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Inspiration and conversation around the alchemy of health, truth and adventure. Your host, Janelle Twine has been a Naturopath since 2009 running her own clinic, workshops & fasting retreats mostly based in tropical North Queensland, Australia. However, now on a bit of journey to finding her new home after changes in her personal life challenged her to question how she lost her zesty spirit & love of life? She is a keen adventurer & is always willing to dig deep into her own soul to find the truth of what health & happiness is all about.

Wellness Alchemy Janelle Twine

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Inspiration and conversation around the alchemy of health, truth and adventure. Your host, Janelle Twine has been a Naturopath since 2009 running her own clinic, workshops & fasting retreats mostly based in tropical North Queensland, Australia. However, now on a bit of journey to finding her new home after changes in her personal life challenged her to question how she lost her zesty spirit & love of life? She is a keen adventurer & is always willing to dig deep into her own soul to find the truth of what health & happiness is all about.

    16. Optimum Pet Wellness - Naturopath Nikki Fischer

    16. Optimum Pet Wellness - Naturopath Nikki Fischer

    Nikki Fischer - Optimum Pet Wellness


    Nikki has been a Naturopath for 14yrs, focusing mainly on human health and specialising in areas such as fertility, mental health & behaviour, and acute prescribing. In the last 5yrs however her clients have been transitioning from 2-legged to 4-legged as Nikki now concentrates her skills, efforts and business on helping your pets to live their best lives.
    Nikki founded Pet Potions & Remedies in 2017 in response to local demand for her information and alternatives to standard veterinary advice, and requests for remedies to support and promote pet health rather than just masking symptoms. Having become a first time dog mum 2yrs prior, this passion was born out of navigating the very confusing and often conflicting information presented to pet parents that just seemed at odds with all of her professional training and experience.
    It began with a range of herbal medicines addressing the most common concerns and has grown to incorporate whole-food supplements, naturally fermented probiotics, homeopathic first aid kits, essential oil sprays, and offering nutrition and health consultations to help pet parents navigate the path to their pets optimum health and wellness.
    Based on the Sunshine Coast (& currently awaiting the arrival of her first child!), Nikki operates her business predominantly online via her website.

    Website: www.petpotions.com.au
    Instagram: @petpotions
    Facebook: /petpotions

    Show notes:

    - An ear infection with Nikki's dog Jetty gave her a inkling that maybe the food had been part of the problem? Nikki then dived down the rabbit hole of information & research.

    - The herbal dispensary Nikki was working in enabled her to begin holistic pet care, gaining great results

    - You can decrease the chances of your dog developing long term chronic disease by increasing fresh raw food by 20% into their diet

    - Meat only diet can create other health problems due to lack of calcium, vitamin D, iodine, etc.

    - Best ratio to follow (using BARF guidelines.. Biologically Appropriate Raw Feeding): 2-3% of animals body weight per day. 80% muscle meat (lamb, pork, duck, chicken, turkey, fish, roo, heart, tongue, lung, tripe, etc): 10% raw bones (ground or whole bird carcass, chicken neck, duck feet, brisket, whole fish with bones, etc): 5% liver: 5% other excreting organs (kidney, spleen, etc) + fresh fruit & veg (blended or ground is ideal - spinach, kale, broccoli, beans, carrot, asparagus, pumpkin, sweet potato, veg pulp, berries, etc).  Frozen in ice cubes is handy. 10-20% of fruit/veg extra is ideal - can be used as a treat.  Supplemental foods are ideal as well; spiralina & coconut oil ice cubes, flax oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds (soaked), k***t, etc.

    - Turmeric paste/golden paste to reduce inflammation can be used as a supplemental food.  

    - The food we feed an animal affects their behaviour

    - Vets have a tricky & demanding role as they need to be across all categories; so be kind to them.  Nutrition is not their focus in their training. 

    - Titre testing allows a vet to assess the antibodies in an animals body - so revaccination isn't needed. Homeopathics can be an alternative. 

    - Flea & tic medication can be dangerous - observe your pet's behaviour if they are off food or even worst case scenario they can die. Observe your risks at first. Tics need to be on your animal for 24-48hrs to have an impact, so daily checks can support this. The chews concentrate in the tissues after running through their blood stream, so therefore you need to poison your dog in order to poison tics. Tremors, stumbling, seizures, etc can occur. Sonic devices perhaps?

    - Pet Potion Tinctures & probiotics

    • 54 min
    15. Post C-section, Scar Tissue & Visceral Manipulation with Physiotherapist Shelley Cottle

    15. Post C-section, Scar Tissue & Visceral Manipulation with Physiotherapist Shelley Cottle

    Shelley Cottle, Physiotherapist - Post C-section, Scar Tissue & Visceral Manipulation


    Shelley Cottle is not a traditional physiotherapist.  She holds a Physiotherapy degree but practises a little differently to traditional Physios.  She has a particular interest in wanting to know why?!  She believes the human body is not random and there is always a precipitator for everything.  We move in the path of least resistance until our body can not longer maintain the adjustments; pain and dysfunction arise at that point. Shelley enjoys tracing the pain or injury back to its roots and treating it there. When she can properly treat the root cause the results are great and lasting.  She enjoys helping clients on a healing journey where they can see the start and end of the injury and ailment.  Her two biggest interests are feet and post C section healing.

    Key points:

    Shelley was initially disheartened with traditional physiotherapy until she started working in Canada & was encouraged to take some courses focusing on finding the driver of pain & issues
    Visceral manipulation helped Shelley to gain another layer of treating Caesarean scars
    14 months ago Shelley got to experience first hand how to treat a Caesarean scar when she was forced to have a C-section
    Symptoms being presented by clients became better understood
    The body will always compensate for restriction or pain - which can then create multiple problems
    Visceral manipulation through the Barral institute identifies that if an organ is out of place the skeletal system will also be out of place.  By correcting the position of the organs first, everything else has a better chance of staying in place.  Our bodies are always trying to protect what is most important (eyes, nerves, blood vessels & organs)
    Visceral manipulation teaches to use the hands to identify if parts of the body are out of position
    Alongside the position the skeletal system, visceral manipulation assists to deal with common problems such as bladder issues, fertility issues, stomach issues, etc which provides a more holistic approach to treating an individual
    All visceral techniques are very gentle
    C-section operations mean that there are a lot of things cut into & then sewn back up.  This creates tension, similar to a shirt being tucked in tightly & therefore movement restricted
    The body wants things to be in position to function optimally & if not pain or restriction can present in order to encourage us to take action or at least take notice
    Our bodies are so intelligent - these symptoms need to be listened to
    Caesarean scars can cause bladder or fertility issues due to the restriction of blood or restricted positioning from scar tissue.  Even as simple as lifting arms above head post caesarean 
    8 months of consistent therapy gave Shelley full recovery from her symptoms
    Be aware of how you are moving, or even sitting after birth to ensure scar tissue doesn't harden in the wrong way.  After 6 weeks working with a visceral manipulation therapist to deal with the scar tissue appropriately is advised
    No matter how old the scar is, seek help from a visceral manipulation therapist to deal with the pain or restriction properly.

    Website: http://focusphysiocairns.com/

    • 36 min
    14. Slow Fashion with Tricia Hart

    14. Slow Fashion with Tricia Hart

    Tricia Hart – Slow Fashion


    Tricia currently lectures in fashion studies and professional practice at TAFE Queensland and University of Canberra. Her career in fashion began with bridal design. From there she moved to retail management and buying before operating her own boutique. She also runs a creative industry with her partner which specialises in colonial and contemporary Australian history and culture. Tricia's research areas include sustainable and ethical fashion in particular critical analysis of imagery associated with ethical fashion. She has presented at conferences in India and Japan and led study tours to India and Japan.

    Key points:

    · Works at TAFE as a Fashion Teacher/Educator with a passion for sustainability.

    · Also lecturers at the University of Canberra in Creative Industries.

    · Grew up in a household where she was encouraged to be thrifty, plus have respect for nature & the environment - the key principles of ethical & sustainable fashion.

    . Jeans washed or not washed in 2 separate experiments over a 3 month period showed no difference in bacteria build up.

    · How does sustainability & ethics exist together? Ethical fashion must be sustainable – people & animals are part of the planet.  How do we navigate the overwhelm?

    · The supply chain in the fashion industry is complex – for example…where is the fibre grown & the material made?

    · If we all wore clothing with natural dyes there would not be enough land left to grow edible crops – which provides an interesting consideration for natural alternatives.  Clothes made off shore are cheaper which creates overconsumption.

    · Retailers normally buy more clothing than they can sell – which encourages over consumption.

    · Excess stock when not sold is then sold at a reduced price & then sadly dumped if not sold.

    · The laundering process of a garment is among the most damaging to our environment. Nano particles/micro fibres end up in our waterways when synthetic fabric is washed. These have been found in honey & the ice cores in the Arctic circle!  This of course enters our food chain.

    · The term 'Fashion' – means change.  How does one navigate slow fashion or 'ethical' fashion with change as its pivot?  Perhaps reflect on what your non negotiable values are to guide your choices.

    · How does the fashion industry promote & value 'change'? The fashion industry is the 3rd most wasteful industry. 

    · Blended fabrics or fibre blends – poly cotton - can’t be separated & therefore recycled, so consider this in your choice.

    . If wearing synthetic fabrics wash it less & not on a gentle cycle.

    . Think before you buy.  Buy natural.  Buy ethical.  Become more aware of the supply chain - do your research (Good On You app, Ethical Clothing Australia website, Baptist World Aid website). 

    · Green washing – many brands just promote an aspect of their making & not the whole process of that garment.

    · Being true to our own values is important.

    · Vegan leather is now able to be made out of pineapple fibres, rather than from plastics. 

    . Clothes swaps are a great way to REUSE clothing items. In SUMMARY: Value what you have.  Buy less.  When you do make a purchase do your research.  Buy quality - it lasts longer.  Make sure it fits (an overlooked area of sustainability).  Spot clean.

    Resources (Books/Websites):

    Fashion Revolution
    Textile Beat
    Ethical Clothing Australia
    Baptist World Aid Fashion Report


    The story of stuff
    The true cost
    River Blue
    Blood sweat and t-shirts
    Mrs Press

    • 51 min
    13. Chemical free skin lovin' with Brad McDonald

    13. Chemical free skin lovin' with Brad McDonald


    Against The Grain Health is a business which challenges the status quo of what it means to love the skin you’re in. Providing effective, high integrity products which transcend skin deep beauty and possess a broad spectrum of uses for the individual and the family. The founder, Brad McDonald, makes no distinction between his values as a naturalist and the principle decision making within the business. At the core foundation of Against The Grain Health is the mantra ‘to be nurtured by nature is a reciprocal relationship’. In order for us to thrive, not just survive, we must move with renewed reverence for nature just as we must for our own sovereignty. Going against the grain is in essence, going beyond all the stories, to a place where we are one and the same.

    Show notes:

    The original journey to beginning Against The Grain - an autoimmune issue with psoriasis sparked motivation
    The skin is the window in, so it opens up the conversation & many healing conversations are happening at regular markets.  The consciousness is shifting Brad is noticing.
    Chemicals have increased 400 fold between 1930-2001.  140,000 chemicals are registered for use in Australia & 75% of them have never been tested on the environment or animals. 
    When we take on chemicals quicker than they can escape our body, they bio-accumulate.  Not everyone is born with a clean slate now.
    These chemicals create endocrine disruption - affecting asthma, cancer, reproductive issues & infertility.  Some of the common issues.
    Our water, food & air quality also play a part in our whole body wellness.  BUT we always have a choice.
    Against The Grain was created to give people an option.  A healthy option.
    The products are very concentrated & serve many purposes.  A beautiful healing one pot wonder.
    Ethical Beeswax is a high quality ingredient that is included in ATG products.
    Zinc balm is magic for sun protection, has non-nano zinc oxide & is great for repairing nappy rashes, insect bites & supporting acne. It can be also used as a deodorant & tinted moisturiser.  It's easy to use & multi-functional.
    Future vision for ATG - flipping the script & allowing our largest organ (the skin) to absorb so many beautiful healing minerals.  Bringing some new products out, along with protocols to support detox & healing balms.
    Let's feel inspired for change!  Judgement only holds us back.


    • 39 min
    12. Holistic Dentistry & Oral Health - Dr David Cowhig

    12. Holistic Dentistry & Oral Health - Dr David Cowhig


    Dr David Cowhig has been the first choice for holistic dentist in Queensland for 20 years. Qualified as a dentist from Kings College London exactly 30 years ago (1989) and is still passionate about the important role he plays in optimising his patients health and longevity by creating Safer Healthy, Beautiful Smiles. He has owned his own practice in Brisbane for 20 years and is the founder of Dental Wellness in The Gap. To fuel his passion he realised early that there was much more to learn about the health of the body and the Oral Systemic Health link. Fellowship in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 1998 (FACNEM) and Board Certified in Anti-Ageing Medicine 2016 (ACAAM) and has , throughout his career kept up to date with modern digital dentistry and many integrated complementary medical training seminars bringing what he has learnt to offer a unique comprehensive holistic biological dental experience. He is the Australian pioneer in placement of total metal free Zirconia dental implants and offers the first total metal free solution for all dental conditions.


    Show notes:

    What is holistic dentistry?
    The health of the body is very connected to the health of the mouth - the first place we examine.
    Chronic illness signs can be identified in the mouth
    Optimise dental health to minimise risk factors for chronic health conditions
    Signs: Does chewing hurt? Pain, sensitivity? Tongue signs - mineral deficiencies, stress.  Bleeding gums. 
    Quality, deep sleep is the biggest impact recognised in the last 3 years - poor dental health affects deep sleep & vice versa. 
    Oral FITNESS - Function of the jaw, Inflammation & Infection, Toxicity, Nutrition, ENT (breathe through nose not mouth), Sleep, Smile
    SMART protocol - Safe removal of mercury fillings (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique)...how this is done with so much detail & care is explained by Dr Cowhig.  (www.iaomt.org to find holistic dentists who use this protocol, if you are not based in Brisbane).
    The potential need for supplements & nutrigenomics to support detox.  However, sleep & saunas also play a key role.
    Dentistry is designed to save teeth - so what is the role of a root canal?  Low grade infections can challenge the body due to a low structure in the mouth.  The infection is in the jaw & in the ligament, not just the tooth.  Rapid healing can occur by drawing blood from the arm & then spin the blood to separate the red blood cells to the fibrin.  The fibrin is set aside & used once the tooth, ligament, etc & cleansed with ozone & the fibrin is used to accelerate rapid healing.
    Daily steps for oral health - David's input around lemon water, oil pulling (it actually calms our nervous system as we are forced to breathe through our mouth), supplements for gum health, etc.

    https://dentalwellness.com.au/ (free ebook available via website)

    • 48 min
    11. Birthing with a doula - Shelly Langford

    11. Birthing with a doula - Shelly Langford

    Shelly Langford has been supporting women in various ways for 23yrs (running mother’s groups, president for playgroup, running home education parent support group & supporting foster families) & has been a professional birth doula since 2014. She supports women with whatever their choices are & wherever they choose to birth. She has experienced supporting women in hospitals, home births & free births (unassisted birth).  Shelly has also travelled to PNG once a year for the last few years to support women in remote villages, educating & assisting their traditional births in the bush, as well as providing clean drinking water.


    Facebook: Birthing Doula Shelly

    Key notes:

    - What is a doula?

    - How does safety & trust impact the birthing process?

    - Nutrition & lifestyle factors impact the position of the pelvis

    - Encouraging a woman to deeply trust their inner knowing through education & building trust

    - Our bodies are designed to birth, as women. It is natural. It is not a medical procedure.

    - A woman needs to be in her primal brain to birth. This helps reduce or eliminate pain due to being present & not taken out to enter her logical brain.

    - Post birth requires some timetabling to enable a new mum to prioritise sleep, amongst other basic needs. A doula helps to support this new phase, post birth.

    - Creating the best birthing place & space is a part of a doula’s role based on personal experiences & needs.

    - Home birth is legal.

    - A doula observes, guides & makes suggestions for a birthing mother during the birthing process. But the mother knows what her body needs.

    - What is normal for labour is progress. Irrespective of time, if there is progress we are on the right track.

    - Sleep is key for post-natal depression recovery. As well as key nutrients & support. They are all key to keeping a new mama sane.

    - Sleep is key after birthing in general, because it gives the body a chance to heal, deeply.

    • 34 min

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So inspiring!

Wow the vision quest sounds amazeballs! 🤩 Janelle is such a lovely interviewer - so interesting, thoughtful and inspiring. Can’t wait for more episodes!

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