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Ask Why Medicine

Gina, Witt, Patti, and Lora

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It is easy to to struggle with your health, especially when there is so much conflicting information making it complex and confusing. Join Dr. Gina Pritchard, Dr. Witt Wilkerson, Patti DeMatteis and Lora Hooper as they pull back the curtain on traditional healthcare. Each episode contains powerful information to help you discover root causes of disease and a path to better health. If you aren't happy with your current health, or are seeking help, this show is for you.
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In this episode, the team follows the journey of Ask Why team member Dr. Witt Wilkerson as he shares what steps he’s taking to improve his health. Even though he lives a healthy lifestyle and feels healthy, when Witt saw the results of his exhaustive blood panel, he was shocked at his results. However, under the care of Dr. Gina he’s been able to i…
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In this episode of the Ask Why podcast, Lora Hooper, RDH, Dr. Gina Pritchard, and Dr. Witt Wilkerson discuss the importance of practitioners testing not only their patients but themselves. Witt Wilkerson describes his own experience with having chronically high cholesterol, and how implementing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle helped keep him healthy…
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In this episode, Ask Why team members Dr. Gina Pritchard and Lora Hooper discuss food’s impact on our daily lives. Lora opens with the life-changing story of her son’s recent diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, and how that shifted her perspective on what is normally considered to be “healthy” food. The two discuss the fact that food may have a different…
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In this episode, Ask Why hosts Lora Hooper and Dr. Gina Pritchard discuss stigma surrounding food. They talk about the “drama” surrounding one’s relationship with food, considering social, emotional, mental, and cultural factors. Lora and Dr. Gina discuss the fact that one diet does not fit everyone, and the importance of genetic testing as a means…
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In this episode of the Ask Why podcast, Dr. Gina and Patti Dematties are joined by Todd Eldredge, PhD, MBA, MPH. Dr. Eldredge is one of the leading experts on the disease of atherosclerosis, the Founder and CEO of CardioRisk Laboratories, and the co-founder of Wellness VIP. Dr. Eldredge discusses how standard care of medicine works, and delves into…
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In this episode, Dr. Gina Pritchard and Patti DeMatties discuss some lifestyle changes that can have a large impact on one’s health. Gina and Patti go through their acronym “BLESSED,” which helps practitioners and patients alike to start making healthy changes in their lives. The two discuss using genetic testing results as a helpful tool to guide …
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In this episode, the Ask Why team discusses ways to “hack” your body to improve your glucose and metabolism. They discuss peptides and how they can be used to improve glucose levels and metabolism, as well as help the body build muscle and lose fat when paired with diet and exercise. The team discusses “The Glucose Goddess” Jessie Inchauspé, and so…
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In this episode, the Ask Why team discusses the benefits of testing one’s blood sugar with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). They discuss how to manage having a CGM, the ideal reading on your CGM, and using it to learn what foods work with your body. The team also discusses common mistakes that may occur when a doctor is testing a patient’s gluco…
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This week, the Ask Why team is joined again by Leonard Pastrana, PHARMD. Dr. Pastrana is the co-founder of NuBioAge, and is on the faculty of Seed Scientific Research and Performance. NuBioAge defines itself as “Clinical Pharmacists Specializing in Human Optimization.” The team discuss finding early signs of chronic disease, and different tests tha…
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This week, the Ask Why team is joined by Leonard Pastrana, PHARMD. Dr. Pastrana is the co-founder of NuBioAge, and is on the faculty of Seed Scientific Research and Performance. NuBioAge defines itself as “Clinical Pharmacists Specializing in Human Optimization.” Dr. Pastrana goes into his history as a pharmacist, and the feeling that he wasn’t rea…
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In this episode, the hosts are joined again by Ellie Campbell, DO. Ellie Campbell is a Double Board-Certified Physician who specializes in family medicine and holistic care. For more on Dr. Campbell’s, tune in to episode 27 of the Ask Why Podcast, where she was recently featured. Dr. Campbell discusses her new book “The Blood Pressure Blueprint,” a…
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In this episode, the hosts are joined by Ellie Campbell, DO. Ellie Campbell is a Double Board-Certified Physician who specializes in family medicine and holistic care. Dr. Campbell delves into her history as a family medicine doctor, and details the event that led her to come across the BaleDoneen method. The team discuss microvascular disease, and…
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In this episode, the team is joined by Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH. Michelle is the founder of “The Tale of Two Hygienists” podcast, and Level Up Infection Prevention. She has over 21 years experience in dentistry. The team discusses bringing awareness to the Infection Control Coordinator role (ICC) in a dental office, and creating a culture around…
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In this episode, the hosts discusses the importance of practicing integrative healthcare. They speak on the Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society, an organization started by our own Witt Wilkerson, DMD, whose mission is to bring together and educate practitioners of all types through workshops, seminars, and conferences. The hosts discuss the…
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Episode 24: Why should I pursue a collaborative care practice? This week, the hosts are joined by Bobbie DelSasso, RDH, BS. Bobbie DelSasso is the Executive Director of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). AAOSH is a non-profit organization which focuses on expanding awareness about the oral systemic connection. Bobbie DelSasso te…
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In this episode, the hosts are joined by Charissa Wood, RDH and Brittany Simon, CRDH, BASDH. Charissa and Brittany are the creators of Bulletproof Hygiene, a business whose mission is to help hygienists find fulfillment in their profession, and provide community. The two are co-authors of the book “Bulletproof Hygiene,” and are co-hosts of a podcas…
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In this episode, the hosts are joined by David Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health. Heads Up Health is an online platform where individuals and practitioners can track data based on their health, and use that information to improve their overall health and quality of life. The team goes into the simple, affordable, and powerful ways that individu…
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This week, the hosts are again joined by Barb McClatchie, DDS and Eric Goulder, MD, FACC in discussing the motto of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio and Complete Health Dentistry of Central Ohio, which is “On a good day we save a smile, on a great day we save a life.” The two doctors detail different stories of patients…
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In this episode, the Ask Why team is joined by Barb McClatchie, DDS and Eric Goulder, MD, FACC, of The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, and Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus. Dr. McClatchie and Dr. Goulder share with the hosts how they became interested in the oral systemic connection, and what led them to create their…
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In this episode, the hosts are joined by Sydney Avis and her father, Victor Avis, DDS, creators of The Airway Revolution Foundation. “The Airway Revolution Foundation is a non profit organization with a team of medical professionals and advocates who seek to save millions of lives by revolutionizing the current thinking, diagnosis, and treatment of…
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In this episode, Witt Wilkerson, DMD goes into physical and emotional/mental signs in children, young adults, and middle-aged adults of sleep apnea. He also addresses the reasons to get a sleep test, such as the test being affordable, accurate, quick, and comfortable. Dr. Wilkerson discusses the variety of technologies we have today to test for and…
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In this episode, Dr. Witt Wilkerson discusses the importance of breathing through the nose, as opposed to dysfunctionally breathing through the mouth. He details the timeline of how respiratory issues can affect an individual during infancy with respiratory complications and tongue tie, to significant long term health problems such as issues with g…
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In this episode, the Ask Why Medicine team is joined by Dr. Tom Nabors, founder of Direct Diagnostics and a pioneer in salivary testing. Dr. Tom Nabors describes how his frustration with repeatedly seeing the same cases of periodontal disease led him to research the root cause, and by 2008, start his own diagnostics lab in the US. He discusses how …
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In this episode Dr. Witt Wilkerson is joined by Dr. Steven Masley, a leading physician, nutritionist, trained chef, author, and the creator of the #1 health program for Public Television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart. Dr. Masley explains how inflammation, specifically gut inflammation, is connected to chronic inflammatory diseases. He discusses sugar…
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In this episode Dr. Witt Wilkerson is joined by Dr. Steven Masley, a leading physician, nutritionist, trained chef, author, and the creator of the #1 health program for Public Television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart. Dr. Masley explains how the mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest and easiest to follow. He breaks down the Mediterranean diet t…
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Breathing is an essential element to life, yet often overlooked in today's world. In this episode, we discuss the importance of healthy breathing and the impact it can have on your overall health. Chronic mouth breathing can be very disruptive to one's overall health. When you breathe through your nose, it enhances your health dramatically. Are you…
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Cognitive decline is at an all time high. In this episode, we discuss why traditional healthcare is failing at treating dementia AND doing nothing to prevent it. There are 40+ contributors to dementia and we empower you to take prevention into your own hands. If you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms, we hope you will seek out these reso…
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What is a Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT)? It is a simple, non-invasive, ultrasound test looking at the wall of your arteries. It is one of the most important tests starting at the age of 45. Through this test, we can look for early signs of asymptomatic disease, that can eventually lead to a heart attack, stroke, or dementia. In this ep…
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Stop guessing and start testing! In this episode we review the top tests to be proactive in your health. It is important to know an issue as early as possible, to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer's. In the dental office, we can test for pathogenic bacteria in your mouth that is driving chronic inflamm…
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Heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and dementia are the top killers in the world today, and can shorten one's life by about 10-16 years. In the world of integrative medicine, we can predict if you are headed towards one of these devastating diseases or reverse and stabilize the disease process. In this episode, Dr. Gina Pritchard helps us understand …
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Dr. Gina Pritchard and Patti DeMatteis discuss the oral systemic connection and diabetes. We provide insight from both the medical and dental perspective because periodontal disease and diabetes are bi-relational conditions. Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes is often asymptomatic. With proper periodontal (gum) disease treatment, HbA1c …
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Diabetes is a massive epidemic in this country with many people remaining undiagnosed. Pre-diabetes is a silent disease, often smoldering for 10-20 years prior to being diagnosed. This is devastating to the micro-vessels in our bodies, and is why early testing and prevention is so important. Advanced Testing - 2-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test - test f…
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In this episode, we discuss the importance of the saliva test. The saliva test is a test panel that identifies the exact bacteria present in the patient’s mouth. Without saliva testing, any oral antibiotic treatment used by professionals is less targeted and therefore less effective. When certain bacterial growth is not properly addressed in the mo…
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Join our hosts for an informative discussion on the importance of having an oral systemic collaboration team. The mouth is the gateway to the body and that’s why it’s so beneficial to take the information we obtain during a dental exam and share it with the other medical professionals in our collaboration team. We know now that bacteria in the mout…
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Hosts are the heart of every podcast, and to honor this fact, we’re bringing you special story episodes featuring each host individually. Today’s episode features Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson’s personal story about how he became a leader in the field of integrative health care, and focuses on the question: Why is it important that our health model takes an…
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Chronic inflammation is rampant among the vast majority of people in the United States. This inflammation is often silent and can occur for years without you even knowing, wreaking havoc throughout our bodies. This chronic inflammation can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other chronic diseases. The current standar…
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In thinking about how we can take responsibility for our own health and not be dependent on others, Dr. Witt Wilkerson discusses the three eras of medicine. The first and second era of medicine is primarily focused on lifesaving medicines and procedures. This kind of care is necessary when you are sick; however, if there were guardrails in place th…
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Welcome to the Ask Why Medicine Podcast! In this introductory episode, you’ll meet the hosts Gina Pritchard, MSN, RN, CNS, ACNP, DNPc; Patti DeMatteis ASDH, RDH; Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA; and DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD. They discuss their “why,” the goals of the podcast, and empower you to ask “why?” in your own life. Gina Pritchard, MSN, RN, CNS, A…
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