Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on July 6 and 7, 2024 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss the gut-brain axis and Alzheimer’s disease with naturopath Dr. Colleen Hartwick ND, MSG hidden in our food (and why that’s bad) with author Dr. Katie Reid PhD, lessons in leadership from…Howard Stern with author and personal coach Michael Kublin and coping with grief with author Rich Allen

We specifically discuss:

The Gut-Brain Axis and Alzheimer’s Disease

  • What is Alzheimer’s disease and what are the major symptoms?
  • What is the gut-brain axis?
  • The gut microbiome
  • Short chain fatty acids
  • BDNF
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • The role of the blood-brain barrier
  • Metabolic health and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease – “Type 3 Diabetes”
  • Lifestyle and diet choices to support gut health
  • Supplements to support gut health


MSG Hidden In Our Food

  • What is MSG?
  • Why is MSG added to our foods?
  • How does MSG contribute to inflammatory disease?
  • Emotional eating and hyper-processed foods
  • Which foods contain MSG?
  • Processed proteins: meats, dairy, collagen, protein powders
  • Can you determine if food contains MSG from a food label?
  • The politics of glutamate
  • How do you avoid MSG?


Lessons In Leadership From…Howard Stern

  • Howard Stern
  • Vulnerable and Authentic
  • The nature of leadership
  • Is it ever too late to become your authentic self?
  • What are the first steps to leadership?
  • AI and leadership


Coping With Grief

  • What is it like to lose a loved one?
  • Getting over grief
  • How do we get over grief or help someone with grief?
  • People we’ve lost who are “still with us”
  • Resources for grief support


For more information about show sponsor New Roots Herbal go here

To learn more about Dr. Colleen Hartwick ND go here

To learn more about Dr. Katie Reid PhD go here

To learn more about Michael Kublin go here

To learn more about Rich AllenĀ  go here