199: Non-Toxic Lifestyle
with Dr. Christian Gonzalez
Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a Naturopathic Doctor, an Oncology Expert and an Environmental Professional. He is also a proponent of a Whole Food Plant Based diet, and believes in reducing toxicity in our bodies, not only with healthy food choices, but with consciousness and meditation.
Dr. Christian's Links:
Heal Thy Self Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heal-thy-self/id1455361893
More about Christian:
Dr. Gonzalez completed a two-year residency position at the competitive Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here, he became proficient in Integrative Oncology through exposure to various disciplines and modalities. Dr. Gonzalez’s rare balance of focus and bedside manner during his residency caused him to grow very popular among his peers and patients. He leaves the center having treated over 700 patients and having a long lasting effect on them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
He completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014. His doctorate work included a thesis reviewing the current and complementary treatments for bladder cancer. As part of his training, Christian completed clinical rotations in pediatrics, general medicine, oncology, physical medicine, botanical and mind-body medicine, along with a preceptorship at the NYU Langone Integrative Urology Center.
Dr. Gonzalez applies the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when given favorable conditions to thrive. He works in finding the root cause of imbalance and giving the body what it needs to heal while removing obstacles to restoring health. He carries this very mantra to all his patients/clients to find long term healing.
Currently, Dr. Gonzalez is not seeing patients and is focusing his energy on mass education. Dr. Gonzalez is currently the host of a weekly podcast called "Heal Thy Self" which features some of the top voices in the health profession and is nearing 1 million downloads in a year. He has been featured in many of the top health/wellness and podcasts where he teaches about breast cancer prevention, toxins in your home, and the power of rituals.
Dr. Gonzalez enjoys yoga, meditation, dancing and song writing.
More about Switch4Good:
For decades, dairy ads have captured the American audience by pulling at their emotions. These commercials aim to evoke a sentiment of family, love, and nourishment, combined with a sense of strength and grit presented by the athlete-driven campaigns. During the 2018 Winter Olympic trials, one particular commercial roused very strong emotions within Dotsie Bausch, an Olympian herself. However, what she felt was far from sentiment—it was shock and anger.
Appalled, Bausch watched from her living room couch as the ad declared “9 out of 10 Olympians drink milk,” as if cows’ milk played a decisive factor in these athletes’ success. Having experienced the Olympic Games and walking away with a silver medal in 2012, she was already frustrated by the dairy industry’s infiltration of the Games, but this was the last straw. She felt she could no longer stand by as the industry pushed its products on athletes at national training centers or used these athletes’ platforms to sell dairy to the American public by way of lucrative athlete sponsorships.
Bausch sprung into action. She gathered together a crew, helmed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Louis Psihoyos—who would direct—plus five other dairy-free Olympians. This passionate group would film their own commercial in response to the misguided pro-dairy one.
This revolutionary commercial, which featured these six incredible athletes proudly saying they had “made the Switch4Good” to improve their athletic performance, aired during both the 2018 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremonies and the pre-and-post-show Oscars. Fueled by the positive responses of other dairy-free athletes around the world, this tiny team of elite athletes blossomed into a full-blown nonprofit organization. Now over 200 athletes and medical experts strong, Switch4Good represents not only the elite, but the everyday athlete who just wants to live their best life.
At Switch4Good, everyone is welcome to the team, whether they’ve been dairy-free for years are simply curious about what it means to ditch cows’ milk. The goal is to provide a community and a platform for people to share their dairy-free stories and help motivate those who have not yet made the switch, knowing we are right here beside them the whole time. Everyone who is a part of our community comes from different skill levels (some of us have won Olympic medals whilst others are training for their first 5K), different sports affiliations, different backgrounds, and different paces of life—but we can all come together under our common bond: to live better and do more. Going dairy-free is how it all starts.