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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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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

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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.

Rank #1: Food Addiction

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Foods have a strong power. We might be aware of it, but all the same we might not fully understand the power. For some of us, it goes beyond a simple craving for pizza and brownies. For some of us, as hard as we may try, we must have the pizza. Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai in this episode of The Health Bridge discuss the power of food addictions. Food addiction could potentially be the barrier keeping some from reaching their full healthy potential. Is it real? What causes it? Why does our body crave certain foods? And how can we break the addiction?

Nov 10 2014

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Rank #2: Tantra

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Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai in this episode give updates on how the gong is going. Sara noticed that for Pedram's gong he wasn't going to ejaculate for the duration of the gong and asks him questions about that. What are the benefits of going on a self-imposed dry spell? Is there a difference between orgasms and ejaculations? Or is Pedram just crazy? The subject matter of this episode of course makes it explicit.

Sep 11 2014

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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

47mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: Functional Medicine with Guest Dr. Mark Hyman

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We all know how important the food we eat is to our overall health. When we become ill do we look at what we eat rather than trying to find a pill to cure us? This week Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome Dr. Mark Hyman. He's big on functional medicine. What is functional medicine? And now in medical schools, are future practictioners being taught about nutrition and its importance? The three also dive into the importance of avoiding sugar.

Oct 13 2014

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Rank #7: 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

43mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Vaccinations

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Definitely a topic of dispute, Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried dive into the subject of vaccinations. There are claims that vaccinations are correlated to the rise in autism. But other data shows that diseases that have been dormant for the better part of a century are returning as people avoid vaccinations. What's the right answer? Pedram is a new father so these questions have been weighing heavy on him. He and Sara try their best to make sense of this complicated issue.

Oct 02 2014

23mins

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Rank #12: Liver Detoxification

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When Pedram Shojai got his check-up before starting the 100-day gong he got some surprising news from Dr. Alan Christianson, his liver wasn't looking so great. This was a bit of a surprise as Pedram keeps alcohol and junk food consumption at minimum and there's little reason for his liver to have any issues. But the tests were very clear, Pedram needed to clean his liver. This week on The Health Bridge, he and Sara Gottfried talk about the importance of the liver and what happens when it's loaded with toxins. What can be done to detoxify the liver? Why is it important to detox? What is the process of detoxification?

Nov 03 2014

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Rank #13: Feed Your Brain with Guest Kulreet Chaudhary

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On this episode of The Health Bridge, Dr. Tami and Dr. Pedram welcome Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. She was a neurologist that has also studied Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Kulreet used to suffer from migraine headaches which were not helped by the medicines she would prescribe to her patients. After a consultation with her mother, she discovered that her migraines were helped when she changed some of the foods she ate which aided her microbiome. What is the connection between the gut and the brain? How can what we eat have such a significant affect on what happens neurologically? What other affects may occur if we heal our gut? How does this affect our weight and how does this change our relationship with food? Is it possible to reset our normal?

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Jan 18 2016

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Rank #14: Wendy Myers: Metal Toxicity in Our Bodies

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Wendy Myers joins Pedram Shojai on this week's episode of The Health Bridge. They discuss the factors that contribute to the build up of heavy metals in our bodies, the effects they can have on us, and how to detox them. Are you being affected by heavy metals? Are you taking the right steps to rid them from your body? Tune in and find out!

Oct 09 2015

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Rank #15: 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 #16: Enzyme Essentials with Guest Wade Lightheart

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Chances are if you follow our podcast, you know the importance of nutrition, but what can easily be overlooked is the importance enzymes play in our digestion and absorption of nutrients. Today Pedram Shojai welcomes Wade Lightheart to The Health Bridge to talk about enzymes helped rebuild his body from the inside out. He's a 3-time All Natural National Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, and director of Education at BiOptimizers. He has also authored a best-selling book, "Staying Alive in a Toxic World." Wade combines the principles of high performance training and nutrition, eastern philosophy, and cutting edge scientific technology to help people achieve optimal levels of performance, health, and vitality.

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May 17 2016

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Rank #17: 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

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Rank #18: A Mind of Your Own with Guest Dr. Kelly Brogan

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Depression affects 14.8 million American adults and women experience it at twice the rate of men. According to the World Health Organization it is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but the National Institute of Health reports that 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement generally between 4 to 6 weeks. Today's guest joins the program to discuss another possible way to help lessen depression. Dr. Kelly Brogan, a holistic women's health psychiatrist, helps treat depression by not just focusing on the mind, but the whole body. For starters, what is the clinical definition of depression? What are the truths and misconceptions of depression? How does depression manifest itself in people? Dr. Brogan discusses the use of antidepressants and how she doesn't always think they're the best treatment. How do they work? What are the pros and cons of taking antidepressants? And what is the actual biology behind depression?

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Jul 04 2016

51mins

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Rank #19: Ending Heart Disease with Guest Dr. Joel Fuhrman

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Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death with an estimated 600,000 deaths annually in the U.S. alone. That means every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease. To talk about these staggering numbers, Pedram Shojai welcomes Dr. Joel Fuhrman to The Health Bridge. Dr. Fuhrman is here to discuss the ways in which heart disease can actually be reversed and how it is not just a natural consequence of aging. Dr. Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, a New York Times best-selling author, and an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing. What are ways to reverse heart disease? What are ways to prevent it in the first place? What role does food and diet play in affecting our chances of getting heart disease? In what ways has modern science and healthcare taken a handle on treating heart disease?

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #20: Eat Dirt with Guest Josh Axe

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Did you know that 70% of your immune system is located in your gut? So if your digestive system is off, it could possibly lead to some other serious health problems such as chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune disease, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, and even arthritis. What does it mean to have an off system? What is leaky gut? Today's guest is an expert on diagnosing, treating, and preventing leaky gut. Dr. Josh Axe is a doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist who specializes in teaching people how to use food as medicine. Leaky gut is a relatively new term, is it actually a new phenomenon or are we only recently beginning to understand the digestive system better? What is the cause of leaky gut? What are the symptoms and how common is it? Josh also talks about the importance of having a good relationship to dirt, but why? What will that do for our general health?

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Jul 11 2016

37mins

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