Lyme Disease in Women and Children with Dr Elena Frid

Dr. Elena Frid is a Board Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist and a specialist in Lyme disease. She is our guest this week and we will mainly talk about Lyme disease which is on the rise, as well as symptoms and testing. 

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Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:25 Introduction to Dr. Elena Frid
Min 04:15 Psychiatric symptoms of Lyme patients
Min 05:50 Dr. Frid's training & practice
Min 09:00 What is Lyme disease?
Min 10:50 Lyme endemic areas
Min 12:45 Dr. Frid's Insect Repellant Kidswear
Min 14:35 What other insects can spread Lyme disease
Min 18:00 Percentage of Lyme patients who get their problems resolved with antibiotics
Min 19:15 Rate of increase & testing of Lyme disease
Min 23:35 Lyme disease as a neurological disease
Min 25:15 Lyme disease among women & children
Min 29:15 The connection between gut health & Lyme disease
Min 31:30 Symptoms of Lyme disease & when to test

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A Functional Approach to Weight Loss with Tara Thorne

Tara Thorne is a clinical nutritionist living in Canada & in this episode she is going to talk about functional medicine approach to weight loss. We'll also talk about intermittent fasting and supplements.

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 02:30 Introduction to Tara Thorne

Min 04:00 Health effects of extra fat tissue

Min 07:00 Loving your body

Min 07:55 Mindset for health

Min 09:25 Adiponectin Hormone

Min 12:30 Stress, cortisol, insulin & weight connection

Min 16:35 Why cortisol increases with age

Min 19:20 Gut health & weight management

Min 24:40 Nutrition for weight loss

Min 28:30 Protein and weight loss

Min 31:00 Intermittent fasting

Min 36:40 Supplements for weight loss, sugar cravings & boosting Adiponectin

Min 45:15 Tara's coaching program & resources

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Cool Summer Symptoms with Seasonal Eating 

It’s summer and it’s hot! And hot weather can flame your internal heat, causing irritating symptoms. 

Sometimes just the outdoor heat alone is enough to flare your temper. Try getting stuck in a summer traffic jam with no AC in your car and two whining kids in the backseat. You have to have some serious zen to stay ‘cool’ and calm.

If you have excessive internal heat already, summertime can mean a flare up of ‘hot’ symptoms like:

  • Acne
  • Skin rash
  • Moodiness (could be anger, depression or anxiety)
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Constipation.

Things like:

  • Eating spicy foods or inflammatory foods
  • Poor detoxification
  • Poor nutrition (ie: not enough healthy fats and water)

Can cause this excess heat. 

Let’s look at how you can use the traditional wisdom of eating with the seasons to cool your heat and get your feeling more balanced this summer.

Many of us now live in heated and cooled homes, with a supermarket within short distance. But it wasn’t so long ago that we lived in caves and huts, hunting, farming and foraging for food.  

In those days, living within the natural rhythms of the season came, well, naturally.  Observing the gifts of each season was the framework in which the early traditions of medicine were born.

In Chinese medicine, five seasons were observed, and the five elements of water, earth, fire, wind and metal pair with the five seasons. 

You may be wondering, “wait, what is this other season?” It’s late summer, and it corresponds with the Earth element. This does not being until late August. As I write this in late July, we are still in ‘regular summer,’ with the element of Fire dominating.

In Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, there are five elements as well and three seasons.  These three seasons represent harvest seasons, with Spring being a lean time without a harvest.  The three seasons also match the three doshas (constitutional types). The three seasons of Ayurveda represent two elements interacting; in the case of summer they are fire and water.

Summer, according to Ayurveda, is dominated by Pitta dosha- that hot, irritable, competitive and inflamed type. But I shouldn’t cast Pitta in too negative a light. We all need the fiery nature of Pitta to drive us forward, to digest our food, to energize us.

Ayurveda teaches that heat needs to be cooled with water, but not only plain water, also other cooling, watery things can tame heat.

Here are some foods that can cool you in summer:

  • Fresh, seasonal, organic fruit 
  • Lots of filtered water
  • Bitter greens
  • Basmati rice
  • Cucumber
  • Bok choy
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Fish and seafood
  • Aloe vera juice or gel

You’ll also want to avoid these foods:

  • Fried foods
  • Heavy, greasy meats
  • Dairy products
  • Spicy foods

Eat a lighter diet in the summer, with salads and steamed foods predominating.  Don’t overeatin the summertime, as this can lead to indigestion.

Chinese medicine has some similar ways to look at controlling heat. Again water tames fire, but note that wood feeds fire. If you have summertime symptoms, you do not want to feed your fire!

Wood has to do with spring season and the body system of your liver. 

What foods burden your liver? 

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Food Additives
  • Lack of healthy fats
  • Dehydration 
  • Xenoestrogens and other toxins 

To avoid caffeine but still have a pleasant summertime drink, try:

  • Keep a pitcher of iced lemon water in the the fridge
  • Try chrysanthemum tea, from the Chinese tradition (more information)
  • Try a Pitta balancing tea, like this one I found online, with hibiscus and shatavari (an herb that is great for women’s health too!)

We have a special podcast, courtesy of Cate Stillman from the Yoga Healer podcast, featuring Cate’s Ayurvedic expertise on summertime, as well of that of her guests Dr. John Doulliard and Kate O’Donnell. Check it out here!

Do you have any tips on keeping cool with diet in the summertime?  We’d love to hear them!

Whole Detox with Dr. Deanna Minich

Dr. Deanna Minich is a nutritionist and an author. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. In this week's episode we talk about whole detox and restoring health.

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:40 Introduction to Dr. Deanna Minich

Min 04:40 The 7 Systems of Health

Min 10:10 Colors & painting people

Min 14:00 Dr. Deanna's personal healing

Min 16:00 Healing as an art & creativity

Min 18:50 Moving & being active

Min 19:40 Women's health & creativity

Min 26:00 Balancing the 7 systems of health

Min 34:15 Dr. Deanna's detox program

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How to Tackle Hormonal Mood Swings by Abby Quillen

There are certain body processes that are not under our control. Take hormones, for example: For women, essentials such as estrogen and progesterone help to regulate things like reproduction, growth, and metabolism. They’re necessary, and their levels are not something that anyone can regulate.

Hormones may cause women to feel differently based on different levels, but those changes do not have to be something that happens without awareness. In fact, understanding what’s going on in the body and why it’s happening is a good way to feel and be more in control.

Take menopause: Many women are taught to fear it because of how radically the body changes hormone levels. But in fact, many women experience menopause as a positive phase of life. Even so, it’s helpful to understand what negativity may happen and what women can do to understand it. This graphic helps explain those hormone fluctuations.
 

The Balancing Act

If you feel like your hormones are holding you hostage, here are some relatively simple lifestyle changes that may help.

1. Pay attention

Keep a diary of your symptoms for a few months. Every woman is different, and the only way to understand your moods is to record them and analyze the data. It may bring relief to observe that cyclical annoyances don’t usually last long.

2. Eat up

Studies suggest that women with PMS may be deficient in calcium and magnesium.

According to some experts, foods rich in vitamin B6, omega 3 fatty acids and zinc may help prevent mood swings. It can’t hurt to eat a more nutrient-dense diet. Reach for vegetables, leafy greens, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes, whole grains, poultry, seafood, seaweed and fish.

3. Improve your sleep habits

Some women report insomnia before menstruation, which is when estrogen and progesterone levels plummet. 40 to 50 percent of women experience insomnia during menopause. Women with sleep disturbances are more likely to feel stressed out, tense, anxious, or depressed. To improve your odds of a good night of sleep, make your room dark, quiet, and cool, and stick to routine sleep and waking times.

4. Move more

In one study, eight weeks of aerobic training significantly reduced participants’ premenstrual symptoms. Choose physical activities you enjoy since the point is to feel good.

5. Manage stress

Women who experience stress early in a menstrual cycle are more likely to experience mood swings later in the cycle, according to a study. Walking, mindfulness exercises, visiting nature, and hanging out with friends are proven ways to reduce stress.

6. Reduce caffeine and alcohol

In studies, caffeine has been shown to decrease feelings of relaxation and increase ratings of anxiousness, tenseness, and nervousness. Alcohol may interfere with estrogen detoxification (which could be why it’s associated with a higher risk of breast cancer). So reach for a drink such as water or herbal tea that will help you feel calm.

If you experience mood swings that interfere with your daily life and these healthy makeovers don’t help, it may be time to check in with your doctor or naturopath. Herbs like chaste tree and red clover, vitamin supplements or medical treatments may help.

Conclusion

Hormonal cycles should not be used to discount or discriminate against women or medicalize normal life changes. However, it doesn’t serve women to pretend their bodies and moods stay constant through the course of their lifetime. Whether the subject is menstruation, menopause, or moods, they should take their health seriously. Recognizing and understanding hormonal fluctuations may help them move through their lives with more awareness and ease.

 

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Abby Quillen is an author and marketing strategist who writes about sustainability, gardening, green living, health, business, and other topics. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, YES! Magazine, and in dozens of other publications. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her family.

 

 

 

This article originally appeared on Health Perch

Summer Eating with Ayurveda with Kate O'Donnell & John Douillard

This week's podcast is made up of 2 segments from Cate Stillman podcast show "Yoga Healer". Cate is an Ayurvedic practitioner.

This episode is about summer and seasonal eating. Our guests are Kate O'Donnell who is an Ayurvedic chef, Ashtanga Yoga teacher & cookbook writer based in Boston and Dr. John Douillard who is also an Ayurvedic practitioner.

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 00:10 Introduction to this week's podcast

Min 04:00 Getting overheated and inflamed during summertime

Min 05:15 Effects of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco & sugar

Min 08:35 Overheating and stress

Min 10:30 Getting transparency in the body

Min 14:30 Thriving with the core of Ayurvedic wisdom

Min 17:50 Kate's Mint cilanto coconut chutney

Min 22:20 The complexity of eating & diets

Min 24:00 Introduction to Dr. John Douillard

Min 25:00 Dr. John's go-to meals in summer

Min 26:05 Bile sludge and foods to decongest the liver & gall bladder

Min 28:00 Eating diversified foods

Min 31:20 Eating wheat & hard to digest foods

Min 34:05 Toxins

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What's Up with Medical Marijuana? With Brodie Welch & Dr. Rachna Patel

Dr. Rachna Patel is an Osteopathic physician and an expert of medical marijuana. This episode is about using some of the medicinal qualities of marijuana for various treatments and dosages but it is not meant to get people high.

Click here to download an mp3 of "What's up with Medical Marijuana? With Brodie Welch & Dr. Rachna Patel".

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 02:25 Dr. Patel’s introduction to medical marijuana
Min 04:00 Results of using marijuana on MS & arthritis
Min 07:10 Therapeutic & toxic dosages
Min 10:20 Getting to the root of the problem with the right dosage
Min 11:30 Opium addiction & marijuana
Min 14:00 Conditions that can & can’t be treated with medical marijuana
Min 16:20 Side effects of using marijuana & when not to use it
Min 21:40 Acupuncture
Min 23:30 Ways of delivering marijuana to the body
Min 25:00 Surprising benefits & success stories of using marijuana

Brodie Welch is the host of the podcast ‘A Healthy Curiosity’. You can find her on her website here and on social media:

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