How To Diagnose & Fix Chronic Mystery Illnesses, Figure Out Which Supplements You Should Really Be Taking, Identify Specific Organ Problems & More With Monica Hershaft.

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February 3, 2022

Monica Hershaft is one interesting practitioner, and on a recent Phoenix trip, I had a chance to experience her very unique flavor of muscle testing and nutritional prescription. 

She is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and holistic health practitioner and nutritional consultant with Advanced Clinical Training Certification in NRT. After 10 years building one of the top-rated holistic health practices in Los Angeles, she developed ‘Treat the Source’ a remote online program that helps those suffering from chronic symptoms who can't get a true diagnosis, to get their health and life back.

Responsible for healing thousands of people struggling with undiagnosed, chronic illness, Monica has established herself as a true trailblazer in the wellness space. She is the bestselling author of “Treat the Source Not the Symptom: The 3 Pillar System to Get Your Health Back’, now available on Amazon. She has been named one of the top Los Angles nutrition and health experts by CBS as well as one of the top holistic nutrition experts in the nation by Monica has been a featured speaker in multiple health summits including Healing Rosie-The Fix for Female Hormones, The Chronic Mystery Symptom Summit, Health Hacker f(x) Summit by the co-founder of Paleo fX, Keith Norris, and The Bone Health Academy Speaker Series.

She’s also been featured in The Healthy Me Podcast from CEO of Primal Life Organics, Trina Felber, as well as Get Well Now with Dr. Meg Haworth, celebrity holistic chef and author. Monica has also been a guest on renowned Los Angeles psychic Colby Rebel Radio Show on UBN and spoken on psychiatric drugs on Watchdog Radio.

Monica understands that just because your labs are normal, it doesn’t mean you’re not sick and she can explain why that happens and how to fix it! Too many legitimately sick people are being put on anti-depressants because the doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong with them and their labs are normal. Monica is here to tell you that you are not crazy and there are answers!

Being plagued with her own mystery illness for 10+ years after participating in a popular detox program, Monica knows first-hand the frustration that chronic symptoms and an improper diagnosis can create for those struggling with their health. Having this personal experience has allowed Monica to not only heal her clients physically, but to understand them on a deep, personal level.

Monica’s conflict over incorporating animal protein and going Paleo in order to recover her health was the most difficult dilemma she had ever faced because she was born and raised Vegan. Her father is famed Animal Rights Activist, Founder, and Holocaust Survivor, Alex Hershaft. Her 10-year chronic, mystery illness finally resolved through a combination of adopting an altered Paleo style diet along with eliminating toxic overload because diet and nutrition alone was not enough to help restore immune function. This ethical crossroads was heartbreaking and riddled with doubt due to her upbringing and knowledge of the factory farming conditions. She will never consume animal protein that has been conventionally farmed, opting only for sourcing from grass fed, pasture raised Paleo-centric farms.

Her father’s many talks on the connection between animals being killed for food and their family’s experience in the Holocaust, being transported in cattle cars to be killed in the camps, weighed heavily on her decision. Her father, Alex Hershaft, is well known all over the world for his Animal Rights organization and his many talks and videos about the connection between the Holocaust and the Vegan lifestyle. Monica was heartbroken that she was unable to recover her health as a Vegan.

After working one on one with countless patients in her private practice located in Los Angeles, she realized it was time to create a program that could help more people on a wider scale and that led to the development of her online digital course “Treat the Source-The 3 Pillar Holistic Health Repair Program” to help people who are struggling with chronic symptoms and can't get a true diagnosis. This 12 week online program provides tips and tools as well as weekly actions and hacks to help them take their health back into their own hands no matter where they live.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-How a debilitating chronic “mystery” illness led to Monica's unique practice…

-Breakdown of the evaluation and treatment Ben will receive…18:25

-First phase of treatment: muscle testing…41:10

  • Calibration gives a sense of strength and weakness
  • Nervous system is switching
  • Homeopathic vials broken up into different energy patterns
  • Pancreatic enzyme production
  • Take out metal fillings!
  • Not blocked to any pathogens

-Body scan…

  • Frontal brain, Cerebral spinal fluid, Crown, Cerebellum, Pineal gland, Pituitary, Hypothalamus
  • Biohacks will fool some of the typical testing methods (hidden organs)
  • “Asking the body” where to test before other parts
  • Body scan w/ supplements to see if it will test strong

-Reviewing the results of the two-part exam…1:04:15

  • Poor enzymatic production
  • Five layers to illness
    • Inflammation (chemical and metal toxins)
    • Digestion
    • Allergies (inflamed immune response)
    • Pathogens
    • Bad labs
  • 11 of 12 stool samples are false negatives for parasites
  • GI Effects test
  • Ben is in the third layer currently
  • Inflamed salivary glands
  • Phases:
    • Phase 1 Immune – dealing with overwhelm of toxins, overwhelm of pathogens (6 months)
    • Phase 2 Repair and rebuild – Prevent future chemical exposure
    • Phase 3 Maintenance
  • Next steps for Ben:
    • Endocrine system
    • Pituitary is out of balance
    • Biodent supplement for the teeth
    • Betine hydrochloride
    • Multizyme

-How to partake of Monica's expertise, even if you don't live in Phoenix…

-And much more!

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21 thoughts on “How To Diagnose & Fix Chronic Mystery Illnesses, Figure Out Which Supplements You Should Really Be Taking, Identify Specific Organ Problems & More With Monica Hershaft.

  1. Sonya says:

    Does Botox injections in the jaw (for TMJ) adversely affect the salivary glands function?


    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      I discuss botox with Dr. Chesnut here:

  2. Jacqueline Carlin says:

    She mentioned a book about Applied Kinesiology stating it was called The Power of……. Did either of you find out the name?

  3. Lisa B. says:

    Any muscle testing referrals for the Cincinnati, Ohio area?

  4. Cal saunders says:

    I would highly recommend checking out Dr Sturt White out of synergy health in charlotte. He would be a great show guest and be worth flying in quarterly for supplement testing. He also has an office in Houston.

  5. The chiropractor I currently apprentice under does a type of nutrition response testing that’s seen here. Dr Bob Bacon at East Cobb Spine and Sport Chiropractic for those in the ATLANTA area. They also do virtual visits for those that aren’t local.

  6. Travis Weatherhead says:

    My father is a chiropractor and a wholistic methylation practitioner, and what he does is similar.

  7. Micah says:

    Any suggestions for shower water filters?

    1. I do think that the whole house filtration units are good idea vs. just having a water filter that you keep in your fridge or just filtering the water unto your kitchen sink. I think that whole house filtration systems are really the way to go when it comes to removing chlorine and a lot of other things like fluoride and disinfection byproducts and all the other nasty stuff. For more, check out episode 224: as well as

  8. Kathleen says:

    I don’t see the link to watch this on utube? Sometimes it’s in podcast sometimes I have to go to website but I don’t see it anyplace. Bummer

  9. Andrea says:

    Intriguing. Can Monica recommend anyone in Austin with the same sort of practice? (muscle testing and such.)

    1. Hi Andrea! I know they have a waitlist you can get on for different cities. Please feel free to contact Monica’s team directly:

  10. Josiah Reese says:

    If there is one thing that can unify all of us, it’s decent healthcare. Regardless of race and political stance, we all hurt, get sick, and suffer. Health insurance, especially employee provided health insurance only amplifies the suffering and often dismisses functional medicine and compassion. For example, Cigna, who owns evicore (#evilcore), is the 13th largest corporation and made over $2billion on sick people last year, and the ceo made $79million, mostly on denying, or rather, not approving, diagnostic procedures for people. Health insurance, big pharma, poor nutrition fueled by massive corporate food industry are all in the same bed and form one of the greatest threats to the US population. Just think about how many BILLIONS of dollars that could have reengineered our healthcare system instead went to face masks, vaccines, and the pockets of the ultra-rich. You have the platform to help unify everyone; liberal, conservative, independent…. on the issue of how many people are suffering NEEDLESSLY.

    My father, a retired cop, just got diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and Evicore/Cigna(Cigna owns their own review board) denied the diagnostic MRI because a CT scan was cheaper, and then didn’t “approve” the CT scan after his doctor requested it twice stating that the CT scan was not necessary. So his doctor has to guess how bad the cancer is and just try to throw chemo at him until the pain stops or kills him. Instead of fighting for himself he is using this as a platform to bring attention to how corrupt and backwards the healthcare industry is. My family is taking this anger and sadness and using it to empower others.

    Please consider collaborating with other influential and compassionate humans that have a loud and compelling voice to attack the healthcare industry and change it for the better.

    Thank you!

    1. Lana says:

      Well said! 100% agreed

  11. Brent says:

    Any experience treating people using this practice that are suffering from chronic health conditions due to long haul covid and damage of the heart and blood vessels?

    1. Dr Frans Kromhout in Cape Town South Africa has been treating many covid infections. Not sure about the heart and blood vessels but he definitely treats the underlying symptoms.

  12. Jose says:

    Hi Mr. Greenfield,

    Is there a functional medicine doctor in San Diego that you would recommend? Looking for some guidance.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Jose! Try and/or check out this resource:…

  13. JSM says:

    Another uncredentialed guest on the podcast pitching an unproven modality. What is “Nutrition Response Testing?” Do we really believe Ms. Herschaft can “eliminate all allergies” where allergist with MDs have failed? Mr. Greenfield, do you ever, even once, push back on the unsupported claims of your guests?

  14. Dale aka Healthnut says:

    I really enjoyed what she shared and you stepping out there as an influencer and mentor to share

    this wonderful podcast.

    I will drive from Mexico soon to visit with her.

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