Wellness for Life Radio focuses on optimal health, all-natural allergy relief, clinical nutrition, environmental and lifestyle medicine as well as holistic anti-aging and life extension techniques.

Dr. Susanne Bennett will share her twenty four years of clinical experience and expertise in all-natural therapies and remedies that can help common health issues such as allergies, gastrointestinal issues, chronic fatigue, autoimmune and endocrine disorders, insomnia, fat loss resistance and much more.

Listen Live Friday at 10am PT

Dr. Susanne is out of town this weekend for the July 4th Holiday. This week’s show will feature a few of her favorite topics and guests from previous live shows. Have a great holiday weekend!

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

      What’s Hot in Exercise Trends
      What’s Trending in Birth Control
      Nature’s Secrets – Healthy Travel Essentials
      Nature’s Secrets – Non-Toxic Sun Protection
      Nature’s Secrets – Finding the Right Cleanse for You

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

Kristan Clever

All About Fitness

      The Hottest Exercise Trend: CrossFit
Kristan CleverOne of CrossFit’s all-time fiercest competitors, the 5’2”, 130-pound Kris Clever was the 2010 “Fittest Woman on Earth” and has three other Top 5 CrossFit Games finishes to her name. For many of her fans and competitors, though, Clever made her greatest impression at the 2013 Games, when she refused to quit even as the intense pain of a severe shoulder injury had put her out of the running. This effort later earned her the “Spirit of the Games” award.

Clever remains a dedicated Rogue athlete and currently trains in Van Nuys, CA, near her lifelong L.A. stomping grounds. Now over 30, she elected to take a hiatus from individual CrossFit competition in 2014, but did take part in the team events at the SoCal Regionals.

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

Exercise Trends and Warm Weather Fitness Strategies

      What's Hot in Exercise Trends?
      Warm Weather Fitness Strategies
Marie SpanoMarie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD, is a nutrition communications expert and one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists. She is the sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks, Blackzilians (MMA) and Chip Smith Performance Systems. Spano’s clients also include athletes in the NFL, PGA, NHL, CrossFit and more. She was the sports dietitian for the former Atlanta Thrashers (prior to their move to Canada) as well as the Atlanta Braves – Minor Leagues. Spano got her start as a graduate assistant in the athletic dept. at UGA, running the sports nutrition program there (reporting to Ron Courson, ATC, CSCS & Dr. Rick Lewis).

Spano has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, and authored hundreds of magazine articles and trade publication articles, written book chapters, marketing materials and web copy on a variety of topics ranging from novel food ingredients to optimal sports performance recovery foods. She is the author of two chapters in the NSCA’s Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition (Human Kinetics Publishers) and currently working on another book for Human Kinetics.

A three-sport collegiate athlete, Spano earned her Masters in Nutrition from the University of Georgia where she ran the Sports Nutrition Program and her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG) where she was a student-athlete representative to the NCAA and D1 cross country runner. Spano is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Annie B. Kay

How Yoga Can Benefit Diabetes

      Yoga and Diabetes
Annie B. Kay
Yoga does more than manage stress. In addition to calming the nervous system, it improves circulation throughout the body, increases muscular tone, improves balance, allows improved breathing, and provides gentle physical activity that nearly anyone can do. Now, research has proven that yoga practice has a significant potential for addressing key lifestyle and behavioral issues with disorders such as type 2 diabetes.
Annie B. Kay MS, RD, RYT, is the lead nutritionist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Author of the award-winning Every Bite is Divine, she is also an integrative dietitian and a Kripalu yoga teacher. Annie is the former director of the Osteoporosis Awareness Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Nature's Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Each week, host Dr. Susanne Bennett shares with her listeners Nature’s Secrets for a healthier body.

      Nature's Secrets: A Healthier Body
This week: We’re going to talk about how to Optimize your Exercise time and maximize your results! What type of exercise is best? What should we eat before and after our workouts? How do we best hydrate our tissues to prevent fatigue, and finally are there any special nutrients that can up level our workouts? I will share a few of my favorites with you!

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

Jay Cardiello

Fitness for Fathers

      Men's Nutrition
      Fitness for Dads

Jay CardielloJay Cardiello is one of the most sought after and recognized fitness and wellness professionals in the world. Cardiello is an “Exercise is Medicine” Professional and strength coach to celebrities, radio talk show host at RadioMD / iHeart Radio, a regular contributor to leading media outlets, a published author, and an advisor to global brands.

Jay has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sofia Vergara, Julianne Hough, Kevin Love, Minka Kelly and teams in the MLB and NFL, among countless others. He is the former Fitness Editor for Shape, a regular contributor to Men’s Fitness, the Resident Celebrity Fitness Editor for both Star and OK! magazines, and a member of the Advisory Board for Muscle & Fitness. Jay has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Bloomberg TV, The Real Housewives of New York, MTV, CBS, Self magazine, The New York Times, Us Weekly, InStyle, Time and Elle.

Howard Liebowitz, MD, FACEP

Men’s Health and Hormones

      Disease in Men and Their Secret Weapon
      Hormone Imbalance in Men

Howard LiebowitzDr. Liebowitz was trained in Internal Medicine at USC, and worked as an Emergency and Trauma Physician for over 20 years at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He served as the Medical Director at The Centinela Hospital Fitness Institute in Los Angeles, testing professional athletes from The Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and PGA golf tour. He also served as the team Doctor for The Pioneer Triathlon Team, a professional triathlon team. As a member of the medical steering committee for Tri-Fed, the governing body of the Triathlon sport, he helped direct it into the Olympics. He was a member of the advisory board of Bally Health and Tennis and 24 Hour Fitness, as well as a Physician at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California.

In 2005 Dr. Liebowitz co-founded and served as Medical Director of the well-known Hall Center in Santa Monica, specializing in hormone balancing, anti aging, detoxification and alternative medicine programs.

He was recently featured in Suzanne Somer’s books ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Knockout’. He was highlighted in four appearances on The Dr. Phil Show between 2009-2010 for his unique approach to Bio-identical hormone replacement and weight loss.

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Nature's Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Each week, host Dr. Susanne Bennett shares with her listeners Nature’s Secrets for a healthier body.

This week: In celebration for Father’s Day, Dr. Susanne will go over Men’s Health: The BIG V3 for Men: Vitality, Vigor and Virility


      Nature's Secrets: The Big 3 V for Men's Health

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

Dr. Caroline Cederquist

What is Interfering with your Weight Loss?

      Women and the Trouble with Weight Gain
      What is Interfering with Your Weight Loss?

Dr. Caroline CedarquistDr. Caroline Cederquist, M.D., author of The MD Factor, is a board-certified weight loss physician with a specialization in nutrition, metabolism and weight management, who dedicates her professional career to healthy weight loss and management. She shares nearly two decades-worth of knowledge and treatment for weight loss, predominately correcting metabolism dysfunction. Growing up, the majority of Caroline’s family members were overweight. Through her knowledge of weight management, she is proof that you can manage your genetic predispositions through healthy lifestyle changes and has encouraged her to help America incorporate health into their lifestyle. Her book breaks down the difficulties behind losing weight and reversing metabolic dysfunction. She also carries her message of health and wellness through publications in professional journals, and has appeared as a weight-management expert on several popular television shows, including Dr. Phil.

Dr. Kyrin Dunston

Cracking the “Bikini Code” & Too Fatigued to Be Fabulous?

      Cracking the Bikini Code
      Too Fatigued to Feel Fabulous

KDDr. Dunston is a Board Certified physician specializing in Functional Medicine.  She formerly practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology and healed her body with Functional Medicine and now is passionate about utilizing this cutting edge care to help others heal their bodies at the causative level. Originally from New York City she attended Bryn Mawr College and Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania and completed her residency training in OBGYN at the Medical Center of Delaware in 1996.  While practicing OBGYN for 14 years in Savannah, GA she was the Medical Director of
Womancare Clinical Studies Group and the Primary Investigator on over 20 pharmaceutical trials, the medical director for Womancare OBGYN, a large single specialty group and on the Merck Speakers Bureau.

Dr. Dunston became very unhealthy, ultimately weighing 243 pounds, and suffered with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, hair loss and myriad other life interfering symptoms.  Traditional medicine offered no answers or solutions.  Ultimately, a patient gave her one of Suzanne Somers books and she learned about Functional Medicine.  Optimum health returned as she used the specialized testing and natural treatments of this progressive and effective type of medical care to regain her health and her life.

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Nature's Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

On Nature’s Secrets, Dr. Susanne will share how to rid that belly bloat, the jiggle, the dreaded muffin top to get bikini and surf short ready for the summer fast!

      Nature’s Secrets – Flat Sexy Belly

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

On this Episode: Relax your Mind, Body and Spirit in 30 Minutes or Less!

Relax your Mind, Body and Spirit in 30 Minutes or Less!

Dr. Susanne Bennett

Our lives are so stressful; there just isn’t enough time for much self-nurturing behavior out there! Going to a restorative yoga class, sitting still…deep breathing for 30 minutes or chanting mantras may not be right for you.

Maybe you need a relaxation technique that is a bit more spontaneous. My workday is quite hectic, but I still try to spend 20 minutes or so each day on some mind/body self-care.

A quick re-connect with nature, the outdoors can often do the trick for me, and doesn’t cost a thing. A side benefit is getting just the right amount of my daily Vitamin D!

Today on Nature’s Secrets, I am going to share 5 simple but powerful strategies I have found that can really make a difference in relaxing your mind, body and spirit:

  • Earthing
  • Essential Oils
  • Forest Bathing
  • Oxygenate! (Dr. Susanne’s Favorite Deep Breathing Exercise)
  • Appreciate!

#1 : What is Earthing?

In my book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover, in chapter 7, it is all about Cleaning up your stress, and I talk about Earthing… Sometimes called Vitamin G for “grounding” refers to the process of bringing the human body in direct contact with the negative electric charge of the earth’s surface and its inherent energy. Our ancestors spent every moment of their lives barefoot and connected to the earth and nature.

Our bodies adapted to receiving electrical energy from the earth, and it remains beneficial to our well-being and sense of belonging and place.

Years ago, our ancestors frequently walked barefoot and often worked in the soil; people were all just much more apt to be physically “connected” to the earth in the past, rather than insulated from it with cement buildings, paved streets, cars and less open space in our neighborhoods!

Our modern style of walking with plastic shoes and synthetic socks, fully clothed, wearing sunglasses and sunscreen, can leave us feeling disconnected and anxious.

Today, we are constantly bombarded with free radicals from the environment and electromagnetic pollution, which cause inflammation, immune response issues and premature aging in our bodies.

So why does all of this matter? Well, researchers believe that connecting with the natural energy of the earth’s ground can actually help neutralize some of those free radicals; the ground being electrically conductive. Studies show that earthing reduces cortisol levels and inflammation, lowers stress and pain, and even improves sleep.

So How do we get more Vitamin G? Spend 20-30 minutes walking barefoot on the ground, grass or beach…and you will improve your stress level, relax your body and improve your overall health.
If you can’t get outside during your lunch to feel mother earth beneath your feet, then you can bring it into your office! I do it when I travel for conferences where I often have to be indoors from 8 am to 8 pm… I connect to nature by walking on river rocks, natural stone! At the same time I am stimulating my acupressure points on the bottom of my feet so I get double benefit from earthing with river rocks!

#2. Use Relaxing Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that are harvested from plants, trees and herbs, sometimes using a steam distillation process. Essential oils are typically used for aromatherapy or diluted topical application.

Researchers believe that the fragrance of the oil stimulates the nerves in the nose, where receptors respond by sending chemical messages along the body’s nerve pathways to the brain’s limbic system.
The limbic system controls our moods and emotions. Studies done using imaging have shown the effects of different smells on the limbic system and its emotional pathways, either calming or stimulating.

They can be used for calming and stress relief, as a stimulant, for other medicinal purposes (digestion, nausea), and even as an aphrodisiac.

Essential oils are an easy way to show yourself some love, is by using my favorite relaxing scent: lavender!

It is well-known for its soothing, relaxing and calming properties and is also wonderful for accelerating healing time for burns, cuts, stings and other wounds.

To Destress:
-Rub on neck and temples in evening to relax body and improve sleep
-Relaxing bath before bedtime by add lavender essential oils and epsom salts to restore body after a stressful day
-Diffuse in the air to relax and improve mood
-For a truly relaxing experience, try a massage using lavender essential oils. The essential oil is added to a carrier oil such as almond oil.and massaged into the skin. Give yourself a light temple massage in just minutes… so calming.

Just make sure to dilute the essential oil! It is very potent, add at least 15-20 drops to 1.5 tablespoons of a carrier oil like almond or jajoba oil and I always suggest that you do a skin patch test prior to using it over a larger area of your skin.

I actually have a sachet full of lavender next to my bed in a glass container that I can open and smell before bedtime, not only do I love the scent of lavender but what it does to my body so I can get some deep uninterrupted sleep!

#3 Forest Bathing to heal

Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of “forest bathing,”- mindfulness walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can help you de-stress, elevate your mood and strengthen your immune system.

Go on a walk or sit within the forest and use your senses of sight, smell and sound to consciously focus on elements within the forest setting.

In one study, forest bathers had an increase in the number of “Natural Killer” cancer cells in the body. It is thought that this may be due to breathing in phytoncide, an essential oil found in many forest trees. Studies have shown forest bathing to be relaxing and even quite spiritual, reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Focus around you, the plants, smells and listen to the birds, the wind… you can even hug a tree to feel it’s presence and power!

20 minutes is all you need to rejuvenate your body and immune system!

A person might touch the bark and focus on how it feels to run their finger over it; or focus on the breeze, feeling it, listening to it, smelling it and watching how it moves leaves in a tree. Someone might inhale the fragrance of different flowers, or focus in on the detail of a particular flower or leaf, perhaps counting the number of petals or veins, or studying the color.

Just 20 minutes.

Ok, so what if you live in the city, where there are no forests close by what do you do to connect to nature? Go to your local park, or find a community garden , or even a Botanical Museum to be surrounded by plants, trees and flowers!

#4 Oxygenate to reduce Anxiety

One of the best things you can do to relax and center yourself is to just breathe, but do it correctly! What’s important though is the actual cadence of the breathing and that you use your diaphragm instead of your chest.

What you want to do is to breathe in through your nose deeply for 4 seconds. Then exhale slowly through your nose for 6 seconds. And then repeat that for a total of 6 times during the one minute. When you breathe in, use your diaphragm muscle to expand your lungs and take in more oxygen. Do this for 10 min only! And you will see how you can break the cycle of anxiety and panic quickly!

But you can’t be thinking about your “to do” list while doing this! That totally defeats the purpose and you likely will not breathe deeply and slowly. Focus on the breathing exercise. Feel your body as it takes in the breath and listen as your exhale.

Stress can make you forgetful, fatigued, depressed and sick. So it really is important to learn some simple techniques like deep breathing.

#5 Last tip on how to relax your mind body and soul is to Appreciate!

After you oxygenate, if you have another few moments I suggest pulling up a brief remembrance of love, compassion or gratitude into your thoughts.

You’ll be surprised at how relaxed and centered this can make you feel. We all have struggles, but I truly believe that we all have much to be thankful for. We’re just typically too busy to remember that!

Take a moment; be thankful for your passions, for your family’s health or recent accomplishments, great or small. Connecting with a loving memory can also be just the thing to de-stress from a challenging afternoon.

So take a few minutes each day and give yourself a little relaxation. You’ll start to feel great from the inside out in no time!

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

On this Episode: Mold Toxicity

Mold Toxicity in Your Home – What You Need to Know!

Dr. Susanne Bennett

When my son Cody was 2 years old, he had severe mold allergies, so terribly that We had to carry an Epipen, a medical injectable device just in case he had an anaphylactic reaction from eating anything contaminated with mold. Back them, 18 years ago, I didn’t and his pediatrician didn’t know much about molds and fungi and how toxic it can be to the human body.

Today, on Nature’s Secrets, we are going to discuss the Fungus Among us, whether it’s inside our body or outside, and how we can rid of it Naturally.

Molds are one type of fungus, and is different from plants, animals and bacteria.

Molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that are decomposers of dead organic material such as leaves, wood, plants and even organisms.

The spores and threadlike appendages of individual mold colonies are too small for us to see without a microscope and can invade the food we eat and our living environment.

For people with general molds sensitivities, it can trigger irritating immune responses such as hay fever symptoms, allergic rhinitis and coughing issues.

For people with severe allergy symptoms or compromised immune systems, mold can cause chronic inflammation and more significant issues such as asthma, anaphylactic reactions, bronchial fungal infections, chronic fatigue and even irritable bowel syndrome.

Some ingested molds of aspergillus and fusarium species can be dangerous especially due to the potentially toxic substances it produces called mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are the byproduct of mold growth, some molds excrete it to help fight off other molds and organisms…. It want to be the King of the hill , be the top dog in the neighborhood!

If eaten, it can cause severe GI and liver symptoms Mycotoxins damaging the intestinal lining causing leaky gut…. It can wipe out the liver function enough to cause liver failure… Long term exposure to mycotoxins such as aflotoxin can cause liver cancer….

Mycotoxins are also poisonous neurotoxins meaning they can be damaging to your central nervous system…and are found primarily in molds that grow on nuts especially peanuts and grain crops such as corn, rice and wheat.

They have also been found on celery, potatoes, apples, peppers, and other produce. It has been estimated that 25% of the world’s crops could be affected by mycotoxins, in particular a type called aflatoxin. Aflatoxins grow on peanuts and grains, particularly corn.

Given that corn and grains are used in their raw state in a lot of farm animal feed there is obvious concern about this toxin, in terms of its potential effect on humans. Aflotoxin has been found in cow’s milk due to contaminated feed, so we can get it indirectly by eating contaminated dairy products.

I think this is another great reason for staying away from dairy products!


  • There are a lot of mold in the foods we eat… For instance, you know that blue stuff in the “blue cheese or roqhfort cheese” ? That is pennicilium roqforte mold you are eating! The outer covering on a big salami roll is infested with mold too!

1st. Other Foods risky for molds: Many cheeses, mushrooms, dried fruits, restaurant greens and salads, freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices, packaged foods such as crackers and chips harbor mold and nuts such as peanuts, cashews and pistacios are susceptible to mold.

Every week, I have around 3-5 patients coming in because of stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting due to food poisoning from eating at their favorite local restaurant… and more often then not, I find that it is due to them eating raw salads… the restaurants never washes the greens! They just grab the fresh greens out of the big plastic bag and pour on the dressing!

I suggest eating cooked veggies out, you can ask your waiter to have them make you a dish of saute’d arugula instead of it being in salad form… If you are jonesing for some fresh greens… in one minute, I’m going to teach you how to clean them at home so you can eat them mold free!

Again stay away from dairy products, they are notorious for growing mold on them!

2nd let’s implement “safe shopping” practices such as:

  • Always read the “Best by” dates before adding I into your sopping cart!
  • Don’t sniff something you suspect of being moldy! If you do, the mold spores are now up your nose! When in doubt, throw the item out.
  • Store things at recommended temperatures.
  • Don’t overbuy produce! Buy only a few days’ worth at a time as mold can start to grow after just a few days,, unless you Rinse your produce with Vitamin C!
  • For all of the fresh greens, fruits you can’t peel such as berries and grapes, great for grains, nuts, seeds… I Use Vitamin C crystals to soak and wash any vegetable, fruit or grain. Just 15 minutes, works better than any veggie wash product I’ve ever seen; it cuts through bacteria and mold and as a super antioxidant it neutralized the pesticides and any fertilizers used on the produce. Remember, even organic produce can have pesticides on it because of “drift” between farms.

Make sure you get Ascorbic Acid, not the buffered kind or ester C, and get one that is Corn – Free… a lot of Vitmain C is made from GMO Corn, If you have trouble finding it you can go to https://drsusanne.com/crystals….

Finally If you find even one spot of mold on something, throw it out. Mold often has threadlike filaments that penetrate the item. So just spooning out the spot you see at the top may not get all of the contamination. Also, if one berry in a basket has mold, consider the whole basket contaminated and toss it.

Best of Nature's Secrets

      Nature’s Secrets – All About Women’s Health
      Nature’s Secrets – Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance
      Nature’s Secrets – Which Diet is Right for You
      Nature’s Secrets – The Dangers of Fast Weight Loss
      Nature’s Secrets – Non-Toxic Sun Protection

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

Heather Hayward

Meditation 101

      Meditation 101 - Heather Hayward

Health Benefits of Meditation

      Health Benefits of Meditation - Heather Hayward
Heather Hayword

For over thirty years, Heather Hayward has dedicated her career to the field of personal well-being.  As a Results-Focused Personal Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, author and speaker, Heather successfully works with a diverse client population in one-on-one and group settings connecting them to their heart, producing sustainable change through Comfort, Humor and Inspiration.

Specializing in creating custom written guided meditations for actors to business owners, writers to lawyers, youth to mature clients, and everything in between, these recordings support them to quickly self-correct, reduce negative self-talk and stay committed to their positive changes.

Dr. Al Plechner, DVM

Feeding Your Pets the Healthiest Foods

      Feeding Your Pets the Healthiest Foods - Dr. Al Plechner, DVM

Preventing and Treating Disease in Your Pets

      Preventing and Treating Disease in Your Pets - Dr. Al Plechner, DVM
Dr. Al Plechner

AL Plechner, DVM is a veterinarian with special interests in allergies, autoimmunity and cancer in animals and humans. He has shared his thoughts and research in books, medical journals, his website at drplechner.com, and with physicians that attended his lectures at the Broda Barnes MD, Research Foundation.
Dr. Plechner created the first non-meat pet diets, which included developing the Nature’s Recipe pet food line. The veterinary profession and pet food manufacturers followed his lead and began creating similar pet foods.

In fifty years of practice and clinical research, Dr. Plechner’s greatest achievement is his discovery of a hormonal imbalance, originating in the middle layer adrenal cortex, which initiates immune system irregularities that can cause a number of catastrophic diseases including; allergies, autoimmunity, cancer and AIDS, in both animals and humans. This hormonal imbalance is known as Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome (ACEIS) or Plechner’s Syndrome, as the public calls it. He also developed the Plechner Protocol, a hormonal replacement therapy used to correct these deadly imbalances.

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Nature's Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

Relaxation Techniques: 5 Ways to Relax your Mind, Body and Spirit in 30 Minutes or Less!

      5 Ways to Relax - Dr. Susanne Bennett

On this episode of Wellness For Life Radio:

Dr. Alex Spira

Lung Health

      Breathe Easy - Everything You Need to Know about Lung Health - Dr. Alex Spira
Dr. Alex Spira

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Alex Spira earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed his medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his training, Dr. Spira was granted many awards and honors, and he completed several specialized fellowship programs. Among these honors were the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship (1990-1997), Merck Corporation Scholarship (1995-1995), Pediatric AIDS Foundation Fellowship (1993-1995) and Harvard University Scholarship (1987-1990). Dr. Spira has also received his PhD from the New York University School of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout his career, Dr. Spira has received multiple honors, including Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian magazine for multiple years. In 2014, he received the prestigious Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctor award. In his spare time, Dr. Spira enjoys spending time with his family, coaching children’s sports, cycling, and cheering on his favorite New York sports teams.


Dr. David Andrews

Chemicals and Toxicity – What You Need to Know

      Chemicals and Toxins Lurking in Your Kitchen - Dr. David Andrews
EWG-Dr. David AndrewsDr. Andrews is using his background in chemistry and nanotechnology research to investigate environmental health issues. His work focuses on finding ways to change national environmental regulations and government policies to protect public health. During his five years at EWG he has developed comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory processes affecting industrial chemicals, consumer products, cosmetics and nanomaterials. David has conducted more than 100 media interviews on various public health issues and frequently deals with federal agencies and legislative offices. His recent work has included collaborating on designing and building EWG’s consumer databases, highlighting the overuse of confidentiality claims submitted to EPA and organizing a conference for a federal initiative to set priorities for nanotechnology research. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern. He has authored more than 10 scientific publications and holds a patent on quantum interference devices. Learn more here: http://www.ewg.org/

Dr. Gary Kaplan

Environmental Health – How the Environment is Impacting Our Health

      Scary Connection Between Toxins and Disease Dr. Gary Kaplan
      The Environment is Becoming a 'Pain' - Dr. Gary Kaplan
Dr. Gary Kaplan

Dr. Gary Kaplan, D.O., a pioneer of integrative medicine, is one of just 19 physicians board certified in both family medicine and pain medicine and practices in McLean, VA. A clinical associate professor at Georgetown University and director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, he has also served as a consultant to the NIH and, in October 2013, was appointed to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee at Health and Human Services. He has discussed his work on Good Morning America, NPR, NBC News, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He resides in Falls Church, VA. Learn more here: www.KaplanClinic.com

Nature's Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett


Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett:

The Fungus Among Us!

Today on Nature’s Secrets Dr. Susanne will discuss “the fungus among us,” whether it’s inside our body or outside, and how we can get rid of it naturally!

      Nature's Secrets - Fungus Among Us

Nature’s Secrets with Dr. Susanne Bennett

On this Episode: Mother’s Day Health Secrets by Dr. Susanne

Moms are so special and they give so much to their family that often they forget to take care of themselves.

So for Mother’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to support all of the moms out there with some advice on how they can best care for their own body… Today on Nature’s Secrets, I want to talk about 3 health tips that many women aren’t aware of and rarely talk about even with their doctors!

#1. How many women can say that they really know “their own breasts in detail? We’ve been told for years to do breast self-checks as a “preventive” measure, to support our breast health and catch problems early. And while spending the time doing that check, is there something more that we could do that might actually prevent breast cancer the most common cancer among American women?

I say Yes, there is. So let’s have you start now.

Lymphatic breast massage is a simple exercise you can do that can truly be considered preventive in nature to help

Your lymphatic system keeps tissue clean and the body’s immune system working. It is like a second circulatory system; it moves wastes and toxins out, and it produces immune cells that fight infection. The liquid that flows through the lymphatic system is called lymph, but it doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system so only body movements activates the lymph flow!

If you don’t get enough exercise, or have a poor diet, have a hidden infection or exposed to toxins, your lymphatic system can become bogged down, stagnant with toxins that don’t get filtered out, then your body can become more susceptible to infection and disease such as cancer.

Here are the 4 simple steps to help move the breast lymph and prevent disease.

  1. Put all 4 fingers into your armpit where the lymph nodes are and pump straight into your pit… this is not a massage, just push straight up to pump your tissue. Keep your shoulder relaxed during this action. Do it 10-20 times.
  2. Next- hold the entire breast with both hands and pull your breast towards the armpit, towards the lymph nodes… 10 x – 20 x
  3. Upper inner quadrant of the breast needs extra care because it drains differently… hold with the breast with the same side hand, the opposite hand supports above the breast, then you pump the upper breast towards the collar bone, using your palm. 10 x – 20 x
  4. Last exercise, grab breast with both hands and push breast back straight into the chest wall. 10 x – 20 x

You can follow the 4 simple steps in a fantastic video made by the Breast Health Project, by going


This breast lymph exercise will help get your lymphatic fluid moving, filtering and removing wastes; and potentially reducing swelling, PMS breast symptoms, and other breast discomfort. Less toxins in breast tissues means less triggers that may stimulate cancer cell growth!

Plus, it turns the scary cancer-hunting self-check into a relaxing preventive massage that can help you strengthen your breast immunity, and detoxing the tissues.

One more thing about breast health… I suggest women do not wear under wire bras. It is way too restrictive, which inhibits lymph flow. There has also been some concern expressed over the wire having an antenna effect, stimulating the areas it touches in a harmful way.

More studies are needed, as other factors could be involved, such as diet and obesity, but until then… my view is why take the risk? I wear a wireless bra and so can you! Or just go completely free!

#2 Let’s Keep Your Vagina Healthy!

Healthy Microbiome:

#2: One of the best things to do to keep your vagina healthy is to keep your vaginal microbiome…the good friendly bacteria properly in balance by eating an appropriate diet, including the use of a probiotic.

If you eat a lot of sugar and simple carbs, the bad bacteria and yeast go into overgrowth mode, which leads to vaginal infections.

You can counter that by eating whole, healthy foods; low glycemic load carbs, lots of green leafy veggies and fermented foods such as kimchi my favorite, sauerkraut, pickles and miso, as well as coconut yogurt or Kefir otherwise take a daily probiotic.

Keep Things Clean:

You will also want to keep things in and around the vagina clean, but avoid over-drying and irritating chemicals. A healthy vagina is a pH of 3.8-4.5 and many soaps will change that to unhealthy levels. I recommend you avoid baby wipes, sprays and douching.

Douching impacts the pH level and studies have shown that douching can actually increase risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and STDs.

Wash the vulva the outer area of the vagina daily. I recommend you try my Probiotic Cleansing Bar, which is pH balanced, chemical-free and hypoallergenic. It contains fermented lactic acid bacteria to ensure a healthy microbiome as well.

For Perimenopause or Menopausal women

Less estrogen will thin and dry vaginal tissues, increases pH level and fewer secretions can mean discomfort during sex. Having sex actually helps preserve your vagina’s thickness and moisture. Meaning if you don’t use it, you will lose it! Start taking Sea Buck thorn oil, Omega 7’s … it will increase the tone, and moistness within a week, reducing pain, irritation and inflammation that can be triggered by sexual activity. If you use lubrication, look for a natural water-based formula versus Vaseline or other toxic chemicals

“Health is Much More Than Skin Deep”

Lastly, Today many of us without knowing, poison our bodies by applying toxic skincare products and make-up. We slather on products on our skin loaded with synthetic chemicals– that can be easily absorbed by our body’s largest organ – our skin!

Synthetic chemicals found in the majority of skincare products are often “endocrine disruptors that mimic our natural hormones, signaling to our body to increase or decrease the production of other key hormones erroneously. They can actually tell cells to die prematurely or allow other dangerous hormones to accumulate.

Here are a few key culprits:

Amines are used to balance pH, help with foaming action and act as a preservative. Best case they can create irritation or dermatitis, worst case they can mix with nitrates and become carcinogenic.

Parabens have been found in biopsies from breast tumors and are very prevalent in our personal care products.

Bisphenol – A (BPA) An estimated 93% of us have BPA in our bodies, and it has been linked to breast and other cancers.

Phthalates are often simply labeled as “fragrance”, sounds lovely but they are known endocrine disruptors!

All of these toxins are lipophilic, they gets stored in fatty tissue such as the breasts and brain.

I dedicated a whole chapter in my book, “The 7-Day Allergy Makeover”, to this topic. It is so important to your health, and the health of all your favorite moms!

One more thing, Color additives are another concern in cosmetics and body care products. Yellow #5, Red #40…they are widely found in food products and cosmetics.

They are often even found in products labeled, “natural”. Let’s be clear, natural does not been clean and healthy. These additives can cause allergic reactions , I actually have a sensitivity to Red dye #40, and can’t wear any eye shadow with that colorant in it, otherwise I have a terrible case of conjunctivitis.!

So Read your labels! Look for products that are 100% organic (USDA certified) if possible. The Environmental Working Group, EWG, has a “Skin Deep” cosmetics database to help you find personal care products and make-up that utilize fewer dangerous chemicals.

So… Happy Mom’s Day to all the beautiful women in your life, including you!

Until then, This is Dr. Susanne, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to serve you, I am dedicated to helping you feel and be your best today! This is Wellness For Life Radio, on Radio MD, See you next time, stay well!