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Grab a cup of coffee or tea, fall into your "virtual comfy chair" and join in on the conversation between Michelle King Robson and Dr. Pam Peeke and as they cut through the confusion and share the naked bottom-line truth about all things woman. Dialing up top experts to discuss women's greatest lifetime triumphs and challenges, Michelle, acclaimed women's advocate and Dr. Peeke, renowned women's health expert, fearlessly tackle it all: HER body, HER mind, HER wellness, HER sex, HER relationships, HER aging, HER beauty – only on HER Radio.

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Double board-certified orthopedic sports surgeon, Dr. Vonda Wright began conducting in-depth research on aging in 2005.   Double board-certified orthopedic sports surgeon, Dr. Vonda Wright began conducting in-depth research on aging in 2005. She quickly became engrossed with the ways in which people try, as she puts it in her 2021 article “Living Fuller, More Agile Lives,” to find the winning combination to living longer, healthier, and aging with grace.”So what is Dr. Wright’s secret to living a full, happy, and productive life into your 60s and beyond? Although there is no magic formula, one of the best things that you can do for yourself as you continue to age is astoundingly simple. Just move!Dr. Vonda Wright is a double-boarded orthopedic sports surgeon, internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility, and an innovator focused on optimizing personal and professional performance at every age from the backyard to the ball field to the boardroom via building physical and mental hardiness and resilience across the lifespan. Grab a cup of coffee and listen as Dr. Pam and Dr. Wright catch up, talk about their shared passion for mobility and sports medicine, the importance of lifting weights, and building lean muscle mass. You can also check out Dr. Wrights's podcast Hot For Your Health.

Dec 2

42 min 53 sec

You probably wear a bra almost every day but don't really think twice about it. What if we told you there is a bra on the way that could track your heart health, and maybe save your life?You probably wear a bra almost every day but don't really think twice about it. What if we told you there is a bra on the way that could track your heart health, and maybe save your life?That technology is being worked on right now by our guest Alicia Chong Rodriguez. Alicia is an engineer and inventor who is the founder of Bloomer Tech. She designs wearable technologies that can allow for personalized healthcare, particularly in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in women. She was also named a TED fellow in 2021.Listen as Alicia tells us how she personally has been affected by heart disease and how this lead her to pursue prevention products, as well as the technology behind this remarkable product.

Nov 25

30 min 55 sec

Raise your hand if you're confused about menopause. Well, we're not surprised if your hand is flailing in the air right now.Raise your hand if you're confused about menopause. Well, we're not surprised if your hand is flailing in the air right now. Today we're talking all about menopause myths, tricks, and life after 35.It’s all too common for women to go into perimenopause and menopause unprepared, and the whirlwind of fluctuations could make anyone feel confused and a little crazy. In her new book, The Menopause Myth: What Your Mother, Doctor, and Friends Haven’t Told You about Life after 35, Dr. Arianna aims to demystify these stages of life for readers, giving them valuable information and tools to navigate changes with more ease and confidence. This comprehensive guide to menopause looks into how many different aspects of your life have a cumulative effect on your overall wellness.We chat with Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD, FACOG in this episode, who has dedicated much of her career to helping women through the stages of life that are largely neglected by most of the medical community: menopause and perimenopause. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has been practicing medicine for three decades.

Nov 18

28 min 58 sec

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. There is a chill in the air and it's a bit harder to get out of bed for the day.The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. There is a chill in the air and it's a bit harder to get out of bed for the day. As we head into the fall and winter, it's time to get on top of your mental health for the long months ahead.Whether you're just missing that mid-summer feeling, or you fully have Seasonal Affective Disorder, the transition into the slower seasons is difficult! So today we are joined by the scientist who in the 1980s first described seasonal affective disorder, and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment.Dr. Norman Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, public speaker, and best-selling author who is known for his innovative research and inspirational writings. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is listed as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Rosenthal has practiced psychiatry for over three decades, treating people with all manner of psychiatric and emotional health issues. He is also a motivational speaker and a personal and professional coach, working with people from all walks of life including CEOs, top athletes, and performing artists.Rosenthal was born and raised in South Africa and did his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand, where he graduated with high honors. He immigrated to the US and did his psychiatric residency at Columbia in NYC before going to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he began his research career in earnest. His first major research contribution was to describe and name Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and to develop light therapy as a treatment for this novel condition. SAD – and its milder variant, the Winter Blues – are now known to affect millions of people worldwide, many of whom have benefited from the light therapy that Dr. Rosenthal pioneered.

Nov 11

28 min 53 sec

Many of us have been working from home or doing some type of remote work since COVID-19 struck in early 2020. Many of us have been working from home or doing some type of remote work since COVID-19 struck in early 2020. But even as we kind of round the corner of the pandemic, many of us are staying put! So how can we make remote work as sustainable and productive as the office?Working from home is a skill that takes practice. So today we're talking about focusing on tasks instead of time, learning & establishing the rhythm of your day (without a commute), and using technology to your advantage with a time management expert. Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds.

Nov 4

39 min 25 sec

We talk a LOT about women's health, menopause, and hot flashes on this show. But hot flashes happen to men too! Who knew?! We talk a LOT about women's health, menopause, and hot flashes on this show. But hot flashes happen to men too! Who knew?!Jeffrey Marchi is a San Francisco native, with a career history in computer programming & at IBM.But Jeff is on the show today because he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. He had surgery and a few years later radiation because the cancer came back. In 2017, Jeff started on a medication called Lupron - which is well known for causing hot flashes. He suffered greatly with continuous hot flashes for about a year - until he found out about Depo-Provera which can greatly reduce the incidence of hot flashes for men with prostate cancer. Four years later (early 2021), he started another medication called Zytiga - as his slow-growing cancer had reoccurred. That greatly increased the number of hot flashes along with the intensity.It was in 2021 when he was also introduced to the Embr Wave device which can stop hot flashes as they occur. This has helped him greatly, and it stopped the hot flashes from being a major limitation in his life.He joins us today to talk about finding treatment as a man with a "women's" health issue, regulating body temperature with the Embr Wave, and battling prostate cancer. 

Oct 28

46 min 52 sec

You read that right. Just 4 seconds of intense physical activity is enough to keep your body healthy. Seems too good to be true, right?!You read that right. Just 4 seconds of intense physical activity is enough to keep your body healthy. Seems too good to be true, right?!Well, one of our favorite writers & HER regulars is back on the show to tell us more. Gretchen Reynolds writes the popular "Phys Ed" column for The New York Times, which posts online as part of the "Well" blog and also appears in the print edition of the paper's "Science Times." The column regularly is among the week's most emailed stories and several columns have been among the most viewed and most emailed stories of the year at nytimes.com.She joins us to talk about her latest NYT piece, "Exercise Vigorously for 4 Seconds. Repeat. Your Muscles May Thank You," using exercise as a coping tool, HIIT, and how you can get a meaningful workout in a short time period.

Oct 21

33 min 25 sec

Today we're talking to one of Dr. Pam's running icons: Hal Higdon!Today we're talking to one of Dr. Pam's running icons: Hal Higdon!When she first started to think about running marathons, it was Hal's books she turned to for training advice. Hal is a legend in the world of running. He is currently a Contributing Editor for Runner’s World and is the magazine’s longest-lasting writer, having contributed an article to RW’s second issue in 1966. He also is the author of more than three dozen books, including Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide and the recently published Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training. In 2003, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded Hal its Career Achievement Award, the highest honor given to writer members.He shares with us how his running journey began, how to start your own running practice and the pros & cons of running with friends. 

Oct 14

40 min 36 sec

The key to healthy movement is finding the exercise that works for YOU. And Dr. Tim Church is one of the country’s leading physicians in exercise and obesity research.The key to healthy movement is finding the exercise that works for YOU. And Dr. Tim Church is one of the country’s leading physicians in exercise and obesity research.As chief medical officer of ACAP Health Consulting, Dr. Church seeks to reduce the production of and destruction from disease by guiding the company in the creation of clinical strategies and disease-specific battle plans. He is also the chief medical officer for WondrHealth Weight Loss Program.We talk muscle and resistance training, the intersection of nutrition and exercise, weight loss, and how to get a movement routine started again.

Oct 7

43 min 24 sec

Let's talk about SWEAT baby! Something about sweating can be so embarrassing. And capitalism has birthed hundreds of products to keep it hidden at all costs.Let's talk about SWEAT baby! Something about sweating can be so embarrassing. And capitalism has birthed hundreds of products to keep it hidden at all costs. When it comes down to it, sweating may be one of our weirdest biological functions, but it’s also one of our most vital and least understood. In her book The Joy of Sweat, Sarah Everts delves into its role in the body—and in human history.Sarah Everts is an award-winning science journalist and speaker. She holds a master’s degree in chemistry and teaches journalism at Carleton University and lives in Ottawa, Canada.In this episode, she dives into cultural rituals around sweating & saunas, myths and misunderstandings about sweat, the truth about sweating to detox your body, and your sweat's role in sexual attraction.

Sep 23

41 min 28 sec

You know we're BIG into women's healthcare here. But not just from the patient's standpoint, we're talking Wall Street-style investments - they need to support our health too.You know we're BIG into women's healthcare here. But not just from the patient's standpoint, we're talking Wall Street-style investments - they need to support our health too. Dr. Jane van Dis is an expert in gender equity in the workplace. She established the Working Group on Gender in the Physician Workplace, a national network which amasses data on gender-based disparities in healthcare and solutions to these disparities, and she is currently Medical Adviser to three technology-based women's health start-up companies, as well as Co-Founder of OB Best Practice. In this episode, she tells us about how she pivoted from being an OBCYN into tech investments, disrupting the healthcare industry, "manels," as well as racial, gender and economic inequities in healthcare.

Sep 16

42 min 44 sec

One moment can change the course of your entire life. For Diane Grimard Wilson, it was a car accident at a stop light.One moment can change the course of your entire life. For Diane Grimard Wilson, it was a car accident at a stoplight. Her book Brain Dance is a captivating, and touchingly candid true story. It traces Diane’s journey through random and sometimes humorous events which shed light on how her brain kept her injury from her, the loss of focus, mobility, and sense of self, an obsession with day-trading retirement funds, and finally holistic therapies-including a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, acupuncture, singing and neurofeedback. She chronicles the gift of recovery and her incredible journey to now help people around the world and make the most of their amazing brain. This book is for anyone who is curious about the brain, has had even a bump on the head, or has felt totally lost in life and a need to start over. Diane Grimard Wilson is a Chicago peak performance coach, licensed clinical professional counselor, and has board certification as a fellow in neurofeedback. She holds certifications in neuro-based music programs for optimal brain health functioning as well as meditation teaching.

Sep 9

40 min 12 sec

Here at the HER Podcast, we're not afraid to talk about any part of a woman's body. Including her poop.Here at the HER Podcast, we're not afraid to talk about any part of a woman's body. Including her poop. It sounds gross, but paying attention to your poop is pretty important. Bowel habits are a strong indicator of your digestive health. The color, shape, and texture of your stool can reveal signs of infection, digestive issues, or more serious health problems, such as cancer. Plus, your poop can hold the secret to recovery for Covid long haulers.That's right, we're going there. And taking us down this path is Dr. Sabine Hazan. She is is the founder of Ventura Clinical Trials and has been Principal Investigator and Sub Investigator in over 150 clinical trials. Many of these trials were for Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), enough that through her impressive recruitment she became known as the "Queen of C. Diff" in the clinical trial community. We discuss what our poop says about us, and the role the gut microbiome plays on overall health, fecal transplant, and reveal the secrets behind our digestive habits and the rest of the body!

Sep 2

38 min 24 sec

When you read Be Fearless, you will see it is clear that Jean Case knows a thing or two about being fearless, making big bets, being bold, and taking risks.When you read Be Fearless you will see it is clear that Jean Case knows a thing or two about being fearless, making big bets, being bold, and taking risks. Whether it is in her role as the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 131-year history of global exploration, as CEO of the Case Foundation, which invests in people and ideas that can change the world, or her extensive career in the private sector, including her leadership role at America Online, Inc. where she was a senior executive directing the marketing and branding as AOL brought the internet to the masses, fearlessness has always been a core tenet of Jean’s work.In this XL episode, these badass women talk about everything from Jean's book, her own fears & failures, the importance of diverse teams & perspectives for innovation, and the myth of the coastal elite.

Aug 26

49 min 6 sec

Have you ever found yourself walking around a department store or grocery store going, hey, where are all the products to help menopausal women?! Well, our guests today are working to change that.Have you ever found yourself walking around a department store or grocery store going, hey, where are all the products to help menopausal women?! Well, our guests today are working to change that.Sally Mueller is a co-founder & CEO of Womaness. She is a consummate business builder specializing in retail and brand innovation. Her trend-forecasting Midas touch has benefited companies such as Target, Who What Wear, and VERSED skincare, among others. Sally spent over two decades of her career at Target Corporation, first in Apparel Merchandising and then in Marketing, helping to build the bullseye from a regional discount retailer to one of the world's most recognized and influential global brands. Michelle Jacobs is a co-founder and COO at Womaness. She is a strategic development leader with a sweet spot in brand building, leading sales (e-commerce and traditional), branding, partnerships, licensing, logistics, inventory planning, and financial management. She’s worked across multiple categories from home to health, décor to baby, for both start-ups and established brands. Their brand Womaness is a modern, innovative products, essential information, and unlimited inspiration that helps take the “pause” out of menopause and spark a radiant, dynamic outlook that embraces who and where you are today, what we call menopositivity. Both co-founders join us today to talk about how they met and the birth of Womeness (there may have been some wine involved), menopause must-haves, meno myths, and much much more.

Aug 19

43 min 2 sec

There are few days that divide your life into two parts: before times and after times. For Liya Shuster-Bier, January 11, 2018, was one of those days. That morning, doctors discovered an 8 by 10 cm tumor in the center of her chest. Within days and on the cusp of her 30th birthday, she was diagnosed with stage 2 primary mediastinal b-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.There are few days that divide your life into two parts: before times and after times. For Liya Shuster-Bier, January 11, 2018, was one of those days. That morning, doctors discovered an 8 by 10 cm tumor in the center of her chest. Within days and on the cusp of her 30th birthday, she was diagnosed with stage 2 primary mediastinal b-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.As friends and family flocked to her side to offer support, the organization of all that care was exhausting. So she began Alula. Alula is a digital community and care navigation platform making cancer less lonely, built by someone who’s been there. Its mission is to provide cancer patients and caregivers with powerful digital tools to help them through the entire lifecycle of cancer — from diagnosis and treatment through recovery and survivorship.In this stunning, moving episode, Liya shares with us her cancer journey, what she hopes to accomplish with Alula, and how Alula’s health-tech platform represents a breakthrough in the oncology field with its ability to transform the patient experience outside the hospital room — a key piece that’s missing from cancer care today.

Aug 12

45 min 33 sec

When you think about healing from emotional trauma, do you picture Olympic-style weightlifters, loud clanking barbells weighing hundreds of pounds, or even that dusty pair of dumbbells tucked away in your closet?When you think about healing from emotional trauma, do you picture Olympic-style weightlifters, loud clanking barbells weighing hundreds of pounds, or even that dusty pair of dumbbells tucked away in your closet?You should, says a respected trauma practitioner and pioneer. Now after 330 episodes, you most likely know by now that Dr. Pam is a resistance athlete, Senior Olympic athlete, and weight lifter - so this is right up her alley.Joining us today to talk about healing trauma through resistance training is Laura Khoudari. She is is a trauma practitioner, certified personal trainer, and corrective exercise specialist. Widely recognized within the trauma and fitness communities, her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, UpWorthy, Outside Online, Medium, Tonic, and Girls Gone Strong. She is also the author of Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time.  

Jul 29

40 min 28 sec

Dog mushers, sailers, Olympic runners. What do these athletes all have in common? Endurance. And today we're learning from them how to get through the rest of this ongoing pandemic.Dog mushers, sailers, Olympic runners. What do these athletes all have in common? Endurance. And today we're learning from them how to get through the rest of this ongoing pandemic.You know her, you love her, Elizabeth Bernstein is back on the show today to dig into her piece "Can the Pandemic Make Us Stronger? Endurance Athletes Tell Us How"Elizabeth Bernstein writes the “Bonds: On Relationships” column for the Wall Street Journal, which explores social psychology and the manifold aspects of human interactions. In her column, she focuses on how we can best relate—to others and to ourselves.She tells us the lessons she learned in endurance and resiliency and "post-traumatic growth" from 4 incredible athletes who really know best.

Jul 22

35 min 11 sec

Have you been struggling this past year, wondering how you're going to get through it? Maybe feeling lost, down, shame blame, and guilt. Well, have you tried a little self-compassion yet?Have you been struggling this past year, wondering how you're going to get through it? Maybe feeling lost, down, shame blame, and guilt. Well, have you tried a little self-compassion yet?There's no one better to discuss this topic with than Dr. Kristen Neff. Dr. Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.During Kristin’s last year of graduate school, she became interested in Buddhism and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her postdoctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically.Today we talk gender roles, her brand of "feminism meets self-help," and dive into her books, including her latest, Fierce Self Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

Jul 15

46 min 2 sec

Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since December 1993, where she’s equally adept at covering major breaking national and international news stories as she is handling in-depth cultural and arts topics. Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since December 1993, where she’s equally adept at covering major breaking national and international news stories as she is handling in-depth cultural and arts topics. Since joining CBS News in 1977, Teichner has earned multiple national awards for her original reporting, including twelve Emmy Awards and five James Beard Foundation Awards.She has now added author to her list of accomplishments. When Harry Met Minnie is a story of laughter and tears, of friendship and dogs.Listen as she talks about her new book, the unconditional love of dogs, her career as a woman in the news industry, #metoo, and much much more in this XL episode!

Jul 8

47 min 50 sec

How did 3 guys in their 20s at MIT develop some of the most forward-thinking technology for women in menopause? How did 3 guys in their 20s at MIT develop some of the most forward-thinking technology for women in menopause?Well now, this technology is the core of the latest wearable from EMBR Labs. In this spirit of curiosity and invention, Embr Wave was developed and entered the market in 2017 on a basic principle: temperature should be on your terms.Today we're talking brain hacks, body temperature, femtech, and validating women's feelings in menopause with the current CEO of EMBR Liz Gazda.

Jul 1

41 min 33 sec

As an about-to-be first-time father, Ted Yang felt he had it all: married to the love of his life, a fulfilling and lucrative career, and an instant family with triplets on the way.It all changed in the blink of an eye with premature birth, a death, and years-long struggle to keep a child alive. As an about-to-be first-time father, Ted Yang felt he had it all: married to the love of his life, a fulfilling and lucrative career, and an instant family with triplets on the way.It all changed in the blink of an eye with premature birth, a death, and years-long struggle to keep a child alive. Born at 24 weeks, the tiny Yang Triplets had the odds stacked against them.How far does a father go to hear his daughter laugh? As far as it takes.Table For Five: A Father's Story of Life, Love, and Loss is a story of hope, Ted Yang shares his fight, his fears, and how the experience of fatherhood redefined him, personally and professionally. This is a story of a family, Ted and Christine Yang’s family, thriving in spite of obstacles and setbacks.

Jun 24

33 min 58 sec

The M-word is back again this episode: Menopause. The M-word is back again this episode: Menopause.The way we talk about it menopause is changing, from even 5-10 years ago. Gennev's mission is to help this change: "It started with a simple survey to 1,500 women in perimenopause and post-menopause. Our goal was to learn what solutions women used to find relief from their menopause symptoms. Instead, we learned that women weren’t prepared for menopause, they were embarrassed, they felt dismissed by their doctors, they felt alone. Women told us to start the conversation."Gennev is now also an online clinic for the second half of your life … starting with menopause.At the forefront of this organization is Jill Angelo. Now the CoFounder & CEO of Gennev, Jill Angelo spent 20 years in technology at Microsoft in Product Marketing and Chief of Staff to the CMO roles. She left her corporate career to re-image women’s health in the second half of life. Jill is a frequent speaker on femtech, women’s health, and entrepreneurship.

Jun 17

42 min 3 sec

People have been trying for ages to make sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day healthier. Sitting on a ball, treadmill desks, standing desks, and more. Well, now there is another option: the FluidStance.People have been trying for ages to make sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day healthier. Sitting on a ball, treadmill desks, standing desks, and more. Well, now there is another option: the FluidStance. Your natural micro-movements on this balance board will strengthen and stabilize your body, soothe stiff joints, burn calories, and keep you awake and alert — even through the overwhelming urge to curl up under your desk after lunch.But a FluidStance deck is but one aspect of a healthier workday. Regardless of your work environment, we believe everyone can incorporate walking meetings, reserve time to get outdoors, and set frequent stretch reminders—anything that gets you out of your seat and moving. When you're tied down with responsibilities, we want to provide you with the option of balance and motion. Joel Heath is the creator of FluidSTance and joins us today to talk about workplace productivity and movement. He is a Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Architect, President, and CEO offering vision and innovation to lifestyle brands — driving front-end innovation with insight-based strategies. In more than 20 years of strategic leadership, Heath has led brand architecture and turnarounds, startups, operations, and product development focused on companies that inspire, motivate, and mobilize throughout the outdoor industry and beyond.

Jun 10

34 min 44 sec

As soon as we're born we begin to age. Then why are we in this country taught to avoid and resent aging from a young age?As soon as we're born we begin to age. Then why are we in this country taught to avoid and resent aging from a young age?Sedena Cappannelli is the co-founder and President of About Life, Inc, a company she created to bring personal empowerment and innovative wellness programs to women around the world through keynotes, seminars, coaching, books, tapes, and related products. Her signature series of dynamic, S.E.L.F. (Self Enhancement Life Fulfilling) and P.E.P. (Personal Energy Program) Retreats & Programs are presented in locations around the country, online, and in a new book.She and her husband George Cappannelli’s work with AgeNation and The Age of Empowerment serves as an international platform for informing, inspiring, and engaging people on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as a result of the graying of the world’s population.In this episode, Sedena talks with Dr. Pam about how they got into working in the field of aging, optimizing the aging process, aging in America, their book, and their series "Ageless Living" on PBS.

Jun 3

41 min 28 sec

Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, public speaker, and best-selling author who is known for his innovative research and inspirational writings. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is listed as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Rosenthal has practiced psychiatry for over three decades, treating people with all manner of psychiatric and emotional health issues. He is also a motivational speaker and a personal and professional coach, working with people from all walks of life including CEOs, top athletes, and performing artists.His latest book Poetry Rx presents 50 great poems as seen through his eyes. You will find insights into love, sorrow, ecstasy, and everything in between: Love in the moment or for a lifetime; love that is fulfilling or addictive; when to break up and how to survive when someone breaks up with you.

May 27

45 min 4 sec

We burn 2,000 calories a day. And if we exercise and cut carbs, we’ll lose more weight. Right? Wrong.We burn 2,000 calories a day. And if we exercise and cut carbs, we’ll lose more weight. Right? Wrong. In this paradigm-shifting book Burn, Dr. Herman Pontzer reveals for the first time how human metabolism really works so that we can finally manage our weight and improve our health.Pontzer’s groundbreaking studies with hunter-gatherer tribes show how exercise doesn’t increase our metabolism. Instead, we burn calories within a very narrow range: nearly 3,000 calories per day, no matter our activity level. Hunter-gatherers like the Hadza move about five hours a day and remain remarkably healthy into old age. But elite athletes can push the body too far, burning calories faster than their bodies can take them in. It may be that the most spectacular athletic feats are the result not just of great training, but of an astonishingly efficient digestive system.Dr. Herman Pontzer joins Dr. Pam today to talk about this research. He is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and an Associate Research Professor of Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute, as well as an internationally recognized researcher in human energetics and evolution.

May 20

45 min 4 sec

Can an active lifestyle ward off Alzheimer's? That was the focus of our guest's latest article in the Wall Street Journal.Can an active lifestyle ward off Alzheimer's? That was the focus of our guest's article in the Wall Street Journal. It's also the topic of her latest book Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer's. Alzheimer’s lingers for years, with patients’ outward appearance unaffected while their cognitive functions fade away, and there is still no proven way to treat Alzheimer’s because its causes remain unknown. In her book, Han Yu examines over a century of research and controversy, presenting a comprehensive and engaging history of Alzheimer’s that demystifies efforts to understand the disease.Han Yu is a professor in the Department of English at Kansas State University, where she teaches technical communication, science writing, and engineering writing.Today we hear why she wrote the book, how an English professor wrote a book about science, and the importance of movement at all stages of life. 

May 13

34 min 3 sec

Have you had enough of this pandemic already?! Over a year of our lives lost or on hold, just like that.Have you had enough of this pandemic already?! Over a year of our lives lost or on hold, just like that. People are exhausted, frustrated, and more in this crazy time. But through it all, one thing that's really lacking here is historical context. Dr. Richard Gunderman is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He is also John A Campbell Professor of Radiology and in 2019-21 serves as Bicentennial Professor.He is also the author of the new book Contagion: Plagues, Pandemics, and Cures from the Black Death to Covid-19 and Beyond. In the book, Dr. Gunderman offers insight into how pandemics begin, how they spread, and how societies, both ancient and modern, have coped.Behind every disease is a story, from the natural history of the disease and its course in the individual to the disease’s discovery and eradication. From the impact of tuberculosis on English dynastic history to the makeup of our DNA; from the ravages of the Black Death to the discovery of antibodies; and from the deadliest plagues of the ancient world to twenty-first-century pandemics, transmissible diseases have an incredible variety of tales to tell.

May 6

37 min 40 sec

Is it mission impossible to date in a COVID world? Our guest today says ABSOLUTELY NOT!Is it mission impossible to date in a COVID world? Our guest today says ABSOLUTELY NOT! It's just virtual!With online speed dating events, video dates, virtual meetup groups, and the good old apps, there are plenty of ways to still meet people, even if you're not at a bar or in-person event. Laura Bilotta is an Author, Radio Host, Dating Coach, Matchmaker, and Founder of the successful dating website Single in the City.ca. Since its early beginnings, Laura’s efforts and expertise have allowed Single in the City to become one of the largest event-based dating companies in the Greater Toronto Area. Laura’s expert knowledge of dating etiquette, relationships, and human behaviour form the base of her experience.In this episode, she gives us tips for having the best video dates, common mistakes people make when they're dating online, how to transition to meet up in person during a pandemic, and creative date ideas. 

Apr 29

22 min 44 sec

Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular our next generation of future physicians.Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular our next generation of future physicians. She writes and speaks about these topics in addition to bone and joint issues, and produces and hosts the top podcast The 6% with NancyMD.She's also hilarious on Twitter, which is how she popped up on Dr. Pam's radar, tweeting anecdotes about her patients and dressing up in a ball gown to get her COVID vaccine.  Listen to the doctor's talk shop, navigating being a woman in a field flooded with men, and her work to help the next generation of women breaking the glass ceilings within their industry.

Apr 22

38 min 9 sec

The Marine Women’s Initiative Team (WIT) which is a grassroots effort to identify barriers and advocate for policy changes to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of female Marines.Major Sharon Anne Hyland Sisbarro graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2008. After graduation from The Basic School in April 2009, Second Lieutenant Sisbarro attended the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD. Second Lieutenant Sisbarro reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region Parris Island, SC as the Deputy Director, Public Affairs.Nowadays, she is helping lead a group called the Marine Women’s Initiative Team (WIT) which is a grassroots effort to identify barriers and advocate for policy changes to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of female Marines.She talks with Dr. Pam in this fascinating episode about stressors women face in the military, pregnant marines, the work WIT has done to make life better for female marines and changes that still need to be made moving forward as well as how body composition tests get in the way as women try to enter a space that was created for male bodies.The views expressed in this podcast do not constitute the official position or endorsement of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or the US Marine Corps.

Apr 15

51 min 38 sec

We're diving into a whole new topic here on the HER Podcast today: medical cannabis.We're diving into a whole new topic here on the HER Podcast today: medical cannabis.As cannabis use grows and garners more public interest, it still has a long history of stigma and legal troubles. Best friends turned business partners Gina Dubbé and Dr. Leslie Apgar are here to tell us all about their journey to opening a medical dispensary. Dr. Apgar is a board-certified OBGYN with 17 years of experience in direct patient care. She has a passion for helping patients find ease and health through quality medical cannabis and natural medicine. She is also the co-founder and medical director of Greenhouse Wellness, a medical cannabis dispensary, as well as Co-Founder of Blissiva, a female-focused cannabis line.And Gina is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a proven track record of grown successful businesses in emerging industries. Currently, she serves as the managing director and co-founder of Greenhouse Wellness, an award-winning dispensary in Maryland; Blissiva, a female-focused cannabis line; and co-founder of TheraPearl, a revolutionary hot and cold compress.They talk about the obstacles they faced starting not only a dispensary but a women-owned dispensary in Maryland, the future of the medical & recreational industries nationwide, the process of getting a prescription, and more.

Apr 8

37 min 30 sec

When a woman gets pregnant or is trying to get pregnant - she is constantly given a list of what to avoid, and what not to do.When a woman gets pregnant or is trying to get pregnant - she is constantly given a list of what to avoid, and what not to do.And this is why Dr. Nicole Avena wrote her new book What To Eat When You Want To Get Pregnant. It is an approachable guide to what to eat - as opposed to what to avoid - while pregnant and nursing, to support the mother's health and the baby's development during each stage of pregnancy; with 50 recipes!New research suggests that the foods you eat during pregnancy can have lasting effects on your baby’s brain development and behavior, as well as your waistline. Drawing from medicine, nutrition, and psychology, this easy-to-follow guide, gives you a clear understanding of what your body really needs and how certain foods contribute to the development of a healthy and happy baby. Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist, author, and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City.

Apr 1

39 min 22 sec

Wrapping your head around the keto diet can be confusing. But lucky for us, Gary Taubes has written a book to simplify the diet and break it down to its fundamental idea: carbohydrates are fattening.Wrapping your head around the keto diet can be confusing. But lucky for us, Gary Taubes has written a book to simplify the diet and break it down to its fundamental idea: carbohydrates are fattening. Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative, and the author of many diet books including The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and his latest, The Case For Keto. The Case For Keto puts the ketogenic diet movement in the necessary historical and scientific perspective. It makes clear the vital misconceptions in how we've come to think about obesity and diet and uses the collected clinical experience of the medical community to provide essential practical advice, including why eating ketogenic can work for children and detailed steps for how to abstain from starches, grains, and sugars and to keep it up for life.

Mar 25

39 min 18 sec

One of our favorite and more frequent guests is back again this week with another fabulous column from the Wall Street Journal.One of our favorite and more frequent guests is back again this week with another fabulous column from the Wall Street Journal.If you haven't heard some of her other episodes. Elizabeth Bernstein writes the “Bonds: On Relationships” column for the Wall Street Journal, which explores social psychology and the manifold aspects of human interactions. In her column, she focuses on how we can best relate—to others and to ourselves.This week we're focusing on her piece, "How a Mental Workout Can Help You Cope With Pandemic Challenges." We'll talk about daily practices to keep stress down and brain function high as the world continues to battle pandemic life.

Mar 18

32 min 2 sec

Taking birth control pills can be a drag. It's so easy to forget, take it at the wrong time, and realize days later you messed up. And then re-upping your prescription can only be done in most case s in a short 7-day window.   Taking birth control pills can be a drag. It's so easy to forget, take it at the wrong time, and realize days later you messed up. And then re-upping your prescription can only be done in most case s in a short 7-day window. So Dr. Sophia Yen created an innovative approach to birth control: shipping it to you each month until YOU want it to stop. Dr. Sophia Yen is Board Certified in Adolescent Medicine with 20+ years of experience in medicine. She graduated from MIT, UCSF Medical School, and UC Berkeley with an MPH in Maternal Child Health. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford Medical School. Dr. Yen co-founded Pandia Health and enjoys educating the public and other physicians about birth control, acne, weight management, and other adolescent health issues. Dr. Yen is a true badass and this interview only solidifies that - she talks about how she founded her company Pandia Health, destigmatizing birth control (and whatever it's used to help), the battle to get men interested in this business, and her crusade to help all people with uteri take control of their health.

Mar 11

24 min 6 sec

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D., is among the top one percent most-cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience. She is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Harvard University. In addition to her latest book Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 240 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as six academic volumes published by Guilford Press. She has also given a popular TED talk with nearly 6 million views.Her list of accomplishments goes on and on, but we'll let this episode speak for the rest of them. She joins Dr. Peeke for an incredibly engaging conversation on how our brains work: the plasticity of our brains as resiliency, how the brain changes after dealing with trauma, how our brains work with other brains to feel empathy, and MUCH much more. 

Mar 4

42 min 3 sec

There is A LOT going on these days, so we are going to talk about something you might not have been focusing on lately: your sex life.There is A LOT going on these days, so we are going to talk about something you might not have been focusing on lately: your sex life. There is no one better to talk to than Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus on this topic. She is the founder and director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health, the largest independent women’s sexual health center in the country. For 20 years, she has developed and overseen the treatment of thousands of women ages 18–81. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social worker with a master’s in public health, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in Jewish studies, and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. In her new book Sex Points, Bat Sheva grounds her practical, useful advice in the core belief that “good sex is possible for everyone, at every age, in every situation,” and that solutions exist for nearly every problem. From there, she shares her easy, proven system to help and empower women to make that part of their lives healthy, robust, and fulfilling, no matter what difficulty they’re having.Listen as these ladies talk about the most common questions people ask when they are frustrated: What's normal? What's broken, and how do I fix it?!

Feb 25

25 min 15 sec

We're talking about exercising again this episode. BUT WAIT!! Don't run away just yet!We're talking about exercising again this episode. BUT WAIT!! Don't run away just yet!Joining us s someone Dr. Pam is a total fangirl of. Daniel Lieberman is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Human Evolutionary Biology, as well as the Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He studies how and why the human body looks and functions the way it does.Now if you're someone who doesn't like exercise, or even the idea of exercise makes you anxious - you're not alone! But there are ways to change these views, and get back to a getting fit regimen. Dr. Pam and Daniel dive into the world of running, how exercise is a modern activity, how the evolution of work created the bodies we have today.

Feb 18

38 min 50 sec

Not only has Dr. Pam been recently voted on to the board of directors of the American College of Sports Medicine, but she's also an avid senior Olympic triathlete and an advocate for getting & staying fit. So anyone else who speaks that language needs to be on the show!Not only has Dr. Pam been recently voted on to the board of directors of the American College of Sports Medicine, but she's also an avid senior Olympic triathlete and an advocate for getting & staying fit. So anyone else who speaks that language needs to be on the show! Dr. Daniel Fulham O’Neill is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine doctor, and sports psychologist. At the intersection of physical health and sports, he has built over 30+ years of a successful medical practice and revolutionary education platform that is transforming today’s approach to children’s fitness. His research, presentations, and books have consistently challenged the status quo, inspiring educators nationwide to discover and nurture the athlete in every child. He joins us today to talk about his newest book Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life. Listen as these two talk all things sports medicine, how obesity is affecting our kids (in more ways than you think), how letting kids be kids will ultimately lead to health and wellness, and keeping gym class fun & positive. 

Feb 11

29 min 17 sec

Ventilators and lung health are on the minds of most of us these days, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe.Ventilators and lung health are on the minds of most of us these days, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe. Dr. Michael J. Stephen, MD, is the author of Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs. Dr. Stephen is an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. He is a leader of numerous clinical trials and has been on the front line caring for COVID-19 patients—and also recovered from the virus himself.In this episode, he tells us about his own and his family's battle with COVID, optimizing our respiratory muscles and wellness, getting in tune with our breath, what happens if you smoked in your teens and 20's, and the right to clean air.

Feb 4

32 min 45 sec

Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, developmental book editor, writing coach, and publisher of Weeping Willow Books, and her latest book focuses on a traumatic event from her past, and how it has shaped the course of her life.Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, developmental book editor, writing coach, and publisher of Weeping Willow Books, and her latest book focuses on a traumatic event from her past, and how it has shaped the course of her life. Face, A Memoir follows Meier as she dives into her past. When she was 5 years old she was hit by a car and dragged 200 feet, losing her entire left cheek & eyelid, and almost died.In this moving conversation, listen as Marcia and Dr. Peeke talk about acceptance, healing, big life changes at 50, therapy, and more. 

Jan 28

36 min 5 sec

Today we're talking about something most of us don't think about day to day: our inner thermostat. Now, what does that mean?! Were talking about thermo-wellness, thermoregulation, our sense of temperature, and how it relates to emotions. It's not new science, but it is the focus of a new book Heartwarming: How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human. Today we're talking about something most of us don't think about day to day: our inner thermostat. Now, what does that mean?! Were talking about thermo-wellness, thermoregulation, our sense of temperature, and how it relates to emotions. It's not new science, but it is the focus of a new book Heartwarming: How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human. Well, Hans IJzerman Ph.D. is here to talk all about temperature regulation and its importance on interpersonal relationships. He is the author of Heartwarming: How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human, and an Associate Professor at Université Grenoble Alpes.  Central heating and how it has changed our lives, hot blankets and loneliness, describing people as having "warm or cold" personalities, and should you sell your house in the summer or winter months? We'll talk about all of this and more in this fascinating episode.   

Jan 21

39 min 13 sec

Dr. Pam's dear friend and colleague Dr. Christine Courtois talked about the meaning & definition behind complex traumas in another episode recently, so we are going to expand on that further today.Dr. Pam's dear friend and colleague Dr. Christine Courtois talked about the meaning & definition behind complex traumas on another episode recently, so we are going to expand on that further today, and discuss healing processes, The Queen's Gambit, her book Its Not You, It's What Happened To You. Dr. Christine Courtois specializes in the treatment of trauma, particularly for adults experiencing the effects of childhood incest and other forms of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Dr. Courtois has worked with these issues for 30 years and has developed treatment approaches for complex posttraumatic and dissociative conditions for which she has received international recognition.

Jan 14

29 min 52 sec

Selene Yeager is a health & fitness writer who lives what she writes as a NASM certified trainer, USA Cycling coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off-road racer, and All-American Ironman triathlete.Selene Yeager is a health & fitness writer who lives what she writes as a NASM certified trainer, USA Cycling coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off-road racer, and All-American Ironman triathlete.But, Selene wasn't always a fit chick - and tells us how medical writing work turned into a professional cycling career, finding time for play even as an adult, and starting something new even if you think you're too old. Hey, remember, what's the worst that can happen?!

Jan 7

41 min 27 sec

It's hard to believe we've done it for this long, but this is our 300th episode!It's hard to believe we've done it for this long, but this is our 300th episode! And we are honoring this milestone celebration with a solo episode from Dr. Pam herself.Today Dr. Pam gives us some tips and tricks on this New Year's Eve (finally, the worst year ever is over!) for all things living and aging well. Know your own story, move forward without regret, and finding joy every damn day. As always thank YOU for getting us to 300 episodes! We absolutely couldn't do it without your downloads and your support.

Dec 2020

27 min 8 sec

Today we are redefining the aging process. New narratives and trends are happening around people over the age of 50. And our guest is at the forefront of these cultural changes, and how we think about older adults.Today we are redefining the aging process. New narratives and trends are happening around people over the age of 50. And our guest is at the forefront of these cultural changes, and how we think about older adults.Dr. Ken Dychtwald is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 17 books on aging-related issues. Since 1986, Ken has been the Founder and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults.Listen as these old friends talk longevity, the emerging "third age," Golden Girls goals, being youthful vs. useful, and much much more!

Dec 2020

41 min 37 sec

We talk about resilience and stress all the time on this show. But today we're digging deeper, into complex traumas and how to heal from them.We talk about resilience and stress all the time on this show. But today we're digging deeper, into complex traumas and how to heal from them.Dr. Christine Courtois specializes in the treatment of trauma, particularly for adults experiencing the effects of childhood incest and other forms of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Dr. Courtois has worked with these issues for 30 years and has developed treatment approaches for complex posttraumatic and dissociative conditions for which she has received international recognition.In this episode, we are breaking down what complex trauma means and how to start the healing process.

Dec 2020

48 min 53 sec

Menopacalypse. WHAT?! Buckle up because you're in for a ride this episode!Menopacalypse. WHAT?! Buckle up because you're in for a ride this episode! Amanda Thebe is a force of nature for women who are experiencing menopause hell and want to start feeling healthy and fit in their 40s and beyond.Through her very frank articles, hilarious social media posts, and inspirational and entertaining talks, she’s here to help you find the tools to have more energy and zest for life while making you laugh like a 20-year-old throughout the process. Today the ladies are talking about menopause, kegals & kettle bells, and Amanda's new book titled, that's right, Menopacalypse.

Dec 2020

43 min 55 sec