Guest // Tami Duncan

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

vibrational healingTami Duncan began her soul’s mission of vibrational healing through the process of recovering her son from autism. Although diagnosed with ASD at age seven, a later a diagnosis of Lyme disease was what provided Tami the clues that ultimately led to his remarkable progress.

But the healing didn’t stop there. Tami’s desire to dig deeper into the full realms of healing led her to the vibrational healing arts, including Reiki.

vibrational healing jacketWe know that the human body is an amazing information gatherer. The nervous system zings when confronted with a menacing stranger; and our olfactory nerves delight in the aroma of freshly baked cookies.

But what about the other body — the one that resides outside of the physical? Often referred to as the astral body, the spiritual body, or the soul — how can accessing this realm of our existence enhance our lives? These days, it’s no longer considered fringe to visit a medium, medical intuitive, or a host of other practitioners who journey to these higher planes. Our deepest desire is to understand just a little bit more. to find resolution from a painful experience, to heal.

Join co-host Mary Coyle, DIHom for a fascinating show and:

  • Learn how vibrational healing can positively impact your over-all health
  • Discover how your thoughts influence your well-being
  • Hear some basic techniques on how to balance your child’s energy
  • Find out why an imbalanced energy body may sabotage your healing

tami duncanTami Duncan is the author of Vibrational Healing for Autism aka Awesome Kids! She is also the founder of the non-profit organization Lyme-Induced Autism (LIA), which was created to help other parents become aware this poorly understood disease, and how it can negatively impact a child’s health. Once Tami began delving into this deeper understanding, including its power and healing capacity, she created Epiphany Healing to share it with others. Tami conducts group healing, mentoring sessions, online classes, and weekend retreats. You can reach her at:www.EpiphanyHealingArts.com.

coyleheadshotsquareMary Coyle, DIHom is a homeopath with extensive training in homotoxicology and German Biological Medicine. She is the director of the Real Child Center in New York City. Homotoxicology utilizes cellular drainage, nutrition, and time-tested homeopathic techniques to stimulate the self-healing mechanism in your child. It is a therapy geared to enable your child to move to the next level of health. Mary writes and speaks about detoxification at the cellular level. She is a contributing author of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism (Skyhorse, 2013).

#85 — Essure Dangers: Permanent Birth Control Pain ** October 7, 2015
Host // Lisa Bloomquist

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Essure is a kind of non-surgical sterilization that was approved by the FDA in 2002. Since then, three-quarters of a million women have signed up. We’re talking about the insertion of metal coils inside the fallopian tubes, which is supposed to prevent hookups between egg and sperm.

A one-time, hassle-free procedure. Modern technology has surely improved upon the IUD of yore, right?

It sounds simple enough.

So, why are thousands of women complaining of:

  • debilitating pain
  • weight gain, hair loss
  • depression, brain fog, fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • digestive disorders
  • occluded fallopian tubes
  • unintended pregnancies
  • did we mention the pain?

These thousands of women are joined by consumer activist extraordinaire, Erin Brokovich who set up the Essure Procedure.net website to encourage more women to come forward and share their stories. The legal system isn’t open to these women because of something called “federal preemption” of class III medical devices. But these women aren’t taking this lying down. They’re making so much noise, challenging manufacturer Bayer AG, that the FDA is taking another look.

Lisa SaenzLisa Saenz is a 46 year-old mother of 4 daughters and 2 grand children. She is a licensed Social Worker and currently works as a Crisis Intervention Social Worker with high risk patients addicted to opiates. Her background includes 23 years as a patient advocate for the mentally ill. As a victim of these awful devices, she joined and helped promote the Essure Problems Facebook page. This led to her current role as a passionate patient advocate for women’s health and reproductive safety.

lisa-bloomquist-fb-headshot-cropLisa Bloomquist is a patient advocate who was injured by Cipro in 2011. She runs Floxie Hope, a fluoroquinolone toxicity advocacy site, and manages The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain. Lisa is a guest blogger for Hormones Matter and Collective Evolution, and hosts The Floxie Hope Podcast. Lisa has vowed to continue to screaming about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics until those in the medical professions start paying attention to their Hippocratic Oath, until proper informed consent is established for administration of these drugs, and until physicians stop giving them to children. Lisa is a Colorado native who enjoys the mountains, Pilates, and her cat. She has a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado, Denver.

#84 — Why My Brain Isn’t Working (Like It Should) ** September 30, 2015
Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

why my brain isn't working jacket cropWe’re a nation beseiged with brain damage. Cognitive problems, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis. Autism. ADHD. Check out the mind boggling index of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and your brain will surely hurt.

This is not something that luminosity.com can handle.

Neither can conventional neurologists. They just don’t have much to offer patients beyond a diagnosis. Part of the problem? It is a failure to recognize, honor, and treat the gut-brain connection.

Enter Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a humble, heart-centered brainiac who has brought the art of diagnosis back into the holistic arena and brought holism to the diagnostics of the conventional realm. In his acclaimed and densely referenced book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? he takes us on a tour of modern day insults to the brain and what to do about it.

  • Learn about vital bodily connections that hold the key to brain recovery
  • What are the first signs of neurodegeneration?
  • What are three ways to heal your gut-brain connection?

datis kharrazian headshotDatis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS is one of the leading experts in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, and complex neurological disorders. Patients from all over the world fly to his San Diego practice for guidance, knowledge, and inspiration, including the application of natural medicine alternatives to help them improve their quality of life. Dr. Kharrazian has become the referral source for many doctors nationally and internationally when their cases become too complex to evaluate and diagnose. He is one of the most sought after educators in natural medicine, laboratory analysis, and nutrition. Dr. Kharrazian has personally trained several thousand healthcare professionals and currently has educated a group of more than a dozen exceptional doctors to lecture nationally in order to meet the demands for education in his patient management model.

kelly-cropKelly Brogan, MD is Medical Director of Fearless Parent and mom of two. She is board certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She serves as medical advisor to GreenMedInfo, Pathways to Family Wellness, and Fisher Wallace. Kelly holds degrees from MIT and Cornell Medical School.

#83 — Great Expectations: Chiropractic in Pregnancy 
Host // Jeanne Ohm, DC

chiro during pregnancyChiropractors are the third largest group of doctorate-level primary care providers, behind medical doctors and dentists. Chiropractic has become mainstream treatment, with more than 30 million people annually. When it comes to pregnancy, however, women have a lot of questions:

  • Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
  • Are chiropractors trained to work with pregnant women?
  • Can birth outcomes be improved with chiropractic adjustments?
  • What is intrauterine constraint and how can a misaligned pelvis affect the fetus?

Did you know that chiropractic treatment can mitigate nausea, reduce time of labor and delivery, relieve back and joint pain, and prevent a potential caesarian birth?

jeanne ohmJeanne Ohm, DC is a chiropractor who has practiced family wellness care since 1981 with her husband, Dr Tom. They have six children who were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle. Jeanne is an instructor, author, and innovator. She is Chief Executive officer of the ICPA and Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.

Guest // David White

Host // Carla Atherton

Americans are ballooning up — adults and kids alike. Suddenly, normal food portions are super sized, clothing manufacturers are resorting to sizes 0, 00, and even 000 to avoid offending touchy customers, and people are spilling over the armrests of their airplane seats.

We’re left wondering… what on earth happened?

What are the repercussions of this alarming trend?

What do we need to do about it?

Host Carla Atherton interviews David White about his Childhood Obesity Project:

  • What is this obesity project and what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Are children simply small adults? How do kids experience obesity? Can you give is insight into the child’s perspective?
  • Why are children becoming obese at such a rapid rate these days?
  • What are the top ten gems that were shared with you during the interviews you conducted for your project?

David White headshotDavid White is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach level 3, CHEK Practitioner level 1, recovered food addict, and former incredibly sick and overweight child. Dave has been coaching clients (and getting coached by his clients) for about 7 years now and is currently studying Musculoskeletal Therapy. Dave believes that health and medicine aren’t things that any one institution owns, but are owned by the person looking to achieve their health goals. Dave believes that health is in our own DNA and innate wisdom of our bodies and that the best medical practitioners teach people how to be their own doctors.

Guest // Chris D. Meletis, ND

Host // Lisa Bloomquist

mitochondria-in-action-sep-08-451x480The mitochondria have important things to do, including production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP—the universal energy molecule), cellular apoptosis, calcium homeostasis, and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Mitochondria are the engines of our cells, and so it follows that mitochondrial health is related to all other aspects of health. Mitochondria are mighty, but they are also vulnerable, and are damaged by many of the toxins in our world.

So, what does this mean exactly?

  • What is the relationship between mitochondrial health and many of the “mysterious” diseases of modernity?
  • How can we protect our precious mitochondria?
  • Can “resuscitating” mitochondria improve health outcomes?
  • Since mitochondria and hormones are inextricably connected, how does mitochondrial health affects hormonal health? How do both affect chronic disease and aging?

Chris M color copyChris D. Meletis, ND is a naturopathic physician out of Beaverton, Oregon. He is an educator, author and lecturer. He has written over 200 nationally published article and a dozen books, with the sole purpose of sharing his passion and amazement of the human body and what is required to maintain health. Dr. Meletis served as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Officer for 7 years at NCNM and was awarded the 2003 physician of the year by the American association of Naturopathic Physicians. His personal mission is “Changing World’s Health One Person at a Time.” He believes that when people become educated about their body, that is the moment when true change and wellness begins. www.DrMeletis.com

Guest // David George Haskell, PhD

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

forest unseen jacketThe #1 ranked high school in the country is requiring this book, The Forest Unseen, as summer reading for all incoming freshmen. I picked it up and was hooked. The premise is simple — what can we learn by closely observing the same square meter of forest over a one year period?

It’s no surprise that the forest can teach us biology. But does it also hold lessons about social connections, social responsibility, and our essential humanity?

Yes.

Imagine a contemporary biologist who writes like a poet — giddy with delight about the surprises and secrets that Nature will disclose to anyone who cares to take a closer look.

We know that our kids need to spend more time outdoors. For this to happen, maybe parents need a dose of inspiration, too. This isn’t a quick read; you won’t (and shouldn’t) knock it off your list in a weekend. I’m reading it with my boys, individually. Each is drawn to different ideas — the brutal parasitism of the horsetail worm… stripping naked in -20F weather to experience winter as the chickadees do — but it feeds curiosity and spurs some terrific conversations.

If you’re headed to the lake or mountains — or wish you were — this is the perfect summer read. The chapters are short and the insights are unexpected. It’s no wonder that this book was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and received numerous awards, including the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013, the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. A profile in The New York Times said that Haskell “gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

david haskellDavid George Haskell, PhD holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Cornell University. He is Professor of Biology at the University of the South, where he served as Chair of Biology. His scientific research on animal ecology, evolution, and conservation has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. David serves on the boards and advisory committees of local and regional land conservation groups. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways they combine science, contemplation, and action in the community. David was born in England, raised in Paris, educated at Oxford and Cornell, and now lives in Tennessee where he helps his wife run a CSA called Cudzoo Farm.

Guest // Patricia Lemer, LPC

Host // Beth Lambert

palmer-reflexWhen a child is sick and parents are in “get it done” mode, stand back. We’re booking appointments, stocking up on supplies, recruiting therapists, setting up protocols, implementing new programs, and buying lots (and lots) of supplements. It’s a relief to be productive but the feeling doesn’t last. Our frenzied, sleepless activity gives way to a kind of unnatural calm where we ask:

What am I missing?

There are elements of a child’s growth and development that are almost always overlooked.  This is true for all children but it’s especially true for those on a healing journey. For example:

  • State-of-the-art won’t mean a thing if the basics aren’t covered — think: sleep, sunshine, laughter.
  • What are retained primitive reflexes and what do they have to do with memory, sensory integration, emotional maturity, eating, handwriting, and stress management (among many, many others)?
  • Did you know that visual acuity (i.e., can your child see the blackboard?) is just one component of vision?

patty lemer headshotPatricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years. She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years. DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013, and Patty serves as Board Chair. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University. Patty lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders. From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait. She is the author of EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Outsmarting Autism. Visit her website for more information.

Guest // Jennifer Wiessner, LCSW, AASECT

Host // Carla Atherton

The-Birds-and-the-Bees_3899-lSex ed. Those two words are enough to have many of us running for the hills. Fall in, parents! Kids are consuming more media than ever before and the not-so-hidden messaging about sex is everywhere. Hate to break it to you but sex education is important for children BEFORE their school’s typical initiation in fifth grade. The good news is, it’s easier to talk about sex when children are younger. Legions of parents can tell you what happens if you wait too long — the never ending eye roll isn’t the half of it.

Join host Carla Atherton and her favorite sex ed guru on kids and the “birds and the bees”:

  • At what age should we start these chats?
  • What are the top three myths about healthy sexuality that get in the way of conversations with our children?
  • How, uh, specific do we really need to be and doesn’t this open up a can of worms? [Ed. note: It will definitely get their wheels turning. I was feeling pretty smug having had a good first discussion with my boys. As I was saying good-night and turning off the lights, my 8 year-old asked, “So, how exactly does the sperm get to the egg, ma?” My response? “Great question! My, it’s late. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.”]
  • What do you mean when you say that we need to address our own issues about sex first?
  • Do you have any scripts you can share with us… please?

jennifer wiessner headshotJennifer Wiessner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and certified Sex Therapist with a strong history working with adolescents and families. The added roles and responsibilities taken on by men and women today are giving rise to added stress, marital concerns, depression and anxiety causing struggles within relationships and families. Jennifer is the first female AASECT certified Sex Therapist in the state of Maine. Clients with sexuality concerns, sexual dysfunction and pain, gender identity issues, sexual interest questions, fetishes and general relationship issues are welcome. She is a Kink and Poly aware therapist. Jennifer offers sexual health psychoeducation sessions for parents of young children alone or with their adolescents who wish to have guidance with how to encourage positive and responsible sexual health behaviors and attitudes as well as educational consultations with physicians to ensure best practices with patients relating to sexual health. For more information, go to the HOPE Counseling Services website.

Guest // Lawrence Caprio, ND

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

pollenChildhood illness has changed so much since the early 20th century. Mortality rates are down markedly, and that’s a good thing. But we seem to have traded infectious disease for chronic illness.

Some of most common afflictions affecting so many children are allergies — food, environmental, and idiopathic in origin. Parents and clinicians alike are bewildered. Why are kids so darn red and itchy, bumpy and rashy anyway? Debating the causes doesn’t get us far. We’re more concerned about relief.

  • What happens if you don’t treat allergies?
  • What are the most effective allergy treatments?
  • What’s the relationship between allergy symptoms and chronic illness?
  • What’s possible for children when allergy treatment is effective?

lawrence caprio headshotLawrence Caprio, ND recognized early in his career the importance of allergy treatment as an effective adjunct to the management of the majority of chronic degenerative diseases seen in medical practice today. Subsequently, he was among the first to pioneer the Interro System of computerized testing developed in Provo, Utah and the science of ‘phenolic food compounds’ researched by Dr. Robert Gardiner at Brigham Young University. Dr. Caprio successfully integrated these modalities and developed a uniquely effective system of non-invasive allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy which he currently uses. This system of computerized non-invasive electrodermal testing and optimal dose sub-lingual immunotherapy allows for the safe, rapid desensitization of acute allergy symptoms, as well as the effective long term management of chronic allergic problems. Dr Caprio attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he obtained his degree in 1979. Since that time, he has built a successful 35+ year practice of Naturopathic and Preventive Medicine in Westport, CT. He treats patients worldwide.

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