The Model Health Show

Shawn Stevenson

  • 1 hour 13 minutes
    TMHS 807: Shrink Your Fat Cells & Fix Your Metabolism - With Dr. Benjamin Bikman

    Most people understand that metabolism is a key factor in controlling weight and overall health. But the science of how the metabolism actually works can often be confusing or oversimplified. On today’s show, we’ve got one of the world’s leading authorities on metabolism here to break down the inner workings of insulin, blood glucose, and more. 

    Metabolic scientist and professor Dr. Benjamin Bikman joins us on this episode of The Model Health Show to unpack the critical role that insulin resistance plays in obesity and chronic illness. You’re going to learn the exact mechanics of how insulin resistance occurs in the body, and realistic lifestyle interventions you can implement for better metabolic health.

    This interview contains key insights on fat loss strategies, how dietary factors impact metabolic health, and the interesting details of Dr. Bikman’s research studies. Today’s episode is absolutely packed with the latest science on metabolism, so click play and enjoy the show!

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • The connection between insulin and type 2 diabetes.
    • Which two markers are important for measuring metabolic health.
    • How Dr. Bikman’s study helped participants reverse diabetes.
    • Why insulin is a unique hormone in terms of how it impacts cells.
    • The connection between insulin resistance and infertility.
    • What the three primary causes of insulin resistance are.
    • How cortisol and adrenaline impact insulin levels.
    • The important role that sleep plays in insulin sensitivity.
    • Which cause of insulin resistance is the most common. 
    • The effect each macronutrient has on insulin levels.
    • How long insulin circulates in the body after eating.
    • The natural rhythm of cortisol levels.
    • How exercise impacts blood glucose levels.
    • The best exercise for metabolic benefits.
    • Why fat cells cannot grow without insulin.
    • How cold water immersion impacts the metabolism.
    • Four main dietary principles for better health.

     

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    10 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 52 minutes 31 seconds
    TMHS 806: The #1 FREE Probiotic & How The Microbiome Influences Menopause - With Dr. Amy Shah

    There is an incredible wealth of evidence suggesting that our gut health influences every aspect of our health, from our brain to our immune system. When most people think about improving their gut health, they tend to think about expensive probiotic supplements. But you don’t have to drain your wallet to make a positive impact on your health – and today you’re going to learn about some simple habit shifts you can make to support your gut health.

    On today’s show, double-board certified medical doctor Dr. Amy Shah is back on The Model Health Show to share the latest science on the connection between the microbiome and perimenopause. You’re going to learn about the #1 free probiotic, three simple dietary changes you can make for better health, and the critical role that human connection plays in your longevity.

    Dr. Shah’s mission is to empower people to save themselves through nutrition and lifestyle changes. As always, she’s bringing realistic, real-world advice that you can implement immediately for better health. Please enjoy this interview with the one and only, Dr. Amy Shah!

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • How spending time with others influences your microbiome.
    • What the #1 free probiotic is.
    • How short chain fatty acids impact your gut and brain.
    • Why walking is a powerful factor for gut health.
    • How simply squatting throughout the day can improve your health.
    • The connection between the microbiome and menopause.
    • When perimenopause occurs.
    • Why perimenopause is like squeezing the end of a tube of toothpaste.
    • The importance of bringing awareness to the changes of menopause.
    • Three simple changes women can make to improve microbiome health.
    • How much fiber you should consume every day.
    • The role adequate protein plays in satiety.
    • How to add more probiotic foods to your diet.
    • Two specific nutrients the microbiome loves.
    • The link between polyphenols and postbiotics.
    • Why connection is a key ingredient for living a long, healthy life.

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    8 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    TMHS 805 - How Your Environment Can Cause Dementia & Cognitive Decline - With Max Lugavere

    Rates of dementia are skyrocketing in the US and across the world. Losing cognitive function is one of the scariest experiences a person can have, and it’s especially devastating for the patient’s loved ones. What can we do to help fewer families experience the heartbreak of dementia? That’s exactly what you’re going to learn on this episode.   

    Today, health and science journalist Max Lugavere is back on The Model Health Show. He’s here to share enlightening facts on how environmental factors can influence your risk of developing dementia. You’re going to learn how things like exposure to air pollution, microplastics, and ultra-processed food can impact cognitive function over time.  

     Max is also sharing exciting details about his new documentary, foods to avoid for better brain health, and his personal experience of having a loved one go through dementia. His passion for this topic is palpable, and we can all take these tips to heart. I hope you enjoy this conversation with the one and only, Max Lugavere.  

    In this episode you’ll discover: 

    • What dementia is.  

    • Why every case of dementia is unique.  

    • How long it takes for symptoms of dementia to appear. 

    • What are some of the different subtypes of dementia are. 

    • The role that environment plays in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. 

    • What percentage of dementia cases are genetic.  

    • Which three dementia risk factors are non-modifiable.  

    • The connection between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. 

    • How air pollution can contribute to the risk of neurogenerative diseases. 

    • The top three food types to avoid in order to reduce your risk of dementia.  

    • How ultra-processed foods and exposure to microplastics are connected. 

    • Which oils and fats are best for brain health. 

    • Why Max decided to make a documentary. 

    • What to consider about determining your carbohydrate intake.  

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    2 July 2024, 7:57 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    TMHS 804 - Proof That Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Can Be Reversed - With Dr. Dale Bredesen

    One of the most rapidly growing health issues of our time is the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. For years, health officials and agencies have maintained that there is no way to reverse or cure Alzheimer’s disease. But today, you’re going to learn the latest science on the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and specific interventions that can be used to prevent and reverse neurodegenerative diseases. 

    Today’s guest, Dr. Dale Bredesen, is an internationally recognized neurologist who specializes in neurodegenerative decline and Alzheimer’s disease. He’s here on The Model Health Show to share important insights on how Alzheimer’s disease develops and progresses, and the exact lifestyle practices that are necessary for sustaining a healthy brain for life. 

    You’re going to learn some of the latest science on how many people are projected to battle neurodegenerative diseases, the global burden of Alzheimer’s disease, and the fascinating new research on prevention and reversal. Dr. Bredesen’s work is fascinating, and his approach is empowering – we have the ability to end Alzheimer’s disease. Click play to learn how from the incredible Dr. Dale Bredesen! 

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • How many Americans are projected to die from dementia.
    • What percentage of Alzheimer’s disease patients are women. 
    • How much money the average Alzheimer’s patient pays for healthcare costs.
    • The four phases of Alzheimer’s disease development.
    • Why mild cognitive impairment is a misnomer. 
    • The truth about reversing cognitive decline. 
    • How early dementia signs can be found. 
    • Why Alzheimer’s disease is forecasted to bankrupt the Medicare system. 
    • How wearables can help detect signs of changing cognitive health. 
    • Why the medical system is slow to catch up to science.
    • What exactly Alzheimer’s disease is.
    • The fundamental mode switch that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease.
    • How sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease are interconnected. 
    • What amyloid plaques are and how they actually work. 
    • Why the rates of Alzheimer’s disease have risen in recent decades. 
    • How sugar consumption impacts the brain. 
    • The connection between microbiome changes and Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Why insulin impacts your brain neurons. 
    • The important distinction between performance and durability. 
    • Dr. Bredesen’s basic 7 pillars for cognition. 

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    1 July 2024, 1:09 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    TMHS 803 - 5 Weird Facts About Humans, Health, & Nature

    Have you ever noticed that certain smells can take you back to a very specific memory? Or have you ever sneezed simply from looking at the sun? Today you’re going to discover five weird facts about humans, health, and nature.

    On this episode of The Model Health Show, we’re going to dive into the science behind some weird (yet common) health phenomenon. You’re about to learn about why yawns can be contagious, the mechanisms behind human body odor, and how the weather can shift your health and mood.

    This episode is full of fun facts about the human body and our unique role in nature. You’re also going to learn some practical tips for improving your sense of smell, healthy ways to practice better hygiene, and so much more. So click play, listen in, and enjoy the show.

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • Which specific species are prone to contagious yawns.
    • Why humans yawn. 
    • The role empathy plays in contagious yawning. 
    • What an Autosomal Dominant Helioopthalmic Outburst is.  
    • The percentage of the human population that sneezes when viewing the sun. 
    • What the two different types of sweat glands are. 
    • How bacteria and sweat combined can create body odor. 
    • Why puberty specifically impacts body odor. 
    • Healthy ways to support your hygiene. 
    • Why you should avoid antiperspirants. 
    • How many different smells the human nose can recognize. 
    • The number of olfactory neurons we have in our brains. 
    • How a smell can trigger a memory. 
    • The impact artificial fragrances can have on your sense of smell. 
    • How to take back control of your nose. 
    • What percentage of people experience weather-related health changes. 
    • How access to sunlight can impact your mood and stress levels. 
    • Why temperatures and barometric pressure can affect rheumatoid arthritis. 

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    26 June 2024, 2:25 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    TMHS 802 - Why Childhood Illnesses Are Skyrocketing & How to Raise Healthy Kids in Our Modern World - With Dr. Joel Gator

    Over the last few decades, the rates of chronic illness and obesity in children have skyrocketed. Some folks argue that this is due to increased awareness and testing – but what is really contributing to increased childhood illnesses? And more importantly, what can we do about it? That’s exactly what you’re going to learn on today’s show. 

    Today’s guest is Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh, a board-certified integrative pediatrician and author of the new book, Parenting at Your Child’s Pace. He’s joining us on this episode of The Model Health Show for an important conversation on the increasing rates of childhood illnesses, simple dietary swaps for healthier kids, and how to make more informed parenting decisions. 

    You’re going to learn about making more confident parenting choices, and how to navigate the landscape of childhood health and lifestyle choices. Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh has an extensive knowledge base, as well as invaluable experience on what it takes to create healthy, thriving children. If you’re ready to feel empowered about your children’s health, just click play!  

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • How childhood obesity rates have changed in the last several decades.
    • What obesogens are. 
    • The percentage of children that have chronic diseases. 
    • Why we’re seeing more diagnoses in children today. 
    • The importance of taking ownership over our children’s health.
    • Why our modern lifestyle is causing so many health problems. 
    • How lifestyle interventions can reverse diseases or minimize symptoms. 
    • The impact sugar has on the developing brain. 
    • How integrative medicine and western medicine can work in tandem. 
    • The #1 thing parents can do to make better choices for their kids. 
    • Why our healthcare system can be a barrier to creating real health.
    • Tips for managing picky eaters. 
    • How to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and cooking. 
    • Why you are the only person who can keep your kid healthy. 
    • The importance of repeated exposures when it comes to new foods. 
    • How to teach your children to listen to their bodies. 
    • The critical practice of skin-to-skin care with newborn babies. 
    • How to take a balanced approach to your parenting decisions. 
    • Why social media can create a negative comparison trap. 
    • What to consider about screentime. 
    • The necessary steps for nurturing a healthy child. 

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    24 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 12 minutes
    TMHS 801: 10 Fitness Secrets Every Busy Parent Needs to Know

    Parenting is one of the most rewarding things in life – but it can also be busy and exhausting. When you’re in a hectic season of tending to your children’s needs and schedules, it’s easy to put your own health on the back burner. If you want to make your fitness a priority, there are a few simple tweaks you can make to keep your lifestyle focused on health, no matter how packed your schedule is. 

    On this episode of The Model Health Show, I’m bringing you ten fitness secrets every parent needs to know. This information will help you prioritize your health, act as a model to your children, and honor your family. Taking care of yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family, and I hope this episode will inspire you to make realistic, lasting changes that your kids will want to imitate. 

    You’re going to learn simple, science-backed ways to add more movement into your day, how planning meals and packing snacks can make a massive impact on your body, and how habits like sleep and hydration factor into your overall wellness. So click play, listen in, and enjoy the show! 

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • What it means to have a movement snack.
    • Why excessive sitting is terrible for your health.
    • The numerous benefits of taking the stairs.
    • Why you should aim to avoid plastic water bottles as much as possible.
    • How microplastics and nanoplastics are getting into our tissues.
    • Why nanoplastics are particularly dangerous. 
    • What percentage of the average American’s diet is made up of ultra-processed food.
    • The link between the standard western diet and bone loss. 
    • How to set your family up for success by packing healthy snacks.
    • Ideas for fitting in structured workouts under less-than-ideal conditions.
    • Why digestive health is a cornerstone of human health.
    • How to encourage kids to eat whole foods for better digestion. 
    • The shocking science of how sleep deprivation mimics drinking alcohol.
    • Why taking care of yourself is a way to honor your family.
    • How quality sleep can improve your performance and mood.
    • The multiple ways alcohol can trick you and harm your health.
    • How to optimize your glymphatic system.
    • Why healing, recovery, and rest are essential for parents.
    • The importance of enjoying the magic of your kids. 

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    19 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 55 minutes 38 seconds
    TMHS 800: Use These Quick Tips for Better Health & Motivation

    Have you ever heard an idea that completely changed the way you think? Because I have the opportunity to interview experts, doctors, and other thought leaders, I have this experience often. And today on this special compilation, I want to share some incredible moments that will help improve your mindset and upgrade your behaviors. 

    On today’s show, we’re celebrating 800 episodes of The Model Health Show with eight of my favorite powerful moments in recent memory. You’re going to hear insights from some of the brightest minds I’ve had the honor to interview. This highlight reel features conversations on the power of your mind, how to create the life you want, and tools for optimizing your health and increasing your longevity. 

    This compilation features amazing experts like Dr. Ellen Langer, Greg Harden, Dr. Robert Waldinger, Kelly & Juliet Starrett, and more. You’re going to learn powerful facts and tips that if applied, have the potential to transform your health and boost your motivation. I sincerely thank you for being a part of our community, whether you’ve listened to one show, or all 800. Click play to join in on the celebration! 

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • The fascinating science of how your perception can impact your healing timeline. 
    • Why thinking in absolutes makes life less interesting. 
    • What it means to have a mindful body. 
    • The definition of brain reserve. 
    • How to take responsibility for your life. 
    • A powerful exercise you can use to reach your goals faster. 
    • Why you’re closer to your goals than you think you are. 
    • What it means to be the one. 
    • How changing your physiology can change your mindset. 
    • The difference between real thinking and mentation. 
    • Why you shouldn’t be attached to your opinions.
    • The major problem with the US healthcare system. 
    • Why the mantra “trust the science” isn’t serving us. 
    • How ultraprocessed food is weaponized. 
    • The connection between longevity and strong relationships.
    • How healthy relationships can relieve stress. 
    • The transformative power of believing in yourself. 
    • How to make your worst day better than the average person’s best day.
    • How sitting for long periods of time impacts your lymphatic system. 
    • Why sitting on the floor is good for your biology. 
    • A test you can use to gauge your longevity. 
    • Why you should aim to build a durable body.

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    17 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 17 minutes
    TMHS 799: Why Body Fat, Inflammation, & Disease is Skyrocketing Because of Vegetable Oil - With Dr. Cate Shanahan

    The human food supply has changed drastically over the past 100 years with the industrialization of agriculture. And one of the most prominent changes to our diet has to do with the types of fat we eat. Commercially processed oils, like canola oil and soy oil, have become prominent ingredients in nearly every product on grocery store shelves. 

    This change in the food supply doesn’t come without a set of consequences. Today, Dr. Cate Shanahan is back on The Model Health Show to discuss how processed seed oils are contributing to our rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Dr. Cate Shanahan is the leading authority on nutrition and human metabolism, and the author of the new book, Dark Calories. In this interview, Dr. Cate is sharing how eight common seed oils in our food supply are causing cellular damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress. You’re going to learn how processed oils are created, which specific oils to avoid, and better alternatives to include in your diet. Dr. Cate is the foremost expert in this subject matter, and today she’s bringing the latest science on seed oils to help you better nourish your body and fend off chronic diseases. Enjoy! 

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • What percentage of the average person’s diet is processed seed oils. 
    • How vegetable oil is made. 
    • Why there is no safety testing for seed oils.
    • What oxidation is and how it works. 
    • Which oils are categorized as vegetable oils.
    • What the hateful eight are. 
    • The truth about a cooking oil’s smoke point. 
    • What refining does to oils. 
    • How just smelling processed oils can damage your health.
    • Why the medical industry affects the availability in our food supply. 
    • What the root cause of all chronic diseases is. 
    • The main causes of oxidative stress. 
    • How human fat cells have changed over time. 
    • Why vegetable oils build body fat that is hard to burn. 
    • How oxidative stress triggers inflammation. 
    • The connection between oxidative stress and autoimmune diseases.
    • How being metabolically healthy is different than being in a healthy weight range.
    • Why focusing on metabolic health is the key to controlling oxidative stress.
    • How antioxidants work in the body.
    • Dr. Cate’s top five favorite cooking fats. 

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    12 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 59 minutes 27 seconds
    TMHS 798: The Truth About Stress and Weight Gain

    When you think about the major drivers of weight gain, you probably consider things like nutrition and exercise. But there can often be a lot more going on the scenes that can contribute to weight gain or weight loss resistance. On today’s show, you’re going to learn how stress can act as an epigenetic controller that influences your propensity for storing fat.  

    You’re going to learn from three brilliant experts in their respective fields on why things like hormones, thyroid health, trauma, and the overall impact of stress can influence your weight. You’re also going to take away specific action steps you can use to increase your body’s stress resilience. 

    This episode is full of insights like how your cortisol levels affect your metabolism, how the right kinds of exercise can help you overcome weight loss resilience, and some of the most common misconceptions about the role of stress in our bodies. Click play to learn more from the incredible Dr. Sara Gottfried, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, and Dr. Izabella Wentz. 

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • The critical role your endocrine system plays in regulating your weight. 
    • How excess stress hormones like cortisol can lead to weight gain. 
    • Why a history of trauma can alter your stress response system. 
    • The downstream consequences of trauma. 
    • How insulin, stress, and weight gain are connected. 
    • Which hormone is the master of your stress response. 
    • What percentage of people have dysregulated cortisol levels.
    • Why adverse childhood experiences can affect your physiology into adulthood.
    • Which health practice is non-negotiable for healing from stress and trauma.
    • Why our beliefs about stress matters.
    • Major misconceptions about how stress impacts our bodies.
    • How exercise sensitizes your brain to pleasure. 
    • What the joy gap is. 
    • How your muscles act as an endocrine organ. 
    • The warning signs of adrenal fatigue. 
    • How stress can slow your metabolic rate and make your body store fat. 
    • The impact chronic stress has on the adrenal stress response. 
    • How to rebalance your stress response. 
    • Why nutrient void foods can make your body conserve energy. 
    • The important role of getting quality rest. 
    • Which types of exercise are best for restoring adrenal health. 

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    10 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    TMHS 797: Why Drug Companies Are Controlling the US Healthcare System & Policies for Real Change – with Calley Means

    In the United States, our healthcare system is based on treatment, not prevention. And a large reason why is because the pharmaceutical companies have created incentives that profit off sickness, disease, and comorbidities. But what if our healthcare industry could promote true health? Today you’re going to learn about the steps that are necessary for real change in the US healthcare system.

    Our guest today is Calley Means. Calley is a former consultant for food and pharmaceutical companies, the co-founder of TrueMed, and the co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Good Energy. Calley is passionate about changing our healthcare system, and today he’s sharing his incredible viewpoints on what we can do as a country to incite real change. 

    In this episode, you’re going to learn about how the American healthcare system works, including how government programs are hurting people (especially children!), how doctors are trained to focus on short-term solutions, and the major problems with the pharmaceutical industry. Plus, Calley is getting specific and sharing real world policies we can implement to transform the health of our country. This is a powerful conversation and Calley’s passion is contagious. Enjoy!

    In this episode you’ll discover:

    • What percentage of Americans have optimal cardiometabolic health.
    • Why a siloed healthcare system is ineffective.
    • The sad truth about the health of children and teens in the US.
    • How all chronic diseases are connected to metabolic health.
    • The most profitable innovation in American capitalism.
    • Why the pandemic was a missed opportunity for better metabolic health.
    • The critical role of empowerment in healthcare.
    • How the US measures up against other countries in terms of health outcomes. 
    • What role economic incentives play in our healthcare system. 
    • The convoluted relationship between pharmaceutical companies and food research.
    • Why chronic diseases are a powerful profit-maximizing engine. 
    • The sad truth about diabetes in children and young adults.
    • What percentage of tv news spending comes from the pharmaceutical industry.
    • The major problems with the SNAP program, and how we can repair it. 
    • What the USDA should do with sugar guidelines. 
    • Why focusing on specific issues can affect widespread change. 
    • How to use pretax dollars on real healthcare and root-cause solutions.
    • The link between insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
    • Why optimism is a key ingredient to changing our health. 

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    5 June 2024, 2:32 am
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