The WellBe Podcast

Through our stories of health recovery, expert interviews, and research wrap-ups, we hope you’ll be empowered to take control of your health, and demand a system that supports you in this endeavor.

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat on Healing Kids’ Brains with Food

Dr. Maya Shetreat was first inspired to go into the field of psychoneuroimmunology (the study of how the mind affects our health and resistance to disease) by a documentary — but it wasn’t until she had a firsthand health scare with her own son that no doctors had answers for but ultimately was caused by a food he regularly ate, that she made it her mission to educate people about the gut-brain-immune system connection. Today, the pediatric neurologist i.e. brain doctor for kids, and author of the book The Dirt Cure helps treat children by looking at food and the microbiome, rather than writing a prescription. From ADHD to OCD to seizure disorders to autism, Dr. Maya troubleshoots with diet and gut health to heal children without medication, or if temporary medication is needed, she works to get them off as soon as possible. Listen to learn about her son's amazing recovery, how our obsession with being “sterile” has made us less healthy, why touching a subway pole won’t give you the good kind of bacteria you want, exactly how clean your fruits and vegetables should ideally be, and why nature and dirt is so profoundly important to strong gut health, immunity and brain health.

Dr. Maya Shetreat was first inspired to go into the field of psychoneuroimmunology (the study of how the mind affects our health and resistance to disease) by a documentary — but it wasn’t ...Read More

Healing from decades of migraines, 5 failed surgeries for back pain and her mom’s death: the story of Dana Williamowsky

From the time she was a child, Dana Lee Williamowsky remembers experiencing chronic migraines. When the migraine symptoms would come on, she would be confined to a dark room while her head throbbed and she lost vision from the pain. She was desperate for anything that would bring migraine relief. At age 13, she saw a specialist who put her on migraine medication. She ended up remaining on the migraine medication until age 32. At 32 she decided she needed to get off of it. Part of her inspiration was her mother's death from nonsmokers lung cancer. She was an artist, and had been around toxic paint chemicals most of her life. Within 10 months of diagnosis, she was dead. Also around the time of her mother's death, Dana had a horrible back injury playing golf. She began seeing various orthopedic specialists and underwent 5 different surgeries on her back, hip and groin: none of them having any relief from the pain and causing other issues. It was a major life moment in which she knew she needed to take drastic action to reclaim her health. She decided to get chemicals out of her home and her life, heal her back pain, get off her migraine medication and finally get rid of her migraines. Listen to Dana's amazing story to hear how she overcome all of these obstacles, the integrative therapies that finally did the trick and how all of this changed her career path as well.

From the time she was a child, Dana Lee Williamowsky remembers experiencing chronic migraines. When the migraine symptoms would come on, she would be confined to a dark room while her head throbbed ...Read More

Health & Wellness News + Research: The WellBe Wrap-up August + September 2018

In the August + September 2018 WellBe Wrap-up we covered a number of big news stories that dropped, as well as a few studies that have big implications for our health. Here are the top 8 that we thought you needed to know to protect yourself and your family, and which show some big moments in the wellness and integrative health movement. 1. Major pediatrician group, The American Academy of Pediatrics, issued a statement warning of harmful effects of plastic in kids’ food. 2. A jury awarded $289 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson in historic verdict. Johnson claimed that his terminal cancer was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. 3. Two new studies ranked different sports based on their impact on longevity and mental health. The winners both surprised us and clued us into the power of community. 4. New research shows a link between estrogen and migraines, which is a big break in the puzzle surrounding the root cause of migraines. 5. Plant-based meal options at hospitals are now the law in California, and a new study shows that healthy meal delivery post-discharge from a hospital helps reduce 30-day hospital readmissions. 6. A top breast cancer doctor and the chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was exposed for failing to report millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies. He then resigned. 7. The EPA has been busy undoing regulations that protect the environment (and our health), including weakening regulations of coal-fired power plants, relaxing requirements for dealing with methane leaks, and re-assessing the use of asbestos. But an appeals court overturned the EPA’s denial to halt the use of a toxic chemical on food crops. 8. The FDA approved the first ever digital app to be marketed as a contraceptive birth control method.

In the August + September 2018 WellBe Wrap-up we covered a number of big news stories that dropped, as well as a few studies that have big implications for our health. Here are ...Read More

Latham Thomas, Doula & Founder of Mama Glow on the Importance of a Holistic Pregnancy

Latham Thomas is a maternity lifestyle maven, celebrity doula and the founder of Mama Glow, a destination for hip expectant and new moms to explore optimal well being and celebrate pregnancy and motherhood. After her own birth experience with her son brought to light the lack of holistic pregnancy options in the traditional healthcare system, she was driven to found Mama Glow, which provides doula services and other support for moms-to-be. Adrienne sat down with Latham to discuss what exactly doulas do, their proven effectiveness, why they are underutilized in the conventional healthcare system as well as what a holistic pregnancy actually entails and why it's important to find doctors who practice in a holistic way, fertility and infertility, birth control, prenatal yoga, and challenges within the healthcare system to have a holistic pregnancy and delivery.

Latham Thomas is a maternity lifestyle maven, celebrity doula and the founder of Mama Glow, a destination for hip expectant and new moms to explore optimal well being and celebrate pregnancy and motherhood. ...Read More

Alisa Vitti, Author, Coach and Founder of Flo Living, on How She Reversing Her PCOS Inspired Her to Help Others

When Alisa Vitti started college at Johns Hopkins University, she didn’t just gain the “Freshman 15,” she put on 60 pounds. Her acne went from mild, teenage breakouts to full-blown cystic acne and she developed severe insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It wasn’t just the transition and stress of starting something new that triggered these issues— she was dealing with endocrine issues that led to her only getting her period six times between the ages of 12 and 22. After seven years of trying to get a diagnosis, she realized she had to figure something out herself. She found a journal of obstetrics and gynecology in the school library, which led her to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This episode tells the remarkable story of how she reversed her PCOS and then decided to found Flo Living and write her book WomanCode. Vitti discusses a range of topics related to women’s health, including: Why PMS shouldn’t be a joke, why your period while taking the pill really isn’t a period, how hormonal birth control affects future fertility, how being on the pill covers up pre-existing conditions, the alarming rise of precocious puberty, her favorite online resource to avoid harmful chemicals, the importance of addressing hormonal issues when you’re young, how meal timing affects the endocrine system, what your period blood can tell you, her non-negotiables for her health, what to do for each phase of your cycle.

When Alisa Vitti started college at Johns Hopkins University, she didn’t just gain the “Freshman 15,” she put on 60 pounds. Her acne went from mild, teenage breakouts to full-blown cystic acne and ...Read More

Nitika Chopra’s Battle to Reverse Decades of Psoriasis and Arthritis

Nitika Chopra was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 10 and then with psoriatic arthritis when she was in college. At times the pain was so bad that sometimes she couldn’t dress herself. Hear her inspiring story and how functional medicine played a role in her reduction of symptoms, and the moment she realized she needed medication for some time before she could tackle full healing. To watch the video version of this interview click here

Nitika Chopra was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 10 and then with psoriatic arthritis when she was in college. At times the pain was so bad that sometimes she couldn’t dress herself. ...Read More

Chronic Lyme Survivor Christina Sfakianos on Her Fight to Be Diagnosed and How She Healed

Christina Sfakianos went from feeling fit and energized to noticing she was sluggish and unfocused. Her regular GP doctor tested her for Lyme, but missed the positive test result. She said age was to blame — Christina was 35 at the time. A few twists and devastating turns over the next several years turns sent this mother of two to the ER as her body began to shut down. Finally after many unsuccessful doctors and conventional treatments, she found an integrative approach and began to heal. To watch the filmed interview, click here

Christina Sfakianos went from feeling fit and energized to noticing she was sluggish and unfocused. Her regular GP doctor tested her for Lyme, but missed the positive test result. She said age was ...Read More

WellBe Health + Wellness News & Research Wrap-Up June + July

A lot of studies and news stories come out everyday related to wellness and healthcare and the industries that touch them, some of which have a huge impact on our health. It's a lot to digest (pun intended). We started making The WellBe Wrap-up in July 2017 as a monthly (or bi-monthly when news is slower) written piece. Here is the June and July 2018 WellBe Wrap-up read to you by Adrienne, in less than 18 minutes. To read some of the studies and other things we reference, read the article here.

A lot of studies and news stories come out everyday related to wellness and healthcare and the industries that touch them, some of which have a huge impact on our health. It's a ...Read More

Type 1 Diabetic Lauren Bongiorno Changed the Course of Her Disease and Her Career

When Lauren Bongiorno was seven, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her doctor offered insulin as the only tool to help her manage the disease, telling her, “you can eat whatever you want, just give yourself a shot for your carbs.” The nutritionist she was referred to didn’t help much either. Watch how Lauren took her disease into her own hands and saw amazing improvements when she did. You can watch the video version of Lauren's story here

When Lauren Bongiorno was seven, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her doctor offered insulin as the only tool to help her manage the disease, telling her, “you can eat whatever you ...Read More

Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Gerard Mullin, MD on the importance of your gut microbiome health

Gerard Mullin, MD is the associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a renowned integrative gastroenterology and nutrition expert and the author of “The Gut Balance Revolution”. Adrienne sat down with Dr. Mullin to talk about the role of the gut microbiome in overall health and why gut problems are so common today. Topics include the impact of artificial sweeteners and antibiotics, the connection to obesity and much more! Watch the video version of this interview here.

Gerard Mullin, MD is the associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a renowned integrative gastroenterology and nutrition expert and the author of “The Gut Balance Revolution”. Adrienne sat down with ...Read More

Ally Hilfiger’s Chronic Lyme Recovery Through Integrative Medicine & Wellness

When Ally Hilfiger was 7, she was bitten by a tick, but not diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease until 19. For all those years she dealt with severe fatigue, joint pain, difficulty retaining information, fainting spells, shooting pains, migraines, and serious anxiety attacks. Finally she had a two-month psychotic episode at age 18. Listen to her unbelievable story as she climbs her way out from inpatient psychiatric ward to healing from Chronic Lyme. Watch the filmed interview here.

When Ally Hilfiger was 7, she was bitten by a tick, but not diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease until 19. For all those years she dealt with severe fatigue, joint pain, difficulty retaining ...Read More

Introduction to the WellBe Podcast by Adrienne Nolan-Smith (getwellbe) Released Jul 10, 2018

Adrienne Nolan-Smith founded WellBe after several personal, care-taking and work experiences in conventional healthcare showed her the system was pretty broken. Her mom's suicide after 5 years in the mental healthcare system was the catalyst for switching careers to focus on transforming the healthcare system to one that focuses on prevention, wellness and healing the root cause. Listen to learn more about Adrienne’s story and what to expect from The WellBe Podcast, or read about it here.

Adrienne Nolan-Smith founded WellBe after several personal, care-taking and work experiences in conventional healthcare showed her the system was pretty broken. Her mom's suicide after 5 years in the mental healthcare system ...Read More