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When people come to my clinic to see me for their health issues, one of the questions I ask is what their support structure looks like within their family to support them on their health journey. I then ask if the family is prepared to make any changes necessary to the way they eat in order to better everyone's health, and I include the children.A lot of the time the response I get is "how would I ever get my kids to stop eating the sugar and the processed food? It tastes too good!"This is a very valid question, and one that not many people have a great response to. Children have always seemed to be invincible when it comes to dietary and health decisions, and there hasn't been a need to try and get children to understand what food can do to support, or break down the body.That is until recently.
If you don't understand how hormones can affect your moods, then I recommend having a nice chat with a women to learn more. Women go through an entire cycle of hormonal changes every single month, and most women can tell exactly where they are within their cycle based off of their moods. As a women gets closer to menopause, then these hormonal shifts can make some rapid changes to mood, and more.There seems to be a negative connotations built around women's hormones. When a women is angry, we assume she must be "PMS'ing"; when a women is crying a lot, then she is being "really hormonal". This doesn't open up a very safe space for anyone to talk about what is really going on, and how to lessen the impact that these hormonal changes have on a woman.
When using various products, we always look at the multi-functional approach to how we can utilize the product. If it only serves one purpose, we tend to avoid that at all costs since to us it is wasted space. We have many resources on our site to use these products with, so if you purchase any of them, you have some ideas on how to fully use it to the best of its ability (for example, Instant Pot Recipes). We also believe in getting products for good deals, so if you find something isn't actually on sale for Cyber Monday, then don't get it! Almost all of these items will be on sale at some point in the near future.
As I drive around the city, I started to notice that weight loss centers seem to be popping up every couple of blocks. I also noticed that in my Facebook feed, more and more people are trying to sell "weight loss" products that are supposed to be the magical cure to losing weight. There is a common theme within all of these businesses- everyone is trying to lose weight, which means there is a lot of money opportunities within that industry.
In our last podcast episode, Dr. Al Danenberg talked a lot about how he has integrated an Ancestral Diet into the way he practices Periodontics. He has noticed a huge increase in health changes in his own life by changing his diet, and recognizes the importance of that in overall health and oral health. With that episode, we received a lot of questions on how to actually start an ancestral diet, and what that diet looks like compared to other diets that are out there.
When it comes to functional medicine and nutrition, we typically think of common ailments like digestive issues, hormone issues, or blood sugar issues. Not very often do we think about how our oral health can also be connected into the giant spiderweb of "health". This is exactly why we brought on today's guest because he has incorporated ancestral and primal principles into his oral health practice.Dr. Al Danenberg has been a periodontist for over 4 decades. At some point within his career, he started to notice that there is a correlation between oral health and the state of health with the rest of the body. By utilizing principles he learned from the ancestral community, he has been able to effectively treat gum disease from a variety of different angles. You can learn about some of the best home practices you can do for your mouth in this episode of Oral Health from a Primal Perspective with Dr. Al Danenberg!
Lately, the term plant based diets has been thrown around quite a bit across various media channels. For the most part, a plant based diet is basically a vegan or vegetarian diet, it is just a new term that is being used as a marketing tool to catch people's attention.A lot of information that is being told about plant based diets is based off of very poor science, or shown in a very particular way to make the data look better than it really is. One of the main culprits of this information is the documentary What The Health, which has been thoroughly debunked by Robb Wolf (his post can be found here) and many others.
If you go to see your doctor, you will most likely hear them say that you should be taking a calcium supplement, or your fish oil, or avoid salt, but is this advice true for all people? When it comes to minerals, there is so much more information that goes into a protocol than just taking one pill to supplement all minerals. The amount of individual minerals is important, but also the ratio of various minerals to each other is just as important!Minerals need specific co-factors in order to be balanced properly, which can make mineral balancing a bit of work to find the proper protocol. Minerals can determine the functionality of many systems in the body, such as your thyroid or even your adrenal glands. All this can be learned in this episode of Mineral Balancing with Lydia Joy!
Here's a question- if you have a child, what would happen if you told your kid every single day that they are ugly, their legs look terrible, no one will ever love them, and they aren't good enough? Do you think your child will feel very good about themselves? This is exactly what a lot of women (some men do this too) all the time when they look in the mirror. If you don't have confidence in your own body image, how will you ever be happy, or find a way to optimize your own health?These are the questions and topics that Jason Seib has no problem discussing. In his business, he works primarily with about 90% females, and even lives in a household full of women and young girls. He gets to watch these interactions within the female mind as an outsider looking in. His goal is to create an environment for his daughters and other young girls to grow up not judging themselves so harshly, and be able to instill positive thoughts into their minds when they see themselves in the mirror.Body awareness and weight loss are big talking points in the world today. What Jason has found that in order to reach the point of sustainable weight loss, it first needs to come from confidence within yourself, and truly understanding your motivation for weight loss. If your motivation is only coming from an extrinsic factor, you will fail. We go over how to be successfull in this episode of Body Image for Women with Jason Seib!
There is a strong movement in the farming industry that is known as sustainable farming. These are farms that utilize nature's patterns to better enhance the land and the production animal products for consumers. The man who has been leading this movement for quite some time is Joel Salatin.We should be paying attention to what is happening at the farming level because these farms are in control of what and how we eat. Farmers are a very important component to our society, and in general we don't thank these hard working people enough for providing the food on our plates. Joel and I talk about why it is important to know how the animals are raised, how it impacts our own health, and what we can do to provide better quality products for ourselves and families in this episode of Sustainable Farming with Joel Salatin!
As we hear more and more about the potential effects of EMFs, I decided it was time to learn from the experts on what EMFs actually are and how they can cause harm to your body. What I wasn't expecting is how there is a lot more ways EMFs are emitted than just via our wifi or cell phones.Brian Hoyer is just 1 of 3 practitioners in the country that is certified by Geovital Academy, the world's leading company on radiation-free living. Currently he is road tripping around the country in his EMF-free tiny home and providing in-home assessments for ways to reduce your EMF exposure. He goes into great detail about everything EMFs in this episode of EMFs with Brian Hoyer!
There is a battle that rages on in the health world of whether gluten actually causes gut-related issues in people, or not. Many believe that you only need to avoid gluten if you have Celiac Disease, while others believe that gluten completely disrupts the intestinal lining, regardless if you have Celiac or not. One thing is for sure, developing Celiac doesn't happen overnight, so drawing a hard line in the sand for whether gluten is good for us or not should not be taken so lightly. It is estimated that around 80% of people suffering from Celiac Disease have remained undiagnosed. For many, it could take up to a decade before they are finally diagnosed, and in these cases, they usually have already developed other autoimmunity issues that they are suffering from. In this episode, we talked with Terri Ward about how to screen for Celiac and other gluten-related disorders (hear that, gluten doesn't just cause Celiac Disease!). We also delve in to treatment options, and how to cook with gluten-free options. You can enjoy all this in this episode of Celiac Disease with Terri Ward!
We have been on a role lately talking about neurological issues and how to go about correcting dysfunction. But not often do we have the opportunity to have a TEDx speaker come on to talk about their approach to integrative psychiatry!McCall McPherson has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to mental health from a physiological and biochemical perspective. She takes the time to actually listen to what her patients need, and uses this type of practice to discover the root cause for the mental health.Granted, she isn't just extremely knowledgeable in the mental health realm, she is also great at discovering thyroid issues, which is why she will be opening her thyroid clinic in the upcoming few weeks. You can listen in as we picked her brain in this episode of Integrative Psychiatry with McCall McPherson!
The brain is like a very powerful computer, and if some of the electrical signals aren't functioning properly, then it can override the system. There are ways to test which signals are working or not, and this is where the power of neurofeedback comes in.Neurofeedback gives a practitioner the ability to map your brain and see which brain waves are overworking or underworking. By utilizing this map, the practitioner is able to create protocols to help reorganize the way the brain is functioning. This process is what Katie discusses in this episode of Neurofeedback with Katie Packwood!
Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life, yet for some couples the act of trying to get pregnant can be extremely stressful. Some couples have tried for years and years to get pregnant with little success. We are taught how pregnancy happens, but never taught how to prepare the body for pregnancy. Nor are we taught that infertility can be due to the health of the male, not just the female.Lindsay Dam has gone through her own struggles with miscarriages which has led her to her specialty in fertility. Her approach to preparing the body for pregnancy is one that everyone should take into account before getting pregnancy. Join Lindsay and I in this fun and entertaining episode of Nutrition For Fertility with Lindsay Dam!

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