Guest: Brendan Gaughrah
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Known as ‘The Liver Medic’, Brendan conducts nutrition lectures and promotes a line of liver and gut health supplements to clean and protect the body.
His health expertise goes beyond this scope, too, as he has spent nearly 20 years in healthcare, formulated hundreds of products, and worked for major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in addition to running nutraceutical companies.
Segment overview: Brendan Gaughran, molecular biologist, and known as ‘The Liver Medic’ discusses his holistic approach to health.
Health Professional Radio – Holistic Approach to Good Health
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, thank you for joining us here on the program today. Our guest is returning to talk with us Mr. Brendan Gaughran, known as ‘The Liver Medic.’ He’s here today to talk with us about his holistic approach to health, his background, some of his philosophy toward health and what can we all do to maintain a healthy lifestyle for as long as we can. Thank you so much for coming back to Health Professional Radio with us Brandon.
Brendan Gaughran: Oh thank you Neal, I appreciate it. Thanks for having me on again.
N: Thanks. Now, you’re the liver medic. That suggest that you’ve got a whole lot of real good information for us about how to maintain a healthy liver which being the body’s filter is going to go a long way or at least the longest way in maintaining health, is that correct?
B: Yeah, I certainly hope so. I’m sure I have at least a little bit information which your listeners will find an unusual and unique.
N: Now you’ve been in the practice of developing supplements for quite a while, some very successful supplements I might add. Talk about some of the supplements that you recommend as the liver medic when it comes to maintaining a healthy liver.
B: So you ask, so when somebody comes to us for the first time, and says, ‘Here’s my situation. I have some gastrointestinal issues, I have elevated liver enzyme, test that was done recently and my energy is a little bit low and maybe a couple of other things.’ Typically what we do as the first step is pointing them towards our gut health system. And our gut health system is sort of broken up into two different categories and I think it’s the categories that a lot of people having trouble with today. They just don’t recognize it and is drastically under diagnosed by physicians. You’re not gonna typically get tests for things when you go in to see your local doctor. And it has to do with a … which is a sort of a combination with the detox and gut health repair tool that we have. And then two of the products, one of them is … which I’m trying to get into it, the strongest natural enzyme out there and then the … complex. And so I think what’s taking place is when we take a look at what’s going into the body and the trends that are taking place nowadays we’re talking about an increase load of antibiotics, too much consumption of sugar and carbs and GMO technology. All of these things are contributing to pitting on the digestive track and allowing toxins to flow through. So when we get rid of good bacteria, what ends up moving into the grip because they’re very opportunistic or can …when they get into an overgrowth mode they start releasing chemicals that’s for the … of stomachs. So we’ve got to get candida under control, we have to remove some of the parasites and virus that end up popping up as the results of this as well. And we have this conversation about biofilm which is a sort of this combination of virus, and metals, and candida and they can’t be broken by our own immune system so that’s why we use our peptidase it’s very strong enzyme and it breaks those double bonds. So when we employ the gut health system, what we are trying to do is we’re trying to eliminate the bad actors down in the gut that are sort of contributing to leaky gut and allowing the toxins to get into the system and then when … we’re cleaning out the existing toxins, supporting that process within the liver, and also helping repair the GI gut lining.
N: Do you ever see instances where diseases have been reversed or greatly reduced in their effect simply by changing the diet or introducing supplements as supposed to prescribed drugs for certain, I guess irritable bowel or something like that, because it would seem that just changing the diet would reverse a large percentage of the problems that we go back and forth to the doctor for.
B: Yeah, absolutely. So food be thy medicine, medicine by thy food, we’ve gotten away from that to a great degree and it’s not necessarily the fault of the consumer when they pick up a vegetable on the produce isle they don’t know what’s in it anymore. This could be a GM food, it could have a lot of pesticides and herbicides in it, and once they start swallowing that stuff they think they’re doing something good for them and they’re not and they pick up bottled water and it might have fluoride in it, it might have para benzene in it and they don’t know. So you’ve really have to end up taking a very close look at what we’re putting into our body, but absolutely avoiding fast foods, avoiding trans fats, knowing which fats to include into the diet, drinking your tall glass of water with a little bit of lemon first thing in the morning making sure you’re always hydrated, these are simple things cleaning up your personal healthcare products, meaning you’ve got to become an expert at looking at labels, making sure there aren’t heavy metals in deodorants, making sure there aren’t things like … and SOS in toothpaste and shampoos. So these are the types of move that people need to start incorporating. And yeah, if people were to just clean up their diets, and go organic, and incorporate more super food… that would be a tremendous help to reverse a lot of these problems that we’re commonly seeing nowadays.
N: We hear and see a lot of buzz words when it comes to food consumption and as that relates to advertising. You just mentioned organic, I remember when ‘light’ was the buzz word for good health or low this or high that. What exactly nowadays when you say organic, are you referring to?
B: Yeah, this would be sort of the opposite of GMO foods. So for instance, corn. Corn is 95% GMO in this country now, which doesn’t allow for a whole lot of leeway in terms of organic. So buy local, ask a lot of questions to local farmers, know sort of the dirty dozen, these are vegetables and fruits that are particularly susceptible to pesticide. So spinach, and blueberries, and strawberries were on those list and that kind of stuff. Those are types of things that we’re really talking about. It’s reducing herbicide and pesticide use and these are the most dangerous types of herbicides and pesticides, they have changed in more over the last 10 or so years and we have not changed with that. The other countries by the way around the world has figured this out. This is one of the reasons why even our neighbors in North Canada has said, ‘No to GMO foods’. So this not, America is literally living inside of a bubble. And eventually enough, we get to a sort of a critical tipping point. We’re gonna start to either labeling as the first step, banning as the second so that’s hopefully the direction we’re going in.
N: Now that’s a lot of information to try and keep track of when you’re just out trying to decide which are the best ingredients to make the best sandwiches. Is there some place we can go online that can consolidate some of these information for us and we can move on to that next step without perusing the entire internet?
B: I entire totally agree with that. So Stanford University have a fantastic group of science degree researchers that have created a diet called the ‘Fod maps diet.’ And that is an excellent sort of guide for how to eat, what to eat, what to avoid, what to incorporate, and when people take a look at it, they will notice that it is sort of in-line with what physicians have been saying for a lot of years, …and alkaline diet, make sure it’s fruits and vegetables. Stay away from alcohol and meats and there are a lot of other guidelines around sugar and fats and all that stuff. We have that posted up on our website, we also have recipes posted on livermedic.com. I encourage people to incorporate protein shakes into their diets and raw foods. Those are really important for your body to constantly creating enzymes, it is an energy draining activity. So that’s one of the reasons we incorporate raw foods into the diet and shakes are just a great way of getting super foods into the diet that taste good, very easily assimilated and I start my day like that everyday.
N: As an expert healthcare practitioner, where do you see the future of healthcare as it pertains to integration of holistic medicine and western medicine?
B: Wow, so another great question. So I remember when I was pre-med, I didn’t even know that I could become a naturopath, well I didn’t even realized that was an option. Now when I speak to aspiring physicians at the university level, they’re well aware of that, the naturopath exclusive taking up more physicians. The conventional of docs are understanding that the pharmaceutical reps are not necessarily telling them the whole story and they’re becoming more progressive. This is a massive movement that is taking place, but it will end up reflecting social economically on our society. So if our society ends up going to tear the poor and the wealthy, so will our health because these things tend typically be a little bit more expensive and a little bit more difficult to access for those who don’t have good health insurance and essentially the financial means to do so. Grow a garden in your backyard, take a look at the super foods online, it doesn’t need to be super expensive or even complicated.
N: Some great information today. You’ve been listening in the Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, talking with Brendan Gaughran, ‘The Liver Medic.’ He’s been with us talking about his holistic approach to health and some of the ways that GMO technology is basically causing Americans to as he said, ‘Live in a health and food consumption bubble.’ Transcripts and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm, you can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes. Thank you so much Brendan.
B: Oh thank you, I appreciate it as always.
N: Thank you. You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio.