On the Spectrum of Health Podcast, Dr. Christine Schaffner shares a spectrum of health and wellness information ranging from chronic illness, biological medicine, bioenergetics and more. Dr. Schaffner sits at a unique vantage point in that she sees patients struggling with chronic illness from all over the world in her practice.
Dr. Schaffner is passionate about sharing cutting edge information and research from the experts in her community as she sits on the front line of the alternative medicine field. Whether you are struggling with a chronic illness, want to learn more about detox and anti-aging, or fine-tune your biofield, then this podcast is for you!
In addition to building two world-renowned health clinics, Dr. Schaffner currently sees patients telemedically, as well as in-person at her Immanence Health clinics in Seattle, Washington and Marin, California.
What you need to know about PANS and PANDAS - Dr. Amanda Wilms with Dr. Christine Schaffner Episode 99
Many children, teens, and occasionally young adults start to show mysterious mental and emotional symptoms that often go undiagnosed. These symptoms begin seemingly overnight with no explanation. The only common denominator is usually that symptoms start soon after an infection.
In this episode, Dr. Christine Schaffner talks with one of her colleagues at Immanence Health, Dr. Amanda Wilms, to discuss PANS/PANDAS and how to identify it and the latest in the rapidly evolving field of integrative medicine that is treating these conditions. The term PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections and PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.
Dr. Amanda Wilms is a naturopathic physician at Immanence Health. She graduated from Bastyr University with a particular interest in complex chronic illness. She has completed advanced training in intravenous therapy, injection techniques, ozone therapy, mycotoxin illness, autonomic response testing, environmental medicine/toxicology, autoimmune conditions, bio-identical hormones, PANDAS/PANS, and Lyme disease.
Why We Dream - Dr. Rob Stickgold with Dr. Christine Schaffner | Episode 98
Why do we dream? Do dreams hold psychological meaning or are they merely the reflection of random brain activity? What purpose do dreams serve? Questions on the origins and meaning of dreams are as old as humankind, and as confounding and exciting today as when nineteenth-century scientists first attempted to unravel them.
Our brains spend the entire time we're asleep processing the memories we formed during the day before, strengthening them, filing them, discovering patterns, and generally figuring out what they mean all so that they will be more useful to us in our future waking lives.
In this week’s episode of Spectrum of Health, Dr. Christine Schaffner talks with Dr. Bob Stickgold to discuss how our dreams play an integral role in our nightly memory processing, as well as how these new memories might fit with what we already know.
Dr. Bob Stickgold is a cognitive neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-author of When Brains Dream as well as published over a hundred scientific papers on sleep and dreams.
The Future is Brain Regeneration - Dr. Greg Eckel with Dr. Christine Schaffner
Exciting new research shows that when the adult brain is damaged it can repair itself. Brain cells that have been injured have the capability of re-growing new connections that, under the right conditions, can help to restore lost function.
In this episode, Dr. Christine Schaffner and Dr. Greg Eckel discuss regenerative medicine and the development of a progressive brain regenerative program.
Dr. Greg Eckel became increasingly aware of and concerned about the overuse of medications with children while teaching preschool, and this experience inspired his entry into Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine. In 2001 he co-founded Nature Cures Clinic. The combination of Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and botanical medicine) has provided Dr. Eckel with a variety of tools to treat both acute and chronic illness while valuing the principles of prevention and wellness.
You can find a copy of the show notes at drchristineschaffner.com
Is Your Sleep Making You Sick? with Dr. Christine Schaffner | Episode 96
Sleep is required to maintain your immune system, regulate appetite and metabolism, and support cardiovascular health. Also, with chronically ill individuals, it can be a "Catch-22" because sleep is needed to heal, but they can't sleep because of the illness. Fortunately, there have been recent advancements to support restorative deep sleep.
In this episode, Dr. Christine Schaffner takes a deep dive into the widespread modern-day issue of Deep Sleep Deficiency (DSD), signs and symptoms that you may be suffering from DSD, the most recent research and advancements as well as 5 steps you can take to detox your sleep.
Neuroplasticity Brain Retraining Improves Chronic Conditions - Ashok Gupta with Dr. Christine Schaffner
iving with chronic illness often brings on feelings of chronic worry and despair. These emotions can lead to a frenetic pattern of worry about symptoms spiraling into a perpetual anxious state. In this episode, Ashok Gupta shares with Dr. Christine Schaffner about neuroplasticity brain retraining, also called limbic system retraining, and how focusing on the nervous system can create surprising results for chronic illness. Ashok Gupta is an internationally renowned speaker, filmmaker, and health practitioner who has dedicated his life to supporting people through chronic illness and achieving their potential. Ashok suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome around 25 years ago when he was studying at Cambridge University. Through neurological research that he conducted, he managed to get himself 100% better. He then set up a clinic to treat others and then publish the well-known recovery program known as the Gupta Program in 2007.
The Power of Poop - Dr. Andrea McBeth with Dr. Christine Schaffner :: Episode 94
Our gastrointestinal tract maintains a highly diverse microbial population that plays an essential role in nutritional metabolism, protection against pathogens, and the development of our immune system. The intestinal biota is increasingly considered a mutual partnership for the maintenance of health. Over the years, the microorganisms in our intestines have become recognized in the development of the immune system.
In this episode, Dr. Schaffner sits down with microbiota researcher, Dr. Andrea McBeth to discuss her fascinating work with fecal transplant and the incredible postbiotic product that has been developed from this groundbreaking research.