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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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Free guide!  5 ThingsYour Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Osteoporosis

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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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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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