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.

Get Better Health Fueled By Better Nutrition

Ashley Koff, RD

Celebrate National BETTER Nutrition Month

Is it a Pyramid? Is it a Plate? Is it a perfect nutrition plan? Is it …..Arghhhh! 

The pursuit of the perfect diet, the one-size fits all diet recommendations, rules and tips have left so many perfectly frustrated, perfectly stressed, and perfectly unhealthy! So why do we keep at it? Because we all want better health – if we have it we want to keep it, and if we need it, we will invest all our resources to get it.

Better nutrition fuels better health. And the news that is really worth celebrating? True nutrition expert Ashley Koff, knows what better nutrition is and is not. Better nutrition comes from making better not perfect choices more often. For nearly two decades, Koff has helped enable thousands to get and keep their better health by learning to make better not perfect nutrition choices more often. Award-winning nutrition expert Ashley Koff, RD founder of Ashley Koff Approved (AKA), is the go-to nutrition expert for the country’s leading doctors including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Oz, who recently told his audience “We want you to have the best advice, so we called up world class nutrition expert Ashley Koff RD”. She’s also a go-to expert for the media who seek out her balanced – better not perfect – advice to share with their audiences. Her tips are a great way to kick-off what she’s renamed as National Better Nutrition month. 
Ashley Koff, RD:
Your better health enabler, Ashley Koff RD, helps you get and keep better health by learning to make better not perfect choices more often. Today, Koff offers better tools and real support globally via The Better Nutrition Membership. With decades of proven results, the media and organizations regularly seek out Koff to educate, empower, and inspire their audiences.

AYURVEDA Lifestyle Wisdom

Tonia was pleased to welcome Shunya as her guest on the show recently.

If you are like most of us, what you know of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian spiritual and healing wisdom, is that some people swear by its restorative impact, it has something to do with botanicals and there are a growing number of practitioners and products that adhere to it today. Otherwise, it's pretty much a mystery.

But if you happen to pick up a copy of Acharya Shunya's new book Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy (Sounds True, Feb. 2017), the veil of mystery will be lifted and you will absolutely understand how this is something you can do for yourself to not only obtain optimal health, but to heal many of the illness and conditions that have plagued you.

Acharya Shunya (Acharya is a title bestowed on a master of this art and science, Shunya is her name), is a woman who stands between two worlds. Her lineage of Ayuveda sacred teachers and masters goes back centuries, and yet she feels it is her sacred duty and honor to put this knowledge into the hands of everyone today, especially people who have sought answers in modern medicine, but need to find another way.

Learning Ayuveda on the knee of her beloved grandfather, who was revered throughout India, Acharya Shunya has become one of the leading American practitioners and advocates. She is the founder of Vedika Global, a spiritual foundation dedicated to elevating consciousness, building community, and serving humanity by illuminating India's Vedic spiritual traditions of Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. She was named among the 100 Ayurveda and Yoga Trailblazers by Spirituality and Health magazine and is president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. 


Sherry Torkos, Holistic Pharmacist
Sherry was Tonia's guest on Food Talk For Health


Why is it that some ancient remedies are constantly being questioned when they have been used to improve health for centuries? 

As Science Plays Catch-Up With The Power of Ancient Remedies, Where Do You Turn for Effective Healing?

Science has advanced medicine over the years, but do tried-and-true ancient remedies still endure?  “For centuries, certain remedies have been passed down from generation to generation to heal common health maladies and promote youthfulness and vitality,” said
Sherry Torkos, holistic pharmacist and author of more than a dozen books on
natural health and healing including,“Saving Women’s Hearts.” 
“Modern medicine constantly attempts to artificially replicate what nature has proven to do
flawlessly when it comes to natural health and healing. This dichotomy can lend itself to a
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public debate about the right course of medical action, but cutting-edge science is
caching up to validate that many of these age old remedies are quite effective.”

In fact, history shows us that in the 1500s “alternative” was actually the norm in
medicine. Women were charged with taking care of the entire family, which meant that
their kitchen often became their lab. 
Concocting cures naturally evolved into
distilling tinctures and other scientific explorations in the healing arts that are still used today in complementary medicine.

“What’s exciting is that many of these remedies are backed by solid science now,”said Torkos. “We don’t have to rely on ancient elixirs passed on by our mothers for improved
health and vitality, because reputable companies have put these natural antidotes to the test to prove scientifically what exact doses are needed and the correct delivery systems
required to make healing effective.”

Sherry Torkos, B.Sc.Phm., R.Ph., is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor and
health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. She graduated with honors from
the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Since that time she has been
practicing holistic pharmacy in the Niagara region of Ontario. Her philosophy of practice is to
integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease.
Torkos has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As
a leading health expert, she has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and
the public. Torkos is frequently interviewed on news shows throughout North America and
abroad. She has authored 18 books and booklets, including, “Saving Women’s Hearts,” “The
Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” and “The Glycemic Index Made Simple        


Dr. Gary Epler


Dr. Gary Epler is an internationally-known Harvard Medical School professor and thought leader on health, peak performance, and positive leadership. He is an award-wining author and has impacted the lives of people throughout the world through his speaking engagements, books, and teaching. He has been called upon by individuals from around the globe who have a rare lung disease that he discovered. He has been a successful entrepreneur and CEO of his company. He is a sought-after speaker addressing audiences about health, fitness, happiness, and productivity at the workplace.

Dr. Epler has been recognized yearly since 1994 in “The Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Epler believes personalized health empowers people. He has written four health books in the critically-acclaimed “You’re the Boss” series about people taking charge of their health including Manage Your Disease, BOOP, Asthma, and Food: You’re the Boss. Dr. Epler’s new book, Fuel for Life: Level-10 Energy is about living a high-energy life filled with enjoyment and creativity. He is currently writing Ordinary to Extraordinary: 15 Health Habits of Highly Successful People.

Dr. Epler discovered the treatable lung disorder bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP). He found a new parasite in South America, chronicled the nutritional needs of North Afri­can children, and managed the tuberculosis refugee program in Southeast Asia. Dr. Epler was Chief of Medicine at the New England Baptist Hospital for 15 years. In addition to conducting clinical and research work, Dr. Epler strives to educate. He became editor-in-chief of an internet-based educational program in critical care and pulmonary medicine offered by the American College of Chest Physicians. Business Week acclaimed him for his development of e-health educational programs that enable patients to manage their health and diseases. Dr. Epler was recognized as one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Town.”

Dr. Epler ran several marathons including Boston, New York, and proposed to his wife, Joan at the start of the Paris Marathon; and for their first anniversary, they ran the original Greek marathon together. He delivered the 20th baby from a mother who named the baby after him. He’s been one of the Boston Celtics team doctors. He has taught medicine throughout the world and was fortunate enough to save a dying infant in South America from an overwhelming parasitic infection by using the sap from a fig tree. He saved a baby who choked on a donut during a little league baseball game that he was coaching. He is a radio and television personality. He is a Hollywood screenwriter and has written a medical thriller movie, medical drama TV show, and a lifestyle reality TV show. He is active in the community. He coached soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball, and club baseball at Boston College. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Joan.


Dr. Christine Horner
Dr. Horner recently joined Tonia on the show

Millions of Americans stay hush-hush about illnesses like cancer, HPV, lupus and depression.  And women, more so than men, often keep their lips sealed when it comes to health problems (think: Jackie Collins, Nora Ephron, Kathy Bates and even Hillary Clinton, as of late).  But keeping quiet can be costly to your health.
Natural health expert and award-winning author, Dr. Christine Horner says diseases like breast cancer, depression or a HPV diagnosis can carry a lot of stigma, which causes women to want to hide their diagnosis.  But she says being secretive and in the dark about your health status will only hurt you in the end because the stress of not knowing what to do and having no support, will only cause the condition to escalate.

Christine Horner, MD, FACS, is a nationally known surgeon, author and professional speaker and holds two board certifications: the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Plastic Surgery.Horner was recognized as a leader in her field shortly after starting her plastic and reconstructive surgery practice because she successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Her five-year crusade with the Breast Reconstruction Advocacy Project (BRA Project) led to the passage of a federal law that was signed by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 21, 1998. The law was unprecedented because it was the first law Congress passed requiring insurance companies to pay for a specific surgical procedure.
Horner is the award-winning author of, “Waking The Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer,” (3rd Edition/2013/Basic Health) and is one of the country’s leading authorities on breast cancer prevention. Her most current book, “Radiant Health, Ageless Beauty” (Elgea Publishing, 2016) is a 30-day program to discover your own extraordinary health, beauty and longevity.


 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.