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The Wellness Doctors

The Wellness Doctors

By Ananta well-being

Two medical doctors with a holistic approach to healing get together and talk about all things to do with wellness, health, nutrition, lifestyle, disease prevention, functional medicine and alternative therapies.
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Episode 21: Training and human performance with Ian MacLeod

The Wellness DoctorsApr 30, 2020

Episode 45: Thrive Through Menopause Group Program
Aug 17, 202235:33
Episode 44: Another Three Things with Charles Lankester

Episode 44: Another Three Things with Charles Lankester

We had a lovely time with Charles who interviewed us for his show on the Three Things, so we each came up with one thing and between the three of us made up the numbers! We talked about what is the one thing we learned so far from our time on this earth, James Bond movies, how to lose weight (and it has nothing to do with diet or exercise!), our best home-cooked dishes, telling a tiger mum the truth, swhat we would be doing if we were not doctors, and what to look forward to in 2022.

You can find Charles on his Twitter and podcast Three Things

Nov 24, 202130:20
Episode 43: Vanessa’s “Three Things” with Charles Lankester

Episode 43: Vanessa’s “Three Things” with Charles Lankester

In this episode Vanessa was interviewed by Charles on the podcast “What are your Three Things” - what are the three things you would say to your 21 year old self? We explored mental health issues particularly how COVID has impacted us, farty chairs, how to be kind to oneself, open-mindedness, her passion of 2021, and what she cannot live without.
This episode was originally aired on Three Things and was kindly allowed to be reproduced here. Check out Three Things on your favourite podcast platform!
Sep 05, 202146:15
Episode 42: Talking about Mental Health with Eric Kussin
Jul 25, 202101:17:26
Episode 41: Executive coach Siobhan Barnes and what is "The Perfect Woman Imperative"

Episode 41: Executive coach Siobhan Barnes and what is "The Perfect Woman Imperative"

Laurena interviews a long-time friend Siobhan (pronounced Shiv-on). She is a mother, lover, writer and a soulful executive coach. She works with women who desire to do meaningful work and who desire to live, love and lead in ways that are sustainable, soul-aligned and liberating. You can connect with her 1:1 or through her workshops at 

Jul 19, 202101:07:55
Episode 40: The Science of Hypnotherapy with Christine Deschemin
Jun 11, 202149:21
Episode 39: Healing with Reiki master Dr. Nicolette Ray

Episode 39: Healing with Reiki master Dr. Nicolette Ray

Today's guest is Dr. Nicolette Ray, a UK-trained family medicine doctor who is now teaching at the medical faculty, The University of Hong Kong.

Nicolette shared her own journey of healing from Grave's disease, from nutrition, stress management, lifestyle changes, and of course- Reiki!

What is Reiki? How does it "work"? Is it some kind of woo-woo energy thing?

How Nicolette used Reiki on herself, on her father's heart surgery recovery, and how energy can be "sent" across the globe to help others heal from a distance

Vanessa shares her experience of Reiki with Nicolette after her cervical spinal disc replacement surgery

Laurena shares her experience in cardiology with using heart rate variability to help manage stress

All three doctors discuss medical humanities, how to be a "healer" and not just a "doctor", and having compassion and empathy for those we help, and what a privilege it is to be able to do so.

May 07, 202149:56
Episode 38: Hacking quarantine, breath work and meditation with Dino Hira

Episode 38: Hacking quarantine, breath work and meditation with Dino Hira

Today we have a reality TV star with us! Dino is a meditation teacher, hypnotherapist, Reiki master, author of A Miner Who Wins Inner Peace, founder of The Modern Yogi Co, and the “spiritual guru” in Married At First Sight Australia Season 6! 

Dino just did his quarantine in Perth so we asked him what he did to prepare for it, and hacks for staying physically, mentally and emotionally well. 

We were also curious to hear about his experience in MAFS and how he dealt with the drama. 

We explored different kinds of breath work and the science behind it. 

We discussed Past Life Regression and what it is useful for, and what conditions and people are suitable for it (warning - this is not medical advice, speak to your healthcare professional first). 

He spoke about meditation and how it literally saved his life, and we all shared our personal meditative practices that works for us.

You can find Dino on Instagram as Dino_Hira or on his website

Mar 15, 202101:03:40
Episode 37: Self care for professionals with Alvina Foo

Episode 37: Self care for professionals with Alvina Foo

Alvina's journey of self care, how she uses visualisation to be kind to onself, her matcha tea ceremony, morning routines.

Compassion for self and others - The Skill of Being: acceptance, observing without judging, not taking self too seriously, and we don't have to be perfect!

Personalised nutrition and health, Alvina's bioindividual nutrition course and Laurena's PH360 course

How coaching can help clients achieve their goals, information doesn't necessary mean behavioural changes will come about!

Setting boundaries as part of self care 

You can find Alvina at or IG:

Mar 06, 202101:32:29
Episode 36: Hashimoto's thyroiditis and nutrition with Amy Lamotte

Episode 36: Hashimoto's thyroiditis and nutrition with Amy Lamotte

Laurena and Vanessa interviews Amy, a clinical nutritionist and nutritional researcher, and the managing director of Vallotte Nutrigenomics Limited in Hong Kong. She also has a law degree and is a mother of 3! 

Amy talks about her own health journey with her thyroid condition, which set her path to becoming a nutritionist to use food as her medicine and reverse her own autoimmune condition. 

We talked about the blood test markers for hypothyroidism and what autoimmunity means 

The 5R framework - Remove, Replace, Re-innoculate, Repair, Rebalance 

How gut health, thyroid health and food are related in autoimmunity 

Common foods to remove during the first 3 weeks of elimination diet, and how to personalise it for different people 

How to improve Immune tolerance to food, toxins and other allergens 

Why Amy finds stool testing useful in making a nutritional plan for her clients 

What functional foods and nutrients Amy finds helpful for gut and thyroid health 

Lifestyle changes that support recovery in thyroid conditions 

Peptides that may be promising adjuncts in the management of thyroid conditions 

You can find Amy here and you can see her a client through her virtual practice

Jan 01, 202154:08
Episode 35: Music and recovery with Paul Pellinger

Episode 35: Music and recovery with Paul Pellinger

Paul is an addiction counsellor and is the co-founder of Recovery Unplugged, a recovery centre which he started in 2013 and now has several locations in the US. He also started the Face the Music Foundation - a non-profit organization that helps individuals with limited means access addiction treatment, and increase support for substance abuse prevention and aftercare through music-based programs. To top it off, he is the author of : Music is Our Medicine: The Story of Recovery Unplugged.

We talked about the relationship of music and drug use, how humans are unique in using music to create and connect; the rhythm, the vibrations and the lyrics all play a part in the role of helping people overcome their addiction. 

Paul shared some of his personal experiences of using music to help him overcome withdrawal. He also admitted to being star-struck - don't blame him with big names like Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, and Richie Supa!

How a song can anchor memory; how the lyrics give you words to process the difficult emotions; how music is a catalyst to engage everyone on the same path; and how Paul uses music to break the ice with a new client, or bring two people from the opposite sides to "bob in unison" to a song!

The NOVA Southeastern university in Florida is studying Paul's method to look at the science behind it and how to create an evidence-based program for recovery. Recovery Unplugged has some impressive statistics of success behind it, so something must be working!

Paul shares a tip on how to use music in your everyday life to help yourself or someone in need - gift a song! 

Find out more about Paul at Recovery Unplugged and Face the Music, his book, his YouTube channel, and various mainstream media.

Dec 22, 202052:51
Episode 34: Integrative approach to psychiatry - Dr. Vanessa's interview at The INL Podcast

Episode 34: Integrative approach to psychiatry - Dr. Vanessa's interview at The INL Podcast

Now it's Vanessa's turn to be interviewed by Philip Watkins, ND and Director of Education at The INL Podcast. Philip has a background working in a mental health clinic back in Melbourne, and we delved into different topics from what is an integrative approach to understanding anxiety, how to make sense of research findings and apply that in a clinical setting, what are the laboratory testing that can be useful, how do we educate physicians and patients on the evolving treatments of mental health illnesses, how to be culturally sensitive towards patients' needs, and what Vanessa will put on her billboard.
Grateful for Philip and The INL Podcast to allow us to post the episode here. Check out the INL Podcast as well on your favourite platform!
Dec 11, 202048:12
Episode 33: Holistic approach to skin health - Dr Laurena's interview at The INL Podcast

Episode 33: Holistic approach to skin health - Dr Laurena's interview at The INL Podcast

Today's podcast, Laurena was interviewed by Philip Watkins N.D. from The INL Podcast.

Laurena spoke about how she went from conventional cosmetic practice to embracing a more holistic approach to skincare.

Laurena's first tool in her toolbox - a very comprehensive questionnaire!

Stokes and Pillsbury coined the term gut-skin axis in 2011

How food impacts our gut diversity and the health of our intestinal barrier, which then impacts on neuroinflammation and the relevance of Substance P in skin health

Observational studies on acne & sugar; eczema & dairy; psoriasis & gluten; rosacea & spicy food, but there's also a lot of individuality in response, hence it's important to review all your symptoms comprehensively

Why sleep, minimising sugary foods and drinks (including artificial sweeteners), drinking water and regular bowel movement are important for skin health.

Then the geeky part - different kinds of microorganisms that can affect skin health; clinical signs and symptoms related to skin conditions; immune-modulating therapies and various peptides for skin conditions.

And finally, Dr. Laurena's best tips for great skin (hint: they're free!)

Grateful for Philip and The INL Podcast to allow us to post the episode here. Check out the INL Podcast as well on your favourite platform!

Dec 02, 202050:33
Episode 32: QEEG and Neurofeedback with Dr. Freddy Starr
Nov 13, 202051:19
Episode 31: Stress, neuroplasticity and changing your mindset
Nov 02, 202050:18
Episode 30: COVID, eating disorders and holistic care, with Dr. Jeremy Alford

Episode 30: COVID, eating disorders and holistic care, with Dr. Jeremy Alford

Today we get to interview Dr. Jeremy Alford, a clinical psychologist based in Bali. Laurena and I met Jeremy at a health networking event in Bali, and we were impressed by Jeremy's wealth of knowledge and broad experience. So to reflect this, we have tried to cover several topics that are dear and near to us all - COVID-19, eating disorders, trauma, and healing
1) Tell us more about Choices Retreat, how it all started, how it’s different to other retreats (wellness, medical, rehab etc.)
2) How the world situation is affecting our mental health and lives
3) What can we do to help restore some balance - creating new habits, having a sense of direction and control, and keeping a hopeful, positive mindset for introspection and self-improvement
4) Jeremy's experience with eating disorders, why he founded MEEDA, how social media has affected people with eating disorders and how to adapt to technology to send the right message
5) Jeremy's experience of Ananta Well-being's consultation
You can learn more about Dr Jeremy at his website, his Choices Retreat in Bali, do some guided meditations with him, or find out more about the Middle East Eating Disorders Association MEEDA
Oct 27, 202058:57
Episode 29: Optimal blood markers with Dr. Dicken Weatherby

Episode 29: Optimal blood markers with Dr. Dicken Weatherby

We get to interview the rock star Dr. Dicken Weatherby, CEO and founder of Optimal DX, a training program and software for analysing blood markers with functional and optimal ranges in mind. 

1) Dr. DW's background and how he came to look at functional lab ranges as his life's work, and he explains the problems with regular lab ranges (which even differ between labs) and how functional lab ranges gives us an insight into your past, present and future health

2) Where the evidence for functional lab ranges come from, and there is really no "normal" range - it all depends on which population you are looking at! Even athletes can have "sub-optimal" liver function!

3) Using a systems approach to identify areas of health issues to further drill deeper, e.g. if a patient complains of fatigue, the most relevant systems would be in adrenal health and blood sugar regulation

4) What should I do if my markers are not "optimal" but I'm not "sick enough yet" to get medicine for treatment? Well, Dr. DW wants to ask you, what does medicine mean to you? Is it a pill, or something else?

5) COVID-19 has made people more aware of co-morbidities such as obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory issues, and the immune system, and has brought nutrients into the limelight, such as vitamin D, zinc and IV vitamin C. The point is to assess you NOW to optimise your biological functioning, so we can maximise your chance of dealing with it as well as possible when you do get it

You can find Dr. Weatherby at, Optimal - The Podcast, and his books Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective and Signs and Symptoms Analysis from a Functional Perspective

Oct 23, 202051:24
Episode 28: Financial health with integrity - Emily Chung

Episode 28: Financial health with integrity - Emily Chung

Laurena talks to Emily about financial health (yes, this is also part of well-being!). Different cultures have different approaches to financial planning, and Emily shared what brought her to Hong Kong and why she felt aligned with her values of integrity, with purpose and meaning, when helping others work on their financial goals.

1) Having someone with your best interest at heart and compliments your needs. It may be daunting at first and uncomfortable to share sensitive details with a stranger, so find someone you trust.

2) Building a sustainable relationship, and advice on legacy planning

3) The Five Step Action Plan: start early and build good habits; review your insurance coverage; plan for the unexpected; speak to family about goals and aspirations; make plans to pass on the wealth

4) So how much do I need to retire?! Your journey from A to B

5) How to teach and encourage children to learn good financial habits and understanding the value of costs and budgeting

6) Financial health also includes care and responsibility towards our home and our environment, which affects our health and emotional well-being

7) How Emily uses a lifeline to help clients visualise and make financial planning more tangible.

You can find more about Emily at St. James' Place and her email is

Oct 05, 202059:16
Episode 27: How to become a health coach with Simon Matthews

Episode 27: How to become a health coach with Simon Matthews

Laurena and Vanessa finally reunited in this podcast! We warmly welcome Simon Matthews, a psychologist by training and also the CEO of WellCoaches Australia, a health coach certification program that is accredited by the NBHWC.

1) What is a health coach? Simon describes health coaching as the "engine room of lifestyle medicine". Content isn't sufficient to convince people to change their behaviour, but by being convinced that their personal values come to life when they engage in certain behaviours.

2) Skills of health coaching that are evidence-based, such as skilful conversation, motivational interviewing, appreciative enquiry

3) People make changes only when it has a personal meaning to them; also, a habit serves a purpose, so even if it appears to be "bad", we need to find another way to help them resolve the underlying reason for this habit and adopt more beneficial, healthier and sustainable options.

4) What are the pathways to becoming a health coach? Having some guidelines gives consumers confidence what they are getting, and also standardises the quality of health coaches that come from different backgrounds.

5) How to bring coaching into a clinical practice in a patient-centred approach, which is also a practitioner-rewarding approach!

6) What are the current challenges of bringing health coaching into our current healthcare system? We need to see a reform of how things are done now, to a model that encourages people to engage in healthier lifestyle choices.

7) Laurena's experience of running shared medical appointments on stress management in her clinic.

8) What people are suitable to become health coaches? Those with allied health background are in a great position if they want to be NBHWC certified later on, but those who are interested in health coaching (engineers, actors!) are also able to take these courses.

9) The million-dollar question - how do we make this financially viable for all parties involved? The user, the provider, the insurance etc.  All big journeys start with small steps!

To find out more about Simon, please visit his website WellCoaches Australia , and to learn more about health coaching certification, please visit NBHWC

Aug 10, 202058:39
Episode 26: Health coaching with Stefanie

Episode 26: Health coaching with Stefanie

Today we interviewed Laurena’s health coach Stefanie! This is what she has to say about health coaching: 

1. What is a health coach 

2. What skills do you need to be an effective health coach 

3. How are you different to a customer service or clinical assistant 

4. What are some challenges that you face as a health coach 

5. Share some of your experiences of different clients and working with different practitioners.

To find out more about how to become a certified health coach, please visit 

We hope you'll join in this movement towards optimal well-being!

Aug 03, 202055:34
Episode 25: EFT with Caroline Rhodes
Jul 13, 202052:32
Episode 24: Mind coaching with Olivier Courret

Episode 24: Mind coaching with Olivier Courret

How Vanessa and Olivier met through open water swimming in Hong Kong
1) Olivier's journey from being a triathlete, working with top level athletes, and what he learnt from these world class performers
2) 95% of what we do and how we behave is determined by our subconscious mind, so if we have 70,000 thoughts a day, how many of these thoughts are we fully aware of?
3) So where do these subconscious thoughts and beliefs come from?! How these autopilot programs can either help or limit us
4) The 6 steps to unlock your subconscious mind: self-awareness, purpose through clarify, understanding aligned, rewiring beliefs, permanence through habits, and gain momentum
5) Some techniques that Olivier use: hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, visualisation and other meditation methods
6) Who would benefit from a mental coach - if you train your body with a personal trainer, why not train your mind with a mental coach?!
You can find Olivier on Facebook or his website
And the Iron Mind documentary
Jun 22, 202001:04:05
Episode 23: Interview with Alen Liaw - MD with TCM/acupuncture

Episode 23: Interview with Alen Liaw - MD with TCM/acupuncture

Laurena and I interview a colleague Dr. Alen who's trained in both Western medicine and Chinese medicine. Truly East meets West!

1) What is Qi? It's a frequency/vibrational energy and how it is reflected in meridian points

2) In addition to yin and yang, Dr. Alen uses the Five Elements model he learnt from Nora Franglen from the UK: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water

3) The five elements relate to the four seasons, and how they support or counteract each other to create balance. When things are out of balance, this can manifest as symptoms from burnout to mania

4) Laurena's ruling element is Earth: nurturing in nature, lots of sympathy, needs to feel grounded/rooted, and has lovely voice!

5) How drinking warm instead of cold water can help with the digestive system or the "spleen"; why ruminations and over thinking depleted her spleen qi; and why deep tissue massage can unleash anger!

6) Vanessa's ruling element is (maybe?) Wood: needs to be on the move, likes to take action, can get angry when out of balance as fire will burn wood, and feels calm and nourished when there is water element (open water swimming!); prone to tendon and ligament injuries; and how to focus on supporting the liver which is the wood organ

7) Dr. Alen shares some of his experience when treating his patients using the Five Elements, from bladder cancer to grief, and how to identify someone who has Water as their ruling element just by listening to the way they speak with their voice

Learn more about Dr. Alen at LifeClinic

Jun 08, 202057:28
Episode 22: Swimming with Simon Holliday

Episode 22: Swimming with Simon Holliday

Really fascinating talk with Simon Holliday - long-distance swimmer, Splash co-founder, and corporate wellness guy. 

1. Simon recalls his childhood memories of swimming, both good and bad

2. How he prepared for the English Channel swim, both mentally and physically (not the healthiest! But necessary)

3. Why Simon decided to swim from Hong Kong to Macau and the people behind this amazing feat (shout out to Doug Woodring and Shu Pu) 

4. He's the SECOND official person (a respective nod to Linda McGill being the first) to swim around Hong Kong Island - how to overcome mental challenges such as feeling stuck at the same spot

5.  He co-founded Splash Foundation with Libby Alexander, a charitable organisation dedicated to helping adults and children from low income communities learn to swim. Simon talks about the importance of learning to swim for self confidence, as a life-saving skill, and the gateway sport to other water sports.

6.  We then discuss the physical and mental benefits of swimming, what specific health benefits there are to cold water swimming, and why Simon feels it's different to other sports

7.  Simon talks about his recent experience in a floatation tank - both scary and liberating

9.  How Simon relates to his day job in corporate wellness

10.  Simon combines his love of history with his passion for swimming - a sneak preview into what he's planning on swimming next year!

Here are the links to Simon's amazing swims and the Splash Foundation:

The Clean Cross: HK to Macau

HK360: Swimming around HK Island

Simon Holliday and Splash Foundation

May 30, 202052:35
Episode 21: Training and human performance with Ian MacLeod
Apr 30, 202059:36
Episode 20: Using Chronobiology to optimise your health
Apr 20, 202043:37
Episode 19: Sexuality, femininity, sisterhood and woman empowerment with Linda Moana

Episode 19: Sexuality, femininity, sisterhood and woman empowerment with Linda Moana

Today we talk with Linda, a Holistic Love and Sexuality Coach, and her journey navigating working in the finance world, her own marriage, to find her own sexuality, and how she helps others do the same.

1) Men and women both have masculine and feminine power - the Yin and Yang, but in a relationship, we truly see how feminine energy brings power to a couple, our society and the world

2) Femininity is a different kind of power, it's about intuition, creativity, flow and spontaneity

3) Vulnerability in a relationship is also a strength, setting boundaries to feel safe

4) Doing the inner work to look at our triggers and the four phases of awareness. Working on this will bring an inner calm, which is then reflected to the external world and affects people and situations around us.

5) Vibrations and Vibes! Is it woo woo?! How we are all energetic beings and we can feel others positive or negative energy around us.

6) Women in sexless marriage, and what this means to their self-worth. Not "being enough", not feeling attractive - don't just work on the outside, also work on the inside feminine energy, which can be a lot of fun!

7) Sisterhood - a safe place to empower each other and connect to our sexuality

8) Self-love is about wholeness and loving every part of yourself completely

9) Finding the right language to talk about sexuality and debunking the myths and taboos about sex and what the "norm" is

10) Learning about the female body and what pleases you, then learning how to communicate your needs to your partner.

11) "Women are like water, men are like fire" How do we get into our feminine power? Slow down and be aware. Yoga, sexual practices, breathing and not being serious or perfectionist help with sexual embodiment. Do things for fun, that includes exploring sex for fun to keep long term relationships interesting.

12) How couples work is different to couples counselling. Couples work is more somatic, i.e. eye gazing, which generates oxytocin - the bonding hormone, or belly-to-belly breathing, as examples of connection practices

13) Being present with someone is more healing than "fixing" them Expressing not repressing your emotions, but in a controlled and directed way.

14) Start your own sisterhood! In this time of social distancing, you can have online meetings and celebrate life together!

You can find Linda at her website  or email

Apr 13, 202001:02:39
Episode 18: The Functional Fitness Series Part 2 - sports recovery

Episode 18: The Functional Fitness Series Part 2 - sports recovery

1) How Laurena found her skills as a group fitness instructor translate over to her medical professional career 

2) The "fitness magic" in group classes, and the power of community to hold the space for others to open up and feel supported to change 

3) How a trusting relationship with someone that can support you to break through the fear 

4) The role of a health coach and finding a purpose and personal meaning when making a lifestyle change 

5) Why recovery is important - it's the other twin and where you reap the benefits of exercise 

6) Using Heart Rate Variability to train smarter Important aspects of recovery: rest days, sleep, nutrition, mental recovery 

7) Managing the Stress Bucket

Apr 06, 202052:06
Episode 17: The Functional Fitness Series Part 1 - types of exercise

Episode 17: The Functional Fitness Series Part 1 - types of exercise

1) How did Laurena and Vanessa get into exercising 

2) Sports and mental strength - how physical pain can help build discipline, confidence and resilience 

3) Functional movements and how to continue it into our later years 

4) How to incorporate movement into your daily life 

5) Different types of exercise and their benefits: aerobic, anaerobic, HIIT, zone 2, strength, core and flexibility 

6) What does exercise mean to you? 

7) Most importantly, do something you love and enjoy!

Mar 30, 202055:24
Episode 16: How to interpret blood test markers for optimal health

Episode 16: How to interpret blood test markers for optimal health

1) Laurena is relocating her practice - change can be challenging but also good to help us calibrate and focus on what is important 

2) What Vanessa and Laurena are up to with their training routine and biohacking with an NAD patch! 

3) What are optimal markers? It's how we interpret standard blood test results through the lens of functional and optimal ranges to tease out any underlying conditions, this way we catch any potential issues earlier and fix them! Inflammation - hsCRP, homocysteine, ferritin, fibrinogen 

4) Gut health - urea/BUN, globulin, eosinophile and MEB Oxidative stress - uric acid, homocysteine, albumin and vitamin C, GGT 

5) Acid Base balance and anion gap (this one was a little geeky!) 

6) Adrenal stress - cortisol and aldosterone 

7) Thyroid health - TSH, T4, T3, FT4, FT3, reverse T3 

Remember - these markers are to give us clues as to what our body is trying to tell us, please do not diagnose yourself based on a number and seek medical advice when interpreting these blood tests.

Mar 23, 202001:04:46
Episode 15: Corporate wellness with Graham Barkus
Mar 16, 202047:47
Episode 14: Interview with Philip Watkins N.D.
Mar 08, 202046:27
Episode 13: Breathing
Mar 01, 202048:14
Episode 12: How to combat the flu

Episode 12: How to combat the flu

Given the current covid-19 situation gripping the world, we thought it would be helpful to discuss several things we can do to strengthen our immunity and combat the flu. 

Things we discussed were reducing sugar in diet, high dose vitamin C, vitamin A & D, zinc, selenium, honey, echinacea, green tea; being in nature and restful sleep.

Feb 23, 202033:16
Episode 11: Common supplements and drug-nutrient interactions
Feb 17, 202057:53
Episode 10: Healthy pregnancy with Melanie McVean
Feb 09, 202050:35
Episode 9: How to navigate a healthy vegan diet
Feb 03, 202051:44
Episode 8: Skin conditions and lifestyle management

Episode 8: Skin conditions and lifestyle management

Laurena is in Bali trying to talk over the thunderstorm! Vanessa just bagged a peak at Mount Koscuiszko, and also went kayaking where she burnt her legs - so is this a problem for skin cancer?! 

1) Skin cancer - UVA, UVB, balancing how to get enough vitamin D vs protecting from harmful effects of the sun; what sunscreen to use, lifestyle changes to reducing risk of skin cancer   

2) Acne - causes of acne such as bacteria, sebum accumulation, inflammation and nutritional deficiency; proper skin care routine and use of probiotics; how long term antibiotics and roaccutane may have adverse effects   

3) Eczema - food intolerance such as dairy, soy, wheat, some nuts and seeds   

4) Rosacea - different causes such as alcohol, SIBO, H. pylori infection; investigations to rule out underlying causes; conventional treatment with antibiotics, topical treatment and nutrient repletion of vitamin A, zinc, omega-3 and omega-6 (gamma linoleic acid)   

5) General tips for healthy skin: a plate of colourful vegetables; a nutrient-dense diet with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein; oral collagen up-regulates pathways in the body to make more collagen in your skin, bones and cartilage; adding vitamin C increases absorption of collagen; use good quality sunscreen and hydrate well   

6) "Freckles" in Asian skin are not always freckles, but naevus of Hori (or Hori's naevus) and can be genetic. Seek medical advice for accurate diagnosis and treatment 

Link to the app D-minder 

Jan 26, 202054:07
Episode 7: Our first guest Alvina - the Integrative Pharmacist
Jan 19, 202059:44
Episode 6: Healthcare vs Sickcare

Episode 6: Healthcare vs Sickcare

Laurena's in Ubud Bali enjoying some healing downtime while Vanessa is at home painting her nails and eating chocolate

1) Why conventional medicine is not set up to help patients with sub-optimal health

2) Ways of leveraging the power of a team structure to reach more people and provide easier access to functional medicine:

3) We talk about Health coaching, Shared care appointments, and Corporate wellness

4) Ananta Well-being online consultation

Happy Holidays and see you in 2020!!

Jan 06, 202054:15
Episode 5: Ketogenic diet

Episode 5: Ketogenic diet

Milo goes to Christmas camp!!

1) What is a ketogenic diet and how is it different to a low carb diet

2) How does one measure ketones, and why urine ketostix can be less accurate over time

3) Use of exogenous ketones

4) Dr. Laurena's patient with thyroid and gut problems while on a ketogenic diet, and what was done to improve it

5) Pitfalls of a ketogenic diet: keto breath, keto flu, thyroid, inflammation, poor sleep, lack of nutrients such as polyphenols from plants

6) Keto-cycling and some benefits of a ketogenic diet

Dec 30, 201937:07
Episode 4: Low carb diet

Episode 4: Low carb diet

Laurena going from an instructor to a participant of Body Attack class; Vanessa went swimming with Dave the Dolphin! 

1) Definition of a low carb diet and benefits a lot of people see 

2) Quality of carbs also matter 

3) Ucan superstarch; allulose a a sweetener 

4) Glycemic index and personal choices of sweeteners 

5) Side effects of a low carb diet 

6) Who would not be suitable for a low carb diet 

7) Female cycles, perimenopause and carbs

Dec 23, 201956:09
Episode 3: IBS Part Two

Episode 3: IBS Part Two

What Vanessa has been up to on her travels

Launching Ananta Well-being! The wellness consultation service we're offering, check us out at 

IBS treatment: chewing and eating food properly, healing herbs, probiotics, prebiotics, rifaxamin and herbal anti-microbials, die-off reaction, binders, manual therapies, emotional states associated with IBS, and psychological treatment.

Dec 16, 201901:02:19
Episode 2: IBS Part One

Episode 2: IBS Part One

Eating regular meals and losing weight, based on Laurena's ph360 recommendations

Judgement about food, eating intuitively

Diagnostic criteria of irritable bowel syndrome

Risk factors for IBS, how to assess for IBS, blood test and breathe testing for SIBO

Dec 09, 201952:21
Episode 1: Introducing Drs Laurena and Vanessa

Episode 1: Introducing Drs Laurena and Vanessa

What happens when two medical doctors venture into the wellness space? You get a podcast that talks about all the unconventional "woo woo" things which your average doctor does not tell their patients about. In this podcast, we discuss who we are, why and how we started practising functional medicine.
Dec 02, 201931:20