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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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Oct 6, 2021

Our digestive microbiome supports every other system in our bodies. Since we can't use what we can't digest and what we can't digest can cause problems, we can see cascading effects through our bodies if something's not right.

Here to unpack how the digestive system works and its central role in the body is Dr. Darlene Easton. She brings us some practical insights to help us understand our digestive functions and shift our understanding of our place in the world as living ecosystems.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why Dr. Easton thinks everyone should be obsessed with digestion
  • What she would like people to do differently to improve their microbiome and digestive health
  • How we can use Chinese Medicine to address common issues like acid reflux, instead of over-the-counter medications
  • Why bile is so important to our bodies

Dr. Easton earned her MSAOM (1998), MSACN (2011) and DACM (2020). She is an NCCAOM diplomate and board certified CNS. Dr. Easton has earned 2 post-graduate certifications from Guangzhou TCM Hospital and 9 certificates from Zhejiang University Hospital.
With 20 years in higher education, she’s taught all aspects of TCM including dietary therapy and nutrition. She was an associate professor at NY College of Health Professions (1999-2003) and NYCC’s Finger Lakes School of AOM (2003-2019). Dr. Easton is now in private practice offering health and nutritional consulting while she continues to teach online to professionals around the world.

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TCM Hub

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Aug 18, 2021

Given the stress and restriction of the last year, a lot of us might be carrying around some neck pain or unproductive posture. In the spirit of allowing ourselves to do less than we're humanly capable of, this conversation will address how we can work to reverse these issues with very gentle movements. Movements that invite us to be curious about the sensations we feel rather than trying to force our bodies to move in a certain way.

To help guide us, Kieran Schumaker joins us for this episode to share their unique approach to bodywork. If you're into optimizing the functioning of your autonomic nervous system or the blood flow to your brain, you won't want to miss what Kieran brings to this conversation.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Kier started connecting different sets of knowledge they were studying through structural integration
  • What neurovascular release is and how it’s different from structural integration
  • Some background on where the vagus nerve is and what it does in the body
  • A tutorial on a couple self-care strategies for working with the vagus nerve

Kieran Schumaker has been helping people with discomfort and pain discover greater agility and ease of movement while cultivating curiosity and an appreciation for our amazing bodies, for 23 years. A Board Certified Structural Integrator since 2005, Kier has been developing their unique approach to working more specifically with nerves and arteries over the last eleven years.

In addition to working with clients, Kier had been mentoring and teaching other practitioners until the COVID crisis shut down their practice and put an end to in-person classes. In response, Kier started adapting their Neurovascular Release techniques so that they could work with clients over Zoom, and soon after began teaching other practitioners how to lead their clients through self-treatment sessions.

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Rolfing - Dr. Ida Rolf

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Jul 28, 2021

It's been a tough year. As we slowly begin to emerge from, hopefully, the worst of the pandemic, we're also entering the full on yang-mode of summer. In the spirit of self-compassion on the heels of such a trying time, what would it look like to give yourself the gift of doing less? How can we lean into play and joy instead of the temptation of sending all of our energy and attention outwards this season?

These questions are tough to untangle as we try to move from a mode of surviving to one of thriving.

Dr. Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, L.Ac., joins us in this conversation to share her wisdom regarding how we can find the balance between these two phases. She provides insight into how we can attempt to harvest useful things from the pandemic experience in order to pursue meaning and purpose in life.

On Today's Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Navigating the tension between going with the flow of the summer season and doing what's important to stay balanced
  • How Dr. Farrell uses gratitude as a tool for getting us through
  • Why acupuncture can be a crucial tool for self-examination in times of survival
  • Why grounding and stability are necessary for lasting, effective change
  • How she guides patients through the three levels of qi

Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.  Her focus is on empowerment of students and patients so that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.

Yvonne is the author of two books: Psycho Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and her latest, Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity published by Singing Dragon.

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Psycho Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels by Dr. Yvonne Farrell

Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity by Dr. Yvonne Farrell

Breath by James Nestor

Dr. Kristin Neff

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Jun 23, 2021

Almost everyone that comes through the clinic is dealing with some combination of two things: stress and dampness. This episode is a masterclass, or at least a lengthy public service announcement, on dampness since some of the most common questions that come up are regarding what it is and how to address it.

If you're dealing with tiredness, lethargy, poor digestion, brain fog, congestion, or are struggling with weight loss, understanding more about dampness can change your life. In this episode, you'll hear some guidelines for things to include in your life, but the ultimate focus should always lie on subtracting the dampening effects in the first place.

On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Some things to look for on the tongue, as well as other signs, that can indicate dampness
  • Why dampness usually comes from dietary indiscretions
  • How Phlegm relates to dampness
  • What causes of dampness can occur that don’t come from food

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The Tao of Healthy Eating by Bob Flaws

Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine by Ellen Goldsmith and Maya Klein

Episode 223: Moving Through Trauma with Chinese Medicine with Ellen Goldsmith

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Apr 21, 2021

As the world slowly begins to emerge from the worst of the COVID era, there is a lot of collective trauma that we'll be working through for years. While any healing takes time, there are ways to move through trauma in accordance with the principles of Chinese Medicine that invite more ease into the process.

Bringing with her some practical tips for processing grief, being soft with ourselves, and aligning with the season of spring, Ellen Goldsmith joins this conversation to elaborate on ways that Chinese Medicine can support us as we heal from trauma.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What aspects of Chinese Medicine Ellen identifies as helping to work through difficult times
  • What we can learn by learning from and aligning with the patterns of nature
  • The advice she has for those of us having difficulty being with what is
  • Why resilience and flexibility are so crucial

Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist with over two decades of experience helping people solve their complex health challenges. Her integrative, body- centered and intuitive approach is grounded in years of study and experience in helping people from all walks of life. She is the author of Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She teaches and speaks frequently to professionals and the public as well as consulting for companies and organizations. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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David Kessler

Sighing Until You Yawn 

Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine by Ellen Goldsmith

Episode 104: Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine with Ellen Goldsmith

Episode 006: Energetics of  Food with Ellen Goldsmith

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Mar 24, 2021

Maintaining a healthy alignment with our bodies so often comes back to keeping things balanced and our hormones are no different.

Dr. Felice Gersh is dedicated to helping women navigate life in an optimal way, particularly when it comes to the roles hormones play in aging. She joins this conversation to discuss her philosophy on how women can approach supporting their hormonal systems in a variety of ways.

When dealing with hormone imbalances, Dr. Gersh doesn't aim for "natural," but rather an alignment with the body's systems that optimizes physiology.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why we need to pay attention to the effects of hormones on women’s health
  • The other roles sex hormones play in the body aside from reproduction
  • How estrogen metabolites interact with and support the heart
  • Why she reframes bio-identical hormones as human identical
  • What the role of testosterone is in women’s bodies

Felice Gersh, M.D. is an award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, a comprehensive women’s healthcare practice. She taught obstetrics and gynecology at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor and now serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Felice is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS and has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She has also appeared in several films and documentary series, including The Real Skinny on Fat with Montel Williams and Fasting with Valter Longo, Ph.D.

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PCOS SOS by Dr. Felice Gersh, M.D.

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Mar 3, 2021

Chinese Medicine teaches us that winter is a time of quiet and stillness, a time for reflecting and conserving scarce resources.

As we reflect on how we navigate the world, it's also a good time to get radically honest with ourselves about what we're holding space for in our lives. With the podcast entering a new, slower period of creation, it can be helpful to examine and take a break from things that we're keeping in motion just for the sake of motion. We can look inward and honor what our body and mind are telling us - to say no to things that are unnecessary so we can leave space open for the things that are.

On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What the new era of the podcast will focus on
  • An overview of how seasons and timing are reflected in Chinese Medicine
  • Why breaks are so important and yin engenders yang
  • One way to test if tiredness is truly fatigue or just stagnating energy

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Episode 220: Q+A - 5 Elements for Personal Growth & Getting Out of the Way

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Feb 10, 2021

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments in the population.

In this episode, we'll explore how that treatment made it's way into the American mainstream as well as answering some listener questions about the practice. We'll take a look at how the 5 elements interact with different individuals and we'll examine what it means to get out of the way.

On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How the Black Panthers and acupuncture intersected in the early 1970s
  • Why generalizing about the elements can be complicated
  • Commonalities in how Chinese Medicine practitioners can work with people
  • Ideas for getting out of the way to allow healing to happen

Links:

Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA by Dr. Tenisha Dandridge

Mutulu Shakur: On The History Of Acupuncture & COINTELPRO

Lincoln Detox Center: The People’s Drug Program

Radical Health: A Threat to a Nation - Mia Donovan on her new film ‘Dope Is Death’

Dr. Tenisha Dandridge

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Feb 3, 2021

Having recently explored the biomedical aspects of acupuncture on the show, this conversation takes an interesting counterpoint to examine how this modality also walks in the world of energy medicine. In addition to the more physical facets of healing, the power of your body's own intelligence and consciousness plays a very significant role in the process.

Dr. Jill Blakeway works with patients to ground in their physical bodies and connect to their energy field as a means to holistic healing. Her insights guide us into an exploration of ways that we can prompt our bodies to self-healing abilities.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How acupuncture fits into the energy medicine picture
  • Why a lot of chronic diseases she sees result from miscommunication
  • What role the placebo effect can play in acupuncture
  • Why removing the sense of separate self is crucial to helping patients heal 
  • An example of a practice to help cultivate a connection with your own energy field

Jill Blakeway is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist (LAc), and clinical herbalist practicing energy healing for over 20 years. Jill founded the Yinova Center in NYC in 1999 and acts as Clinic Director. Blakeway is the co-author of Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, the author of Sex Again: Recharging your Libido and recently published her third book Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing. Jill was the first acupuncturist to ever give a TEDTalk, at TEDGlobal in 2012.

Links:

Electric Frog Face video

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

Episode 203: How Acupuncture Works - The Science Behind the Healing with Mark Whalen

Episode 206: Chronic Pain, Migraines, Brain Injuries - Acupuncture & Functional Neurology with Dr. Ayla Wolf

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Jan 27, 2021

Suffering from chronic pain is not a sign of brokenness, it's part of the human experience. If you're interested in exploring the idea of chronic pain and what we can do about it, this is a conversation you won't want to miss.

Dr. Joe Tatta provides a more contextual approach to chronic pain and explains how mindfulness can aid in the healing process. By learning to relate to our body and mind differently,  we can reconnect with resiliency and begin to heal.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How the brain contributes to chronic pain
  • Different ways to begin retraining the brain to forget pain
  • What acceptance and commitment therapy is and how it can help with pain
  • Examples of experiential exercises from Dr. Tatta’s book, Radical Relief
  • Why trying to fight negative thoughts can make them more persistent

Dr. Joe Tatta is a global leader in integrative pain care and an advocate for the safe and effective treatment of chronic pain. He is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development. For 25 years he has supported people living with pain and helped practitioners deliver more effective pain management. His research and career achievements include scalable practice models centered on lifestyle medicine, health behavior change, and digital therapeutics. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer. Dr. Tatta is the author of two bestselling books Radical Relief and Heal Your Pain Now and host of The Healing Pain Podcast.

Links:

Episode 58: How to Heal Your  Pain Now with Dr. Joe Tatta

Radical Relief by Dr. Joe Tatta

Heal Your Pain Now by Dr. Joe Tatta

Episode 203: How Acupuncture Works - The Science Behind the Healing with Mark Whalen

Episode 206: Chronic Pain, Migraines, Brain Injuries - Acupuncture & Functional Neurology with Dr. Ayla Wolf

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Jan 20, 2021

In our journey of learning to embody self-respect, it's always important to include respecting our bodies. After centuries of propaganda from the beauty industry and other societal mechanisms, the internalized oppression against women's bodies has shifted over time, but is as virulent as ever today.

Lauren Geertsen views it as a generational responsibility to end female body hate. As a body connection coach and the author of The Invisible Corset, Lauren shares what she's learned to help us find the innate intelligence of our bodies that can lead us towards wellness and joy.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why she wrote The Invisible Corset
  • The societal manipulations that Lauren identifies as the five strings of the corset
  • What advice she has for starting to break down some of this programming
  • An example of a practice to explore in order to be more in partnership with your  body

Lauren Geertsen is a Body Connection Coach who helps women heal their relationship with food and body image. In her previous work as a nutrition consultant, Lauren realized the underlying problem for her clients was distrust of their bodies, which results from wearing the invisible corset. Her website, empoweredsustenance.com, has supported over 40 million readers with holistic recipes and resources.

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The Invisible Corset by Lauren Geertsen

Episode 130: Trusting Your Body with Lauren Geertsen

Floral Song Flower Essences

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Jan 6, 2021

A lot of us that are working toward personal growth and evolution are always looking for ways to avoid getting triggered and getting reactive. If you're curious about why it is that, despite your efforts to grow, you're not moving through the world like the most highly evolved version of yourself, this episode is definitely for you.

Michelle Chalfant has designed a manual for life that blends simple psychology and grounded spirituality: The Adult Chair. Despite growing physically, we often don't grow emotionally and spiritually in equal measure so Michelle is here to share advice on how to open our eyes and move to the Adult Chair.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What the Adult Chair is and how it relates to the other chairs Michelle references
  • Why we need to recognize when we’re being triggered and own that as our reality
  • How to take 90 seconds to start processing emotions
  • Michelle’s advice for busting up the negative stories that we attach to our emotions

Michelle Chalfant is a therapist, holistic life coach, author, podcaster, motivational speaker and
developer of The Adult Chair Model, a transformational model of self-realization that helps people
across the globe discover who they are, become unstuck, improve their relationships and develop
self-love.

Michelle hosts The Adult Chair podcast, where simple psychology
meets grounded spirituality and where she gives people the tools and techniques needed to find
their power and transform their lives.

With over 25 years of experience in all areas of self-healing, you can learn more about Michelle
and her offerings by visiting TheAdultChair.com.

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Donna Eden

Michelle’s free journaling prompts

The Adult Chair by Michelle Chalfant

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Dec 30, 2020

As we're coming to the close of a particularly difficult year, we're all probably feeling pretty stressed. For kids who have been thrust into online school, an uncertain world, and an equally uncertain future, the stress can be even more pronounced.

If you're a parent, or really anyone, navigating stress, distress, and anxiety, you'll definitely want to listen in to this conversation with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge.

Roseann primarily works with helping kids connect to body sensations to find ways to reduce stress and build stress tolerance, but her advice could really help any of us. Approaching sensations through somatic therapies, Roseann provides lots of insight and examples of how we can ground ourselves to get comfortable in our bodies.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What makes the breath is such an important tool 
  • Why she believes in a bottom-up approach to mental health, starting in the body
  • What kinds of of body signals Roseann encourages people to focus on
  • How she works with introducing breathwork to people who may be resistant at first

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is a mental health trailblazer, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, and media expert who is, “Changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health”.

Her work has helped thousands reverse the most challenging conditions: ADHD, anxiety, mood, Lyme, and PANS/PANDAS using PROVEN holistic therapies. She is the author of the first ever book on teletherapy activities for child and adolescent therapists, “Teletherapy Toolkit™” and It’s Gonna be OK!™ book and The Get Unstuck Program™, which are resources for parents to reverse their child’s symptoms. She is often featured on dozens of media outlets: Fox, CBS, NBC, FORBES, PARENTS, and New York Times.

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Teletherapy Toolkit by Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Dr. Peter Levine - Somatic Experiencing

Headspace

Calm

HeartMath

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Dec 23, 2020

What does it mean to be embodied?

To start cultivating embodiment, we can often begin by bringing more focus to what it's like to inhabit our body rather than just where we are. The body does a lot more than just act as a vehicle to move the brain around from place to place.

Brooke Thomas uses a variety of methods and media to help others onto the path of embodiment. As she joins this conversation, she brings lots of excellent insight into that process to help us start connecting to our genuine lived experience.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What embodiment means to Brooke
  • What the three dimensions of experience are
  • How she starts to help people learn to check in with their bodies
  • Why ease is hallmark of discernment
  • Walking through a sensory practice that Brooke uses to help people start shifting their being

Brooke Thomas works in a variety of ways to teach about how to cultivate a relationship with our bodies, and therefore with our being, and how that can have a profound positive impact on an individual and collective level. At its core, her work is a lived inquiry about what it means to shift out of a mental/conceptual lens and into an embodied/experiential lens. This shift truly changes everything about how we meet ourselves and the world.

She is a Realization Process teacher who works with clients one-on-one as an embodied coach, and does group work within the online embodied practice community, Liberated Being. She was a Rolfer in private practice for 20 years prior to this work.
She has run two podcasts, Liberated Being (formerly known as Liberated Body), and Bliss + Grit, which she co-created with her friend Vanessa Scotto.

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Judith Blackstone

Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich

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Liberated Being Podcast

Bliss and Grit Podcast

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Dec 16, 2020

As we continue to investigate ways we can use our bodies to affect our minds, we're taking a deeper look at qi gong and how we can use the practice to change how our energy is flowing. An energy exercise that blends intention, breath, and the shape of our bodies, qi gong is a powerful tool to help realign both the physical and energetic systems.

Febrice Piché is here to teach us more about qi gong in a really grounded, down to earth way that's easily accessible. With the wide ranging benefits these practices have, Fabrice believes they can ultimately help us develop the ability to be fully human.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Fabrice explains gasotransmitters and their functions
  • What the difference is between medical qi gong and qi gong in general
  • Why most qi gong practices can be helpful for almost everyone
  • Some of Fabrice’s tips to enhance a breathing practice
  • What benefits we can get from focusing on our breath and how we breathe

Fabrice discovered Qigong and Chinese Medicine in 1997 at the National Institute of Chinese Medicine in Montreal (Canada).

In 2009, he began specializing in Medical Qigong with the International Institute of Medical Qigong, in Palm Desert, California.

In 2011, he had the privilege to study with Professor Lin Housheng, Director of the Shanghai Qigong Research Institute and creator of the Taiji Qigong Shibashi system.

A pioneer in teaching Qigong online, specializing in Medical Qigong and its use in Chinese Medicine therapy, Fabrice is passionate about linking cutting edge science and ancient healing arts.

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Episode 129: Cultivating Energy with Qigong with Lee Holden

US Health Qigong Association

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Dec 9, 2020

The answers we get about trauma often depend on the questions we ask.

If you're feeling stuck in your healing process, sometimes the best way forward is to trust that the body has its own story to share. Trying to force an understanding of what's going on can miss the clarity of embodying those sensations.

By bringing together mindfulness with somatic therapies, Andrew Hahn works to tap into the body's deep wisdom. Drawing on lots of things being practiced in different spheres, Andrew shares his approach to helping people heal rather than trying to cure their ailments.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How eclectic education and psy experiences formed the roots of his methodology
  • What he views as the relationship between healing and sensation
  • Tips for tuning into and embodying our sensations
  • An example of how Andrew helps people understand what their symptoms are telling them

Andrew Hahn, Psy.d, received his doctorate in 1985 and became a licensed clinical psychologist in 1987.

Early in his career, he was on The Graduate faculties of Leslie and Northeastern University and training director in a large Counseling Center.

He is founder of the Life Centered Therapy Training Institute. LCT is a mindbody, energetic, psycho-spiritual, archetypal, narrative, postmodern systems, mindfulness framework for healing trauma and supporting evolving.

He has lectured and lead trainings internationally in LCT and the Enneagram.

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Self-Realization Fellowship

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Episode 210: Tapping on the Body to Shift Your Mind and Emotions

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Dec 2, 2020

If you've been looking for a different approach to cultivating emotional wellness and wellbeing, you will definitely want to catch this conversation.

With influence on essentially every system in the body, the heart is the conductor of our inner orchestra. The heart is also capable of healing on a deep, programming level.

Carine Camara identifies the heart and its energy as the most powerful force in the body. By using heart centered healing along with a blend of other paradigms, she helps people access their love and joy to fill themselves up so they can then fill up others.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What drew Carine to work with the energy of the heart
  • The mechanisms of using heart energy to create healing
  • A short guided meditation to help us connect with our hearts
  • Why this practice is particularly powerful for empaths and highly sensitive people
  • What she recommends people do to start cultivating a deeper connection to their heart

Carine Camara is an intuitive guide, acupuncturist, energy medicine practitioner, and the Host of the Infinite Love Podcast. Her mission is to help people heal. Carine’s offerings/services are a unique blend of intuitive and energetic healing, practical science, and care. She has devoted her life to the study of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. For the last 20 years, she has immersed myself in the healing sciences. Carine began by studying plant based nutrition, to heal her own physical issues, and later obtained her Masters in Chinese Medicine.

Her practice and knowledge continued to expand, as she trained in Energy Medicine, and works closely with spiritual coaches, teachers and more. For those who are suffering from chronic illness, highly sensitive and/or looking for support in their lives, Carine has a wealth of knowledge to guide you back to wellness. She has an online practice and a holistic clinic located in Lafayette - where she serves the San Francisco Bay Area community.

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Nov 25, 2020

Our responses to stress can often be habituated in ways we may not like. With practice, however, it's possible to hack our limiting beliefs and subconscious patterns in a way that allows us to show up with more presence and kindness to ourselves and those around us.

Stacy Claxton is an expert in helping people use their body as a bridge to the mind, with Emotional Freedom Techniques, to get to the root causes of emotional and physical suffering. By taking our own fingertips to our own bodies, we can use this form of psychological acupuncture to bring about ease, flow, and natural healing. 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why telling the body that it’s safe is so powerful
  • What conditions and traumas EFT is often effective in treating
  • How timing plays into the effectiveness of EFT
  • Stacy walks us through an example of how tapping works

Stacy Claxton is a transformational coach and integrative health practitioner who helps stuck people find freedom and flow. She guides growth seekers, heart-centered healers, and embodied leaders through their biggest blocks to discover their boundless inner power, adding that critical piece: body-centered tools to resolve trauma and rewire the nervous system for lasting change.

Her practice blends ancient and modern modalities, including Ayurveda, yoga, breathwork, meditation, somatic work, prenatal and postpartum care, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, and more.

An educator and entrepreneur, Stacy combines private client work with writing, speaking, facilitating small groups, and leading live transformational events.

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Nov 18, 2020

In a time when a lot of us are dealing with strong, difficult emotions, it can be easy to slip into bad patterns to try and cope and these patterns can spiral to harmful levels and addiction. On top of that, some of the most popular addiction treatments often end up reinforcing the idea that someone's identity is "addict" which only serves to feed the pattern.

Michelle Dunbar has a different way of looking at addiction. Through the framework she helped to develop, Michelle and her team empower people struggling with addiction to change the trajectory of their lives rather than giving the power to substances and bad habits.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What addiction means in the context of Michelle’s work
  • How her own experiences and those of other family members led her toward the framework she developed
  • The three distinct components of The Freedom Model
  • Why she says the opposite of addiction is diversification
  • What has surprised her along her career of helping people with addiction

Michelle Dunbar is the co-author of The Freedom Model for Addictions: Escape the Treatment and Recovery Trap and The Freedom Model for the Family. She is also Executive Director of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., and The Saint Jude Retreats, not-for-profit research organizations with the mission to change the way people with substance use problems are helped worldwide. Michelle has been helping  people move beyond addiction for over 30 years.

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Nov 11, 2020

In challenging times, taking the time to make sure we take care of ourselves can be especially difficult. As the changes brought on by COVID continue to affect us, we're all coping with more stress which can lead to increased anger and irritability. Given these constraints, how can we work to ensure we're meeting our own needs in order to keep our relationships peaceful and harmonious?

Melissa Wolak provides some excellent, practical advice for naming, claiming, and processing our anger so we can move on more productively. Anger is often a habitual reaction and Melissa shares ways to approach finding and changing our reaction habits when facing stress and uncertainty.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What the difference is between reacting and responding
  • How we can stay resilient and flexible in our window of tolerance
  • Why affect labeling is important to reducing reactivity
  • What the different types of anger are and how they often show up
  • How we can get more in touch with the existence or presence of anger

Melissa Wolak mentors and leads women to reclaim their energy, time and wellbeing with powerful mindset shifts, deepening their mind-body connection and establishing sustainable lifestyle practices. As a mindset and empowerment coach, she is a fierce advocate for creating more fulfillment, freedom and self-compassion. The foundation of her movement and unique system connects science and soul. She incorporates her 23 years of experience in the healthcare and neurotrauma fields as a holistic Speech-Language Cognitive therapist, education with a Bachelors and Masters in Communication Science Disorders and her development of tools to conquer stress and burnout by incorporating neuroscience, mindfulness and assertive communication strategies.

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Nov 4, 2020

The hormonal shifts women experience later in life, namely perimenopause and menopause, aren't talked about very often. This lack of education and awareness can lead to women feeling out of control and confused when their bodies start changing, sliding away from things they used to be able to count on.

Dr. Amy Zahm has helped many women navigate these shifts in identity and she brings a lot of useful wisdom to this conversation around the benefits that Chinese Medicine can have for women going through menopause and perimenopause. Rather than a medicalized condition that needs treating, she encourages us to view these reorganizations as part. of the natural, beautiful progression of yin and yang in the body.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why play is so crucial and some ideas for getting started
  • What perimenopause is and what the signs of it are
  • The Chinese Medicine perspective on how different times in life are for different purposes
  • Why finding ways to slow down is often so critical in responding to signals from our bodies
  • How even taking a 60 second breathing break can help you start downregulating the nervous system

Dr. Amy Zahm is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine who has been practicing in rural NE Oregon for sixteen years. Amy specializes in women's health, mental and emotional health, chronic illness and pain management. She has a particular love for using the principles of Chinese Medicine to help women of all ages navigate the transitional periods of their lives with more ease and grace than our society generally allows. In addition to serving Wallowa county, she will soon be expanding her practice to include telehealth. Look for Ground and Sky: Chinese and Functional Medicine for Women’s Health at groundandskyhealth.com. Staying connected In addition to attending acupuncture school at SWAC in Albuquerque at the same time, she and I shared a massage therapy space back in the day.

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The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine

Lillian Bridges - Lotus Institute

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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.

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Carrick Institute

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

Huangdi Neijing

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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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