Bios & History
Martie Whittekin, CCN, Host. Has hosted the show throughout its history. A nutrition counselor since 1982 and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist for most of that time, she has studied with some of the brightest minds in the natural health field. This background helps her to pick well-qualified guests and to ask questions designed to give listeners actionable information and well as translate into lay language. Martie is not into rocking and knitting. Her idea of what today’s senior citizen might be looking forward to are illustrated by the pictures of her on the Texas Longhorn, holding a giant python, on a zip line through the jungle in Costa Rica and enjoying indoor sky diving.
• Martie is the author of The Probiotic Cure, the best selling book Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet and Prilosec, (2nd edition published in 2012) and ALOE VERA Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy (2010).
• She served as President of the National Nutritional Foods Association (which is now the Natural Products Association) during crucial phases of the effort to pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. She testified at many congressional hearings and had input into that landmark bill.
• As a founder and head of Texans for Health Freedom (formed to protect a citizen’s right to choose alternative medical treatments) Ms Whittekin helped obtain at least some protection for doctors using nutrition in their practices.
• She was awarded The National Nutritional Foods Association’s 2002 “Crusader Award” and earlier was honored as AWIN (Association of Women in Nutrition) “Woman of the Year in Natural Foods.”
• Martie served on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University (a fully accredited medical school teaching natural medicine). • She has been married to Bill Whittekin for a very long time. They have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
• Her other hobbies are art and decorating cakes. (Note: the basket, its contents and grass is all edible.) See more cakes.
Andy Hopkins – Producer and on-air personality
Produces Healthy by Nature and is often Martie’s lively co-host. Majored in Radio and TV at Ohio State University and worked as an unpaid intern at WNCI in Columbus as the traffic guy. Andy literally hijacked his way onto the air by recording news stories and sneaking them into the news director’s stack for air the next morning. As a result of making the news director’s job easier, Andy was given a full-time job and a Sunday morning public affairs show.
• Andy encouraged Martie to get into radio and has been the producer and call screener since day one. Andy has considerable nutrition experience which helps him evaluate in-coming listener calls and help them—whether or not they get on the air.
• Married to Debbie. Together they parent 3 dogs and closely follow the OSU Buckeyes.
Darlene Brents – Executive Director
Darlene Brents, Executive Director of Healthy by Nature and backup Producer for the show. She is the principal contact for the radio host, Martie Whittekin, CCN; providing support to the company in all areas with an emphasis on communication to health and nutrition. She has a passion for helping others. Prior to joining Healthy by Nature in 2010, Darlene has always worked in the Executive Administrative field where she maintained an interest of wanting to help the company reach their goals. She enjoys reading, cooking, various outdoor activities and spending time with her family, friends and her furry friend – Bailey.
Jim Russell – Geek/Brother of Host/Uncle of Producer.
Jim helps with website, email and tech issues. His business is Affordable PC Help.
Healthy by Nature is now broadcast on Salem network in many US cities and is available online live, as archived shows, on iHeart Radio and pod casts. It has aired on KWRD in North Texas since August of 1998. We remember fondly the early days when the show hour was preceded by Doug Kaufmann’s live radio show and followed by that of Dr. Cliff Sheats. In 1997 a prior show, The Feel Young and Healthy Show on KAAM (the oldies station) was hosted by Martie for a year with co-host Jim Judd. That station was sold to Disney and changed format. A highlight of that original program was the train that blew its whistle outside the window halfway through every show. Martie was so nervous and concerned that every moment of the show be useful that she practically had a script. Martie and Andy are very grateful for the listeners that suffered through their inexperience then and still listen today.