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Holistic Psychiatry Podcast

Holistic Psychiatry Podcast

By Courtney Snyder, MD
Courtney Snyder, MD, is a physician and adult and child holistic, functional and environmental psychiatrist. In this podcast she shares information on the underlying root causes to brain related symptoms, how these roots are evaluated and treated. Her hope with this podcast is to challenge us to look at ourselves, our families, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope. www.courtneysnydermd.com
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Managing Our Acute Stress Response: Finding Stillness & Grounding
In this episode, I'll talk about how we can still our mind and body in the middle of an acute stress response. Lowering stress is a powerful way to reduce inflammation. I'll discuss tools to lower our stress response and what we can learn from athletes and performers. Topics included in this episode: 03:00 What is a trigger? Identifying emotional triggers and understanding the stress response. 08:46 How to interrupt the stress response. 09:31 Managing stress that is anticipated (public speaking, performance, competition, etc) 13:16 Tools to calm the body and nervous system when we are unexpectedly triggered 23:44 Daily practices that can help lower the threshold for going into a physiologic stress response. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
32:33
October 04, 2022
Brain Inflammation (Part 2 of 2): Mast Cell Activation & The Relationship Between Brain and Body Symptoms
In this episode, I discuss the many body and brain symptoms that can occur as a result of mast cell activation, and what can be done to address these symptoms. Included in this episode: 01:33 Quote by Darwin, who seems to have had Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. 04:56 Triggers and symptoms of mast cell activation can vary from person to person and episode to episode. 11:52 Symptoms can be psychological and physiological. 14:15 The day to day experience of living with mast cell activation. 19:31 The importance of understanding why someone is having mast cell activation. 23:05 Treatment tools. To read more on this topic - Mast Cell Activation & Inflammation in Brain Disorders - How to Calm Things Down - https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mast-cell-activation-inflammation-in-brain-disorders-how-to-calm-things-down Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
37:43
September 19, 2022
Brain Inflammation (Part 1 of 2) How, Why & The Role of Stress
Inflammation is a contributing factor in most brain-related symptoms. In this episode I'll talk about how inflammation occurs, what causes this and what symptoms can look like in both the body and the brain. I'll discuss Charles Darwin, who appeared to have both physical ailments and brain-related symptoms. Included in this episode: 01:15  Definitions 05:15  Case example: Charles Darwin 14:47  Inflammation at the cellular level 19:04  The impacts of mast cells 22:32  The role of the hormonal stress response Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
26:37
September 06, 2022
Feeling Our Feelings
In this episode, I discuss what can be one of our greatest challenges or one of our superpowers - our ability to recognize and express our feelings. I’ll discuss why we have feelings, how they relate to survival and connection, and the reasons we differ in our emotional awareness. I’ll also discuss the consequences of repressed negative emotions and strategies to invite, make use of and release those feelings. Topics included in this episode:   02:25  Why this topic?   03:51  What are feelings?   12:14  Why we vary in our ability to express/experience our emotions.   17:11   How we know if we are repressing our feelings and what happens when we do so.   26:37  How to make the best use of our feelings. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
34:35
August 22, 2022
Mold Toxicity (Part 3 of 3) Addressing Mold In Our Indoor Environments
In the first episode of this three part series on Mold Toxicity, I discussed how mold toxins get into the body and what symptoms they can cause. The second episode focused on diagnosis and treatment of mold toxicity in the body. In this episode, I discuss an essential part of treatment -  addressing exposure.   Topics covered in this episode include: 00:52  Testing options for mold in our indoor environments. 06:58  Reasons not to rely on air sampling alone. 08:51  Mold remediation - the removal of a mold source. 11:33  Considerations for contents of the home. 13:53  Common mistakes and misconceptions. 20:08  Addressing mold with a healthy mindset. Just as there is not complete agreement on testing, there is also not complete agreement on remediation (including contents). Nonetheless, I think this "Cleanup Guide", by Dr. Jill Carnahan, is a good place to start.  https://www.jillcarnahan.com/2018/06/12/your-definitive-mold-clean-up-guide/ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
21:52
August 08, 2022
Mold Toxicity (Part 2 of 3) - Diagnosis & Treatment
In this episode, I discuss testing and treatment for mold toxicity (in the body), which is a common root cause of brain-related symptoms.   Topics covered in this episode: 02:39 - Urine mycotoxin testing. 6:47 -  Binders for mold toxicity. 12:19 - Treatment considerations for strong vs sensitive constiution.  15:25 - Anti-fungal treatment for those who need it. 21:16 - Treatment interventions for those who initially are too sensitive for even tiny amounts of binders. 26:07 - Integrating treatment for other root causes of brain-related symptoms that can be aggravated or caused by mold toxicity. 29:19 - Factors that can impair healing. In the last episode I discussed how we can aquire mold toxicity and colonization and the many brain-related and physical symptom this can cause. In the next episode, l address testing and treatment of the home/environment.  Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
33:35
July 29, 2022
Mold Toxicity (Part 1 of 3) - A Common Root Cause to Brain-Related Symptoms
Mold Toxicity is a very common root cause of brain-related symptoms. It is also a deeper root cause to the other root causes of brain-related symptoms. In this first of 3 episodes I'll give some historical context as well as address: the three types of mold-related illness, how we become mold toxic, explain mold colonization, discuss who is susceptible, and provide brain and body symptoms. Topics covered in this episode: 02:35 History of mycotoxin research and treatment. 06:21 The three types of mold-related illnesses and understanding how mold toxicity toxins enter and move through the body. 15:35 Symptoms of mold toxicity. Mold Toxicity Blog Post Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
26:54
July 18, 2022
Aligning Our Gifts & Passions With Our Times: Living Our Purpose
In this episode I'll discuss how we can live a purposeful life, and how having a sense of purpose impacts our physiology, health and well-being. I'll also talk about obstacles, the difference between purpose and passion, and why we don't have to wait to align our gifts and abilities with the time and place we find ourselves. Topics covered in this episode: 07:42 Understanding purpose. 09:48 Where and how to find our purpose. 14:32 How aligning our passions, abilities, and our times impacts our health. 17:26 How a sense of purpose impacts our work. 18:58 Obstacles to finding and/or sticking with our purpose. 24:54 How our physiology can impact our purpose. 28:06 Questions to consider to help us hone in on our purpose. 30:08 How noticing those we admire can help us find our purpose. Resources mentioned in this podcast include: Inviting Our Inner Wisdom https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Inviting-Our-Inner-Wisdom-e1g3dn3 The Great Work Of Your Life by Stephen Cope The Dharma in Difficult Times by Stephen Cope ______________________________________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
36:04
July 12, 2022
Environmental Tips For a Happier Home (Mold, EMF & Chemicals)
In this podcast, I’ll discuss ways we can all lower our exposure to mold toxins, EMF (electromagnetic fields) and chemicals in our homes, and why this is especially important for our mental health.  I'll also discuss why it is important for us to approach our homes with a healthy rather than fearful perspective.  Whatever we do to limit these exposures, we are removing some of the overall toxic load. There is no perfection here. Topics included in this episode: 01:25 See this as an opportunity to learn, but avoid becoming stressed because stress has negative health impacts. 03:22 The brain is a barometer of how much toxicity or inflammation we may be dealing with. 05:32 Understanding the impact of toxins on the body and brain. 08:44 An overview of Mold toxicity from mold exposure and tips to avoid mold growth indoors. 16:17 Electromagnetic fields or EMF and tips to reduce exposure. 28:36 A simple introduction to chemicals in our spaces and tips to reduce our exposure to toxins. 33:09 Answers to your questions. Resources mentioned in this podcast include: The Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Electromagnetic-Hypersensitivity---A-Lesser-Known-Root-Cause-e1al60r Methylation and Brain Health https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
37:25
June 28, 2022
Rewriting the Stories We Tell Ourselves & The Power of Meaning Making
In this episode I talk about the stories we tell ourselves and how those stories have the power to shape our lives, as well as our health and well being. I'll also discuss stories that hold us back and where those may come from. Mostly though, I'll talk about how we can rewrite our stories so they and we are fueled with meaning, purpose, and hope. Topics included in this episode: 04:27  Story Elements: Adversaries 06:03  Story Elements: Events 06:51  What is meaning making? Shaping our stories. 24:56  Co-creating stories and making meaning of what catches us by surprise.    Resources mentioned in this podcast: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Pyrrole-Disorder--Stress-Induced-Personality-Changes-e19gu0b https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b _____________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
34:02
June 20, 2022
School Shootings Part 2 of 2: Interventions Along the Pathway to Violence
This is the second of two episodes on school shootings. In this podcast I discuss the pathway to violence starting with childhood trauma, mental health issues, crisis, leakage (telling others) and how each of these becomes a potential point of intervention, along with the media not sharing names and photos of the perpetrator, and, of course, stricter gun laws.  I'll mention specific resources and approaches some schools are using, not only to recognize and intervene when a child or teen is at risk, but to also strengthen relationships and trust within the school community.  As stated so well by the Off-Ramp Project: "The road to violence is long - let's build more exits." In the last episode, I discussed the impact of school shootings and data from the The Violence Project, including data (and concerns) about active shooter drills. Topics included in this episode: 01:48  Data on mass shootings. 04:00  Understanding why males are more likely than females to show aggression. 07:31  The pathway to violence. 08:56  Obstacles to early intervention. 13:31  Most people with mental illness are not violent. The role of mental health in acts of violence. 18:20  Crisis: Another common factor along the pathway to violence. 23:48  Fascination with violence is common among school shooters. Understanding the role of media attention to violence. 26:42  Leaking plans and showing warning signs is another common factor on the pathway to violence. Resources mentioned in this podcast: The Off-Ramp Project: https://off-ramp.org The Violence Project: https://www.theviolenceproject.org 2013 William Walsh, PhD Proposal - ***keep in mind that this does not include data from the last 9 years and the incidence of "overmethylation appears to be decreasing https://www.walshinstitute.org/uploads/1/7/9/9/17997321/proposal_for_prevention_of_school_shootings_wri_013013.pdf _____________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
32:19
June 06, 2022
School Shootings Part 1 of 2: Impacts, Data & the Path to Violence
My intention in these two episodes on school shootings is to bring information not being discussed in the media. In this first episode, I'll focus on: The impacts on the victims, survivors, first responders, family and friends, but also for school children around the country participating in active shooter drills. I'll also comment on the impact for all of us watching the news coverage of these events. Included in this episode will be data on school shootings and an introduction to school shooters' fairly consistent path to violence (to be discussed in more detail in the second of these two episodes along with potential points of intervention). Topics included in this episode: 02:25  Discussing access to weapons and a discussion about mental health. 05:28  Defining mass shooting and understanding the data. 10:27  Data on school shootings in the United States. 12:07  Understanding the impacts of school shootings on survivors, responders, families, and communities. Also the impact on our nation as a whole. 18:16  Understanding the impacts of active shooter drills in their current, unregulated state. 25:30  Understanding the pathway to violence is key to early intervention. The Violence Project: https://www.theviolenceproject.org/ ___________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxigYoutube __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
29:49
June 02, 2022
Food Familes That Can Contribute to Brain Symptoms Part 2 of 2 (FODMAPS, Sulfur, Copper, Folate and Glutamate)
In this episode (part 2 of 2) I discuss five more food families (FODMAPS, sulfur, copper, folate, and glutamate) that can contribute to brain symptoms in some individuals. The first two relate to food sensitivity and the next three relate to the functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain. I'll provide examples of foods, physical and brain related symptoms, and explain how certain food families can (for some) contribute to brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia. Lastly, I'll discuss deeper root causes and how addressing these may help not only improve symptoms, but also allow many to move beyond avoidance and toward enjoying a greater variety of foods. In the last episode, I discussed histamine, oxalates, salicylates, and lectins. Topics covered in this episode include: 02:00  Review of food families from the previous podcast. An explanation of food families contained in this episode. 04:36  FODMAPS 08:26  Sulfur 12:08  Copper  15:52  Folate 17:42  Glutamate ____________________________ Resources mentioned in this podcast include: Copper Overload Podcast: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Copper-Overload---A-Common-Biochemical-Imbalance-in-Brain-Disorders-e1a1hgd Methylation and Brain Health Podcast: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b Food Lists: FODMAP https://www.monashfodmap.com/about-fodmap-and-ibs/high-and-low-fodmap-foods/ Sulfur https://drruscio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LowSulfurDiet-1.pdf Glutamate https://unblindmymind.org/pantry/---------------------------------------------- Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
22:38
May 23, 2022
Food Families That Can Contribute to Brain Symptoms Part 1 of 2 (Histamine, Oxalates, Salicylates and Lectins)
In this podcast episode, I discuss particular food families.  Sensitivities can occur when someone is reacting to a naturally occurring component shared by foods in that family.  In this podcast I’ll focus on foods high in histamine, oxalates, salicylates or lectins.  I discuss potential deeper root causes of these issues, physical and brain symptoms and how these can be addressed without endless avoidance. In the next podcast, I’ll discuss high sulfur foods, FODMAPS, as well as food families that can impact neurotransmitter functioning in some individuals. These include foods high in copper, foods high in folate and those with glutamate. My goal with this podcast is to help people find answers and to challenge each of us to look at ourselves, our families, our culture and even humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope.   Please consider rating or reviewing (or like or commenting, when possible), to help me get some of this information out into the world. Topics covered in this podcast include: 03:48  Many physical and brain-related symptoms overlap because many are related to mast-cell activation. Biotoxins commonly cause mast-cells to be highly reactive. 05:52  Another reason food families can be challenging is that some of the foods will also overlap. 08:00  Food recommendations that can benefit everyone. 10:00  Histamine 15:58  Oxalates 22:46  Salicylates 27:40  Lectins 30:33  Words of encouragement for those with sensitivities. To be notified of new episodes, you can: Follow or subscribe to this podcast. Subscribe to my newsletter at CourtneySnyderMD.com …..or Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, where I share additional information and am always happy to take comments and questions. Resources mentioned in this podcast include: Mast Cell Activation: Inflammation in Brain Disorders: https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mast-cell-activation-inflammation-in-brain-disorders-how-to-calm-things-down The Environmental Working Group: Clean Fifteen at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean-fifteen.php Zinc!Zinc!Zinc! https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Zinc-Zinc-Zinc-e1fpvlg Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance List https://www.histaminintoleranz.ch/downloads/SIGHI-Leaflet_HistamineEliminationDiet.pdf Low Oxalate Info http://www.lowoxalate.info Low Salicylate Foods https://low-sal-life.com/food-product-lists
35:10
May 23, 2022
Our Morning Routine: Rewiring Our Brain One Step at a Time
Our day is a microcosm of our life. How we begin impacts the quality of our day, and overtime, the quality of our life. In this episode, I’ll talk about: Why we might consider starting or building upon our morning routine. How the habits of our morning routine, by way of neuroplasticity, create change. Obstacles to starting or sticking with a morning routine and how to overcome these. Examples of how we can bring our body, spirit, and mind into each day. Topics included in this episode: 01:32  Reasons to start or grow a morning routine  02:38  Your morning routine is a gift you give yourself no matter how long or short. 03:20  What is a habit? 06:03  Obstacles to building or sticking with a morning routine. 11:45  Ideas on how to bring the body, mind, and spirit into the day. 16:52  A morning routine makes time for our inner wisdom. __________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
22:17
May 04, 2022
Inattention & Hyperactivity: Copper Zinc Imbalances & Other Potential Root Causes
In this episode, I discuss ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a diagnosis given to approximately 11% of children in the U.S. The prevalence of ADHD appears to be increasing. I'll talk about: High Copper & Low Zinc - found in 68% of 5600 children and adults diagnosed with ADHD (by the Walsh Research Institute) and how this can contribute to inattention and hyperactivity Other potential root causes of inattention and hyperactivity How these root causes can be evaluated and addressed from a holistic/integrative/functional medicine approach. Topics included in this episode: 02:29  A brief history of ADHD. 03:39  Symptoms and treatments of ADHD 09:35  Conditions that frequently occur with ADHD. 11:36  The role of genetics in ADHD specifically alterations in dopamine and norepinephrine. 15:28  Root causes that may contribute to symptoms of ADHD. 31:38  Controversies around ADHD. 39:33  Helpful tests for root causes. To find a practioner trained by the Walsh Research Institute, visit: https://www.walshinstitute.org/clinical-resources.html Links to episodes mentioned in this podcast include: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Copper-Overload---A-Common-Biochemical-Imbalance-in-Brain-Disorders-e1a1hgd https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Zinc-Zinc-Zinc-e1fpvlg https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Candida--Carb-Craving--Brain-Related-Symptoms-e173i85 ______________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
42:26
April 26, 2022
Honoring the Space Between Us (Boundaries)
In this podcast I discuss the paradox: that to have healthy relationships, there needs to be space and a recognition that we are separate beings with different desires, feelings, perspectives, and different life paths. This space can also be called a boundary. I also talk about: How we can know if the boundaries in a relationship are healthy or not. How we can manage the fear that can arise when we start establishing boundaries. How we can set a boundary that is respectful to ourselves and to the other person. Topics included in this episode: 01:42  Understanding boundaries from an emotional and psychological standpoint. 05:49  How to know if our boundaries are healthy. 09:22  Benefits of healthy boundaries. 11:04  Reasons some struggle with boundaries. 14:08  Overcoming discomfort or fear when setting a boundary. 17:38  Setting a boundary. 25:28  Other types of boundary setting. 33:42  Boundaries with spouses, partners, and close friends. 35:31  Situations where boundaries need to be balanced with our responsibilities.  __________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
38:15
April 07, 2022
High Achievement in Teens - A Risk Factor for Depression (Consider Undermethylation)
In this episode I discuss why teens who are high achievers are considered to be in the same risk category for depression and anxiety as those teens who are experiencing poverty, trauma, and discrimination. I'll discuss: The role of parents, coaches, and schools Inherent personality traits of many high achieving teens that can relate to undermethylation - a biochemical imbalance, that impacts neurotransmitter activity and can raise vulnerability to depression, anxiety and addiction. What we can do as parents, educators and clinicians to help these and all teens thrive. Topics included in this episode: 02:13  Rates of anxiety and depression are rising, especially in high achieving teens. 04:35  Factors contributing to brain-related symptoms in high achieving teens. Also, understanding the roles of parents and schools. 08:43  The roles of coaches and sports. 09:30  The role of undermethylation. 15:27  What we can do to help these teens and all teens. 21:15  What schools can do. 23:43  What can be done about undermethylation. 26:05  Appearances can be deceiving. 26:59  Sharing my personal story. Mentioned in this podcast: Podcast on Methylation https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b Podcast on Dr. William Walsh https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Nutrient-Based-Psychiatry---Dr--William-Walsh---His-Story--Discoveries-e18e2o8 ________________________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
29:58
March 29, 2022
Inviting Our Inner Wisdom
In this episode, I discuss our inner wisdom. You might also think of it as your inner teacher, inner knowing, or even as the soul. If we ignore our inner wisdom, our physiology will undoubtedly be impacted. I also discuss: How to know if we are connected to our inner wisdom. Reasons we may not be connected. How our inner wisdom may speak to us. Ways we can create space to hear ourselves. How our listening to our children helps them learn to listen to themselves. __________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
14:26
March 23, 2022
Zinc Zinc Zinc
"More than 90% of people diagnosed with depression, behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia exhibit depleted plasma zinc levels, ranging from low-normal to severe deficiency." - Dr. William Walsh, PhD Zinc is incredibly important when it comes to our health, especially our mental health. Zinc also has a key role in our immune and gastrointestinal systems and appears to play a role in the prevention of infection and complications from COVID including chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms. In this episode, I’ll talk about why lower zinc levels are associated with psychiatric conditions and the many ways low zinc impacts brain functioning. I also discuss how we measure zinc, and why the typical lab ranges aren’t necessarily the optimal ranges. Lastly, I’ll talk about treatment of zinc deficiency and the importance of monitoring copper levels, which can be impacted by zinc supplementation. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
19:32
March 16, 2022
Befriending Uncertainty
In this episode, I discuss: What factors make us susceptible to clinging to certain outcomes in our lives. How this grasping and worry can impact our health and well-being. Six examples to help us recognize when we do this. How we can use these opportunities to transform our days (and thus our lives) to becoming less stressful and more meaningful. Links to my other podcast episodes on Pyrrole Disorder and Undermethylation: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Pyrrole-Disorder--Stress-Induced-Personality-Changes-e19gu0b https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
29:30
March 08, 2022
The Brain: A Good Barometer of Toxicity
In this episode I'll discuss toxicity and oxidative stress. I'll describe what I mean by toxins, how they get in, where they go, and what they can do. I'll also talk about: The impacts of environmental toxins on the developing brain and their role in depression, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and neurodegenerative disorders. Why some of us are more vulnerable to toxicity and thus oxidative stress and health conditions including psychiatric conditions. Basic strategies to lower our exposure. Links to resources mentioned in this podcast: Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep web site: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/, my podcast episode on pyrrole disorder: https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Pyrrole-Disorder--Stress-Induced-Personality-Changes-e19gu0b, my podcast episode on mold toxicity https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/College-Student-Mental-Health-Issues-Consider-Mold-Toxicity-ehoa3f. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
37:14
February 24, 2022
Becoming Open-Hearted
In this episode, I'll be addressing the topic of open-heartedness. I'm inviting those listening to join me in setting an intention of open-heartedness and perhaps making this Valentine's Day or, really any day, more meaningful. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
15:16
February 14, 2022
What We Can Learn From Marilyn Monroe
In this episode I'll discuss what Marilyn Monroe and her life have to teach us. It is well known that she struggled with her mental health. Her story raises a number of opportunities to discuss factors that can contribute to brain related symptoms including: attachment disruption trauma mast cell activation which is a from of inflammation nutrient imbalances which can be genetically acquired substance use environmental toxicity I'll also highlight her strengths beyond her beauty and the persona that she created. Mentioned in this podcast: Podcast on Methylation https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Methylation--Brain-Health-With-a-Focus-on-Undermethylation-e16kr0b Podcast on Pyrrole Disorder https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Pyrrole-Disorder--Stress-Induced-Personality-Changes-e19gu0b Podcast on Copper Overload https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Copper-Overload---A-Common-Biochemical-Imbalance-in-Brain-Disorders-e1a1hgd Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
34:45
February 09, 2022
Our Forgotten Foundation - Our First Three Years and Attachment Experience (4 of 4)
In this episode I'll discuss: Symptoms of attachment disruption in children.  How we can strengthen the foundation in all of our relationships (with our children, adult children, spouses, partners, and friends).  How ultimately we can provide that loving responsive caregiver for ourselves. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
28:01
January 20, 2022
Our Forgotten Foundation - Our First Three Years and Attachment Experience (3 of 4)
In this episode I'll discuss:  The attachment spectrum. How attachment is measured. The four types of attachment styles. Information to help you recognize where you may fall on the attachment spectrum. I'll also provide tools that can help move all of us toward more secure attachment. To learn more about the vagus nerve (mentioned in this podcast) listen to my podcasts: The Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve and Accessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve. https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/The-Healing-Power-of-the-Vagus-Nerve-in-Brain-Disorders-Part-1-of-2-eltj81 https://anchor.fm/courtney604/episodes/Accessing-the-Power-of-the-Vagus-Nerve-Part-2-of-2-emecql Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.ions, visit CourtneySnyderMD.com
34:57
January 10, 2022
Our Forgotten Foundation - Our First Three Years & Attachment Experience (2 of 4)
In this episode I'll discuss: The factors that impact this formative time in our and our children's lives. The potential role of attachment in genetic expression and how it appears to impact the differentiation of the right and left hemispheres of the  brain. There doesn't have to be overt abuse or severe neglect. As parents, we can project our own unresolved conflicts onto our children. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
20:26
December 27, 2021
Our Forgotten Foundation - Our First Three Years & Attachment Experience (1 of 4)
In this episode I'll discuss: How we are shaped by our first three years of life and our earliest attachment experiences. How and why nature wired us for attachment. How our environment impacts this time. Becoming conscious or curious about this early time in our lives can bring clarity to why we think, feel, and act they way we do. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
20:17
December 20, 2021
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - A Lesser Known Root Cause
In this podcast, I'll discuss:  What is EHS? How do electromagnetic fields (EMF) impact the brain? What symptoms (brain and physical) can EMF cause? How are children impacted? How is EHS diagnosed and treated? How can those with or without EHS lower exposure to EMF? Resources mentioned in this podcast:  Environmental Health Trust Printable Fact Sheets - includes information about how to set up a sleep sanctuary and office setting. Antenna Search - to see nearest cell phone towers. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
24:18
November 23, 2021
Copper Overload - A Common Biochemical Imbalance in Brain Disorders
In this podcast, I discuss Copper Overload (or Toxicity) - a nutrient imbalance that impacts specific neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepinephrine) and contributes to many brain related symptoms.   This imbalance is impacting many with: ADD or ADHD High anxiety or panic Depression (90% of women with postpartum depression have high copper levels) Bipolar Disorder Angry outbursts, temper and rage Autism Dementia Many women and teens on birth control (or who have copper IUD's) and who have problems regulating copper are unknowingly being impacted. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
25:54
November 10, 2021
Pyrrole Disorder & Stress Induced Personality Changes
In this episode I discuss Pyrrole Disorder - a common biochemical imbalance in brain disorders caused by an excessive production of HPL (a hydroxyhemopyrrolin).   A hallmark of Pyrrole Disorder is poor stress intolerance.  Other common symptoms can be social avoidance and/or temper outbursts.  In this episode I'll answer: What are pyrrols? How does an overproduction contribute brain symptoms? What are the symptoms and traits (brain related and physical that can be seen) in adults and children? How can we become "pyrroluric"? How can I test my pyrrole level? How is Pyrrole Disorder treated? From the Walsh Research Institute of over 30,000 patients with brain disorders: ADHD - 18 %  (18% of individuals diagnosed with ADHD had elevated pyrroles) Behavioral Disorders - 28 % Autism - 35% Depression - 24% Bipolar Disorder - 35% Schizophrenia  - 30% Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - 12% Alzheimer's Disease - 14% Healthy Controls (no psychiatric symptoms) - 8% ___________________________________________________ Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
23:35
October 30, 2021
Nutrient Based Psychiatry - Dr. William Walsh - His Story & Discoveries
In this podcast, I introduce the work of Dr. William Walsh and the Walsh Research Institute which studied nutrient levels in blood, urine and hair samples of 30,000 individuals with psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism and dementia. Through this research, they found "only six or seven nutrients (either by way of deficiency or overload) have a dramatic impact on mental health," and that by correcting these imbalances using nutrient protocols, that most individuals symptoms improved.  Here I share a conversation I had with Dr. Walsh five years ago in which I heard his story, and learned about how he made his discoveries. I look forward to expanding on nutrient imbalances in future podcasts on pyrrole disorder, copper overload and overmethylation. My previous podcast on undermethylation comes out of the work of Dr. Walsh.  To learn more about the many of the topic mentioned,  visit The Walsh Research Institute website at www.walshinstitute.org Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
20:56
October 07, 2021
Maintaining Your Truth When Your Doctor Can't Hear You
In this episode, I discuss the unfortunate though common reality for many with chronic complex illness (chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, mold toxicity, heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune conditions and mast cell activation or high immune reactivity).  Not being heard by one's doctor, is also not uncommon for those with brain related symptoms and for parents, usually mothers, who are struggling to be heard as they seek help for their child with unusual symptoms.  In this podcast, I'll discuss how modern medicine has been historically infused with bias, hierarchy and a focus on treating symptoms rather than the root causes and I'll discuss steps that we can each take to maintain our truth and find effective help for ourselves and/or our children. Recently I discussed this topic in more depth on my live call at: https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/live-teaching.html Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
26:48
September 14, 2021
Candida, Carb Craving & Brain Related Symptoms
In this episode, I discuss what candida overgrowth actually is, what symptoms, from physical to brain related (brain fog, fatigue, depression, anxiety, inattention and more), why it occurs, how it is diagnosed and treated, why some people can have difficulties moving past yeast overgrowth and how this can be addressed.  Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
22:00
September 08, 2021
Methylation & Brain Health (With a Focus on Undermethylation)
Of individuals with behavioral or mental disorders, 70% have a serious methylation imbalance. This is relative to 30% of the general population. In this podcast you'll learn about the role of methylation in brain health.  I'll discuss how one can become undermethylated, symptoms, traits and associated diagnoses.  And, I discuss how undermethylation (from a Walsh Research Institute perspective) is diagnosed and treated. To learn more visit: CourtneySnyderMD.com You can find more information about the work of Dr. Walsh and the Walsh Research Institute at WalshInstitute.org and "Nutrient Power - Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain." (William J. Walsh, PhD) Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxigYoutube __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
22:16
August 30, 2021
Accessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve (Part 2 of 2)
In this episode I'll discuss signs and symptoms of vagal nerve dysfunction, how vagal tone can be measured using heart rate variability and the many ways to access the vagus nerve.   Accessing the vagus nerve is important for everyone, but especially those with psychiatric conditions, autoimmune or other chronic health conditions.  Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
33:41
November 13, 2020
The Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve in Brain Disorders (Part 1 of 2)
The proper functioning of the vagus nerve is what allows us to feel calm and relaxed and thus is one of the most important determinants of our physical and emotional wellbeing. In this podcast, I’ll discuss the many roles of the vagus - from peacemaker, overseer of many bodily functions, activist against inflammation, filter of sensory input to influencer of social communication (all the subtleties of communication beyond the words we say).  While learning how to access calm from the body is useful for everyone, understanding the vagus nerve can help connect a lot of physical and brain related symptoms for those with psychiatric conditions and provide endless opportunities for healing.   Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
36:08
November 02, 2020
Suicide, Suicidal Thoughts & Brain Inflammation
In this episode, I'll be discussing what I would say is the root cause to suicide.  When someone dies by suicide, the cultural story focuses on an emotionally stressful event.   I'm going to be telling another story one that involves inflammation of the brain,  Just as the joints and other parts of the body can be inflamed, so can the brain.   It is likely when someone takes their life they've already had a degree of chronic brain inflammation before the emotional trigger takes it to another level.  Here, I'll discuss the evolving research into brain inflammation and suicide separately.  I'll be discussing how from a functional medicine standpoint I address inflammation and how I address and treat what is causing it in the first place.  Though my focus will not be on psychiatric medicationsI do recommend medications when they can save someone's life alleviate significant suffering, or even help someone get to a level of functioning so that they can address the deeper root causes.  http://www.CourtneySnyderMD.com To read more on the research into suicide and brain inflammation. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27377015/ https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fncel.2019.00031/full To read more about brain inflammation, see my blog post "Mast Cell Activation, Brain Disorder, How to Calm Things Down" https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mast-cell-activation-inflammation-in-brain-disorders-how-to-calm-things-down Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
28:16
August 20, 2020
College Student Mental Health Issues: Consider Mold Toxicity
I start this episode with briefly discussing the startling statistics about student mental health and the stories our culture tells for why students are receiving more psychiatric diagnoses and even dropping out of college. Mainly, I will focus on the rarely considered -  but, I will argue - very common root cause to mental health issues in college students - mold toxicity from dorms. I will explain how physiologically someone can go to college thriving and having great hope for the future to living in a dorm with mold (seen or unseen) and then go on to become diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD or even bipolar disorder...or simply loose motivation and energy for school and drop out.  In addition to discussing other potential symptoms, I will mention how one can acquire testing for mold toxicity without seeing a physician and what treatment for mold toxicity can look like.  To learn more about mold toxicity - https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mold-toxicity-depression-anxiety-fatigue-brain-fog-inattention or about mast cell activation (mentioned in the podcast) - https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mast-cell-activation-inflammation-in-brain-disorders-how-to-calm-things-down Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
27:56
August 06, 2020
What is Holistic & Functional Medicine Psychiatry?
In this episode, I explain through my personal story, how and why I moved into this type of psychiatry.  I explain the less know root causes of symptoms that I evaluate and address as a holistic psychiatrist, including nutrient imbalances, inflammation, the health of the microbiome, toxicity including biotoxins such as mold toxins, structural issues involving the head and neck impacting the cranial nerves including the vagus nerve, attachment history, trauma, chronic and persistent stress and how these impacts stress hormones which can trigger brain inflammation.  I also address how a spiritual perspective (ie. learning to roll with uncertainty, finding purpose, finding peace in one's body, and recognizing that we are part of something larger than ourselves) impacts our physiology and brain health.  CourtneySnyderMD.com Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
28:38
July 25, 2020
Intro
Courtney Snyder, MD is a functional medicine physician and holistic child and adult psychiatrist.  In these podcasts, she will be using a common cultural reference - be it something from the news, the arts, media, or politics, as a starting place before delving into the fascinating and less known roots to our brain related symptoms and mental wellbeing.  Along the way, she'll be discussing new and evolving treatment options that address these root causes. Her hope is to challenge us  to look at ourselves, our families, our lives, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope. Subscribe to my newsletter (or learn more about root causes to brain symptoms)— https://www.courtneysnydermd.com Please consider rating or reviewing, liking or commenting, if you'd like to help me get this information out into the world. You can engage at: Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/courtneysnydermd/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/holistic_psychiatry/?hl=enI YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JF5homBrN3D38OEZlzxig __________________________ Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.
01:22
July 11, 2020