Neurofeedback with Rachel Ragsdale

March 11, 2019

Neurofeedback. Brain Mapping. Ever heard of it? Well today we are going to talk about the important modality with Rachel Ragsdale. Neurofeedback is very near and dear to my heart as it was a big part of my recovery from traumatic brain injury I sustained in a car accident about 4 years ago. Today we are going to talk about the history of neurofeedback, how it works, what situations it's useful for, common questions people have like "will it change my personality?" and how to find a skilled practitioner.

Rachel Ragsdale, Founder and Owner of NeurOptimize is a licensed professional counselor and board certified neurofeedback specialist. She holds her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Rachel's life was changed by her own personal neurofeedback experience over 10 years ago. She credits her brain change to her life change and is so thankful she was able to go through her own neurofeedback so she can give back to others now. At NeurOptimize we want clients to find hope, restoration, and transformation!

Rachel loves spending time with her dog and family. She has a two year old son named Jordan that she adores! She is an avid golfer, adrenaline junkie. and she loves everything the outdoors has to offer! She would tell you that NeurOptimize is her other baby and she cares for it as such.


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Parent’s Roadmap to Autism with Dr. Emily Gutierrez

March 4, 2019

Autism. It is a growing diagnosis in our society with now 1 in 37 children being diagnosed. And it's a diagnosis that leaves parents feeling scared, stressed, fearful of the future and not sure where to turn for help and support.

Today we are going to talk with Dr. Emily Gutierrez about why she wrote "The Parent's Roadmap to Autism". We will discuss other conditions that should be ruled out when autism is suspected, the 5 core imbalances seen with ASD: the gut, nutrition, immune system (yes we touch on vaccines), toxicity and genetics, what parents can do, how they can use the resources in the book to guide them and their child on this journey and make sense out of a path that can seem overwhelming.

Dr. Emily Gutierrez received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University as a doctor of nursing practice, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and mental health specialist, and certified practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She co-owns and operates one of the first pediatric functional medicine practices in the country, Neuronutrition Associates, where her and her partner specialize in children with neurodevelopmental delays and all things pediatric functional medicine. Dr. Gutierrez recently wrote a book, "The Parent's Roadmap to Autism: A Functional Medicine Approach" where she helps families with children on the spectrum navigate through how to apply functional medicine principles to their child's journey of development.

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Mommy Brain: There Is a Cause and a Solution with Sarah Morgan

February 25, 2019

Foggy brain? Trouble finishing a sentence? Exhausted? Find your keys in the fridge? Can't remember important dates? Unrestful sleep? These are symptoms many of us moms experience and have coined "MOMMY BRAIN." Though we laugh about these lapses in memory, it can become scary as these symptoms impact more of your life.

What if there is a physiological reason for mommy brain that is fixable? What if you can get your pre-pregnancy brain back even if its been decades since you've had your kids? Get ready to connect a lot of dots and be infused with hope that you can get your brain back.

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Mast Cell Issues with Dr. Tim Jackson

February 18, 2019

Are you the person that flushes easily on your face, neck and chest? Do your ears and feet get hot? Itchy skin with weird rashes? Hives? Headaches? GI distress? Feeling anxious? Trouble sleeping?

Can anyone relate? All of these symptoms and more can be tied to problems with a type of cell in our body called mast cells

Today we are going to talk about what happens when mast cells misbehave, WHY they misbehave - hint there are deeper issues, what tests need to be run, what genes are important for histamine breakdown, why the probiotic buddies in our bellies are key and what treatment options you have with Dr. Tim Jackson.

Dr. Tim Jackson completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the Medical University of South Carolina and he is the owner of He works with patients all over the world specializing in issues with the nervous and immune system. Along with patients, Dr. Tim Jackson teaches healthcare professionals to implement these advanced techniques into their practices.

Screen Time and Video Addiction with Dr. Sam Shay

February 11, 2019

We live in the era of technology. There is no escaping it. Our smart phones may be one of our most valuable possessions. We go to bed looking at a screen. Wake up to an alarm clock from our phone. Check emails. Look at social media. Respond to text messages. And even play games on our phones. What is this doing to our brains? Can someone be addicted to their phone, computer and games? Well today I am excited to dive into this topic with my guest,  Dr. Sam Shay. Dr Shay is the ebook author of "Unplug from Gaming Disorder: 7 Simple ways to game less". He helps gamers with gaming disorder unplug from their screens and start to plug into their lives. He is a chiropractor focusing on functional nutrition and functional testing, who has walked his own journey to overcome his 25-year addiction to video games, a 15-year addiction to sugar, as well as overcome his insomnia, fatigue, low mood, chronic pain, and gut problems. Connect with Dr. Shay and get a hold of his awesome resources a



Thyroid 101 with Dr. Christine Maren

February 5, 2019

Exhausted when you wake up in the morning? Feel like you are trudging through the mud trying to complete tasks and hold a conversation? Forget what you are saying mid sentence? FREEZING all the time? Does your skin feel like sand paper its so dry no matter how much lotion you apply? Cholesterol levels high? Trouble sleeping? Belly bothering you? Numbers on the scale going up?


Well all of these symptoms can be linked back to a tiny little gland at the base of our neck called the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is part of a larger network of glands and tissues called the endocrine system responsible for hormonal balance in the body.


In this episode we will cover: what is the thyroid gland, its role in the body, signs of a problem, what labs are essential to order, causes of thyroid problems and some next steps you can take to improve thyroid health.


Christine Maren D.O. is a functional medicine physician and the founder of a high-tech, innovative medical practice. Her own personal health challenges with chronic digestive issues, autoimmunity, hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance and recurrent pregnancy loss motivated her to study functional medicine. Using the functional medicine model, she works with patients to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. Her approach to patient care is individualized and personalized, with an emphasis on the ways our environment, food and lifestyle choices interact with our genes.


Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?! With Mike Mutzel

January 29, 2019

Do you feel hungry all the time? Even after you eat? Intense cravings? Working out and eating healthy and the scale won't budge? I have heard this scenario so many times and it can really make you feel crazy and lose hope.

Well today I have the perfect person to dive into this topic of why I can't lose weight and give us some next steps to really move the needle. Some of the things we will cover include: leptin resistance, how and when to exercise, how and when to fast, why exercise can ward off diabetes and so much more.

Mike Mutzel AKA Metabolic Mike is the host of High Intensity Health Podcast with over 145,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel and author of Belly Fat Effect.

Mike has a Master's degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and has become an urban farmer to chickens, turkeys, super cute pigs and gorgeous raised bed gardens - check out his fun videos on social media. He is the husband to Dr. Deanna Mutzel owner of Real Food Lab and has a beautiful daughter Inez.

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How to Pick out a Probiotic

December 6, 2018

Have you felt like a deer in headlights at the health food store trying to pick out the right probiotic? Or spend hours browsing the internet only to feel more confused and overwhelmed by all of the marketing strategies? Well, you are NOT ALONE! This is one of the most common questions I get and today I am going to walk you through the top 5 things you need to look for when selecting a probiotic. Cut throught the fluff and get the facts so that you know how to select the best product for you and your family.

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How To Care For Your Largest Organ: THE SKIN with Dr. Trevor Cates

November 30, 2018

Today we are talking about out largest organ. THE SKIN. Weighing in at 8 pounds and 22 square feet. Most of our organs are hidden from view and difficult to see signs of health or dysfunction. The skin offers us a direct reflection of what is happening inside our body. Struggling with breakouts? Dull, dry skin? Red cheeks? Bumps on your skin? Do you desire to have glowing skin that you can feel confident in? You don't want to miss this interview as we take a dive into skin health and signs of dysfunction. 6 causes of imperfect skin, where to start and practical next steps to get the skin you desire as you properly care for your body's largest organ.

Dr. Trevor Cates is found and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patents from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates' The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.

Caring For Your Special Needs Child with Dr. Shelese Pratt

November 30, 2018

Do you know a child with special needs? 2.8 million children in the United States are classified as special needs. Special Needs is related to any child or adolescent that needs special accommodations for their learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or emotional or mental difficulties. This can range from conditions such as severe anxiety, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, Autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, processing disorders, osteo imperfecta and so much more. Dr. Pratt has a passion to see EACH child as a unique human being and empower families with tools to allow their children to THRIVE in the world. Learn about her approach and how special needs children can excel in all aspects of their life.

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Dr. Pratt focuses on neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. She uses functional medicine and her expertise in biochemistry (methylation) and physiology to help her patients get to the root cause of their symptoms through a strategic approach. The modalities (tools of her practice) she uses are nutrition (diet and nutritional supplements), botanicals, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Dr. Pratt specializes in caring for many special needs children some of the complex cases she has treated for over 14 years have been Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Cerebral Palsy, PVL, Global Development Delay, Angelman Syndrome, learning difficulties (ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia), sensory processing disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, digestive system disorders/disease, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, and mood disorders. Dr. Pratt sees patients from all over the world via telemedicine or in person at her clinics in Colorado and Connecticut.