Optimal - The Podcast

Dr. Dicken Weatherby

Hello and welcome to Optimal - The Podcast I’m your host Dr. Dicken Weatherby. This podcast and my website all focus on one goal the quest for optimal health. Our goal is to provide content that upends the expectations of health – challenging people who are satisfied with normal and motivating them to desire what’s optimal. read less
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Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 25 - Modifiable Risk Factors
30-04-2024
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 25 - Modifiable Risk Factors
Welcome to Episode 25 of Optimal—the Podcast! In this episode, we discuss the concept of modifiable risk factors. Dr. Weatherby and Beth Ellen discuss modifiable risk factors related to lifestyle choices impacting health, pointing out the impact of unhealthy habits on conditions like cardiovascular disease and blood sugar dysregulation. Also, the lack of physical activity, poor sleep, smoking, excess alcohol intake, and stress management are highlighted as key modifiable factors affecting health. They emphasize the crucial importance of early risk recognition before diagnosis. They also discuss strategies for addressing risk factors like dietary improvements and emphasizing whole foods over processed items. Additionally, exercise routines and stress management techniques such as deep breathing and meditation are highlighted for better health outcomes, as these modifications significantly impact biomarkers associated with chronic diseases. Tune in to learn more about modifiable risk factors impacting your health! Don't miss out on valuable insights to enhance your well-being today! Episode Highlights: ( 01:50 ) Recognizing risks that are modifiable and lifestyle choices can become risk factors( 03:13 ) Making choices and dealing with traditional approaches( 08:26 ) Implementation of the DASH diet and translating it into dietary choices( 14:11 ) Discussion on modifiable risk factors( 16:36 ) Utilizing techniques like box breathing and meditation for stress management( 22:05 ) Link between sleep duration and cardiovascular risk factors( 26:26 ) Impact of sleep duration on biomarkers and metabolic health( 32:07 ) About a research study on health coaching and disease biomarkers( 35:51 ) Utilizing coaching sessions and supplements for health revival( 40:29 ) Exploring a detailed study and blog post for comprehensive information Resources Discussed in This Podcast Lewis, Thomas J et al. “Reduction in Chronic Disease Risk and Burden in a 70-Individual Cohort Through Modification of Health Behaviors.” Cureus vol. 12,8 e10039. 26 Aug. 2020, doi:10.7759/cureus.10039  Link to download the article in PDF format: https://www.optimaldx.com/hubfs/pdf/Lewis_ChronicDisease%20TempAssess_2020_32983729.pdf    How Lifestyle Choices Affect Blood Chemistry Results https://www.optimaldx.com/blog/how-lifestyle-recommendations-related-to-lifestyle-factors-affect-blood-chemistry-results PROOF: Modification of Health Behaviors Reduces Chronic Disease Risk https://www.optimaldx.com/blog/proof-modification-of-health-behaviors-reduces-chronic-disease-risk Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog The ODX Research Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 24 - Unlocking the Benefits of Omega-3 with Dr. William S. Harris
14-02-2024
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 24 - Unlocking the Benefits of Omega-3 with Dr. William S. Harris
Welcome to Episode 24 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, we are joined by Dr. William S. Harris, PhD, FASN, President and Founder of The Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) & Founder of OmegaQuant Analytics. Dr. Harris has been a leading researcher in the omega-3 fatty acid field for 40 years. He has published over 300 scientific papers on fatty acids and health, the vast majority focusing on omega-3. Dr. Weatherby, Beth Ellen, and Dr. Harris discuss various topics related to omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Harris discusses his work on omega-3 fatty acids and the development of the omega-3 index test. This test measures blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and is an important risk factor for heart disease. Increasing the intake of EPA and DHA through fish or supplements can raise the omega-3 index and improve cardiovascular health. Dr. Harris also discusses the low percentage of people worldwide who meet the minimum intake requirement for EPA and DHA. He further talks about potential solutions, such as genetically modifying plants to produce omega-3s or using algal sources. He touches on concerns about GMOs and quality control, testing for omega-3 levels, and recommended dosages. Unlock the secrets of omega-3 fatty acids in this episode of Optimal - the Podcast! Join Dr. William S. Harris, a renowned expert with 40 years of research, as he digs into the vital role of omega-3s in heart health. Episode Highlights: (01:01) Introduction for William Harris(02:29) Dr. Harris talks about his introduction to the study of omega-3 fatty acids(06:22) Measuring omega-3 index levels in the blood(09:43) Development of omega-3 research(14:08) Understanding omega-3 pathways and recommendations for practitioners(18:37) Importance of standardizing the method and expression of omega-3 levels(31:41) Incorporating omega-3 assessments into medical practice(38:05) Importance of baseline testing and monitoring progress(38:29) Information on obtaining omega-3 index testing from Omega Quant(44:23) Information on accessing Dr. Harris' research articles Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog The ODX Research Blog Where to Reach Dr. William Harris Dr. William Harris Website OmegaQuant Website Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 23 - Unlocking the Mysteries of Iron Metabolism
08-12-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 23 - Unlocking the Mysteries of Iron Metabolism
Welcome to Episode 23 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, we are going to discuss iron metabolism. We will discuss the high proportion of questions related to iron metabolism. We will also touch on iron physiology, including the role of hepcidin in regulating iron absorption, the impact of chronic inflammatory states on hepcidin expression, and the effect of gastric acid on iron absorption. The importance of balancing iron levels will also be discussed to avoid both deficiency anemia and iron overload. Free iron can cause oxidative stress, so proper binding is necessary during transport. Furthermore, we will explore biomarkers for iron levels and the absorption and utilization of iron in the body. In addition, we mention that iron deficiency anemia is a prevalent nutrient deficiency, and we discuss the importance of accurately assessing it, including its symptoms. Lastly, emphasize the need for regular screening to detect iron deficiency at earlier stages before more severe complications arise. Join us in this episode, where we unravel the mysteries of iron metabolism. Don't miss out on valuable insights – hit play now and optimize your knowledge of iron health! Episode Highlights: (01:39) A deep dive into iron metabolism(02:44) Understanding how iron moves through the body(04:10) About peptide hormone called hepcidin(05:09) Another aspect is gastric acid(07:33) Anemia of chronic disease(12:36) Iron deficiency anemia(19:01) Dopamine as the main neurotransmitter of the motivational component of reward and reinforcement(20:46) Why we do Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis(24:40) Diabetes and other endocrine glands(27:20) The signs and symptoms of inherited iron overload(28:57) Iron biomarkers(32:36) What happens in iron deficiency anemia(35:12) How to address an altered iron status(40:20) Specific proteins that can inhibit the absorption of iron ODX’s Iron Metabolism Series Iron Metabolism Part 1 - Introduction to Iron MetabolismIron Metabolism Part 2 - The physiology of ironIron Metabolism Part 3 - Disorders associated with altered iron status: Iron Deficiency AnemiaIron Metabolism Part 4 - Disorders associated with altered iron status: Iron OverloadIron Metabolism Part 5 - Biomarkers of iron statusIron Metabolism Part 6 - Addressing disorders associated with altered Iron statusIron Metabolism Part 7 - ODX Optimal Takeaways and ReferencesWhere to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 22 - Organic Acids – Its Critical Role in Achieving Optimal Health, an Interview with Lindsay Goddard of Mosaic Diagnostics
17-11-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 22 - Organic Acids – Its Critical Role in Achieving Optimal Health, an Interview with Lindsay Goddard of Mosaic Diagnostics
Welcome to Episode 22 of "Optimal - the Podcast," where we delve into the facets of health that truly make a difference. In this insightful episode, we're honored to host Lindsay Goddard to discuss the Organic Acids Test from Mosaic Diagnostic, formerly Great Plains Laboratory. Lindsay Goddard is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD/N), with a Master’s in Nutrition, and a Bachelor's in Biology with a concentration in Human Physiology and Ecology. She has additional training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and is currently finishing a Graduate Certificate in Toxicology from the University of South Florida. Lindsay began her career as a dietitian by working in one of the largest hospitals in Florida specializing in recovery nutrition, and critical care. She went on to serve in University-based outpatient clinics with concentrations in gastroenterology, genetics, and oncology. She followed with working in the NICU and Pediatrics in a level II facility until she began educating and advising on functional medicine testing. She has spoken on various platforms nationally, and internationally, on metabolomics, immunology, and toxicology, educating providers on its relevance and utility. She now serves as a Medical Science Liaison on Fullscript’s Integrative Medical Advisory team along with running a successful private practice where she specializes in pediatrics, and GI disorders as well as working in a physiatry clinic focusing on nutrition management for brain and spinal cord injuries. During our conversation, Lindsay sheds light on the Organic Acid Test (OAT) and its critical role in achieving optimal health. OAT is a sophisticated laboratory analysis that scrutinizes cellular metabolic waste to identify nutrient deficiencies, signs of inflammation, toxic exposures, and microbial imbalances. Lindsay elaborates on how organic acids, the metabolic byproducts from humans, bacteria, and fungi, are integral to understanding our body’s metabolic processes. The OAT offers a window into the body's use of nutrients and exposes metabolic functions that might be contributing to health issues, aiming to pinpoint deficiencies, inflammatory processes, toxicity, and dysbiosis. Further exploring the practical applications of OAT, Lindsay discusses the frequency of testing in relation to specific deficiencies and how it complements other tests, such as CBC, CMP, and stool analyses. She also delves into the assessment of oxidative stress and detoxification markers, and the examination of intestinal microbial overgrowth, breaking it down to its yeast, fungal, and bacterial constituents. A fascinating part of our discussion highlights the relationship between clostridia bacterial markers and dopamine regulation, suggesting possible psychiatric implications. Lindsay doesn't shy away from complex topics such as cellular turnover, DNA synthesis, folate metabolism, ketone levels as an indication of blood sugar regulation, and the nuances of fatty acid oxidation—vital considerations for those on low-carb diets and how these reflect on carnitine and riboflavin requirements, as well as pattern recognition. Beyond individual biomarkers, Lindsay emphasizes the importance of pattern recognition in the understanding of human physiology and metabolism. She also clarifies how creatinine levels are used to normalize metabolic markers in urine samples. Addressing deficiencies, she underlines the role of a balanced diet and effective stress management in maintaining one’s health. Join us to uncover the vital insights and practical applications of the Organic Acid Test and empower yourself with the knowledge to understand and address bodily deficiencies for improved health. Episode Highlights: (00:52) Introduction of Lindsay Goddard(6:02) Definition of Organic Acid Test(8:07) Explains how Organic Acid Test work and the suggested time gap of re-testing(11:31) Other laboratory procedures that needed to justify the results of OAT and what categories can be seen in the result(24:16) How to determine what kind of follow-up test a patient would need(37:14) How to explain OAT results, importance of clinical history and retesting, and OAT practice(47:22) Explains how to utilize OAT by medical practitioners and Awareness on the importance of the test(51:52) Importance of spreading awareness about the OAT and educating practitioners Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Lindsay Goddard Lindsay Goddard LinkedIn Lindsay's Website Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 21 - Naturopathic Medicine and Beyond, an Interview with Dr. Julia Malkowski
06-11-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 21 - Naturopathic Medicine and Beyond, an Interview with Dr. Julia Malkowski
Welcome to Episode 21 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Julia Malkowski, who graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in December 2017, with advanced standing, and a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine in April 2016 from the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Dicken, Beth Ellen, and Dr. Malkowski discuss various topics related to health and wellness. Dr. Malkowski talks about how she came to practice naturopathic medicine. She talks about using naturopathic therapies to get her infant son back to health. She also describes her work with Doctor's Data, highlighting their emphasis on examining markers for intestinal permeability and the examination of the gut flora. At Doctor's Data, they also touch on other fields of expertise like cardiometabolic endocrinology and environmental exposure detoxification. Additionally, Dr. Malkowski covers multiple types of tests like blood, urine, hair, and stool testing and discusses numerous tests and techniques for determining toxins in the body, including glyphosate and Thallium. She also discusses nutritional assessment using tests of RBC elements and blood spots for vitamin D and DNA methylation. Ready to optimize your health? Tune in now to learn from Dr. Julia Malkowski about naturopathic medicine, gut health, toxin testing, and more in this episode of Optimal – The Podcast! Episode Highlights: (01:38) Introduction for Dr. Julia Malkowski (03:19) Dr. Mikowski's personal journey and how she became involved in healthcare and preventative medicine(06:12) Her education at the National University of Health Sciences(07:43) Dr. Mikowski's current focus and work at Doctor's Data(08:17) Functional testing and the specific tests offered by Doctor's Data(12:58) Insulin sensitivity(14:16) Hepatic detox profile and how it measures phase one and phase two detoxification (18:05) Blood spot testing and its expansion(24:01) About her day-to-day work at Doctor’s Data(26:05) Geographical distribution of toxins (31:30) Diet and toxin exposure (35:07) Practical suggestions for improving health(43:41) Her article published in the Townsend Letter about bacteria and the hunter-gatherer diet Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Dr. Julia Malkowski Dr. Julia Malkowski Website Dr. Julia Malkowski LinkedIn Dr. Julia Malkowski Instagram Dr. Julia Malkowski Facebook Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 20 - Precision Medicine and Advanced Diagnostics, an Interview with Dr. David Brady
28-09-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 20 - Precision Medicine and Advanced Diagnostics, an Interview with Dr. David Brady
Welcome to Episode 20 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, we are joined by Dr. David Brady, Chief Medical Officer of Designs for Health, Inc. and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory, LLC.   Dr. Dicken, Beth-Ellen, and Dr. Brady discuss the importance of individualized diagnostics in treating complex chronic diseases and emphasize the need to shift from standard medicines to precision ones. Dr. Brady also shares Diagnostic Solutions Lab's novel testing strategy and mission to offer state-of-the-art solutions for successfully treating chronic conditions. He also talks about his experience with several GI microbiota analysis tests. While 16S sequencing is helpful for research, he explains that it is not the best method for making clinical decisions because it lacks quantitative data. For making diagnostic decisions, he recommends targeted quantitative PCR testing instead. Additionally, Dr. Brady brings up their signature test, the GI map, which combines quantitative PCR and stool chemistry to provide a comprehensive picture of the GI environment. They also discuss the application of modern metabolomics and genomics testing techniques in functional medicine. He suggests employing combination solutions with botanicals and volatile oils as antimicrobials rather than relying solely on sensitivity tests. Discover the future of precision medicine in treating chronic diseases with cutting-edge diagnostics and innovative testing strategies. Join the conversation today for a healthier tomorrow! Episode Highlights: (00:41) Introduction for Dr. David Brady (02:16) His clinical practice and background (07:08) The interplay around the identification and the management of complex chronic disease in his experience (12:24) What type of testing Diagnostic Solutions offers (16:38) Molecular diagnostics and the GI Effects test (17:44) The targeted quantitative probes for beneficial organisms, commensals, or opportunistic organisms (19:58) Overview of the GI map and the leading stool test (21:49) Opus 23 and Genomic Insight for data analysis (23:16) Dr. Brady’s favorite natural antibiotic and how to get probiotics to colonize in the gut (33:01) Diagnostic Solutions Lab and their collaboration with Designs for Health for DSL’s landmark “Spotlight Tests” (41:54) Navigating the DSL website! (45:08) Metabolomics testing (49:30) Roles of AI playing in the future of functional integrative, naturopathic, and nutritional medicine (53:11) Where to find Dr. David Brady About Dr. David Brady Dr. David M. Brady has over 30 years of experience as an integrative practitioner and over 25 years in health sciences academia. He is a licensed naturopathic medical physician in Connecticut and Vermont, is board-certified in functional medicine and clinical nutrition, and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He was the long-time vice president for health sciences and director of the Human Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where he continues to serve as director and professor emeritus. He maintains a private practice within the integrative medicine group Whole Body Medicine, in Fairfield, CT (USA). Dr. Brady is also the Chief Medical Officer for Designs for Health, Inc. and Diagnostic Solutions Labs, LLC, and is an expert consultant to the nutritional supplement and clinical laboratory industries. He is an internationally sought-after presenter on nutritional, functional, and integrative medicine. Where to Reach Dr. David Brady Dr. David Brady Website Dr. David Brady LinkedIn Dr. David Brady Instagram Dr. David Brady Facebook Dr. David Brady Twitter Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 19 - Muscle Loss No More: Taking Charge of Sarcopenia an Interview with Kathie M. Swift
14-06-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 19 - Muscle Loss No More: Taking Charge of Sarcopenia an Interview with Kathie M. Swift
Welcome to Episode 19 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Beth Ellen talk to Kathie M. Swift about sarcopenia, a condition that results in the loss of muscle mass and strength. Kathie's interest in sarcopenia stems from her early observations as a nursing student, where she notices muscle loss in elderly patients. Her personal experiences with her mother's battle with ALS and her own struggle with Lyme disease further fuel her curiosity about muscle health. She discovers that sarcopenia is not widely recognized as a diagnosis and decides to delve deeper into the topic. Kathie shares the definition, risk factors, and the importance of personalized nutrition and exercise in maintaining muscle health. Additionally, she talks about protein intake, micronutrients, assessment tools, lab biomarkers, and potential supplements. Katie also covers the importance of collaboration and personalization in addressing the condition. Tune in and take action now to combat sarcopenia and maintain muscle health by prioritizing personalized nutrition and exercise in your daily routine. Episode Highlights: ( 01:03 ) Kathie’s experience have made her develop an interest in sarcopenia and muscle health ( 03:42 ) Statistics on the prevalence of sarcopenia ( 09:43 ) Impact of early life history on sarcopenia and the first studies conducted on the subject ( 18:57 ) Role of animal protein in sarcopenia and the need for a holistic approach to nutrition. ( 28:58 ) Kathie’s research on whole food diets and the importance of studying food combinations ( 35:03 ) The use of the mini nutritional assessment and other tools for assessing risk of sarcopenia like body comp analysis ( 41:37 ) Multimarker approach to biomarkers and the use of nutritional and inflammation markers ( 45:03 ) Research on gut microbiota signatures in relation to sarcopenia ( 50:06 ) The role of supplements and exercise for preventing and treating sarcopenia, and the importance of individualized treatment plans ( 57:51 ) The importance of myography and wearables for monitoring sarcopenia About Kathie Swift Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ is a registered dietitian nutritionist who has been dubbed “the mother of integrative and functional nutrition” by thought leaders in the field and has been recognized by Today’s Dietitian as “a dietitian making a difference.” Kathie maintains a heart-core approach to educating healthcare professionals. She received her Master of Science in Nutrition from Arizona State University and has held diverse positions throughout her career. Kathie pioneered leading-edge functional nutrition programs at Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has been the Nutrition Education Director for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” professional training program for over 20 years. Kathie is a contributing author for the medical textbooks Integrative Gastroenterology and Integrative Women’s Health, published by Oxford University Press, and the clinical nutrition textbook Krause and Mahan’s Food & Nutrition Care Process. She serves on numerous advisory boards, including 3×4 Genetics, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Kathie is a scientific reviewer for Military Medicine and served on the Institute for Functional Medicine’s inaugural Nutrition Advisory Board. An inspirational educator, you’ll meet Kathie at numerous health and nutrition conferences and online summits. She has been interviewed in hundreds of articles published in the US and internationally. Kathie teaches her audience and students how to create vibrant, nourishing lives for themselves and their clients, combining the very best of modern nutritional science, integrative and functional medicine, mind-body modalities, and ancient healing practices. Where to Reach Kathie Swift Kathie Swift Website Kathie Swift Instagram Kathie Swift Facebook Kathie Swift Twitter Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 18 - The Triglyceride Glucose (TyG) Index in Assessing Insulin Resistance, GlycA for Inflammation, and Biomarkers for Elite Athletes
25-05-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 18 - The Triglyceride Glucose (TyG) Index in Assessing Insulin Resistance, GlycA for Inflammation, and Biomarkers for Elite Athletes
Welcome to Episode 18 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Beth Ellen will discuss assessing insulin resistance and blood glucose regulation with a new index they’ve been researching and looking into. The triglyceride glucose index (TyG index) is a valuable measure that combines fasting triglyceride and fasting glucose levels to assess insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body's cells become less responsive to the effects of insulin, resulting in elevated blood glucose levels. Additionally, fasting glucose and insulin levels can provide valuable insights into insulin resistance. Furthermore, numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that adhering to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Beth also mentioned the novel inflammatory marker called GlycA derived from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. It measures the concentration of glycosylated acute-phase proteins in the blood. Elevated levels of GlycA have been consistently linked to various inflammatory conditions. Dicken and Beth discuss what biomarkers to measure for elite athletes and the dangers of PPIs, and Dicken gets on his soapbox discussing hypochlorhydria! Take control of your health today and embrace proactive choices for a healthier you! Episode Highlights: (03:02) Triglyceride Glucose (TyG) Index (05:04) Physiology behind the index (08:00) The many tools we can use to help us uncover potential insulin resistance (11:24) Mediterranean diet as the best approach for cardiometabolic issues (14:07) GlycA biomarker for inflammation (23:56) How sweating can deplete electrolytes and minerals (30:29) Biomarkers testing for elite athletes (40:23) Nutrient deficiencies (47:14) Dangers of PPIs (49:36) Hypochorhydia (54:43) The ODX Membership Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 17 - Nutritional Psychiatry, an interview with Dr. Uma Naidoo
27-04-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 17 - Nutritional Psychiatry, an interview with Dr. Uma Naidoo
Welcome to Episode 17 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio are joined by Dr. Uma Naidoo to discuss her ground-breaking work in Nutritional Psychiatry. Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and nutrition expert, has been at the forefront of this field and has written a book called "This Is Your Brain on Food," which explores the relationship between food and mental health. Listen in as Dr. Naidoo introduces the practice of nutritional psychiatry, which involves educating patients about the importance of a balanced diet and how certain food can affect mood, cognition, and behavior. One nutrient that Dr. Naidoo highlights as particularly important for mental health is folate because an adequate folate intake has been associated with a lower risk of depression and other mental health conditions. They also discuss the issue of adulteration of our food, with many products containing additives and preservatives that can negatively affect our health. For patients in lower socioeconomic groups, Dr. Naidoo recommends making healthy food more accessible and affordable, such as shopping at farmers' markets or using food co-ops. Dr. Naidoo also discusses the importance of "brain food" for children, including omega-3 fatty acids, choline, and zinc. She also shares a method of food preparation that some parents use to make vegetables more palatable for picky eaters, which is beneficial because it can increase vegetable consumption and improve their children's nutrition. It is also essential to encourage children to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods that can support their overall health and well-being, including their mental health. The take-home message? Consider incorporating more whole, nutrient-dense foods into your diet to improve your mental health and well-being. Listen to this episode and learn more! Episode Highlights: (01:19) The idea of nutritional psychiatry (02:08) Practicing nutritional psychiatry (07:24) About balance (08:11) Folate and mental health (09:59) Adulteration of our food (10:39) What do you do for patients that are in lower socioeconomic groups (16:36) The three phenomenal brain food for children (19:46) About beneficial food preparation for children (22:42) How do we potentially use blood biomarkers (23:12) Particular blood biomarkers that Dr. Naidoo focuses on through this lens of nutritional psychiatry (25:42) Naidoo’s training program (30:12) Where to find Dr. Naidoo Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Where to Reach Dr. Uma Naidoo   Where to Reach Dr. Uma Naidoo Dr. Uma Naidoo Website Dr. Uma Naidoo LinkedIn Dr. Uma Naidoo Instagram Dr. Uma Naidoo Facebook Dr. Uma Naidoo Twitter Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 16 - Melatonin, Melatonipause, and Darkness Deficiency, an interview with Dr. Deanna Minich
28-03-2023
Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 16 - Melatonin, Melatonipause, and Darkness Deficiency, an interview with Dr. Deanna Minich
Welcome to Episode 16 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio are joined by Dr. Deanna Minich to discuss melatonin, melatonipause, and darkness deficiency. Dr. Dicken, Beth Ellen, and Dr. Deanna discuss the impact of stress and high cortisol levels on melatonin generation, the significance of shielding our eyes from blue light, and the advantages of supplementing with melatonin. They also underline the need to seek the services of healthcare practitioners and the need for tailored healthcare. On the podcast, they discuss Dr. Minich's ground-breaking article entitled "Is Melatonin the "Next Vitamin D:?" published in the journal Nutrients. Minich, D.M.; Henning, M.; Darley, C.; Fahoum, M.; Schuler, C.B.; Frame, J. Is Melatonin the “Next Vitamin D”?: A Review of Emerging Science, Clinical Uses, Safety, and Dietary Supplements. Nutrients 2022, 14, 3934. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/14/19/3934/htm Learn more about regulating your circadian cycle, the most accurate methods for determining your melatonin levels, and the possible advantages of melatonin for immunological health by tuning in. Now take a seat back, unwind, and let's begin! Episode Highlights: (00:18) Deanna Minnich's background and areas of specialization (02:11) A general overview of melatonin (06:51) What are the symptoms that would lead one to prescribe melatonin-inducing supplements? (10:26) The conversion of tryptophan to serotonin under stress (12:02) The use of antidepressants and its effects on melatonin (14:56) What is darkness deficiency? (19:27) Hacks on dealing with darkness deficiency (22:15) What are the symptoms of darkness deficiency? (28:20) What to do if you’ll be encountering white light at night (i.e., from your smartphone) (33:17) Can we get enough melatonin from the food we eat? (37:40) What are the candidates for melatonin supplementation? (40:24) Best methods for measuring melatonin in the body (46:35) Recommended dosage of melatonin (50:35) Conclusion Link to the light meter app mentioned on the podcast: Lux Light Meter Pro CLICK HERE to download Dr. Minich's Darkness Deficiency Checklist and Melatonin In(sufficiency) Assessment Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  Where to Reach Dr. Deanna Minich Deanna Minich Website Deanna Minich LinkedIn Deanna Minich Instagram Deanna Minich Facebook Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 15 - Hybrid Wellness Models, an interview with Chris Edwards of Tricore Wellness
20-03-2023
Optimal The Podcast Episode 15 - Hybrid Wellness Models, an interview with Chris Edwards of Tricore Wellness
Welcome to Episode 15 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio are joined by Chris Edwards of TriCore Wellness as he talks about hybrid wellness management and how it pushes people to strive for optimal wellness. Dr. Dicken, Beth Ellen, and Chris discuss how hybrid wellness management thrives in business, healthcare, and technology. They go through micronutrient deficiencies, stress management, and your lifestyle and how they affect your thinking and productivity. Dr. Dicken and Beth also share how health coaches like Chris play an essential role in catching chronic diseases before they develop – while reviewing the “Reduction in Chronic Disease and Burden in a 70-Individual Cohort Through Modification of Health Behaviors” article. They finish up with a little rant about the current state of our food supply and its role in perpetuating a state of dis-ease and unwellness. Don’t miss out on this episode as we share how seeking health coaches can prevent you from chronic diseases! Episode Highlights: (02:30) Chris’ journey in fitness, business, and clinical nutrition(12:24) Chris’ particular style of health coaching(13:33) TriCore Wellness and hybrid wellness management(17:38) Correcting micronutrient deficiencies to improve work productivity(22:30) Hybrid wellness management in healthcare(23:44) Hybrid wellness programs during COVID-19(44:52) Health coaches help people increase their positive health outcomes!(46:11) Spotting chronic disease in stress management and lifestyle(48:42) Find the health coach that will help you!(49:35) What is the 9-month disease reversal? Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website The ODX Membership Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog The ODX Platform   Where to Reach Beth Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website Nutrition Mission Website Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn   Where to Reach Chris Edwards & TriCore Wellness TriCore Wellness Website TriCore Wellness Facebook TriCore Wellness Instagram TriCore Wellness YouTube Chris Edwards LinkedIn ---  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 14 - Potassium, GGT, Vitamin D and Holiday Eating Tips
24-12-2022
Optimal The Podcast Episode 14 - Potassium, GGT, Vitamin D and Holiday Eating Tips
Welcome to episode 14 of Optimal Podcast. In this episode, Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLuglio discussed if ordering the more expensive LCMS 25-OH vitamin D has benefits. They also dive into Potassium and a change to the ODX Optimal Range, the importance of the Omega 3 index, why 4% is not enough (you should aim for the 8% conventional range), and the connection between GGT levels and body glutathione. The holiday season is approaching fast, and Christmas is around the corner. Are you ready to enjoy yourself while being healthy? Tune in now and take notes as Dr. Dicken and Beth share the latest research on key biomarkers and healthy eating tips for the holidays, including Beth's healthy holiday cookie recipes that surely kids will love! Episode Highlights: Is there a benefit to ordering LCMS 25-OH vitamin D?Changes to the ODX range for Potassium and the importance of checking Potassium levelsElevated GGT as a marker for Glutathione needThe Omega 3 IndexHealthy eating tips for the holidaysHealthy additions to your holiday cookie recipes Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website Nutrition Mission Website Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  ---  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 13 - The NMR Lipoprofile
01-06-2022
Optimal The Podcast Episode 13 - The NMR Lipoprofile
Welcome to episode 13 of Optimal - The Podcast! In this episode Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio talk about the NMR Lipoprofile, and if it’s a good course of action for diagnosis. After a little discussion about real food, Dr. Dicken and Beth dive deep into the NMR Lipoprofile panel and uncover the small nuances doctors need to be aware of when ordering this important series of biomarkers. They go through what can be measured with the NMR Lipoprofile, and why it would be a good option to consider– while also comparing it to the Cardio IQ Report (Ion Mobility). Don’t miss out on this episode as they share their findings on some biomarkers that initially had them scratching their heads; namely the key difference between the sdLDL and sdLDL-C biomarkers! Episode Highlights: (02:19) Dr. Dicken and Beth discuss real food!(11:13) What is NMR?(12:17) The subclasses assessed in the NMR report.(18:53) What do the results of the NMR lipoprotein subfractionation mean?(23:37) Is sdLDL the same as sdLDL-C?(32:19) Is NMR the same as Ion Mobility or other methods of lipoprotein subfractionation, e.g. the Cardio IQ® test? Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog Where to Reach Beth Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website Nutrition Mission Website Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn  ---  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 12 - Stress
24-03-2022
Optimal The Podcast Episode 12 - Stress
Welcome to episode 12 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they take a deep dive into one of the most prevalent factors of our health: stress Many people often view stress in a negative light, but that doesn’t always have to be necessarily true. Moderate amounts of stress can serve as a motivator that can steer us in a positive direction - boosting alertness and performance. But with factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing political and economic issues in the world, this constant buildup of stress begins to actively harm our mental and physical health. Make sure to join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they address the various sources of stress, the physiology of the body’s stress response, and the steps we can take to alleviate stress and its adverse effects. Episode Highlights: (5:29) Does drinking distilled water have an adverse effect on kidney function?(13:27) Common Sources of Stress.(16:52) The Physiology and Hormonal Control of Stress.(25:23) General Adaptation Syndrome.(32:08) Biomarkers of Stress.(47:19) Addressing Stress.(50:45) Nutrition and Stress. Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn Optimal DX Website Optimal DX Resource Center Optimal DX Blog   Where to Reach Beth Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website Nutrition Mission Website Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn   Resources Mentioned in This Episode Click here to check out the Headspace app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.Register for The FBCA Mastery Training Program by clicking here.Click here to view the video on Willard water --- Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 11 - Your Questions Answered
26-01-2022
Optimal The Podcast Episode 11 - Your Questions Answered
Welcome to episode 11 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they kick off 2022 by answering questions submitted by you, our listeners at Optimal DX, through the AMA feature in the ODX software. As healthcare practitioners dedicated to empowering their fellow practitioners to help their patients reach their optimal state of health, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode where they provide answers to your clinical questions ranging from identifying the best biomarkers for Functional Blood Analysis and Fatty Liver to recommendations for supporting anterior pituitary dysfunction.  Episode Highlights: (2:42) What are the best biomarkers to run for a comprehensive Functional Blood Analysis?(8:16) What are the optimal values and purpose of testing normal CRP in comparison to Hs-CRP?(11:58) What would be your recommended time frame for repeating blood panels?(16:21) What are some of the ways to support anterior pituitary dysfunction?(24:26) Why would someone have a low HgbA1C (4.3%) and yet have elevated fasting glucose (105 mg/dl)?(30:03) Fatty Liver Biomarkers: In your view, what should be the complete list of biomarkers to monitor for those who already have fatty liver, and how often should they get tested on these biomarkers? Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby OptimalDX.com Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn   Where to Reach Beth Nutrition Mission Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn   Resources Mentioned in This Episode Register for the The FBCA Mastery Training Program by clicking here.Want to submit questions to us? Click Here for a free trial in the ODX SoftwareClick here to visit the Optimal DX website.  ---  Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation helpful, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 9 - Low T Syndrome Among men
03-06-2021
Optimal The Podcast Episode 9 - Low T Syndrome Among men
Welcome to episode 9 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, we’re diving into Testosterone with an exploration of andropause and Low T Syndrome in our male patients.   Testosterone is a vital hormone both for men and women. But its role is greatly significant among males, as it contributes to their muscle growth, sexual health, and other aspects of health. For men, the thought of being low on testosterone feels like a hit to their masculinity. What happens when your patient’s testosterone is low? How can you tell? What can you do to help them boost it? Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about the low testosterone syndrome among male patients, what causes it, as well as the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Episode Highlights: Allopathic definition of hypogonadism vs a Functional definition of Low T SyndromeHow testosterone is producedWhat causes men to have lower levels of testosterone?How can you use symptomology and Functional Blood Analysis to uncover Low T in your patients?Reasons why the sex hormone binding globulin might be increased or decreased.How to deal with low testosterone? — Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 8 - Blood Biomarkers and Risk Factors for COVID-19 and its Comorbidities
28-04-2021
Optimal The Podcast Episode 8 - Blood Biomarkers and Risk Factors for COVID-19 and its Comorbidities
Welcome to episode 8 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, we’re diving back into COVID-19 a year after our first discussions to see where things stand.  Dr. Dicken and Beth will also talk about the comorbidities, the risk factors, as well as how medical practitioners, nutritionists Naturopathic Physicians, and integrative medicine providers, can help uncover and identify weaknesses in their patients’ systems using blood chemistry analysis to diminish the risk of having an adverse outcome when they are infected by COVID-19. Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about how to use blood chemistry analysis to reduce the risk of comorbidities associated with COVID-19 and dietary recommendations to consider before and during a COVID-19 infection. Episode Highlights: April 2021 COVID-19 updatesFood choices and lifestyle factors that you can control to decrease the risk of an adverse outcome if you have a COVID-19 infectionThe components of an unhealthy dietThe components of a healthy dietBiomarkers to monitor in every patient to minimize their risk of an adverse outcome to COVID-19An in-depth review of 3 nutrient biomarkers - Vitamin C, D, and ZincHow to deal with COVID-19 and its comorbidities Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation, please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make a change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!
Optimal The Podcast Episode 7 - Endothelial Dysfunction
05-03-2021
Optimal The Podcast Episode 7 - Endothelial Dysfunction
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the primary cause of death worldwide, cutting short an estimated 17.9 million lives annually, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately four out of five of those deaths is attributed to heart attack and stroke. A growing body of evidence indicates that the underlying cause of most CVD is endothelial dysfunction caused by damage to the endothelial lining of the coronary arteries. In this episode of Optimal – The Podcast, we’re diving into the underlying cause and contributor of most cardiovascular diseases: endothelial dysfunction. Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about the assessment and treatment of endothelial dysfunction and its role in cardiovascular diseases, and how to prevent endothelial dysfunction! Episode Highlights: Review of the endotheliumThe role of Nitric OxideWhat is endothelial dysfunction?Causes and promotersImmune response and endothelial dysfunctionOxidative stress and its relationship to the endothelial dysfunctionFunctional assessment of endothelial dysfunctionKey blood biomarkersFunctional Naturopathic Approach to treatmentHow to prevent endothelial dysfunctionSupplements to consider Did you find today’s episode helpful? If you enjoy today’s conversation please click here to leave a review for Optimal - The Podcast and be sure to visit the Optimal DX blog to get all of the articles and research mentioned in the podcast. Get notified when a new episode comes out by subscribing to Optimal - The Podcast on your favorite podcast app! Education is the most effective way to make change. Help others get the information they need by sharing this episode!