Podcast for Healing Neurology
By NeuroVeda Heath
Presented by Partyfish Media 🎉🐟
Podcast for Healing NeurologyFeb 02, 2022
#73 John Moos, MD discusses his transition from trauma surgeon to psychedelic healer including research and current status of psychedelics for healing in the US
Dr John Moos, MD discusses his transition from trauma surgeon to psychedelic healer- the unifying factor being proximity to trauma. He notes the trauma he initially treated with surgery most typically occurs within a container of many other traumas- social, political and economic violence, resource scarcity, fear, addiction, intergenerational traumas, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and others. His (to-be) wife looked at him one day and said “I wonder if it’s possible to heal it before it happens”, meaning, is there a way to pre-emptively address the container of trauma before the physical trauma results as the outward explosion of inner distress. Dr Moos was hooked. He completed personal experiences with plant medicine and trainings with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI), California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for their MDMA (3,4-Methyl
methamphetamine) protocol and now runs MoosMD.com to offer service to people with psychedelic medicine.
In this episode, we start with a discussion about trauma. Trauma can even be created in as simple moment as a mis-attunement with a parent as a child in a critical moment and we all experience various levels of trauma throughout the lifespan. Psychedelics can be a tool (not a panacea) to understand the impact of our history on our current, daily moment. It’s the alignment and integration of your three lenses of understanding: cognition (head), somatic (heart) and embodiment (intuition).
Dr Moos recognizes that psychedelics give us a chance to step to the side of our default mode network which can also be described as a type of our identity of our consciousness. Our conversation ranges to the benefits of relationship to help us access our consciousness (this is the definition of Tantra) and these relationships can be our mind to ourselves, us to our container, or us to each other.
Then, we dive into the current research and legal perspectives about the various psychedelics- ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin, LSD and other plant medicines for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and others. He reviews the importance of set and setting which recognizes that intentional and introspective work versus the external recreation of these medicines when they are used in a non-monitored ‘party’ state. As therapy, this is to dissolve ego boundaries to better understand yourself.
We also review the chemical nature and physiological impact of these medicines including the specific activities in the brain and the impacts on our neurobiology.
Is anybody damaged beyond repair? Is any person too traumatized to heal? On being asked this question, Dr Moos offers a compassionate and insightful response about the power of our neuroplasticity as well as the tremendously oppressive conditions of social, political and economic injustice and the persistent squeeze of growing pollution and climate change.
We close this show with a description about the Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) process and what to look for in finding a safe and insightful session.
What I love about this show is that while we talk about ketamine and other psychedelics as a medicinal tool, this show is really about the nature of healing and reality.
Find out more about Dr Moos & his practice at https://moosmd.com/
#72 Jennifer Bahr, ND: All about Homeopathy and its use for children with PANS/PANDAS
Dr Jennifer Bahr is a Naturopathic Physician with deep interest, experience and success in treating children using Classical Homeopathy for PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disease Associated with Streptococcus).
We start this show with the fascinating story of Homeopathy- history, mechanisms and current practice around the world. The American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) was actually the first medical society formed in the United States in 1844. The Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States, still regulated by the FDA, recognizes over 1000 remedies. Research first published in 2010 used scanning microscopy to identify nanoparticles of a homeopathic remedy’s plant, animal and mineral sources in what is so ultra-diluted that it was previously considered nearly nothing (smaller than Avogadro’s number!). With this same technology, it can be measured that there are physiological changes like tiny like nudges that can impart significant trajectory changes in a child’s health.
Then we dive into PANS/PANDAS. Although there is more research about PANDAS (meaning symptoms associated with strep infection), triggers can be well beyond Strep, which is the nature of the condition known as PANS. Children can present with debilitating fear, rage, sleep disruptions, intense separation anxiety, reading/ math regression, toilet training regressions, distinct behavioral changes, tics, avoidant-restrictive food disorder, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). It’s thought to happen in relation to an infective insult, but this may be so subtle as to not even be recognized (even mold in a home). PANS and PANDAS can be thought of as an immune system susceptibility; Homeopathy addresses susceptibilities to repair the biochemical patterns in realms that conventional medicine does not yet operate.
This is an incredible show that gives an excellent introduction to Homeopathy as well treatment possibilities for children and families truly suffering with these severe, often inconsolable, symptoms. We recorded this show with Dr Bahr precisely because of the results we are seeing in clinic with patients who have engaged with the Resilience Naturopathic team (demand is so great she has 16 clinicians on her team that see patients remotely around the world). Throughout the show, she weaves through her personal story, which is so insightful for both process and progress, but also demonstrates how life can feel in an effective treatment vacuum.
Please listen in and share widely.
Find out more about her, Resilience Naturopathic and PANS/PANDAS at the resources below.
a: 3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 103 San Diego, CA, 92108
Join our FREE FB Group for our free mini course on PANS/ PANDAS solutions and lots of great conversation and support!
YouTube Channel for Resilience Naturopathic.
#71: Arnold Eiser, MD: Intersections of Neuroscience & Public Health
Dr Arnold Eiser, MD, MACP trained as a nephrologist over 40 years ago but has come to see that the kidneys, liver and other 'extracranial factors' (influences from outside the cranium, the skull holding the brain) hold some of the most impactful sway over the health of our brains. He's termed this relationship between organ dysfunction in the body to assumed compromise in central nervous system brain neuroinflammation Eiser's Corollary of Related Toxicity. His book, Preserving Brain Health in a Toxic Age: New insights from neuroscience, integrative medicine and public health (Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 2021) explores this topic in depth. He examines the ways in which environmental policy, corporate pollutive behavior, metals, microbes, common medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), and experiences with digital violence seem to hasten neuroinflammatory changes that can present as our current epidemics of autism and Alzheimer's Disease. It's a multi-tiered attack on the nervous system that our society doesn't loop back to true root causes. The book explores the interface between the chemical environment and industrial and agricultural practices.. He notes almost all neurotoxins are also carcinogenics and recognizes the key role of the liver as a front-line organ for protection or vulnerability for brain inflammation- and then notes the epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty acid disease in the modern world. He notes that CFS/ dysautonomia was originally described in the 1800's as a 'disease of modernity' associated with newspaper printing and rail travel. We then talk about the integrative medicine, high fructose corn syrup, nutrients, spices, and in the process really listing out many of the ways we can make our whole world medicine better at preserving brain health.
Find the book: https://www.amazon.com/Preserving-Brain-Health-Toxic-Age/dp/1538158078
#70 Dr Tarun Singhal, MD on microglial activation as a common root of neuroinflammatoy conditions but also brain fog, fatigue and mood changes
Microglial cells are responsible for sensing and driving the immune response in the central nervous system. Their activity, be it supportive or destructive, can be at the root of many different neuroinflammatory conditions including diseases like MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), but may also play a large role in the vague hallmark symptoms of complex and chronic disease like brain fog, fatigue, pain, alertness and mood changes including OCD, ADD, and depression.
Dr Singhal systematically walks us through an easily understood description of the types of cells in the brain (neurons, macroglia (astrocytes & oligodendrocytes), microglia) and their functions. The microglia are a fascinating type of neuroimmune cell that sense and act protectively in good times and then can change shape and release various cytokines, chemokine and neurotransmitters in response to the development of disease, which then impacts microglia function further. We used to only be able to see this on autopsy- there are no blood tests available to measure microglial activation (although neurofilament light chains (NfL) from neurons and glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP) from astrocytes can reflect central nervous system cellular injury).
But PET imaging can visualize microglial activation! Dr Singhal explains in elucidating detail the nature, function, and power of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, like starting with the Big Bang, anti-matter particles, medical cyclotrons and gamma rays. “PET brings physics, chemistry and biology together in real time to provide novel insights at a cellular and molecular level”, including microglial activation. “If you know yourself and know your enemy, you’ll win 1000 battles” is the way he describes what PET can do for neuroinflammatory conditions.
We end the show with a discussion of treatment theories and options targeting microglial activation. It’s a combination of re-evaluating known therapies (even the old antibiotic minocycline!) for their impact on microglia as well as mention of some novel therapies, including a nasal spray ‘vaccine’ for MS. Of course, we bring up non-pharmacologic therapy potentials including exercise, the Ayurvedic perspective including panchakarma detoxification, the power of breathing to impact cerebrospinal fluid flow, ketogenic diet, and consideration of various adaptogenic herbs with the goal of supporting the immune system’s intelligence.
#69: ABORTION: SPECIAL EPISODE: Anuj Khattar, MD on the day Roe v Wade is overturned: Women's Realities of Reproductive Health in America
Recorded on Friday, June 24, 2022, the day Roe v Wade was overturned by the United States Supreme Court, when safe full-scale reproductive health care responsibility was returned back to the states resulting in millions of women losing access to accurate information about safe reproductive care, this episode lays out the realities of abortion.
We know this decision will inflict a range of dangers, even well beyond the simple forcing of women to continue undesired pregnancies with all of the physical, emotional and financial realities (the Turn Away Study shows mental health may recover but physical and financial outcomes are worse for women who wanted but had no access to abortion care).
We know there is already an increasing frequency of delayed or denied miscarriage management, refusal to treat life-threatening pregnancy conditions like ectopic pregnancy, and fetal abnormalities not compatible with life that are forced to persist until their extensively painful and grueling end for both mom and fetus.
Dr Anuj Khattar is a Family Practice MD who has traveled the country providing reproductive care to women. After witnessing child abuse in the emergency room during his training, he chose this specialty to prevent that by supporting women to be in charge of their bodies, including their reproductive choices. He found he loves doing this work because of the deep listening it requires. Dr Khattar has learned from his patients that abortion is never a decision taken lightly. Behind every decision is a carefully weighed thought process to go this route. He notes 90% of abortions occur in the first trimester (12-14 weeks) when the abortion pill (mifepristone and misoprostol) is safe and effective, and that the majority of abortions are women who are already mothers; these are women who are making an informed decision.
In this episode, we discuss:The reason for an abortion is irrelevant; our judgment is irrelevant. Abortion care is health care. With the advent of medical abortion pills, which are available through the mail and are FDA approved through 11 weeks (with evidence & global experience showing likely safety up to 20 weeks), the post-Roe world is different than the pre-Roe world; see the documentary “The Janes” to understand more about that. The physical realities of abortion are demanding on a woman’s body; beyond weight gain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting and connective tissue softening, there is a 20-30% chance of a Cesarean section (C-Section) delivering which is major abdominal surgery incurring any surgical risk and requiring recovery time that is not protected by any Federal paid parental leave program. Dr Khattar also discusses the medically unsound text he has been required to read to women in certain states during abortion counseling and busts many of the other myths out there. A conversation on contraception, which is NOT abortion, even Plan B which is available over the counter without a doctor’s prescription. If the desire is truly to reduce or prevent abortions, our focus should be accurate, widely disseminated sex education, more social and financial opportunities for women, physical autonomy for women and access to contraception.
It’s a big show. It’s a big deal. Let's stand up for ourselves & each other.
Resources:Funding Abortions: https://abortionfunds.org/ Shout Your Abortion: https://shoutyourabortion.com/resources/ Abortion finder: https://www.abortionfinder.org/ Repro Legal Hotline: https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/ Plan C Safe Home Abortion: https://www.plancpills.org/
Coming Soon: Oops, All Franchises!
Coming July 8th from Partyfish Media! Oops, All Franchises is a new movie podcast ranking film franchises and sequels to find the best IP there ever was! What makes a good sequel? Does it have to be a good movie? Does it improve on the original?
Does a good follow-up have to reward the fans for waiting on the edge of their seat, decade after decade? We'll match each movie against each other based on entertainment, cultural impact, artistry, and more. Come with us on this journey through every film franchise we can find!
Oops, All Franchises premieres on Friday, July 8th wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe now or follow us on Instagram at @oopsallfranchisespod. For full info on the show, head to partyfish.media/oopsallfranchises. See you in the multiverse!
Oops, All Franchises Theme composed by Kurtis Skinner.
#68: Acharya Shunya: Roar Like a Goddess
To Roar Like a Goddess is no joke and a responsibility not to be taken lightly.
In this episode, Acharya Shunya rejoins us (see Podcast for Healing Neurology episode #42: Finding the Sovereign Self) for our first show together) to review some of the juicy bits of her new book, Roar Like a Goddess.
We start with a definition of ‘goddess’ and how the various goddesses have the purpose of revealing the various aspects of our authentic goddess nature. “Just as the moonlight is no different than the moon, the self is no different from the Goddess. We are one.”
Telling the goddess stories about the power of Durga, the prosperity & ethics of Lakshmi, and the knowledge and peacefulness of Sarasvati remind us of our own inherent, indivisible raw power, intelligent discernment, and capacity for pleasure.
This was written in the ten thousand plus year old Vedas- the songs of recognizing divinity everywhere- as well as the Upanishads, which instruct us on finding divinity within our own consciousness.
And this is the first five minutes of the show. Seriously. This is a show to listen to over and over again.
These are the teachings we need to find our footing in an unstable world, to wake up our sleeping inner goddess, and to make order in our lives by rooting deeper beyond self, gender, politics, individual or community.
Honoring your goodness can be just as important as asserting boundaries, roaring with rage, questioning your generosity and even engaging in violence, with discernment, to not tolerate atrocities against vulnerable people, animals or planet.
Acharya Shunya reviews concepts of dharma (right living and connecting to our humanity), artha (prosperity, wealth), kama (pleasure, including the right pleasure of sex) and moksha (liberation). These concepts are told through mythology, story with clarity, wisdom and humor.
Tune in to remember the brilliance of your nature and find encouragement to hold the boundary only as thick as a blade of grass.
Be like the Goddess- both sweet & salty.
#67 Emily Gutierrez, DNP, CPNP, PMHS: Neuroinflammation in Kids including Autism, OCD, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS
Autism, ADHD, OCD, and PANDAS/PANS are some of the challenging neuroinflammatory conditions in growing numbers of children these days. While the conventional treatment has typically been pharmaceuticals and behavioral therapies, we are truly in the midst of a paradigm shift aiming at root causes and asking 'why' and 'how' for both cause and treatment. Innovations in medicine are bringing us new evaluation tools, nuanced diagnosis capabilities, and treatment options.
Dr Emily Gutierrez, a seasoned pediatric psychiatric doctorally-prepared nurse practitioner in Austin, Texas, prioritizes these kids who need new approaches. We begin the show by walking through the names, diagnostic criteria, and developmental progressions of some of these disorders like PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), and autism spectrum disorder, including their associated symptoms of anxiety, depression, and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). She delineates autism as kids with global delay who have never met milestones (consider genetic testing with chromosomal microarray and Fragile X testing) versus those with regression or later development of symptoms (consider environmental triggers).
We review Dr Richard Frye's formula for regressive autism or PANS/PANDAS etiologies being 20% genetics + 80% environmental triggers, including oxidative stress (aka total toxic burden of metals, infections, mycotoxins, poor elimination), methylation deficiencies, and mitochondrial dysfunction. She notes, "Psychiatric symptoms can have an immunological basis that needs to be ruled out before sticking a kid on a medication. Maybe the med is amoxicillin instead of prozac." We get far into the details with these physiological processes.
This is an exciting conversation about understanding root causes, choosing treatment approaches and celebrating the inherent resilience of children. The earlier the intervention, the better the outcome. She emphasizes that these conditions are not the fault of the child or the parents and that it is somewhat a war of attrition, meaning, staying with it is the best way to support kids long term to become their best selves. For the benefit of our kids and society as a whole, we all need to heed the call to approach children with neuroinflammatory conditions with fresh, science-based, evidence-backed eyes- listen in to learn what this means and how it can be done.
Resources:Dr Emily Gutierrez's clinic: https://www.neuronutritionassociates.com/ Dr Emily Gutierrez's nutritional supplement line: NeuroNutrients (coming July 2022!) Dr Emily Gutierrez's book link: The Parent's Roadmap to Autism (2018) MAPS: Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs for clinicians TACA for parent support: The Autism Community in Action
Coming June 16th: Save The D8 - Epoch
Season 3 of Save The D8 drops this June 16th! All new characters with all new adventurers and... a brand new player, Shane Regan!
People are getting abducted from their homelands and trapped in a prison with no name. Prisoners are kept under substandard conditions and either executed or forced to work for the prison when their time comes. Four of these prisoners plan to escape this terrible place and find their way home! Find your way this June 16th on Save The D8: Epoch.
Subscribe and listen to Save The D8 wherever you get your podcasts, and get full info on the show at https://partyfish.media/savethed8pod
#66 Karyn Schwartz, community herbalist: Finding our relationship to plants
Karyn Schwartz is a community herbalist what starts out with exactly what we need to know about herbalism, "If you are interacting with plants in any way, you are doing herbalism. If you are cooking with plants in your kitchen, you are doing herbalism. If you are making tea, you are doing herbalism. If you are sitting and listening to the grass, you are doing herbalism. There are so many ways to have relationships to plants and we are bound to them- we are always in relationship to plants. There's no oxygen without plants. We're not here unless we are in relationship to plants. Even before we talk about the consumption or utilization of plants, we have to recognize we are wholly dependent on the plant world for our existence." From there, we have a wide-ranging conversation about the ways in which relationships with plants can inform our experience in life. Karyn shares how she met different plants, like the high joy being around buckets of basil and the experimenting with making ink from choke-cherry juice. Although she didn't grow up encouraged to be close to plants, her persistence, curiosity and humility helped her learn bit by bit what this relationship is and how knowing plants makes us more human.
Find more about the Sugarpill Apothecary here.
And on Instagram here.
Now on Partyfish Media: Beyond The Ball!
Welcome to the World of Pokémon!
Beyond The Ball is the premiere Pokémon research podcast! Join Professors Braden and Will each episode as they read all of the entries for a single Pokémon (selected at random) and try to reach a broader understanding of it and the wider world it inhabits, striving to make sense of the natural world of Pokémon, one Pokédex entry at a time!
You can find more info on Beyond The Ball on the Partyfish Media website at https://www.partyfish.media/beyondtheball, and listen now where you get your podcasts! New episodes every Monday!
#65: Dr Howard Weiner, MD, Understanding the Neuroinflammatory diseases: MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS & Glioblastoma
Dr Howard Weiner has been evaluating neuroinflammatory diseases for over forty years now. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is his main target, but in the show today, you’ll hear how comparing the causes and courses of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and glioblastoma can tremendously deepen our insight into all of these neuroinflammatory conditions together. Dr Weiner is a story-teller (and film maker! ‘What is Life? The Movie”) who starts with a description of the four types of cells that make the brain into the brain: neurons, oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, and microglia. Then it’s on to the details: MS is white blood cells entering the brain triggering inflammation, while abnormal protein accumulation is the hallmark for Alzheimer’s (amyloid & Tau proteins), Parkinson’s (alpha-synuclein in the dopaminergic areas), and ALS (TP protein and others). As we wind our way through the immune system, Dr Weiner shares their surprise at finding MS has a pathologic B-cell component. Antibody-oriented diseases can be addressed with what’s called monoclonal antibody drugs, many of which are used for MS therapy (and 1000’s of other ‘mab’ drugs for other autoimmune diseases). We then turn to the concept of using vaccines for autoimmune conditions. By priming the immune system, we can change the way it reacts to threat & inflammation- these are being considered for both Alzheimer’s (Protollin from bacteria) & MS (stimulates T cells to dampen microglial activity). This is followed with discussion about the links between the brain & the gut/ microbiome and the gut/brain axis impact on neurological disease. He notes even certain cancer therapies that work better or worse dependent on the microbiome. He lays out the challenges of large-scale trials which often don’t yield game-changing success stories but can still be of great value on the secondary analysis to tease apart the patients that did gain benefit to then work backwards judging if other similar sub-set patients could be served by said intervention. This serves for some of the upcoming potential treatments in current trials including aspects of xenon gas, 40Hz flickering light for Alzheimer’s (https://www.alz.life/), ibudilast, inhaled cromolyn to control microglial inflammation, and/or stem cell injections into the spinal cord. Dr Weiner ends by recognizing the frustration and fear that these neuroinflammatory conditions can inspire, but emphasizes the importance of having hope and the incredible gains we’ve made, which will continue, especially in treating MS, over the past 40+ years.
· Dr Weiner’s Lab website: https://weinerlab.bwh.harvard.edu/?page_id=154
· Book: “The Brain Under Siege, solving the mystery of brain disease, and how scientists are following the clues to a cure” by Dr Howard Weiner, MD (2021)
· Book: Curing MS: How Science is Solving the Mystery of Multiple sclerosis (2005)
· Movie: What is Life- the Move: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxUFD1UsCpc
#64 Aly Cohen, MD: All you need to know about WATER! Sources, Regulations, Contaminants and Chooseing Filters for your Drinking Water
Dr Aly Cohen. MD and environmental health specialist (and very entertaining speaker), gives us the full low-down about our drinking water in the U.S.. She starts out describing how the 160,000 treatment plants in the US make up ~80% of our water sources and are bound only to the regulations, restrictions and testing from the Safe Water Drinking Act of 1974. At that time, and since, it's only federally required to test for 91 known toxic chemicals; 95,000 chemicals have been introduced into our environment since the 1950's, leaving 94,909 untested for in our drinking water, at least 1000 known to be endocrine disruptors (most others are not tested so, for the most part, we don't even know their impact). She reviews some of these in detail (including a review of why endocrine disruptors are called 'disruptors'. What is in our water is cumulative of everything that goes down our drain- pharmaceuticals, metals in pipes, dead animals and literally anything that gets flushed down your toilet or washes into sewers including industrial chemicals and farm run-off. When that is 'purified', it's often done with other chemicals- chlorine or flourine, etc, that often isn't removed after it does its cleansing action. She also notes the variability of the wastewater quality can intimately depend on the day, including any climate events like floods, that also flood the wastewater plants. This is one way that climate change can directly, day by day, impact our water quality. So what to do?!? First of all, avoid chemicals in all ways possible (check out Dr Cohen's website (https://thesmarthuman.com/), TEDx talk "How to Protect Your Kids from Toxic Chemicals" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSCeP0hyuTI), Smart Human Podcast (https://thesmarthuman.com/podcast/) and her Instagram, Twitter & FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheSmartHuman/). We then do the deep dive into water filtration with the highest recommendations for reverse osmosis (including how this is the minimum set standard for dialysis water used with patients). Listen in! It's not an option! This is information that we need to hydrate our bodies & grow & protect our babies' development, and age with grace. It's water!
#63: Anup Mulakaluri, ND: Heart & Spirit of Ayurvedic Neurology
Despite being born into an Ayurvedic culture, Dr Anup Mulakaluri, ND, didn't seek out Ayurvedic training until his mom gained medical benefit this ancient science. As soon as he started his training, he knew he was at home and brings the cozy comfort of Ayurveda to each patient he sees and the teaching he does, like in our show today. He starts out describing Ayurveda as 'a system of healing, a way of life, a spiritual practice and as a functional medicine'. He then dives into how we can understand ourselves through our doshic makeup, meaning the three components of our constitution termed vata, pitta, and kapha. With his clear definitions and descriptions of how to stay balanced, lovingly shares what to do when it's hard to wake up in the morning, for example. We then shift to the Ayurvedic perspective of neurology. He describes the nervous system is the action arm of consciousness, where choices are made. He discusses the innate connection between the nervous system and the gut as they can be connected through vata dosha and 'vatagati', meaning 'vata goes there'. Dr Mulakaluri unfolds the beauty of Ayurveda to meet the patient exactly with what they need. Typically with neurological disease, primary treatments are to apply soothing oil topically with massage but also internally with ghee, oils, and fatty animal tissue like cold-water fish in the diet. He explains how the lipophilic nature of oil allows it to penetrate through membranes to address neurological tissues. From here, Dr Mulakaluri reviews a few cases with treatments given for a patient with Parkinson's Disease, a patient with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). In brief, he also reviews the incredible and unique process that is Ayurvedic panchakarma for detoxification, cleansing, restoration and rejuvenation. Panchakarma is the tool for hitting the reset button. He bravely answers our question about 'why does Ayurveda work for neurological conditions'. This was such a relaxing show to record and we are thrilled to offer you this look into Ayurveda today.
For more information about Dr Anup Mulakaluri, ND, and his clinic, Natural Rhythms Ayurvedic Naturopathy: https://ayurvedicseattle.com/
Parkinson's:AV Mungale, et al. Role of Panchkarma and Shaman Chikitsa in Parkinson’s Disease. World Journal of Pharmaceutical research, Vol. 10(2), 1430-1437. Verma J, et al. An Open Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Shirobasti and Nasya with and without Levodopa in the Management of Kampavata w.s.r. to Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Research & Reviews: A Journal of Ayurvedic Science, Yoga & Naturopathy Volume 8, Issue 3. Sagar M. Bhinde, Kalpana S. Patel,1 Virendra Kumar Kori,1 and S. Rajagopala. Management of spastic cerebral palsy through multiple Ayurveda treatment modalities. Ayu. 2014 Oct-Dec; 35(4): 462–466.
Multiple Sclerosis: Shailesh VD, et al. Effect of Ayurvedic and Panchkarma treatment in Ashti Majja Gata Vata: A Case Study. J. of Ayurved and Holistic Medicine, Vol. 5 (6), Nov-Dec. 2017.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Nakanekar, Amit et al. “An ayurvedic approach in the management of Guillain-Barre syndrome: A case study.” Ancient science of life vol. 35,1 (2015): 52-7
Myasthenia Gravis:Ashwini HA, et al. ROLE OF PANCHAKARMA IN MYASTHENIA GRAVIS– A CASE STUDY. Int. J. Ayur. Pharma Research, 2018;6(3):61-65. Vidyasagar, Prashanth A.S. A critical understanding of Myasthenia Gravis and it's Treatment in Ayurveda. Int. J. Ayur. Pharma Research, 2018;6(8):55-61
#62 Micki Maes: All about brain imaging; understanding x-ray, CT, MRI, PET scans especially for neurodegenerative conditions
Marilyn (Micki) Maes, MS. RT, (R), (MR), (f), CRT, is a radiologic technologist, professional educator, researcher, 3D quantitative analyst, consultant, and manager with over 15 years of experience in performance and training regarding diagnostic imaging. Prior to her last 6 years at CorTech working with the Neuroquant, which is a specific type of volumetric analysis and report regarding cognitive decline, she was director at Stanford's 3D quantitative radiology department doing manually what CorTech reports now do digitally. This show walks through brain/head imaging from A-Z, or should we say from X-ray to CT, to MRI, to PET and back through circulatory vessel imaging including CTA (CT-angiogram) and MRA/MRV (magnetic resonance angiogram & venograms). She brings to light how the imaging study is done, what body structures are best seen with each test, types of dye (iodine vs gadolinium), contraindications and which clinical situation is best elucidated by which study (for example, Parkinson's and dopamine with PET scanning or how & why cancer lights up with gadolinium). Micki then dives into nitty gritty details of what is being seen (or not) with the CorTech Neuroquant report comparing volumetrics as applies to long-COVID brain fog, Alzheimer's, hippocampal asymmetry, ventricular sizes and global atrophy. She also reviews imaging abnormalities with MS and vascular abnormalities. This information can be hard to find and especially difficult to understand. Micki teases apart what type of information is sought with the various imaging options. More information about the Neuroquant reports can be found at the CorTech website.
#61 Virtaj Singh, MD: Physiatry Treatments for the Hypermobile Body
Dr Virtaj Singh, MD, gives us the physical medicine and rehabilitation perspective of the hypermobile body. We start out talking about how 'hypermobility' presents, starting with the various joints that can get hypermobile (spoiler alert: it's all of them). He explains how lax ligaments may trigger muscles to tighten in order to protect a vulnerable joint which is why sometimes treatment is to loosen muscles and sometimes treatment is to tighten ligaments as a way to address a root cause of pain. We review the various stages of dysfunction including acute, subacute and chronic stages and how to look for microscopic injuries that might not be visible on imaging. Dr Singh explains looking for the what, the how and the why- the cause- of pain and dysfunction versus just trying to dull pain with opiates. He walks through a broad range of treatment options top to bottom- medications (anti-inflammatories vs muscle relaxants vs tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline/nortriptyline, low dose naltrexone, opiates), physical and occupational therapies, steroid injections, prolotherapy (injections to tighten ligaments as some say 'scar it down'), IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation which is sort of like 'if acupuncture and massage therapy had a baby'), trigger point injections, PRP (platelet rich plasma), stem cell injections into joint spaces, and surgery (fusion/ fixation). We discuss CCI, craniocervical instability, as one possible trigger for many of the global symptoms of neuroinflammation and that it's a very dangerous area from an interventionalist standpoint; Dr Singh refers to the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado for injection treatments Sprinkled throughout are tips and pearls for understanding the different joints and their role in supporting your full body. Dr Singh walks through various conditions, placing imaging studies like MRI in their proper context- not as diagnostics, but as supports for the physical evaluation of the patient. We finish with a discussion about fixation & fusion surgeries and then recap what is hypermobility and how to think about it when trying to address pain. Jump on board- this is a thorough discussion about physical treatments for the hypermobile body that you don't want to miss.
Find Dr Virtaj Singh at Seattle Spine & Sports: http://seattlespine.com/seattle
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#60 Tami Hafzalla: Yoga & Ayurveda through Bhakti, a devotional life
Tami Hafzalla hails originally from Cairo, Egypt, and found her spirit grounded & home-grown through her explorations of Yoga and Ayurveda. In this podcast, she brings us along on her journey originating in a curious & contemplative childhood, through psychology studies in college that triggered her introduction to Yoga, breath work, meditation and self-discipline. "Yoga is here to liberate me." Her drive to be of service to humanity drove progressively deeper through experiences all over the world with Vedic sciences: music, chanting, ancient texts, Jyotish (Ayurvedic astrology), and bhatki, which means devotion. Bhakti is the style of practice that spoke most to Tami across the decades of her journey and has sustained her through years of parenting, working, breathing and living. "The truth of being a householder in the world is that we can't spend all the hours in the day in spiritual awareness, but we can be in devotion." She quotes Jack Kornfield's book, "After the Ecstasy, the Laundry." She shares with us one of her personal favorite mantras, 'begin again' because the nature of being human is honoring recurrent imperfection. We then discuss Tami's brilliant approach to attending to your Ayurvedic constitution during a group Yoga practice. Tami's grasp and application of the science to the daily life is palpable, regardless of wrestling toddlers into pants or on retreat abroad at a spiritual retreat. "This is my practice. My body is changing and this is my practice." Hearing her story is inspiring. Listening through her humility is an honor.
#59 Alessandro Bitto, PhD: Biological Aging, Cellular Senescence, Mitochondria & the Gut
Dr Alessandro Bitto is a researcher at the University of Washington who studies biological aging, mitochondrial function and metabolic disease. He walks us through the history, current thinking and some of the experimental data of cellular senescence, including the role of DNA damage and telomeres, some of the senolytic drugs (quercetin, Dasatinib and others), and how different cells effect senescence differently, like epithelial cells vs neurons vs immune cells. He talks about the root of cancer being cells that escape cellular instructions. From this foundation, Dr Bitto layers in the role of mitochondria with deep explanations of metabolism as the summary of actions that cover the cycles of catabolism and anabolism- the breaking down of our food, water and oxygen intake into their individual constituents and then the process of building membranes, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, etc. He discusses the actions with the mitochondria which govern oxidative phosphorylation including the Kreb's cycle (aka Citric Acid Cycle) and the electron transport chain and the importance of membranes to govern the passage and connection of these elements to do the work. We discuss macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates and proteins) as well as the vitamins and minerals that act as co-factors. Next, Dr Bitto links mitochondrial activity with aging. Dr Bitto then shares the research he's been personally working on, which revolves around the impact on aging (in mice) by rapamycin, acarbose and butryrate. Of note, acarbose and butryrate are active in the gut and suddenly, here we see the direct link between the gut, the mitochondria, and biological aging- wow! Listen in for a ride through the science and research of metabolism, mitochondria and aging.
#58 Prisca Nwizubo, PMHNP: Non-Medication Mental Health with TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Prisca Nwizubo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who found herself most at home working with mental health and illness in innovative ways including especially with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and runs Eastside TMS Wellness in Washington State. She brings us through her journey that starts in a public area in Nigeria at age 6 years old seeing a group of mentally ill people being mistreated by their guards or caretakers, all the way through to this cutting-edge modern TMS technology. She walks us through the process that includes consultation, mapping to target the neural location, and then the 'tap tap tap like a woodpecker' sensation of their 18-minute treatment. This is an FDA-approved treatment, generally covered by insurance and lasts across 36 sessions. TMS seems able to reach illness patterns where and when medications might not. While mental health conditions like depression and anxiety are obvious treatment targets, TMS has also been used for Bell's Palsy, Circadian Rhythm disturbances and other sleep issues. If you have been looking for a treatment option to complement therapy and medications (or possible replace medications or reduce the number of necessary medications), listen in to hear all about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Find our more about Prisca Nwizubo and Eastside TMS Wellness: https://www.eastsidetmswellness.com/
Contact Prisca directly at (425) 919-6826.
#57 Hiba Jameel: Iraqi nutritionist & artist on food, family, culture, food policy, blue zone eating, and the power of priorities and choices
Ms Hiba Jameel grew up in Iraq during the Gulf War and transitioned from coming to the US as a refugee to studying Blue-Zone longevity & nutrition including the biomarkers regarding mTor & IGF1 during her Masters training at Tufts University. She paints us a gorgeous picture of sitting at her grandmother's table as a child with the fruits, nuts, vegetables and spices of the Iraqi table and moves through her understanding of people through her understanding of food, nutrition and the world 'healthy'. Her love of food is palpable and it's evident especially in her respect for the variety of diets in Blue-Zones around the world. She's sharp on policy as well and lays into our food policies that are driving national health vulnerabilities. As she talks about her art and creativity which was present in her since childhood, she lights up again. This is a wide-ranging show about art, culture, trauma, nutrition, emotion, policy, inequities, and health, all as told through the warm and sweet voice of Ms Jameel that truly represents the ways in which we can choose healing from diverse aspects of our lives. Enjoy!
Contact Ms Jameel for nutritional consultation: email@example.com.
REPOST: #42 Acharya Shunya: Finding the Sovereign Self
How can we find authentic freedom, everlasting joy, and unshakable sovereignty? In this episode, Acharya Shunya shares the seven stages of falling through desire from consciousness to unconsciousness to discover our true nature and improve our health. Acharya Shunya is the first female leader in her 2,000 year Vedic lineage from India. Her insight is profound and under the heel of her gentle, poetic tone, she crushes the Ego that keeps us isolated and alone to hand us our larger Self. This is the process we all walk through over the course of our lives as we search for connection and continually must remember that the connection we seek is to our Self. By finding the Self, "the nightmare is over and you have awakened".
We may romanticize spirituality as something that happens away from families and work and the daily life, but Acharya Shunya breaks these assumptions. We enlighten right where we are, up in the night with children, sick ones and elders. We don't need any particular thing in our external life to be one way or another. The battle for our spirit exists in finding our way to come correct to every breath, while we grocery shop and stand in lines and take out the trash and pay bills. "Find the Himalaya within you."
This householder spirituality was part of the Vedic tradition from thousands of years ago. In fact, she shares how the Vedas were written in part by 27 Rishikas (women seers). The Vedas are older than Hinduism and note the equality of power held by women and men, the widely-noted presence of divinity in the 'male body, female body or mixed body'; divinity is present in all life, in all faiths and religions and cultures. "When we sleep, we all return to that one common womb."
Acharya Shunya's website: https://www.acharyashunya.com/
Acharya Shunya's book, Sovereign Self: Claim Your Inner Joy and Freedom with the Empowering Wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita: https://bookshop.org/books/sovereign-self-claim-your-inner-joy-and-freedom-with-the-empowering-wisdom-of-the-vedas-upanishads-and-bhagavad-gita/9781683645818
#56 Alissa Zingman, MD, Everything to know about EDS: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Syndromes
Dr Alissa Zingman is a physician board-certified in Occupational & Environmental Preventative Medicine. Prior to medical school, she was a professional dancer & pilates instructor. She also has a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type, or hEDS, which makes her one of every 5000 people who may be functioning like 'canaries in the coal mine of biomechanics'. She’s had five orthopedic surgeries, several herniated discs in her spine and had to leave her orthopedic surgery residency to pursue intensive rehabilitation for her spine & pelvis. Being a physician did not shield her from the medical neglect and abuse that is unfortunately common amongst hEDS patients and advocacy remains one of her passions. In this episode, we hear about her story from both sides- the patient as well as the clinician perspectives for this condition which is garnering growing awareness. Learn which clinicians to seek out, how wide-ranging effects can be (think heart valves and blood vessels and immune miscommunications resulting in conditions like MCAD (Mast Cell Activation Disorder) as well as joints & skin stretchiness), diagnostic issues & criteria, a global approach to treatment (organize, stabilize, mobilize, dynamise), what type of therapies might be helpful (including prolotherapy & PRP), some of the medications that are used, and how and why EDS/ HMS dysfunction might be on the rise (hint: pollution!!). She knows it all! Come listen to learn the nuances of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
PRISM Spine & Joint: https://prismspineandjoint.com/
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Research Foundation at https://edsrf.org/
#55 Katja Kovacic, MD pediatric gastroenterologist: Neurogastroenterology the gut brain connection of IBS, cyclic vomiting, gastroparesis and chronic abdominal pain as seen through the autonomic nervo
There are more neurons in the gut than in the spinal cord. WHAT?! Dr Katja Kovacic is a pediatric gastroenterologist who specializes in the gut-brain connection especially through the perspective of the autonomic nervous system. She discusses the complex and difficult to treat functional gut disorders including IBS, cyclic vomiting syndrome, gastroparesis and chronic abdominal pain. Her experience is extensive. She describes the symptoms that come along with these conditions and some of the testing to diagnose these conditions. We then spend the second half of the show discussing treatment options. Dr Kovacic starts with a simple listing of some of the medication options (many for migraine and mood) and then we go deep into neuromodulation options. These can be vagal stimulators, deep brain stimulators, and sacral and tibial neuromodulation. We then turn our attention to the IBStim, an auricular (ear) neuromodulator that is FDA approved for IBS. Dr Kovacic shares her experience with hundreds of patients in clinic and in research. Our last device discussion is about the Safe & Sound Protocol which is acoustic neuromodulation (music therapy) based on Steven Porges work evolving the Polyvagal Theory. Finally, we review how hypermobile disorders, including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, are inherently linked to altered autonomic activity with 90% of patients suffering from severe gut dysfunction- this is where the research is going next, and she describes a number of the studies being run through her clinic at the University of Wisconsin. These are incredible common but ultimately complex conditions being blown open by Dr Kovacic’s unique approach for understanding, diagnosing, treatments and research into these neurogastroenterologic conditions. Listen and learn.
Find more about Dr Kovacic & see some of her other lectures: https://childrenswi.org/physician-directory/k/kovacic-katja-k
#54 Alan Cash: Using Oxaloacetate (Benagene) to support failing mitochondrial energy pathways & scavenge glutamate
Alan Cash got curious about why our energy pathways fail us. Armed with an MS in physics, he's found himself innovating commercial production methods for oxaloacetate, a metabolite in the citric acid cycle that sits squarely within our mitochondria and are fundamental in producing the ATP that fuel every energy-requiring process in the body. In this episode, we review the nitty gritty details of energy production from the perspective of how oxaloacetate (brand names Benagene and Jubilance) can impact us from the systemic perspective. We don't typically discuss one commercial product on our show, but we have many patients using oxaloacetate and wanted to give a much more complete picture than we can in a clinic visit. Taking oxaloacetate has been shown to decrease NF-kB activation, reduce fasting glucose by ~25% (research from the late 1960's), increase NAD to NADH ratios, increase AMPK, decrease emotional symptoms of PMS (as the product Jubilance) and favorably shift cellular redox. Preliminary data from Mr Cash's current research is showing reduction in fatigue for CFS/ME patients. Remarkably, oral oxaloacetate seems to be able to cross the blood brain barrier (it's a very small molecule!) and can decrease brain glutamate levels. Most remarkably, taking exogenous oxaloacetate can mimic caloric restriction and has increased the lifespan of laboratory animals. It's been used in doses ranging from 100 to 6000mg daily (like for glioblastoma) and has been well-tolerated even at high doses. It's important to know that the commercial products Benagene and Jubilance contain the same ingredients: 100mg of oxaloacetate stabilized by 150mg of vitamin C. To answer another common question, there's no mechanism to turn oxaloacetate into the undesirable 'oxalate' compound in the human body. This tiny molecule really can pack a molecular and anti-inflammatory punch- listen in to find out more!
https://jubilance.com/Oxaloacetate to reduce emotional symptoms in PMS: placebo-controlled, cross-over clinical trial with 48 women (2020): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7073356/ Safety and target engagement profile of two oxaloacetate doses (500mg & 1000mg twice daily) in 15 Alzheimer's patients (2021) showed the higher dose increased frontal & frontoparietal brain glucose & glutathione per FDG PET scanning despite no changes in serum levels or cognitive scoring. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32715609/ Oxaloacetate activates brain mitochondrial biogenesis, enhances the insulin pathway, reduces inflammation & stimulates neurogenesis (2014) in mice injected with 1-2g/kg once daily dosing x 1-2 weeks. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25027327/ Oxaloacetate supplementation increases lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans (roundworms) by 25% median & 13% maximal lifespan through an AMPK/FOXO-dependent pathway (2009). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-9726.2009.00527.x Oxaloacetate: A novel neuroprotective for acute ischemic stroke (2012) via modulation of the glutamate pathway which would also be applicable for other types of brain injury, like TBI (traumatic brain injury). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22085530/ Neuroprotective effect of oxaloacetate in a focal brain ischemic model in the rat (2015) through pathways of glutamate scavenging. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24807461/ Neuroprotective effects of oxaloacetate in closed head injury in rats is mediated by its blood glutatmate scavenging activity (2009). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19543002/ Effect of alpha-ketoglutarate & oxaloacetate on brain mito DNA damage & seizures (2003). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12749815/ Oxaloacetate acid supplementation as a mimic of caloric restriction: https://benthamopen.com/contents/pdf/TOLSJ/TOLSJ-3-22.pdf
#53 Kyla Pearce, PhD, MPH, E-RYT 200: LoveYourBrain *free* programs offering Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury
Yoga was one of the key tools Olympic-hopeful snowboarder Kevin Pearce found to reorient to himself as able, connected and calm after his severe head injury on a practice run in January 2012 left him comatose for weeks. Despite high-tech and caring medical attention, devoted family support and extensive neurorehabilitation, Kevin's identity remained rooted in his life as a professional athlete and snowboarder for years after his accident. After traumatic brain injury (TBI), however, we may not return to our 'former' self and the struggle to find our new self, identity and value is a worth search. In response to the benefits Yoga inspired for Kevin & his family, they founded and run the LoveYourBrain Foundation which develops research-based, practical and FREE, accessible programming offering Yoga back to the TBI community. Kyla Pearce (Kevin's sister-in-law), Yoga professional and PhD/Post-Doc trained researcher serves as Senior Director of Programs for LoveYourBrain. In this episode, she reviews their three types of programs (Retreats, Yoga, and Mindset Online), the research behind them and the principles and values that drive them. "Yoga is a about coming home to yourself" which can be mobility, community-building, stress coping, relaxation, athleticism in strength and balance and/or simple curiosity about self. These programs have been offered at 65 Yoga studios and 25 hospital/neuro-rehabilitiation facilities across the US and Canada. In total, just about 10,000 individuals with TBI have been served with LoveYourBrain programs. All programs are designed based on the science of resilience, including the growth vs fixed mindset discussed by research Carol Dweck of Stanford and the 10 principles of resiliency by MDs Dennis Charney & Steven Southwick of Mt Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York. Programs focus on reframing the difficulties of the TBI experience as a springboard to greater connection to self and potential as a human. It's resiliency over recovery and it's an inspiring program to learn about. Please engage with them at whatever levels best serves you personally and share widely as their in-person programs begin to ramp back up with the (fingers-crossed) quieting of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More about Carol Dweck: https://profiles.stanford.edu/carol-dweck?tab=publications
More about the 10 principles of resiliency from Drs Dennis Charney & Steven Southwick: https://icahn.mssm.edu/files/ISMMS/Assets/About%20the%20School/Leadership/CRTV-3841-ICAHN_Charney_10StepPrescription_Resilience_Infographic_Nov_20.pdf
#52: Shae Datta, MD: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), gut-brain connection and supplements for healing
Dr Shae Datta, MD, is a Sports NeuroTrauma Neurologist and the current Director of Concussion & Neuro-Cognition at New York University, Long Island. Dr Datta specializes in helping people heal from brain injuries, especially including traumatic brain injuries and concussion (also called mTBI = mild traumatic brain injury). In this incredible episode, we wind our way first through the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, meaning the brain, spinal cord and associated microglia, astrocytes, relay neurons and the glymphatic clearance system of the CNS. Dr Datta then illuminates an understanding of the gut-brain axis with a special focus on psychbiotics, naming some of the specific types of probiotics that impact mood, cognition and the nervous system. She notes, ‘unhappy gut = unhappy brain’. The show returns to prognosis after brain injury and that every head injury is a unique story and very dependent on functional level, age, stress, co-morbidities, prior TBI and history of migraines. She reviews a bit of the TBI evaluation, which, barring a bleed in the head visible on CT, can often present with subtle findings regarding balance and ocular or vision changes that can potentially reflect outsized cognitive, sensory and/or motor challenges. We end the show with an exploration of a wide variety of treatments, some common (physical and occupational therapy) and some unique to Dr Datta’s integrative training: choline, creatine, vitamins and others.
Learn more from Dr Datta from her co-authored chapter on TBI in the Integrative Neurology textbook in the Andrew Weil Series: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9780190051617
To see Dr Datta as a patient, find her at NYU Langone: https://nyulangone.org/doctors/1720493141/shae-datta
#51 Nzinga Harrison, MD: The ‘correct way’ to understand and support those suffering with substance use disorders
As the daughter of a public school teacher/administrator and an electrical engineer, who was also the commander of the local Black Panther Party, Nzinga was raised as an advocate who always knew she would become a doctor and a teacher. In medical school, her world was upended by a psychiatry rotation that drove her into mental health care within the context of social & political factors. Compassion, connection, and relationships drive health. Coming correct to substance use disorder treatment means bringing the compassion and resource we offer cancer patients and the biological, social, & cultural interventions we use to manage the lifelong chronic illness that is diabetes. We wouldn’t drop off a newly diagnosed diabetic who just spent 5 days in the ICU stabilizing their blood sugar into their old neighborhood without medication, education, and connection to ongoing care and social support because this doesn’t make any sense. Why do we do this with people suffering with substance use disorders?
With joy, humor incredible wisdom, and a take-no-prisoners attitude, Nzinga points out how perceptions of safety or threat (not necessarily present-day reality as intergenerational trauma informs current day perceptions) can drive behavior. We discuss ‘safety pie’ and how equity means the hungriest person gets the biggest piece and some people might not get any today because they had a lot yesterday and just don't really need it.
Nzinga pulled all of this brilliance together into the company she co-founded and serves as Chief Medical Officer, Eleanor Health, which offers wrap-around harm-reduction care for people with substance use disorders. Lest you think she’s an idealistic hippie, you have to know that in its first year open, Eleanor Health reduced hospitalizations by 85% for its served population- better than you find with any pharmaceutical.
Please listen to this show- the majority of us have people in our lives who have suffered or are suffering in various stages of substance use disorders. Learning how to come correct and that Eleanor Health is available in multiple states across the country is elemental for us to heal ourselves, each other and our communities.
#50 Sri Ganeshan, MD and physician scientist: Into the weeds on folate and mitochondrial metabolism with FRAT and MitoSwab testing
Dr Sri Ganeshan, MD and physician scientist, dives into the weeds on folate and mitochondria
Please note, even though we discuss folate doses in depth, we are NOT recommending that using folate in any form is right for you or your child. A podcast conversation is never a replacement for personalized and direct medical care.
Did you know mitochondria is involved in fighting viral infections including COVID? Listen all the way through to get this info!
It’s a soup-to-nuts discussion about the types of folate, functions of folate across the lifespan, location of receptors on the body, deficiency symptoms, genetics of folate (including MTHFR), and supplementation options (including oral and/or injectable). Dr Ganeshan then discusses the FRAT test (Folate Receptor Antibody Test) which is a blood test that evaluates autoimmune activity against the folate receptors, possibly interrupting folate uptake & usage, especially by the brain, which has been associated with neuroinflammatory conditions like autism and chronic infections. He discusses the role of dairy in triggering autoinflammatory conditions.
Regarding mitochondria, Dr Ganeshan weaves around mitochondrial structure, numbers, locations, functions and dysfunction/ deficiency symptoms by complex in the electron transport chain (thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and others). Historically, mitochondrial disease that is severe has a genetic contribution and is found in childhood, but secondary dysfunction that may be environmentally triggered and found as mitochondrial dysfunction in children or adults. He discusses some of the subtle (aka vague) lab findings as well as the gold standards for mitochondrial evaluation (muscle biopsy and/or genetics). MitoSwab test per research is 85% as accurate as the much more invasive muscle biopsy and can be completed with a simple cheek swab and shipped in the mail for assessment. It can be used with children 2 years old and up. Finally, we review treatment options for supplements and the importance of protecting from light and oxygen to reduce oxidation.
We close with some interesting patient cases of children with autism and an adult with Parkinson's.
Put on your science hat! This is a fun, technical, ride through these two vital aspects of our metabolism.
Of note, Center for Healing Neurology does offer both FRAT & MitoSwab testing. Please schedule an appointment if you are interested in this testing.
REPOST: #5 Dr Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH: It's social & political factors that make populations healthy, not just healthcare!
There's been so much upheaval in our social, political & physical world that it's timely to remember what determines our health, which is not necessarily what happens in the doctor's office. This was one of our first shows, originally released Jan 2, 2020, because the importance of talking about how our health flows (or doesn't) from our economic structure.
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
REPOST: #4 Sufi Imam Jamal Rahman: How poetry & the Koran can heal our neurology
It's the right time to repost this incredible episode in which the beauty of Islam is beamed through the words and spirit of Sufi Imam Jamal Rahman. It was one of our opening podcasts on January 2, 2020 and is in the top 3 of my favorite podcasts we've ever produced. Listen in and heal.
From 1/2/2020: 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
#49 Manish Butte, MD PhD: All about immunology, especially T cells
Dr Manish Butte, MD PhD, is a pediatrician & Division Chief of Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology, and is also a surprisingly down-to-Earth kind of guy. In this show, he causally lays it all out there from the perspective of a scientist and compassionate clinician who works at the edges of what we know regarding genetics and rare diseases to give us a view of the whole playing field of immunology, including allergy, autoimmunity and infection (especially the post-infectious drive towards autoimmunity). We discuss Lyme, EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) and the ways in which the B cells & T cells function to mount, address & recede from their battle stations (did you know regulatory T cells even a part of the initial cytotoxic T cell response to infection?). Dr Butte then dives into the mechanobiology components of T cell activation (did you know stiff vs soft, aka swollen/edematous tissues vs non-traumatized tissue, trigger different T cell responses?) with some fascinating conjecture about the interaction between hypermobile tissues & T cell activity. We seem to end the conversation with a deep discussion about IVIG (IV immunoglobulin G) and rituximab which address aberrant antibodies but then truly finish with some discussion about the importance of immunogenetics and COVID antibody & T-cell evaluations. All in all, a fabulous show for which we are grateful for Dr Butte's generous participation.
#48 Dan Olesnicky, MD on Neuropathy and regenerative options for addressing peripheral nerve pain syndromes
Neuropathy is dysfunction or damage (or both!) to the nerves and is a source for movement disorders as well as burning, tingling and numbness. It's a condition that can result from so many different triggers. Did you know ~40% of neuropathies remain 'idiopathic' in cause, meaning of unknown origin? In this podcast, MD Dan Olesnicky walks through them all. Step by step, he discusses the central vs peripheral nervous system (the peripheral being the end 'rootlets' of very small nerves that can enervate our hands and feet but also wrap around our gut and heart), and then goes into mono vs polyneuropathy. We talk about everything from mechanical compression to toxic insult to acute or chronic infection to hereditary sources for neuropathy. Then we talk about treatment options, including the innovative treatments he offers in his clinic that include stem cell and PRP (platelet rich protein) injections into nerve trigger points that has given some of his toughest neuropathy patients relief. Dr Olesnicky shares some elements of the cardiac neuropathy he experienced from Lyme Disease and how this has resolved with IV stem cell therapy. Fascinating N of 1 case!
#47: Ilene Ruhoy, MD discusses the her work as the Medical Director of the new EDS Center at Mt Sinai in South Nassau, New York
Dr Ilene Ruhoy is the Medical Director of the new Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Center at Mt Sinai in South Nassau, New York. In this podcast, Dr Ruhoy shares the structure, goals and approach to EDS patient care. Dr Ruhoy lays out the challenges that EDS and hypermobile patients encounter in experiencing connective tissue disorders, getting a diagnosis and the work that is happening at the EDS Center to center complex and chronically ill patient care. It starts with a triad structure binding together clinical practice with the illustrious Dr Anne Maitland, surgery led by Dr Paulo Bolognese, as driving and driven by research. Then, Dr Ruhoy dives into the nature of the connective tissue and reviews one research study underway to evaluate these connective tissues for infectious source but also postulates other potential sources starting with genetic vulnerabilities as acted upon by pollution, trauma and other triggers. This might be a one-two punch that can result in complex and chronic disease.
What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/what-is-eds/
EDS Center at Mt Sinai: https://www.southnassau.org/sn/chiari-eds?srcaud=Main
#46 Sharad Kohli, MD: Healthcare work is political work
Health is well beyond just a medical status and is inherently political. Dr Sharad Kohli, MD, has been working in primary care with underserved populations for over 15 years. He shares his story of transition from wanting to provide good healthcare to realizing that health required other services like voting rights, access to healthy food and exercise opportunities. The transition was complete in the further realization that going upstream to work on the criminal justice system, gun rights, immigration and poverty requires attention to provide care that truly targets health. This work was formalized in the non-profit IM4US (www.IM4US.org) which has a yearly conference and continues to support all members of healthcare teams to serve underserved patients well. Further, Dr Kohli reviews their incredible integrative pain program, which focused on complex trauma as a potential trigger for substance use and targeting addiction prevention. He also reviews the importance of community and group visits for building resilience and healing with inevitable cycles of health & illness. It's an uplifting show that touches on decolonizing medicine, looking at personal bias, and presents one real-life model for how good medicine is being offered in one Austin, Texas clinic. Dr Kohli is brilliant, engaging & humble.
Why cultural safety rather than cultural competency is required to achieve health equity: a literature review and recommended definition Elana Curtis* , Rhys Jones , David Tipene-Leach , Curtis Walker , Belinda Loring , Sarah-Jane Paine and Papaarangi Reid https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12939-019-1082-3.pdf
#45: Bela Chheda, MD on Lyme & Co-Infections Testing & Treatment
Why are chronic, persistent infections like Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia and others like long-COVID and Epstein-Barr Virus so difficult to diagnose and treat? Infectious Disease specialist, Dr Bela Chheda, MD, walks us step by step through testing options including Elisa, Western Blot, PCR, Immunoblot (Igenix, Vibrant America), FISH testing for Babesia (Igenix), and some of the uncommonly tested parts of the immune system like the T-cells (InfectoLab). She also reviews how these bacteria can hide deep within tissue compartments and intracellularly, and that they can change themselves to hide from our immune system as well as changing our immune system itself. This flows right into the discussion about treatments with a focus on antibiotics: when to start them, when to stop them, how long they may be used for and what they can or can't do for recovering from chronic persistent infections. Dr Chheda explains why the CDC-criteria for Lyme disease set in the 1990's to target surveillance of population health lacks the sensitivity to find the cases of Lyme disease out there that can be responsive to treatment and discusses the critical importance of interpreting all test results in the clinical context of the individual patient. This one-hour show cracks the nut on how to think about testing and treating of these tricky vector-borne diseases that can trigger a chronic persistent infection that impedes optimal health.
#44: Nancy Nomellini: On Yoga. "When consciousness began, Yoga began"
Nancy Nomellini is driving the development of the community-rooted Yoga center called Mother Yoga in Seattle, Washington. In this episode, she rips off the assumptions we have about Yoga as something that we go to or do. “When consciousness began, Yoga began.” There is no way which we can escape Yoga. Yoga exists as we exist. Are we living or are we LIVING? There might not be a difference except in our awareness. Can we raise our awareness, attitude & mental temperament to meet this gift of living reality? Join us as we swim around in the science, history, stories and scriptures of Yoga. Nancy brilliantly describes some of the types of Yoga including Hatha (postures, movements), Raja (royal), Bhakti (devotion), and Tantra (rustic, ritual). She shares scriptural descriptions of Yoga pinning these to the daily experience including the dual-non-dualism in the Bhagvada Gita, Yoga Sutras and others. We walk through oppression/justice work and spiritual by-passing. Nancy is a charismatic & engaging story-teller who is unapologetic towards her target of truth. She is solidly anchored within her body, breath, family, history, community and the work of justice, including veganism, while she gathers & weaves these wisdom threads through the joys, tragedies and mundane parts of being alive. This is a show not to be missed. Settle in to your body & breath & let Nancy take you for this ride.
Then donate to her Go Fund Me for community Yoga and join her Yoga classes online & in person in Seattle:
Mother Yoga Seattle: www.motheryogaseattle.com
Coming Soon: Gays Making!
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Premiering May 27th and releasing every other week on Thursdays! Subscribe now where you get your podcasts!
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#43: Matia Jones, Medical and Ecological Anthropologist: health & illness across space & time
Health and healing have history in time immemorial. We all do it- people, animals, plants, communities, and planet. In this episode, Matia Jones, Medical and Ecological Anthropologist, and Gillian Ehrlich, Family Nurse Practitioner, dive into definitions of health and healing across time and space. The conversation covers one of the traditional definitions of health from the ancient Ayurvedic texts as well as descriptions of ‘intactness’ from the Mayan culture. We reflect on the recent conviction of Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd as a type of autoimmune disease, in which the cells of the organism charged with protection and security are destroying other cells they are responsible for keeping safe, which ultimately threatens the viability of the whole organism. There is much to be gained here in terms of reminders that we belong within this body and on this planet.
#41 Richard Boles, MD: Genetics, especially underlying functional disease
Put on your seatbelt because Dr Boles is taking you for a genetics ride you might need to listen to twice! We start at the beginning, talking about Mendel's pea plants, what is DNA, RNA and how does inheritance work. Then, we peel the onion another layer and review mitochondria, which have their own genetic lineage, including how, when and why our inheritances overlap. THEN, we further peel the onion to get into the poly-genetic origins of functional disease. Boom. It's a fascinating discussion that delineates structural vs functional disease and how most of what we struggle with in the modern world is functional disease. AND THEN, we do a deep dive into the genetics that underlie functional diseases like autism, chronic fatigue (CFS/ME), anxiety, depression, OCD, dysautonomia, abdominal migraines and cyclic vomiting syndrome. Dr Boles' adept descriptions make this reasonably understandable as he winds his way through mitochondrial treatments (vitamins, minerals, nutrients and medication options) as well as a clear teaching about channelopathies and why this might be your subtle but persistent problem. He finishes up talking about the company he founded, Neuro Needs, to offer mitochondrial cocktails, after struggling to give children and adults with congenital and acquired mitochondropathies all of the nutrients they needed over the years. Tune in to understand some of the more subtle but impactful aspects of our genotype vs phenotypical presentation in our daily life.
To have a consult with Dr Boles: https://neurabilities.com/our-team/
For his Neuro Needs mitochondrial support products: https://www.neuroneeds.com/
#40 Anne Maitland, MD: Mast cells, connective tissue & the nervous system
Why should we care about mast cells? Well, we can’t live without them! Mast cells, part of our innate immune system, are critical to our survival and reproduction. Researchers are just beginning to uncover their complex and important roles, as allergies, asthma, and mast cell disorders have become more prevalent.
In this episode, Dr. Anne Maitland explains connective tissues are the brick and mortar of our bodies, while our mast cells are our security system, and our nervous system is our electrical system. She discusses how day-to-day optimization is required to protect these systems from our environment and how the Western “magic bullet” approach is not enough to address chronic conditions.
We discuss mast cells’ role in COVID-19 and the complexity of our innate immune system, for example in case of food allergies. Dr. Maitland underscores the need for multidisciplinary medicine to address the triad of mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), and dysautonomia. She ends the conversation by emphasizing the importance of listening to the patient.The Care of the Patient by Dr. Francis W. Peabody Center for Healing Neurology's mast cell program
Coming Soon: The Villainous Podcast!
Podcast podcast in my hand, who is the most wicked in the land?
Coming March 15th: The Villainous Podcast, where we seek to find the most dastardly, despicable, and downright vile villain in the world of Disney. Join us biweekly for our Bracketed face off as we have friends, family, and foes defend their favorite villain. Play along at home with your own Rubric of Evil and we will soon discover who is the most evil of them all!
The Villainous Podcast, hosting by Alex Garramone and presented by Partyfish Media, premieres on March 15th wherever you get your podcasts! Follow the show now on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/thevillainouspod
#39 Arinola Dada, MD: Understanding Autoimmunity
We are blessed in this episode with the brilliant and joyful rheumatologist, Dr Arinola Dada. Through her insightful metaphors, Dr. Dada explains the nuances of the immune system, including the innate and adaptive immune responses, and how and why autoimmunity occurs. She walks us through the multiple cellular check points that our system has to gauge and respond to judge threats and then reviews some of the different ways autoimmune disease presents when these checkpoints fail. The cells 'under attack' can be localized to a tissue- as in the central nervous system with multiple sclerosis (MS)- or can be disseminated throughout the body- like the nuclear material attack of lupus. Then, the conversation turns towards how to think about medicines and treatments, of course including an anti-inflammatory diet, lifestyle, and avoiding toxicity and other infectious triggers as able. We spent the rest of the episode discussing medications: NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), steroids, and then the biologic monoclonal antibody pharmaceuticals that all together constitute the treatments for autoimmune disease.
#38 Jodi Boone discusses the heart of Ayurvedic bodywork
Ayurveda teaches the practitioner to treat each patient they would their newborn baby, with the same care and attention to their every need. Jodi Boone, Ayurvedic bodyworker, lifestyle & diet consultant, and Yoga teacher, dives directly into the authentic heart of Ayurveda. She captures the reverence Ayurveda teaches for people and nature in honoring the individual within the context of their life, including successes, struggles, and traumas. Jodi then breaks down the various Ayurvedic treatments that are offered at the Center for Healing Neurology, including Reiki, abhiyanga (oil massage), shirodhara (warm stream of oil on the forehead), basti (localized ghee application), nasya (nasal application of medicated oils), and panchakarma (intensive detoxification, restoration and rejuvenation). She wisely lays out that treatments incorporate what is visible- meaning the oils, herbs and pattern of touch- and what is invisible- meaning the neurological reconnection to one's self and changes in the neuro-endocrine-immune axis that ensue from focused Ayurvedic treatments. Jodi terms this 'where the seen and unseen meet'. Join us for this discussion that explains the nuts and bolts of treatments and their impact on our mind, spirit and capacity to relax, recover and grow throughout the lifespan.
Center for Healing Neurology to schedule with Jodi Boone: https://www.centerforhealingneurology.com/
More about Jodi: https://www.harmonyayurveda.com/jodi-bio/
To find an Ayurvedic practitioner in your community: https://ayurvedanama.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=945
#37 Risa Suzuki: Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and you
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/
#36 Anisha Durve: Titans of Medicine; Ayurveda & Chinese Medicine
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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A daily scream-along for the modern adult. Partyfish Media is back to remind you to let it all out.
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#35 Naomi Pascoe, RN: Health Coaching for Intentional Living
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
#34 Matthew Fogarty, MA, SEP, HMIP: Orientation & re-orientation (aka Rites of Passage) to nature & self to remedy anxiety and kindle lifelong growth
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
#33 Jeannie Di Bon: Movement Therapist & hypermobility expert: awareness over mechanics for pain
“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
#32: Anthony Padula, MD: rheumatology is now the new immunology: consciousness in the networks for immunity, auto-inflammation, allergy & infection
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
#31 Kael Balizer: IN THIS MOMENT! Unbind the mind through the practice of EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, aka ‘tapping’
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/
#30 Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller, MD, discusses the power of nature as medicine including the research, resources and activity focus to remind you to go outside for healing
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/
#29: Jeff Granville launches his mindfulness career in desperation as his 4-year-old son needs a lumbar puncture for cancer. Now he can help you.
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!
#28 Marty Ryan, LMP, discusses the anatomy, physiology and treatment of the gut from the perspective a 26-veteran of visceral manipulation (belly massage).
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:
27 Aly Cohen, MD talks the MOST NEEDED information about being Non-Toxic: Living Clean in a Chemical World
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
#26 Kelly Casperson, Urology MD & sex education teacher has a message for you: You and Your Vulva are Not Broken!
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.
#25 Sarah Kruse: Ayurveda fundamentals: a fun & simple explanation of the 5000 year old original personalized genomic medical system
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!
#24 Keesha Ewers, ARNP, PhD: The Tantric Teaching of COVID: sex, connection & intimacy in a time of upheaval, fear & uncertainty
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.
#23: Dr Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD All about mitochondria; what they are, how they work, how we can test them & what can we do for them & why it all matters
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.
#22 Carley Squires, ND: All about the regenerative medicine solutions for musculoskeletal joint pain: innovations to prevent and treat pain (acute, chronic & arthritis) and preserve function
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/
#21: Dawn Ipsen, Pharmacist: the modern science of Compounding Pharmacies and how they can personalize your pharmaceutical medication for YOUl
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
#20: Ryan Smith tells about the TruAge test which gives a biological age scoring based on the most comprehensive array of epigentic methylation markers available to date
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.
19 Chef Arran Stark: Turning on to food & reimagining hospital food: 8+ years of local, organic, seasonal hospital food in Port Townsend, Washington
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.
#18 Linda Bluestein, M.D.: Hypermobility, Ehler-Danlos Syndromes and chronic pain: classification, diagnosis, pain sensitization, and treatment options with a focus on uncommon pharmacy options
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:http://www.hypermobilitymd.com/ 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
#17 Riana Giusti, Certified Nutritionist: Developing healthy relationships with food with anti-inflammatory eating plus details about ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, blood sugar and CHOCOLATE!
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.
#16: Fleur Larsen: For White Women Working on Showing Up for Racial Equity- Understanding How We've Been Set Up and How to Make the Invisible Visible to Heal our Collective Neurology
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
In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
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:http://www.instagram.com/blklivesmatter
Here's a larger list of resources: https://bit.ly/2McDnqu
#15 David Feinberg, designer, engineer & CEO of Pure Juicer talks (juicy!) details about technology of juice, juicers, fruits, veggies and BEES!
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
14 Stefan Weitz, co-founder of Jetson Health, discusses his personal experience of having MS & how attention to his GUT changed his life making him into the citizen scientist he is today.
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.
#13: Dr Daniel Krashin talks headache treatments with 'electroceuticals', pain, addiction and our mission in life.
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, discusses health from a deeply historical social and political lens during the Coronavirus pandemic to answer the question, ‘where do we go from here?’
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
11: Matia Indigo Jones: Feeling anxious about Coronavirus? Strategies for anchoring the mind and body in the natural order, senses, gratitude, gardening & wildcrafting of spring weeds
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.
#10: COVID-19: Current Understanding & Recommendations with Patient Advocate Janee Pennington-Watson & PHN Host Gillian Ehrlich, DNP, ARNP, IFMCP
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
Resources: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
#9: Ryan Smith discusses Peptides, a whole new category of 'biosimilar' proteins addressing health for athletes to Alzheimer's.
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.
#8: RN Jane Esselstyn illuminates the Plant-Based Whole Food Diet: Get it in your kitchen, on your fork & in your mouth!
“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/
#7 Peter Wasowski on Vasper: principles, research and history of Vasper technology for optimizing physical performance and hormone balance in elite athletes, the medically-compromised and with elders
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.
#6 The Cell Danger Response: A Living Room Lecture from the Center for Healing Neurology
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
#1 Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD: What is neurology & what's most important in caring for your nervous system (rhythm & food!)
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.
#2 Dr Gillian Ehrlich, DNP, ARNP: Primordial tools for healing: Nature, Connection, Ayurveda & Functional Medicine
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.
#3 Dr Keesha Ewers: What's in your head goes to your bed: forgiveness and the female libido
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.
Coming Soon: Podcast for Healing Neurology
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 🎉🐟