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.
20. Honouring the needs of small business owners with Lynda James
Small business doesn’t have to satisfy someone else’s needs.
Lynda James is an accountant and money coach who helps empathetic, thoughtful, intuitive and creative business owners to unravel challenging monetary beliefs and patterns & uncomplicate business finances so they can create sustainable and profitable businesses that improve their lives and others.
In this episode we discuss:
- Slowing consumerism by being intentional business owners that designs our business around our goals & health needs.
- Co-dependency on big corporates has not been good on our health. We’ve become consumers rather than simply citizens or community members - over working & undernourished
- The small business world can sometimes orientate itself around simply getting tax done. At times there is no time given to sit back & assess how money can be spent & managed in an intentional way
- Small business is the fabric of how a community exists. Lynda’s travels through Europe have created a remembering of this.
- The more empathic, concerned & kind ways we do business essentially is just an exchange of resources. Money is simply used for convenience.
- In the West, business has been used to potentially maximise profit margin, etc. Exponential growth has become the focus.
- The volume of sales is dependent on the goal, so being clear on our individual goal is really important.
- “Company of 1” by Paul Jarvis is a great book that Lynda recommends.
- Some things are so engrained in our culture that we don’t question them…
- Glorification of busy is common in our modern world… Greece doesn’t glorify busy. Being present offers connection which strengthens a community.
- How do we balance being active & being receptive. Down time to connect is healthy & important.
- What is a sustainable business? By paying attention to our needs we are able to run a more sustainable business. Getting clear on our own individual goal aids this. Choosing accurate pricing honours the whole person… so that the person is more cared for. The transactions that follow encourage conscious spending.
- Pricing enacts discernment & therefore we become more considered in how we purchase or spend. Which slows down the sales cycle, allowing for consideration & reflection. We need more time so that choices are not unconscious.
- Mainstream marketing triggers a crazy amount of fear which sometimes leads to spending.
- Our internal ‘junk’ around money can be used as clues to navigate how we behave around money.
- Hard work = Success (Underlying message from society)
- By connecting to the natural world we find it harder to ignore our health needs. The natural rhythms can’t be ignored.
- When we run our own business we get to CHOOSE – intentional business design, not reactive. INTENTIONAL business design can fit in local economy.
- Being financially well needs to be spoken of more – small business owners can take care of themselves & not fall into the trap of glorifying busyness. Don’t underplay how valuable it is to be yourself in the scheme of running your business.
- Let’s create small business owners that THRIVE!
19. Diluting mindfulness, with Han Wee Tan
Han has been teaching Yoga and Mindfulness in Cairns with a single, sincere wish to share the benefits of practice with others. His approach to the practices are lighthearted and is known for his capacity to deliver complex concepts in an accessible manner. For him, the practices are a way of thinking and living rather than just a band aid for life.
Has mindfulness become diluted? It is now an awkward word to use?
Yoga in the Western world has become diluted, however is still a useful practice due to the fast food/fast lifestyle we live in - all of it is supportive in some may. But choosing your teacher & tool is important.
The simplicity of mindfulness is that we pay attention.
The word has value. Mindfulness is a process of reduction. You can't DO more to get mindful. The harder you try - the further you are from it. You can only do less.
In today's world we often believe if we want something we must work for it. John Cabot's working definition of mindfulness is 'the intentional placement of attention without judgement or reaction or with an appropriate attitude.'
Intention is different to attention. The application of mindfulness is the intention of doing nothing, to do nothing, to get nothing.
Stress is the product of addition. Feeling the burden of more. Just by pausing we can support ourselves through stress.
Rest is the beginning step (like calling time out in the middle of a basketball game). Accepting the mess is the second step - surrendering.
Metta = The friendliness of kindness & compassion is an important attitude to bring to the process. A softness. A lightness.
Guilt itself is a heavy emotion - no matter what you feel guilty of.
Addictions are a result of trying to run away from an inner reality.
The more we practice emotions the more they become us (anger, depression, etc). We are made up of our thinking mind.
Do less & find the sweet spot. Or do less & the sweet spot will come.
Doing nothing, small or large, like having a cup of tea is enough of a practice. But don't feel pulled to fill the time while it cools. Incidental awareness is key (eg. incidentally look at the birds) to bring softness.
The key piece to mindfulness & peace is a willingness to do less, allowing life to unfold. Whether there be birds, breeze or not.
Han runs classes, private sessions & retreats. You can find all the info you need at - https://www.homeofequanimity.com/
18. SIBO with Emily Sugars
Emily Sugars is a Naturopath at The Biome Clinic in Northern NSW, specialising in functional digestive disorders. She has worked closely with Dr Nirala Jacobi, international SIBO expert, since graduating as a naturopath 9 years ago, and has also recently completed a postgraduate Honours in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine.
Emily also is the Operations Manager and Practitioner Consultant for SIBOtest, which offers at home breath tests for the diagnosis of SIBO and education for practitioners in the treatment of SIBO
Emily loves music, animals and nature and loves nothing more than spending time with her dog and exploring the beautiful part of the world that they live in.
- SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
- This overgrowth produce gasses that interfere with our digestion causing nutrient deficiencies, bloating, gas, alternating bowels, etc
- SIBO is similar yet different to IBS
- Clues: Bloating happens immediately after meals, 'Never been well since', more fibre can worsen symptoms, etc
- SIBO is a consequence of something & is a chronic relapsing condition. If a person relapses the whole picture hasn't been considered, for example if a person is in fight & flight they will not digest their food (21 century syndrome).
- Breath testing is how SIBO is assessed.
- Treatment depends on the result of the breath test (whether hydrogen or methane gas is reported). Following this treatment involves identifying the underlying cause, addressing the bacteria imbalance & supporting the sluggish motility due to stress &/or bacteria.
Quiz - https://sibotest.com/quizzes/1
Testing - https://sibotest.com/
Underlying Causes Questionnaire - https://www.thesibodoctor.com/what-caused-my-sibo-new/
The clinic Emily works at: https://www.thebiomeclinic.com/
17. Things you need to know about periods with Claire Baker
- "50 things you need to know about periods" is Claire's new book. It provides something simple to digest & empower both men & women around charting the feminine cycle.
- Coming off The Pill & what may happen due to it's suppression of ovulation.
- Menstrual awareness work can create such a feeling of being alive mentally, physically, spiritually
- The 4 phases of the feminine cycle: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn.
WINTER: The period cave. Release & reset. Going inward.
SPRING: Get moving on projects with work, playful, calendars, start something new (even self care routine).
SUMMER: Ovulation - highest levels of oestrogen, plus a bump in testosterone, resilient, extroverted, a feeling of successfully spinning all the plates.
AUTUMN: Drop in oestrogen after ovulation - the body is no longer fertile. The truth telling, no f's giving, setting boundaries, wild woman creative energy, taking time for yourself is easier in this phase. Progesterone is present to nurture a potential baby. The "adulting phase". How we feel during this phase may depend on how we nurture our body.
- Liver loaders can affect our cycle...for example drinking less to no coffee can show an improvement in premenstrual symptoms like sore breasts. Caffeine & alcohol can impact how oestrogen is eliminated through the liver.
- There is a natural order to a menstrual cycle. A sense of an inhale & exhale. Charting gives us a handrail. Maybe more time needed for a bath during the pre-menstrual phase vs the social feeling of ovulation/Summer. If we try to maintain the superwoman cape throughout the whole cycle we can fall. eg. too much on our plate during our Autumn/pre-menstrual phase can lead to rage or anger due to not giving yourself the space needed. Giving ourselves a break during the Autumn phase & learning to say no can actually dim the feeling of PMS. More sleep & hydration can remedy PMS.
- Wholefood chocolate, hot chocolates with cacao, sweet potatoes (complex carbs) can support our changes in blood sugar levels which also support PMS symptoms.
- If unusual patterns are presenting blood tests are a good place to start.
- Stress shortens our cycle in length. However, sometimes it is lengthened due to ovulation being delayed, because the body doesn't want to create a fertile environment for a baby, due to the environment being stressful.
- Be grateful for the changes the body shows due to it's WISDOM. Be thankful for these communication tools
- Waking at the same time, going to bed at the same time, having plenty of water, whole foods, exercise, etc helps create hormonal order just by caring for our basic needs.
- Lara Briden educates women on ovulation being a key component of healthy bones, a sign of fertility & health.
- Stress, low body weight & liver loaders like medications can impact the absence of bleeding.
- Our body knows & communicates through it's wisdom. Subtle stressors that we term as 'normal' in our current lifestyle impacts our body's natural rhythm. You may need to also learn to take your foot off the accelerator like Claire & I are learning & consider each phase as a SUPERPOWER.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Wow the vision quest sounds amazeballs! 🤩 Janelle is such a lovely interviewer - so interesting, thoughtful and inspiring. Can’t wait for more episodes!