Antibiotics Changed the World. Then We Gave Them to Animals.

The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

Chicken is the world’s most popular meat, but its path to our plates winds through a dark and fascinating history. BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats explores the “backyard bird’s” meteoric rise from local delicacy to global commodity, and how it paved the way for a stunning transformation of farming worldwide.

Award-winning journalist (New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American), critically acclaimed author (SUPERBUG and BEATING BACK THE DEVIL), and TED speaker with more than 1.5 million views for her talk What do we do when antibiotics don't work anymore,Maryn McKenna takes readers on an extraordinary journey from farm to lab to restaurant, and into the kitchens of everyday Americans and families around the globe.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews in the United States and Europe with farmers, lawyers, historians, microbiologists, politicians and chefs — and more than 1,000 pieces of research, McKenna pieces together the parallel, intertwined stories of the achievement of “growth promoter” antibiotics and the rise of the modern poultry industry. In a tour de force of scientific and cultural history, McKenna finds the connections between flavor and nutrition, genetics and history, labor and the role of women, and pollution and politics. 

 "A must-read for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals."
- Mark Bittman, author of How To Cook Everything

  • Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature and others, and is a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a journalism instructor at the University of Georgia.

How To Revolutionize Your Body From The Inside Out

From the International #1 BESTSELLING author of The Fast Diet and The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet … Dr. Michael Mosley’s newest book, The Clever Gut Diet will show you how to Cut Sugar Cravings, Boost Your Immune System & Lose Weight Naturally.

Dr. Michael Mosley joined Tonia on the show


Your gut is astonishingly clever.  It contains millions of neurons - as many as you would find in the brain of a cat - and is home to the microbiome, and army of microbes that influences your mood, weight and immune system.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr.Michael Mosley takes us on a revelatory journey through the gut, showing how junk food and overuse of antibiotics have wiped out many “good” gut bacteria, leading to a modern plague of allergies, food intolerances and obesity.

Setting the record straight on everything from prebiotics to probiotics, fermented foods to fasting, Dr. Mosley provides scientifically proven ways to control your appetite and boost your mood.

This is the definitive on the newest frontier in science and health, explained by the nation’s most trusted health writer.  Loaded with facts and examples, but, above all else, a practical guide for anyone who wants to fine-tune their body by revolutionizing the workings of their gut.

Michael Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London.  After qualifying he joined the BBC, where he has become a well-known television presenter.  He is the author of The Fast Diet and The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet.  He is married with four children.

Healing the Body's Cells withThe Wahls Protocol


Terry Wahls was Tonias guest on the show


Terry shares her revolutionary modern paleo plan to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions.  Approximately 50 million Americans -- 20 percent of the population -- suffer from autoimmune diseases. And while some medication treatments may prove helpful, the rising tide in lifestyle and functional medicine is hard to ignore. Dr. Terry Wahls is a leader in this field, and was just recently awarded a $1 million grant toward her research at the University of Iowa to study the effectiveness of her diet program in the recovery and remission of MS by the MS Society.   In her new book, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life, she shares a practical plan to combat the symptoms of autoimmune conditions in your own kitchen, preventing -- and in many cases reversing -- the onset of these diseases.  Through diet, patients are able to heal their body by rebuilding damaged cells from the inside out.

 She talks about the three levels of diet based upon individual needs
·       The importance of taking in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids  from food, rather than pills and supplements
·        The latest research on autoimmune disease, brain biology and Paleo principles that    provide structure to diet in order to maximize healing.
The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life not only explains in detail the fundamentals of functional medicine and Dr. Wahls’ own proven approach to cellular nutrition, but it offers a day-by-day, meal-by-meal (including holidays) plan to help readers get back to healthy.
About the Author:
TERRY L. WAHLS, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College Of Medicine in Iowa City. She has made it her mission to spread the word about the Wahls Protocol through the book, her lectures, her website, and Food as Medicine classes. She lives in Iowa City with her wife and daughter. Her son, Zach Wahls, is the author of the New York Times bestseller My Two Moms.


Joining Tonia on the show is Dr. Richard Jacoby.



The Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Autism and More

Most people know sugar and carbohydrates aren’t good for us – but many don’t realize exactly how bad they are, or that they are the two leading causes of our current public health crisis. 

Dr. Richard Jacoby is a top peripheral nerve surgeon who realized that when too much sugar is in the blood, it causes nerve compression and inflammation that leads to a number of chronic diseases.  He lays out the situation in his new book, SUGAR CRUSH (Harper Wave, January 2016), which highlights the link between sugar and a number of conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s.  Dr. Jacoby then shows how to better understand the affect of sugar on your health, where hidden sugar and carbs are coming from, and how to cut these poisons out of your life.  

DR. RICHARD JACOBY is one of the country’s leading peripheral nerve surgeons.  He practices in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.  He is also one of the cofounders of the Scottsdale healthcare Wound Management Center, a diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and a member of the American Podiatry Association, the Arizona Podiatry Association, and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.  


 Dr. Goel recently joined Tonia on the show to talk about the benefits of using turmeric as a daily supplement and in cooking.

Ajay Goel, PhD, Director of Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention, and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center, is at the forefront of the latest research on the use of curcumin for the prevention and treatment of cancer, especially colon cancer.
Colon cancer can take decades to progress, but for men and women in the U.S. it remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. A beautiful yellow compound extracted from turmeric, curcumin, has become a gold standard for the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. Not only can curcumin help prevent cancerous mutations to our cells, but in the fight against cancer it has been shown to make conventional treatments, like chemotherapy, work better with less adverse effects.
Dr. Goel’s research has also shown how curcumin targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, and triggers cancer cell death. They’ve even found a way to turn ON the gene that suppresses cancer tumor growth.

Ajay Goel, PhD, Director of Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention, and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center, has spent 20 years researching cancer and has been the lead author or contributor to over 150 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals. He is one of the world's leading researchers on curcumin and colon cancer and is currently researching the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers using integrative and alternative approaches, including botanical products. Two of the primary botanicals he is investigating are curcumin (from turmeric) and boswellia.

AutoImmune Disease Awareness Month


Dr. Larsen joined Tonia on the show


With 80+ identified autoimmune diseases exhibiting an array of often overlapping symptoms, they can be difficult to pinpoint and challenging to treat. Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month is a great time to shed light on this issue by providing more information on these diseases and health strategies for lifelong wellness.

Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories
Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease. Dr. Larson is a clinical consultant to Cyrex Laboratories, a clinical immunology laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity.

Diet and Sleep - Do They Go Together?

         Dr. Ken Redcross was a recent guest on the show

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It costs nothing, everyone wants more of it, but finding time to get it seems impossible.  Sleep. It’s one of our most basic survival mechanisms that reboots the body’s motherboard each night. Without it we can’t survive. In fact, studies show that sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Ken Redcross, board-certified internal medicine physician says without proper sleep, your body’s immune system is more susceptible to infection, making it difficult to fight off illness.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get 7 hours of sleep each night, but Dr. Redcross says if this is impossible for you there is a way to cheat the ‘sleep system’ and still reap the health benefits.  He says it’s really quality over quantity that matters when it comes to getting enough ZZZ’s and will give your audience four ‘sleep cheats’ that will not only improve quality of sleep but help the body ward off serious illnesses and diseases that can result from lack of sleep (tips include: cutting out certain beverages that disrupt and shorten sleep cycles, backing up the immune system, eating certain foods that promote deeper sleep and investing in better bedding).