Born Primal Episode 66: Jim Laird, Gym Owner

Jim Laird, owner of GYM LAIRD, has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. Jim’s motto of “Training Smarter, Not Harder” has earned him the respect and recommendation of numerous orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.

He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB.

Jim has a reputation for two things: getting more results from less work, and getting his clients both strong and healthy


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Born Primal Episode 65: Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND

This week’s guest, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is the doctor who talks about the things no one is comfortable talking about! She is the author of the bestselling book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester

Our culture does a terrible job supporting new mothers postpartum. Dr. Brighten is shifting the paradigm of helping new mothers through the first year after having a baby.

She is a strong advocate for the Hashimoto’s community, with special emphasis in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum thyroiditis. Dr, Brighten is launching a new program aimed to support fertility and healthy pregnancies for the Hashimoto’s community. She is a regular contributor to several publications and websites and lectures on the subject of postpartum care, autoimmunity, and women’s health to both healthcare providers and the public.


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Born Primal Episode 64: Dr. Don Wilson

As a member of the First Nation People of Heiltsuk in Canada, Don Wilson has a very deep connection to ancestral life. He is a direct descendent of Hunter-Gatherers. He also witnessed the demise of health of his ancestral people after the introduction of processed foods.

He is also a practicing obstetrician and balances life between city living with his four children, two of which are adopted from Haiti, and the farm on which he raises animals.


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Born Primal Episode 63: Dr. Aaron Blaisdell, UCLA

Recent Zootopia movie consultant, Dr. Aaron Blaisdell is currently Professor with tenure at UCLA and is a participating member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory.

He has previously served as President of the International Society for Comparative Psychology and of the Ancestral Health Society. Dr. Blaisdell is interested in animal cognition and behavior, in addition to how human ancestry and evolution can inform us about our health and well being.


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Born Primal Episode 62: Bobbie Mabe, Growth Through Gardening

If you’re curious about participating in school garden programs, gardening at any age, and the use of therapy in gardening, you will love this episode with my great urban farming pal, Bobbie Mabe. She has a masters in professional counseling and a passion for gardening that she’s blended to create a horticultural therapy practice for all ages called Growth Through Gardening.


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Born Primal Episode 61: Dr. Nicole Apelian, Alone on History Channel

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Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. She is currently one of the reality stars of the television series, Alone on History. A diagnosis of MS in 2000 led Nicole to apply her research skills towards her own personal wellness. Through simple changes in her lifestyle and eating habits, Nicole restored her vitality and she moved on to become a founder and primary guide for her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International.

She continues her work with the San Bushmen to help them find strategies to preserve their traditions and is currently cataloging indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen who regard her as family. At her home in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole makes her own herbal medicines from local plants and enjoys time in nature with her two sons, partner and wonderful community.

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Born Primal Episode 59: Dr. Michael Ruscio, Functional Medicine

This week’s guest, Dr. Michael Ruscio, is a doctor, researcher, author, and health enthusiast. He practices Functional Medicine with an emphasis on natural and nutritional solutions. He also hosts the popular podcast, Dr. Ruscio Radio.

Show Topics:

How to navigate what’s clinically relevant online

Gut issues


Female hormones

Skin issues


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Born Primal Episode 58: Julie Matthews, Nourishing Hope for Autism

It’s National Autism Awareness Month and as a parent of a child with Asperger’s, I wanted to celebrate by bringing an inspiring Autism expert on the show.

Julie Matthews is an internationally respected autism diet and nutrition specialist.  As a Certified Nutrition Consultant, she provides diet and nutrition intervention guidance backed by extensive scientific research and applied clinical experience. She has helped thousands of children worldwide through her public education programs, conferences sessions, private consultations, her blog, and website. Julie serves on the scientific advisory panel of The Autism File, and is an honored member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), and is a co-founder of Nourishing Hope®.

Julie is author of “Nourishing Hope for Autism,” an award-winning parent and clinicians guide to the fundamentals of autism nutrition, dietary implementation and supplementation. Julie is also the creator of Cooking to Heal™, an autism education and cooking class program that provides public education in cities across the country as well as in-home resources for parents who cannot attend events and would like support as they are implementing diet from home.


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Born Primal Episode 57: Joe Johnson, 10% Happier Meditation Coach

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After getting a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, Joe Johnson returned to the “family business” and opened a private nutrition and health coaching practice, helping men and women overcome health issues ranging from weight loss to cancer. He now works primarily as a meditation coach for the app, 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.”

The guy behind the app…a must read by Dan Harris:
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

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