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There has never been a time when our health has been more important and the advice more confusing. I’m Susan Birch – The Health Detective and I’m dedicated to helping clear up the confusion about what to eat for weight loss, health and how to thrive in the modern world. Our food systems are broken, and our food guidelines are outdated. Despite living in the most technologically advanced times, our health is at a crisis point. It has been a privilege to have conversations with some of the mos ...
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Today, I talked about nutrition and sugar addiction with Theresa Wright. Theresa has been named one of Today’s Dietician Magazine’s “10 Incredible Registered Dieticians Who are Making a Difference”. She holds BS and MS degrees in Nutrition Science from Drexel University. She is a registered Dietician and Dietitian-Nutritionist. Theresa and I talked…
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Today I talked with Rick Wilkes, from Thriving Now, about the use of emotional freedom techniques (EFT) to help us recover from a variety of psychological and physical issues, including pain, anxiety, phobias and weight control. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy meridians used in trad…
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In this conversation, I talked with the lovely Heather Heynen about why we struggle to follow through on our promises, even when they are important to us. Heather has worked in private practice as a licensed mental health therapist, health coach and exercise professional for over 20 years. There is considerable alignment between my career and Heath…
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I had a fabulous conversation with Jayne Bullen, the Chief Operating Officer of the Noakes Foundation and Managing Director of Nutrition Network. Jayne is a contributor/editor to the book The Science of Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction in Human Health. We talked about the different chapters in the book and the benefits of medical nutrition ther…
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Recommendations to supplement with vitamin D and zinc have become standard practice from both allopathic and alternative medicine throughout the Covid pandemic; including from some of the people I respect the most. As the Health Detective, my job is to look deeper into whether health recommendations are based on evidence rather than speculation. It…
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In this episode, I talk to Amy Armstrong from Balance Health Naturally. Amy shares the healing journey of her chronically ill daughter. This honestly brought me to tears at times. I have so much respect for how this family handled such a difficult time with such resilience, hope, and compassion. It’s an inspiring story aside from the insights that …
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Today, I sat down with Dr Valarie Evans, a behavioural analyst, to discuss integrating behavioural psychology with weight loss strategies. Valarie applies her training to help with conditions such as autism, addiction and eating disorders. In this podcast, we explore the obstacles to changing behaviours, the concept of “rule-breaking” to achieve be…
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I'm so excited to have offered another informative live Q and A to help you get answers to your health problems. This month we had the pleasure of a Q&A session with Dr Louise Phillips. Dr Phillips shares my passion for providing high-quality nutrition education that truly makes a difference in people's lives. With her extensive background as a bus…
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I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Dr Louise Phillips today. We have a lot in common with our desire to provide high-quality nutrition education that makes a difference in people’s lives. I’m delighted to share Dr Phillips's work. She has developed a unique tool for GPs, specialists and nutrition educators to use in their practice. As a busy GP, Sen…
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Today I have a fascinating talk with Dr Kiltz a renowned fertility doctor and author. Dr Kiltz is a passionate advocate of the keto/carnivore diet, that he uses with his patients to help to reduce the costs of fertility treatments. His work is helping to shape the future of reproductive medicine. We talk about the root causes of infertility and the…
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I had another fabulous conversation today, this time with Dr Sarah Zaldivar. Dr Zaldivar is a Professor of Nutrition at Miami Dale College and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of nutrition, exercise, and mindset. She brings new thinking and research to the topics of diet, exercise, and achieving our goals. Today we discuss a lot of differe…
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Dr. Rachel Brown is a metabolic psychiatrist and author of the excellent book “Metabolic Madness - Understand Why Metabolic Health Is Key to Mental Health’. During this episode, Dr. Brown and I talk about why our metabolic health plays such an important role in our mental health and how nutrition is the key to this process. This is an excellent epi…
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In today's podcast, I talk about mental health with Psychiatrist Dr. Fred Moss. Doctor Fred has been working in the field of mental health for nearly 40 years and brings a different perspective to the treatment paradigm and how we can thrive in the face of significant challenges and symptoms. Today we chat about symptoms, medications, and why Dr. F…
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I am so excited to be offering another informative live Q and A to help you get answers to your health problems. This time we have Brendan Reid aka The Fat Ginger Nerd. For Brendan, the idea that he could ever lose any weight at all, let alone keep it off afterward was, for so long, nothing more in his mind, than an impossible dream. And yet, in un…
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Dr. Shahana Alibhai is an accomplished TEDx speaker, a renowned family physician, and an expert in the field of mental health. I was delighted to talk to her today about why we can struggle so much to take care of ourselves, even when this is something we really want to do. Dr. Shahana shared her personal story of postpartum anxiety and the subsequ…
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It was a pleasure to have Dr. Avi Charlton as a guest today. In this episode, Dr. Charlton talks about her experiences as a GP practicing low-carb nutrition and how this has helped many of her client’s reverse disease, lose weight and improve their quality of life. She is available for in-person consultations and telemedicine. She also has informat…
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Today I talked with human behaviour expert and hypnotherapist, Tim Shurr. We discuss how our unconscious beliefs and thought patterns such as anxiety, procrastination, imposter syndrome, and other bad habits are the result of faulty unconscious beliefs and biases we acquired during our childhood. Essentially we have wired neurological pathways that…
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Dr. Robert Cywes (MD, Ph.D.) is known as the Carb Addiction Doctor. Having suffered from carb addiction and obesity himself, he has both the personal and professional experience to help others overcome their addiction and restore their health. He is a medical doctor and bariatric surgeon with a Ph.D., working in clinical practice. His area of inter…
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Dr Ian Lake is a medical practitioner who has type 1 diabetes. Since adopting a very low-carb lifestyle his day-to-day diabetes management has become so much easier with the added bonus of normal HbA1c. He says “as a result of smaller insulin doses, I am not tied down to strict meal times and can eat when I choose. Similarly, glucose control with e…
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I'm so excited to have offered another informative live Q and A to help you get answers to your health problems. This month we had Annica Strandberg-Schmidt who is a sugar addiction therapist and author from Sweden. Annica's own battle with sugar addiction came very close to destroying her life and that of her family. After coming to terms with her…
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Sugar addiction expert Annica Strandberg-Schmidt has been a guest a few times now and will join us again in a few weeks for another Q and A on sugar addiction where she answers your questions. In today’s episode, we are joined by her daughter Elin Strandberg. Sugar addiction affects whole families and children. Elin tells us what it’s like to grow …
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Annica Strandberg–Schmidt is a sugar addiction therapist, author, and YouTuber from Sweden In this episode, Annica shares her powerful story about sugar addiction and how she came close to destroying her life and that of her family. After coming to terms with her own addiction and learning how to navigate her own world of addiction, Annica trained …
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Bitten is a registered nurse who was first introduced to addiction medicine 36 years ago and has been working in the area of food addiction and sugar addiction for 27 years ago. As she acknowledged and better understood her own addictions (cigarettes, alcohol, and sugar) she began working to help others address their sugar addiction problems and re…
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Dr Elizabeth Bright is the author of the menopause book “Good Fat is Good for Women”. There were many aspects of this book I thought were excellent and appreciate Dr Bright joining me to talk about menopause, hormones, including thyroid, and other aspects of health in this podcast. Dr Bright is an osteopath and naturopath and works with her clients…
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I had a great chat with Marty Kendall today. We share a common interest in the nutrient quality of the food we eat. Marty has spent years understanding and collating information on the foods that provide the best quality of nutrition for the calories that they contain. With his background in civil engineering, he has brought his ability to analyse …
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This was a long overdue interview, but worth the wait. Dr Glen Davis is a well-known GP for his work in reversing type-2 diabetes in his patients with a properly formulated ketogenic diet. He was awarded GP of the Year in 2021 for this work. During this episode, we talk about the struggles of the NZ healthcare system, the need for lifestyle medicin…
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This was a long-awaited interview with Victor Sagalovsky. Victor is a health optimization expert, who has dedicated himself to understanding the effects of deuterium on human health. I came across the health implications of deuterium a few years ago, as more of the scientific community is dedicating research to this fascinating subject. Harold C Ur…
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This was a great interview with Kiwi entrepreneur Daniel Ebbett Daniel’s story is one of struggle with chronic insomnia and migraines. Despite trying everything he could from allopathic and natural medicine, his health continued to decline leaving him feeling frustrated and helpless. He was struggling to meet the commitments of his corporate job an…
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Neil is an author, speaker, and mentor who currently lives in Mexico. After suffering from bad eczema for 30 years and receiving the same advice from doctors, Neil found the answer to reversing his condition. He has developed the “Pillars of Vitality” that he shares in his book “The Vitality Secret”. In this podcast, we talk about chronic inflammat…
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I was so excited to be offering another informative live Q and A to help you get answers to your health problems. This time we had Dr Millie Osborne, coming along to answer your questions about the link between diet, depression, anxiety, mental health and eating disorders. Dr Millie Osborne has been helping people for more than 30 years as a doctor…
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Tia Reid is the Director of Nutritional Services at, Certified Dietary Manager and Food Protection Professional at Memorial Hospital in Illinois. She is a certified Health Coach Practitioner and accredited with the Metabolic Health Practitioners USA. She has a special interest in metabolic syndrome, hypertension and carbohydrate addiction. Today, T…
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Today’s guest was very special to me. Dan John is someone who has had a huge influence on my career as a trainer, my own training, and philosophies on life. Dan has blended his outstanding career in academia with professional strength coaching and success in high-performance competitive sports. At 65, he is still achieving competitive goals. He is …
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I had a great time chatting with the multi-talented Dr Vyvyane Loh. I really enjoyed our conversation delving into obesity and how she incorporates nutrition and functional medicine with traditional medicine to turn around her patient’s health. We covered a lot of important topics including how to manage metabolic syndrome, when does obesity become…
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Today I had another fabulous conversation, this time with lovely Doreen Downing; psychologist, author, public speaker, podcast host and coach. She is a woman of many talents and great empathy. Doreen’s coaching is unique; she helps us all find our voices. It may be public speaking, but just as often, it might be speaking up around the board table o…
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I was so excited to have been able to offer another informative live Q and A to help you get answers to your health problems. This time we had Dr Estrelita van Rensburg joining us to answer our questions about hormones, sleep, and weight control. If you are a young woman with hormonal imbalances, or are going through peri-menopause or menopause and…
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This was such a special conversation with today’s guest Zach White. What I love so much about Zach is his generosity, vision, clarity of thought, and humbleness. Zach has learned his life lessons well and has taken the courage from accepting responsibility for the challenges. He’s done a heap of work on himself, understanding what he wants from his…
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Today I talk with Janet Stott a Christchurch-based entrepreneur who is interested in health, nutrition and taking care of the planet. Listen as Janet talks about the company Homegrown Primal that she has established with her partner Marti. This couple is producing high-quality NZ grass-fed beef liver and organ supplements. Janet talks about her jou…
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Today’s guest is my friend and fellow Neuro Change Practitioner Eugene Moreau. Eugene is based in Hamilton NZ. Our conversation today is about how we can use neuro-change strategies to reset our mindsets so we can reach our full potential. We talk about growth mindsets, what they are and how we can all develop a growth mindset. GOING WAY BACK... In…
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The Live Q&A session with Dr Peter Delannoy - the real causes of metabolic diseases, weight gain and gout - was on the 28th of April. Dr Pete has a Ph.D in Biochemistry, he is a Primal Health Coach, and Nutrition Network Advisor. He is highly experienced in healthy weight loss, type -2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and gout remission. Hear Dr Pe…
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My guest today is Mia Moran who helps women balance motherhood, career and health, which can be a real challenge for most of us. Today we talk about techniques that enable women to thrive, rather than just survive these challenges. Mia talks about creating a vision for your life and then who do you need to become to create that life. What skills do…
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Carl Ficks has a fascinating story of how he transitioned from a high-pressure law career to establishing his company "No Surrender". Carl went from litigating in the courtroom to helping other lawyers and professionals to reclaim their wellness. Carl’s mission in life is to be in service to his family, friends, colleagues and the community, where …
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Anna Maydonova Ditchburn is the kind of brave, the world needs. Her story is one of courage, survival and optimism for a better future for herself and those around her. I am deeply moved by Anna's story and inspired by her courage in overcoming her past and never giving up on herself or her ability to create the life that she deserves. Anna has rec…
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Many thanks to Brian Sanders from Peak Human Podcast for this interview. I particularly want you all to hear from Brian. In my opinion, he has one of the best-balanced podcasts on YouTube. We share similar goals; working out the optimal human diet and sharing this information with as many people as we can to help make good decisions that improve he…
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Dr Lucy Burns is a GP and a lifestyle medicine physician. Dr Lucy runs a weight loss clinic called Epiphany Medical Weight Loss. This was the inspiration to create an online learning platform to share this information. Dr Lucy has faced her own health problems, with muscular dystrophy, obesity and depression. She changed her lifestyle and lost 20 k…
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This couple, who have been married for 32 years, are passionate about how the proper human diet allows us to thrive in our modern world. Leon says, "it's such a shame medicine has conquered so many of the things that killed us in the past, is now killing us with poor advice, based on faulty science". Hear Dr's Leon and Tamora Bynoe's personal stori…
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Today’s special guest is Belinda Fettke. The reason I wanted to talk to Belinda is because of the tremendous work she has done on understanding the vested interests behind the plant-based movement, that is exploding throughout NZ and Australia. I have shared a number of Belinda’s posts and youtube clips over recent years, and we will link again to …
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Meet Dr Hugh Jellie, an NZ veterinarian, with a passion for the planet and the welfare of animals and humans. Dr Jellie talks about his interest in regenerative organisations, animal welfare and a healthy microbiome. He explains the importance of soil ecology and why changing our thinking to a symbiotic - living systems approach to how we grow our …
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In this power-packed podcast, Walt Hampton provides us with a taste of what makes him stand out as an author, success coach and keynote speaker. Walt is one of those inspiring people who walks his talk. He shares valuable insights about time mastery, how understanding your “why” is important to finding your passion and how to use this passion to ge…
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Author of the book “Crazy Good Living”, Dr Alvin Danenberg is a periodontist who has been in practice for 44 years. Dr Al was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. In this fabulous interview with him, he shares his story, protocols and ups and downs. This really worth a listen, particularly for anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Dr Al also talks abou…
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Today I talked with one of my favourite people; coach and personal mentor Nick Tumminello. Nick is one of the best trainers out there and is world class educator to trainers around the world. He is the Editor-In-Chief for the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Personal Training Quarterly Journal. In 2015 he was inducted into the …
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