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Coffee And The Heart With Dr. Jack Wolfson And Dr. Lauren Lattanza


Over a billion people in the world drink coffee but, unfortunately, 90% of it is contaminated with pesticides, mold, and other toxins. Have you been told not to drink coffee by your doctor? What if toxins were causing your symptoms and not caffeine? In this episode, Dr. Jack and Dr. Lauren share the real story behind conventional coffee and the health benefits of organically grown, mold-free, Cardiology Coffee. Maybe, after listening to this information, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious, antioxidant-rich cup of (Cardiology) coffee again?

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Coffee And The Heart With Dr. Jack Wolfson And Dr. Lauren Lattanza

I will be interviewing Dr. Jack Wolfson about Cardiology Coffee. I got right here. If you had it, you know you love it. We wanted to get to the bottom of why we have this available to our patients and our followers. It is an important addition and I want to get the origin story and how this came to be. Welcome, Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Dr. Lauren, it is a pleasure to be on with you as always and it is great when I see you in person in the office in Scottsdale and, of course, virtually. It is a great morning here in Colorado, as it is. I am sure in Arizona, where I enjoyed my Cardiology Coffee. I had a couple of cups of decaf. Everything over here was good. It is crazy that you would be interviewed about this.

I was a coffee drinker from a very early age. My father was a coffee drinker and he got me interested. I wanted to be like my father. Following his footsteps and coffee came along that same way. Back then, it was these tins of Hills brothers thinking beans of coffee of what those were. When I started drinking coffee, it was on an occasional car trip. That is how I started.

From there, it is more thing to a coffee drinker in undergrad. I know you know those days when there were a lot more recent for you, you are going through medical school and undergrad, and how reliant we are on coffee, then it gets into medical school, residency, fellowship in the hospitals. We are drinking out of Styrofoam cups and we are drinking the cheapest coffee available, not even thinking about any possible negative or positive health ramifications of that.

When I met my wife, she would tell me, “Coffee is not good for your gut, adrenals, and hormones.” I was able to understand that there is certainly that school of thought and to wean myself off of coffee, but then over time, I would get back into it. It was organic coffee. As I wrapped up this long story, I was being asked to contribute some medical thought leadership to a coffee company. I was talking about the heart health benefits of coffee, and then instead of being like, “I am going to go find the best coffee that I can find. I start my own company, Cardiology Coffee,” and here we are talking about it.

Especially with our education, our background, and everything, we know that we have become reliant on caffeine over the years, but we know that, as with anything, we do not get one thing that we are bargaining for when we are ingesting something. There are all kinds of other components to coffee, food, or what have you.

If we are going to be drinking coffee, which I have had two and a half cups of the fully caffeinated version of the Cardiology Coffee, there are so many phytonutrients and benefits to be had that can be negated by pesticides, molds, and all kinds of different bad things. We can take back with the good or we can streamline it and make it easier, which is what you have done by sourcing the best coffee available to provide the benefits that we are looking for.

Dr. Lauren Lattanza and I are talking about coffee in general. Let us know if you are drinking coffee, what your favorite coffee is, or what your favorite roast of coffee is. What do you like to add to the coffee? If you are adding any artificial sweeteners or flavorings to your coffee, do not mention that to us. I do understand that. Obviously, most of you are not doing that. Everyone reading our channel, there is no way that they are adding those unhealthy artificial ingredients. Let us know your favorite way to enjoy it. Maybe introduce how many cups. Let us know if you think it has helped or hurt any of your symptoms as well.

When I started looking into finding the healthiest coffee in the world, certainly organic was upfront. First and foremost, we were looking to make sure that the pesticides and the chemicals were out of our coffee. Only 5% to 10% of the coffee roasted around the world is growing organically, which means 90% plus is grown with pesticides.

As I like to say, pesticides kill pests and they kill us in a variety of different ways. Probably the most likely mechanism and the most abundant mechanism is what it does to the gastrointestinal microbiome. As you destroy the microbiome, all those good and healthy bacteria and co-inhabitants of our bodies are having pesticide exposure.

Over 90% of coffee is grown with pesticides.

Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. When you destroy the microbiome, now you start to derail our immune system and gastrointestinal health, leading to things like leaky gut. Once you have a leaky gut, now all bets are off. You have all kinds of issues, which leads to a lot of cardiovascular issues as well.

This is something that we get into the habit of drinking every single day. You have said before and we know it to be true, that there is no healthy level of pesticides to ingest. You are ingesting a small amount of pesticides and herbicides every single day. These components like glyphosate, for example, are directly affecting your gut permeability. It is a great way to double down every single day and avoid all of these pesticides from the first thing that you drink when you wake up. Maybe you have some good purified water but then you are going straight to coffee usually, and we want to make sure that it is not a bunch of garbage.

I do want to say this too is that we are going to talk about so many of the health benefits of coffee, but I would never encourage someone who is not a coffee drinker to start drinking coffee necessarily. I do not encourage anyone else to push their children to drink coffee. Societies all around the world that children do drink coffee like they drink alcohol, as well, little bits at younger ages.

It is not taboo. It is not something to totally be avoided, but there are a lot of different ways to get the nutrients from coffee into our diets and bodies. We do not necessarily have to do it from coffee. If you are going to do it from coffee, do it in the best format. Tell me your origin story of coffee. What was the earliest in the Lattanza household?

My mom had always drunk a coffee with the powdered creamer. I knew if it was milk, it should probably look like milk. It should probably be a liquid. I knew from a young age that was not a good route to go but growing up in the Starbucks boom era. I did start going on with the caramel macchiato or all of these sugar-filled beverages. In high school is when I started drinking my first lattes, which were maybe a little bit of coffee with a lot of sugar and a lot of junk. When I got into college and started becoming more mindful about what I was putting into my body, I trained myself to like black coffee.

Maybe an acquired taste, it is bitter but not everybody likes it right off the bat. If you find a good coffee and you are not drinking Circle K, Starbucks, or something, then you may find that black coffee is good on its own. I had to train myself to work towards isolating the good and taking out the bad. I see that we have a comment from a Facebook user who says drinking Cardiology Coffee everyday mixed with the vanilla Daily Defense or a black coffee. I think that the addition of the Daily Defense is a great call. It is because we are looking for if you like the sweetness and a little bit of creamy in the coffee, it is hard to find. The Daily Defense vanilla is a great route to go.

They were fantastic products. It is okay to mix them together. You are in the Starbucks generation. There are so many teenagers and so many people in their 20s and early 30s. For your generation, where these children would go to Starbucks with their parents and the macchiato, Frappuccinos, or whatever those high sugar drinks were given to the child, and now obviously all the negative health ramifications of that. Now, it is the addiction to Starbucks.

What happened when I started looking at the Cardiology Coffee, I started looking around for a fantastic company to work with. What I found was a company or a roaster in Phoenix. The tagline on the coffee is, “Roasted in Arizona like the rest of us.” I wanted to find something special and that is what we did. We were able to find a single source for the coffee. It is not beans from all over the world. It is not from all over our country. It is one farm in Honduras, and this Honduran farm was started as a women’s co-op.

HHS 38 | Coffee And Heart
Coffee And Heart: Pesticides destroy your gut microbiome. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. When you destroy the microbiome, you start to derail your immune system and gastrointestinal health, leading to things like a leaky gut.

It was started by a group of women that were looking to find employment and then obviously find financial security for themselves in Honduras. They started this as that co-op. From there, they were able to make sure that it was 100% organic coffee and do a lot for the particular community there. The roaster that we use they have been down to Honduras. We have not made it down there yet. That is our plan.

What we did is that we had a third-party to test this. Even though it is organic, I sent it off for third-party certification to make sure there were no contaminants of pesticides or metals in our Cardiology Coffee. We also had a third-party test it for mold mycotoxins because the mold mycotoxin is these chemicals found in these mold-produced chemicals. These mold toxins are so proliferative in coffee.

We made sure that this coffee did not contain any levels of detectable mold mycotoxins, which is a worldwide crisis from old mycotoxins in general, but certainly as it is in our food. I want to make sure that any coffee that my wife or I would drink, any coffee that was consumed by friends or family, including our patients, and all of you out there as a family and members of the 100 Year Heart Club at Natural Heart Doctor that you were getting the best version available.

We found the best place and location loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Do not forget, we also give 5% back to an organization called Friends of Honduran Children. I rented out that organization to make sure that they were sending down the items that the children needed, and we sent down multivitamins to the children. They build shelters with that. They practice organic gardening. We are not sending pharmaceuticals down to the kids. We are sending out health and wellness to the community that gives to us and we hope to give back to them.

I think that it is so important to have that full circle story and provide wellness back. I have been fortunate enough to recommend this to a number of patients who have said, “I love coffee, but I have had to quit drinking it because of my AFib or liver disease or this, that, or the other.” I am like, “It is not the coffee or caffeine that is usually the problem. It is all of these other contaminants.” You have done such an excellent job in sourcing that we are not providing our patients when we make these suggestions.

I wonder if you have the same experience that I do with your patients that when they try Cardiology Coffee, they do not have those same experiences. It is not this racing. Of course, you still have some caffeine but we do not have the mold mycotoxins. You do not have the pesticides that are often the culprit for some of these negative side effects.

It is from a lot of different factors like you said. Undoubtedly, you find that when people switch to a cleaner coffee, they tend to tolerate it a lot better. In your medical education, what were you taught about coffee? Did they give much attention to it? They probably did a lot more so than we did. We never got any education on nutrition as opposed to how you all did and your training.

We also want to be here to be able to tell people that although your medical doctor may have told you to stop drinking a coffee or caffeinated products, you should always listen to your doctor’s advice. Maybe you need a new doctor or listen to new doctors like Dr. Lattanza and me. If you like coffee and you do not have negative side effects, racing heart feelings from the coffee or from the caffeine, then you should be drinking the best coffee. Like Dr. Lauren and me will tell people what those benefits are when it comes to heart, health, and beyond. What lip service was paid in your naturopathic school?

We were instructed of the benefit of coffee as a whole, but not necessarily the fact that the majority is actually quite a bit more toxic and less beneficial than an organically sourced coffee.

It is interesting because we told that because coffee is so widely available and consumed, especially across the US and globally, it is a major source of phytonutrients and phytochemicals. These beneficial plant compounds are in the human diet because it is the bean. It is rich in all of these phytochemicals.

It is a high source of these antioxidant compounds that humans consume every day, but they did not always take the caveat that organically produced coffee is so much higher in these compounds. We were instructed about the benefit of coffee as a whole, but not necessarily the fact that the majority, 90% is quite a bit more toxic and less beneficial than an organically sourced coffee.

The thing with organic, in general, pertains to organic plants. As organic plants are not sprayed with pesticides, they need to produce their own pesticides. They need to produce their own phytonutrients to be able to help the plants survive. Organically grown coffee typically has a lot more of those phytonutrients and antioxidants because they need to use these things to defend themselves against the environment.

Once you start looking at the breakdown, there are hundreds, if not over thousands of phytonutrients inside the coffee. You mentioned it being a bean. Neither one of us are botanist to get into what is it being? What is this seed? A lot of people that I read again, coffee is the seed because the coffee pod is fruit.

The coffee fruit is dropped from the plant where the coffee is reproducing and the fruit drop down, and then the fruit contains two seeds in there. Those would lead it to another coffee plant. It is how that would roll. How many people I have seen over the years who have been told to stop drinking coffee and it was for no reason whatsoever. They were told, “You have got high blood pressure, do not drink coffee. You have got atrial fibrillation, do not drink coffee. You have got coronary artery disease, do not drink coffee.” It turns out that it is beneficial for all those cardiology conditions and more.

I always tell patients as well, “If you enjoy coffee, do the right kind,” but also see how you feel with it. If you do drink coffee and you notice that even if it is Cardiology Coffee, and it does tend to spike your blood pressure for whatever reason, then avoid it. Listening to yourself is best. Sourcing the best for yourself is, of course best, but I find it to be beneficial more often than not. Especially when we see so many patients with high blood pressure and palpitations, and they say, “I would do anything to avoid these conditions, so I have gotten rid of coffee.”

We then show them the research like we love to do and say, “It has been found to be beneficial. If we have sourced you an organic mold-free coffee, then it is going to be beneficial for you.” I know that you have provided the research for us before in different conditions. Maybe tell us some of the amounts of coffee that has been beneficial in certain conditions and so on.

The individual is the individual. When the studies are done, they are done on larger populations of people. What the literature does tell us, and we have got other videos on this and we will put up more. On the website, we have got a lot of these studies as well. Think about things like atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease and coronary calcification, cholesterol, blood pressure, palpitations, PAC, PVCs, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, stroke risk, and ultimately the arbiter of everything is life expectancy where coffee drinkers live longer. It is exciting to be able to offer that to people.

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Coffee And Heart: Coffee is so widely available and consumed, especially across the US and globally. It’s a major source of phytonutrients and phytochemicals. Organically produced coffee is so much higher in these compounds.

The reality is that these are done on people that are consuming inferior coffees. What would the data look like if we were using the best coffees in the world to study these people? If we looked at 100 people with atrial fibrillation, parents who have atrial fibrillation would go in and out of atrial fibrillation. Half the group gets Cardiology Coffee. Half the group gets either no coffee, coffee substitute, or a Dunkin Donuts coffee and see what the results are.

We do know that people who drink coffee have less atrial fibrillation episodes, less strokes, less heart attacks, less coronary artery calcification, lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, and they live longer. It has to do not because it is some magic seed, but because of the very high amounts of antioxidants phytonutrients, polyphenols, vitamins, including some of the B vitamins, the minerals that are in there, including potassium and magnesium. Ultimately too, is that when you drink, especially black coffee, you are getting that essentially has zero caloric value.

It is not going to raise insulin levels. It is not going to do anything detrimental compared to how people, even if you are drinking a juice or they are drinking a shake, smoothie, or whatever else they may be doing. Coffee and tea are a very negligible caloric value. They are not going to lead to insulin spikes. They are not going to change anything in our metabolic whatsoever.

It is addition by subtraction because we are not taking in something again with a lot of calories. We are able to maintain that state. It is good that you tell me what you think about people who practice intermittent fasting or even people who do our 100 Year Heart challenges where there can be these benefits. We can still fast and have our coffee too.

I have been on a real kick and I made a real about things that you can ingest while still staying in a true fast. Black coffee is, first and foremost, my favorite thing because there is water. You have to stay hydrated through a fast absolutely, but there is still information coming from everything that you are ingesting. Be it food or otherwise, if you are ingesting black coffee, black tea, or what have you, you are getting those phytonutrient chemical benefits to provide cellular and body antioxidants and good information, but you are not having your insulin spike.

You are not having any proteins, any fats, or anything to where you are staying in a true fast. It can push you further a little bit to get to that next meal. There is some satiating effect from drinking coffee, so I highly recommend it. I know that when I intermittent and fast, which is very regularly, I am very much looking forward to the 100 Year Heart Challenge. I will be leaning on coffee, both caffeinated and decaf to help get me through those longer fasts and just to enjoy on a morning basis.

When I have done the 72-hour fasting before the times that I have done it, it was interesting. In the morning, that is the start of the whole program. Invariably, I will have my standard 3 to 4 cups of coffee. On day number two, it is usually 1 to 2 cups of coffee, and by day number three, for whatever reason, I am not interested in drinking coffee at all. Maybe I will have half a cup.

I start to get a little nervous because I love my morning ritual, but when I wake up without that taste for it now again, I end the fast and I wake up the next morning. The good news is I am back to my morning healthy ritual. It is interesting about fasting. Fasting is to the benefit of the individual person. However, they need to do whatever approach they need to rely on because some people will say, “If there is no coffee, I am not going to fast.” No again. Go ahead and enjoy that with your fast as well. Dr. Lauren, tell us about some of the other benefits of coffee. I know you are our resident gut, adrenal, and thyroid guru. What do you think about some of these other benefits?

Any way that you can get a boost of antioxidants in your day-to-day life is absolutely beneficial to all of the organs and glands in your body.

I think that any way that you can get a boost of antioxidants in your day-to-day life is absolutely beneficial to all of the organs and glands in your body. Liver health, there is a compound that is made upon drinking coffee that has been shown to help detoxify the liver. Clearing up a detox pathway is absolutely central to daily life, but it has been shown to reverse fibrosis in the liver.

If you have been on this track of accumulating some sludge and some toxins over your life, getting something that is truly an antioxidant, very rich and polyphenols can be so beneficial for clearing up your detox pathways, supporting proper thyroid function, avoiding the hindrance of deterrence of gut health from pesticides and so on. Including cognitive function, that is why we all reach for it every morning. From head to toe, there is absolutely a benefit to be had from a good quality source of coffee.

For AFibers all out there again, the benefits lower the risk of AFib and stroke. What they also found is that the caffeine itself, when they gave caffeine to AFibers, caffeine is a natural compound that comes from plants like coffee. When they gave people the caffeine molecule, they found they had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation from the caffeine in and of itself.

You do not have to drink decaf. If you want to drink decaf, go ahead and do so. We talk about anti-oxidants. Let’s briefly talk about it. We are talking about oxidation. It means rusting of the body, in short. If we think about it that way, it is a rusting process. When metal rusts, it is because of the oxidation process. The oxidation event itself is the cellular garbage that is produced. When the cells do certain functions, all their functions, they leave a lot of waste or oxidized garbage.

You need something to counterbalance that pro-oxidative activity. You need those antioxidants to balance things. That is for a lot of people who get into trouble. They are doing a lot of things in their lives that lead to oxidation. Normal life and even physical activity. A lot of athletes, typically long-distance runners, professional cyclists, long distance and endurance activities that lead to a lot of oxidative stress. If you do not rebalance that, one of the things you run into is atrial fibrillation. To be able to utilize coffee that has all those anti-oxidants. It is so simple. It tastes so great. It is so readily available without the caloric value to it as well.

You and I have the training and the educational background to be able to picture these reactive oxygen species and what is going on. I try to explain to our patients that we do a number of different testing for this and to understand the oxidative process that is going on in their body and the burden that is being placed on the body.

We always say, “Cholesterol isn’t bad. It is oxidized cholesterol l, that is bad.” We want to prevent all these things from breathing the air that we live in and drinking the water that we are exposed to. We are constantly bombarded by things that are pro-oxidant. If we can go back in and double down on something that is antioxidant to combat those free radicals from creating further damage. It is all in our best interest.

A lot of people talk about adrenal issues. There are a lot of things that have been said. There are a lot of the things that we have talked about so far with the scientific literature. Are you aware of any data that says that coffee or caffeine is damaging to the adrenals leading to adrenal suppression? What is your research about it?

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Coffee And Heart: Following a heart attack, drinking coffee habitually was associated with a reduced risk of dying.

People that are adrenally fatigued may rely more on coffee, but it is something that is not correlated because of causation. It is not causing adrenal fatigue or burnout. I feel burnt out, so I am going to reach for coffee. If you are ingesting something that is full of pesticides and creating more and more reactive oxygen species, and more oxidation in the body, then we are going to have a further detrimental impact on our adrenal glands.

If we can stay on something that is full of antioxidants, that is going to provide cellular energy. Anymore of what we are seeing is that adrenal fatigue is truly like mitochondrial fatigue. We need to support the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cells that provide cellular energy to every cell in our body. If we can provide antioxidants clearing out the detox pathways in the body and further supporting the mitochondria, that is where we find true benefit in those patients with adrenal fatigue.

As you said, it is circling back to that mitochondria and how we were talking about the fasting before and how fasting leads to fantastic changes inside of the cell in the mitochondria clearing out the old dead in mitochondria and a process called mitophagy. Clearing out old cellular debris in autophagy. This is a fantastic way to be able to move forward with this and enjoy the detoxification process. Great tasting drink in order to get through the cleanse through these longer fasts and detox is.

Dr. Lauren Lattanza and I were talking about Cardiology Coffee to use during intermittent fasting for our 100 Year Heart challenges. Cardiology Coffee tends to be a mainstay for a lot of the people who are in the program. We talked earlier about Cardiology Coffee, the fact that it is tested and it does not have any detectable mold mycotoxins, environmental toxins and pesticides, and the like. It is certified organic. It is sourced from a very clean Honduran farm of women’s co-op, so on and so forth. That is why we have created Cardiology Coffee to be able to espouse all the cardiovascular health benefits of drinking. One of the best coffees in the world is Cardiology Coffee.

We talked about the benefits of intermittent fasting. I think that there is a completely exhaustive list of benefits of intermittent fasting, certainly supporting mitochondrial function. No matter what your ailment, no matter what you are experiencing, even if you are completely healthy, there are typically some benefits to be had from some level of intermittent fasting.

Do not forget all the health benefits. To reiterate everything that coffee does. Atrial fibrillation, lower risk of coronary4 disease and heart attack. After a heart attack, it lowers coronary artery calcification. At Natural Heart Doctor, we do not want people getting coronary CT scans, but many of you already have had that done.

You have been identified as someone with coronary artery calcification and coffee leads to a reduction in coronary calcification, which is exciting. Lower risk of stroke, heart failure, improved heart rate variability, lower heart rate overall. You would think that coffee drinkers have a higher heart rate, but coffee drinkers enjoy a lower average heart rate. It improves what is called Heart Rate Variability. We do not want to have to dive into that right now, but again, understand that there are a lot of benefits to having higher Heart Rate Variability or HRV.

There is one comment before we go. This is an important question. I am told that there are some nasty chemicals sometimes used in the decaffeination process. Cardiology Coffee in the decaf version was used by the Swiss Water Method, which is very non-toxic, no benzenes and no solvents used.

Coffee drinkers enjoy a lower average heart rate and improved heart rate variability.

This is from the journal of Coronary Artery Disease in November 2016. There are multiple doctors that reported this in this particular journal article. What they looked at was titled Coffee reduces the risk of death after acute myocardial infarction: a meta-analysis. What they did is they looked at all studies. What they found is that in over 3,000 patients, they looked at light coffee drinkers versus non-coffee, heavy coffee versus non-coffee, and heavy coffee versus light. The conclusion was drinking coffee habitually following a heart attack was associated with a reduced risk of dying.

As they look at 2022, light coffee drinkers versus non-coffee is 21% reduction. Heavy coffee drinkers versus non-coffee drinkers lower the risk by 46% for heavy coffee drinkers. I would have to dive deeper into the study. It looks like heavy coffee drinkers drank more than two per day. Three or more may be the sweet spot for coffee consumption after a heart attack. What do you think about that, Dr. Lauren?

Can you imagine if that was the result of a pharmaceutical study? It would absolutely be a blockbuster. Every single doc would be a having that written on a script and sent out the door with every patient. It is a staggering result, very significant and incredibly beneficial.

That was on your garden variety of coffees that are not going to be organic, pesticide-free, mold mycotoxin-free like ours is. Can you imagine all the benefits? When you stack it on top of everything else that we do here at Natural Heart Doctor, it would markedly reduce your risk of dying overall after a heart attack, from stroke, AFib, or congestive heart failure, you name it. Exciting stuff.

It would be on 100 Year Heart lifestyle and you double down with that, and those results would be even more incredible. I do not doubt it.

You will live well and think well.

This has been so much fun. If you have tried Cardiology Coffee, you know it is wonderful. If you have not, please go ahead and order a bag. Thank you so much for joining us. I hope you have a great start to your week and we will see you all next time.



About Dr. Jack Wolfson

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Jack Wolfson D.O., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who uses nutrition, lifestyle and supplements to prevent and treat heart disease. He completed a 4 year medical degree, 3 year internal medicine residency and 3 year cardiology fellowship. He served as the Chief Fellow of his cardiology program, managing all of the other cardiology trainees.

Dr. Wolfson then joined the largest cardiology group in the state of Arizona and spent 10 years as a hospital-based cardiologist performing angiograms, pacemakers, and other cardiac procedures. He was the Chairman of Medicine, Director of Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

He was selected by his peers as one of the Arizona “Top Docs” in 2011. In 2012, Dr. Wolfson founded Natural Heart Doctor to offer patients the ultimate in holistic heart care. People from all over the world consult with Dr. Wolfson, travelling to Arizona or virtually for natural heart care.

Dr. Wolfson has appeared on every major news station and major newspaper along with hundreds of appearances at live events, podcasts, and online interviews. He has taught medical doctors and practitioners from all over the world.

Dr. Wolfson was recognized as one of the Top 50 Holistic Medical Practitioners. The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the first book by Dr. Wolfson and is an Amazon best-seller. He is also a contributing author to The Textbook of Integrative Cardiology.


About Dr. Lauren Lattanza

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As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Lattanza is trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease. Knowing that the world we live in is full of toxic elements, sedentary lifestyles, nutrient depleted food sourcing, and environmental chemicals, it is Dr. Lattanza’s goal and passion to identify the often overlooked causes of disease. She offers specialized testing and treatments to optimize patients’ health which can prevent, decrease, or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Lattanza is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and helps patients across the US reclaim vitality and work towards their 100 year heart.

About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

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As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.


Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

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Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.