Tom Jelinek earned his PhD in 1993 from McMaster University, studying cellular regulatory processes. He then joined the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia Medical School, where he furthered his studies on the mechanisms of cell signaling. At age 51, Tom was diagnosed with type II diabetes, with a blood glucose reading of 325 mg/dl (18 mM). But instead of turning to medication, he returned to his roots, and began to ask what went wrong, and whether it could be cured by reversing what went wrong. The result was a halving of blood glucose in under a month, and full reversal of diabetes in under three months.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Jelinek talk about:

  • How he came to write his book Goodbye, Pills & Needles: A Total Re-Think of Type II Diabetes. And A 90 Day Cure
  • How he learned to go against the grain of mainstream opinion
  • How medicine fundamentally misunderstands what insulin is
  • Type I versus Type II Diabetes
  • What happens to glucose, after drugs force reluctant cells to take it up
  •  Metformin, and what it really does
  • Heart Disease, and the current guidelines.
  • Blood pressure, and how type II diabetes affects it
  • The cancer risk of excessive glucose
  • The attitudes of the medical system
  • and more

"Saying the function of insulin is to remove glucose from the blood is like saying the function of your gas pedal is to remove fuel from the car's tank." – Dr. Tom Jelinek

Ultra endurance athlete and podcaster Zach Bitter is our special interview guest on Episode 1478 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Zach Bitter from is an ultra endurance athlete, coach, and co-host to the podcast Human Performance Outliers. Zach follows a low carbohydrate diet, which has aided him in completing over 50 ultra-marathons, including; 3 World Championship Teams, 3 National Championships, and holds the World Record for distance run in 12 hours, American Record for 100 miles, and fastest time recorded on a certified trail.

Listen in as Jimmy and Zach talk about:

  • His new podcast Human Performance Outliers
  • His ideas on keto for performance athletes
  • Bioindividuality
  • What an ideal diet is
  • Dealing with feedback from critics
  • Periodizing training and understanding the context
  • Why the simplicity of a carnivore diet is perfect for some people

"The fatty cuts of meat are the base of my diet, and as my activity increases I add in more fats for energy." – Zach Bitter


Naturopathic physician Dr. Mona Morstein is our special interview guest on Episode 1477 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Mona Morstein from has been a practicing naturopathic physician for thirty years. Dr. Morstein is recognized as an expert on pre-diabetes and diabetes, and also treats other hormonal conditions, reproductive, thyroid and adrenals. Her 560 page book Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, is an in-depth, evidenced based, accessible educational book for both patients and physicians.  Dr. Morstein is the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association, a 501c3 education non-profit.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Morstein talk about:

  • Using a comprehensive integrative approach to treating diabetes
  • the fact that diabetes can be 1) prevented, 2) controlled, and 3) put into remission (T2DM).
  • Using a low carb diet
  • how exercise factors in
  • the importance of sleep
  • stress management
  • healing the gut
  • environmental detoxification
  • supplementation and medication (when necessary)
  • and more!

"Most physicians really care about their patients and their health, the unfortunate thing is they are locked into a system that limits their time with patients and are not able to get to the root cause of the patients' illness most of the time." – Dr. Mona Morstein


Author and podcaster Allan Misner is our special interview guest on Episode 1476 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

A day before his 39th birthday, Allan Misner from woke up to the fact he was unfit, unhealthy, and unhappy. Once an athlete, he had let himself go as work stress, a toxic relationship and, frankly, poor health choices had gotten him to well over 250 pounds. Over the next eight years, he rode countless waves of wellness and fatness. It was this roller coaster ride that made him realize that a decision wasn’t enough. So, one day, while lying on the bed of a hotel room, hung-over and fat again, he made a commitment to his health and well-being. Allan is the host of the 40+ Fitness Podcast, and author of the book, The Wellness Roadmap: A Straightforward Guide to Health and Fitness After 40 to ensure others don’t need eight years to figure it out.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Allan talk about:

His story and why he focuses on people over 40
The Wellness GPS and why is setting it necessary for success
Opportunistic eating and why that’s a problem for us
Seasonal ketosis for people without metabolic issues
Is a slower metabolism a problem?
The 40 Plus Fitness Podcast
His new book
And much more.

Functional Medicine Doctor Dr. Becky Campbell is our special interview guest on Episode 1475 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Becky Campbell is a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who was initially introduced to functional medicine as a patient. She struggled with many of the issues her patients struggle with today, and she has made it her mission to help patients all around the world with her virtual practice. Dr. Becky Campbell is the founder of Dr. Becky and author of “The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan.” She has been featured on multiple online publications like Mindbodygreen, Bustle, Popsugar and more. She has been a guest on the Balanced Bites Podcast as well as many others as a thyroid health expert. Dr. Campbell specializes in Thyroid disease, Autoimmune disease and Histamine Intolerance and hopes to help others regain their life as functional medicine helped her regain hers.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Campbell talk about:

Her path to functional medicine
Why the whole body approach appealed to her
How she diagnosed and fixed her own thyroid issue
Misdiagnosis by traditional doctors
When prescription medicines are the right call
How the tide is turning in regards to nutrition for promoting health
Pharmaceutical reps and how they influence care
Her new book The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan
and much more!
"Just because it is not in the core curriculum doesn't mean that doctors shouldn't learn on their own about diet and nutrition. – Dr. Becky Campbell



New York Times best selling Author Drew Manning is our special interview guest on Episode 1474 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Drew Manning is the New York Times best selling author of the book, Fit2Fat2Fit, which chronicles his journey of gaining 75 lbs on purpose that went viral back in 2011. Since then he has had 2 seasons of a hit TV show on A&E and a very successful keto program that has been downloaded over 300,000 times.  His new book, Complete Keto, launches February 12 which addresses the mental and emotional side of transformation while providing an easy to follow 30 Day Keto Program, helping people achieve a complete transformation.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Drew talk about:

His breakout book Fit2Fat2Fit
How doctors need to be able to show empathy to patients
The mental and emotional aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Changing the perception of health and fitness to markers other than weight
His hit television series
His new book Complete Keto
Dealing with life altering things like divorce
And much more
"You have to learn how to deal with food addiction in the same way that a drug addict has to learn to deal with the temptation of what's around them." – Drew Manning 

Professional triathlete Dr. Jay Wiles is our special interview guest on Episode 1473 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Jay T. Wiles from is a Clinical Health and Nutritional Psychologist located in Greenville, SC. Dr. Wiles has procured experience in the field of health psychology and nutritional psychology via applied research within both a university and VA medical center setting, as well as through teaching, consulting, and providing patient care. With a passion for integrative and holistic care, Dr. Wiles’ goal is to provide education to healthcare professionals on the bidirectional relationship between what we eat and our psychological and cognitive performance. His desire is to increase this knowledge and awareness that it may result in informed and collaborative shared-decision making, as well as improved quality of patient care that further bolsters health promotion and disease prevention.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Jay talk about:

The role of mental health care in functional medicine
The impact of eating habits on neurotransmitters and cognitive functioning
The role and impact of the SAD and carbohydrates/sugar intake on psychological well-being
The importance of fat for psychological well-being
The role lifestyle and eating habits on pain management
Dr. Wiles' experience and research working in an integrative pain center at the VA
The importance of hacking biology via biofeedback/HRV, photobiomodulation, earthing/grounding, and meditation
and much more.
"What we're finding is that there is a certain segment of medical professionals that think if they didn't learn about it in med school, or they can't bill insurance for it, then it's not worth their time." – Dr. Jay Wiles

Professional triathlete Richard Wygard is our special interview guest on Episode 1472 of The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Richard Wygand is the president of The go Luke Wygand Foundation and former professional triathlete. In 2004 Richard lost 100 pounds, quit smoking, and became a professional triathlete. After racing for 12 years Richard became a Dad in 2016 after winning his first full distance triathlon. Richard's son was born with an unexpected muscle condition called nemaline myopathy. Richard retired from racing Ironman to dedicate himself to advocating for his son's cause. So far Richard has done a 24 hours paddle-boarding challenge and is about to do a rowing marathon to raise awareness. Richard recently found a way to carry Luke's breathing machine and they started to run together.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Richard discuss:

Richards's journey from low-fat vegan to keto
Competing in and training for Ironman
Racing on Keto
His son's rare muscle condition
How he changed his son's diet and what that has meant for him
The role of fitness
Stress and depression and their affects on your health
Adjusting to life with a disability
His YouTube documentary A dad on a mission- From Ironman to Fatherhood
The go Luke Wygand Foundation
and more