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.

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).

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.

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.