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76- How To Succeed With Intermittent Fasting with Cynthia Thurlow

76- How To Succeed With Intermittent Fasting with Cynthia Thurlow

Intermittent fasting, sounds like a pretty scary and difficult new weight loss craze that is sweeping the nation.

However, intermittent fasting isn't new, and isn't really the next fad diet. Human history shows that fasting has always been a part of livelihoods. Especially in times of feast or famine, you could go days without food, then have an abundance of food.

The term "intermittent" means to occur at different intervals. In the form of intermittent fasting, this means that we are fasting for a set period of time, and feeding in another set period of time.

For instance, you may fast (not eat) for 16 hours, then eat in an 8 hour time window. 16 hours can seem like a long time, but if you are sleeping during half of it, then you just don't eat the first part and last part of each day.

75- Using Herbal Flavors to Support the Body with Kris Vaughan

75- Using Herbal Flavors to Support the Body with Kris Vaughan

Did you know that there are medicinal properties in many of the spices you have in your kitchen?

For thousands of years, different cultures have used herbal flavors to stimulate different organs and systems in the body.

For example, sour or bitter flavors are used to increase digestive juices in your body so you break down your food fully. This is why many cultures eat fermented foods right before their meals.

Herbal flavors are an easy way to learn how to utilize herbs for different symptoms you may be experiencing. Instead of learning about every single use case of every herb, you only have to remember their flavor!

Are the Herbal Flavors Different Than What Our Tongue Tastes?

There actually are differences in the herbal flavors and the taste of the herb itself.

What we taste on our tongue is dependent upon our taste buds and our preferences. For instance, what is sweet to one person might not be that sweet to someone else.

Herbal flavors aren't too much different, the fact is that most of us have lost touch with how things are supposed to taste. We are so accustomed to the taste of processed foods, that we have forgotten the real taste of plants.

But there are some subtle differences. Some herbs might be considered sweet, but taste bitter. The more you use herbs though, the better your taste buds are at differentiating the tastes.

Here are the 5 herbal flavors found in Western Herbalism:

  • Bitter
  • Sour
  • Sweet
  • Salty
  • Pungent

What to Expect From This Episode

Kris Vaughan is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and owner and program director of Herbal Wisdom Institute.

In this episode, you will learn:

» How far back does herbalism go

» What is the idea behind the flavors of herbs

» Can you use herbal flavors to help with chronic conditions

» How to source herbs and get the best quality you can find



Shownotes

  • [2:45] Why did Kris Vaughan get interested in learning about herbalism
  • [5:15] Kris used Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root, and probiotics to help her daughter who was sick
  • [6:15] Are there a bunch of side effects for the herbs Kris used to heal her daughter
  • [7:45] How far back did herbalism begin
  • [11:15] Is it better for people to use local herbs, or herbs from all over the world
  • [13:30] How do flavors differ across herbalism and what do flavors tell you about the body
  • [23:45] Some products use only a couple herbs, while other products use every herb ever known. Is one option better than the other


  • [26:45] What are constitutions of the body
  • [31:30] Can herbs be used with chronic conditions such as IBD or autoimmune conditions
  • [34:45] Herbs can be really helpful, but you must also focus on lifestyle and healthy eating
  • [37:30] What are the best and easiest ways to take herbs and to make sure people get them in daily
  • [43:30] Does sourcing matter for the herbs that should be used in medicinal ways
  • [48:30] Learn about Kris's morning routine on how she gets centered and grounded for the day

Learn More About Kris Vaughan

Website: Herbal Wisdom Institute

Social Media: Podcast , Facebook

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Kris Vaughan uses the flavors of herbs to determine which herb is best to use for different symptoms in the body
Kris Vaughan uses the flavors of herbs to determine which herb is best to use for different symptoms in the body
74- How Nourishing the Brain Helps the Entire Body with Greg Garrard

74- How Nourishing the Brain Helps the Entire Body with Greg Garrard

If you have been listening to the podcast for awhile now, you may have noticed that most of our guests focus on the gut. This is because if the gut isn't functioning well, and not digesting food, then how can we expect the rest of the body to work right.

However, we still have a big player in the game that is often overlooked. That player is our brain.

While the gut may be the epicenter of dysfunction, the brain is the command center for the body. If the brain isn't doing its job, then nothing will work right.

Why Is Nourishing the Brain So Important For Health

The brain (and nervous system) have a lot of functions in the body. Some of the main functions include:

  • Regulating Hormones
  • Communicates with organs to turn on/off functions, such as digestion
  • Controls movement of our limbs
  • Allows us to have memories and communicate with others

In order for all these functions to work, the brain needs nourishment. By providing specific nutrients, and also limiting ourselves to environmental stressors, we can optimize how the brain works.

What to Expect From This Episode

Greg Garrard is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who focuses on nourishing the brain.

In this episode, you will learn:

» What systems in the body the brain is responsible for

» Which foods and nutrients help to support the brain

» How environmental stressors can impact brain health

» Where do we focus first, healing the gut or nourishing the brain



Shownotes

  • [3:15] Why did Greg get interested in Nutrition and Brain Health
  • [8:00] It is pretty amazing how people don't recognize the state of health their body is in until the straw breaks the camel's back
  • [9:00] Did Greg's depression come from his inability to do the activities he loved, or from his state of health
  • [12:15] Most of our guests focus on gut health, what is Greg looking for when assessing the brain
  • [15:30] Are there specific symptoms you are looking for that is related to brain health
  • [21:30] Since hydration is so important, what are some ways to help people hydrate without stripping minerals from the body
  • [22:00] Here is a simple way to make Sole water
  • [23:45] What are some of the important nutrients needed to optimize the brain


  • [28:45] Are there environmental factors that can impact the brain as well
  • [35:30] We have had Brian Hoyer on to talk about EMFs and 5G
  • [38:30] If you need nutrients to support the brain, but the gut can't function well if the brain isn't working right, then do you start supporting the brain first, or the gut
  • [42:30] Head injuries can also influence the way the brain is functioning. You can listen more here

Learn More About Greg Garrard

Website: River of Life Nutritional Therapy

Social Media: Email

Thank you for listening to this episode of the Summit For Wellness Podcast. If you enjoyed How Nourishing the Brain Helps the Entire Body with Greg Garrard, then subscribe to our channel so you can listen to all the latest episodes.

Greg Garrard teaches us how important the brain is as the command center for the health of our body
Greg Garrard teaches us how important the brain is as the command center for the health of our body
73- Alternatives to Surgery for Orthopedic Injuries with Dr Jum Funk

73- Alternatives to Surgery for Orthopedic Injuries with Dr Jum Funk

In the US, orthopedic ailments are the most common reason that people go to a medical professional. In fact, it is about 1 in 7 people have some sort of orthopedic complaint.

Many of these conditions are treated with medication or surgery, while chiropractic or physical therapy may also be an option.

If medication or therapy does not work, then usually the next step is to see the surgeon.

However, there are alternative methods that can be a better option before going under the knife. This methods are called Regenerative Injection Therapy.

What Is Regenerative Injection Therapy

Regenerative Injection Therapies are methods used to inject certain solutions into the problem area to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms.

These injections include:

  • Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT)
  • Prolotherapy
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Stem Cells

You probably have heard about some of these options before, so let's break down what each one of them are used for:

Perineural Injection Therapy

Perineural Injection Therapy is used to treat inflamed or injured nerves. This in many cases is used as one of the first steps in regenerative injection therapy because it is low risk and costs a lot less.

Perineural injections help to calm the nerves down so that the practitioner can see the underlying cause of the pain. For some people, this is all they need, while others might have to go to the next type of injection.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is used to stimulate the body into healing a certain area of the body.

To use Prolotherapy, it is injected directly where the pain is located. It consists of an irritant that tricks the body into repairing the tissues. This can be really great for tendons or ligaments.

When it comes to Prolotherapy side effects, there is minimal risk. Sometimes you receive swelling in the area, and it can feel worse before it gets better.

Platelet-Rich Plasm (PRP)

PRP injections use the platelets found in blood to stimulate healing.

Platelets have a protein called growth factor which are used in the healing of injuries. PRP injections concentrate the growth factors usually 5-10x more than what is found in normal blood.

PRP injection side effects again are pretty minimal. Usually if there is any side effect, it is swelling in the region the injection took place.

Stem Cells

Stem Cells are the top of the line when it comes to regenerative injection therapies.

It uses your own stem cells to remove damaged cells in the painful region and create new healthy cells. Stem cells are the foundation for every single cell in the body, therefore it is needed for the creation of healthy cells.

The side effects for stem cell injections varies based on the uses of the stem cells. Since stem cells can be used for orthopedic ailments, bone marrow transplants, and even organ transplants, the side effects can be drastically different.

What to Expect From This Episode

Dr. Jum Funk specializes in the use of Regenerative Injection Therapies, and uses all 4 of these therapies in her practice.

In this episode, you will learn:

» How regenerative injection therapy is used for different ailments

» When to chose one injection over another

» How to measure results and success rate

» Can these treatments even be used for ailments such as arthritis



Shownotes

  • [3:00] What got Dr Jum Funk interested in Regenerative Injection Therapy
  • [6:10] When it comes to health conditions, what conditions is regenerative injection therapy good and not good for
  • [7:30] Regenerative Injection Therapy should be one of the first options for recovery before we look into surgical procedures
  • [9:00] What are the differences between the different injection therapies that are available
  • [9:30] Perineural injections helps for the superficial nerves
  • [11:00] Once the perineural injections reduces pain, then she goes more towards prolotherapy
  • [11:40] If prolotherapy isn't working, then Dr Jum Funk will switch over to either PRP or Stem Cell
  • [14:45] With PIT therapy, patients can feel a change pretty quickly. PRP or stem cell can take much longer to notice a difference
  • [19:00] What does the actually process of extracting stem cells feel like


  • [21:00] Do you rely on the body to create the correct tissues for the area you are working on, and hoping it doesn't create tissues that aren't helpful to the body
  • [24:00] It is currently believed there are no side effects for regenerative injection therapy, is this what you have found as well
  • [26:15] If someone has autoimmunity and you inject stem cells into their body, will their body attack those stem cells
  • [28:30] What is considered to be a “success” for regenerative injection therapies
  • [33:00] Patients will have a different scale of success because if you reduce their pain, usually they are happy
  • [36:00] If these therapies are used before going to a chiropractor or physical therapy, it can help reduce the inflammation so the therapists can help your body even more
  • [37:30] Does insurance cover the costs of regenerative injection therapies, or is it cash only
  • [43:00] You can spend $700 on a new phone that lasts maybe 2 years, or use that money to remove your pain for a couple decades

Resources

» Learn More about the Healing Miracle Stem Cell Docuseries

Learn More About Dr. Jum Funk

Website: Funk Regenerative Med Clinic

Social Media: Facebook

Thank you for listening to this episode of the Summit For Wellness Podcast. If you enjoyed Alternatives to Surgery for Orthopedic Injuries with Dr Jum Funk, then subscribe to our channel so you can listen to all the latest episodes.

Dr Jum Funk teaches about regenerative injection therapies such as PRP, Prolotherapy, and Stem Cells
Dr Jum Funk teaches about regenerative injection therapies such as PRP, Prolotherapy, and Stem Cells
Tara Hunkin specializes with working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Learn different ways to support your child with ADD and ADHD

72- How to Support Children with ADD/ADHD with Tara Hunkin

Are you a parent who has a child with ADD or ADHD, or any form of neurodevelopmental disorder? If so, then you already know how difficult it can be to raise a child with these conditions.

The rates of children being diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder has been skyrocketing in the past couple of decades. Around 11% of children are diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD.

The question people want answered is, why? Are the diagnostic procedures better than they used to be? Or are there now different levels of ADD and ADHD, so more kids are diagnosed? Or maybe our environment or genetics plays a role.

What we do know is that these kids aren't getting the full support that they deserve because of all the unknowns to these disorders. Parents do the best that they can, and as more information comes out, it is up to us to get the information into the parents' hands.

What Are Some Ways to Support a Child with ADD or ADHD

The conventional methods of treating ADD and ADHD is to use different forms of medication. Medication can be a fantastic way to instantly know whether you are working with a neurodevelopmental disorder or not because the results are pretty instant.

But there can be other methods of trying to keep the children focused (and less wild). Sometimes it is best to use multiple different methods to see what works the best for your child:

  • Neurofeedback Therapy
  • Changing diets and improving overall nutrition
  • Looking at overall gut health and see if that is changing brain function

These are just some options, and we discuss more in this episode. Tara Hunkin shares with us a lot of insights into how to manage your child, and ways to help them improve:

» What are causing increases in the neurodevelopmental rates

» What symptoms you should be looking for with your young children

» Tests that very child should do to make sure their brain is functioning well

» Various treatment options and support for the kids



Shownotes

  • [2:30] Tara's own experiences with raising her daughter is what made her passionate about neurodevelopmental disorders
  • [6:15] There is so much information available online, how do you know where to start and what to follow
  • [8:30] How likely is it that a child will have some form of neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADD or ADHD
  • [11:30] Boys are 4 times more likely to get autism than girls
  • [13:15] The age for diagnosis varies depending on the person. Some kids have more clear cut symptoms, others don't
  • [16:00] Is there an easy way for a parent to know if their child is just acting out, or has a deeper issue going on
  • [19:15] Should every single child be tested for their primitive reflexes
  • [21:15] People can find practitioners who perform these primitive reflex tests at their pediatric occupational therapist, IAFNR, Carrick Institute, Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo
  • [23:00] What can cause an increase in ADD, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders


  • [25:30] EMFs could be a culprit for ADD/ADHD, so can kids being on technology too early in life expose their brains to too much EMFs
  • [28:45] What are pros and cons of stimulant medication that is typically used for ADD and ADHD
  • [32:30] Neurofeedback can be a great option to help kids improve their brain function
  • [33:15] There can also be an imbalance in the microbiome that can play a role in how the brain functions
  • [35:00] Many kids have digestive issues, how does this influence ADD and ADHD
  • [37:00] Have you used Amino Acid Therapy in treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders before
  • [38:45] What are some common nutritional deficiencies that children have and should be restored
  • [40:30] How do you get kids to make changes to the food they eat and to incorporate better nutrition
  • [45:00] Teenagers like to fight back, and they are at a point where they make their own decisions. How do you get them to change their food
  • [53:00] Learn more about the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

Resources

» Learn More about the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

» Find a practitioner for primitive reflex checks at Carrick Institute or IAFNR or the book Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo

Learn More About Tara Hunkin

Website: My Child Will Thrive

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest

Thank you for listening to this episode of the Summit For Wellness Podcast. If you enjoyed How to Support Children with ADD/ADHD with Tara Hunkin, then subscribe to our channel so you can listen to all the latest episodes.

Tara Hunkin specializes with working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Learn different ways to support your child with ADD and ADHD
Tara Hunkin specializes with working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Learn different ways to support your child with ADD and ADHD
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