the empowered podcastMay 26, 2021
Episode 032: The FIRST thing you need to know to become emotionally healthy
Are you one of many affected by the current mental health crisis? Do you often feel sad, anxious, stressed, or alone? In this episode, Austin and Erin sit down to chat with Amy Work, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Amy helps kids, teens, and adults dealing with mental health issues cultivate self-compassion.
To learn more or reach out to Amy R. Work, LCMHC, RPT, visit her website at www.renewedcounseling.net. Amy is licensed in the state of NC and serves clients in that area.
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Episode 031: Real-Time Pandemic Update With a Friendly PhD Scientist
It's been two years since COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S., and while we've learned a lot about the virus behind it all, there are still new questions – and answers – every day.
On this episode of the empowered podcast, we have special guest Dr. Steve Kleiboeker, a PhD Scientist within the Eurofins community. We'll reflect on where we've been in this pandemic (COVID-19 and all its variants, along with developments in vaccinations and testing) and discuss where we are now, including the recent spike in cases. How do the numbers stand as we speak?
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Episode 030: Assessing Firefighter’s Exposure to Harmful PFAS Chemicals
Firefighters face many hazards in their everyday jobs – but “forever chemicals” in their environment could be putting their health at even greater risk.
On the empowered podcast, our panel of experts explores how the firefighting community is regularly exposed to PFAS forever chemicals. We’ll dive into the evidence-based links to long-term health issues, and chat about the best way to self-test for more than 40 compounds in the blood from anywhere in the U.S.
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Episode 029: Experience Your Best Energy Levels With Blood Sugar Balance
Could your diet be impacting your energy levels? And could balancing your blood sugar give you the boost you need to get through your day? On this episode of the empowered podcast, Austin and Erin sit down with Ginny Reddick Streib, a nutrition and wellness coach, to get the scoop on how you can keep those blood sugar levels in check to feel your best.
Episode 028: Weight Inclusive: How to Achieve Health Goals Without the Scale
Spoiler alert: weight loss isn’t everything when it comes to achieving your health goals. Today on the podcast, we ditch the scale and chat with Brittany Jones, a registered dietitian, about the weight-inclusive movement and how it can transform how you think about health and wellness.
In today’s diet-obsessed culture, it can be hard to know whether you’ve slipped into an unhealthy relationship with food and weight. Take Brittany’s 2-minute quiz and check-in with yourself and your attitudes about food, nutrition, and wellness: https://www.fyrebox.com/play/e2do9jdbebxye7jl0l/ *
*This by no means should be used as a diagnostic tool - it is simply a quick 2-minute check-in that you can do with yourself.
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Episode 027: Your Thyroid Part 4: Hyperthyroidism & Graves Disease Explained
Back in episode 23, we covered what happens when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormone – but what happens if your thyroid is overactive and produces too much hormone?
In this episode of the empowered podcast, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take on hyperthyroidism and Graves disease – exploring what it is, how it gets diagnosed, and what you can do to take action.
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Episode 026: Seasonal Affective Disorder: Winter Blues, Depressed Mood, And How To Fix It.
Episode 025: Do I Have PFAS Forever Chemicals In My Blood?
Wondering how certain chemicals in your environment may impact your health? On this special edition of the empowered podcast, our panel of experts explores where PFAS chemicals like PFOA (C8), PFOS and GenX are lurking in your environment, and discuss how you can test your levels from the comfort of home.
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Episode 024: Omicron Variant Update From a PhD Scientist
Got questions about the Omicron variant? This week, we’re doing a special update on the empowered podcast with Dr. Steve Kleiboeker, PhD, who helped develop the most sensitive PCR test on the market. Together, we'll find out what the new variant is, what it means for the pandemic, and what you can do to take action.
Episode 023: Your Thyroid Part 3: Hashimoto's Disease Explained (Thyroiditis)
In this episode of the empowered podcast, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes return to their discussion about Hashimoto's Disease. What are some popular misconceptions about Hashimoto's Disease? How is it diagnosed?
Episode 022: What's Causing My Fatigue, Headaches, Sleep Problems & Brain Fog?
In this episode of the empowered podcast, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes chat with the rest of the EmpowerDX team to discuss popular symptoms and the recommended testing to help nail down exactly what's going on in your body.
Episode 021: The Origin Story Of The Most Sensitive COVID Test In The US
On this episode, Austin and Erin chat with Dr. Steve Kleiboeker, who led the team that developed the most sensitive COVID test in the US, about how the test was developed, what goes into the test, and Austin and Erin get Dr. Kleiboeker's thoughts on the Delta Variant.
Episode 020: Your Thyroid Part 2: Hypothyroidism
In this episode of the Empowered Podcast, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Wilkes take a deep dive into the symptoms of hypothyroidism, testing, and how to fix an underactive thyroid gland.
Episode 019: Your Thyroid Part I: How It Works, Common Symptoms, TSH, Iodine & Home Testing
Austin, Erin, and Dr. Wilkes shine a spotlight on your thyroid, how it works, common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and the importance of at-home testing.
Episode 018: Delta Variant Update: Vaccine Safety, Breakthrough Cases, Infection Severity & Mu Variant Explained
In this episode, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes discuss updates on the Delta variant, how FDA approval and emergency use authorization works, companies mandating vaccinations, and the amount of new cases in children.
Episode 017: Top 5 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies & How to Fix Them
Austin, Erin, and special guest Dr. Peg Daly go over the 5 most common nutrient deficiencies and how to counteract them. Dr Daly is a family medicine practitioner. With her background in many other areas of study, she is the perfect blend of natural medicine and conventional medicine.
Episode 016: The COVID-19 Delta & Lambda Variant, Explained
Austin, Erin, and Dr. Wilkes talk about the latest variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, along with best practices for ways you can reduce the spread.
Episode 015: The Ultimate Guide to Fats: Fatty Acids You Should Eat Everyday + How to Test Your Levels
Austin and Erin talk with special guest Dr. Michael Dansinger about the fats to avoid and the fats that should be a part of your diet.
Dr. Michael Dansinger is a nationally recognized nutrition, wellness and disease prevention expert focused on lifestyle coaching for weight loss and related medical problems. He serves as Founding Director of the Diabetes Reversal Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Wellness Director at Boston Heart Diagnostics, and is a nutrition, diabetes, and obesity expert for WebMD. Dr. Dansinger was the nutrition doctor for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" for 10 years, and designer of the Biggest Loser Diet. He is also a member of the “Best Diets” annual judging panel for US News and World Reports.
He was the principal investigator of the widely known Tufts Popular Diet Trial comparing the Atkins, Zone, Weight Watchers and Ornish eating plans for weight loss and heart disease risk-factor reduction (published in JAMA). He serves on the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, and on the scientific advisory boards for DietID and Heali, which are innovators in dietary improvement technology. He has previously served as the Nutrition and Obesity Editor for WebMD's peer-reviewed academic journal, and on the Center for Disease Control’s Expert Panel for Worksite Wellness Programs.
Dr. Dansinger has been interviewed by the Today Show, Dateline NBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and over 100 other media outlets. He lectures throughout the U.S. to medical and non-medical audiences.
Episode 014: APOE Part II: the Science Behind the Alzheimer's Risk Gene
In this special episode of the empowered podcast, Erin Jerger and Dr. Travis Wilkes have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Ernie Schaefer. They take a deeper dive into what the APOE gene is and how it affects your risk of the Alzheimer's or dementia gene.
Episode 013: APOE Part I: the Alzheimer's, Dementia & Heart Disease Gene
In this episode, Austin and Erin take a look at what exactly APOE is, and give a brief lesson on genes and what they do for our body.
Episode 012: Reduce Your Inflammation Levels: Root Causes, Lifestyle Remedies, Tests to Take
In this episode of the empowered podcast, the team discusses the different aspects of inflammation. Where does it come from? What causes it? What are some ways to decrease inflammation? These questions and more are answered on today's podcast.
Episode 011: MTHFR Gene: Folate, Fertility, Heart Disease & Migraines
In this episode, the Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes dive into the MTHFR Gene and some of the things that are associated with it.
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Episode 010: Ask Your Doctor Literally Anything
In this special episode of the empowered podcast, the Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes answer the most embarrassing questions from the whole EmpowerDX team.
Episode 009: Your Optimized Immune System Part 6: Evidence-Backed Supplements
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day. Today the team dives into different supplements to help your immune system that are backed by evidence.
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Episode 008: Your Optimized Immune System Part 5: How & Why to Reduce Your Stress Level
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day. Today the team takes a look into stress and how it relates to your immune system.
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Episode 007: Your Optimized Immune System Part 4: Sleep Hacks & Nighttime Tips
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day. Everyone's other favorite topic, sleep, is broken down and discussed.
Episode 006: Your Optimized Immune System Part 3: Why The Foods You Eat Matter
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day. Everyone's favorite topic, the foods that you eat, is the main focus of this episode.
Episode 005: Your Optimized Immune System Part 2: Exercise + Physical Activity
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day. Exercise and Physical activity is the main focus of this episode.
Episode 004: Your Optimized Immune System Part 1: From Birth to Microbiome Diversity
In this series of episodes, Austin, Erin, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the immune system. What it is, how it works, and what is going on in your body every day.
Episode 003: Are you low in vitamin D? Symptoms, Supplements & Testing
Austin Alvarez, Erin Jerger, and Dr. Travis Wilkes discuss the various effects vitamin D has on the body, where it comes from and how it works, and the best ways to find out if you're deficient in vitamin D.
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Episode 002: Do I need COVID-19 testing after the vaccine is widespread?
Austin Alvarez, Erin Jerger, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into super-testing, how long vaccine antibodies last, and how long COVID-19 testing and vaccination will be around.
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Episode 001: The COVID-19 Vaccine
Austin Alvarez, Erin Jerger, and Dr. Travis Wilkes take a deep dive into the efficacy, dosage, mRNA, technology, and differences between the three COVID-19 vaccines on the market today - Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson.
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