If you have depression or anxiety, listen to this interview.

Mood & Stress Support

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Ross PeltonIt is now estimated that 11% of Americans are taking antidepressants (over 30 million) and millions more are taking benzodiazepines for anxiety. These drugs have serious side effects, are very addictive, and in most cases are inappropriate therapy. In 2008, an investigative report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which shockingly revealed that the FDA & pharmaceutical companies lie to physicians and the general public by overstating the benefits and minimizing or ignoring side effects of antidepressant drugs.

Between 1987 and 2004, there were 74 clinical trials on antidepressant drugs registered with the FDA. It turns out that 49% of these trials had negative outcomes and a large percentage of these negative trials were not published (hidden) so that physicians and the general public would not become aware of them. Even more disturbing was the revelation that some antidepressant drug trials that had negative results were published in a way that “spun” their outcomes to appear positive.

depressionWhere can consumers learn about depression and anxiety? Is there a trustworthy source of information about causes, treatments and alternatives? I am happy to say there is a good resource. In this interview with natural pharmacist Ross Pelton, we will give you an introduction to natural alternatives for depression and anxiety. Ross has created an online Webinar course that you can take on your schedule. The course is over 4 hours long and is divided into 39 video segments which run on average between 5 to 7 minutes long. Here are some of the major topics that he presents in this course:

A review of a wide range of natural therapies for depression & anxiety
Antidepressant & anti-anxiety drugs: how they work & their side effects
Controversies in psychiatry: thought & opinion leaders speak out
Diet & lifestyle factors that influence mind, mood, emotions & behavior
Nutrients required for neurotransmitter production
Gut-brain communication; A revolution in psychiatry
How gut bacteria are linked to obesity, depression and anxiety
The Bundle Damage Theory of depression & how to heal damaged brain neurons

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The normal cost for the webinar is $99. Listeners of will receive a 50% discount. CLICK HERE go to the webinar page and sign up to receive the discount. Otherwise enter HQuest50 in the coupon code box at the webinar website. does not receive any payments if you choose to enroll. Our goal is to help you take advantage of this highly valuable resource. Ross has created a 10 minute introduction to the course so you can hear him describe what the course entails. CLICK on the happy face.

About Ross Pelton
The_Natural_PharmacistRoss Pelton is a pharmacist, a certified clinical nutritionist, author and educator. Ross is the author of six books on a variety of health topics: The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, The Nutritional Cost of Drugs, 2nd Edition,  The Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide, How To Prevent Breast Cancer, Alternatives In Cancer Therapy, and Mind Food and Smart Pills. You can learn more about Ross Pelton at his website,

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What is Healthy Inflammation?

Dr. Erin Stokes

Inflammation & Pain Support

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Most people think of inflammation as unhealthy. Inflammation is associated with pain and many chronic conditions. It is not usually thought of by most people as a healthy process. For the average person, inflammation is something to get rid of. So what do we mean by healthy inflammation? For me, understanding the role of inflammation is foundational and critical for achieving long term health.

Inflammation is a vital healing process in your body. Inflammation is not a disease. Inflammation is a state. Your body is in an inflamed condition for some reason. You may be in an inflamed condition because of an allergy, or twisted ankle, or heart disease.  Inflammation is your body trying to fix something that is wrong. Fix the problem and inflammation will subside. So your goal should be to achieve and maintain a healthy inflammation response.

How does one maintain a healthy inflammation?

  • You first target the structure and function of the parts of your body that are involved. If you have cardiovascular issues, you develop a nutritional program that supports healthy heart structure and function. Nutrition does not treat disease. Nutrition nourishes the body. You must be clear on this. If you have arthritis, you take nutrients that support healthy joint tissue. And so on.
  • Second you take nutrients that help support a healthy inflammatory response. You can manage inflammation while you seek to repair and heal. As your condition and health status improves your inflammation will subside. Curcumin and fish oil are perhaps the two most notable nutrients.

In this interview with Dr. Erin Stokes, we will discuss the concept of a healthy inflammation response. We will also specifically discuss turmeric and curcumin. Most of you probably know something about turmeric and curcumin. It is one of the most popular and successful herbal products. But there is also a lot of confusion, which is to be expected. In this interview we will help you understand the difference between turmeric and curcumin and how you can incorporate both into your supplement program.

We will also discuss three products from MegaFood that promote healthy inflammation. Dr. Stokes will discuss the concept of inflam-aging. This is the concept that inflammation is a key factor in aging. Dr. Stokes refers to recent studies that explore the connection between inflammation and aging. Here is a quote from the abstract of one of those studies from PubMed.

Human aging is characterized by a chronic, low-grade inflammation, and this phenomenon has been termed as “inflammaging.” Inflammaging is a highly significant risk factor for both morbidity and mortality in the elderly people, as most if not all age-related diseases share an inflammatory pathogenesis. CLICK HERE to read more.

Turmic / Curcumin



Turmeric is a plant. The root or rhizome is the active part that has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicine. The problem with turmeric is that it is not easily absorbed by the body. It is difficult to achieve a beneficial amount by ingesting the whole root. Curcumin is one of the many compounds that exist in turmeric. Curcumin is considered to be the most biologically active constituent. The goal of scientists is to find ways to increase the amount of curcumin that gets into your system. This is done by creating extracts that have high amounts of curcumin and that are also more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. So you have turmeric which has hundreds of different nutritional elements but low potency, and then you have extracts of one or two particular compounds which are higher potency, but leave out the rest of the plant.

Kauai_Organic_FarmsMegaFood has created formulas that have both forms. Pure root powder combined with high potency standardized extract. Their formulas were created in conjunction with Dr. Andrew Weil who is partnered with MegaFood. MegaFood has also partnered with Kauai Organic Farms. Kauai Organic Farms grows the organic turmeric that is used by MegaFood. Kauai Organic Farms is one of the farm fresh partners supplying MegaFood.

Here is a video of Dr. Weil visiting Kauai Organic Farms.

MF_Turmeric_StrengthThe bottom line for consumers is finding a product that works. It is your journey of discovery to determine which products you prefer. Once you understand some of the distinctions between products you will be able to more effectively compare one product with another. In the case of MegaFood you know who formulated the product, and you know the source of the foods that are used and you can even see how they are manufactured. You get to choose whether to try MegaFood. Once you try them you can decide how well they suit you. This is how you determine what products work best for you. I happen to like MegaFood and you will do well by knowing more about their products. You can learn more about MegaFood by listening to our other interviews. CLICK HERE for a list of MegaFood sponsored interviews.


MegaFood CertificationsMegaFood products are certified to be pure and free of most common allergens. They are easy to digest, even by people with the most sensitive stomachs. MegaFood products are easily tolerated even on an empty stomach.

About Dr. Stokes

Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.



162 – Achieving Sustainable Weight Loss – My Interview with Dr. Michael Lyon

Why is it that we have such a problem with obesity? Why don’t we understand more about how to fix this problem? There seems to be no shortage of diets and weight loss programs. What seems to be missing is a natural way to put the body back in order that can be sustained and allow one to enjoy life and lead to healthy weight.

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161 – Infants Need Specific Probiotics – My Interview with Natasha Trenev

Infants are bathed in protective, beneficial microflora as they pass through their mother’s birth canal. As a result, babies delivered vaginally are bathed with friendly, protective Bifido bacteria. In contrast, babies delivered by caesarian section (C-section) become bathed in the bacteria from their environment. When this occurs, babies lose out on the benefits that B. infantis supplies. They miss the natural boost to their defenses, and don’t receive the digestive support for their inexperienced gastrointestinal tract–not the best start to lifelong health.

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160 – The Most Important Herb for Your Prostate – My Interview with Guy Woodman

Saw Palmetto Extract is the herb most recognized to support prostate health. In 2012 it was ranked at the 8th best selling herb. With every man over 50 being likely to experience prostate issues, it is no wonder that an herb with prostate benefits would be popular. Clinical studies have revealed that specific saw palmetto extracts have been very effective at improving or normalizing prostate health.

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159 – Nutrition for Cardiac Health – My Interview with Dr. Decker Weiss

In this interview Dr. Weiss we discuss how and why nutrients are so critical for your success. Whether you are seeking preventive support or you have cardiac issues you need to know which nutrients can give you the best support. Dr. Weiss has treated over 20,000 patients with nutritional cardiology. His recommendations can be relied on.

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158 – Alive Whole Food Multi-Vitamins – My Interview with Dean Morris

Dean Morris is a fifth generation Master Herbalist who has spent many years in the practice of natural medicine. He is also a formulator for natural products manufacturers, most notably Nature’s Way Herbal Products. He is the formulator of Nature’s Way Alive Multi-Vitamins, which has become one of the most popular natural whole food multi-vitamins.

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157 – Never Be Sick Again – My Interview with Raymond Francis

In this interview with Raymond we will discuss his concept which is summed up with this phrase, “One disease, two causes and six pathways.” The one disease is cellular dysfunction. The two causes are deficiency and toxicity. Cells malfunction because of these two main causes. The six pathways to better health are nutrition, detoxification, mental, physical, genetic and medical. Targeting these six pathways can provide powerful benefits.

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156 – Nutritional Pain Management – My Interview with Dr. Hector Lopez

Dr. Hector Lopez specializes in natural alternatives for pain. In this interview, we will discuss Dr. Lopez’s protocols for pain. In his practice, nutrition is just one of the tools he uses. Nutrition will the particular focus of this interview. Dr. Lopez and I agree that omega-3 is THE most fundamental nutrient influencing pain and inflammation.

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155 – The Amazing Role of Enzymes – My Interview with Brenda Watson

In this interview Brenda Watson and I will discuss the importance of enzymes for health. This is the final installment of our series on H.O.P.E. program for digestive health. I think that this is such an important series. One cannot over estimate the critical importance of digestive health and the importance of the digestive system for health throughout the entire body.

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