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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring strategies for holistic health, happiness, and personal evolution: what it takes to be well in a busy world. Blending the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, functional medicine, Ayurveda, neuroscience and psychology, you'll get practical tips you can use right away. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, a holistic health coach, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully.
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Feb 26, 2020

Ensuring that our bones stay strong throughout our health span means not waiting until retirement to think about it. Bone health expert Margie Bissinger shares how we can take care of our bones pro-actively, beyond just exercise.

In a really interesting congruency with Chinese Medicine, Margie's research and experience illustrates just how interwoven our bone health is with all kinds of other parts of our lives, even as far as our happiness. Taking care of our bones early on in our life can help us to align with being powerful and feel like the victor rather than the victim as we work with other aspects of our health.

Just as a heads up, some of the links that follow are affiliate links for Margie's programs.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why increasingly sedentary lifestyles are driving an epidemic of osteoporosis
  • How digestive problems can affect bone density
  • The silver lining Margie identifies in an osteoporosis diagnosis
  • What effects stress can have on your bones
  • The drastic results she’s seen from teaching patients about happiness

Margie Bissinger is a physical therapist and integrative health coach. She has worked with clients in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for over 20 years. She is the author of Osteoporosis: An Exercise Guide. Margie is the creator of Move Today, a statewide exercise program in NJ and Happy Bones, Happy Life™ online program for people to prevent and treat osteoporosis and osteopenia. Margie helps people achieve optimal bone health through whole foods, exercise, mind-body relaxation techniques, and happiness training. Margie is a member of the NJ Interagency Council on Osteoporosis. Margie is also a certified happiness trainer.

Links:

Dr. Jonathan Wright

Fight or flight May Be In Our Bones

Happy Bones, Happy Life - Ep 16 with Brodie Welch

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Feb 19, 2020

Contrary to the prevailing way of thinking, aging does not have to be about deterioration. Debra Atkinson joins this conversation to help us embrace the importance of our mindset and shift it to help us feel as young as we think.

Debra is all about helping women be happy, healthy, independent, and vital so this episode will definitely resonate if you're a woman over 40 that's focused on staying active and in shape in the second half of your life. 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The crucial difference between “normal” effects of aging from “common” effects
  • What some of the areas are where the science and knowledge has advanced or changed in the past several years
  • Why strength training is so important for everyone
  • How some of our exercise habits can actually contribute to hormone imbalances
  • What it means to find hormone balancing activities

Debra Atkinson is an American life coach and fitness expert, transformational speaker, author and web television host. She is the owner of Voice for Fitness, Flipping 50, and Flipping 50 TV. Debra Atkinson has over three decades experience as a successful fitness entrepreneur, university lecturer in kinesiology, and international fitness presenter. Her mission is to raise the quality of service in the fitness industry and raise your expectations for aging so you can reach your greatest potential at every stage of life. She presents to leading fitness industry associations including IDEA, NSCA, Can-Fit-Pro, ICAA and Athletic Business and contributes to many of their periodicals. She is a frequent contributor for Huffington Post, ShareCare, Prime Women, LivingBetter50, and Easy Health Options and others. She's been consulted for articles in USA Today and Prevention Magazine regarding women's health through the exercise-hormone connection. She is the creator of the web-based Flipping 50 TV show, the Flipping 50 podcast and leads dynamic workshops and coaches private clients live and online teaching women how to love the body they live in and build confidence for every aspect of life with a flipping fit foundation. "No matter what the question is, the answer is exercise."

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Dr. Nandi’s show with Brodie and Debra

Flipping 50 Podcast interview with Brodie Welch

Flipping 50 Podcast interview with Dr. Ellen Langer

Mind-set Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effect by Dr. Alia Crum and Dr. Ellen Langer 

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Feb 5, 2020

It's always interesting to dive deeper into the places where modern research starts to overlap with the teachings of Chinese Medicine and Dr. Andrew Miles joins this conversation to do just that. With potent information on the functions of the micobiome and molecular mimicry, Dr. Miles shares his insights into the body as a teeming, ever-changing sea of energy.

Drawing from the perspective he gained from living and studying Chinese Medicine in China after having already studied it for several years in Canada, Dr. Miles enlightens us with ways to improve the communication within our bodies.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Getting specific with how we talk about Qi and gasotransmitters
  • The importance of learning to observe, without controlling, the breath
  • How our understanding of excess dampness and its effects has evolved recently
  • What herbs he’s seen commonly used in other cultures that could benefit us
  • Why foot soaks have become a focus in his practice

Dr. Andrew Miles, DOM grew up with a Taiwanese stepfather immersed in Chinese culture, martial arts, and medicine. He studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and later studied advanced diagnostics and integrated medicine at the Chengdu University of TCM in Sichuan, China. He lived in China for years learning more about Chinese medicine in laboratories and learning from China’s top specialists. He is the host of the Botanical Biohacking podcast and works with an expert panel to source sustainably wildcrafted herbs for dampness. He has consulted for pharmaceutical companies, practiced medicine and taught martial arts in China, and has been recognized by the Taiwanese and Chinese governments for promotion and preservation of traditional Chinese culture.

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Wim Hof Breathing Method

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Jan 22, 2020

Our bodies are smart. We can get bogged down in focusing on different cues for how we think our body should be moving or feeling, but Alicia Fajardo encourages us to ease back on those expectations and trust in the wisdom of our bodies. 

If you're interested in learning more about how your body works as an interconnected whole, this conversation on how we think about the substance and space of who we are will really resonate. By paying attention to how different parts of our body relate to each other in space, we can start to unpack and adjust the effects of things like pain and stress on our bodies.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The evolution of her holistic biomechanics from an injury
  • Background on the 19 different senses she’s identified in humans
  • How she defines holistic biomechanics and how she uses it to help clients
  • What effect updating brain maps can have
  • Why we should give our unconscious brain more credit

Alicia Fajardo has been teaching in the movement field for 31 years and has a BS exercise science and sports study. In addition to being certified in a lot of different movement forms, she developed The Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics to teach movement education and motor re-patterning in conjunction with nervous system awareness. Today, she teaches out of the Transformations Studio in Portland, Oregon.

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Katie Silcox - The Shakti School

The Ghee Spot - Ep. 48 Interview With Alicia Fajardo

Molecules of Emotion by Candace B. Pert

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Jan 15, 2020

For both men and women, it's tough to slow down. The effects of not slowing down can end up seeping into our lives in aspects like stress and trouble sleeping which can put us in a fog. When we're in that fog and it seems like the windshield is covered with bugs, it's difficult to find balance and what Stacey Donelson calls our true north.

Stacey acts as a helper and a historian through her Good Life Acupuncture and Wellness Center and Good Life Botanicals practices to help lift that fog and clear the windshield. She shares some really valuable, actionable advice as well as some details on our endocannabinoid system and how it relates to acupuncture.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Some of the patterns that are often expressed in people with stress and sleep trouble
  • The overlap she’s seen in approaches to sleep between Western and Chinese Medicine
  • What phlegm is in Chinese Medicine and how it can be mistaken for Yin deficiency
  • Why our need to rebuild our sense of community is so strong these days
  • How she got started incorporating CBD into her herb formulas

Stacey Donelson is a licensed Acupuncturist and Clinical herbalist who has been nationally board certified since 2011. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College of Boulder in 2011 and is currently a doctoral candidate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA.

She is the creator and founder of Good Life Botanicals which creates unique topicals using wild crafted/organic Chinese herbs with whole plant hemp extract. She and her husband live in Longmont, Colorado with their two children where they own and run their own Chinese medicine clinic, Good Life Acupuncture & Wellness Center, as well as Good Life Botanicals. She has a passion for gardening, horseback riding, reading and spending time with her family traveling the world

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Botanical Biohacking

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Good Life Botanicals

Good Life Acupuncture & Wellness Center

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Jan 8, 2020

Privilege has a lot of layers. Each of us, particularly in dominant groups, often benefit from several different layers, which makes the work of unpacking our privilege incredibly important as a step towards helping to bring other voices to the table through allyship.

Erica Courdae shares her wisdom on imperfect allyship as a way to get moving with this emotional work, because perfectionism tends to lead to inaction and that doesn’t help anyone. In order to be healthy, we need to be connected to healthy communities and by working to help everyone be seen and heard, we can improve our communities for everyone in them.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What imperfect allyship is and why it’s important
  • How improving your allyship is no different than any other skill
  • Why microaggressions, that are sometimes less overt, are no less hurtful and damaging
  • Tips for bringing your whole self to holiday gatherings and maintaining your wellbeing

Erica Courdae is an entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. She is dedicated to expanding how multicultural professionals, managers, lawyers, coaches, and creative small business owners interact with the world. Through powerful conversations meant to create dialogue and connection, Erica seamlessly challenges them to perceive their reality through a different lens. Topics including diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion make for the awareness that she uses to create mind shifts for impact. In life and in business. Erica believes talking about important and necessary topics in a safe space creates change and helps people feel comfortable, open, honest, and forward-focused.

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She Podcasts LIVE

Ruth King

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Jan 1, 2020

In the spirit of a new year and taking a step back to replenish ourselves, this episode is a special rebroadcast of a conversation from Andrea Claassen's podcast with a focus on stress and better stress management. A big thanks to Andrea for allowing us to rebroadcast this one.

If you're looking to adjust some of your habits or make an effort to slow down in the new year, there are some very useful insights into doing just that.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The strengths of Chinese Medicine as an engaged, holistic process of healing
  • Why self-care is a feminist issue
  • How society’s yang addiction is counter-productive
  • The importance of investigating the reasons behind habits
  • How Chinese Medicine can serve as a path for people to evolve

Links:

Peaceful Power Podcast #195: Brodie Welch on Slowing Down In a Busy World

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Basics of Chinese Medicine

Dec 18, 2019

We often talk about things like anxiety and perfectionism and when these issues are carried out to an extreme, they can sometimes lead to panic attacks. Whatever else may be going on, the root of it, as Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum identifies, is that we're scaring ourselves.

With her analogy of seeing snakes when we're really looking at a garden hose, Dr. Scheinbaum advocates patience and realistic thinking to allow our bodies to begin relaxing after trying to protect us. Our bodies react to perceived threats, which can lead to panic episodes. They also know how to relax. Our best course of action is to be patient and find ways to encourage our bodies to calm.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How panic attacks differ from just feeling anxious
  • What some of the steps are in the process of learning to deal with panic episodes
  • The different ways Functional Medicine approaches panic attacks
  • What technique she recommends for people who may struggle with meditation
  • The benefits Dr. Scheinbaum sees in group medical visits

Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum has spent nearly five decades making healthcare and education more holistic and innovative. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Sandi specialized in positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mind-body medicine, and served as a teacher and the director of a clinic for Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD). She is a pioneer in her fields, having implemented programs such as the use of neurofeedback with patients and becoming the first-ever psychologist to earn certification through The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). She is the founder of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in Chicago.

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The Institute for Functional Medicine

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Dec 4, 2019

Living in today's industrialized society, we're exposed to environmental toxins that can overload our systems. Combine that with the junk in processed foods and it becomes more important than ever to do the occasional dietary reset. Dr. Alejandro Junger was forced to learn this lesson himself and has been endeavoring to help others do the same ever since.

While moving in the direction of living healthily requires effort, Dr. Junger has created programs that are an accessible on-ramp to help people take better care of themselves. Combining principles of functional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, his system goes further into helping find ways to reset and detoxify our bodies.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How growing up in Uruguay and then moving to New York informed Dr. Junger's path
  • The general mechanics of how toxic materials can build up in the body and how the body detoxifies
  • Why our bodies can’t deal with the overload of toxins on their own
  • Ways to support the pathways for detoxifying in our bodies

Alejandro Junger, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of Clean, Clean Gut, Clean Eats, and most recently, Clean7. He completed his training in internal medicine at New York University Downtown Hospital and his fellowship in cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital. After his medical training, he studied eastern medicine in India.Now, in Clean7, he aims to make health transformations more accessible and easier to implement, especially for all whose fast-paced lifestyles means putting their health on the back burner. 

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The Institute for Functional Medicine

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Articles by Dr. Junger

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Nov 20, 2019

In a busy world that seems to demand more and more of our attention everyday, falling asleep can often be a challenge. If you find yourself in this wired-tired state, Catherine Polan Orzech offers some great insight into how we can practice mindfulness throughout our day in order to get better sleep.

By building a compassionate interest in ourselves, we can begin to treat ourselves with more friendliness and avoid creating additional layers of suffering for ourselves in the times when sleep just isn't happening. That shift towards non-judgment, stemming from a mindfulness practice, goes a long way towards setting ourselves up to feel better and sleep better.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • A quick energy integrity inquiry practice
  • How Catherine got onto this track of mindfulness based help for insomnia
  • The feedback loop of sleeping better and meditating better
  • What she learned in the process of writing her book that surprised her
  • How she defines mindfulness and why we all have the capacity do it

Catherine Polan Orzech is the author of "Mindfulness for Insomnia." She is on faculty at OHSU Center for Women's Health and is an expert in mindfulness based interventions. Catherine has been involved in the field of mind/body healing for over 20 years. She offers mindfulness and compassion-based individual, couple and family therapy in her private practice setting. She specializes in working with ways to alleviate anxiety, depression, the struggles felt in difficult relationships, chronic and serious illness, loss and grief.

 

Links:

Episode 47: Sleep Science with Dr. Michael Breus

Episode 42: Taming Your Inner Critic with Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT

Dr. Bill Moorcroft

Jon Katbat-Zinn

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Catherine’s Book

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Nov 6, 2019

Anxiety has surpassed depression as the number one mental illness in the US. Could our food and missing amino acids be part of the reason why?  

Trudy Scott is an expert in the food-mood connection and she shares some different ways to look at how the things that we put in our mouths affect our physical and mental health. If we can look at our symptoms of anxiety as an opportunity to be in a respectful dialogue with our bodies, we can begin to hone in on the different sources of anxiety, such as low serotonin or low GABA. 

On today’s episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Trudy's own anxiety led her down this path
  • Why a vegetarian diet was detrimental for her
  • What the differences between low serotonin and low GABA anxiety are
  • The connection between neurotransmitter deficiencies and gut health
  • The social anxiety disorder known as pyroluria 

 

Links:

Pyroluria

Professor Felice Jacka

Dr. Navaz Habib

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Anxiety Nutrition Institute

The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott

Register for The Anti-Anxiety Summit 5

Download Trudy’s Free Guide on Anxiety

The Anxiety Summit 5 Order Page

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Oct 30, 2019

Power is a complicated structure. With dimensions relating to both the yin and yang, those different aspects of power ultimately support and amplify each other. If we want to feel more powerful and reinforce that feeling for those around us, it starts with self-care.

As Audre Lorde put it, self-care can be a political act that expresses our own power outwardly. It also enables us to nurture our relationships. How we take care of ourselves is at the root of our power of presence and the energy that we show up with in the world to help amplify the power of others.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why presumptions of capability can shape feelings of power
  • The feedback loop between how we take care of ourselves and how we feel
  • How aligning outward actions with inward values strengthens both
  • The importance of your environment in amplifying your power

 

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She Podcasts LIVE

Audre Lorde

Uses of the Erotic by Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde reads Uses of the Erotic

Merk Nepo

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Free Balancing Yin and Yang Meditation

Oct 16, 2019

Creating and maintaining healthy habits is often the biggest lever that we can pull to affect our health and happiness, but it can be an incredibly difficult process to change our behavior and create those lasting habits. Through her medical training and research, Dr. Kyra Bobinet has begun helping people to close the gap between the brain and behavior through behavioral neuroscience design. She shares her wisdom about how staying in effort can lead us to turn our healthy habits into automation.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Dr. Bobinet’s journey into becoming a behavior designer as she followed her curiosity
  • How to move our good intentions into being habits
  • The two big things people get wrong when building new habits
  • Why she says that no one changes alone
  • What she found in her research about what makes change stick

Kyra Bobinet, MD MPH, is a behavior neuroscience designer specializing in behavior change. As CEO/founder of engagedIN, Dr. Bobinet designs large-scale health and wellness products that impact hundreds of millions globally. She has an MD from UCSF School of Medicine, an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and is consulting faculty at Stanford School of Medicine. Recipient of the 2015 Harvard TH Chan Innovator Award and designer of a patented clinical algorithm, her team is currently developing a habit engine AI for their Fortune 10 customer.

Links:

Jaak Panksepp

Episode 105: NeuroMeditation with Dr. Jeff Tarrant

Well Designed Life  by Dr. Kyra Bobinet

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Fresh Tri

Change Training Center

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Oct 2, 2019

Certain changes in our lives can often make us feel so exhausted and overwhelmed because it feels like there isn't anything we can do about the situation.

When Priya Massand was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and told there was nothing she could do except take the medication, it put an incredible strain on her. What turned her mindset around was the discovery that there were lifestyle and habit changes she could make that ended up delivering results. Even though there was a lot of work involved in taking this massive action to change her movement practices, the way she ate, and other big parts of her life, it was a relief to her to be able to reject the idea that there was nothing she could do about the condition of her body and life.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis became a catalyst for change in her life
  • The challenges associated with diagnosing MS
  • What changes Priya has discovered to be helpful in living with MS
  • How being in MS support groups differed from being in the Level Up community
  • The effects that enhancing her self-compassion has had on her life

Priya Massand is a holistic health coach and has been working in nutrition and public health for 12 years. Her journey has taken her from an unhealthy lifestyle for most of her young life to an eventual place of understanding the concepts of health consciousness and self-care. Her years living in West Africa sparked an interest in health education, and her own health transformation led to pursuit of a graduate degree in Public Health at Hunter College. Her later battle with Multiple Sclerosis drove her to dig deeper into the realm of holistic health, and she pursued studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She now runs Shafi Wellness, a health and wellness business, through which she strives to support others, especially women with auto-immune disorders, on their path to healing.

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Dr. Terry Wahls

Episode 127: Reversing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Minding Your Mitochondria

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Sep 18, 2019

How do we find gratitude when we're in really tough situations? How do we soften ourselves and show compassion to both our body and mind when we're in the middle of a shame spiral? Gratitude and self-compassion are both things we hear a lot about and our guest for this interview shares with us ways to deepen our sense of both, in part by starting to treat them as linked ideas that we can cultivate and build on.

Patty Hlava, Ph.D. encourages us to start where we are and embody our gratitude as a way to heal and transform ourselves, instead of just treating it like a rote part of the routine. In our conversation, we explore some of the relationship dynamics between our mind, body, the divine, and other humans that can help to start externalizing our struggles and working through them with a deeper sense of what it means to be compassionate and grateful.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How gratitude is something that we can cultivate
  • Ways to deepen your gratitude practice through visualization and turning it into actions
  • Why the most profound feelings of gratitude often come in the most difficult times
  • What links gratitude and self-compassion
  • Tips for finding self-compassion to escape a shame spiral

Patty Hlava, Ph.D., is a director of identity evolution and highest capacity intuitive specializing in Ayurveda, yoga, and psychology. With over 15 years of clinical experience in the health and wellness field as a licensed psychotherapist, certified coach, meditation instructor, and registered yoga teacher, Patty is an expert in guiding her clients toward sustainable habit changes for mind, body, and spirit. She has been involved in research and teaching on the subject of gratitude since 2006. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and Journal of Humanistic Psychology, as well as in several books.

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Byron Katie

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Patty's books

Gratitude body scan meditation on the Insight Timer app (free)

Gratitude audio course on the Insight Timer app (free with paid subscription to the app)

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Sep 4, 2019

A significant part of treating patients through Chinese Medicine is communicating the aspects of healing that are beyond just the physical. Practitioners can start to do this by embodying the personal cultivation and intentionality necessary to find true healing as an example for their patients.

Lonny Jarrett has been active in the Chinese Medicine field since 1980 and in this conversation, he discusses integral medicine and the importance of bringing patients' consciousness into their healing process in order to help them find healing that is beyond what they feel themselves.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why intention is the foundation of integral medicine
  • The importance of Chinese Medicine practitioners embodying their practice
  • How the development of states and stages interact in the framework of integral medicine
  • Why true healing transcends the self
  • How Lonny often spends his first visit with a patient and gets them on his side of the lens

Lonny Jarrett has been practicing Chinese Medicine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts since 1986. He is a founding board member of the Ac. Soc. Of Mass. and a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Lonny is the author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine and The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in neurobiology and a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He was recently featured in the text, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by bestselling author Stephen Cope. Lonny hosts NourishingDestiny.com, an online community for 3000 practitioners of Chinese medicine worldwide. His teaching schedule is at: www.chinesemedicine.courses and his texts are available from Spirit Path Press.

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Free gift: Articles by Lonny

Ken Wilber

Dr. Leon Hammer

 

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Nourishing Destiny

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Chinese Medicine: Scholar Physicians Facebook group

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Aug 21, 2019

Healing journeys can be incredibly stressful, but important events in our lives. Dr. Brenda Walding experienced her own protracted healing journey and she shares with us how the true healing began when she started to slow down and receive her own internal guidance, despite not fully understanding how to do so. By getting vulnerable and tuning into natural elements of her body and the world, Dr. Walding found the power of connecting with other women in sacred healing in order to find coherence.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Her decade-long healing journey and the “Divine Whisper” that lead her to listen to her heart rather than her head
  • What the initial steps and resources were as she started learning to trust her heart
  • How she learned to distinguish the voice coming from her intuitive heart
  • Background on HeartMath and how it relates to the teachings of Chinese medicine

Dr. Brenda Walding is a Women’s Holistic Wellness & Empowerment Coach, Doctor of Physical Therapy and specializes in supporting and empowering women to truly heal and thrive. She is the author of Sick of Being Sick: The Women’s Holistic Guide to Conquering Chronic Illness, as well as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner and HeartMath Certified Coach.

She currently resides outside of Austin, Texas on the beautiful Lake Travis with her husband and dog. Brenda loves spending time in nature, connecting with her family and friends, dancing, facilitating sacred women's circles, and learning about holistic wellness and spirituality.

Get a free electronic copy of Dr. Walding’s new book, Sick of Being Sick: The Woman's Holistic Guide to Conquering Chronic Illness. She’s also offering a complimentary consult that you can schedule at www.brendwalding.com 

 

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Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

HeartMath

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Aug 7, 2019

Our need for belonging and approval traces its roots back to our primary evolution to survive, but today, it can often lead to setting impossible standards for ourselves in an effort to please everyone around us. Amy E. Smith shares some fascinating insights into why it's so toxic to let everyone else come before ourselves and how we can begin to overcome our people-pleasing ways by pairing assertiveness with kindness and grace. We dig into ways to hone your sense of self to seek the fastest avenue to peace by focusing on intentions rather than receptions.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How perfectionism is just another form of people-pleasing
  • The value of serving from a place of love and sustainable energy
  • Why people-pleasing is a facade and how to stop doing it
  • Finding trigger concepts by asking yourself what you habitually complain about
  • Tips for feeling powerful in potentially triggering situations

Amy E. Smith is a certified confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Founder of TheJoyJunkie.com, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love. With acute focus on helping people “find their voice”, she is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego and YourTango.com

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Jul 31, 2019

Some of us constantly find ourselves overcoming obstacle after obstacle that’s ultimately stemming from our own sense of anxiety which amps up everything in our lives. Nancy Jane Smith refers to that set of people as having high-functioning anxiety and, in her experience, that often leads to hitting a wall at some point. In this conversation, Nancy addresses how she helps people to work through those feelings as well as how to navigate through being stuck in this kind of anxiety in order to be kind to yourself and still accomplish your goals.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Nancy differentiates between anxiety and high-functioning anxiety
  • The twofold problem of both having anxiety and developing unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • What the three different voices in your head are called and how they behave
  • The outer benefits of having a kinder inner dialog
  • What Nancy’s ASK process is and how it helps to reduce unwanted stress

Nancy Jane Smith has a Masters Degree in Higher Education and in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with eleven years in private practice and has spent 20+ years working as a counselor/coach. She has written three books on living happier, most notably, The Happier Approach: Be Kind to Yourself, Feel Happier and Still Accomplish Your Goals. A certified Myers-Briggs®, StrongCareer Assessments®, and Daring Way™ Facilitator, Nancy has brought her light-hearted, practical speaking style to corporations and nonprofits as both a keynote and workshop facilitator like the Bailey Cavalieri Law Firm, CASA of Central Ohio, Wallick Communities and the NAWBO Bradyware Visionary Leadership Conference.

 

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Jul 24, 2019

We've talked about shame recently and how it can hold us back, but what about the kind of shame that is deeply rooted in our past, that becomes and internal weight on our soul through the years? Dr. Suvrat Bhargave has extensive experience in helping people work through their vulnerabilities to lift the shame from their lives as a psychiatrist. In this episode, he shares with us some practical approaches to questioning the doubts from which shame can arise as well as why dealing with shame needs to be a balance of our need for connection with our individuality.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Dr. Bhargave’s relationship with shame in his own life
  • Why identifying and confronting shame is so powerful
  • Finding transformation through moments of insight
  • Identifying with your being rather than your roles or actions
  • The blueprint for proving your inherent goodness and divinity to yourself

Suvrat Bhargave, M.D. is a renowned and respected educator, author, speaker, and board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. His uncanny ability to relate to a multi-demographic audience has allowed his practice to reach an unparalleled level of success based on empathy, education, and empowerment. His book, A Moment of Insight: Universal Lessons Learned from a Psychiatrist's Couch, offers practical strategies and thought-provoking narratives to not only understand and persevere through challenging dilemmas, but to see greater purpose during these times. He demonstrates this through poignant patient stories and personal accounts. Affectionately known for his “relatable expertise”, Dr. Bhargave is highly sought after to lecture locally and nationally on a broad range of topics pertaining to personal growth, effective parenting, relationship satisfaction, and mental health conditions. After completing his residency training and specialty fellowship from Duke University, Dr. B (as he is lovingly called by his patients) continued his practice in hospitals, community health, and private practice settings.

 

Links:

A Moment of Insight by Dr. Suvrat Bhargave, M.D.

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Jul 17, 2019

Shame, and the fear of it, can be such a powerful obstacle that it can stop us from doing all sorts of things we want to do, from going to the gym to speaking our truth. So how can we identify and own our shame to break free from that paralysis? In this solo episode, we dig into ways to escape the shame spiral and avoid getting locked down by it in the future.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • My impromptu coaching session in the airport 
  • Why you should avoid adding things to your life without subtracting other things
  • The value in speaking shame and doing so in community
  • How focusing on your why can help you push through perfectionism and fear

Links:

Matt Ragland

Brené Brown

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Jul 10, 2019

As humans, we’ve evolved to have strong, often unconscious reactions to thoughts and situations that might cause us to be in danger.  Sometimes we end up internalizing those thoughts and they become limiting beliefs that impact us far beyond what we might initially realize.  Lael Petersen shared some great insights in our conversation about these beliefs as well as why they’re so common and nothing to feel shame around.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How to identify limiting beliefs
  • Techniques to help make the unconscious conscious and start changing beliefs
  • Why this is a process that takes practice and can be slow
  • The value of immersing yourself in ideas and visualizing the things that help you become the person you want to be.

Lael Petersen is a therapist turned life coach with over 18 years of experience helping women and their families thrive. Her years in private practice combined with her own personal healing journey give her a unique perspective on what it takes to "live our best lives." She currently leads an on-line community of women dedicated to prioritizing their health and mental health and sees clients privately as well.

Links:

Lael’s Website

Other links:

Kelly McGonigal

 

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Jul 3, 2019

When I say the word “posture,” do you immediately feel your body tense and gravitate to an unnatural, uncomfortable position?  We often hear this advice about maintaining a rigid posture with certain key elements, but Sukie Baxter joins us to discuss why those misconceptions of posture are harmful and how she defines it instead. Sukie tells us that the way we move our bodies is the way we move through life and that finding a healthy posture is often the key to pain relief and healthy aging.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The benefits of addressing movement dysfunction before we’re in pain and some key warning signs
  • How to use your body to talk to your mind
  • Why we should pay attention to the cues we get from our body, both good and bad,  and ways to respond to those cues
  • The relationship between posture and breath as well as keys to using breath as an assessment tool for the body
  • Sukie’s practices for resilient posture and some of the common advice she gives to her clients

Sukie Baxter is a Posture and Movement Specialist, the author of Perfect Posture for Life and the mastermind behind Whole Body Revolution, an informational resource for posture, pain relief and healthy aging. Sukie helps people change their lives by changing the way they move.

Links:

Perfect Posture For Life by Sukie Baxter 

Whole Body Revolution

Sukie’s free guide, No More Tight Muscles

Sukie’s Posture Rehab course

Other links:

Emilie Conrad 

Digital Dementia 

Amy Cuddy 

 

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Jun 26, 2019

Being successful does not necessarily bring happiness. For my guest Dr. Andrea Pennington, it did the exact opposite: it burned her out, and stifled her spark to the point of deep depression, and cut her off from herself in profound ways. Thankfully, she found her way back.

When I stumbled across this fellow Chinese Medicine and qi gong practitioner's work, and learned we shared a passion for blending paradigms, biohacking and evangelizing self-love, I immediately reached out to get this multi-passionate powerhouse on the show. We talk about: 

  • falling into the "success trap:" how getting everything she wanted made her miserable
  • how a profound spiritual experience rescued her from a deep depression
  • why self-awareness is a pre-requisite for self-love
  • the connection between happiness and authentic self-expression
  • how qi gong helped her connect to self-love
  • how identifying as consciousness itself fosters self-compassion 

Dr. Andrea Pennington is an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher and #1 international bestselling author of several books on resilience, mindfulness and self-love. Dr. Andrea’s extensive study of medical nutrition, positive psychology and longevity biohacking led her to create a holistic media platform, In8Vitality, blending ancient wisdom and modern science for enhanced vitality and life mastery.
 
As Co-founder of the #RealSelfLove Movement Andrea speaks globally to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to support people on their journey to authentic living Andrea is also a highly acclaimed TEDx speaker.  Dr. Andrea has shared her candid insights on resilience on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, the Today Show, LUXE-TV, Thrive Global and HuffingtonPost and as a news anchor for Discovery Health Channel.

Get Dr. Andrea Pennington's new book, "I Love You, Me." 

Connect with Dr. Andrea Pennington: http://www.andreapennington.com/

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Jun 19, 2019

Pelvic Pain Solutions for Women

with Dr. Jessica Drummond

Is it normal to have pain with your menstrual cycle? Or pain with sex? These types of pain are very common, normalized in our cultural conversations (if they're talked about at all). But they are certainly not required, nor should we just accept them as part of what it means to have a female body. Join me to break the silence, dispel myths, address common causes and treatment options for pelvic pain with Dr. Jessica Drummond. You'll hear about: 

  • endometriosis, vulvodynia and what we can do about them
  • how the awareness of trauma might actually be doing women a disservice when it comes to a pelvic pain diagnosis
  • how Chinese Medicine can help
  • building a holistic-minded treatment team for pelvic pain

Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare.


Two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management in active and athletic women. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, female athletes, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals.
 

Find Dr. Jessica Drummond at: https://integrativewomenshealthinstitute.com/

Find Dr. Jessica Drummond's book at: Nutrition for Relieving Pelvic Pain: Fueling the Patient/Practitioner Healing Partnership

Dr. Drummond's Free Video challenge: https://integrativewomenshealthinstitute.com/opt/4-challenges-to-relieve-pelvic-pain/

 

Other resources mentioned in this episode: By Amy Stein

Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery

Books by Tami Lynn Kent: Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body

Mothering from Your Center: Tapping Your Body's Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

Wild Creative: Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home, and Life

 

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