The Pure Living Family PodcastNov 30, 2023
Tyler Larsen Board Member Reps Pure Living Family Logo for My Cause My Cleats in the NFL
Tyler Larsen is the starting center for the Washington Commanders in the NFL and is our favorite professional athlete in the entire world. In this episode, Tyler talks about his experience going through the autism diagnosis of his oldest son Ty. All while competing for a starting position in the NFL. He expresses how difficult and challenging it was to manage all of his emotions.
Tyler wants to help special needs dads face this diagnosis and know that they are not doing it alone. The reason he chose The Pure Living Family Foundation for the Cause to represent on his cleats is to help special needs parents, especially dads, to feel like they have a community that they can lean on. If you have a special needs child and feel like you need support, reach out to Tyler and to The Pure Living Family Foundation on social media.
Check out this episode and we are sure that you will become a huge fan of Tyler as well. You might even cheer for a rival team just because Tyler is on it.
Make sure you watch the Washington Commanders host the Miami Dolphins on December 3rd and check out Tyler's cleats. Go Commanders!
#specialneedsdads #autismparents #mycausemycleats #nfl
Tyler Larsen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tylerlarsen58/?hl=en
Getting to Know Marissa Conover - A Founding Board Member
Let me introduce you to Marissa Conover another member of our board for the Pure Living Family Foundation. Her daughter Lila was diagnosed with Autism around age 3 after witnessing signs of regression for about 6 months to a year. About that same time, we were going through the same things with Theo. Marissa was introduced to Angela (Theo’s mom) through a mutual friend and Angela introduced Marissa to the bio-med mom’s group on Instagram. Marissa talked about what an amazing feeling it is to be connected to like-minded parents. Within the autism community, you can be judged and dismissed as a conspiracy theorist if you want to pursue a holistic diet approach when you try to avoid gluten and dairy and when you try to remove sugars and food coloring. Marissa said how amazing it is to be connected to moms who share similar beliefs and she feels like she will be connected to these moms forever. Our goal with this Foundation is to connect more parents in this space.
Marissa also talks about the process they went through to find a stem cell therapy, where they eventually took their daughter to Panama for this treatment. They really felt called to stem cell therapy because they had worked on the gut and they decided that they needed to break through the blood-brain barrier to help Lila reach her potential. We know that you will love Marissa as much as we do. You can connect with her on Instagram @marissaconover.
The Pure Living Family Foundation is a federally recognized 501-C-3 nonprofit. 2024 we have a goal to run 3 camp retreats for parents of kids who have been diagnosed with autism or other chronic autoimmune illnesses like PANDAS. We need to raise $20,000 in order to run these camps that will serve both as a networking event and an educational summit. We invite you to donate to the nonprofit to help support the parents of kids with special needs. You can donate here:
Introducing Samantha Larsen one of our newest members of the Pure Living Family Foundation Board
One of the biggest challenges that parents face when their kid is diagnosed with autism or other autoimmune chronic illnesses is an existential crisis. The world that they visualized and imagined for their future just changed drastically. One of the main goals and ambitions of the Pure Living Family Foundation is to help support the parents of these special kids as they face their new reality. Hear how Samantha and Tyler Larsen processed the diagnosis and how they have managed this new lifestyle over the last 5 or so years.
We love their sincere, genuine, authenticity. We feel so lucky to have such an amazing woman, mother, and friend as part of our team. We know you will love her as much as we do. We are excited about the future we will build with this amazing family. Samantha is an amazing athlete and is implementing this tremendous passion for health and wellness to help her beautiful son Ty and share her findings with everyone that she can.
Introduction to our Board member Abraham Lopez
Let me introduce you to my friend Abraham (Abe) Lopez. He is never serious, except for this podcast :). Abe lightens up every interaction with his sarcastic witty humor and we are so grateful to be able to work with him at the Pure Living Family Foundation. Our goal is to introduce you to our team at our Foundation and give you a little insight into what motivates us and why we want to serve the parents of special needs kids around the globe.
Abe talks about his experience of moving to the United States from Guatemala, meeting his future wife in elementary, and later becoming a father to his beautiful son Kingston, and managing the autism diagnosis while fathering his two other kids, Mia and Oslo.
This conversation helped me realize that men and fathers of kids with special needs really need community. Mothers are coded to speak about their experience with other Moms. But it is not masculine to speak about your thoughts and your feelings. I felt like I connected with Abe at such a deeper level from this podcast interview.
Let us know what you think
Dr. William Cimikoski tells his story of why he started Utah Stem Cells
I can't express how grateful I am for this podcast interview with Dr. Cimikoski from the Utah Stem Cell Clinic. You will see why he is an incredible man. Dr. Bill tells us how he found regenerative medicine and how he uses Platelet Rich Plasma and Mesenchymal Stem Cells to treat people with chronic pain and illness. Everything from joint and ligament pain in what is called prolotherapy, to Autism, Congenital Heart Failure, and so much more with intravenous stem cell therapy. He helped restore my faith in our current healthcare system. There are providers who care about people and not just about making money. Dr. Bill is an example of that.
Theo was treated with stem cells on July 11, 2023, and he is eating everything in sight. We will keep you informed in the coming weeks and months to tell you how he is doing after the treatment. Listen to this podcast to learn more about regenerative healthcare and the latest research. The top athletes and celebrities around the world are getting these new-age medical treatments and you can too.
Check out https://utahstemcells.com/. Also please check out our health and wellness grant that we have set up through the Pure Living Family Foundation. You can read more about it here:
Below is the link to the Duke University study that was done for the treatment of autism with stem cells:
There are several different autism studies at Duke that are relevant, as well. If you go to the link and then use the search engine at Duke to search around you will learn about a lot of different studies relative to autism and the use of stem cells.
Email us at email@example.com if you would like the PDF document.
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Dr. Ray Andrew of Prestige Wellness talks about how he discovered Functional Medicine
As we have talked more about Functional Medicine a lot of families ask us if we could refer a practitioner. I am grateful to have been introduced to Dr. Ray Andrew of Prestige Wellness Institute in Springville and Moab, Utah. A spry 56-year-old who loves to mountain bike and be active outdoors, he is super passionate about wellness.
Dr. Andrew has been in private medical practice since 2002. He graduated from the University of Utah and then went on to earn his medical degree at Saint Louis University. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
You can check out his website at https://prestigewellnessinstitute.com/.
We talked about how Dr. Andrew found Functional Medicine and how he continues to be passionate about learning. A member of the A4M fellowship since 2009, he attends 6-8 conferences each year, never able to learn too much to help his patients turn their health around.
Dr. Andrew’s practice is cash-based. This enables him to spend the time with each patient that is required to get to the bottom of their health challenges instead of sending them out the door with prescription drugs in six minutes, as insurance medicine does. Most people who see Dr. Andrew’s team have already seen a handful of insurance doctors, including specialists, and have not gotten the help they need.
With annual U.S. healthcare spending currently at $4.3 trillion, Americans have nearly the poorest health of the developed nations. Our financial priorities are completely backward.
At the Pure Living Family Foundation, one of our goals is to help families in need obtain the kind of timely health care Dr. Andrew’s offices provide. Families can apply for The Pure Living Family Foundation health and wellness grant here:
Dr. Andrew shared with me an article on autism that he has not yet sent to press. The following segment really stood out to me:
"In a twist of irony, we are told that substances (vitamins, minerals, herbs, hormones, amino acids, fatty acids, peptides, etc.) that have supported human health for thousands of years may be dangerous and should be subjected to government approval, but the thousands of new chemicals we inhale, touch, eat, drink, and put on our skin every year require no safety testing whatsoever."
This led us to talk about the toxic soup that we live in today and how it impacts our special needs kids.
Dr. Andrew referenced the book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic, by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.
Following is a short excerpt:
"But consider for a moment a commonsense test of the hidden horde hypothesis. By one estimate, in the history of mankind, well over 100 billion people have been born on Earth, 99 billion of them before 1930. If autism rates were truly 1 in 150 throughout that period, then we would expect to have seen close to 700 million autistic people born before Leo Kanner's first case in 1931. Yet, try as we might, we find no mention of these people in the history books, in literature, in folklore, or in family records of any kind. How could this many cases go unnoticed and unrecognized for so long? How could this many severely ill people have remained hidden, much less functioned adequately without help for so many years?...
... The reason reported rates are higher is because the real rate is higher. Some may find it hard to accept, the the truth is inescapable; something new and terrible is happening to a generation of children."
S.K. Katusic et al., "Case Definition in Epidemiologic Studies of AD/HD," Ann Epidemiol, 2005, 15(6): 430-7.
Carl Haub, "How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?" Population Today, February 1995, www.prb.org/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleEverLivedonEarth.aspx.
Functional Medicine Coach and Professional Personal Trainer Adam Vognild
I would like to introduce you all to Adam Vognild. I love his story of how he found the Functional Medicine model working as a Personal Trainer. Adam's wife, Meadow, is an allied professional working as a physician assistant in neurology. If you are wanting to focus on your health and wellness, you might benefit by working with Adam. If there is someone looking for a male personal trainer and functional medicine coach, he is your guy.
You can find him on his website here:
Remember your kid will not have you as support if you reach burn out. Everyone loses when your health is poor. Remember to check out our website at www.purelivingfamily.com
#functionalmedicine #healthandwellnes #totalwellness
Never a Dull Moment
In this episode we discuss a scary choking incident we had with our son Theo and how it's impacted the rest of our family.
Special needs life never calls for just an easy going day! We often worry the kind of stress that our daughter is exposed to because of this life and discuss getting her some outside help.
Getting Your Child The Help They Need
In this episode we get the pleasure of connecting with McKell Smith. McKell is a fellow autism mom who just so happens to be a speech and language pathologist. She shares her advice on where to start when your parent intuition feels like there might be something "off" in your child's development. We discuss early interventions, who to go to for support, and even IEP's.
With McKell's professional background, and also her experience as a mother of a child with autism, she developed this incredible eBook "6 Steps to Getting Therapy for Your Child"
Use the link below for 10% off this step-by-step guide to getting support for your child.
Adjusting to Changes
Angela & Shawn discuss little life changes that can add an extra layer of difficulty with special needs life.
Saving Money with LGCY Power and Bill Jex
Going solar has been something that has been growing in popularity in the last 5-10 years. I know you all have seen those ads while streaming your shows saying "Go Solar Now" with $0 down. Our goal here at The Pure Living Family is to find ways to ad relief for the parents of kids with special needs. We know that helping save costs could offer some relief from the pressure we feel. If you have ever been curious about going solar but didn't know who to trust here is someone that I trust with my whole life educating you on going solar.
We know that there are a lot of fears with going solar. In particular taking on more debt is a huge fear in our family. Or one common objection that we hear is that having a solar loan on your home makes selling your home more difficult. We address these concerns and more in this podcast.
We hope to help contribute to a clean New Earth and help special needs families in the process.
If you are curious to learn more, go fill out this form online and Bill and LGCY Power will contact you:
LGCY Power has graciously offered to discount the cost of the system and to donate to our non-profit that we are building to give scholarships to families in need.
#solar #solarenergy #renewableenergy #greenenergy
Navigating Family Functions
Any large gathering with children can be the most stressful thing. Add the layer of special needs and it gets just a tad more complicated anticipating all.of.the.things. In this episode Shawn and me (Angela) discuss how we "divide and conquer" for big social events. We also discuss Theo's wild and scary night (which involved the Heimlich maneuver and a 400 degree oven situation) and why we weren't even phased. Is that even healthy?
Movement and Nature are medicine with Jeremy Jones (Father Jones), CEO of Saniderm and Co-Founder of The Institute of Human Anatomy
Jeremy Jones is a guy that I look up to and am grateful to have in my life. I call him Father Jones because he offers so much insight into mental performance. He runs 3 successful companies and yet he makes his fitness a very important part of his routine. This episode he explains why.
We talk about him introducing me to the cold plunge (hooshing) and him challenging me to get on the mountain to focus on my health and wellness. I am grateful to have Jeremy in my life as a friend and mentor and I am so glad that you all get a slice of this man's spirit and knowledge in this podcast. As you will see, he helped me to work some really tough emotions.
These are the companies that Father Jones helps run:
https://monkeybalm.com/ - is an organic skin care product for diaper rash.
https://instituteofhumananatomy.com/ - This is an edutainment production company. Check them out on YouTube to learn more about the human body.
https://www.saniderm.com/ - The world's leading tattoo bandage company
Marina Borukhovich CEO of YourCoach.Health talks about her healing from Breast Cancer and creating YourCoach.Health
We were very lucky to be able to interview Marina Borukhovich the CEO of YourCoach.Health. Marina tells us her story as to how she was able to battle and beat breast cancer and how that launched her into her wellness journey. Marina presents this idea that you don't have to seek treatment in the United States, there are other locations and options for you to explore. She also teaches that you know what is best for you and to trust your intuition, even when others tell you that you shouldn't be boxing when you just went through cancer treatment.
Marina is a warrior and a pathfinder for so many people. I am extremely grateful for her willingness to come on our show and to tell her story. You can reach out to YourCoach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask about their apprenticeship program and how you can find a personalized wellness coach for your specific needs.
Seeking Flow with Alex Doman from Vital Neuro and Advanced Brain Technologies
Today we welcome in my adopted mentor Alex Doman. Alex is an author, entrepreneur, public speaker, and product creator. I am personally so grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and for his willingness to reach out as a source of support.
We talk about how to find that dialed in state where we are being the very best versions of ourselves and Alex's work in Optimizing the human experience. Alex allowed me to use his latest product invention the Vital Headphones, and let me tell you, it was the most amazing technological experience of my life. My brain was massaged. My parasympathetic nervous system was activated. It was the most incredible 15 minute meditation.
I really wanted to learn from Alex how he was able to be such an awesome creator. He talks about taking care of yourself so you can have more to give. Please listen in and learn from an amazing soul.
Check out Alex's work below:
https://www.vitalneuro.com/ and https://www.advancedbrain.com
This is what Walter Greenleaf a neuroscientist at Stanford University said about the Vital Headphone technology:
“The market for products to help people relax and meditate is exploding, with growth expected to continue for years. Since no one product is going to be perfect for everyone, having many options for patients and professionals is important and Vital Neuro's music-based app and headset are a welcome addition to the space. The form factor of their headphones, combined with discrete EEG sensors and personalized music content, sets them apart from other players in this space. The fact that Vital Neuro has made the decision to explore the efficacy of their products distinguishes them from most of the other systems currently in the market, and it demonstrates their commitment to research-backed product development.”
Things You Wish You Could Ask Families With Special Needs Children But Don't Know How.
In this episode we tackle questions that parent’s of typical children have asked us to answer about our child with special needs. Everything’s on the table, no question is a bad question! We love that parents out there are wanting to learn and understand so that they can be a better support to friends and their community.
We’d like to thank Aeroflow Urology for sponsoring this post.
As a parent to a child with special needs, I’m always looking for tips and tricks to share with my friends here on this space. Many kids who have special needs experience delayed potty training or the inability to completely potty train. We’re all too aware that diapers and pull-ups can be super expensive. But did you know that your insurance benefits can cover the cost of these items? With Aeroflow Urology, your little one may be able to get their diapers and pull-ups for free! Visit www.aeroflowurology.com/plf
The Birth of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy with Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum
Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum the founder of FMCA (https://functionalmedicinecoaching.org/) joins us for this episode. Dr. Sandi has her PhD from Fielding Graduate University and trained as an Integrative Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Sandi is a member of the Forbes Business Council and contributes regularly to their publication. Here is one of her latest articles:
Dr. Scheinbaum talks about how she started to teach special needs parents stress management in a local market and how that inspired her to start a coaching course in collaboration with the The Institute for Functional Medicine. (www.ifm.org)
Shawn graduated from FMCA in March of 2021 and absolutely loved the program. If you are wanting a personal transformation and to help others along the way sign up for their 12 month program.
Dr. Mark Hyman recently came out and praised the program. He stated: "If you love teaching others about wellness, listening to their unique health stories, and helping people reach their goals, I highly recommend considering FMCA 12-month, self-paced Health Coach Certification Program."
The Birth of Utah Men's Circle with Joe Speredon
Shawn sits down with Joe Speredon the founder of the Utah Men's Circle to hear about his experience in birthing this amazing group. Joe talks about how he discovered https://www.sacredsons.com/ and what happened when he attended one of their events. Joe didn't know how he was going to bring home what he learned. Now Joe leads mens groups every 2 weeks here in Utah and he invites all who hear the call to come and participate. If you live out of state and are interested in traveling to Utah to attend one of these events email us at email@example.com.
You can find Joe at the following links:
Happy Camper's Gluten Free Bread
In this episode Angela sits down with Lacy and Jan from Happy Campers bakery. If you haven’t tried their bread, you’re missing out! Listen to this episode to learn about why the ingredients in your bread are so important to your overall health. Happy Campers truly cares about the health of their customers and we just love their mission.
Happy Campers website: https://happycampersgf.com
Use discount code “THEOBOY” for 10% off your purchase. This is not just for first time orders!!! The code that keeps on giving.
Follow them on instagram here:https://instagram.com/happycampersgf?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
“Hello, Lacy and Jan here! We embarked on a mission to bake great gluten free bread and started Happy Campers bakery back in 2010, before gluten free was cool. The mission has always been to make an everyday staple that is BOTH super delicious and super healthful. Everything we make is a product of our personal need for safe gluten free food and our passion for organic, healthy, whole and nourishing foods. We’re so excited our paths have crossed and we can’t wait for the opportunity to bake for you!”
Savor by Suzie
Join us for an amazing conversation with Suzie from Savor by Suzie. The company has created gluten free, grain free, allergy free pretzels that are seriously some of the most tasty pretzels we've ever had. They are Theo approved and even Eva loves them too!
The most amazing part about Savor by Suzie is their mission to employ neurodiverse adults and help them tap into their potential. Suzie says, "they are here to teach us more than we are here to teach them."
Excerpt from their website:
Calling All Autistic Entrepreneurs, Dreamers and Creatives! Autism Awareness Grant Contest.
How would you like the chance to win money so you can finally realize your dreams for your company, idea or passion?
If you answered YES, then you’re in the right place…..
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Today's the big day
When Eva was 4 year's old Angela started teaching Eva affirmations to say out loud every morning. This has become a favorite for us and for our friends on Instagram. This is our story of why we started the affirmations and how we came to decide to create affirmation shirts. Eva tells everyone how she gained the confidence to learn her back handspring and her back tuck, as well as how she gives herself confidence for tests in school.
We're so excited to finally launch Eva's affirmation shirts. Take a listen to to this video SHE made. You'll die, she's just the sweetest! We hope her affirmations will inspire you just like they've inspires us. You can go to the link in my bio to preorder.
We are offering a discount code to anyone that shares her reel. Just tag @angelablymiller on Instagram and we will send you the code. ( If your account is private direct message us a screen shot because your tag won't come through)
***** we sized up one size for each of us for a more loose fit***** The shirts are super soft & comfy (infant & toddler shirts are not available quite yet). The shirts are made to order and will be shipped out biweekly. Small new business here, thank you for the support.
#affirmations #dailyaffirmations #specialneedsfamily #manifestyourdreams #positivevibes #sharepositivity #childrenaffirmations #specialneedslife #specialneedsister #kindnessmatters #pandasawareness #autoimmuneencephalitis #childentrepreneur #dancingdiva #evathediva #thepurelvingfamily
The story behind “I Want to Tell You” book series
Today we interview Natashia, the creator of “I Want to Tell You” books.
-The I Want to Tell You book series is composed of seven titles, each with a topic to help your child connect to his or her world, and to you! Communication is essential to life, and as caregivers, we must support our children and give them a tool to make those vital connections. The soundboard books offer multiple communication approaches, between the photographs, the soundboard audio, and the sign language.
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Movement is Medicine- Finding Mental Health and Clarity with Movement with Austin Rawlings
Movement is Medicine. @austinrawlings talks about how he used #75hard to help improve his mental health and clarity. Taking care of yourself can be challenging and exhausting, especially when you are worried about taking care of everyone else. I have learned that when we take better care of ourselves we have more energy and more clarity to offer to others. #mindfulness #stressawarenessmonth #movementismedicine
You can find Austin's piano service at : https://www.utahpianotuners.com/
You can follow him on Instagram at: @austinrawlings
Don't forget to check out www.purelivingfamily.com. This Christmas we would like to donate money to families that are wanting to work with Functional Medicine doctors or to do stem cells and are unable to pay for it. These services are all cash based and are expensive. Do you want to help us gift a family something special this year? You can donate on our website.
Men Have Feelings? What?!? with Taylor Cooper
I met Taylor Cooper at a men's group about 18 months ago. This men's group practiced meditation and created a space for men to express themselves. Taylor stood out in the group so I followed him on Instagram. He soon later posted a picture of him crying on Insta. That picture really bothered me for a while. Why would a man put a picture up on social media of him crying? Over time I have really grown to appreciate and respect the work that Taylor is doing. Taylor helps people to find their own healing. In this podcast Taylor talks about what he does and what his Conquer You Experience offers. He leads drum circles, yoga, helps people build sweat lodges, and so much more. Check out the podcast to hear about his work.
Taylor helps run a mens group now called Utah Men's Circle. They meet 1-2 times a month. Check out the link below:
The Conquer You Experience:
CYE - Medicine Wheel Drummers - Facebook link
Utah Men's Circle (formally CYE - Men's Brotherhood Tribe)- Facebook link
The Drum Circle in Salt Lake County is held here:
This company runs men's retreats all over the country:
Remember, we give you permission to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of those who you care for. (Dad's need to care for themselves too)
7 Month Update Post Stem Cells
We went to Dream Body Clinic in September 2021. We have seen so many benefits. This is just a quick Theo update. I apologize for the sniffling. This time of year Shawn gets hit with allergies. Our lesson learned is to mute the mic when not speaking.
Remember to check out https://dreambody.clinic/. This is the clinic that we went to for stem cells. We love them.
Also, don't forget to check out our website at www.purelivingfamily.com.
Raising Testosterone Naturally through Mindfulness Meditation and Cold Plunges with Shane Rawlings
Shane Rawlings is a very successful businessman and entrepreneur. We are fortunate enough to have him on the show to tell us how he came to discover the benefits of cold plunging and raising his testosterone naturally. Shane joined me on one of my Saturday hikes in December 2021 and did a cold plunge with me. Shane even broke the ice with his boot when I wasn't so sure we were going to be able to do the plunge, because our spot was frozen over. Shane was the one who said : "I came all of this way, I am going to do it."
Shane has since become a dedicated cold plunger. He has measured his testosterone levels with his doctor and lowered his testosterone dosage that he has been receiving from his doctor because of his weekly plunge routine. Shane mentions a supplement that he has been taking. Here is the link to the rhodiola:
Shawn also mentioned the supplements that he takes daily to raise testosterone naturally. Here are the links to those 2 products:
Pine Pollen Tincture: https://wildwarriornutrition.com/shop/pine-pollen-tincture
Beef Testicle Capsule: https://wildwarriornutrition.com/shop/grassfed-beef-testicle-supplement-orchic-extract
Shaman Shane offers insights on tapping into your own mental capacities.Funny video from JP Sears: AwakenWithJP -Cold Plunging - The Hottest Biohacking Trend Right Now- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6c-xRG97ew
Make your own Cold Plunge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaFyjuAnIwE
If you are fancy, buy this one: https://thecoldplunge.com/pages/jp
“Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something. You cannot concentrate on or become mindful of nothing. So to practice mindfulness you need an object. When you focus your attention on your breath, your breathing is the object of your mindfulness and concentration. When you generate the energy of mindfulness, it will embrace the object of your attention and keep it alive in your mind…
-Thich Nhat Hanh in The Art of Power
We would like to challenge all the dads out there to do a cold plunge for at least 3 minutes, if you can go longer, do it. Cold showers don't count. Tell us about the experience on social media with the hashtag #wildwarriordad
Don't forget to check out www.purelivingfamily.com
March 22nd Update- Trying to Find the Flow in all the Chaos
We have so much to be grateful for. Theo did amazing attending Eva's dance competition. He sat for 3 hours and really watched Eva perform. Shawn finished 75-Hard on March 21st based on Angela's leadership and example. We are trying to find our highest selves and we have learned that we can only get there when we take care of ourselves, so we can better be present for our kids.
We are grateful for our friends, family, and supporters as we really try our very hardest to find answers for Theo. You guys fuel us with your positive affirmations and by telling us about the changes you are making based on what you are learning and hearing. There is so much hope and light.
Remember to check out our website at www.purelivingfamily.com
We give you permission to take better care of yourself, so you can take better care of those who you care for.
Nikou Lohse- Healing your Gut through Movement, Mindfulness, and Nutrition
I first met Nikou Lohse on the social audio app called Clubhouse. https://www.clubhouse.com/. She was hosting a room called Failing Forward: Taking Back Your Health. The energy in the room was upbeat, energetic, and super informative. I knew I had to stay and learn. That is how I was first introduced to Dr. Phil. Remember we had him on the podcast a few weeks ago. He is the Pharmacist turned Naturalistic Health Coach. You can listen to our podcast with him and Nikou's podcast with him here:
The Pure Living Family Podcast with Dr. Phil: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81NTY4MDNlNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw/episode/NWVlMGI4YjctMTQzNS00YWViLWIwNTYtOTEwNDIyNzNlMjNj?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwiZ9sXYts32AhWIDjQIHesrB8AQjrkEegQIAhAI&ep=6
Nikou's Failing Forward Podcast with Dr. Phil:
Dr. Phil Carson Part 1 – Natural Ways to Cure Disease and Fix Your Gut-Brain Connection with Dr. Phil Carson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-phil-carson-part-1-natural-ways-to-cure-disease/id1568525200?i=1000524205834
Nikou comes on our show to talk about how she healed herself from SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), better known as leaky gut. She also talks about why she started the Failing Forward Podcast and the Failing Forward Clubhouse room. Nikou has also graciously extended a special offer to all of the Pure Living Family Podcast listeners.
We know that working out when you are a parent is not always easy. Nikou has created an On Demand library of workouts for all those Mommas out there with workouts that are anywhere from 15-90 minutes, and she provides journal prompts for meditation. She has also created a meal plan to help others to heal from SIBO. You can access it all here:
For a 20% lifetime discount (use code PURELIVING)
Nikou's Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/nikoulohse/?hl=en
Elev8ted Tribe Website
Failing Forward Podcast
Thank you for being part of the Pure Living Family. We hope that we have helped you feel supported, uplifted, and guided to the next steps in your healing journey.
Don't forget to check out our Micro-Greens that help to establish a healthy gut microbiome:
Recreational Therapy for Mental Health with Co-founder of Thread Wallets, Colby Bauer
I am humbled and grateful to welcome this week's guest to the Pure Living Family podcast. Colby and Mckenzie Bauer created Thread Wallets when they were living in Hawaii back in 2015.
Inc.com has listed @thread_wallets in their top 5,000 businesses in 2021 with over 1,000% in 3 year growth.
My favorite thing about these futuristic leaders is their desire to give as they grow. Listen as Colby, co-founder of Thread Wallets, tells the story of how he came to create the @carry_on_foundation. This is their non-profit focused on #mentalhealth. Colby tells his real life, raw story of how he came to realize the importance of his own mental health if he was going to take care of his employees and the business. The Carry On Foundation mission statement reads:
Our purpose is to educate youth on the importance of mental health and to provide them with the necessary tools to help them find mental stability and learn life skills through action sports (surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding/skiing, outdoor recreation, art and music.
We will also provide a network of external resources such as therapist/specialists, doctors, facilities, and other organizations that facilitate helping individuals to get the clinical attention they need.
You can check out Thread Wallets here:
The Carry On website is:
Carry On Instagram:
Dr. Phil Carson- Pharmacist turned Naturalistic Health Coach
Dr. Phil Carson has been practicing Naturopathic, Holistic, Integrative medicine since the early 1990’s. He is a registered Pharmacist in Mississippi and he is a Doctor of Pharmacy in Tennessee. Shawn met Dr. Carson on Clubhouse where he was volunteering his time to help people that are trying to take back their health naturally and holistically. Dr. Carson offers his expertise through telemedicine and he was gracious enough to sit down with us to tell his story. You can find him at the following links:
https://philcarson.wavoto.com/personal/home/- Check out all that Dr. Phil Carson has to offer.
https://philcarson.wavoto.com/links/- Schedule time with Dr. Carson to help you take control of your health
https://carsonnatural.com/- This is Dr. Carson's supplement line of products.
https://howtoliveuntilyoudie.com/- Dr. Phil Carson's book that is such a great resource. Simple and effective ways to find your best healthy version of yourself.
https://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Until-You-Die/dp/0998474207- Buy his book on Amazon
Phil Carson, President of Carson Natural Health, LLC is a Pharmacist and Wellness Coach who thinks outside the box of traditional medicine. He believes in helping people avoid or reduce medications by finding natural and integrative holistic solutions to their health problems. He is committed to leading people to finding the root cause of their health problems and not just treating the symptoms. Phil is passionate about inspiring and teaching people how to live more happy, healthy and whole lives by equipping them with the knowledge to make the right choices for optimal health.
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Let’s talk diapers! - Mica from Aeroflow Urology
Angela sits down with Mica from Aeroflow Urology to discuss the incontinence needs we are faced with as a special needs family. The best think about Aeroflow is they help you get it all covered by your insurance!
Start here to fill out their quick intake form to get insurance coverage. You will get assigned your own personal Aeroflow Specialist to guide you through the already easy process aeroflowurology.com/theo
If for some reason your insurance does not cover your needs use code THEOBOY to lower the already warehouse prices!
Follow on instagram to see their amazing tips and tricks to help our kiddos
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Dr. Armen Nikogosian Talks About How He Discovered Functional Medicine and His Approach to Medicine
Dr. Nik has become an extension of our family. He has helped us get through the darkest and hardest hours. The thing that I love the very most about Dr. Nik is his humility. He talks about how we are all still learning things about Autism and in Theo's case, PANDAS. Find a doctor that is open to discussion and conversation about the path for your kid. Dr. Nik shares his experience of how he found Functional Medicine courses to help treat his son. I love how aligned we are with Dr. Nik both medically and spiritually. These special kids have a lot to teach us.
You can find Dr. Nik here:
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Self-Healing through Breathing Practices with Audrey O'Brien of thebreathingco.com
Angela and Shawn have both attended breathing courses by Audrey O'Brien and have gained immensely from the experience. We wanted to invite Audrey onto the show to give a brief introduction into her work. She offers so much free content through her instagram @thebreathingco but my experience in her breathing exercise was life changing and it was empowering. We can be our own healers. Our body can begin to heal itself in all categories. I speak of emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. Listen to the conversation to hear about how to enter this healing state of consciousness.
Audrey uses the term Physicianship when discussing the healing journey. This is her disclaimer:
"Physicianship disclaimer - I am not a doctor and would never want to portray that I am something I am not. The articulation of ‘autonomous physicianship’ in this discussion, it is my suggestion that through the heart, lungs, respiratory muscles, and internal systems there is autonomous individual healing and in that way tools and ‘physcianship’ of and within self."
Here are where you can find Audrey online.
Breathwork as medicine course - https://www.thebreathingco.com/private-group
Product to aid in meditation:
Komuso Link https://www.komusodesign.com/products/women-b
Remember that The Pure Living Family gives you permission to take better care of yourself, so you can take better care of those that you care for.
Seth Hooley of Hemphealth.shop talks to us about CBD
Disclaimer: This particular podcast includes adult conversations with cursing. Also, we are not doctors but Seth grows hemp himself so you are learning directly from a farmer. CBD is legal in all 50 states but THC levels are still in most CBD products. Do your research to make sure that the product is not going to bring your THC levels too high for your job or for your personal beliefs. Please consult with your doctor and do your own research.
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years and the CBD craze has hit America since the the 2018 Farm Bill. Title X of the bill states that the federal government was going to start implementing rules for the commercial production of hemp. https://www.usda.gov/farmbill Seth Hooley has spent his life in agriculture and tells us about why and how he started farming and cultivating his own hemp flower. He talks about the process of breeding flowers to get the legal and proper THC levels sorted out. He talks about why he does it, because it is really meaningful to help people be present and live their lives. He strongly believes that hemphealth.shop does that for people. You can find Seth at the following links: https://www.hemphealth.shop/ or his Instagram. For a 20% discount use discount code THEO. Remember to check out www.purelivingfamily.com. If you are on your own self-healing journey, we try to provide guidance, insight, and products that we have used on our path to healing.
What every day toxins in your home are effecting your health? Ryan Blaser from Test My Home.
When I was in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy we learned a lot about toxic overload. (https://functionalmedicinecoaching.org/). Our home is the holiest of holies. It is where we lay our head down to rest to recover from life's challenges. Ryan Blaser from Test My Home teaches us the concept of the toxic soup that we live in. He uses the analogy that there is this bucket that is being filled up by all of the toxins in our surroundings. He helps us to identify these toxins and understand how they impact our bodies. Test My Home helps to identify which toxins are present in your home and in your environment so you are empowered to know what to do about it.
We learned a lot and know how to move forward because of what Ryan showed us. We encourage all to check out their website because they give simple and free tips of how to lower the toxic load on you and your family. Here are the links to their website and their social media:
Here are links to some of the other brands and things that we talked about in the show:
For a $10 gift from Angela at Branch Basics: We use this for our multipurpose cleaner, laundry & all stains from clothes to carpet.
Force of Nature is a total disinfectant that's as effective as bleach. We use this after meal prepping on counters and in bathrooms.
EWG has an app and this is what we use to scan products before purchasing to check their toxic levels:
Dr. Hailey Arnold discusses the NutriTot's Genetic test and how you can learn what nutrients that your kid needs the most
Angela sits down with Dr Hailey Heard Arnold from NutriTots and discusses the importance of knowing our children’s genetic makeup. Dr. Heard explains how giving our kids the right vitamins, minerals and supplements is important for total wellness but it needs to be individualized! That’s where NutriTots and genetic testing comes in. Some bodies have a harder time processing and digesting specific vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Being aware of that will help you create a personalized nutritional plan.
Check NutriTots out here:
Remember that you can check out our website at www.purelivingfamily.com.
December 15th, 2021 update from Shawn and Angela
We have had a lot of really amazing guests over the last few weeks and we just wanted to summarize where we are and where Theo currently is in his treatment and health. We are so grateful for our friends that we have met through this multi-media world.
Keep your eyes and ears alert and ready for the new podcasts that we will be dropping in the next few weeks.
Theo is doing really well and we are so grateful for his progress since his stem cells treatment.
Be sure to check out our stuff at www.purelivingfamily.com and follow us on Instagram @shawnblymiller and @angelablymiller
Restorative Coach Kevin Rail talks to us about Time Restricted Eating and Fasting
Kevin Rail is a Restorative Coach/Biohacker/Fasting Specialist/Fitness Entrepreneur/Co-founder of My Inferno Body. He was featured in the documentary film called Fasting that you can find on Amazon Prime. We talk about time restricted eating and fasting and the impact that it has on the body and the brain. (Shawn actually did a 3 day water fast this week with the help of our friends at WaterFusions and is finishing it later today) Kevin is considered a fasting expert, he has been practicing fasting for 20+ years. He is a fireball. He offers so much energy as we talk about overall health and fitness. We even get into talking about the different energy centers in the body.
My goal is to bio hack myself so I can help others bio hack themselves.
Fasting Documentary- https://www.amazon.com/Fasting-Ph-D-Valter-Longo/dp/B07DPTTVG1
Kevin's website: https://mibfit.com/ -- 40 minute workouts to do in your own home.
Kevin's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mulabandha1/
Kevin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainer_rail/?hl=en
Kevin's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/railabs
Our goal and our mission is to empower parents of special parents to take better care of themselves so they can take better care of those who they care for. Part of that journey is abandoning the structures that have abandoned us, and finding companies that care about us individually. Parents of special needs kids also have special needs to get themselves operating at the highest peak performance. When we are fit and healthy, we have more to offer to our special needs kids.
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We interview Dennis Knibbe the owner of Water Fusions- How to add excitement and fun to nutrition
The story of Water Fusions is beautiful. The Wellness industry is growing exponentially and they are leading a revolution of delivering nutrients in a fun, creative and tasty way in the form of their micronutrient infused drinks that are excellent.
They also offer a DNA test that is an electromagnetic device. You place your hands on this medal sensor that sends electromagnetic waves through your body to read where your cells are inflammed or degenerative. They then give you a list of foods to eat to replenish yourself.
They also offer meditation courses that I intend to attend over the next few months.
Please check out their website at:
SUGARHOUSE Water Fusions 2236 S 1300 E Suite D7 Salt Lake City UT, 84106 801-486-1523
The Ancient Greek Physician Hippocrates said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Pure Living Family encourages everyone to get their main source of macro and micro nutrients from whole organic foods. We also encourage you to find creative and new alternative ways to deliver the micronutrients to your cells that need them.
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We talk with Mandy Doman, The Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Brain Technologies about The Listening Program
We welcome in Mandy Doman, the Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Brain Technologies to talk about The Listening Program. Theo has been using the Listening Program now for over a year and it has been a huge help when Theo is in a flare and emotional. The music has helped to calm his nervous system in his worst moments and we are so grateful for music therapy. Listen in to hear about how Advanced Brain Technologies started, and how it works for our kiddos.
Check them out at: https://advancedbrain.com/
Founder of Advanced Brain Technologies Alex Doman interviews Dr. Allen T. Lewis, who specializes in PANDAS: https://advancedbrain.com/blog/healing-the-brain-through-integrative-medicine-with-allen-t-lewis-md-and-alex-doman/https://advancedbrain.com/blog/healing-the-brain-through-integrative-medicine-with-allen-t-lewis-md-and-alex-doman/
Dr. Allen T. Lewis' practice in Ohio: https://sanctafamiliacenter.com/about-our-practice/meet-our-staff/
The book I read that introduced me to The Listening Program: https://www.amazon.com/Son-Rise-Barry-Neil-Kaufman/
Coloring Books that Mandy mentioned for a fun activity while listening: https://www.johannabasford.com/book/worlds-of-wonder/
We talk with Michael DiCroce of Wild Warrior Nutrition about Men's Health and Testosterone
I am very excited about this podcast for a number of reasons. Our tag line on purelivingfamily.com is "We give you permission to take better care of yourself, so you can take better care of those that you care for." As Special Needs parents our energies are challenged constantly. I never knew how much stress was possible to feel until Theo was in his PANDAS flares. I think it is time to take our own advice, specifically for myself as the Dad. We talk about how to raise your testosterone through diet, nutrition, and lifestyle change. Testosterone is our Life Force, it is our Life Energy for Men's Health. As a Functional Medicine Coach it is important to me to follow the Functional Medicine model in my overall health. The Functional Medicine model focuses on natural organic nutrition and lifestyle changes to optimize your health.
We are launching a new project alongside Wild Warrior Nutrition with the hashtag #wildwarriordad.
Watch my instagram for the details on the project. @shawnblymiller - https://www.instagram.com/shawnblymiller/
Here are subjects we talked about in the podcast:
Wild Warrior Nutrition YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOTUtiamyqokPJ8rLAqWtQ
The Pure Living Family Talks with Brittyn, the Autism Dietitian
Meet Brittyn, the Autism Dietitian. Brittyn is your go-to for everything diet related in navigating an autism diagnosis. The information she provides is everything we wish we had at the beginning of this diagnosis. Check out library https://www.autismnutritionlibrary.com/?via=angela and her instagram https://www.instagram.com/autismdietitian/
Post stem cell recap
Angela and Shawn give a run down of the latest updates with Theo 5 weeks post the stem cells procedure. We have some exciting news!
Remember to check out our Pure Living Greens. They are micro greens to help have a diverse and healthy microbiome. Our gut health greatly impacts our overall health. Check it out here;
Choosing a School
Angela and a few of her autism mom friend's, Laura & Marissa, discuss the different routes their kids are taking for school. Each one of our kids have unique strengths and struggles. Finding a school that is tailored to each one of them is possible and we will tell you how.
Rolling with the Punches
Life with a kid with special needs is hardly ever free sailing. There seems to be challenges that pop up at every opportunity. We talk about rolling with the punches and pushing through the tough times.
This podcast we highlight our new favorite product that we bought for Eva. The Gabb Watch.
This allows us to get a hold of our 8 year old daughter whenever we need to, without having to worry about strangers trying to contact her. We control all of her contacts. Let us know what you think.
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Katie Wright and the story of Autism Speaks
We understand that there might be conflict with some very important relationships in most people's lives, especially with everything going on right now. We definitely have experienced conflict with loved ones. It is not fun and it is not easy to navigate.
This episode we interview Katie Wright. Her parents Bob and Suzanne Wright started Autism Speaks in the early 2000's. Katie offers wisdom that is not easy to find, especially in the special needs world.
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Perception is Reality - Choose Your Narrative
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A funny story about money with Eva
Gestalt therapy: a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Fritz Perls (1893–1970). It focuses on insight into gestalts in patients and their relations to the world, and often uses role playing to aid the resolution of past conflicts.
An important aspect of the GT mentality is an emphasis on being creative, spontaneous, and
taking risks (Wheeler & Axelsson, 2015). It is expected that healthy behavior will sometimes be
in conflict with societal norms.
Self-Care: It is not all about you.
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Shawn and Angela talk about self-care and what that looks like for the both of them. Shawn's self-care looks much different than Angela's and that is ok. Find what lights you up, excites you, and recharges your batteries.
You can't provide for others if you are on empty. Re-charge and rejuvenate yourself through self-care.
- Yoga : https://settled.life/
- Functional Medicine Coaching Academy www.fmca.org
- Character Strengths assessment- https://www.viacharacter.org/character-strengths-via
- https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748 - Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
Balancing acceptance with hope
Dr. Nathan Wall with Thriving Family Chiropractic comes and hangs out with us to talk about the body's stress response.
Dr. Nathan Wall owns https://www.chiropractordraper.com/ and he has become a dear friend. He has taken excellent care of Theo, and now me since the car accident. We catch up about the bodies stress response in general, and especially with kids with sensory challenges. Hear from one of our favorite medical providers around.