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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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Now displaying: October, 2020
Oct 28, 2020

If you suffer from chronic pain, migraines, ongoing concussion symptoms, or really anything related to neurology, you'll definitely want to check out this conversation with Dr. Ayla Wolf.

Dr. Wolf blends the paradigms of functional neurology, Chinese Medicine, and acupuncture to bring a unique healing perspective to her patients. By looking at people in real time, rather than just a snapshot of their conditions, she's able to analyze and apply differential diagnoses to treat the whole, connected system of the brain and body.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What functional neurology is and how it looks in a Chinese Medicine setting
  • Why things can get missed when looking at patients in specialized silos
  • How the dynamic nature of the nervous system can affect neurological exams
  • What the research says on the cumulative effects of acupuncture treatments
  • Some insight into how herbs can interact with the immune system of the brain

Dr. Ayla Wolf is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, concussions and traumatic brain injuries.  She is a faculty member of the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, and teaches doctoral program courses in neurology as an adjunct faculty of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an international speaker and educator on functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurological exam techniques, and neuro-rehabilitation utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She also teaches advanced courses on the management of patients with concussions and TBI.

Links:

Carrick Institute

Episode 65: Brain Training and Your 6th Sense with Dr. Titus Chiu

Huangdi Neijing

Free Resources for Practitioners

Courses for Acupuncturists

Connect With Dr. Ayla Wolf:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

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Learn more about working with Brodie

Use code "friendofthepod" for 20% off the 12 Treasures Qi Gong course or the Breathing Bundle collection!

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Oct 21, 2020

Seeing herbs in action is a powerful reminder of why we can find roots of herbal medicine in basically every culture. Through a couple different ventures, Chloe Weber has done lots of great work to make Chinese Medicine and herbs accessible to more people, particularly in underserved communities.

Chloe has dedicated her life to blending her passions for public health and Chinese Medicine and she joins us to share her knowledge on herbs, the benefits they bring to public health, and so much more.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why she compares the anatomy of herbal formulas to a symphony
  • The important role digestion plays in overall health
  • How the gut-brain axis affects numerous systems throughout the body
  • What led her into building herbal formulas with CBD

Chloe developed an interest in public health and medicine after being diagnosed with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in high school. As one of the first cases diagnosed in Costa Rica, Chloe was drawn to study Ecology and Evolutionary biology at CU Boulder where she began to understand how diseases evolve along with us and the deep connection between humans and our environment.

Eventually, Chloe was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way to address public health issues. She graduated with a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and spent time studying at Heilongjiang University Hospital in Harbin, China. After graduating, Chloe co-founded a non-profit sliding-scale walk-in Chinese herb clinic called Urban Herbs. Running her clinic Chloe was able to dive into her study of herbs and found great joy in community outreach. When her son Remy was diagnosed with a rare and debilitating genetic disorder (STXBP1) she decided to combine the power of Chinese Herbs with high quality full spectrum hemp and co-founded Radical Roots.

Links:

Chloe’s Interview with Dave Asprey on Bulletproof Radio

AHC #175: Stress & Sleep - geeking out on Chinese herbs, cannabis with Stacey Donelson, L.Ac.

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Use code “HealthyCuriosity” to get 20% off your first order from Radical Roots

 

Connect With Chloe Weber:

Remy’s Revenge

Radical Roots

Instagram

Facebook

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Use code "friendofthepod" for 20% off the 12 Treasures Qi Gong course or the Breathing Bundle collection!

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Oct 14, 2020

Fibromyalgia is an incredibly complex syndrome that involves multiple, intertwined systems in the body. The collection of symptoms and expressions of fibromyalgia can often confound the conventional, allopathic medicine approach, leaving patients frustrated and disheartened.

In order to unravel that complexity, Chris Volesky has created a protocol to treat fibromyalgia that builds on itself rather than trying to treat individual symptoms and systems of the body separately. Chris shares some of the basis of his approach and how the body can begin to heal itself once we remove some of the obstacles in the way.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The 8 presentation patterns he identified through treating hundreds of fibromyalgia patients
  • What his treatment approach is like and why a lot of it is oddly simple
  • One piece of common advice that helps almost all of his fibromyalgia patients
  • Walking through a one minute practice that Chris recommends to everyone

Chris Volesky holds a masters in acupuncture and herbal medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University and co-authored a fibromyalgia treatment protocol for Carolinas Healthcare System where he and his co-workers treated 100's of patients suffering with fibromyalgia. In addition to educating dozens of medical doctors on the proper treatment of chronic pain, he’s worked in one of the busiest clinics in the US treating thousands of people suffering from fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and fatigue. He’s taught this fibromyalgia protocol to numerous doctors throughout the world and it’s being used in US, Canada, Mexica, UK, China, Germany, Amsterdam, Australia. He is also the co-founder of fibrosolution.com.

Links:

Treatment of Chronic Diseases, Stage 1: The Immune System by Chris Volesky

Connect With Chris Volesky:

Website

Fibro Solution

LinkedIn

Blog

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Learn more about working with Brodie

Use code "friendofthepod" for 20% off the 12 Treasures Qi Gong course or the Breathing Bundle collection!

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Oct 7, 2020

If you're curious about trying acupuncture or know someone who may benefit from it, it can be helpful to understand some of the background science for how acupuncture works. At a high level, Mark Whalen describes it as working with patients' own internal mechanisms to heal the body.

Since our bodies are always seeking homeostasis, sometimes they just need a stimulus, like acupuncture, to draw the attention of the central nervous system to the affected areas. Mark guides us through how he views this process through a mesh of both classic and current ways of thinking about healing.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • His path of desperation with nerve pain that led him to acupuncture
  • Why treatment doesn’t always involve dealing directly with pain areas
  • How he explains acupuncture when a patient asks how it works
  • What is happening, mechanically, when an acupuncture needle enters the body
  • How effects of acupuncture can relate to the default mode network of the brain

Mark Whalen is the owner and acupuncturist at Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness. He first became interested in acupuncture while he was a patient. Facing an unwanted surgery for a nerve entrapment, Mark turned to acupuncture and not only did it resolve his issue, it changed his life.

Mark went on to graduate from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2005 with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is certified in Acupuncture by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and in Herbal Medicine by the NCCAOM.

Mark believes in integrating the traditional Chinese Medical model with modern Allopathic Medicine to get the best results for his patients.

Links:

Episode 189: The Evidence for Acupuncture with Dr. Mel Hopper Koppelman

Connect With Mark Whalen:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

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Learn more about working with Brodie

Use code "friendofthepod" for 20% off the 12 Treasures Qi Gong course or the Breathing Bundle collection!

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