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Adverse Childhood Events and Holistic Healing with Niki Gratrix :074

Abundant Energy Expert Niki Gratrix shares how Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are probably the most important root cause to address for true holistic wellness.

Niki Gratrix, BA Dip ION NANP, is a nutritionist and energy expert who quickly realized that there was an emotional side to healing that was required in her clients for true wellness and complete healing. Niki discovered a correlative study on adverse childhood events (ACEs) by the CDC whose data shows that ACEs are found in epidemic levels in the population, and how devastating these ACEs are to health and well-being. Niki then started a journey to integrate identifying ACEs with her clients, increasing client awareness of the impact on previous trauma on their own health, and facilitated client-based conversation around facing these past events and moving forward for true holistic wellness. In this information-packed interview, Niki tells all about ACEs, how they contribute to health issues, how to identify ACEs, how to address ACEs, and how increasing awareness about ACEs in both conventional and holistic healing modalities is crucial in the evolution of raising human consciousness and well-being.

 

Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How what happens to us emotionally always affects us physically via epigenetic changes, even before we are born or aware of ourselves
  • How different ACE scores correlate with your risk of health issues
  • How ACEs contribute to digestive, hormone, thyroid, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, anxiety, headaches, pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue issues, lifespan, and more
  • What the ACEs are
  • ACEs: the research missed that need to be addressed
  • How many generations back do epigenetic changes get passed down to offspring from both mother and father
  • What are silent ACEs, and how most trauma is ambient
  • How silent ACEs affect our social relationships
  • How social relationships are more important for survival than BMI and other risky health behaviors
  • Why Niki says ACEs are the number one root cause of modern health issues
  • What the trifecta of contributors to health issues is
  • How ACEs affect epigenetics, behavior, and belief, and how that in turn affects lifestyle choices, health, and chances of fully healing
  • How the addiction therapy world is changing their therapies based upon new knowledge on the importance of ACEs
  • How binging and junk food snacking choices are linked to ACEs
  • How practitioners can create burnout in themselves either through over-giving, over-achieving, or perfectionism in their own hustle for worthiness unless they deal with their own ACEs
  • How ACEs can affect our belief system that we are worthy of getting better
  • How ACEs increase your risk of heart disease via epigenetics, despite 􀍞perfect􀍟 diets and cholesterol levels
  • How our stress thresholds are set epigenetically starting in childhood with ACEs, radiating to brain cell function and gut function
  • How our ACEs can even cause destructive approaches in our healing process, and affect our entire perception of the world
  • How our emotional intelligence is in a worse state than our diet choices as a culture, and how that is initiated in childhood and radiates all the way out through international behavior
  • The difference between superficially addressing stress with clients versus fully diving into ACEs with clients
  • How to prepare yourself as a practitioner to discuss ACEs with clients
  • How assessing ACEs needs to be done on all three levels: physical, energetic, and mental
  • How to figure out your or your clients’ ACE scores
  • Why you need to ask about your familial history of ACEs, not just familial health issues, as part of the pre-intake education process
  • How to know when to refer out clients with certain ACEs
  • How neurofeedback, EFT, essential oils, journaling, time in nature, joyful and creative activities, and daily rituals can be useful in overcoming ACEs and retraining epigenetics back to a more parasympathetic state
  • How enneagram assessment (www.enneagraminstitute.com ) can be used to help figure out how you are coping with your ACEs
  • How setting boundaries in relationships and who you are around is crucial to dealing with ACEs
  • How just talking about a past issue that you have never discussed is so strong that it can change your epigenetics
  • How practitioners can only offer the ACE healing to their clients that they themselves have achieved
  • 􀍞We can only take our clients as far as we have gone ourselves􀍟
  • How forming partnerships with counselors and other CAM therapists is a beneficial way to help clients address ACEs
  • 􀍞If you are just doing biochemistry, you aren’t holistic􀍟
  • How to warn clients (and yourself) about emotional detox when starting to address ACEs, and how to sit with the pain of feeling their feelings

 

Find resources from Niki including her free report/e-book on how to address your or your clients’ ACEs can be found at www.nikigratrix.com

 

 

About Niki Gratrix

Niki is an award-winning nutrition therapist, bioenergetic practitioner, and mind-body expert, helping people to optimize energy.

In 2005 she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in integrative medicine in the UK.

In August 2015 she hosted the largest ever free online health summit on overcoming fatigue.

Niki has spoken on over 20 online health summits and been the keynote speaker at live conferences internationally.

Niki is currently the Education Director at NES Health, a quantum biology health technology company. www.nikigratrix.com

Interview by Contributing Podcaster, Lori Rose Ph.D.

Check out what Lori has going on!

 

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Functional Psychiatry with Dr. Reba Peoples :055

Functional Psychiatry is a growing field of holistically treating psychiatric conditions – going as far as to help patients ween off of and treat conditions without medication.

 

A Functional Psychiatrist will look at the whole picture of a person to help remedy what appear to be mental imbalances. They are trained to see the body as all connected and will look at how your gut health, let, exercise and lifestyle affect your mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re wondering how to treat anxiety, depression and a laundry list of other ailments that you might already be seeing a psychiatrist for; this is well worth listening to! Also, it’s a great way to learn to prevent these issues as well!

 

Functional Psychiatrist Dr. Reba Peoples shares her insights and some very helpful tools that she shares with her patients.

 

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Why she named her practice “Imara” – is a girl’s name in Swahili meaning “one with strength or fortitude”. In Arabic it is a boy’s name which means “one who build or constructs”.
  • Functional Medicine aims to find the root cause of ailments
  • Why Dr. Peoples became a psychiatrist and now is adding Functional Medicine to her practice.
  • Dr. Peoples noticed that patients on medication seemed to be “just existing”. Now she says she sees patients thriving and being treated in her Functional Psychiatry practice.
  • How gut health affects our mental and emotional health.
  • There is only about 33% success rate with anti-depressant medications.
  • Why depression is a symptom (a fire alarm) – not a disease (not the fire).
  • What is SMART wellness?
  • How sleep can likely prevent dementia. (beta-amyloid)
  • Studies have shown – People who get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times per week get as much benefit from the exercise as they do from an anti-depressant for mild to moderate depression.
  • “We have a very potent internal pharmacy that we can activate just through exercise.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • Avoid the ANTs (automatic, negative, thoughts)
  • How Dr. Peoples teaches someone to become aware of their (negative) thoughts
  • The importance and difference between “who you are”/ (inner self) and “what you do” (role)
  • How what we put into our bodies affects our health: food, products and even media
  • Is your relationship affecting your health?
  • “When people say ‘trust your gut’ there is a lot to back that up scientifically.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How to keep a positive mindset during trying and emotional times.
  • What to do when Facebook is causing you to feel upset or anxious.
  • When being resilient is no longer a good strategy.
  • “When we do have depression… anxiety… negative emotions – these are functional adaptations to dysfunctional environments.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How a person can start implementing these practices in a low-cost way.

 

 

Dr Reba Peoples - Imara Health - Functional Psychiatry

About Dr. Reba Peoples

Dr. Reba Peoples is a board certified psychiatrist and founder of Imara Health and Wellness. Dr. Peoples created Imara because she is passionate about helping each of her patients move beyond their symptoms and truly start to live joyful, healthy lives. She does this by utilizing a functional approach that helps people understand the impact of lifestyle, genetics and environment on health and the progression of disease. Having this understanding allows her to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that identifies the root cause of illness and really allows her patients to work toward healing rather than symptom management.

Although Dr. Peoples does prescribe medications when clinically necessary, she often finds that a lot of her patients either no longer need medications or are able to significantly reduce the amount of psychiatric medications that they are taking once they have been able to successfully incorporate certain lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Peoples firmly believes that in order to truly achieve wellness, we must be willing to gently nurture our bodies, passionately expand our minds and lovingly cultivate our spirits. She is truly excited to partner with you on your wellness journey.

Learn more about Dr. Peoples and what she offers at Imara Health and Wellness

 






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Fatigue – It’s More than not Getting Enough Sleep with Dr. Rory :048

Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine practitioner and chiropractor, shares how to get to the bottom of fatigue!

Fatigue can be different for each person. For one person it may mean not being able to sleep well. Others cannot exercise without feeling drained or experience low libido. For another, fatigue means they are not able to fulfill their daily tasks; the energy just may not be there.

Functional medicine aims to get to the root of the problem – not just addressing the symptoms.

 

Fatigue is also related to the following:

  • Varying symptoms: digestion, brain fog, physical fatigue
  • The role of Adrenaline
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Why and when we need Cortisol
  • Simple testing
  • Metabolic Reserve (explained using the Bank Account analogy) You build this with “downtime” to have reserve for stressful times
  • How do you know you’re restoring that account? What does downtime feel like?
  • Devices like FitBit and HeartMath (Inner Balance) and the Muse
  • The role of the Adrenal glands
  • The stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • What adds to fatigue: low-grade stress, certain foods, caffeine, certain exercise, in some cases coffee
  • Dr. Rory answers a listeners question about feeling fatigued after exercise…
  • The relation between fatigue and being overweight and/or carrying excess fat in the mid-body
  • The role of the gut
  • What is (the role of) Perceived Stress
  • Description of the 4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • Adaptogens like rhodiola and supplements of DHEA and pregnenolone
  • Over-exercise

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

 






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Remedy Infection and Exhaustion During Holiday Rush :031

Infection and exhaustion are rampant during this busy season

In this discussion with Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Chiropractor in the western Twin Cities suburbs of Minnesota; we talk about the cause and remedies for these tiresome conditions.

Watch or listen to the podcast for full enjoyment and education.

Following is a summary and helpful links.

 

“Tire and Wired”

You can tell if you’re “tired and wired” by noticing, when you’re lying in bed and you’re ready to settle in, but you still have so much energy it’s difficult to sleep. This term “Holiday or Christmas rush” really relates in the body as the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are pumped up to get us through all of our holiday tasks. The problem is that these hormones are triggered so often during our day that they interfere with our bodies’ normal cycles and prevent us from being able to settle in the evening. This also leads to adrenal fatigue.

Infection

Coughing, sneezing, hacking; upper respiratory and lower respiratory infections are so common at this time of year. The continual stimulation of the adrenal glands and release of excitatory hormones adrenaline and cortisol and the resulting effects, weaken the immune system.

 

What’s Causing Infection and Exhaustion?

Seeing so many people come through his office on a daily basis, Dr. Rory shares his hunch at what’s really going on. He shares how our body cues us to take care of things earlier in the year, to take a break or to just address health conditions sooner. When we keep putting off self-care and refuse to take even small breaks, our bodies become deplete of energy and tired. Being already weakened and tired, what were mild conditions of bloat, gas, indigestion or almost any other symptom can become worse.

Natural Remedies that Dr. Rory Recommends

Try implementing just one or two things at a time:

  • Slow down
  • Take an epsom salt bath (use at least 2-3 pounds per bath!)
  • Go to bed sooner
  • Stop using technology with screens to limit your blue-light exposure at least a couple of hours before bed. Or, use devices and software that filter (glasses) or prevent your device from emitting blue light (Tara uses f.lux for example). But limiting digital activity is still a good idea.
  • Take remedies like Myocalm 
  • Address infection with natural remedies like oregano, berberine and grapeseed extract.
  • For Gastro-Intestinal issues, calm the fire by eliminating trigger foods: spices, dairy, wheat, sugar, coffee and alcohol. Remedies such as aloe and licorice root help too.
  • Practice mindfulness. These biofeedback devices help to train the body and mind to calm.
  • Magnesium: the right type of magnesium can make a huge difference!
  • Address the adrenals

 

Consult with a Natural Health Practitioner like Dr. Rory to be sure which remedies and dosages are right for you!

Address the Underlying Cause and Systems that are Affected

  • Adrenal Function
  • Hormone and Thyroid (women especially tend to be affected in this area)
  • Mitochondrial function (energy production at the cellular level)
  • Neurotransmitter function – How is your brain feeling and functioning?

 

Irish Tips and Tricks on How to Kick Back and relax…

When I ask Dr. Rory to share how the Irish (where is originally from) relax, he prefaces that what he is about to share might be considered a bit inappropriate for this wellness-related topic, but shares anyway. (Go to time mark 20:50 to hear this part of the discussion.)

He shares that the Irish go to the local bar with their best friend and “Have the craic.” They tell a few stories, connect in front of the fire; and if you can’t tell a good story, make up a good lie.

Irish jokes aside, we can gather what the true message is. What the Irish seem to have down pat, is how to disengage from a busy day, how to connect with others and have a good time!

 

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.  Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work