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The Treadmill Desk And The Benefits of Walking

Co-workers walking on Unsit treadmill desks together.

My guest today is a fitness expert and inventor of the revolutionary Treadmill Desk.

Rob Jacobs is the creator of the first specifically designed Unsit Treadmill DeskHe designed the machine for the purpose of preventing the ill health effects caused by lack of movement and sitting too much. It can help invert the common office lifestyle, where there’s plenty of time spent in sitting down than in making movements such as walking and standing. He believes that thru the Unsit Treadmill Desk, he can motivate people to move while working and help break the unhealthy habits of sitting too much. But, if one can not get a treadmill desk, then “set the alarm to get up and move every 20 minutes,” says Rob.

Hippocrates once said 2400 years ago, “Walking is a man’s best medicine”. According to physicians, if you want to add seven years to your life, take a 20 to 25-minute walk a day. Researchers also discovered that regular walking modifies our nervous system decreasing our chances of getting angry and hostile. And if you are stuck with work and couldn’t get creative, experts advise taking a walk so as your creative juices will flow.

“Sitting around on the job is something that’s gonna go away for a variety of reasons, health reasons, fitness reasons, productivity reasons and creativity reasons. I find it more creative and I come up with ideas more when I wind up and walking around.” – Rob Jacobs

Sitting Is The New Smoking

Rob believes that our body was designed to move around. That we will become more productive in our work if we stand up and move. And this is true. As a matter of fact, Dr. James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and author of the book, Get Up “Our bodies have evolved over millions of years to do one thing: move. As human beings, we evolved to stand upright. For thousands of generations, our environment demanded nearly constant physical activity.”

Rob shares the physiological risks of prolonged sitting:

  1. Bottom of the feet – Serves as a “switch”. When we stand up it sends a signal to the brain that there’s a threat or there are opportunities. If we turned that switch “off” by sitting down too much, it sends a lot of functions in the brain that are meant for solving problems, to rest, or asleep. Calories burned start to drop lower to 1 calorie a minute because our body is at rest.
  2. Lower limbs –  When we are stuck in one right angle contraption, it puts pressure on the big muscles in the body impeding blood circulation in the lower limbs leading to all tingling pain.
  3. Spine– We’re supposed to have a nice “S” form on our backs. But when we sit our spine is curving in a wrong direction. It is curved the other way squishing our discs backwards putting pressure on the nerves that later on leads to sciatic nerve pain.
  4. Shoulder and Neck: Too much sitting causes neck infringements and discomfort
  5. Blood Sugar – When our calories burned drop down to zero, we start to feel sleepy and loses energy. Normally, people grab caffeine and sugar to stay awake instead of walking and moving. In years of doing this, could lead to inflammation of pancreas or diabetes.

How To Have An Effective Shift Of Mindset?

Rob Jacobs shares tips on how to stop making excuses and avoid a sedentary lifestyle:

  1. Mental commitment – desire to do; willingness to achieve change
  2. Set a goal – eg. 10-min walk a day
  3. Improve nutrition intakes
  4. Start doing walking /standing breaks
  5. If one can afford, try the Unsit Treadmill Desk

Rob Jacobs is a pioneer in the fitness industry. He completed UCLA’s Fitness Instructors Program in 1986 and founded The Walking Center, helping people develop a healthy habit of exercise through walking and running on treadmills. Rob is indeed a pioneer in the health industry as he launched a vegan and organic restaurant in the 1990s! In 1993 Rob co-founded  Real Food Daily restaurants with his wife, Ann Gentry. Their restaurant chain specializes in certified organic produce and product. RFD promotes sustainability by making plant-based foods appealing to mainstream restaurant patrons. For five years Rob worked with Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, a family owned & operated an organic farming business that grows, packs and ships gourmet quality certified organic cherry tomatoes and fresh culinary herbs.



Recommended Reading by Rob Jacobs

Get Up by Dr. James Levine

Spark by Dr. John Ratey

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Feel Better Every Day, Starting Now, With Natural Medicine

PCOS and Adrenal Fatigue, and Hashimoto’s Thyroid are common diseases of women around the world. Dr. Brooke Kalanick, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and functional medicine practitioner, will join us in today’s episode as we go through women’s health and treating these diseases using natural medicine.

“Women deserve to understand how their body works and how many options they have so they can make the healthiest and most empowered choice for themselves…” – Dr. Brooke Kalanick

Brooke specializes in weight loss, women’s health, and hypothyroidism. While attending Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Brooke earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  She has studied and worked along with leading functional medicine physicians including Dr. Datis Kharrahzian, Dr. David Brady, and Dr. Tori Hudson.

According to Dr. Kalanick, many women are given limited options for her specialties such as the pill or metformin for PCOS and Synthroid for Hashimoto’s. But many women don’t realize they have in fact many options in the realm of natural medicine. These options involve diet, lifestyle, and exercise can help women feel better and gain more ground than their conventional options alone. It was shocking to hear that Dr. Brooke sees women get put immediately on hormone replacement by their MDs (bioidentical or otherwise) without more thought given to the cause of their hormonal imbalance.

The 5 Healthy Rules Every Woman Should Live By

Brooke is most passionate about two things: giving women options and helping them do what works for them in a loving, healthy way. So, her #1 advice for anyone with these issues is to follow her 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule:

5.) Take 5 walks a week
4.) Eat 4 meals a day (helps balance blood sugar and lower stress)
3.) Strength training 3 times a week within your ability
2.) Drink twice as much water
1.) Do one more activity a day to love/nurture yourself

Get connected with Dr. Brooke Kalanick!

Website: Better by Dr. Brooke

Podcast: Better Every day with Sarah and Dr. Brooke

Recommended Heart Rate Variability Monitor:

Bio Force HRV

Book co-authored by Dr. Brooke Kalanick:

Ultimate You (on fat loss; great for hormonal overview)

Recommended Readings by Dr. Brooke Kalanick:

The Happiness Advantage 

Before Happiness 

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How Do You Get And End Prediabetes?

Our topic is quite personal for Dr. Beverly Yates, our expert guest for today because prediabetes and diabetes affect several of her family members. Now, statistic say that nearly one in three American’s suffers from prediabetes or diabetes!  Statistically, every person in the United States is directly or indirectly affected by blood sugar issues.

Diabetes, according to Dr. Beverly, has such a profound effect on our mental, emotional and physical health as we age. The good news is there is a way to END PREDIABETES! If we implement the healthy blood sugar balancing habits that Dr. Beverly teaches in our interview, we can avoid the potentially dangerous consequences that come with out-of-control blood sugar.

Making an effort to balance your blood sugar will increase your longevity and significantly decrease the chance of developing a whole host of problems. Problems like cancer, weight gain and hormone imbalance to fatigue, neuropathy and heart disease!

Dr. Beverly Yates is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (licensed ND) from the University of Natural Medicine. She started her journey as a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In our interview, Dr. Beverly shares her amazing story as to why she chose to leave the world of Electrical Engineering to become a Naturopathic Physician.  In recent years she as becomes most passionate about helping people with blood sugar-related issues.

Simple Truths to Ending Prediabetes and Blood Sugar Issues

How to Avoid a Food Coma?
It may be an early warning sign that something isn’t right with your blood sugar. Simple to recognize if this is an issue!

1. “Stop Overeating – Let Your Brain Catch Up to Your Gut”

2. Chronic Stress and Toxic Stress are the enemies of healthy blood sugar – discover your personal Stress Triggers that lead to a Food Coma

3. Why aren’t people with diabetes given a Nutrition Prescription as part of their treatment plan?

Get connected with Dr. Beverly!

Facebook: drbeverlyshow
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Book by Dr. Beverly Yates:

Heart Health for Black Women: A Natural Approach to Healing and Preventing Heart Disease, by Dr. Beverly Yates, ND

Recommended Readings by Dr. Beverly Yates:

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What it Means for You, by Sylvia Tara, PhD

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

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How Does The Emotion Code Contribute to Self-Healing?

Megan Buer, a certified Emotion Code practitioner, is the founder of Harmony Restored a company which focuses on helping individuals heal from the stress that is at the root of their physical and emotional pain. She has authored two books on healing, a Reiki healer, and mom of three. Megan shares her healing work privately with one-on-one clients, and also empowers women on a global scale through her proprietary process called Rooted In Health.

The Rooted In Health healing system empowers holistic-minded individuals with the knowledge and the simple mind-body tools they need to thrive. Megan is passionate about helping women take back their health, their joy, and fully participate in their life again.

“Stress and emotional trauma are at the root of all disease and unhappiness. Healing stress is key to healing the body.” -Megan Buer

Create Radiant Health, Effortless Joy, and Lasting Energy

After suffering from years of anxiety, panic disorder, chronic stress, food intolerances, adrenal fatigue, and an auto-immune disease, she went on a journey to health – spending over ten years researching, experimenting, and finally figuring out all the unique tools she needed to heal herself naturally. “Releasing trapped emotions often results in the sudden disappearance of physical problems, self-sabotage, and recurring relationship difficulties.

Megan’s mission is to take the fear and overwhelm out of health. She is passionate about simplifying women’s healing journeys, empowering them with the tools needed for radiant health, and get them thriving again.

In our interview Megan shares three powerful techniques:
1. Zen In Ten (daily self-care breaks)
2. Acknowledge and validate emotions as they come up
3. Daily intentional joy

Get Connected with Megan Buer!

Website: Rooted In Health Healing System

Book by Megan Buer:

Keys To Calm by Megan Buer, CECP (book on anxiety)

Recommended Reading by Megan Buer:

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (self-help)

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How To Eliminate Your Bad Habits?

How did Stephanie quit smoking in one year? Life was quite different six years ago for our resource guest today. Stephanie Dodier used to work as an office executive. She smoked a pack of cigarettes in a day and had never exercised. She binged on McDonald’s and traveled all the time. At first, she thought she was living in a perfect condition until she suffered from subsequent panic attacks.

It was a rude awakening for Stephanie, thus she left her job and started living healthy. She practiced natural and holistic medicine and changed her nutrition from top to bottom – no more cholesterol!  Surprisingly, after a year, Stephanie was able to shed off 100 pounds! She’d bid goodbye to unhealthy eating and chain smoking. All of these happened, yes, in JUST a year!

So, how did Stephanie do it? How did she quickly eliminate a habit she’d accustomed to for 17 years?

How To Find the Cause of Your Substance Cravings?

In the process of transformation, Stephanie’s lost 100 lbs and resolved many other health conditions. She is passionate about sharing her journey with other women while educating and empowering them to the same results.

“I teach women how to stop their food cravings. I empower you to find the cause of your symptoms to achieve your health goals permanently. It’s time to start listening to your body!”

In our interview, Stephanie teaches about:
1. Emotional Eating
2. Weight Loss
3. The connection between your emotions and your health symptoms

Stephanie Dodier graduated with a degree in Health Science and a degree in Holistic Nutrition from Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is a Holistic Lifestyle Coach graduating from the CHECK Institute in California. Stephanie is a Clinical Nutritionist, Weight Loss, and Emotional Eating Expert. Her integrative and comprehensive approach to nutrition focuses on finding the root causes of your cravings and finding alignment in both your body and mind.

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You Are Stronger Than You Think

“You are never better than when you are challenged…Step up!”

JJ Virgin was living the life of a celebrity nutritionist, and all was well until tragedy struck. Her son was hit by a car and was taken to the ICU. The doctors told JJ that there was no hope for this young man and that it’d be best to let him go. They had given up.

No mother wants to hear this.

In our interview, I’m honored to share the story of how this desperate mother took matters into her own hands and FOUGHT to keep her son alive. She called upon a variety of alternative and functional doctors who helped turn the tide. Here’s an exclusive sneak peak at a new documentary telling this riveting story of faith, survival, and courage.

JJ Virgin‘s inspirational Documentary about her son’s story:

If you’ve ever fought your own battles and felt like giving up, You Are Stronger Than You Think is the empowering answer.

Miracle Mindset

In today’s interview, we discuss Health, nutrition, wellness, mindset, and family.

In 2012, JJ Virgin was in a hospital room next to her sixteen-year-old son who was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead. She was told by doctors that he wouldn’t last through the night and to let him go. With every reason to give up, JJ chose instead to invest her energy in the hope that her son would not just survive, but thrive.

During the toughest moments of JJ’s life, she was able to launch a NY Times bestseller and grow her business, things that could not have been done without serious productivity and focus! The Miracle Mindset is all about showing up, stepping up – you are stronger than you think.

JJ shares the lessons that gave her the courage to overcome the worst moment of her life. This will help your listeners learn more about the power of mindset when they are reaching their health and life goals or faced with enormous life challenges.

The Virgin Diet and Sugar Impact Diet Online Courses can be found at

JJ Virgin is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers:

JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook: 150 Low-Sugar Recipes to Help You Lose up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks

The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose up to 10 Pounds, Just 2 Weeks

The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast.

New book, Miracle Mindset comes out on February 21st

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“Why Are We Treated Better At Starbucks Than We Are At Our Doctor’s Office?”

Joshua Rosenthal MScED is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an online higher education school where students are trained as Health Coaches and receive the holistic nutrition education and business skills to go out into the world and make a contribution to the health and happiness of everyone.

Founded by Rosenthal in 1992, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition has grown from a small classroom of passionate individuals to a global community of over 100,000 students and graduates in more than 120 countries worldwide.

His revolutionary approach introduces a wide variety of dietary theories – from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern and everything in between. He identified that the food on your plate is secondary to healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice – all of which can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life.

Joshua is a highly sensitive healer with a Masters of Science degree in education and 30 years in the fields of whole foods, personal coaching, and teaching.

In Our Interview Joshua Rosenthal Teaches About:

1. Why it’s so important to focus on Primary Foods
2. How to figure out what works best for your unique body
3. Become your own best expert on your health and wellness

“Our mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.”

In our interview, Joshua addresses the political state of the current healthcare system and why the changes that are happening in Congress are so important for our future health.

Joshua outlines our body’s intuitive wisdom to heal and gain balance. He emphasizes why Bio-Individuality, finding what works for you, is so important to your health.

Joshua also addresses why Health Coaches are a powerful solution to the world’s healthcare crisis.


Integrative Nutrition – Joshua Rosenthal

Online Health Coach Training Program

If you are interested in becoming an IIN Certified Health Coach, please feel free to email me, [email protected], and I can answer any questions you have as a student of theirs and also share with you a link to their course material. If you give them a call remember to mention my name and podcast (Ashley James with Learn True Health) so you are given their special that they set up for my listeners. :-)

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How This New Science Is Diagnosing and Guiding Treatment Holistically

My guest today is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology.

Sharry Edwards, MEd (Ohio University) has been accused of being too scientific by some and too esoteric by others. In actuality, Sharry Edwards is a bridge between both fields.

She has for many years provided the leading-edge research to show the frequencies of the voice can be used to create a holographic symbol of health and wellness. Her research has caught the attention of even large pharmaceutical houses, government agencies, alternative health providers and those who wish to create a better future. Recent AT&T declared that Bioacoustics is the “medicine of the future”.

In our interview Sharry shares some amazing stories of how, through her software, people have been able to diagnose disease, nutrient deficiencies and even detect cancer well before symptoms arose.

I was fascinated to learn that through Sharry’s technology she has found solutions to diseases like Lewy Protein Disease (Dementia), chronic pain, weight management, and anti-aging.

“To put HEALTH back in the hands of the PEOPLE” is Sharry’s biggest motivation for providing all of her research and much of her software for free.

In our interview, Sharry shares three ways you can begin to use Bioacoustic feedback right now to help guide your health:

1. Sharry provides weekly free classes to demonstrate how you can use your voices to monitor your health status.

2. Sharry provides free software so you can use it for your health and those you love.

3. Sharry discusses how you can start a BioAcoustic Center for your Community, including training others to learn BioAcoustic protocols

Quotes by Sharry Edwards:

“I am providing Tools & Solutions in Support of SELF-HEALTH, because I believe that providing software for monitoring health and wellness status will significantly improve our health – THOSE WHO CONTROL YOUR HEALTH, CONTROL YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE.”

“Math as Medicine is a concept that will change the face of medicine forever. The Brain Speaks Math. Let’s use that concept to bring together the missing pieces of our current conventional medical model.”

Recommended Reading by Sharry Edwards:

Lost Waves of Time – by Jill Mattson (brings ancient sound healing methods forward)

Lymphedema and Lipodema Nutrition Guide – by Chuck Ehrlich (incredible breakthrough even if it doesn’t contain all of the answers)

More Heaven – Because Every Child is Special (she has a gift for understanding the damaged children our vaccine stupidity has created)

Sharry Edwards Two Websites: – We are an educational research center offering classes, software, and clinical services based on our research into the properties of the human voice as those properties related to health and awareness. – which people can use as a WORKSTATION to find out about themselves through vocal analysis.

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Razi Berry on Naturopathic Medicine

Razi Berry is the founder of The Naturopathic Doctor News & Review Journal.

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Cured of Heart Failure, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatiuge my guest is a walking billboard for natural medicine and the body’s ability to heal!

She is also the founder of the naturopathic web resource NaturalPath (

“Healing is in our nature, and nature is the path to find it.”

Her personal journey from debilitating illness of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome to vibrant health led her to help others feel good again, naturally through her publications and summits.

Love is Medicine

“I’m launching The Heart Revolution which is a free eight-day online event with more than 60 experts to help us heal, empower and follow our hearts.

I’m passionate about leading people to the naturopathic lifestyle because most of our illness comes from actions and mindsets of self-sabotage and all healing is self-healing. Love is medicine!

The biggest lie we tell ourselves is “everything in moderation.” There is not such thing as feeling moderately great or being reasonably healthy and happy. Being honest with ourselves is the path to self-love and where real healing can occur.”

“All healing is self-healing,” Razi shares. When you apply for natural medicine, you are supporting your body’s ability to heal itself.

“You don’t have to give up your modern conveniences to live a healthier life. The key is to use technology more wisely, listen to your body and use your senses to take in important messages from your environment and the people around you.”

My e-book “Is it Time to Fire Your Doctor?” is critical to anyone who wants to feel good again, naturally. Download it for free!

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Bastyr University

In this episode, I travel to Bastyr University (a prominent Naturopathic Medical College) to interview two medical labs that Naturopathic doctors love to work with to help their patients gain health back when “conventional” medicine doesn’t work.

In this episode we learn about cutting edge lab tests that uncover the root cause of many health issues. Toxicity from things off-gassing in your home, office, car and from chemicals sprayed on food.

Another helpful test is understanding your food sensitivities and which foods are causing your body to react in a negative way.

In the show notes, listed below, there are several links to detailed resources that will help you navigate the lab tests and find the right ones for you and your symptoms.

Please share this episode with your friends who are struggling to get to the root cause of their health issues! Often, an over toxicity in environmental pollution or food sensitivities can be a huge contributing factor towards unexplained illness!

Lab Tests

Guest #1

Katlyn shared that Great Plains Laboratory is the only lab in the United States that does glyphosate testing.

Toxins, environmental pollution, acidity and food allergy testing

Recommended testing for specific health conditions:

Webinar Library:

List of tests:

Full brochure:

Guest #2

Chase with Meridian Valley Lab

Hormone and food sensitivity testing:

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