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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#1 Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD: What is neurology & what's most important in caring for your nervous system (rhythm & food!)
“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.
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Podcast for Healing Neurology premieres on Jan. 2nd from Partyfish Media 🎉🐟