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How to Overcome Chronic Health Conditions with Sandie Gascon

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Sandie Gascon is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner from Ontario, Canada. She works with men and women to help free them from various health issues, live their lives to their fullest and do the activities they love. She is our guest this week where we talk about overcoming chronic health conditions like migraines, acne & Lupus, and steps to healing.

Click here to download an mp3 of "How to Overcome Chronic Health Conditions with Sandie Gascon".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:50 Introduction to Sandie Gascon & her training
Min 02:45 Sandie Gascon's health history
Min 11:00 Dealing with Lupus & gadolinium
Min 14:10 Sandie's resources to heal herself
Min 19:05 Amino acid therapy & SSRI
Min 24:20 Trial & error healing, and studying FDN
Min 28:45 Laying the foundation of healing
Min 35:00 Frustrations during healing
Min 43:15 Oxilates & testing
Min 47:00 Sandie's resources

To learn more about Sandie Gascon, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

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 overeat in 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!


Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP, is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative llc and HormoneDetoxShop.com.

What's Causing Your Migranes? With Erin Knight

Erin Knight is a migraine & headache specialist. She helps people suffering from migraines determine what is holding them back and plan concrete steps to break through to feeling great.

From the time she was a little kid, Erin had a desire to help people. At one time during a family vacation is Spain, her mum was stuck in the hotel room for 3 days because of migraines and Erin felt frustrated because she couldn't do anything to help her. In high school she had migraines 4-5 times per week. She was inspired by her grandfather and was fascinated on how we could impact our bodies with chemistry. After high school she went into pharmaceutical engineering.

At 27 Erin’s body started to break down! Other than the migraines, she started having auto-immune issues, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and digestive issues. She didn't want to spend the rest of her life feeling like that! Soon she discovered functional medicine which aligned so well with her as an engineer because it addresses the root causes of body issues. She dived into it and soon her migraines went away, her energy was back, she was no-longer sensitive to things like bright lights, thunderstorms and just loved this new sense of freedom she felt.

Wanting to help others, Erin went ahead and put together a 4 step plan called “The Migraine Freedom Plan”.

About 1 to 7 people globally suffer from migraines, and 3/4 of those are women.
— Erin Knight

In this episode, we talk about:

  1. What migraines are and what causes them
  2. The different symptoms of migraines
  3. The connection between stress, inflammation and migraines
  4. Supplements and dosages to help with migraines including magnesium and B-vitamins
  5. What to look for when getting supplements
  6. Tips to manage migraines
  7. The 4-step Migraine Freedom Plan

To learn more about Erin Knight, you can find her on her website here. You can also follow her on:



Also, if you would like to learn more about what could be going on in your body, Erin offers a free 5-min hormone balance quick-check to see if the migraines you’re experiencing could be related to a hormonal imbalance.

Thanks for listening.

Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative.

You can watch a video on Three Tips for Migraines with Erin Knight here:

Our first annual Super Sale is finally here!

It will ONLY be running from November 22-28, 2016 and you'll be getting good deals you’ll probably never see again! Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on our great products and services. I would love for you to get the help you need so that you feel great about your body. Don't miss out! 

Migraines: How to Get Rid of Them! with Dr. Alexis Shields

Migraines headaches have to be one of the worst experiences many women endure.  They can make you cancel important meetings, load up on potent pharmaceuticals, and miss out on life.

Luckily we have today as a guest Dr. Alexis Shields, who throws it down about where migraines come from, how to treat them, and also what we still don't know about them.

She explains that there is a dys-regulation of the electrical system of the brain that precipitates a migraine.  (Did you know that the vascular theory has been disproven??)

Dr. Shields talks about certain foods and food additives that are triggers. (Did you know that left-overs are more apt to cause a migraine??)

She also talks about the underlying factors, such as hormone imbalance, misalignment and more.  (Did you know oversleeping can be a problem??)

She gives specific apps, book and sites she likes, and I'll share a few of those below:

App:  Headspace

Site: Yoga Glo

Book:  It Starts with Food

To learn more about Dr. Shields and her online practice, see her site here.

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