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.

Healing SLE Lupus after Chemo with Ayurvedic Medicine & then Founding Soapwalla: Rachel Winard’s Story – The WellBe Podcast with Adrienne Nolan-Smith (getwellbe)

Rachel Winard went from never being sick and having great skin to suddenly having a constant fever, getting covered in full-body rashes, and having all sorts of other weird illnesses. It took her 15 doctors to finally get diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. She was eventually put on chemotherapy for lupus and several other drugs. When she wasn’t healing, she finally decided to take control of her own health and find a natural lupus cure. What she found changed the course of her health, career and life. Listen to hear this powerful story and hear what tools she uses today to keep her Lupus in remission.

Rachel Winard went from never being sick and having great skin to suddenly having a constant fever, getting covered in full-body rashes, and having all sorts of other weird illnesses. It took her ...Read More

Health + Wellness News & Research: October + November 2018 WellBe Wrap-up

A lot of studies and news stories come out everyday that are 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). So here you go, get all the important health and wellness news and research from October + November 2018 right here in 20 minutes. To read some of the studies and other things we reference, read the article here on our site https://getwellbe.com/guides/october-november-health-news. Wrap-up Topics include: 1) Cortisol/stress & the ability to think 2) Not exercising - worse for you than smoking? 3) A link between cell phone radiation and cancer? 4) Does eating organic lower your cancer risk? 5) EU Votes to Ban Single Use Plastic 6) Is breastfeeding as good for a mom as her baby? 7) Can being mindful reduce pain? 8) Why are Johns Hopkins researchers calling for magic mushrooms to be legalized?

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

CarleySmith Lyme Disease

Healing Lyme Disease with the GAPS Diet to Improve Gut Health – Carley Smith’s Remarkable Story

Carley Smith goes by “The Fairy Gutmother” moniker, but the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner isn’t just administering wisdom to make others’ (health) dreams a reality. After Smith, unknowingly contracted Lyme disease, it led to a series of challenges and misguided advice from doctors that harmed her physical and mental health and quality of life. It was only when she started researching Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS) and went on the GAPS protocol that she was able to turn her health — and her life — around. After Smith contracted Lyme, she (unusually) got her period for four months straight. Doctors put her on different birth control pills, but eventually they told her to just “go lay in bed with my feet up,” she told WellBe. The constant bleeding led to a bacterial infection in her uterus and she went on a heavy dose of antibiotics. That triggered a flu-like reaction and she started losing cognitive function. A friend suggested she get tested for Lyme, and it came back positive; she was put on antibiotics. Those antibiotics caused her to break out in tiny little bumps; she was put on more antibiotics. Her stomach became swollen; more antibiotics. Listen to the remarkable story of how this woman healed and understand more about the GAPS diet.

Carley Smith goes by “The Fairy Gutmother” moniker, but the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner isn’t just administering wisdom to make others’ (health) dreams a reality. After Smith, unknowingly contracted Lyme disease, it led to ...Read More

Dana James, MS, CDN, CNS on the Four Archetypes that Influence Your Body Type and Eating Habits

When Dana James first began studying nutrition, she looked at the link between food and skin — and found it really boring. Instead, she was drawn toward the mental health aspect of nutrition and weight management, the ways in which our particular psychologies shape how and what we eat. This interest led her to study cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and functional medicine along with nutrition, and to develop a model of four female archetypes, each of which has a distinct body shape and relationship with food. As she dug into the ways that women eat — her focus is on weight management for women — she began to see patterns. Out of these patterns, she developed the four archetypes, each of which has a distinct way of approaching food; through these archetypes, she hopes to “help women really understand themselves.” Each of the four archetypes gets their sense of self-worth from a different source, and their characteristics, eating habits, and even body shape all stem from that. Listen to this fascinating episode to figure out which of the 4 archetypes you are, learn more about the microbiome-mental health connection (did you know gut bacteria is affected by trauma?), why the same food will be better for you when prepared by a loved one vs. a stranger, how chakras and the color spectrum play into nutrition, and much more. She was SO spot on about us when we filmed this!

When Dana James first began studying nutrition, she looked at the link between food and skin — and found it really boring. Instead, she was drawn toward the mental health aspect of nutrition ...Read More

Max Lugavere

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Prevention with Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods

When Max Lugavere’s mom started showing signs of memory loss a few years ago, the journalist threw himself into researching how diet and lifestyle could’ve contributed to her dementia diagnosis. His new book, ”Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life,” is the culmination of that work, for which he talked to top researchers around the world about dementia prevention. Generally, at WellBe we try to talk to experts who have some credential in their field or are changing an industry with a healthier alternative. Lugavere, like us, is a researcher, and his book was co-written by Dr. Paul Grewal, a functional medicine physician in New York City. Dr. Grewal approved the research in the book. Listen to this episode to learn what to eat and do for Alzheimer's and dementia prevention, what we know about the disease based on current research, why eating fewer meals may be better for you, why eating in moderation isn’t good advice, and how to wean yourself off junk foods.

When Max Lugavere’s mom started showing signs of memory loss a few years ago, the journalist threw himself into researching how diet and lifestyle could’ve contributed to her dementia diagnosis. His new book, ...Read More

Holistic Dentist Dr. Reid Winick DDS on the Mouth-Gut Connection

"It's all connected, it's one tube." -Dr. Reid L. Winick, D.D.S., founder of Dentistry for Health New York Your mouth holds all the secrets of your body's gut health, nutrition, acidity and much more. We learned so much from Dr. Winick about integrative dentistry and how our oral health gives us vital clues into the health of our entire bodies. Winick started as a conventional dentist and changed course after curing his Crohn’s disease. For the past 20 years, he has practiced holistic dentistry, helping his patients with a variety of oral and non-oral health issues. He also explains in this interview how treating bad breath with a swish of mouthwash isn’t going to really solve the problem, and helps us connect the dots between acidity/alkalinity in the body and your teeth, why you really need to get mercury fillings out of the body, why fluoride is just a bandaid and he avoids it, what sleep apnea has to do with dental health and the one tool you need for oral care.

"It's all connected, it's one tube." -Dr. Reid L. Winick, D.D.S., founder of Dentistry for Health New York Your mouth holds all the secrets of your body's gut health, nutrition, acidity and much more. ...Read More

A Crohn’s Warrior Achieves Life without Medication or Symptoms – The Story of Courtney Maiorino

When Courtney Maiorino was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012, she was prescribed steroids and immunosuppressants — and told that she’d be on the drugs for the rest of her life. This felt wrong to her, but her symptoms were too serious and her fear too great for her to refuse the drugs, and so she took them. But after years of side effects and an inner sense that she could feel better than she did, she sought out holistic ways to treat her Crohn’s disease, and, through years of ups and downs and pushback from doctors, eventually found a lifestyle that allowed her to live with neither Crohn’s symptoms, nor medications.

When Courtney Maiorino was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012, she was prescribed steroids and immunosuppressants — and told that she’d be on the drugs for the rest of her life. This ...Read More

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