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Badass Women at Any Age

Dec 13, 2022

When Dr. Elizabeth Klodas looked around her waiting room 15 years ago, she realized that ,although her patient’s numbers were perfect, their actual health was not.  Never afraid to ask questions, Dr. Elizabeth questioned her medical education, which taught her to prescribe medications, and took a deep dive into the root cause of cardiovascular diseases. Discovering that diet and nutrition are the main contributors to cardiovascular disease, she decided to do something about it.  Dr. Elizabeth Klodas has dedicated her career to preventive cardiology.  Trained at Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins, she serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Step One Foods. She is a nationally sought out speaker and has an active role at the American College of Cardiology.  Her clinical interests include prevention of heart disease and non-invasive cardiac imaging and she's published dozens of scientific articles throughout her career.  She's also authored a book for patients, Slay the Giant, the Power of Prevention and Defeating Heart Disease, and served as founding editor-in-chief of, the patient education effort of the American College of Cardiology. Elizabeth says the most rewarding part of starting her company, Step One Foods, is seeing so many people achieve not only great numbers, but also feel better and need fewer medications.  She says some days she hopes to put herself out of work or to focus on some other endeavor. 


What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Elizabeth’s personal story
  • Medication vs diet
  • Effects of our environment and society
  • Blue Zone concept
  • Starting Step One Foods
  • Women and heart disease. Facts, stats and advice
  • Self advocating and being proactive
  • Estrogen and heart disease
  • Advice for postmenopausal women



“ I went to medical school to cure people. I didn't go to medical school to grow a never ending revolving door of follow up visits.”

“if you don't address the root cause, you're never going to change anything. You're just gonna cover it up.”

“What I treat day in, day out, Is the downstream effects of poor diet.”

“Everything we put into our bodies is a bioactive substance. It is having an effect.”

“We know what to eat, we just don't,  because it's hard. “

“We have to eat food. Why don't we make that a health promoting activity as opposed to a health destroying one.”

“Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.”

“So we have to remember that the foundation of healthy longevity is living well.  It’s taking care of yourself, it’s taking time to exercise, it’s  taking time for stress management.

“My greatest mission is not just food, it's empowerment.  It's helping people learn about the things they can do themselves to help themselves heal. Physicians are important. The healthcare system is amazing, but there's a lot you can do for yourself that we can't do.” 





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