Essential Medcast Archive

The Essential Medcast Podcast was created to educate listeners about topics related to chronic illness, general health, and natural beauty. Our goal is to inspire you to live your best life through understanding and seeking the latest in holistic medical diagnostics and treatments and natural skin care techniques, as well as to share cutting edge information about proper diet and lifestyle changes. We invite you to listen in and learn from some of the top pioneers in the health and beauty industries.

Jackie Bell

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Jackie Bell is best known for her pioneering work in Natural Breast Health. Since 2003 she has been lecturing throughout New England on the concepts of Natural Integrative Medicine, the application of those concepts to breast health, and the use of European Thermography, an adjunctive breast health screen. She is currently establishing Integrative Breast Health programs within existing clinics in the U.S. She’s recognized for her expertise in the discovery of the root causes of illness using European Thermography. Her proficiency includes an extensive knowledge of therapies related to restoring the Autonomic Nervous System and cleansing the body. In this interview with Dr. Schaffner Jackie discusses the use of thermography to screen disease patterns, as well as holistic breast health.

Erin Elizabeth

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Erin Elizabeth has been working in the health industry for over 25 years, starting in her teens working for a green non-profit where she worked for four years during college, then later training with Bikram, the guru who started hot yoga and founding a Raw Foods Retreat Center. Originally from Chicago, Erin now spends most of her time in Florida, with her partner Dr. Mercola exploring the latest raw restaurants, hiking, reading, animal rescue, promoting green living (all solar) and studying investigative journalism. She has overcome Lyme Disease, thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue, allergies and weight gain, and shares her experiences with the world through her website Health Nut News, recently released an eBook and short documentary. Erin attributes a great part of her healing to keeping a positive attitude and perspective, and encourages others suffering from illness to accept and overcome. She tells her inspiring story today with Dr. Schaffner on the Essential Medcast.

Kari Gran

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Kari Gran was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in her late twenties, so she began to take a more informed look at what she was putting on her skin. Soon after learning about chemical ingredients, she searched for natural alternatives and yearned for something simple, elegant and subtly scented—the little black dress of eco-skin care. Fast forward to her forties, when she started thinking about developing her own, personal, back-to-basics approach to elegant skin care, she sought out the fundamental ingredients our skin requires in order to thrive. Hand poured in small batches in Seattle, Washington, Kari Gran and longtime friend, Lisa Strain have created an all-natural, eco-skin care ritual providing a simple, elegant, clean solution that works flawlessly for any age and skin type. The oil-based line is made using only the finest natural, organic, wildharvested and non-GMO ingredients, including natural plant and essential oils, and are free of parabens and toxins. The Kari Gran line works to gently and safely nourish the skin. The products contain absolutely no water, ensuring your skin gets only ingredients that matter.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

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In his second interview with Dr. Schaffner, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt discusses the 5 Levels of Healing integrated into each patients protocol, as well as many of the outside factors causing illness and disease such as environmental toxins, mental contamination and ancestral history. Dr. Klinghardt is Founder of the Sophia Health Institute in Woodinville, WA. He studied medicine and psychology in Freiburg, Germany, completing his PhD on the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in autoimmune disorders. Since the 1970’s, he has contributed significantly to the understanding of metal toxicity and its connection with chronic infections, illness and pain. He is considered an authority on this subject and has been instrumental in advancing various fields within biological medicine – non-invasive pain management, injection techniques for pain and orthopedic dysfunction, anti-ageing medicine, toxicology, pediatrics (neurodevelopmental disorders), energy psychology, biological dentistry, and others. He has also developed Autonomic Response Testing, a comprehensive diagnostic system that has helped many practitioners to become accomplished holistic physicians.

Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH

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Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH talks with Dr. Christine Schaffner today on the Essential Medcast about his focus on preconception and developing The Brighton Method and using an organic approach to prevent birth defects and optimize fetal brain development. He had the unique opportunity to study with several modern day native and indigenous cultures, where he uncovered a common maternal lineage, which included herbal, probiotic, dietary, and lifestyle wisdom absent from our post-modern culture. He found that the women and men in these cultures did not have the same reproductive conditions seen in the Western World. Aspiring to integrate the perinatal wisdom in these cultures with modern trends in reproductive medicine and perinatal research, Dr. Dittmann developed The Brighton Method to provide couples with practical solutions for realizing their goal of having an extraordinary child. In addition, he consulted with the Chinese and Romanian Ministers of Health, as well as Ukrainian Health Ministry officials on the creation of their perinatal programs. Dr. Dittmann is the father of four, including a son diagnosed at the age of five with Asperger’s Syndrome and Sensory Integration Disorder (now referred to as an Autism Spectral Disorder or ASD). Dittmann oversaw his son’s health and [...]

Claus and Denise Pummer

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Dr. Christine Schaffner interviews Claus and Denise Pummer of SAMINA in our Essential Medcast interview today. Denise and Claus draw on their former and current experiences that lead them to SAMINA and educating the public on the importance of healthy sleep. They discuss how often patients overlook that healthy sleep needs to be just as much a priority as diet and exercise to promote to promote optimal well-being. Denise and Claus share some of the common unknown factors that contribute to unhealthy sleep, in addition to ideas of how to make healthy sleep a priority.

Breanne Rice

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Breanne Rice’s personal journey to health started at a young age, as she became chronically ill and suffered from severe digestive distress. By the time she was 19 years old, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called vitiligo, and what seemed to be a book’s worth of food allergies. She began a complete lifestyle change and supported her body with the proper nutrients for a healthy digestive tract. Once she took down her chronic inflammatory response to foods, all of her issues started to work themselves out. Her skin began to receive it’s pigmentation back, and she was no longer in pain with digestive issues. Today on Essential Medcast she talks with Dr Schaffner about how through her own struggle she developed a passion for nutrition to support digestion, immune and allergy. Breanne is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and works with clients all over the globe, has been published in numerous articles and magazines and is a contributing writer for South Sound Magazine, and has been a guest on TV and media programs, and often travels to speak at live events.

Connie Zack

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Connie Zack, co-owner and Chief Sales Officer of Sunlighten, started the business in a basement in 1999. Her husband and co-founder Aaron Zack is the company’s CEO. Together, the Zacks have led Sunlighten to tremendous growth since those basement days. In the late 1990s, though, Connie started thinking about making a big change. A change involving infrared saunas. “My brother suffered from debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. It was really bad. He could barely get out of bed. I was so concerned because I saw this healthy young man destroyed,” Connie explained. Infrared sauna therapy was recommended to him for detoxification. He purchased a sauna and cured himself. Amazed by Connie’s brother’s response to infrared technology, the idea for Sunlighten was hatched. The Zacks immediately knew that the business could be profitable but they were most excited by the life-changing possibilities they could offer their customers.

Alexis Saloutos

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Alexis Saloutos is the founder of Chakredy™, a vibrational remedy line that supports the chakra and organ energies. Her work addresses deep energetic shifts that translate into mental, emotional and physical transformation.  With two nutrition degrees and a mile long list of credentials, Alexis is devoted to bringing an authentic perspective to energy healing, making it simple, accessible and fun. Alexis also has an international outreach, training other like hearted professionals in The Chakredy™ System, part assessment, part healing method. She is consistently blown away by the profound impact healing vibrations have on the body and soul.

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