Alter Your Health

107 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Benjamin Alter

Your source of information and inspiration to promote the holistic transformation of your health and the health of our planet!Dr. Benjamin chats with all sorts of experts in the fields of consciousness, holistic health, spirituality, and nutrition diving deep to access and share the nuggets of truth… read more

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Dr. Benjamin Alter: Transform Your Life from a Battleground to a Playground

June 17th, 2019


You guys might know who I (Dr. Benjamin) Am... sort of.

In this episode, hopefully you are able to get to know me on a more intimate level. That is …

How Water Saved My Life

June 13th, 2019


In this episode I share a story about how water (hydrotherapy) saved my life, specifically by supporting an advanced infection in self-resolving.​

Jeevan Singh: Mindful Embodiment and Touch Is Powerful Medicine 

June 10th, 2019


Jeevan was actually my roommate for some time during medical school! She studied in the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NCNM, where I was in …

Stop Sabotaging Your Life

June 6th, 2019


This was a rich episode. Authentic. Vulnerable. Deep.

We talk about criticism and judgement as a way of self-sabotage.

While it's common to consider …

Dr. Erin Moore: Self Marriage Transforms Self Sabotage

June 3rd, 2019


Though Dr. Erin and I went to medical school together, our paths didn't cross much. Turns out our paths have much in common!

We are both …

Healing Acne Holistically

May 30th, 2019


In this episode, we take natural beauty and body care a step further and dive into the big topic of Acne! Acne is the most common skin condition that …

Dr. Gordon Pedersen: Silver Fights Pathogens & Slows Aging

May 27th, 2019


Dr. Gordon Pederson is a wealth of knowledge.

When his company, My Doctor Suggests, reached out to inquire about me hosting him on this podcast, I …

Natural Beauty and Body Care

May 23rd, 2019


This episode is where Dr. Susanna naturally shines! Natural Beauty and Body Care... she walks the walk and talks the talk. Well, I guess we both do, …

Chuck Carroll: Extreme Weight Loss... and Maintenance!

May 20th, 2019


Chuck Carroll has one of the most dramatic and inspiring weight loss stories I've ever heard, and I am grateful to connect with him in service of …

Protecting and Nurturing Your Energy

May 16th, 2019


We're in New York! And, energetically feeling a bit drained. That tends to happen to me (Benjamin) in big cities.

We thought it was a good opportunity to tackle this topic of energy and how we can be energetically …

Dr. Benjamin Benulis: The Healing Power of a Raw Vegan Diet

May 13th, 2019


What do you get when you combine two vegan doctor Benjamins...?


One great conversation!


I so enjoyed having Dr. Benjamin Benulis as a guest on …

Mental Wellness and Mindset Empowerment

May 9th, 2019


Ironically, we haven't talked all too much about mindfulness, mental health, and mindset, despite the fact that it is integral piece of our clinical …

Dr. Cade Copeland: CBD is Not a Cure

May 6th, 2019


CBD is a HOT topic in the health and wellness industry. If you are confused and overwhelmed by the products and hype, you are not alone.... in fact, I find myself being confused as well!

There is so much science and …

Chronic Viral Infections - What You Need To Know

May 2nd, 2019


This is a huge topic that we have dabbled in before (check out the blog serious entitled Autoimmunity Goes Viral - or podcast episodes 65, 67, and 69)

Edward Troy: The Paleo Lifestyle of a Strong Vegan Athlete

April 29th, 2019


I met Edward recently here in Colorado at an even where Dr. Fuhrman was speaking in Carbondale.

When he stood up to share a bit of his journey in the …

Symbiosis in Your Gut and Why it Matters

April 25th, 2019


We've done a number of talks on gut health, and for good reason! We know that health starts in the gut, so even if you aren't experiencing and gas, bloating, or digestive issues, maintaining optimal gut health is key to …

Dr. André Saine: Demystifying The Science of Homeopathy

April 22nd, 2019


Dr. Saine s an inspirational being and a wonderful naturopathic doctor. He has taught me a lot personally about the art and science of naturopathic …

Should You Cleanse This Spring?

April 18th, 2019


YES! You should. Human beings have cleansed in some way  throughout history. It has always been seasonal, since around this time of year stored food …

Dr. Russell Jaffe: Our Toxic World - What To Know & What To Do

April 15th, 2019


Dr. Jaffe is a wealth of knowledge and experience. While we could have talked for hours upon hours about this topic or any other, we flew through the …

Simplifying Human Nutrition to THRIVE in this Crazy World

April 11th, 2019



There's been a lot of "drama" in the vegan, plant based world lately... at least from my perspective.

Of course Rawvana is no longer vegan, and so …

Jon Levine: Slow Food For Holistic Health

April 8th, 2019


I was interviewed on Jon's Hol Truth Podcast recently (though the episode has not yet been released!) where I was talking about my expertise in Mind …

Slaying SIBO! How To Heal Your Gut

April 4th, 2019


SIBO, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is such a popular diagnosis these days...


The fact of the matter is that it is NOT a diagnosis, but a …

Wendy Yellen: Stop Holding Yourself Back! Breakthrough With Eidetics

April 1st, 2019


This conversation with Wendy is my first exposure to her work. She is such a special person!


When I learned about her work as an Eidetics practitioner, I was intrigued... I have been exposed to SO many practices and …

Are You Mineral Deficient?

March 28th, 2019


The answer to this question is YES... you are.... but it's not your fault!

FOOD IS MEDICINE... but, food today is not the same as it used to be. Our …

Dr. Susanna Alter: Menstruation, Infertility, Pain, and Holistic Pelvic Care

March 25th, 2019


Dr. Susanna is no stranger to the Alter Your Health Podcast !

I'm excited to sit down and pick her brain about one of her areas of expertise: women's …

Traumatized By Trauma? How To Truly Heal

March 21st, 2019


The time has come to address this topic head on!

Trauma and PTSD is ubiquitous in our society today... and today we offer a fresh perspective to the …

Rohini Ross: Mind, Consciousness, Thought, and Relationships

March 11th, 2019


I'm excited to have Rohini on this podcast. I have been connecting with her regularly via the Soul Centered Series that she has organized . This …

What's So Bad About GMOs and Conventional Food?

March 7th, 2019


Today we dive into the huge abyss of GMOs...! More important we talk about the chemical, Glyhposate (active ingredient of RoundUp) that is heavily …

Marco Tesi: Learn How to Breathe to Heal Your Body & Mind

March 4th, 2019


I love talking about breath! It is FREE medicine. Modulating breath is a powerful practice that can hav ehuge impacts on your the health and …

Why We're Vegan

February 28th, 2019


I came out of the "vegan closet" back around Episode 28 ( I was talking with Sailesh Rao.

Early this week, I dove into a friendly debate with Dr. Stephen Hussey (Episode 76 -

Dr. Stephen Hussey: Is Veganism Really Sustainable - A friendly Debate

February 25th, 2019


Well this conversation was a hoot! Not your typical Alter Your Health interview, but more of a debate... a friendly one that is!


Being very passionate about a plant based lifestyle for human health and environmental …

Invisible Toxins of the Inner World

February 21st, 2019


A lot of emphasis is put on the harshness of the toxins that we can be exposed to in this physical world.


The fact of the matter is that our bodies are always creating toxins through just existing here in physical …

Michael Galinsky: All The Rage - The Work of Dr. Sarno

February 18th, 2019


Michael Galinsky is a documentary film maker, not a standard guest on the podcast! However, as he states, he is not your standard film maker!

In this episode we talk all about the work of Dr. John Sarno, documented …

Is Vegan Keto The Best Diet Ever?

February 14th, 2019


With Veganism gaining popularity, it makes perfect sense that Vegan Keto would be the next big thing... and it is!

We've found ourselves in an …

Dr. Patrick Vickers: Gerson Therapy HEALS Cancer with SUGAR!

February 11th, 2019


This episode is pretty sciencey... We dive deep into the Gerson Therapy principles and how this nutritional approach to healing cancer is so powerful!

#HEARTWEEK - The Heart-Mind Connection

February 7th, 2019


Happy #HEARTWEEK!  This week is a group effort organized by Dr. Bryant Esquejo to raise awareness of natural approaches to keeping YOU and your HEART healthy!

Let's face it - we know of one really phenomenal tried and …

Jane Esselstyn: A Plant Strong Family and Community

February 4th, 2019


Jane Esselstyn, daughter of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, is no stranger to the whole food plant-based lifestyle. ​

She's a leader in the field with tons …

Autoimmunity Goes Viral - Your Mind is the Healer

January 31st, 2019


This is the 3rd of 3 episodes tackling the huge topic of Autoimmunity.

Healing requires knowing 2 critical pieces of information: 1) what is going on & 2) what to do about it.


- Two weeks ago we we talked …

Robby Barbaro: Simple Science of Mastering Diabetes

January 28th, 2019


Robby Barbaro is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes, an online Group Coaching platform designed to support individuals in managing and reversing all types of diabetes.

In this conversation, we talk about Robby's …

Autoimmune Lifestyle

January 24th, 2019


Last week, we opened up the can of worms that is Autoimmunity, discussing the TRUTH of the matter that the body NEVER attacks itself -

Here, we go deeper into the topic, specifically talking …

Chris Wark: Cancer Proof and Thriving

January 21st, 2019


Chris BEAT Cancer! But he didn't do it with harsh chemicals and suppressive therapies that "kill" or "fight" c ancer. Chris won the battle by naturally supporting his innate immune system through transforming his entire …

Autoimmunity Goes Viral

January 17th, 2019


WHOOPS! Forgot to turn on the microphone! Apologies for the poor audio...

This is such a HUGE topic that is very important to me. More and more …

Stef Sifandos: Transcending Toxic Masculinity

January 14th, 2019


I first connected with Stef through social media, feeling a strong resonance with his work and his message.

In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground - from Stef's background and coming into the work of human …

How to Sleep Better and Heal Faster

January 10th, 2019


We hear of peoples struggles with sleep ALLLL the time.

Optimizing sleep is critical to healing any physical health condition. In this episode we talk about all the reasons WHY as well as important keys when it comes to …

Dr. Daniel Chong: Heart Attack Proof, Beyond Cholesterol 

January 7th, 2019


Dr. Chong is back for round 2! After a wonderful conversation about "Healing the Heart with Food" (Alter Your Health #4) we never even touched on the …

The Power of Though in Orthorexia and Eating Disorders

January 3rd, 2019


I think this was one of my favorite LIVE episodes so far!

Susanna starts us off by getting personal, sharing her experience with anorexia. Navigating …

Dicken Bettinger: From stress and chaos to Peace and Wisdom

December 31st, 2018


In this conversation, Dicken shares how understanding the nature of the human experience leads to deepened states of peace and wellbeing in addition to expanded creative potential.

In such a crazy and chaotic world, …

A Successful Mindset For Your New Years Resolutions

December 27th, 2018


Christmas is over and New Years is upon us, which means many of you may be thinking about resolutions.

In this episode, we talk about creating …

Jeff Chilton: Magical Medicinal Mushrooms

December 24th, 2018


I've always appreciated fungi, and today's episode is packed with powerful information from a truly fun-gi!

Jeff is an expert mycologist. Our …

Holiday Health Hacks

December 20th, 2018


The holidays are upon us!

In this episode we talk about staying resilient and healthy through potential stressors of holiday season.

So many people …

Dillon Holmes: Well Your World

December 17th, 2018


I came across Dillon on YouTube not too long ago, and instantly appreciated his no BS approach to nutrition.

In this episode we talk about how he has come into living a healthy life, focusing on food as medicine.

We …

Heart Health - Food and Love

December 13th, 2018


This week, a young friend passed away suddenly due to a cardiovascular event.

Heart disease is the number 1 killer, and has been for some time.

The …

Reflections and learnings from Alter Your Health interviews (part 2)

December 10th, 2018


In this episode, I finish my reflection on the first 50 episodes of this podcast, covering episodes 22 - 50.

I share some highlights and learnings from each episode. Here are the links to each of the episodes for you to …

BRAINWEEK! Holistic optimization of cognition for longevity

December 6th, 2018


In honor of brain week, we focus on how to support the health of the brain with lifestyle and nutrition! With diseases like Alzheimer’s and Autism on the rise, it is extremely important to consider how our lifestyle and …

Reflections and learnings from Alter Your Health interviews (part 1)

December 3rd, 2018


In this episode, I take this time to reflect on the first 50 episodes of the Alter Your Health podcast. It's been a fun and exciting learning experience for me, and I wanted to reflect and share my learnings through …

Exploring a Nutritarian way of life

November 29th, 2018


In this episode, we follow up on episode #50 with Dr. Joel Fuhrman ​to go into greater detail as to what the nutritarian diet really is, and more …

Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Nutritional excellence is more powerful than any drug

November 26th, 2018


What an inspiration it was to connect with Dr. Fuhrman at his beautiful nutritional healing retreat in San Diego, CA!

I have really looked up to Dr. …

ACCEPTANCE - A prerequisite to Gratitude

November 22nd, 2018


This episode, recorded on Thanksgiving morning, we take the opportunity to talk gratitude. But we go beyond the classic gratitude discussion...

We …

Steve Bhaerman (Swami Beyondananda): Cosmic Comedy as an antidote to stress

November 19th, 2018


I LOVED connecting with our guest today, Steve Bhaerman, who also goes by his stage name, Swami Beyondanada.​

​I've always identified myself as a serious kind of guy. I enjoy humor, but I had always judged my sense of …

7 Immune-boosting techniques to keep your holidays healthy and happy

November 15th, 2018


Holy cow! I cannot believe the holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is 1 WEEK AWAY!​​

With that of course comes "cold and flu season," a time when we …

The ONE MIND that heals us ALL

November 12th, 2018


THIS was one powerful conversation!


I so enjoyed meeting Dr. Dossey in his Santa Fe home to record this dialogue on consciousness, health, and …

Are you stressed about stress?

November 9th, 2018


In this episode, we use our own stressful situation as an opportunity to talk about stress and how to respond to stress in a non-judgmental or …

Dr. Susanna Alter: War and peace in relationships

November 5th, 2018


With over 7-months of happy (and not so happy) marriage, Susanna and I are relationship experts (JOKE!).

But seriously, we are both steeped in the art and science of the principles and practice of relationships. In …

The PROS and CONS of ANTI, PRO, and PRE biotics

November 1st, 2018



We all know about antibiotics in this world, maybe a little more than we should! In fact, both Dr. Susanna and I have unique stories …

Dr. Joan Borysenko: cultivating resilience through mind-body mastery

October 29th, 2018


I am grateful to have had the pleasure and opportunity to connect with Dr. Borysenko and am excited to share this inspiring conversation.

For those …

Is your liver sluggish? Learn how to promote a healthy liver!

October 24th, 2018


I feel like it's been a long time coming, as the Liver literally plays a central role in every aspect of health and healing. If you want to …

Dr. Joel Kahn: vegan nutrition for ageless living

October 22nd, 2018


I finally had the pleasure to connect with this thought leader and plant-based advocate out of Detroit, MI.

We were supposed to meat in person at his restaurant, GreenSpace, but he had to postpone due to a last minute …

Releasing WEIGHT in a sustainable and satisfying way

October 18th, 2018


Today we present to you a completely different approach to weight release from the norm, that is both sustainable and satisfying!

We talk about how it is not just as simple as calories in and calories out. If that were …

Michael Brian Baker: Shamanism, plant medicine, pranayama for transformation

October 16th, 2018


I was so happy to reconnect with Michael for this conversation. Michael served as my introduction to breath work, now 6+ years ago. I have come to …

Your inherent wellbeing and self-healing power

October 11th, 2018


In this week’s episode we talk about you innate super powers! Some people call this your intuition, the collective mind, the one mind, innate …

Drs. Ron & Mary Hulnick: Spiritual Psychology as a tool for evolving consciousness

October 8th, 2018


It was an honor to sit down with two of my beloved spiritual teachers!

In this conversation, we talk about consciousness, health, and healing - which happens to be the title of a year long course offered at the …

A fresh perspective on Vegan vs Paleo (Re: Kahn vs Kresser on Joe Rogan)

October 4th, 2018


Dr. Susanna and I recently listened to the Paleo vs Vegan debate between Chris Kresser and Dr. Joel Kahn on the Joe Rogan Podcast.

As the scientific claims flew back and forth, I realized the desperate need for a fresh …

Dr. Greg Nigh: Busting paradigms - alternative views on SIBO, cancer, and more

October 1st, 2018


I’ve had the great pleasure of learning from Dr. Nigh a bit over the years. He is a true genius, and a real scientist, always thinking in working in …

Supporting your ADRENALS in this crazy world

September 27th, 2018


Have you or has someone you know been told they have “adrenal fatigue?”

If you said yes, tune into this episode where we discuss the ever-prevalent …

Wilfredo Benitez: Plant powered performance nutrition

September 24th, 2018


Wilfredo, who also goes by Will, is a nutritionist who focuses on supporting athletes reach their performance goals. This conversation was a great …

Yom Kippur special - Fasting and Forgiveness

September 20th, 2018


In this episode, Dr. Susanna isn't able to be with us, but we are still able to get into some great stuff on the topics of forgiveness and fasting. I …

Dr. Ben Reebs: A quantum talk on vitalism and individualized healthcare

September 17th, 2018


Dr. Ben Reebs was a classmate in Naturopathic Medical School who's ways of thinking and practicing always intrigued me. His "vitalistic" approach to …

What does HOME have to do with HEALTH?

September 13th, 2018


In this episode, we take advantage of an opportunity to check in along our journey, now in Carbondale, Colorado, talking about a topic that is …

Dr. Sailesh Rao: A solution to world hunger, climate change, and violence

September 10th, 2018


After this powerful conversation, I came fully out of the closet - the VEGAN closet! For those of you who know me well, you probably are familiar …

FIBER! Why you need more of it

September 6th, 2018


In this episode, we turn back to nutrition to talk about my all time favorite nutrient - FIBER!

It might be helpful to go back and listen to episode …

Dr. Glen Nagel: The magical properties of cannabis and other weeds

September 3rd, 2018


Dr. Glen Nagel was my botanical medicine professor during naturopathic medical studies. His knowledge is vast, and I've always appreciated his teachings that are infused with his light heart and athentic passion for the …

Feeling emotional in this physical world

August 30th, 2018


In today’s podcast, we stray away from nutrition and into the vast world of emotions.

If you listened to one of our first LIVE episodes, you will …

Arvind Chittumalla: How to be a healthy yogi

August 27th, 2018


Yogi Arvind was my first ever proper meditation teacher! Since meeting him in Venice Beach, CA about 7 years ago, his presence has certainly influenced my path and understanding of health.

In this conversation, Arvind …

The truth about PROTEIN

August 23rd, 2018


In today’s podcast, we dive into the third and final macronutrient: PROTEIN!

For more on CARBS and FATS I'd recommend checking out those episodes, …

Dr. Satya Ambrose: Functional medicine before it was cool + healing stories

August 20th, 2018


Dr. Satya Ambrose has served as a teacher and mentor in my Naturopathic Medical education. In addition to being one of the kindest and most compassionate humans, she is a brilliant clinician. The way that she weaves …

Surrendering to life for health

August 16th, 2018


In this episode, we change directions for a moment to be present with where Dr. Susanna and I (Dr. Benjamin) are at personally in our life journey.

We discuss why we are immersed in the beauty of Cortes Island, British …

Jovinna Chan: Being fully alive

August 13th, 2018


When I met Jovinna just over 5 years ago, I was struck by her strength, her presence, and her aliveness. She was the facilitator of my Yoga teacher …

The truth about FATS

August 9th, 2018


In this episode, we dive deeper into healthy eating by tackling another macronutrient - FATS!

Last week, we dove deep into carbohydrates - tune in if you'd like a review!

This week we talk about all of the different …

Amber Ryan: Mindfully moving into wholeness with 5 rhythms

August 6th, 2018


I feel fortunate to connect with Amber Ryan this week to explore a new topic: healing through dance and movement.

I was introduced to 5 rhythms and other meditative movement practices several years ago. At first, I was …

The truth about carbohydrates

August 2nd, 2018


In this episode, we dive deeper into healthy eating by tackling our first macronutrient - CARBOHYDRATES!

The term, "CARBOHYDRATE" is thrown around recklessly in our world today. I've heard doctors compare a piece of …

Dr. Russell Marz: Nutrition to heal people and the planet

July 30th, 2018



Dr. Russell Marz is one of the most fun and fascinating individuals I know. He has a long history of teaching clinical nutrition at NUNM, my alma mater. I was not fortunate enough to have him as a professor when I …

Simplifying healthy eating

July 26th, 2018


In this episode, we circle back around to the all important determinant of health - FOOD!

The topic of food has been a hot one to handle for some …

Erin O'Rourk: Releasing trauma into the water through Watsu and aquatic therapy

July 23rd, 2018


I was happy to connect and speak with Erin, a classmate of mine from the University of Santa Monica's Spiritual Psychology prorgam.

Erin has taken a …

Are relationships making you sick?

July 19th, 2018


In this episode, we dive into another determinant of health - RELATIONSHIPS!

As divine beings having a human experience, Earth School is where we …

Walter Werzowa: Music Medicine for Body, Mind, and Soul

July 16th, 2018


I am so thrilled to share this conversation with Walter Werzowa. You may not have ever heard his name, but you have certainly heard at least some of his musical creation. Walter has created the musical signature for …

Thinking your way towards health

July 12th, 2018


In this episode, we dive into a very important topic, another determinant of health - THOUGHTS

Dr. Susanna shares a powerful story about "thinking …

Dr. Christian Gonzalez: Keeping cancer-free in a toxic world

July 9th, 2018


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In this conversation, Dr.Gonzalez and I stay focused on the environmental toxins …

Building blocks to radiant health

July 5th, 2018


In this episode, we kick off a whole new show; Alter Your Health LIVE!

These episodes will continue to be recorded weekly, live-streamed from the 

Dr. Bill Pettit: Mental Health - One cause, one cure

July 2nd, 2018


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In this conversation, Dr. Pettit offers a very brief overview of the 3 principles (mind, consciousness, and thought) and how understanding …

Meredith Klein: Finding balance with Ayurveda

June 25th, 2018


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In this conversation, Meredith shares the ancient art and science of ayurveda in a very simple, modern and practical way. We discuss how ayurvedic …

Benjamin Fox: Finding purpose and health through astrology

June 18th, 2018


In this conversation, Benjamin and I dive right into his passion and gifts; astrology. We discuss a brief history of astrology, as well as how it …

Dr. Christie Fleetwood: From pharmacy to farmacy

June 11th, 2018


In this conversation, Dr. Fleetwood and I start by talking about her background and personal healing journey. She provides a brief history of the pharmaceutical industry and how our society has come to be so overly …

Dr. Daniel Chong: Healing the heart with food

June 4th, 2018


Daniel Chong, ND has been a licensed naturopathic physician, practicing in Portland, OR, since 2000, where his primary focus is on risk assessment, …

Jere Friedman: Healing with sound and breath

May 28th, 2018


In today's episode, I sit down with Jere Friedman, who happens to be my step-dad!  Jere and I discuss his work with facilitating healing with gongs and breath-work. We discuss how Jere came into this form of "play" …

Dr. Leonard Laskow: Healing with Love

May 28th, 2018


In today's episode I sit down with Dr. Leonard Laskow. Dr. Laskow is a Stanford-trained Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and …

Andy Petranek: Living the Whole Life Challenge

May 28th, 2018


In the episode, Andy Petranek and I talk about Andy's journey of bringing The Whole Life Challenge into existence from it's inception to what it is …

Susanna Alter: Our healing journeys

May 13th, 2018


In today's episode, I sit down with Susanna Alter, my new wife and partner in life. We set the foundation for this podcast by discussing our unique healing journeys, how we have come to be where we are today in the …

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