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The Health of the People

The Health of the People

By Laura E. Cox
WELCOME Wellness Warriors.

I am natural healthcare practitioner Laura E. Cox. I've got a bunch of degrees and certifications in integrative natural medicine, like nutrition, natural functional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, stress, trauma, and more.

Join me in the Wellness Warrior movement as I take myself on as a patient and share my experiences and expertise in this rambling journey towards balanced living in a post-covid world.

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The Health of the People

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29. It's Ok to Be Not Ok
In 2020, we've faced a LOT of unexpected challenges.  We've been forced to think outside the box, and that includes self-care.  
34:53
October 20, 2020
28. Accidental Magic
I'm starting to unwind a little from the trauma response I've been swept up in, and I am beginning to discover how nail polish, yarn, and naps all helped me get through some of the physiological response to trauma. 
33:51
October 13, 2020
28. Replay Reminder of "What is Your Life For?" episode 24
Truth be told, you guys.  I am toast.  I am wiped.  I have not been sleeping well since that young man was murdered on my block last week.  So we are revisiting and reminding ourselves of how to discover what our lives are really for.
37:42
October 6, 2020
27. The Trauma Response
In this episode, I'm processing something kind of scary that I saw the other day.  This episode may not be appropriate for all audiences, and listener discretion is advised.  I stumbled upon a crime scene close to home, and today, I am just being in the trauma response and exploring what is available in being present to all of it.  
38:34
September 29, 2020
26. 75 Done & Again
I finished 75 Hard!  Tune in as I share the unexpected benefits of committing to honoring my word to myself for 75 days.  
36:24
September 22, 2020
25. Little Nuggets
As we enter yet another joy-tastic month of 2020, maybe it's time to start reflecting upon all the little golden nuggets that have come as well.
33:16
September 8, 2020
24. What is Your Life For?
My tiny little hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin has made international headlines, but not in a good way.  In the wake of the Kenosha Police shooting of Jacob Blake, I have had an opportunity to really begin to discover my commUNITY, and I have rediscovered what my life is for.  
37:42
September 1, 2020
Justice for Jacob Blake
Current events are too important to ignore. Please consider donating to Jacob Blake and his family at www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforjacobblake
03:41
August 25, 2020
23. Feeling a Little Distracted.....
When is the last time you leaned into the quiet and enjoyed a moment of undistracted time?  I couldn't think of the last time I did that, so a couple of weeks ago, I started experimenting with leaning in and enjoying a few moments of quiet.  
35:17
August 18, 2020
22. Replay Reminder of "We're in a Global Health Crisis...."
Seeing as we had tornados and what-not during the time I had scheduled to record..... Today we're revisiting episode 14 and my AMAZING conversation with Dr. Obehi Okojie as we talk about the global health crisis of racism.
32:03
August 11, 2020
21. The Rosetta Stone of Body Talk
Ever wonder why your stomach aches when you're stressed out, or why that nagging pain in your shoulders just won't go away?  Maybe your body is trying to tell you something, and you just need to hire an interpreter to translate.  
36:27
August 4, 2020
20. Seems Like dot dot dot
Do you have a big goal that you're working towards?  Does it ever seem like you're not making progress towards that goal?  Do you get frustrated when it seems like you aren't making progress?  Do you quit when you're frustrated?  Do you get the feeling that "you" really is "me" in this conversation?
37:32
July 28, 2020
19. One Magic Question
A while ago, we talked about the opportunities available in the things that we complain about.  In this episode, we take a deeper look at shifting towards solutions by asking ourselves a secret, magical question. 
34:52
July 21, 2020
18. Replay Reminder of Lessons Past - Episode 15
After recording tonight's episode multiple times, only to have it vanish into the dark misty darkness of the interwebs yet again..... we are reminding ourselves about the illusion of control with a replay of Episode 15.  Hopefully everything will be straightened out in time to release next week's episode... because this subject is just so good!
32:30
July 14, 2020
17. My Evil Twin Wants a Cookie
You know me.  I make 100% PERFECT choices when it comes to pursuing my Wellness Warrior journey.  I make ALL the right choices with my diet, and I listen to exactly everything my body needs with grace and compassion and joy....  But my evil twin, on the other hand......... well, she likes to come around and mess everything up.
31:49
July 7, 2020
16. Diet is the New Hole In the Middle of the Road
When I was 19 and fresh out of an abusive relationship, I met Glory, and she shared a poem with me that I am still discovering newly 20 years later.   The poem I reference in this episode is called Autobiography in Five Chapters by Portia Nelson.  Go check it out here.  
36:59
June 30, 2020
15. The Illusion of Control
If I've learned nothing else from the outbreak of a global pandemic, it is clear that as much as I think I'm in control of everything, that is not exactly the case.
31:37
June 23, 2020
14. We're in a Global Health Crisis, and I'm not Talking About Covid
In today's episode, I am doing my first collaborative conversation with my friend, pediatrician and integrative health specialist with a background in public health, Dr. Obehi Okojie.  Racism is a global health crisis, and Dr. Okojie and I discuss some of the differences in our lived experiences, and actions to take.   Dr. Obehi  Okojie is a pediatrician with a Masters in Public Health.  Originally a Maryland native, she now works in New Ulm Minnesota where she practices integrative medicine.  Pursued by her passion to heal the body - in addition to Medical School at Ohio University and Residency in Kansas  City - Dr. Okojie has traveled the world to learn her craft studying in The  Redwood forest, India, and Germany among other places.  As an Osteopathic  Physician trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine, medical acupuncture,  hypnosis, nutrition, and functional medicine, her aim is to eliminate disease at the source.  When she is not working her favorite thing to do is dance and learn tricks on aerial silks. If you would like to read the full poem discussed in this episode, Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes, click here. To listen to the episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man featuring Matthew McConaughey, click here. To donate to Dr. Rene Grant at Orchid Blossom Acupuncture, please visit her facebook page.   Have you been enjoying this podcast?  Help me keep the conversation going (and enjoy exclusive perks!) by becoming a Listener Supporter!  Visit https://anchor.fm/thehealthofthepeople and click on "Support" to join the Wellness Warriors movement today!
33:51
June 16, 2020
13. Complaining & The Hidden Gems Within
Have you noticed that there are certain things in your life that you complain about and they never seem to shift or change?  What if we shifted the context of our complaints and looked for the hidden treasures within?  In this week's episode, we're talking about how negative thinking has helped us survive, and taking a look at how we might shift our perspective to shift our complaints into solutions. Are you ready to join the Wellness Warrior's movement?  Become a listener supporter today for exclusive perks!  Visit https://anchor.fm/thehealthofthepeople and click the "Support" button today, and let's keep this conversation going!
34:01
June 9, 2020
12. Asking for Help: Why is it so HARD?
Sometimes we just need an accountabili-buddy, but don't expect me to ASK for the support I need!  On today's episode, we are looking at why it's so difficult to ask for help, and just as difficult to ALLOW people to help us.   Also, if you would like to donate to the causes I talk about, the links are below: To support much-needed supplies to protestors in our nation's capital, donate at https://www.facebook.com/ReneeGrantLAC. The vision of Black Girls Code is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of  color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.  You can donate here.  https://www.blackgirlscode.com The mission of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum is to document and preserve the historical heritage of African descent in  Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects, and disseminates materials depicting this heritage. Serving as a resource center for all people interested in Wisconsin’s rich African American heritage, the Museum’s purpose is to encourage and promote family community and cultural activities. The Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum (WBHS/M) is the only institution dedicated in the State dedicated to the business of preserving Wisconsin’s African American History. The Society is also an affiliated member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.  You can donate to them at http://www.wbhsm.org/. Code Switch is the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for!  Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.  This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. To listen to the NPR podcast Code Switch, click here.  https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
32:56
June 2, 2020
11. Chloe's Got a Squeaker
In this episode, I introduce Chloe and her favorite toy.  Also, we look at the spleen and talk about mental chewing.
29:36
May 26, 2020
My Inner Two Year Old, My Inner Cat Lady, and the Long Pause
The Safer at Home has lifted in Wisconsin, and the Long Pause is bringing out my inner two year old and my inner cat lady.  
31:00
May 19, 2020
9. A Mother's Day Row
In episode nine, it's Mother's Day and it feels like this stay at home order is going to go on forever.  So I'm turning to my new solution to the threatening gloom and reminding my patient... er... myself to keep things slow and steady.
31:02
May 12, 2020
8. Getting to Know My Why
Ever ask yourself "Why am I doing this?", or "Why does this matter?"  In this episode, I'm starting to look at the different sides of the question of "What does this provide me?" and I am getting clear on my why.
31:03
May 5, 2020
7. Foundations & A Rant About Our Food
In episode SEVEN!!!! I've been rebuilding some foundational health stuff and I go off on a little of a tangent about how broken our food is.  
30:28
May 1, 2020
6. Wellness Warriors say Whaaaat?
In this episode, we are starting to explore what it is to be a #WellnessWarrior, and how to prioritize the five pillars of wellness in life. 
30:29
April 29, 2020
5. The Fallen Closet & The Illusion of Control
My closet fell and it has me confronting some of my apparent control issues.  Listen in as I sort through the unexpected discovery from the experience.  
28:08
April 27, 2020
4. Breaking Up with my "I'm Busy" Badge
Today I am looking at how I've been using "I'm Busy" as an opportunity to look good, avoid confronting some stuff, and keeping me from really engaging fully.  Instead of being busy, maybe mindfulness can come out to play.  
27:12
April 26, 2020
3. Fat Shaming Myself
In episode three of Health of the People, I am looking at what happened when someone told me my body was disgusting and when someone else told me that I have fat ankles.
26:46
April 26, 2020
2. Untangling Coping Around Covid
Today we are taking a look into the idea of coping mechanisms and what they could be telling us about what our underlying physical or emotional needs really are.
29:18
April 25, 2020
1. Self Care is Healthcare
It's been really easy to wear that badge of being "SO BUSY" as an excuse to not do the things that I say really matter.  In this very first episode, I am getting really straight with myself about some of the areas of my health that I've been telling myself I'm "too busy" to do.  And I am inviting YOU to join me as I begin to explore what it means to be a Wellness Warrior for The Health of The People.
28:22
April 24, 2020