Alexis Saloutos: Nov. 17, 2015

alsaAlexis Saloutos is the founder of Chakredy™, a vibrational remedy line that supports the chakra and organ energies. Her work addresses deep energetic shifts that translate into mental, emotional and physical transformation.  With two nutrition degrees and a mile long list of credentials, Alexis is devoted to bringing an authentic perspective to energy healing, making it simple, accessible and fun. Alexis also has an international outreach, training other like hearted professionals in The Chakredy™ System, part assessment, part healing method. She is consistently blown away by the profound impact healing vibrations have on the body and soul.

Connie Zack: Nov. 10, 2015

Connie_ZackConnie Zack, co-owner and Chief Sales Officer of Sunlighten, started the business in a basement in 1999. Her husband and co-founder Aaron Zack is the company’s CEO. Together, the Zacks have led Sunlighten to tremendous growth since those basement days. In the late 1990s, though, Connie started thinking about making a big change. A change involving infrared saunas. “My brother suffered from debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. It was really bad. He could barely get out of bed. I was so concerned because I saw this healthy young man destroyed,” Connie explained. Infrared sauna therapy was recommended to him for detoxification. He purchased a sauna and cured himself. Amazed by Connie’s brother’s response to infrared technology, the idea for Sunlighten was hatched. The Zacks immediately knew that the business could be profitable but they were most excited by the life-changing possibilities they could offer their customers.

Breanne Rice: May 26, 2015

Breanne RiceBreanne Rice’s personal journey to health started at a young age, as she became chronically ill and suffered from severe digestive distress. By the time she was 19 years old, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called vitiligo, and what seemed to be a book’s worth of food allergies. She began a complete lifestyle change and supported her body with the proper nutrients for a healthy digestive tract. Once she took down her chronic inflammatory response to foods, all of her issues started to work themselves out. Her skin began to receive it’s pigmentation back, and she was no longer in pain with digestive issues. Today on Essential Medcast she talks with Dr Schaffner about how through her own struggle she developed a passion for nutrition to support digestion, immune and allergy. Breanne is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and works with clients all over the globe, has been published in numerous articles and magazines and is a contributing writer for South Sound Magazine, and has been a guest on TV and media programs, and often travels to speak at live events.

Claus and Denise Pummer: May 20, 2015

ClausDeniseDr. Christine Schaffner interviews Claus and Denise Pummer of SAMINA in our Essential Medcast interview today. Denise and Claus draw on their former and current experiences that lead them to SAMINA and educating the public on the importance of healthy sleep. They discuss how often patients overlook that healthy sleep needs to be just as much a priority as diet and exercise to promote to promote optimal well-being. Denise and Claus share some of the common unknown factors that contribute to unhealthy sleep, in addition to ideas of how to make healthy sleep a priority.

Dr. Roy Dittmann: May 13, 2015

roy_dittmanRoy Dittmann, OMD, MH talks with Dr. Christine Schaffner today on the Essential Medcast about his focus on preconception and developing The Brighton Method and using an organic approach to prevent birth defects and optimize fetal brain development.

He had the unique opportunity to study with several modern day native and indigenous cultures, where he uncovered a common maternal lineage, which included herbal, probiotic, dietary, and lifestyle wisdom absent from our post-modern culture. He found that the women and men in these cultures did not have the same reproductive conditions seen in the Western World. Aspiring to integrate the perinatal wisdom in these cultures with modern trends in reproductive medicine and perinatal research, Dr. Dittmann developed The Brighton Method to provide couples with practical solutions for realizing their goal of having an extraordinary child. In addition, he consulted with the Chinese and Romanian Ministers of Health, as well as Ukrainian Health Ministry officials on the creation of their perinatal programs.

Dr. Dittmann is the father of four, including a son diagnosed at the age of five with Asperger’s Syndrome and Sensory Integration Disorder (now referred to as an Autism Spectral Disorder or ASD). Dittmann oversaw his son’s health and succeeded in resolving his son’s condition within six years. His Brighton Baby book series is designed to coach couples on how to reverse these trends and conceive, birth, and raise extraordinary children … organically.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt: March 10, 2015

drkIn his second interview with Dr. Schaffner, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt discusses the 5 Levels of Healing integrated into each patients protocol, as well as many of the outside factors causing illness and disease such as environmental toxins, mental contamination and ancestral history.

Dr. Klinghardt is Founder of the Sophia Health Institute in Woodinville, WA. He studied medicine and psychology in Freiburg, Germany, completing his PhD on the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in autoimmune disorders. Since the 1970’s, he has contributed significantly to the understanding of metal toxicity and its connection with chronic infections, illness and pain. He is considered an authority on this subject and has been instrumental in advancing various fields within biological medicine – non-invasive pain management, injection techniques for pain and orthopedic dysfunction, anti-ageing medicine, toxicology, pediatrics (neurodevelopmental disorders), energy psychology, biological dentistry, and others. He has also developed Autonomic Response Testing, a comprehensive diagnostic system that has helped many practitioners to become accomplished holistic physicians.

Kari Gran: March 3, 2015

Kari GranKari Gran was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in her late twenties, so she began to take a more informed look at what she was putting on her skin. Soon after learning about chemical ingredients, she searched for natural alternatives and yearned for something simple, elegant and subtly scented—the little black dress of eco-skin care. Fast forward to her forties, when she started thinking about developing her own, personal, back-to-basics approach to elegant skin care, she sought out the fundamental ingredients our skin requires in order to thrive. Hand poured in small batches in Seattle, Washington, Kari Gran and longtime friend, Lisa Strain have created an all-natural, eco-skin care ritual providing a simple, elegant, clean solution that works flawlessly for any age and skin type. The oil-based line is made using only the finest natural, organic, wildharvested and non-GMO ingredients, including natural plant and essential oils, and are free of parabens and toxins. The Kari Gran line works to gently and safely nourish the skin. The products contain absolutely no water, ensuring your skin gets only ingredients that matter.

Erin Elizabeth: January 27, 2015

erinbwErin Elizabeth has been working in the health industry for over 25 years, starting in her teens working for a green non-profit where she worked for four years during college, then later training with Bikram, the guru who started hot yoga and founding a Raw Foods Retreat Center. Originally from Chicago, Erin now spends most of her time in Florida, with her partner Dr. Mercola exploring the latest raw restaurants, hiking, reading, animal rescue, promoting green living (all solar) and studying investigative journalism. She has overcome Lyme Disease, thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue, allergies and weight gain, and shares her experiences with the world through her website Health Nut News, recently released an eBook and short documentary. Erin attributes a great part of her healing to keeping a positive attitude and perspective, and encourages others suffering from illness to accept and overcome. She tells her inspiring story today with Dr. Schaffner on the Essential Medcast.


Regina Weichert: January 20, 2015


Regina Weichert graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. and recently an M.S. in Fundraising and Grant making from New York University, and is President and CEO of Lyme Nation, an online forum started in 2013 that aims to utilize social media to raise awareness about Lyme disease. Lyme Nation’s goal is to not only support those suffering with Lyme diagnosis, but to educate the general public on Lyme and erase the ignorance surrounding the disease. Regina shares her personal struggle with her health and how she contracted Lyme in 2004 in our podcast today. Visit to learn more!


Ginger Nash: January 13, 2015


gingernashDr. Ginger Nash is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine, and specializes in chronic disease, bio-identical hormones and women’s health. In 2007 she started a study in epigenetics under Dr. Peter D’Adamo, became a Fellow and Master Instructor of the Institute of Human Individuality and worked as chief medical officer at Dr. D’Adamon’s clinic, up until 2012. Dr. Nash brings her background of homeopathic medicine and extensive study of epigenetics and biotherapeutic drainage to her personalized care, with an emphasis on our bodies own ability to heal from disease. She currently teaches at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine and runs a family practice in New Haven, Connecticut. Learn more about her journey in our podcast!