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Each week on Supplementing Health, Dr. Paul Hrkal, certified naturopathic doctor and medical director for AOR, delves deep into the health and wellness space, with industry experts, touching on and applying evidence-based natural health strategies for your optimal health. These conversations are designed to empower people to live their best lives, naturally.


Dr. Paul Hrkal, ND

Dr. Hrkal is a board certified Naturopathic doctor with a passion to apply innovative and evidence-based nutritional, biological and supplemental interventions to address underlying metabolic, endocrine and immunological dysfunctions. Dr. Hrkal has a special interest in neurological health, chronic pain and brain injuries. He is strong advocate of integrative medical education, frequently writing and lecturing to both healthcare practitioners and public audiences. Dr. Hrkal lectures extensively on the topic of integrative and natural approaches to concussions and neurotrauma recovery. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of Complete Concussion Management, an international leader in research based concussion management education and certification. He currently is the medical director for Advanced Orthomolecular Research, an innovative and leading Canadian natural health product company and maintains a clinical practice in the Toronto area at two integrative clinics.

Episode 10: The Viral-Autoimmune connection

June 6, 2020

Did you know that one of the possible triggering factors for autoimmune thyroid disease is the Epstein-Barr virus? Dr Courtney Ranieri ND joins us to discuss her experience and insight in treating viral infections in chronic health issues such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? Key anti-viral herbs and nutrients will be discussed. 

Episode 9: The Glutathione – Immune Connection: Harnessing the benefits found in Whey and Lactoferrin

May 29, 2020

Could the key to supporting your immune system, lowering inflammation, and promoting detoxification be found in milk and whey protein? Whey protein has been studied to boost glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. In this episode Dr Paul Hrkal ND and Chantal Dumas ND also discuss how a little-known molecule found in whey protein called lactoferrin is one of nature’s perfect supplements.

Episode 8: Are missing out on the sunshine vitamin? How to get the most out of Vitamin D

May 22, 2020

Vitamin D is most likely the widely used supplement yet so many people are deficient. Some estimates are the 40% of the Canadian population is deficient in vitamin D in the winter. Chantal Dumas ND joins Dr Hrkal to discuss how to raises your vitamin D levels and avoid common pitfalls that sabotage absorption. This is a must-listen-to episode because vitamin D is so important for no just bone health but also immunity, mood and inflammation. Music by Bensound.

Episode 7: Building Immune Resistance – Anti-viral Orthomolecular Vitamins and Minerals

May 15, 2020

Dr Hrkal dives into explaining different parts of the immune system, highlighting the difference between immune tolerance (autoimmunity) and resistance (anti-viral). Then learn why vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc and selenium are so important for optimal immune function 

Episode 6: The Future of Supplementation – How technology and manufacturing advances are changing the future of natural health

May 8, 2020

In this exciting episode we are joined by industry insider, Todd Frankovic, to share some of the most exciting changes in the natural product world. Technology and scientific advances have produced rapid improvements in delivery systems for many common vitamins and nutrients. Find out how absorption, taste and effectiveness are being improved in many of the supplements you are taking daily. Music by Bensound.

Episode 5: Inside the Capsule – A behind the scenes look at what goes into your supplements

May 1, 2020

Ever wondered what are in the makings of quality supplements? Joined by industry insider, Todd Frankovic, Dr. Hrkal discusses what goes into your supplements and address some common issues with supplement quality, such as stability and purity. Music by Bensound.

Episode 4: What Your Genes Can Tell You About Gluten Sensitivity and Glutathione

April 24, 2020

In the final episode on genetics we focus on what genes can tell us about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Dr Murphy also details us on how to harness the power of glutathione to support detoxification though the lens of genomics. Music by Bensound.

Episode 3: Genetics 102 – What Genes Can Tell You About Your Health

April 17, 2020

In this episode we dive deeper into the world nutrigenomics and more specific applications of genetic mutations and their impact on exercise, diet and supplementation. Dr. Robyn Murphy and Dr. Aaron Goldman also touch on the mega topic of methylation and how knowing your genes can optimize your B-vitamin supplementation. Music by Bensound.

Episode 2: Genetics 101 – The Power of Knowing Your Genetic Code

April 10, 2020

In this show we cover what DNA is and how changes in your DNA code lead to genetic variants or ‘mutations’. Listeners will understand from Dr. Robyn Murphy and Dr. Aaron Goldman about the value of knowing their genetic code and how it applies to better health. Dr. Murphy is a naturopathic doctor working out of Toronto and Dr. Goldman has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Yale University. Music by Bensound.

Episode 1: Orthomolecular What?

April 3, 2020

The inaugural Supplementing Health podcast is kicked off with Dr. Hrkal discussing what orthomolecular medicine is and how it can be applied to using therapeutic high doses of vitamins and minerals, and why AOR put orthomolecular in its name. Music by Bensound.

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