SUMMIT FOR WELLNESS PODCAST
We help you climb to the PEAK of your HEALTH
Dr. Summer Beattie teaches us how injection therapies, like PRP, can be extremely beneficial to improving overall sexual function.
Karen Salinas teaches how to reduce your stress levels, without feeling guilty, so you can take control of your health and feel great again.
Learn from Dr. Nicki Steinberger how she was able to reverse her Type 2 Diabetes, and the systems she uses to help her clients reverse theirs.
Athletes have a lot of distractions that can mentally take them out of the game. Learn from Barrymore Rosellini some sports psychology strategies.
Lenny Parracino, who is the Soft Tissue Therapist for the LA Clippers, teaches us the importance of sports recovery to reduce stress on the body and potential for injuries.
Megan Fritz of Never Stop Moving teaches how rock climbing is more than just a physical activity, it builds community and teaches mental focus.
The supplement industry is huge, and confusing. Kate Mahoney helps us to figure out which supplements we should use or avoid, and what to look for from supplement companies.
Silver has been used for thousands of years, and is still used today in burn units and during surgery. Learn how to use silver to improve your health.
Billions of people have some form of parasite, yet how often do we deworm ourselves? Shelley Gawith teaches us how to test and treat parasites in the body.
Learn from Casey Poe-Campbell, Esthetician and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, how to have healthy skin through nutrition and clean skincare products.
What can you learn about life from hospice patients? Quite a bit actually. One of the best ways to learn about life, is to learn from those at the end of it. In this episode, Dr. Brad teaches us about end of life care, breathing, and meditation.
There are quite a few different types of saunas out there, but the one that has over 5000 research articles is the Near Infrared Sauna. Learn how NIR can be beneficial for your health.
20 million Americans are suffering from thyroid issues. In this episode, we learn what causes Hashimoto's Disease, and different strategies to help minimize the symptoms.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10-24. Dr. Mark Goulston teaches us how to communicate better with our kids so that they understand they have a purpose on this earth.
Herbs when used in the right way can be a powerful addition to supporting the body. By learning the flavor of herbs, you can quickly know what herbs to use for which symptoms you may have.
The brain is the command center for the rest of the body. It is important to provide the brain with the right nutrients to function correctly. Often we put a lot of focus on the gut, and not enough on the brain.
Orthopedic complaints are the most common reason people go to see the doctor. From injuries to arthritis, these ailments can prevent you from doing what you love. Regenerative Injection Therapy can be a great alternative to surgery for many of these ailments.
As a parent with a child who has ADD or ADHD (or any other neurodevelopmental disorder), you may be stressed trying to find the best ways to support your child. From doctor visits, to meetings with the school counselors, to getting your kids to follow directions, this can really wear you down. So what are some ways to support your child and yourself? Learn more in this episode.
The 5G network is on its way, and soon all major cities will have 5G towers on every single block. That isn't an exaggeration, while 5G frequencies are much more powerful than previous frequencies, the range at which it travels is much shorter. It is estimated that there will be a 5G tower on nearly every single block in all major cities. This will mean there will be more radio frequency radiation available for our bodies. So why is 5G being installed around the world? And since this is a train that can't be stopped, what can we do to protect our body from the radiation?
If you have played any sports, there is a good chance you may have suffered from a mild concussion. While one mild concussion might not be too devastating to the brain, repeated injuries are where the concerns happen.
The honeymoon stage of a relationship lasts anywhere up to one year. This is the time when the relationship still feels fresh, you keep learning new things about your partner, and the sex is still fun.
Then something changes. Things start to go stale, especially in the bedroom. Sometimes you notice the changes, other times life gets so busy that you don't even notice that the intimacy has dropped.
While we think this won't happen to us, the statistics show that it most likely will happen. It isn't because we don't want to be intimate with the other person, it's because life happens.
But, it doesn't have to be this way. Especially if you understand your partner's erotic blueprint, then you will more likely be able to turn your partner on to keep the intimacy alive!
Have you ever met someone and was about to shake their hand, when you noticed that the skin on the back of their hands was really dry, or looked “weird”? It can be a really uncomfortable moment for you, but imagine how the other person must feel in that moment.
While that example could be considered “extreme”, it was a real life example that our guest Jennifer Fugo has gone through.
We are finishing off 2018 by going through the top 5 podcast episodes from 2018!
This year, we have covered topics ranging from women's health, to Alzheimer's, to the microbiome. All of these topics are important aspects of health, and every single person has some connection to each of these conversations.
To choose the top 5 episodes, we looked at the download numbers from each episode as well as the engagement from all of you. Here is our countdown of the 5 best podcast episodes from 2018.
Excessive bloating and gas and the different health issues that both underlies and might arise from them is something that a lot of people suffer from, but not a lot of people feel comfortable enough to openly discuss about.
More often than not, people tend to brush it off as an annoying but somewhat tolerable inconvenience. But as it turns out, bloating and gas is not just a mere nuisance. It could be, at the least, an early warning system, or worse, a full-scale distress signal from the gut. So if you are presenting with these two symptoms, it is critical that you start on a more involved investigation.
Homeopathy is a practice that has been around for hundreds of years. While many people have some hard opinions on the efficacy of homeopathic remedies, there are quite a few principles they use that are used in conventional medical practices as well.
Homeopathic remedies are used to help stimulate the immune system to create antibodies for similar illnesses. This process in a way is similar to how allergists will use allergens as a way to build up someone's defense against those allergens.
What many people expect from a remedy is something to have chemical components that can fight off an illness, similar to medication. However, medication is designed to counter an illness, whereas homeopathic remedies are designed to strengthen the internal defenses of the body.
Have you ever gone through a phase in your life where you gained weight rapidly, or your energy plummeted, or your hair started to fall out? If so, these are some common signs of thyroid dysfunction.
If you ever had these symptoms but went to your doctor and had labwork done, and everything came back in the normal ranges, then you are in the same boat as many other people. In most cases, doctors are only testing for one marker, known as TSH. This marker doesn't tell the entire story of the thyroid.
In fact, even with a full thyroid panel done, it can give a practitioner a lot of information to work with, but it still doesn't tell the story of the thyroid. On top of other organ systems in the body that can impact the function of the thyroid, your emotional and mental state can also be a factor.
There are toxins everywhere in the world, and there is no one that hasn't been exposed to some form of toxin. Even though this may sound depressing, the truth is that we can limit our exposure to toxins.
Not all toxins are made by humans. Even nature tries to poison us in different ways from exposure to toxic fungi to plants and animals that can make us sick.
However, toxins are hidden in plain site within our homes. The mattress cover can contain formaldehyde, many products contain BPA, and many other products contain lists of toxins that can influence our health.
How often do you think about breathing? During the day, probably not very much, but you probably notice it when you are doing any kind of strenuous activity. However, we breathe all day long, and it is a vital function for our survival.
We follow training protocols to improve our strength and cardio capabilities. When we don't feel great, we look for natural remedies or medications to make us feel better. There are so many ways that we try to improve our health, yet when was the last time you purposely worked to improve the way you breathe?
Oxygen is important to the body, we all know that. Without it for a couple of minutes, we can lose brain function or even cause death. Oxygen helps to transport nutrients through the body, flushes out toxins, and creates energy.
The Wim Hof Method is a fantastic way to improve the way you breathe. Through these methods, you can retrain your body to better utilize oxygen and to strengthen the muscles needed to breathe efficiently.
When thinking of dairy products, most of the time we picture cows grazing in the fields and a farmer milking the cow. The dark side to most dairy products is that many people have hidden sensitivities to cow's milk that is causing inflammation in their body.
So if you don't want to give up dairy, but want to avoid reactions to cow's milk, what are you supposed to do? Interestingly enough, not all dairy products come from cows. In fact, a great substitute for cow milk is to use goat milk.
Have you ever spent some time with a coach or trainer who put you through grueling workouts? For many of us, the answer is yes. While getting a good sweat in can feel great, if you have specific goals you want to reach, then you might need a more structured approach.
The fitness world is an interesting world because everyone has their own philosophies and their own needs. When you take a group exercise class, your goals are probably different than the person next to you.
One thing is for sure, you end up coming out of any training session sweaty and exhausted.
If your overall goal is to get into better shape, then this approach can work very well for you. But if you want to try and compete in some fitness events, such as Crossfit, then you will need a more structured approach.
When you imagine someone who is hypermobile, what comes to mind? Do you think of a contortionist whose hypermobile joints can bend in ways unimaginable? Or what about the people who can pull their finger back all the way to their wrist?
While both of those examples are of people with hypermobile tendencies, it does not mean that they are immune to joint pain and health issues. In fact, many people with increased flexibility tend to run into a lot of health issues, including digestive disorders.
Many people are starting to suffer from a condition known as chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is defined as fatigue that doesn't go away with rest.
Fatigue is a very broad topic that can have many different causes. Naturally we feel some levels of fatigue from the stress of daily life, but in many cases this should be remedied with adequate rest. Therefore chronic states of exhaustion is caused by something more underlying, such as an undiagnosed illness.
The gut microbiome is one of the most powerful regions of the human body. A lot of research is coming out about the importance of the bacteria in the body, and Kiran Krishnan is one of the researchers leading the way for all of us.
The microbiome is made of around 1500 different strains of bacteria that all work together to keep the body healthy. Of the 1500 strains, we only understand around 10% of their total functionality.
With more research coming out every single day, soon we will be able to understand how each strain of bacteria impacts the body.
You may have noticed that we have quite a few episodes that are focused on children and ways to improve their health. In fact, it saddens me that there are so many children out there who are suffering from conditions with little understanding of why it is happening. This is why we keeping bringing up the topic about ways to make children healthy again.
I focus on children a lot because they aren't in the best position to know what's best for themselves. They go off of what they have been taught, so it is important as adults that we stay up to date with why each generation is getting sicker.
A common theme that you may have heard between episodes is that the food we are eating is not the best for children, or even adults. Processed foods are stripped of nutrients, sanitized in ways we don't want to know about, and are designed to make us snack more often.
It seems like every single day we have more advancements in the research done on the human microbiome. Word has spread about the gut microbiome, and the genitalia microbiome. But new development is coming out in areas of the body we least expect it.
Such as the Ocular Microbiome, better known as the bacteria of the eye.
Researchers have discovered an ecosystem of the microbiome within the eye. In these early stages of research, the eye is showing to have a much smaller population of bacteria than other areas of the body, such as the gut. This does not mean that the ocular microbiome isn't important. In fact, it could tell us more about how to protect the eye and how to prevent eye disease.
As we start to age, there are different nutritional and movement needs that we need to add into our daily lives. When it comes to the older population, it is extremely important to focus on a couple specifics:
Water and hydration
For the elderly, these start to become extremely necessary to feel great and safe each and every day.
Over the past couple of decades, we have seen a big increase in neurotransmitter dysfunction ranging from anxiety and depression, to Alzheimer's and even Schizophrenia. The 4 main neurotransmitters that we pay attention to are:
There has been a lot of information coming out about the power of the Ketogenic Diet for optimal brain function, but that relates mostly to the brain cells using ketones as the primary fuel source compared to glucose. What we don't hear about often enough is the types of amino acids needed to produce neurotransmitters.
It has been estimated that over 45 million Americans participate in diets each year, and less than 5% continue to maintain the diet after a couple of months. This means there is a big disconnect between diets, and how to make it a lifestyle change. Katie Garces says that what we are missing in most diets is teaching about intuitive eating.
As we well know, we have lost most of our connection with the food that we eat because food has become very convenient, and we don't have to work hard to get it. Because of the convenience, we start to lose our ability to understand what our body needs in terms of nutrients and foods.
If you are 40 or older, then it is expected that you will gain weight and become increasingly more tired.
This is a common thought for women who are getting older. Weight gain, insomnia, and decreased energy is just a byproduct of aging, and there is nothing you can do about it…
Or so we thought. These issues are actually a sign of dysregulation in the endocrine system, and it shows that your body is struggling to regulate hormones effectively. There actually is hope in getting back your energy, and to regulate hormones properly!
If you have ever go in for your yearly checkup with your doctor, there is no doubt that at some point you have gone through some diagnostic tools, such as blood tests, to see your nutrient and hormone levels. Many times this is a Comprehensive Wellness Panel, and will tell you information such as your red and white blood counts, lipid profile, and some minerals.
When you start to have some health symptoms, your doctor may order some other tests for further information. The idea to dig deeper is great, but many times these tests aren't looking in the right areas, or the doctors aren't using them to figure out the root causes.
For instance, if you show signs of a thyroid issue, the doctor will typically run a TSH test, and if you are lucky, they may even check for T4 and T3. However, these are only a small part of the puzzle as there are other hormones associated with the thyroid, and this still isn't incorporating the results into the big picture of the body!
Have you ever been so stressed out that you end up eating an entire bag of chips or something else crunchy? What about being so sad that you down a whole thing of ice cream? If so, you aren't alone, and our emotional eating has a lot to do with different types of textures.
Different types of textures are associated with different emotions we are experiencing because of how our body perceives these textures. For instance, a creamy texture can be really soothing, which is why we turn to the ice cream when we are sad.
Once we understand how these textures integrate with our emotional eating, we can then take this information and understand what it is our body is trying to tell us!
When was the last time you thought about how your mineral levels are doing? Likely your answer is ‘never', or at the most you say that you get calcium from your milk. So if we don't think about minerals, why would heavy metal toxicity become something we are interested in?
As Wendy Myers said in our podcast, the minerals are the spark plugs for the body. When minerals are out of balance, then a lot of dysfunction can start to occur. Heavy metals are known to place themselves where normal minerals are supposed to be in the body, however instead of improving our function, it creates heavy metal toxicity.
As a Schedule 1 substance, CBD and hemp has been debated for a long time about whether this is a dangerous plant for humans to use. However, with the rise in states legalizing marijuana, and people being open to try new options, we have seen a lot of benefits to using CBD Oil.
In fact, some of the most common reports of CBD Oil usage is for seizures, anxiety, and even chronic pain. And you know what we don't ever hear about? The psychoactive properties of CBD Oil…
…because there are none.
As the number 1 leading cause of death in America, heart disease is a problem that we've had a hard time fixing. For most cardiologists, they spend their time throwing pills at patients, or opening them up to fix the issue.
For years we have been told that saturated fat is evil, and that cholesterol will kill us all. While everyone has been eating low-fat, sugar intake has increased dramatically, and heart disease has also risen.
So maybe the problem isn't the cholesterol-rich foods we used to eat, but instead are other issues with our food system and out stress levels.
We live in an age where 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. The sad part is, people don't really want to discuss this issue, and we never hear anything about the cancer support that is provided for these individuals.
It is a very scary diagnosis to receive, but we can't keep quiet about the different options for treatment. Yes there is chemo and radiation as options, but these literally just kill the area around the cancer cells with the hopes it'll kill the cancer as well.
Roughly 1 in 4 women suffer from some form of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD). There could be quite a few areas within the pelvic floor that might not function properly, but the most common issue is incontinence. Nearly 1 in 5 women suffer from urinary incontinence, which makes up the majority of PFDs.
For an issue that is so widely spread across our communities, many of the conversations aren't about ways to improve these issues. Most people assume that incontinence is just a byproduct of getting older.
It is no surprise that families have a hard time to create healthy routines for the entire family. With young kids running around (or even teenagers), parents who work full time, and having to actually “adult”, it can be stressful to build a healthy family.
It can be very easy to throw in the towel on workouts and healthy eating, and resort to grabbing whatever is convenient and easy. You may think it is easier to give your child that extra snack so they don't cry instead of standing your ground and making them eat their veggies.
To give in to convenience and taking the easy route does not create a healthy family. Training kids to receive treats for doing “good” things ingrains a reward pathway in the brain where they incorporate happiness and pleasure with snacks. This doesn't mean kids shouldn't get treats from time to time, but we do want to make sure they enjoy real food instead of constantly falling for processed junk.
We see many commercials for topical creams that are supposed to “treat” eczema. However, over 35 million Americans still suffer from eczema on a daily basis. Could there be more to the puzzle than just what we see on the outside of the body?
Eczema is where patches of the skin becomes rough and inflammed. These patches can become itchy which may also lead to bleeding. Typically they are found on the hands and knees.
While many people use topical creams or lotions to dry and reduce inflammation and re-hydrate the skin, there is usually an underlying issue that is more internal which is causing the eczema. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Stephanie Davis to learn more about ways to treat eczema.
We have been talking about mold a lot around here in our past few podcast episodes, and one of the common topics that comes up is the importance of the health of our living spaces. Which means, the air we breathe has a huge impact on our overall health, which is why the Molekule Air Purifier can be extremely helpful to those suffering from airborne pollutants!
Years ago, I went from having all the energy in the world to barely being able to get out of bed each day within a couple week time-frame. It then took months and months before discovering that I was suffering from mold toxicity, and that the air I was breathing was full of mold spores.
Many of us don't even know the damage mold can have to their living environments. And as we have learned in previous episodes, mold symptoms can mimic symptoms of a lot of other illnesses!
The Molekule Air Purifier can help to eradicate these airborne pollutants which can reduce your overall reactions to these toxins.
Mold. When you think of mold, I am sure you instantly think of what grows on your fruits and vegetables if you don't eat them quick enough. If you think a little more, than you may have found some mold under the tiles of your bathroom from a small leak you had fixed, or somewhere else in the house where you did some remodeling.
What we don't hear a whole lot about is the damage mold can do to our health. Breathing in mold spores can be very damaging to the body, and many times we don't even know we are breathing it in!
Many cultures have their own systems of energy that they correlate to the inner workings of the human body. In Chinese Medicine, these energy pathways are known as Meridians. Within the culture surrounding India, this is known as the Chakra System.
The Chakras are known as a concentrated area of energy within the body. There are over 100 Chakra locations in the body, but there are 7 points that are the most common in the Chakra System.
Dr. Steve Politis of Kineci Physical Therapy has been studying the Chakra System for many years, and has been incorporating it into his PT practice. He knows that there is much more to the body than just the physical component, therefore when he works with patients he is able to work with them on a deeper level.
Autoimmunity is where the body's own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues within the body. This can result in many issues such as low thyroid, systemic pain in the muscles, and forms of arthritis.
Usually those suffering from autoimmunity will have to take each day one day at a time. They could feel great today, and rundown tomorrow. This can make exercising a real challenge because you may not feel up for it.
Julia Morichelli is a fitness trainer who also suffers from autoimmunity. She has been diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions, so she knows all too well how difficult exercising can be.
There are fitness studios, gyms, and performance centers for the exercise enthusiasts. And for those who are injured there are physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices. It makes sense to separate out these specialties into their own spaces.
But can you actually combine all of these areas of the health and wellness industry together? In physical therapy can the exercise someone needs to heal from an injury also be used as a way to increase their fitness level? And vice versa, can an exercise at the gym help with the rehab process, or even prevent an injury from occurring?
Our guest Pat McCloskey answers these questions within this podcast episode. At his training studio they are combining fitness routines with the rehabilitation process.
If you look around you, you may notice that many things come in a triad. This is because registering a concept in a set of 3 is very easy for the brain to comprehend.
This is why we celebrate Gold, Silver and Bronze for events, because if we had a fourth option, it would be more difficult to remember. This is also why many books are written in 3s, such as trilogies, or the 3 musketeers.
This is why the power of the triad becomes so important in any kind of rehab protocol. If we focus on groups of three, the brain and the body, plus the spirit (see what I did there??) will be impacted in a much more powerful way.
We all know about the basic five senses: hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell. You may have even heard of the term the “sixth sense”. Typically the sixth sense is known as something that isn't very describable, something that relates to your intuition.
But could there be something else that we could classify as a sixth sense?
Within the body we have a system of receptors that are responsible for reacting to specific movements and positions. These are known as the proprioceptors, and our guest today believes these should be known as the sixth sense.
Are you suffering from chronic pain? Have you tried many different therapists and practitioners, but haven't had much luck with improving your overall pain?
This is an unfortunate reality for many of those who suffer from chronic pain. You do not deserve to suffer through it, but I want you to know there is hope to get better, and not to give up.
Like Pat Purcell and myself, there are many practitioners out there who are able to view the body as more than just the pain you are suffering. There are many factors that can contribute to chronic pain, such as stress, nutrition, compensatory movement patterns, and more. A great practitioner will take a look at all these areas to help you in your journey back to a pain-free life.
Have you ever paid attention to the ingredients used in your skincare products? Do you know what clean skincare ingredients are? In the US, there are minimal regulations for the ingredients used within our skincare products, especially since Europe has over 10,000 ingredients they have banned that we still continue to use here.
This can be a problem because our skin is an organ, and is absorbing what we place onto it. So if we are not using clean skincare ingredients, then we can be supplying our body with toxic chemicals without even knowing it!
Using clean skincare products is extremely important because of the amount of toxic load our bodies are already facing on a daily basis. The reason we see so many skin issues is typically due to excessive stress to the internal organs, such as the liver, and so the body pushes out what it cannot handle through the skin. As talked about in this episode, healthy skin is an internal and external battle.
The training involved for swimmers is a very interesting topic because they train much differently than many other sports we see within the youth communities. Obviously they train in the water, but they also get started early on with cross training outside of the water, also known as dryland training. This method of training is to help develop the swimmers in a way to be mobile within the water, but also to build strength to increase the power of their kicks and strokes.
The reason I am so fascinated with their training methods is because you don't typically see much cross training in youth sports until later stages. Dryland training is extremely beneficial to the swimmers, however it seems every single dryland coach trains in a different way.
For those of you who spend time outdoors, one of the fears we run into is a tick bite. For a long time, this fear was more commonly found on the east coast where ticks are much more present. But with the changes of weather patterns, ticks are becoming more and more common even on the west coast.
So why are ticks such a big deal? Aren't they just a tiny little bug that burrows themselves into your skin until they are done feeding?
Ticks are a problem because they commonly carry a disease known as Lyme Disease. For a long time, we didn't have very efficient ways of treating Lyme Disease. In fact, the actual diagnosis process for Lyme has been very inaccurate, which means many cases of Lyme have gone on for far too long without proper diagnosis.
In previous podcast episodes, we have talked about ways to help with neuro-degenerative issues by utilizing special diets or functional medicine modalities. These are all great to improve brain function, but there are many other components to the process than just supplemental support and nutrition.
Ryan Glatt has been feverishly studying cognitive neuroscience and has been incorporating what he has learned to improve neurofunction based off of different exercise or movement modalities. He has been incorporating the use of different cues for different types of brain function, along with various training types that are more catered to what the individual needs. An example of this would be keeping the overall heart rate exertion of someone with anxiety under 80%. It is these individualized training protocols that are needed to greatly enhance the movement capabilities of the people we work with.
When you think of yoga, what do you think of? Do you think of stretching, or maybe you think of someone deep in the Himalayas who floats while meditating and can withstand the freezing temperatures with just a robe on.
What if there was more to yoga than just the above? Could the act of moving and stretching be just a small component of the entirety of a yoga practice?
Joining us for this week's episode is Antonella and Jordan of Gravity Lift Yoga. They are a dynamic yoga duo who provide more to their classes than just the “stretch” portion. They are on a mission to build a community within the yoga world, while also teaching all 8 limbs of yoga.
When it comes to working with someone's body, we want to learn about the way their soft tissue is moving and gliding within their body. By watching movement and feeling the tissue under our hands, we are able to understand the complexity of the body, and how to effectively work with it to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve optimal movement quality and wellness.
There are many forms of massage out there, some are more calming and spa-like, where as others are aimed to help rehab the tissues. When someone is trained in structural integration, they are going to observe how the body moves and how the tissues move before they even lay their hands on you.
Welcome to 2018! Since this time of year everyone starts to set their health goals and everyone is talking about topics related to wellness, we are starting our first episode talking about 2 different health-related topics: Alzheimer's and the Keto diet.
Alzheimer's is one of those interesting diseases that scientists have worked hard to study, but have made very little progress with finding treatment options. Most of the time when the diagnosis is made, the family is told that there isn't much hope, and eventually the disease will fully take over their mind.
When it comes to using herbal products to help balance the body from all the stressors and toxins we face on a daily basis, I am a huge fan. It is rare to find an herbal product that doesn't have a bunch of fillers, so when I caught wind of HANAH ONE, they had my attention.
Even if you had no idea what every single herb did in this blend, you could easily recognize that there are no ingredients that don't come directly from the earth. This alone makes this type of product unique.
Have you ever suffered from an ankle sprain, and it felt like it was taking forever for it to recover? Most of the time when an ankle sprain occurs, the rehabilitation process doesn't actually address the best ways for recovery. We see a lot of ankles placed in a brace, then people still continue to do the activities they love.
The problem with this type of rehab is that the foot and ankle are made to move, and by not properly addressing the ankle sprain, it starts to lose its mobility and stiffens up. I see a lot of people in my clinic who's ankle and foot don't function properly due to an ankle sprain that wasn't treated correctly.
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.
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!
Cupping has finally made it to the modern world since the last Olympics when many of our nation's top athletes were sporting the circular bruises. Cupping has been used in places like China for thousands of years, where it has been integrated into their medical care along with injury care. Our guest today has taken some of the traditional cupping roots and integrated it with his functional movement background to come up with a unique approach to functional cupping.
Sometimes the best way to release the stress from a long day is to tie up your shoes, grab your heart rate monitor, and go for a long run. Nicole Armbrust PT, OCS, FAFS specializes with the running athletes. Her mission is to improve running performance by utilizing functional movement patterns and mobility drills to increase each person's effectiveness with their strides. This episode is all about how to improve your running performance through movement, mobility, and with our added ebook bonus, nutrition!
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!
The soft tissue in the human organism is something that we don't talk enough about. We hear in the media all the time about the benefits of working out, or going on a specific diet, yet we don't talk about what the soft tissue is and how to take care of it.
I know that most people who come into my clinic don't take the time every day to stretch and work on their soft tissue. In fact, stretching routines typically aren't a priority until an injury occurs, and then the routine only lasts until the person is feeling close to normal. What do you think would happen if more people added soft tissue work into their daily routine, similar to brushing and flossing our teeth?
We brought on a phenomenal practitioner to talk exactly about these issues. Lenny Parracino has mentored me for many years, and I credit his knowledge with a lot of the direction I have taken my educational path. I have never met someone who studies the human organism nearly as much as Lenny does.
This episode has tons of great information not only for the everyday person learning more about how to care for their body, but also for practitioners who want to learn more about the soft tissue matrix. You can enjoy all this in this episode of Soft Tissue Health with Lenny Parracino!
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!
For the past 2 weeks I have been on a crazy adventure to the other end of the world: South America. Specifically we spent some time at the southern tip of Chile, near Torres Del Paine which is a piece of Patagonia. Let's just say the cultural differences are just a little bit different than what I am used to! I wanted to share with everyone some of the differences in health and food that I took note of while down in this region. You can hear all about the differences in this episode of Cultural Differences in Chile.
The state of mental health in our culture is becoming more and more questionable as suicide rates start to increase and more people suffer from depression. So what are some ways to help people to improve their mental health and to pull out of these depressive states? Join Carol Lourie and I as we discuss ways to improve mental health in this episode of Integrative Mental Health with Carol Lourie!
Having a complicated GI issue can really get in the way of our daily lives. Luckily for us, holistic practitioners like Brett Hawes can help us to find the root cause of our symptoms and correct the imbalances in the body. In this episode we talk about where gastrointestinal issues come from, how they manifest within the body, what to do to correct them. Join us as we dive deeper into complicated GI issues in this episode of Complicated GI Issues with Brett Hawes!
Many people suffer from addiction, whether we want to admit it or not (step 1 in AA). Luckily, many practitioners are starting to understand where addiction comes from and how to recover from addiction. This is a subject Hollis Baley really understands since she has actually spent the time to recover from addiction herself, which sent her down a path to become a practitioner! Listen in as we talk with Hollis about her own struggles and journey, and how she uses real foods and nutrients to support the body to recover from addiction. Please enjoy this episode of How To Recover From Addiction with Hollis Baley!