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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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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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Get A Free Sample of The Non-12 Step Addiction Ebook

Get The Freedom Model Books for free by using code “freedom100” through the end of 2020

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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

Institute for Traditional Medicine

Heaving Bosoms Podcast

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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

Free Resources for Practitioners

Courses for Acupuncturists

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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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Sep 30, 2020

Whether you're feeling tight and stressed, listless and exhausted, or generally just not at your best, one of the most immediate levers we can pull to start feeling better is breathing. The effects of breathwork are so extensive that essentially all systems of the body benefit from improving how we breathe.

Since our breath affects every aspect of our being, Jen Broyles shares why using it optimally is so powerful and so accessible.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How her own personal health journey led her to breathwork
  • What effects breathwork can have from both scientific and spiritual perspectives
  • The changes in her thinking that she attributes to using breathing practices over time
  • What some of the science is behind breath retention and intermittent hypoxia
  • A short example of what SOMA breathing is like

Jen Broyles​ is a Holistic Health Coach, SOMA Breathwork Instructor, Essential Oils Coach, and founder of the Sacred Breath Community who helps individuals restore and optimize their health by calming the nervous system and addressing the root cause of their symptoms. After years of battling with digestive issues, anxiety, hormone imbalances, and the trails of conventional medicine herself, Jen made the decision to return to school to study integrative nutrition followed by training in essential oils and breathwork. She believes that nourishing the mind, body, and soul starts with healing foods, self-love, and most importantly proper breathing.

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Jen’s Sacred Breath Community

Breath by James Nestor

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Sep 23, 2020

As we're taking a brief pause from the regular podcasting schedule, Ali Shapiro gave us permission to rebroadcast this interview on eating triggers and what it means to embody self-respect.

Originally aired on Ali's podcast, Insatiable, this conversation delves deep into the relationship between self-care and self-respect. As a systems thinker and someone interested in blending paradigms, Ali engages with how societal factors play into our ability to take care of ourselves and live healthy lives in contemporary society.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Defining what it means to embody self-respect
  • What can trigger us to stop our self-care
  • How willpower and habits are different

Ali is the founder of Truce with Food®, host of the top-ranked podcast Insatiable, a holistic nutritionist, integrated health coach and rebel with a serious cause. She’s academically, practically, and empathetically aware of how the medical system, diet culture, and body positivity movements all have their own flavor of crazy. She created her Truce with Food method while in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Masters in Organizational Dynamics, which is like getting an MBA in the change process, where she drew from her decade plus of working with real life clients and her own personal healing journey from having cancer as a teenager.

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Eating Triggers: Embody Self-Respect with Brodie Welch - Insatiable Season 5, Episode 7

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Aug 26, 2020

Operating with a sustainable level of energy is not exactly a practice that's encouraged in our culture. Particularly in times of intense, prolonged stress, finding ways to feel nourished by what we're creating in the world and avoiding burnout are vital aspects to our health and happiness.

Eileen McDargh joins us to help define what burnout is, who it affects, and how we can work on cultivating resilience in order to move from feeling burnt out to breaking through. As she says, crafting together the life of our work and the work of our life is done through small steps, the same way we would cultivate a garden.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Reflecting on 200 episodes and the true costs of what we say yes to
  • Why she disagrees with the WHO's classification of burnout as an occupational hazard
  • How energy management fits into resilience
  • What the personal prompts are that can help us break out of burnout
  • Eileen’s tips for avoiding burnout while working from home

Eileen McDargh has been called a hope merchant although she says she has been put on earth for comic relief.

She’s an internationally recognized keynote speaker, master facilitator, and award-winning author with expertise in resiliency and leadership. Her articles have appeared in countless publications and two of her seven books have been awarded national recognition. Her latest book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters, launches in August 2020.

In 2020 Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 5th of the World’s Top 30 COMMUNICATION Gurus following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

She’s a runner, a weight lifter, and a lover of all things DARK chocolate.

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Burnout to Breakthrough by Eileen McDargh

Burnout by Dr. Herbert J. Freudenberger

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Aug 19, 2020

In a yang addicted society, particularly in the COVID era, falling asleep and staying asleep can be a serious challenge. Unfortunately, there's no one size fits all solution to better sleep, but if we start to treat our symptoms as places to get curious, we can begin to recognize some of the patterns that will lead us in the right direction.

Dr. Damiana Corca joins this conversation to discuss some whole body approaches to getting better sleep. She encourages us to balance our yin and yang activity because in order to achieve, we have to rest.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How she starts dialing into what insomnia looks like for individual patients
  • What her philosophy is on splitting the day evenly between yin and yang
  • The role of melatonin and her thoughts on using supplements
  • What she’s seen as the most common types of insomnia
  • Why it’s beneficial to identify signs of problems as they build, even before symptoms appear

Dr. Damiana Corca is a sleep & wellness specialist helping people sleep better by using principles from functional medicine and Chinese medicine. Her practice is devoted to helping individuals heal from chronic sleep issues, and just as important, teaching how to prevent insomnia from developing in the first place. Her book on insomnia, to be published in winter of 2020, looks at the 5 insomniac types and a functional approach to healing insomnia.

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Dr. Hamid Montakab

The Spark in the Machine by Dr. Daniel Keown

Is Napping Good For You? By Dr. Damiana Corca

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Free step-by-step guide to better sleep!

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Aug 12, 2020

Understanding our traits and tendencies through a framework like the Five Elements can allow us to step beyond allopathic identifiers and change the framing. Doing so often helps us to steer ourselves in the direction of health rather than disease by connecting with what we're specifically experiencing.

Mindi K. Counts shares a ton of great insights for how we can start to get in touch with and nurture our health by applying the Five Elements to both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How she found her way to this profession
  • Her approach for helping people understand their own stories
  • A brief overview of the mental and emotional aspects to the  Five Element framework
  • Why it’s important to look at both the virtues and weaknesses of the elements

Mindi K. Counts, MA, LAc., is an integrative medical practitioner and Five-Element acupuncturist. Co-founder of the ​Inner Ocean Center for Healing​, Mindi is a keynote speaker, retreat leader and teacher. She is the author of Everyday Chinese Medicine and a contributing author to the Trauma Toolkit and Singing Our Heart’s Song.

She is the founder of the international nonprofit ​Inner Ocean Empowerment Project​, providing holistic healthcare and education through volunteer service missions to underserved populations around the world and in the U.S. She has been featured in several publications including Dr. Oz’s The Good Life magazine for her work in Indian slum communities, Burmese refugee clinics and earthquake-ravaged areas of Nepal.

Mindi is a graduate of Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program and holds a Master’s degree in Classical Five Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. She lives with her family and rescued pit bulls in the foothills of Colorado.

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Everyday Chinese Medicine by Mindi K. Counts

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Jul 29, 2020

Do you suspect that you could have more energy or feel better than you currently do? Viewing our bodies as interconnected ecosystems, it follows that these feelings and symptoms are often indicative of different kinds of stressors and upstream problems that are difficult to identify.

Reed Davis agrees and he brings a fascinating perspective to this conversation where we can blend the holistic paradigms of Chinese Medicine and Function Diagnostic Nutrition. In doing so, we start to peel back layers of hidden stressors on our systems to get closer to root issues that lead to effects like fatigue.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why he views the concept of adrenal fatigue as outdated
  • What Reed has identified as the three major categories of stressors
  • The most common problems he sees that can benefit from functional lab tests
  • How we can work to treat root causes without always explicitly identifying them

Reed Davis, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT), is an expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine. He is the Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) and the FDN Certification Course. Reed served as the Health Director and Case Manager at a Wellness Center in So. California for over 10 years and now teaches the FDN Course with over 2500 trainees or graduates in 50 countries.

Today, Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world, having provided functional lab assessments to over 10,000 clients. Reed is also a Clinical Advisor for BioHealth Laboratories and lives in the US, teaching the FDN Certification Course and helping his graduates build robust private practices.

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Environmental Working Group

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Jul 22, 2020

As we age, our bodies can send us messages about what's happening and what we need to do in the form of symptoms. With the proper investment of time and energy along with guidance from someone knowledgeable in the field, we can bring drastic transformation to our lives.

Dr. Kyrin Dunston, M.D. is one such guide helping people along this path. If you're interested in learning about how to adapt your diet and lifestyle as you age in order to function optimally, and especially if you're a woman in the menopause or perimenopause years, you definitely want to hear what Dr. Dunston shares in this conversation.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why it’s important to distinguish between “optimal” and “normal” with things like thyroid levels
  • What else is part of the weight loss picture besides eating less and exercising more
  • How Dr. Dunston recommends we begin an approach to detoxing
  • What micronutrient insufficiency is and its effect on us
  • Dr. Dunston’s go-to first steps for helping with weight loss in the perimenopause or menopause years

Leading by example, OBGYN Dr. Kyrin Dunston lost a life-changing 100 lbs. and healed herself from chronic disease by addressing the root causes of her overweight and dysfunctional condition. This personal transformation in turn caused a professional one and she left OBGYN practice in 2011 to pursue helping women heal with this revolutionary type of natural medicine after being trained in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine.

As the host of Her Brilliant Health Secrets youtube series Dr. Dunston educates and inspires women to take control of their bodies and their lives and to thrive in menopause, not just survive.

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Her Brilliant Health Radio #47: What is Radical Self Care? with Brodie Welch, L.Ac.

Dr. Dale Bredesen

Free Gift! Diet Deceptive Dozen and Lean Fifteen Reports free download

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Jul 15, 2020

There are any number of reasons that you may be experiencing heaviness right now. Fortunately, there are methods available to all of us for altering our physiology through the breath, blasts of cold, and sound that can help to alleviate those feelings.

Josh Solar has been tinkering with different aspects of his biology in order to affect the mind and consciousness for years. What he's learned, from breathwork to binaural beats, can help us to transform the heaviness we're experiencing, the same way it's helped him. 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What benefits he finds in his habit for putting his body in uncomfortable states
  • How a period of heaviness in Josh’s life started him on his healing path
  • What some of the common effects are during breathwork sessions
  • The role binaural beats have played in the development of Josh’s practice
  • Josh’s advice for incorporating cold showers into your routine

Josh Solar is an explorer of all things human. He’s a devoted husband & father, a breathwork teacher, reiki master, ambient music maker & lover of all things that bring him to a state of wonder.

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Wim Hof

David Elliott

Dr. Belisa Vranich

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Jul 8, 2020

One of the greatest strengths inherent to Chinese Medicine is the focus on getting specific to the individual and the symptoms they're expressing, rather than only focusing on the predetermined diagnosis and treatment.

Brehan Crawford brings this lens to treating chronic conditions like Lyme Disease. Through Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Brehan helps patients not only support their immune system with the specific changes they need, but learn to maintain it as they would other functions of the body, like strength or flexibility. 

On the other side of these difficult journeys through Lyme or other complicated illnesses, there is often a great evolution for both the patients and their communities.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why Lyme disease is so controversial
  • What can often constitute an effective Lyme diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Why current tests for Lyme can sometimes be unreliable
  • Brehan’s case for how Chinese Medicine may be more effective for Lyme than allopathic medicine
  • The role medical Qigong plays in helping patients stay in remission

Brehan Crawford has spent the last decade specializing in the treatment of Lyme disease and its associated conditions. He practices in Oregon with patients from around the globe and teaches other practitioners how to address this growing epidemic.

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Morgellons Disease

Episode 150: Depression and Yang Addiction

 

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Jul 1, 2020

Trauma is unfortunately an all too common reality. This leads to unknowingly connecting everyday triggers to life threatening feelings which can have drastic effects on our well-being and the trajectory of our lives.

Liz Mullinar is committed to the vision that everyone deserves a good life and to heal from their trauma. To that end, she helps people find meaningful, permanent healing and trains others to be able to help as well. 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • A challenge for you to stop making excuses
  • How neuroscience defines trauma
  • Why moments of trauma are never truly remembered
  • The importance of accessing and releasing the emotions associated with trauma
  • What she sees as the biggest barrier to healing from traumas in childhood

Liz Mullinar is a globally renowned trauma recovery expert and trauma survivor. Over 20 years ago, Liz pioneered Australia's first trauma recovery program - Heal For Life - a peer support approach that empowers survivors of childhood trauma to recognize and heal painful emotional triggers, transforming painful memories into meaningful, permanent healing.

Links:

Heal For Life by Liz Mullinar

Liz’s TEDx Talk - Treating the core problem of childhood trauma

Free gift!  Download Chapter 2 of Liz’s book here

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Jun 24, 2020

With so many personality assessments and indicators out there, it can be easy to fall into a rigid idea of what traits you feel you have to embody. Dr. Benjamin Hardy is here to discuss why you aren't just who you are, though. He encourages us to see ourselves as being far more dynamic than a Myers-Briggs or Enneagram type might make you feel.

By viewing our purpose and goals as ongoing shapers of our personality, we can influence who we are and what we're heading towards.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How his work evolved from examining willpower to personality
  • Why our original natures are not fixed
  • What effect our life context can have on how we view ourselves
  • How approaching challenges with a purpose in mind can make them development opportunities
  • The advice he has for those getting stuck in fixed definitions of themselves

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist, successful entrepreneur and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn't Work. His blog is read by millions of people monthly and featured on Forbes, Fortune, and CNBC.  He’s also a regular contributor to Inc., Psychology Today, and Medium.

His new book, Personality Isn’t Permanent, provides science-based strategies for reframing past memories, becoming the scribe of your identity narrative, upgrading your subconscious, and redesigning your environment.

Links:

Personality Isn’t Permanent by Dr. Benjamin Hardy

Joe Polish

Dr. Gabor Maté 

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Daniel Gilbert

Viktor Frankl

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Medium Articles

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Jun 10, 2020

Given the frenetic pace of life we deal with today, it's useful to mine the wisdom traditions for ways to slow down and embody feelings like contentment and inner peace.

Dr. Rick Hanson is dedicated to connecting western psychology, the contemplative traditions of the world, and the latest brain science to craft accessible ways for everyone to cultivate lasting qualities of mind and heart to carry with us. In this conversation, he discusses some of his findings as well as 7 ways of being that he's identified that can help us to make durable, positive changes in our brain.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How the brain and mind shape each other
  • Why he wrote his latest book as a pragmatic approach to enlightenment
  • An example of a practice Rick recommends for helping to drop self-criticism
  • The power of brief practices that are developed over time

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author with a keen interest in the brain and meditation.

His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and 150,000 subscribers receive his free Just One Thing newsletter every week. But perhaps most importantly, he’s been meditating since 1974.

His latest book, Neurodharma shares seven practices for embodying them ourselves in daily life to handle stress, heal old pain, feel at ease with others, and rest in the sense of our natural goodness.

Links:

Neurodharma by Dr. Rick Hanson

Free gift!  3 Meditations and Chapter 1 of Neurodharma

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Jun 3, 2020

At a time when racism's effects on the US are on display, as they've been with the most recent slayings of unarmed Black men and women, it can be difficult to distill our feelings into words, but speaking out imperfectly is important and better than staying silent.

Thousands lives have ended too early due to issues of institutionalized racism. In an effort to catalyze both reflection and action, this episode will hopefully serve as a way to remember those we've lost and offer anti-racist resources and action ideas. 

On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Why we need to eradicate the toxin of racism from our society the same way work to remove toxins from our bodies
  • The yin and yang aspects to the work of dismantling institutionalized racism
  • How we can seek to align our qi with our values of equality, justice, and love.

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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.

Links:

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

Episode 177: Microbiome Biohacking with Dr. Andrew Miles

Dr. Jeffrey Bland

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Harbor Integrative Health

Evidence Based Acupuncture

EBA Facebook

Harbor Integrative Health Facebook

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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

Links:

Donna Eden

BodyTalk

Accunect

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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.

Links:

Hypnosis, Etc. Podcast

Reprogram Your Weight by Erika Flint

Lighter by Erika Flint

Can You Be a Hypnotist? by Erika Flint

Connect With Erika:

Cascade Hypnosis Center

Cascade Hypnosis Training

Facebook

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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.

Links:

Heal Your Hunger by Tricia Nelson

Free resource for avoiding emotional eating while stuck at home!

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