Sara and Pedram Get Medical Exams with Alan Christianson

On July 30, 2014, Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried both flew to Phoenix, AZ to get a thorough medical exam from their friend, Alan Christianson. Both Pedram and Sara are starting 100-day gongs and it’s important to know where they are regarding their health at the beginning so that after 100 days we know the progress that they’ve made. Sara and Pedram also met with the other physicians in Alan’s clinic, Dr. Linda Khoshaba, Dr. Adrienne Stewart, and Dr. Saman Rezaie. After visiting the clinic, Alan then took Sara and Pedram out for a little fun at a rock-climbing facility.

Are You Sitting Too Much?

According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, adult Americans spend on average 7.7 hours a day engaged in “sedentary behavior”. What’s even more alarming is that the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the risk of premature death grows 15 percent for those who sit eight hours a day! And the risk increases 40 percent for those who sit 11 hours a day compared with those who sit just four hours. Too much sitting can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Sitting So Much Should Scare You

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Creating an Army for Change with Cynthia Pasquella


How can we create an army for change? Both for ourselves and the community in which we live? This week Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella to the Health Bridge. They discuss the idea that everyone should practice what they preach. Pedram and Sara talk about their 100-day gongs and Cynthia describes the 10-day challenge she has. They discuss the difficulties of diets and how to work them rather than having them work you.

Cooking Oils: Can you fry your food and eat it too?

You’ve probably heard about the various cooking oils, and the different benefits they all offer. From Olive Oil to Coconut Oil, some are better than others, they say. Many have been named, but which is actually the best for you? Find out with us as we go through a variety of cooking oils!


Cooking Oils

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Ask Empowering Questions To Revitalize Your Health (Guest Shawn Stevenson)

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Shawn Stevenson to The Health Bridge. When Shawn was younger, he was physically weak and ill. He broke a hip while running track and was told that his spine was similar to that of an 80-year-old. The doctors told him that nothing can be done to cure him, yet they went ahead and prescribed pills for him to take.

Instead, Shawn took it upon himself to make lifestyle changes that eventually cured him. What impact did Shawn make to his health when he cut out fast food? What sort of improvements occured? How did his overall quality of life change?

Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly a third of the people that live in the U.S. believe that they have a food allergy. Yet, only 4% of teens/adults and 5% of children actually have food allergies.

Why do so many people have difficulty identifying food allergies?

Some researchers believe that “food allergy” is often misused because people are not fully aware of what the term actually means. And this results in their loose use of the term.

Food Allergies

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Is Being Healthy a Revolutionary Act? Pilar Gerasimo Explains.

Revolutionary Act

We are all influenced by a large variety of inputs. From the opinions of our friends to our co-workers to TV and movies, we’re always taking in information, even if it’s in our subconscious. It’s no wonder then that sometimes when we try to make an informed decision about our health we run into confusion. Sifting through a lot of different information can be a troublesome task.

Who’s right?

What’s right?

What should I do?

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Pilar Gerasimo on The Health Bridge to talk about how we can fight negative influences and take control of the inputs we allow in our lives. Pilar and Sara also introduce Pedram to the “thigh gap phenomenon”.

The Health Bridge Show: Sofa Series Episode 1

Sofa Series
Last fall, Pedram Shojai, Ken Cook, and Abel James all visited Sara Gottfried at her home and we recorded a long conversation that lasted nearly two hours. Here is the first two parts of that conversation. They discuss how Ken started the Environmental Working Group and what EWG aims to do. How can we live sustainably? Are we aware of all of the various toxin and chemical exposure events that take place through everyday life? Can technology help control certain issues?

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Embracing Healthy Family Practice with The Wellness Mama


Katie, the Wellness Mama, joins Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai on The Health Bridge. As you may already know, Katie is the mother of five children and it’s tough being a mom. In this episode, these three health and wellness gurus share parenting tips and strategies to teach our children healthy habits.



How do we make sure our kids (and perhaps even us) are eating healthily despite the fact that most kids’ menus are filled with unhealthy options? Is it possible to encourage children who hate vegetables to give them a go? And how do we make sure our kids are getting enough activity if all they want to do is play video games?

You’re really going to have to watch or listen this episode to get the full picture. However, we want to provide you with a great resource for healthy recipes for kids’ meals. Super Healthy Kids has an index of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack ideas. If you’re looking to spice things up for your family, give this resource a try. Sometimes we have to be creative when it comes to encouraging our children to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s not an easy feat, but nothing is impossible. Good luck!


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Back Pain: How Qi Gong and Yoga Can Help

Back pain is a common issue. Many people will experience some level of back pain at some point in their life.

In this episode, Pedram and Sara discuss different causes for back pain. For some it might be the way you sit at work, but for others it may be something more serious. In this episode Pedram and Sara come together with their different perspectives of Qi Gong and Yoga. They share different ways in which you can relieve back pain and methods that can prevent it from happening in the first place.

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