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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, you're a giver, 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. While not strictly an acupuncture / Chinese Medicine podcast, it's not "not" an acupuncture podcast.
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May 27, 2020

There's a lot of fascinating research being done that continues to bridge the gap between Chinese Medicine and the conventional western medical approach. Dr. Mel Hopper Koppelman joins this conversation to discuss what she's been seeing in the research of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.

Using her expertise across multiple medical disciplines, Dr. Koppelman shares with us how drawing on a variety of approaches gives us the flexibility to meet people where they are in their health journey.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How we can try to chart a heathy, sustainable path forward through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What she’s excited about in the world of acupuncture research right now 
  • Why she finds the research around ATP and adenosine so interesting
  • How different philosophies of science can affect the interpretation of data
  • The importance of having more than one map or model for how things work

Dr. Mel Hopper Koppelman is passionate about helping people to optimize their health and improving access to safe and effective medical care through advocacy and education.

She came to integrative healthcare after overcoming several chronic illnesses using integrative approaches, which conventional medicine was unable to help her treat. She earned an MSc in Acupuncture in 2012 from the Northern College in the UK and a second MSc in Nutrition and Functional Medicine in 2015 from the University of Western States. She also has a diploma in hypnotherapy, which she enjoys weaving into her treatments.

She sees patients both online and at her practice in Rhode Island, Harbor Integrative Health, and is the Executive Director of Evidence Based Acupuncture.

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Episode 161: Anxiety & The Inner Critic - A Kinder Approach

Episode 177: Microbiome Biohacking with Dr. Andrew Miles

Dr. Jeffrey Bland

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May 13, 2020

What happens when we stop trying to actively find the solutions for health problems and instead stop to listen to the information coming to us?

Megan Caper uses a whole other way of getting information about the body outside of the typical method of relying solely on thinking. To begin addressing the underlying iceberg of symptoms and patterns in her patients' lives, Megan's approach is to get out of the mode of thinking and into the mode of receiving in order to tap into other unconscious forms of knowing.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Megan’s holistic lens views us as one system made of three different, but intertwined, components
  • Why she felt like a piece was missing when she was studying pre-med and how that started her journey into intuitive medicine
  • What it looks like to train the intuition and why she thinks everyone is intuitive
  • Where the best use of medical intuition lies in dealing with health problems
  • Her process for working with clients even though she’s not physically with them

Megan Caper is a medical intuitive, author, and speaker who has helped hundreds of clients who are frustrated with the lack of diagnosis or limited treatment options offered to them by traditional medicine. Megan uses her psychic abilities and medical training to look inside the physical, emotional, and energetic body, find the root cause of the illness, and set clients on the road to true healing. She can be found connecting the dots between science, spirituality, and compassion at www.megancaper.com

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Donna Eden

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Apr 29, 2020

We typically know the things we need to do to take better care of ourselves, so why is it so difficult to make healthy choices and prioritize those healthy habits?

Erika Flint shares why the awareness usually isn't enough and that we need to take a look under the hood at what's driving our behavior from a subconscious level. Through her expertise as a hypnotist, she helps people to change their inner operating system in order to tackle limiting beliefs and regain control of their lives.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How her search for fulfillment in her career guided her to hypnosis
  • What an imprint is and why it’s important to our subconscious
  • Why there is so much power in just realizing we have choices in how we respond
  • Background on how she works with clients and what kind of results they can see
  • Some useful brain hacks Erika has found in her research and experience

Erika Flint is an award-winning hypnotist, three time best-selling author, speaker on hypnosis and the self-actualized mind, and a co-host of the popular podcast series Hypnosis, Etc. She is the founder of Cascade Hypnosis Center for Training & Services in Bellingham, Washington.

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Reprogram Your Weight by Erika Flint

Lighter by Erika Flint

Can You Be a Hypnotist? by Erika Flint

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Apr 22, 2020

In this time of social distancing and isolation, one of our natural tendencies is to eat as a way of coping with stress and anxiety. Tricia Nelson is an expert in this connection between eating and emotions and she cautions against trying to use food to feed our soul hunger.

Tricia offers some great insight and practical advice into ways to slow down and reevaluate what underlying feelings might be nudging us towards attempting to cover up our emotions by eating. Her wisdom can help us all navigate this time of uncertainty with more efficiency and without constantly running to the kitchen.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • The experiences in her life that led to the birth of Heal Your Hunger
  • Why she describes emotional eating as a spectrum
  • Some specific ideas for ways to change our state when we feel a food craving
  • How to differentiate overeating from giving your body what it requires

Tricia Nelson lost fifty pounds by identifying and healing the underlying causes of her emotional eating. Tricia has spent over thirty years researching the hidden causes of the addictive personality. Tricia is an Emotional Eating Expert and author of the #1 bestselling book, Heal Your Hunger, 7 Simple Steps to End Emotional Eating Now. She also certifies health coaches so they can get better results, referrals and revenue by helping their clients overcome emotional eating. Tricia is the host of the popular podcast, The Heal Your Hunger Show and is a highly regarded speaker. Tricia has been featured on NBC, CBS, KTLA, FOX and Discovery Health.

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Apr 15, 2020

A lack of confidence can be a huge roadblock in many aspects of our lives, but fortunately we can cultivate this in ourselves. Dr. Joan Rosenberg joins us to share how looking inward at how we approach life can be a pathway to deepening our sense of confidence.

Dr. Rosenberg provides a framework for moving through that which is unpleasant in order to achieve congruence with our bodies and feelings. Happiness, in her definition, is inner peace.

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

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How she defines confidence and where it comes from
  • What the three components of her formula for dealing with unpleasant feelings are
  • Why it’s so important to stay present with unpleasant feelings rather than ignoring them
  • Tips for staying present and riding the waves of your feelings
  • Why harsh self-criticism can be so detrimental

Best-selling author, consultant, and master clinician, Dr. Joan Rosenberg is a cutting-edge psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker and trainer. As a two-time TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders, she has been recognized for her thought leadership and influence in personal development. Dr. Rosenberg has been featured in the documentaries “I Am”, “The Miracle Mindset”, “Pursuing Happiness” and “The Hidden Epidemic”. She’s been seen on CNN’s American Morning, and ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS and OWN networks, as well as appearances and radio interviews in all of the major metropolitan markets. A California-licensed psychologist, Dr. Rosenberg speaks on how to build confidence, emotional strength, and resilience; how to achieve emotional, conversational and relationship mastery; how to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy; and suicide prevention. An Air Force veteran, she is a professor of graduate psychology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. Her latest book, 90 Seconds to a Life you Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity, was released February 2019.

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Confident Women Rising 

Dr. Jill Taylor

Dr. Kristin Neff - Mindful Self-Compassion

Dr. Rosenberg’s TEDx Talk on Emotional Mastery

Dr. Rosenberg’s TEDx Talk on Grief

Episode 115: Self-Discipline and Kindness with Courtney Townley

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Apr 8, 2020

Despite the significant percentage of women affected by polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, it often goes undiagnosed or diagnosed incorrectly. If you're a women concerned about irregular periods, problems with ovulation, or other symptoms, this episode could be particularly relevant.

Melissa Lee joins this conversation to examine different pieces of the PCOS puzzle. Rather than finding medications that mask the symptoms, Melissa advocates for changing how you're living to address the issues head on.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why there’s so much difficulty around recognizing and diagnosing PCOS
  • How Melissa’s journey with PCOS organically transitioned her into her current niche
  • The role that good fats play in her diet now
  • What advice she has around weight loss for women who suspect they may have PCOS

Melissa Lee is a women's health coach specializing in PCOS and weight loss. She focuses on sustainable lifestyle changes and helps her clients feel comfortable in their clothes again.

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Ep. 140: Beyond the Pill with Dr. Jolene Brighten

Ep 98: Low Tox Living with Alexx Stuart

Ep 152: DIY Detox with Bridgit Danner

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Apr 1, 2020

When we're trying to stay healthy, it's crucial to remember there are multiple ways of looking at our health and multiple paths to creating balance in our own ecosystems. During this COVID-19 pandemic, how can we approach restoring our balance through a combination of Chinese Medicine and western medicine?

Dr. Sandra Subotich dives deep into some ways that we can work to stay happy and healthy in these stressful times. She goes into detail on some of her herbal approaches as well as some practices we can all use to help stay well.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What her experience has been like working with COVID-19 patients
  • Some of her steps for getting a sense of what herbs someone needs
  • Why Chinese Medicine is uniquely positioned to help in the current crisis
  • Walking through some immune-boosting and anxiety-relieving breathing exercise

Dr. Sandra Subotich is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine. She started her studies in Chinese Medicine at World Medicine Institute Tai Hsuan, a small Daoist school in Honolulu, HI, where she was trained in TCM as well as ancient Daoist practices. She then completed her masters and her doctorate at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. Sandra also studied in various parts of China, spending time at many hospitals as well as training in the temples and countryside with various Daoist Priests. Sandra has been in practice for nearly a decade and has spent that entire time in integrative settings, working closely with MDs, DOs, Chiropractors, functional medicine doctors, and massage therapists. She is passionate about bridging the gap between eastern and western medicine and finding common ground while working to address each person’s well being. Her specialities include chronic pain, autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders as well as psycho-spiritual issues including anxiety, depression and trauma.

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Whole Health Chicago

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Mar 25, 2020

Incorporating a therapeutic diet and lifestyle is a central tenet of a lot of different approaches to health. It's always fascinating to see where these paradigms collide and reinforce one another, so hearing about the amazing results Dr. Terry Wahls has seen is truly inspirational.

If you've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or really any autoimmune disease, Dr. Wahls' research is a great window into how focusing on the way we nourish ourselves can improve our cellular health, give us more energy, and reduce pain. 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What opportunities we can take advantage of during the disruption from COVID-19
  • How her understanding of disease and health transformed through her own journey
  • Why we have such a hard time changing and her advice to break through it
  • The positive effects her protocol can have even as a preventative measure
  • Some background on what her protocol is and why she set it up that way

Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care, and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, Learn more about her MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team and pick up copies of her research papers or a one-page handout for the Wahls™ Diet.

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Episode 127: Reversing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Loren  Cordain

Institute for Functional Medicine

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Mar 18, 2020

As we’re grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions are changing super fast so it’s crucial we find ways to stay strong, resilient, and connected with one another. With the safety of our communities at stake, the responsibility to flatten the curve and be there for each other without physically being there for each other is on all of us.

If you’re feeling stressed or scared, you are certainly not alone. You’re invited into this episode to explore ways of staying grounded and healthy.

On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why social distancing is such an important practice right now
  • How exponential growth plays into the pandemic
  • The benefits to keeping your own nervous system balanced
  • What changes we could see in society following this period of uncertainty
  • A quick guided meditation

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Holistic Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

Social Distance Game

The Sober Math Everyone Must Understand about the Pandemic by Jason Scott Warner

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Mar 4, 2020

Fertility problems are often a lonely and stressful experience, but Denise Wiesner joins this conversation to share why that doesn't have to be the case.

Denise is a fellow acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine expert that focuses on helping people find balance in their bodies. From menstrual disorders to menopause, Denise helps women to relieve the anxiety around their bodies and regain the sensuality in relationships.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What took her down the road of wanting to write her book
  • The mindset shifts Denise invites women into when working with them on fertility
  • Why acupuncture can offer an important, holistic benefit to people struggling with conception
  • Where she starts with people who are stressed about fertility

Denise Wiesner, LAc, FABORM, is the author of Conceiving with Love: A Whole-Body Approach to Creating Intimacy, Reigniting Passion, and Increasing Fertility. The founder of the Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic in West Los Angeles, Wiesner is an internationally recognized traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, specializing in the Whole Systems Chinese medicine approach to women’s health, sexuality, and fertility.

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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.

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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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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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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

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

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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. 

Links:

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

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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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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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engagedIN

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.

Links:

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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