A board-certified neurologist & a functional medicine/Ayurvedic nurse practitioner interview guests about how our world impacts our neurology including medicine, lab tests, food, lifestyle, mental health, research, culture, politics, and environment.
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Risa Suzuki has been certified as a Building Biology Environmental Consultant from the US-based international Institute of Building Biology & Ecology and shares with us all about Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). We learn that EMFs are simply the vibrational signatures that occur in the natural world as trees, flowers and animals that our systems recognize (and must yearn for!) but now, discussions about "EMFs" center on the man-made electronics that pepper us, day and night, with unfamiliar signals which can trigger an occult stress response. Risa dives into the biology and chemistry around frequency, resonance, and the impact on our health of ''cycles per second' of hertz, megahertz, gigahertz, and beyond. We carry an electromagnetic field within which our metabolism is churning away every second of every day. Turns out, these invisible EMFs from cell phones, cell towers, wi-fi routers, wireless ear bud headphones and many other electronics can impact our physiology. Also turns out the the softer skulls and smaller size of children means that they are exponentially impacted by EMFs. Risa walks us through this science and then discusses the practical ways we can hard-wire our worlds to improve our health and longevity.
Risa Suzuki's website: https://risasuzuki.com/
Building Biology Institute: https://buildingbiologyinstitute.org/
Anisha Durve, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Ayurvedic Practitioner, holds a very unique perspective as an expert in the two most ancient health systems in the world: Ayurveda (originating in India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this wide-ranging episode, Dr Anisha shares with us some key principles of medicine, like healing is inevitable- like nature, any blockage is temporary only as well as explaining the nut-and-bolt similarities and differences between the systems. Both are five elements, but different elements. Both utilize points of pressure to access and influence the body, mind and spirit, termed Marma in Ayurveda and acupoints in TCM. Here, we dive deeply to compare and contrast the systems in terms of number of points, how they are classified and some examples of their use. We end with a discussion about the role these behemoths can plan in modern medicine and how touch is the most ancient of all healing modalities.
Book: Marma Points of Ayurveda by Anisha Durve: https://store.ayurveda.com/collections/books/products/marma-points-of-ayurveda-softcover-by-dr-vasant-lad
About Dr Anisha Durve:
Anisha Durve is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayur-Yoga teacher, and meditation instructor with 20+ years experience. She is a 2001 graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute after spending 4 years training under Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico as well as his clinic in Pune, India. She co-authored a clinical textbook on acupressure with Dr. Lad titled “Marma Points of Ayurveda." and launched her own school- Marma Institute of Ayurvedic Acupressure to offer trainings for practitioners. Anisha launched one of the first Ayurvedic hospital programs in the U.S. in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also co-director for University of Miami’s acupuncture training program for physicians. She practices in Fort Lauderdale and Ohio currently. Visit her website at www.Anisha.Guru and www.MarmaTraining.com
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Center for Healing Neurology is excited to announce our newest service– health coaching with Nurse Naomi Pascoe! In this episode, Naomi details the iterative, goal-oriented, behavior-centered process of health coaching. As your coach, Naomi is like your mountain guide, who isn’t there to climb the mountain for you, but can share in the route-finding, keep you accountable in hard moments and celebrate accomplishments. She firmly believes "it shouldn’t be painful to be healthy; coaching is not a punishment!" Goals should be customizable and achievable. Health coaching is perfect for anyone who is interested in knowing themselves better and living life more intentionally. Listen in to this interview to learn how Nurse Naomi can help you plant seeds and nourish the future you want.
For a free 30 minute first session and to schedule for the coaching series, call 206-379-1213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another nature talk! This time, ecopsychology therapist, author and outdoor mentor, Matthew Fogarty, discusses orientation and re-orientation as primordial remedies to anxiety and feelings of being lost in our modern society. By starting with our awareness to the place in which we are, we become the ‘place’ itself instead of trying to go somewhere else or be something else. We only have power in this moment, with this body, in this place of the soft animal of our body, to impact our future as well as process our past. All of this occurs in a real world- not within social media, not within a screen. Our first step is letting our eyes wander, even to the moon perhaps (so far can our senses sense!) and find ourselves in the natural world. Subsequent steps throughout our lives are reiterations of finding and losing ourselves. In the lost-ness, we can let go of previous identities that no longer fit. Find-ness is through rites of passage which have been present since time immemorial of human evolution to take on the new self. In this way, we, like plants, trees, stars and all other animals, continue to grow our awareness and power throughout our lifetimes.
Matthew Fogarty's website: https://www.truenaturecounseling.com/
Matthew Fogarty's book, A Place-Based Guide to Wonder: https://www.truenaturecounseling.com/a-placebased-guide-to-wonder
“Our connective tissue is everywhere so this collagen-based defect of hypermobility (sometimes diagnosed as Ehler Danlos Syndrome) can affect everybody differently.” And thus starts our interview with movement therapist & hypermobility expert Jeannie Di Bon. She has built her life’s work, both personally & professionally, around living with and minimizing pain and instability within a body that gets accustomed to bracing or guarding in one direction while potentially painfully overextending or dislocating in other joints. Ever do ‘party tricks’ with your body as a kid or watch kids around you do ‘party tricks’? Then this podcast is for you. We walk through her six important principles of living within a hypermobile body: breath, relaxation, proprioception (including both nociception and interception), stability (vs mobility), balance and posture finishing with touches on the science of tensegrity, meaning finding the dynamic pressure to remain aligned from the inside. We then dive into the tenets of her Integral Movement Method (IMM) which brings people through an iterative process of unwinding, exploring, assessing, refining, and reflecting.
Jeannie Di Bon’s work so unique and powerful in a mechanically-focused movement therapy world because her recommendations are not focused necessarily on the movement or any particular string of exercises. Her process is to build awareness through movement- it’s not about the movement but the awareness. The goal is that we all become more conscious around what our body is doing and what it should be doing to remain functional and pain-free.
There are so many ways to continue learning from Jeannie Di Bon:
o Website: https://www.jeanniedibon.com/
o Youtube videos with a new video every Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3dgBm_L5pwaeBQI-Q7yVw
o Books: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/search/site/hypermobility
o Zebra Club with 80 classes available: https://jeanniedibon.com/products/#zebraclub
o social media: Instagram, Twitter & FaceBook
o Zoom consult: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=14864103
o Trainings for therapists/ teachers: https://jeanniedibon.hypermobility.club/users/checkout/auth
o EDS Society health professionals directory for local practitioners: https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/healthcare-professionals-directory/
#EDS #hypermobility #zebraclub #bendybodies #ehlerdanlos #PT #pain #painmanagement #chronicpain #chronicpainwarriors #bestself
Rheumatology describes 'aches & pains' which really includes over 200 autoimmune (and auto-inflammation- what is this?! Listen in!) diseases and, since HIV-AIDs blew open the doors on research into re-discovering the immune system, now includes science ranging from tolerance to the trillions that live in and on us as our microbiome, cancer, autoimmune disease, auto-inflammation (like with chronic inflammatory response syndrome), allergies and mast cell activation, and pathogenic and/or sub-occult infections. What a 'specialty’! In today’s Podcast for Healing Neurology episode, classically-trained and triple-board certified (internal medicine, pediatrics and rheumatology) physician, Anthony Padula, brings his experience to bear on this complicated topic. Gain insight into some of the pharmacology history, like how TNFa medications were 'designed' to treat sepsis (severe infection) but resulted in elevated mortality and then were found useful for inflammation in other realms. It's similar for methotrexate designed to treat cancer can be useful as a once weekly treatment for autoimmune disease. This is foundational information we need to better understand how to address our immune system, with all of the current-day 'new' triggers like light, noise and heavy metal pollution, like microplastics in our air and water (and baby bottles-ugh!) and so many others to which we haven't evolved. It's these 'vague' irritants that can light up our system and persist chronic disease. Listen in to this fun and science-y conversation with Dr Anthony Padula, fellow Jetson Health Gut Council Member . Find more about him at his website: http://www.drpadula.com/ and more about the Jetson Health Gut Council at https://wearejetson.com/pages/jetsons-gut-health-experts
Kael Balizer is an Ayurvedic consultant and educator as well as an astute observer of human nature. Her practice has taught her the power our mind can play in either keeping us sick or getting us well. EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique is a simple but effective method that using traditional Chinese acupuncture points and Ayurvedic Marma points to regulate our emotional state. This technique just utilizes our own bodies and minds so is available at every moment as a way to shift our thinking- in the car, at work, at home, in bed. There is an evidence base to this technique dating back 25 years and a growing interest as our world becomes more and more stressful. Tune in for an incredible introduction about how to calm your mind IN THIS MOMENT. Follow up with Kael for personalized sessions. Too often, we are playing against ourselves in this game of life- against old patterns of thinking and feeling- which always will leave us the loser. Setting ourselves free is the key to optimizing our potential and living the life we truly want.
To reach Kael Balizer: https://www.ayurvedaseattle.com/
More about EFT: https://eftinternational.org/
EFT Research: https://eftinternational.org/discover-eft-tapping/eft-science-research/
Dr Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller, MD, started out as an OB/GYN but found she consistently wanted to ‘take it outside’- not common for a women’s health doctor doing pelvic exams. The outdoors continued to call to her as she raised her autistic spectrum son and was solace during and after losing her husband to cancer. It wasn’t until she found Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, however, that her understanding of the true power of nature became clear. Her book, The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing, exemplifies her unique approach to nature as medicine, be it a wilderness adventure, a plantain growing through a crack in the sidewalk, or a house plant. It includes resources (see below!) and invitations for Forest Bathing exercises like Pleasures of Presence, Sit Spot & Tea Ceremony with explanations and pictures of common, safe and local herbs. Dr Bartlett-Hackenmiller also insightfully recognizes that while outdoor adventure like hiking, biking and skiing have been for white people as of late, it's critical to decolonize our collective experience of wilderness in all directions, meaning recognizing the indigenous presence (historical, current and future) as well as being intentionally welcoming to People of Color and those with disabilities out into nature (or just getting out of their way). Throughout, Dr Bartlett-Hackenmiller weaves through the research that reflects nature as a true fourth pillar of health (diet, sleep, exercise, nature), pulling kernels out of her new one-hour open-access webinar on nature as medicine. Listen in; even better- go outside & listen as you move!
Dr Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller's website: https://integrativeinitiative.com/
Book link: Outdoor Adventurer's Guide to Forest Bathing: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781493042029
Blog 1hr CME on nature: https://parkrxamerica.org/continuing-education/
Association of Nature & Forest Therapy: https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/
AllTrails App to find trails locally: https://www.alltrails.com/
NativeLands app for finding your local names for places: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/native-land/id1194356597
Forest Bathing international: http://www.forestbathinginternational.org/
SHIFT: Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow: https://shiftjh.org/
Jeff Granville, Mindfulness Practitioner & father of 8 children, found himself at a crossroads when his youngest son's eyes were swollen shut, had labored breathing and required an emergent lumbar puncture to establish if he could receive chemotherapy. The nurses had seen how Jeff had talked his son through earlier procedures like an IV placement, blood draw and oxygen administration and suggested to the medical team they bring him into the procedure room for the PICC line placement & lumbar puncture. What happened in that room astounded medical staff and even Jeff himself. By using mindfulness, Jeff was able to keep his son still & attentive throughout the procedure, without sedation and without restraints. This launched Jeff's interest, leading him to create his nonprofit, Mindful Presents (https://www.mindfulpresents.org/). MIndful Presents has grown to include mindfulness sessions for children, parents and families at through the Ronald McDonald house, support for Seattle Children's Hospital nurse orientation and work with the Parent Advisory Council, and lecture series through the Center for Spiritual Living. He is now available through Center for Healing Neurology for both in person and video mindfulness visits for children, adults and families. Contact Jeff to schedule: email@example.com or 360-941-7005. We are so happy to have him!
Summary: Marty Ryan is a massage therapist that has specialized on the gut. In this episode, he shares insight from his two decades of listening to bellies with his hands. He lays out how gut organs, membranes, ligaments, muscles and other tissues are both held in place (so your liver doesn’t drop into your pelvis when jumping up and down) but also are allowed to slide past each other as a food bolus passes through or you do a pretzel pose in Yoga without kinking or binding. It’s a fairly mobile environment! Our bellies also hold our reproductive organs, bladder, kidneys and spleen. Bellies can be tender, hold emotion and are critical, of course, for the digestive work that literally gives us the building blocks for everything we can do & be in the world. Get to know your gut personally in this show. Marty walks us through what happens in each area of our gut, common problems with solutions including SIBO, emotional distress, motility and post-operative needs. You want to know & love your guts? This is one show not to be missed!
Bio: Marty Ryan, LMT, CVMT, is a 26-year manual therapy practitioner with private practice settings in Pittsburgh PA, Louisville KY, and Seattle WA. He specializes in treating digestive system and reproductive system ailments, and post-surgery rehab, and often works together with functional medicine, naturopathic medicine, and acupuncture providers to provide more thorough care for patients. We have shared many patients over the years. Marty has taught belly massage and palpatory anatomy seminars across the US and internationally since 2003. He has also served on the faculty of the Seattle Massage School, the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and a physiotherapy college in Poznan, Poland. He will be teaching at the Therapeutic Training Center in Seattle, Washington, March 13-14 2021 about visceral applications to low back and pelvis pain + breath optimization and other bowel symptoms & dysfunction. He is dedicated to bringing the world of the abdomen & viscera into a whole new light. He blends high impact learning strategies and visceral anatomy information to integrate whole body systems physiology into belly massage. His seminars are presented with joy, laughter, gratitude, studiousness, clarity & fun. He is here to invite you to LOVE YOUR GUTS! You can find more about him and his programs at his website: loveyourguts.net, as well as his YouTube channel and facebook page, both entitled: LoveYourGutsSeminars.
For more information & to sign up for seminars or visits with Marty Ryan:
Dr Aly Cohen, MD’s, new book is out & you need it. She lets us in to her transition from triple-board certified internist, rheumatologist and integrative medicine doctor to non-toxic warrior, sharing that she wrote this book out of her shock and rage that the medical world doesn’t include environmental medicine in assessment or treatment of disease. She’s taken this mission seriously and is refreshingly frank about the creation, use and impacts of these chemicals. The book walks systematically through topics of prenatal care, food, air, water, medications, personal care products, gym and travel tips, giving a practical ‘to-do’ list so you can get the cliff-notes for yourself & family. In this episode, she offers us some behind-the-scenes insight into the field of rheumatology, resources and how to make step by step habitual changes to keep yourself healthy for the long-run. Dr Cohen is very funny, ‘a realist’ who colors her hair & loves her coffee but fervently applies her ‘chemical lens’ to guide you towards a ‘cleaner’ version of you. Want to know about how to choose tampons healthy for your body and simultaneously save the Earth? Listen to this show.
About Dr Aly Cohen:
Dr. Aly Cohen is a triple-board-certified Internist, Rheumatologist and Integrative Medicine Specialist, as well as an environmental health expert in Princeton, New Jersey. She has collaborated with the Environmental Working Group, Cancer Schmancer, and other disease-prevention organizations, and is coeditor of the textbook, Integrative Environmental Medicine, part of the Oxford University Press Weil Integrative Medicine Library. She lectures nationally on environmental health topics for elementary/ high schools, colleges/ universities, medical schools, and physician- training programs, and she is a regular expert guest for television, print, and podcasts. In 2015, she created TheSmartHuman.com to share environmental health, disease prevention, and wellness information with the public and she is working to integrate environmental health information into high school curricula nationwide. Her TEDx talk, “How to Protect Your Kids from Toxic Chemicals” can be found on YouTube, and you can follow her health and wellness tips and recommendations on Facebook at The Smart Human, Twitter, and Instagram: @thesmarthuman. Sign up for The Smart Human newsletter, read her latest posts at thesmarthuman.com and listen to her podcast The Smart Human. Dr Cohen lives on a farm in New Jersey with her husband, two sons and lots of furry friends.
Aly Cohen, MD, FACR, FABoIM
Founder & Medical Director-Integrative Rheumatology Associates, PC
Founder & Medical Director-The Smart Human LLC.
Jones/Lovell Fellow, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
Faculty, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)
Co-Editor/Contributor: "Integrative Environmental Medicine", Oxford University Press, 2017
Co-author: "Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World", Oxford University Press, 2020
TEDx Talk: How To Protect Your Kids from Toxic Chemicals
Research shows that same-sex sex has the highest rates of ‘orgasmic equality’ meaning that both partners are satisfied with their sexual experience. Heterosexual women have the documented lowest levels of satisfaction and have come to Dr Casperson over the years with the chronic question, “what’s wrong with me?” trying to point to their own anatomy, desire, arousal, or pleasure as the 'problems'. Dr Casperson has said “You are not broken” so many times, that she has now started a podcast (“You are not broken”) and coaching classes to address these aspects of women’s sexuality. Her mission is to empower other women to take control of their lives, using the power of coaching and mind work to change sex lives and put women back in the power seat. You can find her and her sex education classes at www.kellycaspersonmd.comand on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kellycaspersonmd Find her FB page at www.facebook.com/youarentbroken It's a fun conversation and a necessary conversation as women have the only organ ONLY evolved for pleasure, the clitoris (men's penis has to do triple-duty to pass urine, semen and be for pleasure); let's learn how to use all of our tools, including Love Languages and our biggest sex organ- our BRAINS.
Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India and sets out recommendations for health from preconception to the final breath, covering preventative wellness, the daily life and deep disease treatment (including resolution of the Cell Danger Response). Learning Ayurveda can last the lifetime, but so much applicable wisdom is easily and simply available from the start. This episode features Sarah Kruse, Ayurvedic consultant and Panchakarma director (Ayurvedic detox). She discussed Ayurveda from the start- what it is and how it covers not just health and illness, but really how to establish swastha, meaning health as a way of being well-situated in self. She then covers the 3 main constitutional types in Ayurveda known in Sanskrit as vata, pitta and kapha and moves onto thinking about digestion and the gut which modern medicine is now confirming to be elemental to sustainable health. Ayurveda is the original personalized genomic medicine. Listen in to this episode with Sarah Kruse from Embrace-Ayurveda.com to get the basics- more to come on Ayurveda & Yoga (sister science) in upcoming episodes!
About half-way through this podcast with the incredible Dr Keesha Ewers, Ayurvedic & Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner with her PhD in Sexology, she defines a Tantra as ‘a teaching’, but this whole show is actually a Tantra. It’s no holds barred as she challenges us to remove the veils of duality, even with things we have traditionally considered dirty or unpleasant or anathema. This makes everything in our environment a potential Tantra, from strangers we meet along a trail to our closest physical lover, with whom we still often maintain a separation. Dr Keesha then applies this perspective of Tantra to our culture, society, social upheaval, racism, politics and the COVID global pandemic. The walls we think we put up for our safety are no match for the reality in which we find ourselves. Rooting down into our universality is the answer. Being able to see ourselves as one with the virus and the police who murdered George Floyd affords us a unique and compassionate vantage point in which to interrupt the behaviors with greater effectiveness, efficiency and totality. This is the way to make social and global change and it starts within our own mind and consciousness.
Mitochondria are the cellular organelles that make our energy and they play a HUGE role in our ability to sense accurate threat as well as heal! Dr Ilene Ruhoy is a mitochondrial specialist and has spent years evaluating and optimizing their function. Listen in to learn what mitochondria are, why they are so special, how we can preventatively care for them to resolve our cell danger response and interventions to recover their best possible function including hyperbaric oxygen, nutrients in food and IV therapies and of course, stem cells (learn about nanotubules!).. Mitochondria are truly one of the most incredible aspects of our physiological machinery and deserve this devoted podcast.
From Dr Carley Squires' early days as an athlete focused on keeping her own joints healthy, to the thousands of hours in training across the country in naturopathic school and in post-doctoral training focused on osteopathic and musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, we get the benefit of her passion for healthy joints both preventatively through the foundations of health as well as regeneratively through a wide variety of innovative treatments. She starts this podcast with the truest understanding of inflammation which is necessary at adequate levels to heal and remodel an injured joint. Dr Squires then systematically lays out joint treatment options: prolotherapy for hypermobile joints with laxity (inherent or acquired, including years after a whiplash injury, for example), PRP (platelet rich protein) for tears, and mesenchymal stem cell therapy (systemically via IV or locally via joint injection). She also discusses other non-traditional pain treatment options: ozone therapy, HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy), nitric oxide, cytokine therapies and peptides. We round off this session with the current typical treatments for MSK (musculoskeletal) pain and their unfortunate limitations: NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen which can actually be damaging if used beyond an acute period of injury, steroids, bracing, weight loss and surgery. Nobody escapes life without a few hard knocks; listen in to find out what to do when your joints get injured traumatically or through degeneration and how to get the best treatment up front to prevent any later progression to arthritis and chronic pain.
Find out more about Dr Carley Squires, ND: https://www.centerforhealingneurology.com/carley-squires-nd-lac-eamp/
Are you familiar with compounding pharmacies? This is not cauldron and puppy dog tail work. Dawn Ipsen, Doctor of Pharmacy, and owner of Clark’s Compounding Pharmacy and Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy, breaks down all about compounding pharmacies, the mission of which is to personalize the pharmaceutical to the individual patient. Cutting edge medicine is all about personalizing the program- how about putting together the right ingredients, in the right formulation, removing the wrong fillers, and choosing the best form of administration for the patient? This is an amazing science. We start with describing the characteristics of a modern-day compounding pharmacy. Then we systematically walk through some of the most common things that get compounded: pharmaceuticals without fillers (aka ‘excipients’) so your medications won’t make you sicker, bioidentical hormones, sinus medications, topical preparations and others like low dose naltrexone, ketamine and oxytocin. Listen in to think about how a compounding pharmacy can improve your health and wellness with the incredibly knowledgeable and experienced Dawn Ipsen.
Clark’s Compounding Pharmacy in Bellevue, Washington: https://www.clarkspharmacywa.com/
Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy in Snohomish, Washington: https://www.kuslerspharmacy.net/
Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding: https://www.a4pc.org/ and to to find a compounding pharmacy near you https://a4pc.org/APC/FindaCompounder.aspx
Aging is certainly the measure of our years but, aging is also a metabolic process that science has combed for secrets across millennia. Of course, the most common goal is to reverse aging or to age more slowly with the goal of a higher quality and longer life. The first step is assessment. Modern technology has been looking at a number of these 'biological' clocks including telomere testing and the multi-omics testing which brings together algorithmic evaluations of proteinomics and metabolomics. The most promising test, however, is an epigenetic quantification of methylation. In fact, the TruAge test has over half a million places in the genome they are testing to give a final snapshot of your biological age. Hear Ryan Smith of Tailor Made Compounding discuss the science, what we know and what we don't know, and the value of calculating your biological age. TruAge is available without a doctor's order online at Trudiagnostic.com and also through our clinic, CenterforHealingNeurology.com, which gives you the added benefit of interpretation by our clinicians.
Chef Arran Stark, Director of Food Service at Jefferson Healthcare talks method cooking, local eating and recipes like quinoa-crusted ling cod and citrus slaw to eat in season, like how many ways kale can be used over a winter growing season. Incredibly, this is how he feeds patients (both in-patient in the hospital as well as employees and out-patient visitors to the Hospital Café) at the critical access hospital in Port Townsend, Washington. Sitting around a campfire with his farming buddies, he hatched a plan to bring more local business to the labor-intensive process of organic small-scale farming and the need to offer fresh, healthy and tasty meals to nourish people as they heal. And he’s doing it! Part of the hospital budget goes to maintaining their on-site herb garden and they feed upwards of 300 people lunch daily. Part of the hospital budget goes to 4 local farms as vouchers in the slow winter times to plan for spring, summer and fall produce. This is really happening and if it can happen in Port Townsend, it can happen in your community too. Listen in to this brilliant Chef discuss bringing the sensual and artistic experience of cooking to the traditionally sad state of hospital food.
Dr Linda Bluestein, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and integrative medicine physician with a focus on hypermobility, Ehler-Danlos Syndromes and complex patients with chronic pain. In this brilliant exposition, she defines hypermobility, lays out the esoteric classifications of hypermobile Ehler Danlos Syndrome vs Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders and why naming matters for assessment and treatment of symptoms. Dr Bluestein then dives into practical recommendations for thinking about how connective tissue dysfunction (it's said "If you can’t connect the issues, think connective tissues”) can impact a variety of systems like the gut (constipation, prolapse, reflux, distention, gastroparesis), skin (delayed wound healing, poor scarification), dysautonomia, mast cell activation syndrome, in addition to the typical musculoskeletal conditions of dislocations, subluxations and other joint injuries. She notes, so wisely, that if we can shorten the typical diagnosis from ~25 years to, pretty much anything shorter than that, we can prevent a tremendous amount of chronic pain later in life. And then Dr Bluestein teases apart types of pain: nociceptive (meaning direct injury to tissues like from an injury), neuropathic pain (meaning dysfunction of the nerves themselves) or nociplastic pain (meaning dysfunction in how we process sensation) and the eventual progression to central sensitization syndromes, like fibromyalgia, if pain is allowed to linger. Finally, we cap off with a discussion about some selective pharmaceuticals, some common and some uncommon, and how to think about them: opioids, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, oxytocin, NMDA antagonists (magnesium, ketamine, memantine).
Find out more:
Book: Disjointed | Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders which can be ordered here: https://www.amazon.com/Disjointed-Navigating-hypermobile-Ehlers-Danlos-Hypermobility/dp/1734794909/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_0/136-4762933-2366558?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1734794909&pd_rd_r=acaa36c6-0aac-47c7-a2f3-4bd1b7ba15d7&pd_rd_w=fy7Ld&pd_rd_wg=HsWpW&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=RC3MY8A7KJ999FZDE4JY&psc=1&refRID=RC3MY8A7KJ999FZDE4JY
Riana Giusti, Certified Nutritionist, lives, practices & teaches the power of food as medicine in her role at Starkel Nutrition (www.StarkelNutrition.com). In this show, she shares with us insights from years of experience which have included directing brain-health focused teaching-kitchen counseling for patients with cognitive and neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s dementia, cognitive impairment), health coaching for a Seattle-based wellness company translating comprehensive blood, genetic, hormone, and gut microbiome data into personalized nutrition plans, work as a personal and professional chef throughout Seattle kitchens and in her current role seeing patients for nutritional consults and managing the Metabolic Reset Program, known as ‘relief from chronic dieting’ (www.metreset.com).
This is such a practical and down-to-Earth show. She starts with a discussion of how she decides what to eat, which is a balance between her knowledge of the science and chemistry of food as balanced by love and intuition rooted in mindful eating practices & training. She shares her experiences with school gardens that lowered incidence of behavioral issues and violence in participating children. She deftly declines to recommend any one particular diet other than to target inflammation, noting so wisely that the best diet is the one is realistic, sustainable and beloved by the mind and the cells. She also doesn’t shy away from specifics! She dives into details about the ketogenic diet (currently getting certified), blood sugar stabilization, the brain need for healthy fats and intermittent fasting. We end with the topic of her master’s thesis: chocolate! The mineral content can be remarkable and what is the difference between cocoa and cacao.
Riana Giusti’s way with food is really a treat to behold and she shares her sweet spirit with us in this week’s show, motivating and empowering her clients to not only lead a self-fulfilling healthy lifestyle, but also to achieve a relationship with their bodies and food that is nourishing, flexible, peaceful, sustainable, and balanced.
Originally recorded in the first week of March 2020, before the last two weeks of protest and before Coronvirus up-ended our social & economic lives, with an update recorded June 2nd, this podcast with organizational development and workplace equity consultant Fleur Larsen shines a bright and clarifying light onto the role white women can and do play in the structures of racism in our social fabric and economy. These are ongoing issues (for centuries since prior to the inception of America as a country) and are so ingrained that they constitute ‘the water we swim in and the air we breathe’. Unlearning these patterns requires attention and awareness and often brings up feelings. “I’m a good person so how can I be racist?” The two are not mutually exclusive- we will make mistakes and the solution is to learn and make amends. “As a woman, I am targeted by sexism. How can I be the oppressor?” The two are not mutually exclusive- in fact, historically because of sexism, we have used our white privilege to stay closer to power. Join us for a conversation that was critically necessary before the last week of video and events and will remain some of the most important work we can do to heal our collective neurology- uncovering and uprooting each deeper layer of bias so we can show up authentically and accountably for racial justice for the long haul.
· www.Fleurlarsenfacilitation.comincluding curated list of resources, books and organizations: https://www.fleurlarsenfacilitation.com/resources
· https://futureforus.co/To support the advancement of women of color in the workplace.
· Rachel Cargle:https://www.rachelcargle.com/
· Robin Diangelo & understanding white fragility: https://robindiangelo.com/
· The Conscious Kid with age-appropriate resources for parenting & teaching children about race & racism: https://www.theconsciouskid.org/
· Seeing White Podcast: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
· To diversity the news sources: https://www.democracynow.org/
· Nikita Oliver: https://crosscut.com/author/nikkita-oliver
· Compiled list of articles & resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic
· Article: What will be different this time? By CompassPoint: https://www.compasspoint.org/blog/what-will-be-different-time%C2%A0
· Digital Postcard from the Ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyyUWh09lC4&feature=youtu.be
· Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) helps white people move into accountable action & has chapters across the country: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/chapters-and-affiliates.html
Instead of posting and promoting our regular episodes this week, Partyfish Media is pausing our shows and social media and standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movements and protests in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and countless others at the hands of corrupt police brutality, founded upon and perpetuated by white supremacist culture. Black Lives Matter and they are in need of support and attention, now in this moment and into the future.
Ways to help & places to donate: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#
Books you can read to educate yourself (also available as audiobooks):
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Follow these accounts to stay up-to-date on how you can help:
Here's a larger list of resources: https://bit.ly/2McDnqu
Hear our favorite engineer, David Feinberg, founder, creator & CEO of Pure Juicers, describe in all the juicy (ha!) details about how juicers work and why they are so good for health. Over 40 years of designing equipment, including repairs to over 500 juicers of various brands, David took his fate into his own hands to create ‘the best juicer in the world’. Listen to him wax poetic about patented nuts, press pressure, clothes vs bags, blade friction and the different types of juicers (centrifugal, masticators and the two-stage juicers). We then dive into what a better juicer does for the juice itself (spoiler: minerals, enzymes, vitamins and shelf-life). Next, it’s a rousing love-fest for various fruits & vegetables and the best ways to prepare them for juicing (hear the engineer’s mind as applied to oranges, limes, pineapples, spinach, berries and others). Finally, we close with a celebration of the bees. Join us to learn the big deal about juice & how to think about the machinery used to extract fruit & veggie magic.
YouTube site with lots of videos & instructions on making juice: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWWidujA36vIVKdHnNvaiFw
Stefan Weitz was initially trained as a physicist, ultimately spent nearly two decades at Microsoft and in the interim, 14 years ago, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, MS. Despite trialing a number of pharmaceuticals and following conventional instructions, he continued to have symptoms not consistent with his expectation for what he wanted his life to look like & feel. He dove into learning about his diagnosis and potential treatments with the same curiosity and tenacity with which he’d already approached his life and career. Stefan noticed deep shifts with foundational changes in his… wait for it, not brain or nervous system, but GUT! He ultimately was able to ditch the daily fistfuls of pills with these changes in diet & gut support and started Jetson Health to share these insights and produce the world’s first seasonal probiotic based on the latest research. His mission is to intertwine the art and science of healing. His continually evolving probiotics, prebiotics and children’s products are the launching pad for discussing transformative medicine. We are thrilled to have Stefan on the show today as an ‘n-of-one’ for his experience and as a ‘citizen scientist’ for the knowledge he’s gained along the way.
Dr Daniel Krashin, MD, Psychiatrist, also board certified Pain, Addiction and Headache Medicine brings his extensive experience and uncanny ability to make science understandable and applicable to this widely ranging conversation (my favorite kind!). In the first half, we review how pain and addiction are driven by the reward system in our brain. While this can get called the 'pleasure center', we really feel 'good' when we are 'rewarded' for life working, which has evolutionarily been eating and staying safe. This is akin to PacMan eating a pellet. Life is essentially running around, eating pellets for points, getting chased by ghosts and intermittently gaining powers to chase the ghosts back. Within all of this, we have learned how to short circuit this, like a cat with catnip, with substances. When the life is too stressful, our time horizon can shorten from what's best for us in the future to what will help us survive in the moment and the pressures can be shockingly minimal that drive us to think against our best longitudinal survival. Now in the time of COVID-19, these stressors are even more intense. This is a critical podcast for understanding how your brain works so you can think more clearly about making future choices. In the second half of the podcast, we dive into specific headache treatments especially highlighting 'electroceuticals' like GammaCore (which you can try in our clinic and/or be prescribed), Cefaly, H-wave and others which can be both preventative and abortive for chronic and/or debilitating headaches. Join us for this conversation that is both broad & deep.
Dr Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH, is an emergency room doctor turned public health renegade who has devoted the last 25 years to seeing ‘the country as the patient’. Economic downturns in developed nations seem to prevent us from working ourselves to the bone and result in more time home with family, which research shows actually extends our lifespan. This contradictory insight is where we start. Most of us were squeezed for time and money prior to this pandemic. Now, what are we left with? How do we move around fear to find each other and intentionally move forward with our social and political structures? Spoiler alert: do what you love, do what you can do well, and do what you can for an extended period, preferably without being paid. But there’s lots more between our start and our conclusion, all anchored by Dr Bezruchka’s command of the social and political history of the United States & global events. Get ready for an intense and deep dive into our social, political and health realities.
Dr Bezruchka's faculty page: https://globalhealth.washington.edu/faculty/stephen-bezruchka
The Population Health Forum: http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/index.htm
The Effect of Economic Recession on Population Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2734206/pdf/1810281.pdf
We are in desperate need for conversations about how to anchor and possibly reinvent our lives and identity towards something beyond our usual social networks as required by this quarantine and Coronavirus pandemic. Matia Indigo Jones rooted her training and research in medical anthropology with an emphasis on social and environmental justice as preventative health and a dissertation in institutional and municipal food policy as it supports food sovereignty. She is unique in her approach to modern life in that she tip-toes thoughtfully into social media but spends the majority of her time with her phone off and her hands in the dirt. In this session, Matia shares her reflections and insights on the possible benefits of Coronavirus (“It’s not as deadly as Ebola or Spanish Flu & has the potential to serve as a capacity-building exercise for all of us for true threats like climate change.”), how to engage in moment to moment gratitude (“My identity has shifted into one who senses instead of one who does something.”) and she gives some essential tips on starting a Victory garden and extols the virtues of eating spring weeds- cheap, plentiful and nutritious. Join us for thinking differently about this new social landscape, within which the natural world remains unchanged and, as always, awaits us with open arms.
Patient advocate Janee Penington-Watson join Podcast for Healing Neurology host Gillian Ehrlich for this special podcast episode to share our current best understandings & advice for all aspects of this pandemic including how to gauge exposure & risk, testing options & realities, prevention support as well as possible interventions, including those along the cutting edge to keep an eye out for based on the science we currently know about this virus. This is one of two parts to address COVID-19; please see podcast #11 with Matia Indigo Jones for the social, behavioral and mental health aspects of rising to meet this global challenge.
COVID-19 newsletter: https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=42f960988e6a7bd9df6d3287e&id=e4e9eaa302
Are there 2 strains instead of one? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2236544-coronavirus-are-there-two-strains-and-is-one-more-deadly/
Types of coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html
Testing: LabCorp started testing as of March 5th& is rolling out more widespread testing now. It can still take 4-6 days to get results.
N95 ‘reusable’ use: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html
CDC page about testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/testing-in-us.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Ftesting-in-us.html
COVID-19 tracking project: as of 4pm Friday March 13th: 16,500 tests done, 1,953 (+), 13,419 (-) and 1,130 pending; https://twitter.com/covid19tracking
Great article about testing: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/3/12/21175034/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-usa
Testing in Washington state as an example, came out of Dr Helen Chu’s defiance of federal instructions to move forward with Coronavirus testing despite an eventual ‘cease & desist’ from the feds funding the Seattle Flu Study. https://mynorthwest.com/1758762/coronavirus-washington-seattle-flu-study/
MedScape intervention options: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2500114-treatment
Ryan Smith co-founded Tailor Made Compounding Pharmacy with a passionate interest in offering peptide therapy, a category of biosimilar proteins with >100 FDA-approved products and 10,000+ products in development, many of which we prescribe to patients at the Center for Healing Neurology. In the first part of this show, we talk about what they are, how they work, why peptides as a category have such few side effects and have such a positive safety profile. In the second part of the show, we dive into specific peptides including neurocognitive and mood peptides (Cerebrolysin, Selank, Semax, Dihexa, FGLL), peptides to target the immune system for chronic disease like Lyme as well as acute viral infection including the flu (Thymosin Alpha-1, ARA 290), peptides for repair & recovery (thymosin beta 4, BPC-157), peptides for mitochondrial support (SS31, MOTS-C) and cosmetic and beauty products including topicals with botox-like action (GHK-Cu, Argeline). Don't miss this incredibly informative show for the innovative ways you can address your health needs and goals.
“It’s an odd panacea, this plant-based diet” which seems to reverse so many different chronic diseases like heart disease, auto-immune disease, common cancers and others, improve symptoms and really hone athletic performance. Learn the juicy details about how to get started and make it inexpensive and easy: no meat, dairy, added oil, minimal salt & sugar. Find Jane’s recipes in The Engine 2 Diet, The Engine 2 Diet Cookbook, Plant Strong & the Seven Day Rescue (authored with her brother, Rip Esselstyn), including her “Lightening Bowl” with lime, jalapeno, rice noodles, rice vinegar & veggies- yum! Hear her tricks for sauces, salsas, a million types of hummus, her favorite kitchen equipment and learn what a Tovolo is. Also hear how ‘plant-based diets’ are under fire from the industry that wants to bring you ‘plant-based foods’ that don’t have any measurable fiber, the indication of plant material, and why junk-food vegan diets are not the same as eating whole, unprocessed foods that get their energy closest to the sun (it’s only a few steps from sunlight to plant vs sunlight to plant to multiple degrees of further processing to a processed gluten-free muffin). “Eating plants gives everyone a chance for a healthy life.”
Jane's website: https://janeesselstyn.com/
Books & Cookbooks wth her recipes: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/search/site/rip%20esselstyn
Well, Now! Camp https://janeesselstyn.com/well-now-camp/
Esselstyn Foundation: https://esselstynfamilyfoundation.org/
Peter Wasowski has over 35 years in the field of medical technology and vascular health per his NASA speaker bio. He is the founder & CEO of Vasper Technologies- Vasper.com- which has produced a physical medicine device based on a recumbent bike that incorporates compression, cooling and interval training and is getting impressive results for muscle strengthening, hormone balance and many other improvements, even in 94-year-old women. Beyond his work with Olympic & professional athletes, Navy SEALS, and NASA, however, he brings a metaphysical approach to health and wellness- the whole performance of the whole being. Listen in today to understand the principles behind Vasper and it's unique benefits for our physiology at every age and stage of life.
The Cell Danger Response can also be titled as the Healing Cycle. From this class presented at the Center for Healing Neurology in December, 2019, learn about the complexity of cellular signaling. At the perception of a threat (be it physical, chemical, pressure, pH, temperature, or a memory of threat that seems imminent again), the cells initiate a cascade of metabolic changes. There are three stages in this cycle: 1) down-regulation of energy production to re-route resources to contain and neurtralize the threat, 2) re-establishment of local order, 3) the re-connection of long-distance communication between the cells at the site of damage and all the other cells in the body. If the Cell Danger Response gets stuck on “ON”, then we can end up with a whole host of various chronic diseases. Listen in to hear neurologist Dr Ilene Ruhoy, PA-C Deirdre Gately, and ARNP Gillian Ehrlich discuss why it’s so important to complete the healing cycle to prevent and resolve chronic illness.
Some links to the work of MD, PhD Robert Naviaux at University of San Diego:
Link to his research lab: http://naviauxlab.ucsd.edu/
2018 article: Metabolic features and regulation of the healing cycle—A new model for chronic disease pathogenesis and treatment: http://naviauxlab.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NaviauxHealingCycle_2018_v2.pdf
2014 article: Metabolic features of the Cell Danger Response: http://naviauxlab.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cell_danger_response.pdf
Dr Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD, discusses neurology from all angles, including the conventional perspective (which is often right and enough!) of treating neurological symptoms like migraines, seizures and neuropathy with pharmaceuticals, physical therapy and other treatments, and the expanded view which includes immunology, mitochondria, genetics and the ancient understandings now being supported by research including Yoga and meditation. Listening critically to the patient is how she determines her diagnosis and which investigation and interventions to recommend. Dr Ruhoy also reviews the foundations of health as eating, moving and sleeping. She then dives deeply into how we are Circadian beings with the use of rhythm as a treatment for suffering. We end with a second deep dive into the critical role our food plays in our health, especially juicing which is a favorite daily element in supporting Dr Ruhoy’s health, which she started in earnest before, during and since her brain tumor and resection surgery in 2015 leaving her feeling better than she did before cancer. Listen in to find out how to think about our the complexity of our nervous systems as well as the simplicity of ways to start nourishing them with our daily routine.
Dr Gillian Ehrlich, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner certified in Functional Medicine & Ayurveda discusses her approach to patient care, and really her approach to life. We cover the roots of Ayurveda utilized in every patient visit for personalizing care as well as the holistic roots of disease and dysfunction from the Functional Medicine perspective. We review Dr Gillian’s emphasis on the power of nature and connection to dispel loneliness as a tool to deeply impact our neurology. We finish with reasons that social justice and population health go beyond individual patient care and why and how our species is so intimately connected.
Dr Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH, teaches us that healthcare as an industry doesn’t inevitably result in a healthy population. In fact, despite spending the most money of any country in the world on healthcare, we are #36 in lifespan, just behind Chile. Dr Bezruchka peels down the layers of what creates population health, namely, how the health of a population is not just the health of many individuals together and dives deeply into the roles consumerism (including marketing, advertising and social media), and social and political structures have played in constructing our health crisis which can be summed by noting that only two counties in the world currently suffer from shortening lifespans: the US & Syria. Listen in to understand how we got here, why we are still here, how to ask the right questions, and some considerations (like nurse-new family partnerships) for changing our trajectory.
· Book: Triumph of Injustice by Saez & Zucman: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781324002727
· Hawaii Department of Health Report on the Social Determinants of Health: https://health.hawaii.gov/chronic-disease/files/2013/12/CD_BurdenReport_FINAL.pdf
· Bill Moyers article on the intentional consolidation of wealth which has driven economic inequality from 2011: https://www.thenation.com/article/how-wall-street-occupied-america/
· Books: The Spirit Level and The Inner Level both by
· UN health of nations report and the “Health Olympics”: https://inequality.org/research/health-olympics-medals/
· The United Kingdom strategy for addressing loneliness & social disconnection:article: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-governments-first-loneliness-strategy; the actual report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/750909/6.4882_DCMS_Loneliness_Strategy_web_Update.pdf
· US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health from January 2013: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2013/US-Health-International-Perspective/USHealth_Intl_PerspectiveRB.pdf
Sufi Imam Jamal Rahman reveals insights from Rumi, Hafiz and other poets into the ways that Koranic verses can nourish personal, community, racial, economic and environmental healing. According to the Koran, a good life is built “50% of the visible and 50% of the invisible” meaning rooted in the work of the heart and the spirit. This can be supported by building in internal circle of love within oneself and/or an external authentic community centered in care for one another, trust in each other’s inherent vulnerability and common aspirations of truth and patience. Imam Rahman also shares practices to incorporate therapeutic silence, embracing emotions without attachment and having the moral courage to talk about where religion has gone astray. His perspective is deeply informed by his nearly two-decade long partnership in the Interfaith Amigos with Pastor Donald Mckenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon. Find more about Imam Rahman from JamalRahman.com, InterfaithCommunitySanctuary.com, InterfaithAmigos.com and enjoy 50-60 short videos (2-6 minutes each) about Islam, Sufism, and various meditations on his YouTube channel at Call of Compassion Northwest by searching his name Jamal: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=call+of+compassion+nw+jamal
Keesha Ewers, ARNP, IFMCP, Ayurvedic practitioner with a PhD in Sexology, shares with us research, intense personal stories, and wise insights about the place that sex and intimacy hold within the rest of our life. Specially, Dr Keesha discusses her own research of the HURT study, Healing Unresolved Trauma, which looks at how our neurological impressions of self and other are rooted in our early life relationships. We can take back the reins on our libido & sex life by frankly facing the realities of life, developing healthy boundaries, and changing the culture of conversation towards connection instead of achievement (aka ‘climax’). “Intimacy is where we do our deepest work.” Come listen to how we can get ourselves & each other there (including setting up our children for intimacy success!) with forgiveness work, autogenic training and compassion. Find out more about Dr Keesha and her work at DrKeesha.com.
Hosted by board-certified neurologist Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD and Functional Medicine & Ayurveda certified family nurse practitioner Gillian Ehrlich, DNP, ARNP, IFMCP. We'll deliver twice-monthly episodes that highlight ways to support your neurology.
Find out more about us at CenterforHealingNeurology.com and send your comments and topic requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to rate and review each podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
Podcast for Healing Neurology premieres on Jan. 2nd from Partyfish Media 🎉🐟