A Healthy Heart is a Well-Nourished Heart

Key Nutrients for Heart Health

In this interview with Monique Wellise we will discuss the most important nutrients for cardiovascular support. It is axiomatic that a heart cannot be fully healthy if one is not well-nourished. A person who is well-nourished will do better than someone who is not. Is this even debatable? I think not.

This concept of being well nourished is at the foundation of all health. The body is dependent on an ongoing supply of the essential nutrients to function properly and to support the structure of healthy tissue. In this interview we will discuss Omega-3 Fish Oil, CoQ10 and Magnesium as perhaps the 3 most important.

Monique also discusses the role that anger plays in disrupting our health. Cortisol is know to be a problem when high levels are sustained and anger is not well-managed. Two important nutrients that we discuss here are PharmaGABA and Ashwagandha herb.

One of the important concepts that we discuss is why it is important to understand the distinctions between products in the marketplace. With every nutrient we discuss, Monique makes the point that all nutrients are not the same in many ways. There are various types of nutrients, and some are far better than others. To get the best results you must choose and use quality products from conscientious companies such as Natural Factors.

Shop Your Local Health Store

As a side note we discuss the irreplaceable role played by independent health food stores. Where else will you find the knowledge, passion and best products? Who do you trust when seeking guidance regarding nutrition? This is why we think that independent health stores are your best source for this type of knowledge. Support your local store. You will miss them when they are gone.

Passionate retailers have a long history of educating consumers and acting as a gatekeeper to the best products. As a result consumers learn from retailers about the best products and how to use them. This is why and how this products became popular. Products work and when people try them, they become believers. It is win, win, win for customers, retailers and manufacturers.

Monique Wellise

Monique has been a passionate Nutrition Sales & Education Leader for nearly three decades. Her background includes training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the American School of Herbalism, extensive work with the integrative medical community and alliances with some of the nutrition industry’s most well-reputed brands. She received her Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Monique is deeply moved by the impact nutrition and mindset can have on health and humanity and is driven to inspire others to live their healthiest, best lives.

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Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But our origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, we’ve always been fully committed to making products right. We are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, we care about impressing you.

One of the things that set Natural Factors apart from others in our industry is the breadth of knowledge represented by the scientific experts that work for us. Drawn from around the world and chosen for their unique training and background, our scientists and quality control specialists are recognized experts in their fields.

Factors Farms are certified organic, we don’t pollute the earth with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Our crops are fertilized only with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants. We grow true “species” non-hybridized, non-GMO seeds, including many open-pollinated varieties. Growing locally also helps reduce carbon emissions from overseas transportation, and keep jobs in the community.

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417 – Dr. Stephen Sinatra – 1946-2022


“On June 19th, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T. peacefully departed this world after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. For 75 years, he lived fully and with tremendous purpose, intellectual curiosity, humility, and spirituality. He was a generous soul with a huge heart, who dedicated his life to protecting and healing the hearts of others. As a cardiologist, educator and author, Dr. Sinatra touched the lives of countless people with his compassionate care, advice and optimism. His open-mindedness, “aha-moment” insights and genuine desire to heal people were “the perfect trifecta” that made him a trailblazer in the field of integrative medicine.

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416 – Immune Support and the Endocannabinoid System

“Think of your immune system as an internal network of cells, organs, tissue, chemicals, proteins, enzymes, and hormones that fight off infections and foreign invasions of viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, etc. Your immune system is always at the ready and monitoring your body’s health like a military detail protecting a physical border. When your immune system senses infection or bodily invasion, it will send antibodies or secrete chemicals in the body to help defend it.

Your immune system is usually on duty or activated without you even realizing it. If you have ever had a cold, fever, or mild inflammation, then those are good signs that your immune system is activated and working. Those are physical signs and evidence that your immune system is healthy, as unpleasant as the experience may have been.

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415 – 22 Interviews on Aged Garlic Extract

I have interviewed many of the experts and researchers who have discovered the wonderful benefits of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract. With over 900 studies there is plenty to discuss.

When you want to know the answer to this question; “How do we know that a supplement works?” look to the science. It is through the modern scientific inquiry that we have confidence in what nutrition can do. Just remember to use the products that were used in the studies. Don’t assume that any other garlic has the same benefits. You can always ask for any studies on any product that interests you. Be careful with ‘borrowed science’.

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414 – Is Delta-8 THC a Dietary Supplement?

In this interview, Dr. Douglas Kalman discusses some of the legal and regulatory issues regarding Delta-8 THC. He will contrast the differences between CBD and Delta-8 THC derived from hemp. Is it legal on a federal and or state level? It does seem that FDA is beginning to take some action towards Delta-8 THC.

Many people think that anything derived from hemp is now legal because of the 2018 farm bill. Dr. Kalman discusses the distinctions and what consumers need to know. It seems confusing because many make assumptions that are not necessarily true.

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413- What is the Most Effective Probiotic and Why?

In this interview with Ross Pelton we will discuss probiotics and postbiotic metabolites. Specifically we will discuss Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic and contrast that with common and conventional probiotics. Safe to say there is a huge distinction to be made.

The popularization of probiotics in the marketplace has led to the commoditization and of cheap and largely ineffective probiotics. This has also led to many consumers being confused as to how to choose a quality product. This is the story of Dr. Ohhira and his development of his innovative probiotic supplements. Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic is unique and stands alone.

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412 – Senator Durbin is Coming for Your Supplements

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) released a discussion draft of its legislation to reauthorize FDA user fees for drugs, biologics, and medical devices package, which includes the controversial and divisive Durbin-Braun premarket approval concept and more that would be damaging to the industry.

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411 – Understanding Everyday Detox with Dr. Kate Rhéaume, ND

In this interview with Dr. Kate Rhéaume, ND, we discuss the importance of detox. We also explore the difference between daily, ongoing detox compared to “spring cleaning detox”. Both are important and understanding the distinctions between them, you can make choices that work for you. You are unique and your detox needs will be unique to you. That is your process of discovery.
Together the interview with Dr. Kate and the following guide by Dr. Marita will give you a great understanding of detox and a path to follow.

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410 – The Elegance of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Previously, mitochondria have been thought of as the ‘powerhouse of the cell,’ more like an engine. The study represents a ‘theoretical shift’ in how mitochondria are understood to facilitate future discoveries across scientific disciplines. The study indicates that “intelligence” and “consciousness” are tied more to the mitochondrial organelles inside cells than they are to the brain itself.
What we have found is that mitochondria are configurable around DIET and ENVIRONMENT. This is great news because as we learn more, we will learn better ways to optimize the performance of mitochondria, create more of them, and functionally access and optimize mitochondria using safe natural processes.

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409 – Michael Tierra – Herbal Pioneer and Educator

Michael Tierra is one of the pioneers of the modern herbal era. I was fortunate enough to interview Michael in 2006 for my radio show. I have always had an interest in capturing the ideas and voices of those who have helped shape our understanding of nutrition and natural healing. Michael Tierra is one of the important early influencers.

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408 – Michaels Naturopathy Today Podcast

Michael’s Naturopathy Today helps you find nature‘s path to health and wellness. Hosts Dr. Michael Schwartz, ND and Steve Lankford guide you on a journey to good health using holistic naturopathic principles. Join them on a voyage to excellent health on all levels. New episodes every Monday.
Hosts: Michael Schwartz, ND and Steve Lankford.

In this new podcast Michael Schwartz and I co-host a spirited discussion of health and naturopathy. I have known Michael for many years and I have used and recommended his products. Michael is one of the very interesting people who have a passion for health and a compelling desire to share the message with all who will listen. Our podcasts are short, 20 to 25 minutes and are done in a conversational style, that are easy listening.

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