religious trauma, The Unholy dramatizing the ravages of such suffering and the human capacity to heal and potentially discover personal and spiritual freedom. Listen in as we discuss this intriguing area of the human experience and potential transformation.
Do you think that you have "IT".  Do you even know what "IT" is?  Does everyone have "IT"?  Well, to help us answer these simple, yet powerful questions is the confidence master, Todd Thomas. Todd has been coaching and training high performance professionals for over 15 years. Through his extensive experience he has created proven and unique systems that includes key mental methods and innovative techniques that have helped thousands of individuals and groups reach levels of performance and mental toughness they never thought possible. Todd is the author of two books. His latest book “Tired of Having It, But Not Using It?” was written specifically those who know that they have what it takes, but keep falling short. And for those who may already be wildly successful, but know there's always room for improvement so they can be the best of the best.   
TWU Radio welcomes McCartney Green to the show!  McCartney is a writer, speaker and life transformation coach, and creator of Unshakeable Joy - 5 Keys to Becoming a Manifesting Magnet, an easy-to-implement formula to help people find true joy in their lives AND achieve their heart’s desires. She is the mother of 7, grandmother of 13, an ordained minister and author of 11 books.  McCartney’s personal mission is to first teach others that it is indeed possible to have a deep unshakeable joy that does not depend on outside circumstances,  and then to show them the REAL steps to take to accomplish just that.  McCartney’s formula has helped people to relieve sadness, hopelessness, depression, mend relationships, overcome traumas, and make people wake up in the morning with a smile on their faces, joy in their hearts and raring to go. 
TWU Radio is really excited about bringing back Jeff Aronson the show.  Jeff's first episode "Is Fear Overrated" was a huge hit for the program, so we are thrilled to have him back to discuss panic attacks.  I can't tell you how many people I know have these attacks and how debilitating they can be.  Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, who specializes in helping clients learn simple, fun and effective ways to overcome fear and anxiety. In his experience, fear and anxiety are the most common reasons people come to therapy. His approach is pretty direct and uses a lot of humor in order for his clients to successfully overcome or manage fear and anxiety. He has a wildly popular blog and a website Join us today for an awesome show!  
TWU Radio welcomes Certified Master Life Coach and mojo whisperer Keisha Gallegos to the show! Keisha inspires and motivates people to live their dreams by helping people create their optimal life rather than settling for the one they have. She develops a step by step plan to overcome the obstacles that are keeping us stuck.  She joins the show to discuss her new book, The Little Book of Big Mojo, The Secret Decoder Ring to Unleash Your Superpowers. Get ready for an awesome show!
As ths election season winds down, the need for powerful leadership has never been more evident.  TWU radio welcomes Cynthia Ruiz, author of Cherokee Wisdom: 12 Lessons to Become a Powerful Leader to the show. Cynthia is an Inspirational Speaker, author and change agent who helps transform people to be the best they can be. Her message of “Anything is Possible” helps people reach their dreams and live their authentic lives. She currently serves as a LA City Commissioner overseeing the multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees and is particularly passionate about helping to develop the empowerment of women.    
Are you listening to the messages your body is giving? Your immune system is a powerful force that is designed to protect you, sending you signals when it is time to make an adjustment. The problem is that too often doctors tell us that we are "fine," or that our headaches and weight gain are caused simply by stress. These symptoms are not normal, and may indicate a current or potential autoimmune condition that can only get worse if not addressed. TWU Radio welcomes Tom O'Bryan to the show to help us get to the bottom of this.  Tom is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on chronic disease and metabolic disorders. He organized the popular Gluten Summit in November 2013. Dr. O'Bryan has more than 30 years of experience as a functional medicine practitioner and is adjunct faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine.
86 shows ago, we were introduced to the world of essential oils and their magnificent role in the world of health and wellness by our very first guest, Lisa Ciotto TWU Radio is so excited to welcome back Lisa as she returns to update us on the amazing breakthroughs and applications of essential oils since our first show.  
TWU Radio welcomes Heather Choate to the show! Heather Choate is the number 1 Bestselling Author of her memoir, "Fighting For Our Lives". She is a Nutritional Cleansing Coach, who's helped many women find balance in their mindset, lose body fat, get their lives and bodies back. She is a Cancer Survivor and an Ex-Binge Eater who uses her experience to get in the trenches to bring about real change. At age 29,  Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was ten weeks pregnant with her sixth child. Her unborn baby was at risk due to the fast-spreading and highly dangerous cancer in Heather’s body that had already spread to her lymph nodes. Doctors told her she needed to abort her baby to save her life. Heather told them, “I’d rather die than take the life of my baby.” Tune in as she tells her amazing story of survival and faith.
Investing can be very confusing without proper guidance from a financial expert.  Today, TWU Radio welcomes Joshua Belanger to the show to help us figure some of the common mistakes people make in investing their money. Joshua Belanger was once a struggling professional wrestler delivering pizzas to now becoming one of the world’s top options trading specialist who’s been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, and Business Week.  He is the author of the book, “Fearless Investing With Options” and founder of where he publishes free daily investing and trading tips and teaches struggling self-directed investors how to add SIZZLE to their portfolio with trading options to reduce risk, create higher chances of success while generating better returns in any financial market environment.  
Getting out of your comfort zone requires a great deal of confidence.  TWU Radio welcomes Molly Wentzel to the show to give us strategies on how to gain the confidence to step out of our own way. Her clients are people who have confidence or self-worth issues that are affecting other areas of their lives whether they realize it or not. She guides people to get past their limiting beliefs, letting go of old traumas, and learning to love themselves. She is a firm believer that healing starts from within, and cannot be achieved without gaining self-worth. Tune in for a fantastic show!
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Nov 1st, 2014
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May 25th, 2017
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