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Practical health solutions from East to West. Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Taoist Priest who is a Qi Gong Master, film maker, author, and Kung Fu world traveler. With each episode, he leads real conversations about different facets of health. The goal is to keep it real and give listeners practical advice, sage wisdom, and the tools they need to thrive from both perspectives. There's never a dull moment nothing is off-limits on The Health Bridge. Health starts with how we live. Join us for a great time and learn how to bring more vitality into your life while you're at it.

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Practical health solutions from East to West. Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Taoist Priest who is a Qi Gong Master, film maker, author, and Kung Fu world traveler. With each episode, he leads real conversations about different facets of health. The goal is to keep it real and give listeners practical advice, sage wisdom, and the tools they need to thrive from both perspectives. There's never a dull moment nothing is off-limits on The Health Bridge. Health starts with how we live. Join us for a great time and learn how to bring more vitality into your life while you're at it.

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210 Ratings
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Great content

By Djanis - Mar 20 2016
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Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

The best podcast for those who care for its health

By Macariddi12 - Aug 04 2015
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Thank you for keep doing what are you doing Pedram!!

iTunes Ratings

210 Ratings
Average Ratings
179
13
9
7
2

Great content

By Djanis - Mar 20 2016
Read more
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

The best podcast for those who care for its health

By Macariddi12 - Aug 04 2015
Read more
Thank you for keep doing what are you doing Pedram!!
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The Health Bridge

Latest release on Sep 05, 2016

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Why Are You So Tired?! With Tom Malterre

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It seems these days everyone is tired all the time! Trust us, you're not the only one looking to gain some extra energy every day. On this week's episode of The Health Bridge one of our favorite guests, Tom Malterre, joins Pedram Shojai to discuss the topic that seems to affect so many of us: being tired. In this episode they discuss the factors that are draining our energy and keeping us tired. They provide tips on how to overcome those issues and find our energy again. 

Let us know how your life will be different with added daily energy!

Jan 04 2016

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Rank #2: Eat Fat, Get Thin with Guest Dr. Mark Hyman

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For years we were told fat was bad. We were told that if we didn't want fat on our bodies we shouldn't eat it and that it could lead to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. But now years of research and studies have shown that fat has little, if any, connection to these health problems. More evidence is linking sugar, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates as the cause of these issues. To help explain this change in understand is Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He's the author of 12 books on health and diet and his newest deals with the very issue of eating fat. Dr. Hyman even says one of the best things you can do for your health and to manage weight is eating more fat! How has there been such a drastic change in understanding regarding fats? Does this open the floodgates to eat whatever fats we want?

For more on Dr. Mark Hyman's book, "Eat Fat, Get Thin," visit http://www.eatfatgetthin.com/

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Apr 18 2016

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Rank #3: Making Your Body Better Between Workouts with Guest Ben Greenfield

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Happy Labor Day for our US listeners! This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Ben Greenfield to The Health Bridge! They discuss the No Pain No Gain mentality in fitness. Is pain really required to become fitter? What level of challenge is required to see results? And what about between workouts? Are we treating our bodies properly during rest and recovery cycles? Ben Greenfield lists other ways to improve our bodies that don't require raising our heart rates. How can we get out of the comfort zone and challenge ourselves to grow?

Sep 01 2014

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Rank #4: The 100-Day Gong: Meditation Practices

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In this episode Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai catch up and discuss meditation practices they've incorporated into their gong. With our daily lives, how feasible is it to incorporate meditation into it? How long must we meditate to consider it effective? Sara brings up an app that can help clear your mind and Pedram mentions the effectiveness of changing your environment to help with that. They both discuss the importance of moving in new and different ways to work different parts of our body.

Sep 25 2014

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Rank #5: Connecting to the Here and Now with Guest Jen Landa

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"Be mindful of the future, but never at the expense of the present." Star Wars fans will remember this quote. How can we truly connect to the present moment? This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Dr. Jen Landa to the Health Bridge. They discuss the problem of energy deficits and what can be done to regain some energy. They also dive into how energy deficits can affect sex drive (and for that I'm throwing up an explicit tag). How can we better balance work life and home life so that we're not always falling behind on energy? How can we take better care of ourselves against hidden physical stressors? And how can we make sure we don't miss the here and now in the process?

Oct 06 2014

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Rank #6: Brain Health with Guest Daniel Amen

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Today kicks off Brain Awareness Week! It's an annual global campaign to increase awareness on the progress and benefits of brain research. To help us better understand the brain, Pedram Shojai invited to The Health Bridge a man the Washington Post called "the most popular psychiatrist in America," Dr. Daniel Amen. He's a double board-certified psychiatrist and a ten-time best-selling author. If there are questions to be asked of the brain, Dr. Amen is definitely the one to ask. Is it possible to change your brain? Is it harder to change as we age? Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks? What are ways we can care for our brains? What are ways we may be hurting our brains? How does sleep, exercise, and diet affect the brain? We have heard of alcohol being detrimental to brain health, but how bad is it? Is the brain something that can heal itself?

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Mar 14 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: Can Grains Destroy Your Body? with Guest Peter Osborne

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We've talked about gluten on The Health Bridge previously. Pedram returns to the subject and invites Peter Osborne to expand on the how gluten can affect the human body. He helps explain why grains in particular can be harmful. Are grains meant to be eaten? Why are grains believed to be such an important part of a balanced diet? What sort of immune responses can be triggered by grains? And are all grains created equal?

Aug 12 2015

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Rank #8: Confessions of a Former Vegan with Guest Kevin Gianni

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Maybe you've thought about it, becoming a vegan. Removing all animal products from your diet may be okay depending on your nutritional needs. We of course would recommend you double check with a health professional on your specific case. On this episode of The Health Bridge, however, Pedram Shojai speaks with Kevin Gianni who tried his hand at being a vegan. What benefits did Kevin see when he became a vegan? How difficult was the transition from carnivore to herbivore? What role does diet play into identity as well? But for Kevin, being a vegan was also met with a lot of downsides. What factors led to Kevin stepping back into the world of eating animal products? How was the transition back? And how did he feel about what his friends and family might think about the change?

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Feb 22 2016

39mins

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Rank #9: The Truth About Cholesterol with Tami Meraglia

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We've all heard about the dangers of having high cholesterol, but what does that really mean? If having too much cholesterol is dangerous, why does our body have trouble clearing it out? On this episode of the Health Bridge, Pedram Shojai welcomes Dr. Tami Meraglia. She still runs a practice and deals with this issue quote often. She helps clarify what cholesterol does for the body and what happens when you have too much. They also discuss the importance of the liver and how it works to help clear out cholesterol. Dr. Tami also evaluates the pros and cons of statin drugs. How do statin drugs work? What are the pros and cons of statins? Is it wise to get off of statin drugs?

Sep 25 2015

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Rank #10: Trevor Cates: Healthy Skin From Within

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Trevor Cates joins Pedram Shojai in this weeks episode of the Health Bridge.

As a naturopathic doctor, Trevor discusses in everyday life, what we ingest and apply externally has a profound effect on our overall health. Does the food we eat really affect our skin? Does different foods affect our skin differently? What outside factors influence our skin and how? 

Tune in and find out!

Oct 02 2015

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Rank #11: Kellyann Petrucci: The Power of Bone Broth

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Kellyann Petrucci joins Pedram and Tami this week to discuss the immense power that bone broth can have on the body. Through personal experience, patients, and studies, Kellyann begins to paint a picture of the power of bone broth. If you're looking for a way to lose weight, eat healthier, and feel better this could be your answer.

Tune in for these great healthy tips and let us know what you think!

Oct 29 2015

38mins

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Rank #12: The Mind-Gut Connection with Guest Dr. Emeran Mayer

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For the past several years in health care, it seems like the "gut" has been on everyone's mind. Pedram has talked at length with various guests about the gut and its processes on this program, but in this episode, he welcomes Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine at UCLA, to discuss how the gut isn't just a self-contained system doing its thing automatically. No, Dr. Mayer joins the program to discuss how the mind and its processes can also affect the gut. Dr. Mayer has been the go-to researcher on brain-gut interations for nearly 25 years. What is the mind-gut connection? What role does the mind play in gut health? In what ways can we improve mental and physical health when focusing on the mind-gut connection? 

Jul 25 2016

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Rank #13: Is Gluten Sensitivity Real? with Guest Tom O'Bryan

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It's one of the more recent trend words when it comes to diets: gluten. You may know someone who is avoiding gluten. You yourself might be trying to avoid gluten. You've read about it and you've heard your friends and co-workers all talk about it, but what is gluten and why can it be harmful? On this episode of The Health Bridge, Pedram Shojai (still flying solo) welcomes Tom O'Bryan to the podcast. Tom explains to Pedram exactly what gluten is and how it may affect people that eat large amounts. How can you tell if it's affecting you? Should you think about avoiding gluten?

Jun 11 2015

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Rank #14: Tom Malterre: The Benefits of Plant Medicine

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One of our favorite guests, the renowned functional medicine doctor Tom Malterre, joins us for another fascinating topic. Based on heavy research as well as personal experience, Tom discusses with Pedram and guest co-host Dr. Tami the wonderful benefits of plant medicine. His wonderful insights into utilization of plants for peak health will leave you inspired and ready to renew your eating habits.

Let us know what you think :)

Nov 06 2015

44mins

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Rank #15: Harness Your Hormones to Lose Weight with Guest Dr. Warren Willey

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Many of us who have struggled with our weight surely have tried a good variety of methods to reach our weight goals. There's the obvious "eat less, exercise more" that we start with before moving on to any variety of dieting plans. But what if there was a way to optimize our own hormones to help with the weight loss? Well today Pedram welcomes to the program Dr. Warren Willey. He's a board-certified osteopathic physician and the medical director of a hormone management and medical weight loss center. He believes the simple "eat less, exercise more" method doesn't cut it and weight loss is more about what you eat, how you eat, and when you eat. It's also a matter of using food to adjust and control your hormones. Why doesn't eating less and exercising more work for everyone? How can food be used to optimize our hormones? What hormones can even be regulated?

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Jul 18 2016

37mins

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Rank #16: Mache Seibel: The Wild Effects of Changing Hormones

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Trying to get back to the East Meets West format that The Health Bridge was founded upon, Pedram Shojai welcomes back Dr. Tami as a guest co-host for this show! Together they chat with Dr. Mache Seibel who specializes in hormones and women's health. The three of them discuss the wild ways hormones can change our bodies in both short-term and long-term cycles. How can hormones affects a person's health, body weight, and even stress levels? Is there a way to regulate hormones during menopause? What kind of symptoms might a woman look for as they approach the age of menopause?

Oct 23 2015

38mins

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Rank #17: Wake Up To Sleep with Guest Dr. Raj Dasgupta

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Sleep is a favorite topic of ours to cover here at the Health Bridge as it seems we have trouble taking our own advice! About 62% of American adults experience some sort of problem a few nights a week and 30% suffer from some sort of insomnia in the course of a year. What is causing this? Is it diet? Lifestyle? Genetics? Age? Stress? How do we fix it? To help answer these questions Pedram Shojai welcomes board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta to the show. Dr. Dasgupta helps to explain what sleep apnea is and how that differs from generic snoring and the sort of harm apnea does on the body. He also provides a few behavioral changes we each can make to help our bodies get more out of the (hopefully) full eight hours of sleep we get each night!

Jan 25 2016

43mins

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Rank #18: The 100-Day Gong: Making Adjustments

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A lot of life can happen through the course of 100 days. Joe B on Facebook asked, "Have either Pedram or Sara had to restart their Gongs yet, or have they followed their intentions flawlessly?" Pedram and Sara respond and mention how they've carried through with the gong even when traveling for work. Sara also recently battled the flu and she discusses how that affected her gong. Sara and Pedram are just past the 30 day mark of their gong and they discuss if they have seen any improvements over the short 30 days.

Sep 22 2014

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Rank #19: I Am A Food Addict with Guest Susan Peirce Thompson

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It takes a lot of courage to admit to an addiction. But sometimes we can overlook the idea of being addicted to food. Some of us might just think we're chronic overeaters before we admit to ourselves that we're just plain addicted. For some it might just be a case of overeating from time to time, but for other people it's a serious addiction that needs to be controlled. Today Pedram Shojai welcomes Susan Peirce Thompson back to The Health Bridge. She's the founder and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, a company offering a road map to success for those ready to take a hard look at their relationship to food in order to drop weight and keep it off for good. Susan herself has had struggles with her own weight and body image in addition to being addicted to much more than food. Are some people cursed with an addictive personality? Are all foods addictive? What makes foods addictive? Are they similar to drugs in that way? How does one approach treating food addiction?

Jun 06 2016

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Rank #20: Asking Empowering Questions with Guest Shawn Stevenson

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This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Shawn Stevenson to The Health Bridge. Shawn as a youth had a very weak body. He broke a hip while running track and was told that he had the spine of an 80-year-old. He was told there wasn't anything to be done about it but the doctors went ahead and prescribed him pills to take. Shawn took it upon himself to make changes in his life. What changes did Shawn notice when he cut out fast food? What sort of improvements occurred? How did his overall quality of life change?

Aug 21 2014

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