Podcast for Healing Neurology
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Podcast for Healing NeurologyAug 13, 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
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.
#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.
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!
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#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.
- 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/
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
Gays Making is the podcast that spotlights LGBTQIA creators, artists, musicians, actor, performers - any and all creatives. Join Grayson Hay as he has conversations with LGBTQIA creators about their art, their inspirations, and how they stay creative in the world.
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.
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
Season Two Out Now: Your Daily Cathartic Scream!
A daily scream-along for the modern adult. Partyfish Media is back to remind you to let it all out.
Enjoy & scream along every day in your shower, on your commute, or with a friend! Subscribe now where you get your podcasts!
Season Two of Your Daily Cathartic Scream is back now with new episodes, from Partyfish Media 🎉🐟
#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 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