Learn True Health with Ashley James

On Learn True Health, Ashley James interviews today's most successful natural healers each week. Learn True Health was created for YOU, the health enthusiast. If you are passionate about organic living or struggling with health issues and are looking to gain your health naturally, our holistic podcast is what you have been looking for! Ashley James interviews Naturopathic Doctors and expert holistic health care practitioners to bring you key holistic health information, results based advice and new natural steps you can take to achieve true health, starting NOW! If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you are fed up with prescription drug side effects, if you want to live in optimal health but you don't know where to start, this podcast is for you! If you are looking for ACTIONABLE advice from holistic doctors to get you on your path to healing, you will enjoy the wisdom each episode brings. Each practitioner will leave you with a challenge, something that you can do now, and each day, to measurably improve your health, energy, and vitality. Learn about new healing diet strategies, how to boost your immune system, balance your hormones, increase your energy, what supplements to take and why and how to experience your health and stamina in a new way. Ashley James from Learn True Health interviews doctors like Dr. Joel Wallach, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz, Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Molly Niedermeyer on Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy, Supplements, Meditation, Holistic Health and Alternative Health Strategies for Gaining Optimal Health.
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May 31, 2016

Brendan Ridings graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor’s of Science focusing on Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

While attaining his degree, Brendan won the 2007 WABDL World powerlifting championships, the 2008 and 2009 WABDL National Colligate Championships, and currently holds the IL bench press record and deadlift record in 2 weight classes.

Brendan went on to attain his Corrective Exercise Specialty from The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Brendan teaches people how to easily reverse chronic pain and correct their posture using simple biomechanics, exercise and a back support device he invented.

Poor posture has a stronger correlation to lowered life expectancy than smoking. The majority of osteoarthritis and chronic pain conditions are actually chronic poor posture and bad movement patterns resulting from these postures. Brendan provides simple, actionable steps to feel better, look better, and prevent pain.

Brendan Ridings shares that poor postural mechanics resulting from the 9+ hours spent sitting has even distorted breathing patterns. We have adopted chest breathing which is shallow and rapid, this signals the body to release cortisol and adrenaline, which creates stressful feelings and chemistry.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
A lengthened muscle from slouching becomes weakened.
Reciprocal inhibition is when the nervous system shuts down around elongated muscle from slouching making it harder for us to activate good muscle patterns and posture!
Brendan teaches exercises we can all do to help reverse bad posture.
Bad posture leads to chronic pain and can wear down joints unevenly.

Health AH-HA Moment:
Poor posture leads to increased stress hormone levels and decreased testosterone! Likewise, 4 minutes in a "power posture" decrease stress hormones and increase testosterone!

Your Challenge:   

Do these three exercises below:

1. Exercise:
Good Neuro Muscular Activity:
Hands outstretched to sides, turn palms to the ceiling. This activates the between the shoulder blades that are normally over stretched muscles from slouching.

2. Exercise:
Lay on floor on back
Squeeze butt so hips come off floor a little
Squeeze abs 20% and bring the bottom of rib care a little closer to the pelvis.
This is a neutral spine that helps reactivate your core.

3. Exercise:
To lower stress levels and the stress hormone:
Sit down
Pull shoulder blades back
pull your head back into a neutral position
Place hands on your thighs with palms facing down.
Take a couple of deep breaths, slightly deeper than normal, through the nose and out of the mouth.
Turn palms up to face the ceiling.
Sit up straight and pull your shoulder blades back, now focus on drawing the air into your belly or diaphragm.
Take another couple of deep breaths, slightly deeper than normal, through the nose and out of the mouth.
Notice it's easier to breath when your palms face upwards.

You will see after 1 minute, you already have a more relaxed feeling in your body. Diaphragm breathing helps to relax the body, improve oxygenation, and even stimulate serotonin. Since stress is linked to almost all medical conditions, this is something you can do daily, or when feeling stressed to counteract the harsh effects of chronic stress.

Do this daily for 2 minutes to relax. Use it before bed and when at the office.

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Brendan will be launching his podcast soon:

Stay tuned as Brendan will be giving Learn True Health Listeners first shot at his new video tutorial 30-day posture challenge!

The 30-day posture challenge will teach you how to permanently resolve chronic pain. Brendan is looking forward to sharing it with our listeners!

May 27, 2016

Dr. Heidi describes the anatomy of the lungs. At the base of the lungs, down by our belly, is where there is the most amount of blood pulled for O2 exchanged. When we do not breathe correctly, our body cannot get the right amount of O2.

Oxygen is how we digest! If you are not getting enough O2 your body cannot do anything else optimally. Literally optimal health cannot be achieved if we are not breathing correctly. And most of us are NOT breathing correctly!

The immune system is within our sinuses and throat to aid us in fighting off germs that want to enter our lungs.  Our nasal passages moisten and warm the air which protects the lungs.

It's best to breath in through the nose.

When we flex our diaphragm, we are pushing the organs in our belly down and out.  By breathing deeply we are also increasing our digestion and healthy movement of our intestines.

Proper Full Deep Breath
Step One: Breath in through the nose
Step Two: Breathe into the belly, feel the belly push outwards and diaphragm flex downwards.
Step three:  Feel the sides of your ribs expand
Step Four: Firm up your belly and complete your inhale by filling the upper part of the lungs by the collar bones.

Deep breath on an 8 count.

Walking breathing meditation.

Breathe in fully for 8 seconds. Hold for 8 seconds. Exhale for 8 seconds.
Every time you are at a stop light, practices this deep breathing technique.

Take a couple of full deep 8 count breaths before you begin to eat. This will aid in digestion.

Alternate Nostril Breathing. Right finger over left nostril, inhale.  Switch to left finger over right nostril. Exhale. Switch and repeat for 10. Then switch sides.

The nervous system controls breathing and breathing controls NS.  The vagus nerve runs down the chest. Stimulating the vasovagal nerve lowers heart rate and blood pressure. We can intentionally stimulate that nerve to lower blood pressure and calm the body.

Rib stretching:
Deep breath with hands on sides of ribs.
hold breath and gently squeeze ribs downward.

The Cleansing Breath
Deep full inhale
Purse lips without poofing cheeks out
Blow multiple times like you are trying to blow candles out until your lungs are empty.
Take a full deep breath
This forces the lungs to get out all stale air, cleanses the lungs.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
When we breath we are eliminating metabolic waste!
Why do we yawn?
Why are we told to breath into a paper bag when we have a panic attack?
Deep breath increases energy!
We lose water when we breathe so drink more water when doing breathing exercises!
Proper deep breathing increases immune health by pumping lymph!

Health AH-HA Moment:
Deep breathing decreases pain and increases mood!

Your Challenge:   
Integrate the different breaths that Dr. Heidi teaches into your daily life. You will notice more energy!

To order high-quality supplements:

Dr. Judith Kravitz BOOK: Breathe Deep Laugh Loudly: The Joy of Transformational Breathing

Dr. Judith Kravitz CD with exercises: 100 Breaths to Joy Transformational Breath Foundation:

Breathing Into Life: Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB at TEDxSeattle:

May 25, 2016

Today's episode is about how our spiritual, mental and emotional health directly affects our physical health. Through an attitude of gratitude today's guest, author, speaker and executive coach, Angus Nelson, shares how we can transform our lives to have more happiness, connection and a stronger sense of purpose and belonging.

In the western world, we are taught to focus on goals to achieve. We beat ourselves up for not having the body, the car, the house, the job, relationship or the income we want. Those who find themselves dissatisfied with an aspect of their life end up achieving nothing more than unhealthy levels of stress and inner conflict.

In today's podcast interview, Angus teaches how to shift our mindset so we can increase our happiness and become grateful for what we have in the now. This gratitude is just the beginning. It opens our life up to feeling levels of joy, purpose, and inner satisfaction that we have been yearning for.

Gratitude fosters generosity within ourselves and for ourselves. It opens us up to seeking new opportunities that we were too afraid to take.

Angus shares the 3 greatest needs we have in our life.
The need to be unconditionally loved
The need to feel that you are valued, have worth and have purpose
The need to know you are not alone

Angus shares stories and insights around how he has shifted his life from being a victim of his life to generating and owning his life. His life focus is to teach others how to gain the control and happiness that he has achieved through his personal growth journey.

Angus Nelson is offering his ebook to Learn True Health listeners for free!

BOOK: Love's Compass: How Do You Recover After a Lost Relationship by Angus Nelson






May 22, 2016

Dr. Heidi Semanie is back on the show to teach us things we didn't know about vitamin D!

It's common knowledge that vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin because our body uses the sunshine to make it. And in the winter, we can suffer from Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (S.A.D.), or low vitamin D levels, which are linked to depression.

Dr. Heidi explains that our body needs Vitamin D to utilize Calcium, a major mineral our bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues need to function!  So, without vitamin D, we cannot healthfully use calcium!

Vitamin D is also linked to aiding the body in cancer prevention, and in the event the body is fighting cancer, it has been linked to helping the body create healthy tissue.

Lower Vitamin D levels are found in those with neurological disorders like MS and Parkinson's as well as in mood disorders like depression.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
What key roll our liver and kidneys play in our vitamin D levels
Why digestive health is so important in establishing vitamin D levels
How much vitamin D you should supplement with
How much sun exposure do you need to help your body make vitamin D
What vitamin D rich foods you should eat
What foods you should avoid!

Health AH-HA Moment:
Cholesterol is the raw building block of vitamin D! Without eating, digesting and absorbing healthy fats we cannot make vitamin D!

Your Challenge:   
Follow Dr. Heidi's advice for diet, supplementation and getting healthy sun exposure each week to keep your vitamin D levels optimal all year long.

To order a high-quality vitamin D supplement, along with the other vitamin and mineral co-factors visits:





May 18, 2016

Today's interview is dedicated to my mother who passed away from cancer in 2002 when I was 22 years old.  It is her birthday today, May 18th. She would have been 69.

My Mom would have LOVED this interview!  Tracy Adams is an expert in helping people achieve their health goals by utilizing the mind-body connection and gaining more emotional satisfaction.

If you have any curiosity around wanting to know how to tap into the healing potential of your mind you'll love listening to today's episode!

We have all of the resources we need inside of us and hypnosis simply helps us tap into our own resourcefulness to help us overcome our problems we are having trouble solving.

Problems that are physical like overeating or pain. Emotional problems like anxiety, fear, and confusion. Hypnosis is a tool you can learn to gain clarity, resourcefulness, and direction which lead to emotional satisfaction in all areas of our life.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
Pain can be eliminated using self-hypnosis!
Procedures like dental work can be done without drugs by using hypnosis!
Hypnosis can empower women to have an easier conception, labor, and delivery!
Often people experience more emotional satisfaction from life after working with a good hypnotherapist.

Health AH-HA Moment:
Hypnosis can help you learn how to respond to your emotional needs vs. reacting to your emotions. This helps you gain control of yourself, your thoughts, actions, and feelings which will improve your results and relationships.

Your Challenge:   
When you are not driving and can find a quiet place to relax, follow along with Tracy's relaxation session near the end of the show. Do this anytime you need to relax!


Trace Adam's website:


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May 17, 2016

Forrest Knutson, an expert in Yogic Meditation, is back on the show to teach us all HOW to meditate. He gives us a simple step-by-step method to begin meditating each day, and for those who have been meditating for a while, he covers techniques to go deeper.

This particular type of meditation can be a spiritual experience, in that you are encouraged to utilize your spiritual beliefs within your meditation. Christians can incorporate Jesus, Catholics can incorporate Mother Mary or one of their favorite saints. Others may choose Buddha, an angel, Allah or the Divine Light. Whoever you have a personal connection with.

Forrest explains how to incorporate your spirituality into your meditation for an inspiring and profound experience.

If you do not have a defined spirituality, do not worry, you can still use meditation for its many benefits!

Here is a summary of Forrest's step-by-step guide:
1) Quiet Room or corner of your room.
2) Sit on the floor or sit with your back straight on a chair.
3) Straight spine with one vertebra under the other.
4) Place a pillow under your sacrum to tilt your pelvis slightly forward when sitting. This will aid your back in aligning itself.
5) If you can, sit in a half or full lotus position. This is sitting with your legs crossed.
6) Sit on a wool, fur or silk blanket.
7) Pitch dark room.
8) It is nice to prepare an altar with an image of your spiritual ideal. Jesus, Buddha or perhaps the divine light, etc... someone you connect with personally who inspires you, who you want to connect with, this is your goal.
9) Sway a little side to side and back and forth to align your spine.
10) Double breath - Listen to episode #25 for Forrest's detailed explanation of the double breath.
11) Watch your breath.
12) Hong-Sau Breath.
13) Gently lift eyes to look at your spiritual eye (between and slightly above eyebrows).
14) Feel and watch frontal sinus inflate while breathing.
15) Start doing this for a few minutes at a time each day and build up your endurance.

Please share this episode with those who you know would love to learn how to meditate and receive all of the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual benefits that daily meditation has to offer.


Forrest's Upcoming Book: Adventures in Meditation:

Forrest's First Book: Hacking the Universe:

Book: The Body of Myth by J. Nigro Sansonese:

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May 13, 2016

Jennifer Saltzman is back on the show to chat with Ashley about nutrition and supplement confusion.  For over 21 years Jen has helped many people find their path to health through the physical medicine of pilates, the healing power of prayer and the nutrifying addition of healthy diet and supplements.

Her biggest concern is that people have supplement confusion. Many people believe that supplementing with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and omega fatty acids is a good thing. The problem is what to take, how much to take and when to take it!

Jen offers herself as a Supplement Coach to those who are seeking to finally relieve the confusion and get on the right supplements for them. To reach Jennifer, please email her:

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
Eliminate degenerative diseases
Prolong life and good health
Increase your sense of vitality, energy and stamina
Achieve deeper, more restful sleep

Health AH-HA Moment:
The modern era of convenience, fast food, and reactive medicine has eliminated preventive medicine and full nutrition from our lives.  We must teach ourselves how to implement holistic activities, like earthing, taking supplements and eating organic foods, to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.

Your Challenge:
Jennifer challenges listeners to take action. If you want better health, do something and reach out for help. Jennifer says to pay attention to the number of seemingly healthy and young people that are getting diseases that were once only had by the elderly. Degenerative diseases are from lack of the raw building blocks the body needs to keep itself together. Pay attention to your own symptoms. Stop believing you have these symptoms because it's genetic or normal for your age or gender.  True health is living symptom-free. Nutrition, both from food and supplements, play a major role in aiding your body in its overall health.


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To contact Jennifer Saltzman to get on your supplement program:




May 11, 2016

Oleg of Green Bloom For Humanity is back on The Learn True Health Podcast.  Oleg is an expert in the healing properties of raw cannabis, and his business, Green Bloom For Humanity, is leading the industry in developing RAW, non-psychoactive cannabinoids. “Don’t get high, get healthy” is Green Bloom’s motto.

Oleg shares stories of healing, including his own brother, who cured his liver disease, tuberculosis and drug addiction using raw extracts of the cannabis plant.

Pure RAW cannabis has unlimited medicinal value with no side effects. Oleg describes the four different cannabis delivery methods and emphasizes that anxiety and pain can be eliminated quickly and completely while those who can’t sleep will now sleep through the night.  

Oleg helps Ashley and his audience understand the significance of cannabis.  The lay person thinks that marijuana is just trouble, causing highs that lead to addiction and run-ins with the law. However, consumed in raw form, it is not just a medicine, it is also a supplement.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

Raw extracts of cannabis aid in improving sleep, eliminating pain and ending addiction.

Oleg shares stories about people healing their bodies of cancer using natural medicine.

Dr. Allan Frankel leads the way in using cannabis extracts to heal and treat disease.

Health AH-HA Moment:

Oleg describes what he learned in this book ( Wellness Revolution. In the next few years, each taxpayer will need to support up to 6 elderly who are sick. If we do not turn to natural medicine our society is financially doomed.

Your Challenge:

Go to the Facebook page Green Bloom For Humanity, read the content and watch the videos.  Share with friends that you know this info would help!


Oleg’s Facebook Page:

Oleg’s YouTube channel:

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure disease. Always consult your licensed medical provider. This episode and podcast are for educational purposes only.




May 8, 2016

Barnetty Kushner is treating her stage 3 breast cancer 100% naturally.  In the Fall of 2015, days after Barnetty held her sister's hand while she died from Uterine cancer, Barnetty was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Barnetty, who is only 37 years old, has seen her father also pass away from cancer, or from the effects of the mainstream medical treatments that often do more harm than good.

In this interview Barnetty shares her story and why she is fighting cancer naturally. A big inspiration was watching the docuseries The True About Cancer.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

Different ways people are reversing their cancer naturally
A diet that starves cancer cells
The gut is the most important aspect of your health. Without a healthy gut, your immune system is compromised.

Health AH-HA Moment:

There is no sense of urgency. You do not have to get rushed through the "cut, burn, and poison" treatment. Give yourself time to do your research and get second AND third opinions!

Your Challenge:

Even if you do not have cancer, go get
The Truth About Cancer Docuseries ( )and watch it. You will learn how to prevent cancer and all of the many effective ways people are reversing their cancer naturally. Share this video series with loved ones who have had cancer as well because there is great info for those who are looking to stay in remission!

Watch The Truth About Cancer Docuseries:


Help Barnetty Pay for her IV Therapy:


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May 6, 2016

What we do in the privacy of our bathrooms isn't normally up for discussion, however, this is a holistic health podcast in which I am committed to bringing you info that will help you achieve optimal health.

In this episode, Dr. Heidi shares that our bowel movements are directly connected to our health. If we have constipation or diarrhea it can affect many aspects of our well-being, including our mood, energy, immune system and toxin elimination!

You may think you're all set when it comes to your bowel movements but Dr. Heidi teaches how you can achieve OPTIMAL digestive health that will lead to GREAT bowel movements!

Please share this episode with those loved ones in your life that you know struggle in the bathroom. Dr. Heidi is passionate about helping everyone achieve the perfect poop for optimal health!

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
Your gut health plays a direct role in your mood!
The average American only poops 1 - 2 times a week!
For OPTIMAL health, we should  have a bowel movement 1 to 3 times a DAY!
The color of your stool is related to your liver, toxin elimination and bile.
Constipation means you are dehydrated and reabsorbing toxins your liver was trying to get rid of!

Health AH-HA Moment:
Great BMs mean your body is optimally hydrated, removing and not reabsorbing toxins, supporting its immune system, optimally absorbing micro and macro nutrients and establishing an internal environment that stimulates your body to feel happy!

Your Challenge:
To achieve and maintain healthy bowel movements:   
1. Drink adequate water daily - Listen to episode #04 with Dr. Molly
2. Eat around 25g of fiber a day - Apples, pears, berries, green veggies, beans and dark squash are all good sources of fiber.
3. Eat healthy fats daily - Nuts, seeds, avocado, eggs and fish are all good sources of healthy fats.
4. Salt your food to taste with sea salt.
5. Take a liquid multimineral supplement daily according to your body weight ( for more info on the best supplements to take)
6. Practice deep breathing and walking daily.
7. Consume foods that contain probiotics - Listen to episode 22!

For those who, after implementing these steps, still suffer from constipation listen to Dr. Heidi's further advice on constipation fixes.

To order the supplements our Naturopathic doctors take and recommend visit:






May 4, 2016

Oleg of Green Bloom For Humanity is Ashley’s guest today on The Learn True Health Podcast.  Oleg is an expert in the healing properties of cannabis, and his business, Green Bloom For Humanity, is leading the industry in developing RAW, non-psychoactive cannabinoids. “Don’t get high, get healthy” is Green Bloom’s motto. 

Oleg helps Ashley and his audience understand the significance of cannabis.  The lay person thinks that marijuana is just trouble, causing highs that lead to addiction and run-ins with the law. However, consumed in raw form, it is not just a medicine, it is also a supplement. 

Cannabis can supplement 40 types of food groups and all vitamins, enhancing their curative capacities. Cannabis has been used for its profound therapeutic value for centuries. As a matter of fact he found cannabis mentioned 66 times in the Old Testament.  With his cannabis protocol he has helped a final stage cancer patient attain full remission after having been released from the hospital to die. 

Oleg goes deep into the differences between cannabis grown indoors with chemicals and artificial light and cannabis grown organically in the sun. Negative reactions from the former are caused by the plants not having been washed, by fungus, mildew, pesticides, and spider mites. 

Pure RAW cannabis has unlimited medicinal value with no side effects. Oleg describes the four different cannabis delivery methods, and emphasizes that anxiety and pain can be eliminated quickly and completely, while those who can’t sleep will now sleep through the night.  Oleg accepts Ashley’s invitation to participate again in a future show.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

  • If you remove the element of getting high on cannabis, you remove the stigma and you’re left with a healing herb.
  • Cannabis sold in stores has probably been grown inside with chemicals and artificial light. When it is grown naturally outside in the sun it is much more therapeutic.
  • Cannabis can substitute for all forms of oils, fibers and textiles.
  • It’s impossible to overdose on cannabis.

Health AH-HA Moment:

Those who follow Oleg’s protocol often experience complete pain relief within 40 minutes.

Your Challenge:

Go to the Facebook page Green Bloom For Humanity, read the content and watch the videos.  Share with friends that you know this info would help!


Oleg’s Facebook Page:

Oleg’s YouTube channel:



This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure disease. Always consult your licensed medical provider. This episode and podcast are for educational purposes only.


May 2, 2016

Leiann King, originally from California now lives in Utah withher family. She is a farmer’s wife and homeschooling mother of ninechildren. She has spent a lifetime learning and exploring naturaland alternative living. She is an advocate of home birth andnatural parenting, birthing five of her nine children at home withthe support of her loving husband. She is a certified MasterHerbalist through The School of Natural Healing, an expert on thetherapeutic uses of essential oils and has begun practice in thefield of iridology. She is a raw food enthusiast and believes inthe enhanced spiritual benefits of eating close to the land.

Leiann is an energetic and informative speaker with a treasuretrove of experience and insight. She walks her talk. A passion forworking with nature and blessing the lives of others are foremostin her life.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:
What are essential oils / aromatherapy
Different ways to use essential oils safely
How to NOT use essential oils
How to support your health using aromatherapy

Health AH-HA Moment:
You can use essential oils instead of pain meds to decrease, oreliminate, pain naturally! You can also use them to boost yourimmune system, uplift your mood, increase your memory and promoteskin health!

Your Challenge:
Get lemon or orange essential oils. For the next 7 days, sniff thecap of the bottle and then rub one drop on each big toe and walkaround for one minute.  

Chose lemon to stimulate the left side of your brain, to upliftyour mood and support your body in fighting bacteria.  

Choose orange to stimulate the creative / right side of your brain,to cheer up and regulate your thyroid healthfully.

To purchase Youngevity's Essential Oils visit:

To learn more about essential oils visit:

For the FREE ebook on Aromatherapy visit: