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Unstress with Dr. Ron Ehrlich explores the stresses in life (emotional, environmental, nutritional, postural and dental) that can challenge our health, and the pillars of health and wellness (sleep, breathe, nutrition, movement, and thought) that can build us back up. We will look at what “holistic” actually means and how we can become holistic citizens and thinkers about our own health, and the health of the planet...the two are inseparable. We will also look at the politics of healthcare, and how to make sense of confusing and often contradictory public health messages. This is a podcast to empower you to take control of your own health, to build the physical, mental, and emotional resilience to deal with the challenges we face in our modern world to be the best that you can be.

Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich Dr Ron Ehrlich - Holistic Health, Personal Empowerment, Practitioner and Author

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Unstress with Dr. Ron Ehrlich explores the stresses in life (emotional, environmental, nutritional, postural and dental) that can challenge our health, and the pillars of health and wellness (sleep, breathe, nutrition, movement, and thought) that can build us back up. We will look at what “holistic” actually means and how we can become holistic citizens and thinkers about our own health, and the health of the planet...the two are inseparable. We will also look at the politics of healthcare, and how to make sense of confusing and often contradictory public health messages. This is a podcast to empower you to take control of your own health, to build the physical, mental, and emotional resilience to deal with the challenges we face in our modern world to be the best that you can be.

    Tim Brown – Meditation for Modern Day Living - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Tim Brown – Meditation for Modern Day Living - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Meditation teacher, Tim Brown, joins me to talk about the importance of meditation for modern-day living. The concept of overwhelmability, emotional and mental hygiene and why health and wellbeing have been so focused on nutrition and exercise but the next big thing will be how to relax the body and mind daily. This was an incredibly inspiring episode and Tim is such an excellent communicator/storyteller.







    Tim Brown website







    Tim Brown Instagram







    Dr Ron Ehrlich [00:00:07] Hello and welcome to Unstress. I'm Dr Ron Ehrlich. Now, this is an unusual podcast and the first of many. This is actually both video and audio. So, if you're used to listening to this just as the audio. Well, I hope you continue to use it. But if you'd like to put some faces to the names and some expressions to it all and make it seem a whole lot more personal and real.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich [00:00:30] We've

    decided to go with video and audio and use the last few months of being on Zoom

    has kind of empowered us to come out and show ourselves. Well, today we are

    talking about meditation. But today's conversation is just so exceptional. I

    don't want to spoil it for you. My guest today is Tim Brown. Tim, as you will

    hear, has been teaching meditation for over 20 years to literally thousands of

    people. He has some great analogies, some great examples, some great images if

    you like.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich [00:01:08] And I found

    it incredibly empowering. So, I hope you enjoy this conversation I had with Tim

    Brown.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich [00:01:18] Welcome to

    the show, Tim.







    Tim Brown [00:01:19] Thanks, Ron. Very nice

    to be here.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich [00:01:22] Tim,

    meditation. Big topic and an important one, obviously, we're going to be

    talking about today. But before we dived into it, I wondered if you might just

    share with our listener a little bit about your own journey.







    Tim Brown [00:01:34] Yeah, of course. You

    know, originally a country boy from out near Central West New South Wales.

    Before all of this, I was a rugby playing, beer drinking agricultural

    economist. Twenty-two years ago. And, you know, school, university. And actually,

    ended up getting a job in his Uzbekistan in 1996 and growing cotton. And I lived

    in a Muslim village pretty much on my own for a couple of years while actually

    developing models to privatise agriculture in the former Soviet and spent a

    couple of years out there. And I was looking for an adventure. And I got one

    and learnt to speak Russian in Uzbek. And all kinds of drink vodka and all

    kinds of things. And, you know, critical life skills. And then came back to

    Australia and it was time to kind of settle down, grow up and get a job. And I

    was very fortunate to be introduced to my teacher, that guy just up there

    behind in the blue shirt. His name is Tom Noll's. Right. Tom was very well

    known here in Australia on the 70s, 80s and 90s. Yes. Trained neuroscientists

    that had given up a career in neuroscience to teach meditation, which is where

    I got really interested. And I was very fortunate to meet you and learn to

    meditate. Twenty-three years ago, now. And learnt to meditate immediately

    started feeling more relaxed and at ease and connected and open and moved out

    of agriculture into event management. And then brand strategy and development.

    Things that I had no backgrounding in and would never have had the...

    • 59 min
    Colin Bisset – Optimising Our Living and Working Spaces - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Colin Bisset – Optimising Our Living and Working Spaces - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Colin Bisset joins me to discuss Feng Shui in the home and workspaces and how the energy of a space can impact how we feel, think and act. A very timely episode as we are spending an increased amount of time in our home space.







    * Colin Bisset website* Colin Bisset twitter







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Welcome to the show, Colin.







    Colin Bisset:







    Well, thank you for having me.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Now, Colin, we are spending an awful lot of time in our homes recently, and I think we've become really conscious of the importance of our home. Now, I know you have had an interest in the way we use our home, the way we arrange our home. It's a science of Feng Shui. But I wondered if, before we lobbed into that and got into a few specifics, you might give us a little bit of a background as to your journey to this point.







    Colin Bisset:







    Well yes, happy to. I was working as an interior designer.

    I wasn't a trained interior designer. I was an interior decorator in London. I

    had been working for many years, decorating mainly people's homes. I was in my

    20s and I loved it. I simply loved it. But I began to go through a bit of a

    phase when I thought something was lacking, something was lacking. There were

    two things going on. I was feeling slightly unfulfilled. It wasn't quite enough

    to be worrying about people's sofas and curtains.







    Colin Bisset:







    But also, I found it very interesting going to quite a

    wide variety of homes and thinking, this looks lovely, but it doesn't feel very

    good. What's that about? Why doesn't it feel good? Is it the energy of the

    owner? I'm not liking them? Or what's wrong with this?







    Colin Bisset:







    And then I was on a business trip. I was flying up on

    British Airways. I was flying up to Aberdeen and, in the British Airways

    Magazine of all things, there was this article about Feng Shui in Hong Kong. I

    didn't know what it was. It was really the first time I'd ever heard about it.

    I was just immediately ... Something rang a bell, and I thought, what is this?

    They talked about Feng Shui priests and this, so it wasn't really my scene.







    Colin Bisset:







    But they talked about the principles: the ideas of setting outbuildings and how buildings reacted within the landscape, and how that could bring perhaps good fortune. They talked a lot about fortune and harmony and all of these words that we're very used to now and can sound a bit corny. So, I became very interested in it.







    Colin Bisset:







    And after that, really anytime I saw anything about Feng

    Shui, I would read about it. Then I started going to courses, and I left my

    interior design job and I started working within Feng Shui, doing little bits

    of Feng Shui for people, having done courses. Because I was a very sort of

    cynical person, but I put ... sceptical, not cynical. Well, I'm cynical as

    well, actually.







    Colin Bisset:







    I started putting some of these principles into action in

    my own home, just to see if it worked. I found it did. It really sort of

    changed things for me. I thought, well, there's something in this. So I just

    kept taking it further and further studying more, until I got to a level where

    I felt I could start perhaps doing it for other people,

    • 43 min
    Julian Cribb – Surviving the 21st Century - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Julian Cribb – Surviving the 21st Century - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    One of the world's top science writers, Julian Cribb, joins me to discuss his books, Poisoned Planet, Food or War and Surviving the 21st Century. We talk about human safety and our future... what we can do and how we can thrive. This was a fascinating and empowering discussion. One that I hope you finding as enlightening and inspiring as I did.







    Selected Link from the Episode:







    * Julian Cribb website * Allan Savory - Unstress episode







    Dr. Ron Ehrlich:            Hello and welcome to Unstress. I'm Dr. Ron Ehrlich. Well, we're living in some very interesting times, moments of great reflection. We've covered some of those issues. We're going to cover many more in the weeks and months ahead, but today was such a great opportunity to speak to what I believe is one of the world's top science writers. His name is Julian Cribb. And Julian has written many books and inspired many people, and we're going to be talking about many of those issues today. I'm not going to spoil it for you, other than to say, I hope you enjoy this conversation I had with Julian Cribb. Welcome to the show, Julian.







    Julian

    Cribb:                 Thank you, Ron.







    Dr.

    Ron Ehrlich:            Julian, you are a

    prolific writer and I've read so many of your books and I wanted to discuss

    those with you today, but I wondered if you might just share with our listener

    a little bit about your story and what got you to this point?







    Julian

    Cribb:                 Yeah, well, as you

    say, I've been a journalist and a newspaper editor for 50 years now. I've been

    writing about science for nearly all of that time. But I've been a specialist

    science writer really since the mid 1990s. And I wrote about science because it

    was journalistic freedom to me. You can write about anything you like. And as I

    progressed in my science writing, I began bumping into more and more scientists

    and grandparents such as myself and young millennials who were all rather

    despairing and saying, "Is this the end of history as we know it?"

    And that concerned me deeply.







    Julian

    Cribb:                 What I knew was

    that we were in some considerable trouble, but I didn't know how bad that

    trouble was. But I thought as a science writer, it's possible for me to delve

    into the best science in the world and find out exactly what is going on, what

    does the best science say about the many and various risks that humanity is

    manufacturing for itself? And that's basically where it went. I started off

    looking at the food risks because that's the area that I knew best. But I

    pretty soon branched out into all the other risks as well. I've written four

    books and many thousands of articles since that time.







    Dr.

    Ron Ehrlich:            Yeah. Well, I

    became very aware of your work with the Poisoned Planet, which was published in

    • 38 min
    Matthew Bourke – Optimum health essentials: brain, nerve and muscle memory - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Matthew Bourke – Optimum health essentials: brain, nerve and muscle memory - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Matthew Bourke from Optimum Health Essentials joins me to talk about his own incredible health journey from debilitating condition to the optimum health he is experiencing now. We chat about chronic pain, the different modalities of chiropractic about muscle testing and kinesiology and what it can help reveal about our bodies, our emotions and our needs. Matthew shares the incredible story of a 14yo patient and the outcomes they had, his experience of children being disconnected, the science of feeling amazing and what's the biggest challenge for us in this modern world. Note this interview was recorded pre-Covid, which is interesting because Matthew talks about the opportunity to slow down and connect to yourself and what is important for your family.. which is exactly the opportunity that many of us have been in.







    Selected Links from the episode:







    * Matthew Bourke from Optimum Health Essentials* Download the Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich app







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Hello and welcome to Unstress I am Dr Ron Ehrlich. My guest today is Dr Matthew Bourke, and Matthew is the founder and director of Optimum Health Essentials. Matthew specializes in chiropractic in applied kinesiology, neuro-emotional technique, neuro-linguistic programming, positive psychology, peak performance, functional biochemistry and breath enhancement training. He has worked in Europe and Australia and studied Vedic philosophy and meditation in India. We talk a lot about memory, the memory that is kept in your muscles and nerves and ultimately your brain and the impact those memories have on your health, how you recover from injury or illness, mental or physical. Matthew's passions in life are his family, the ocean, snow-capped mountains and helping people realize the potential. I have been really looking forward to talking with Matthew for some time and sharing his knowledge and experience with you, my dear listener. So I hope you enjoy this conversation I had with Dr Matthew Bourke. 







    Welcome to the show, Matthew.







    Dr Matthew Bourke:







    Thank you, Ron. A pleasure to be here.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Matthew, we were on a panel together a few weeks or a month or so ago. And it just struck me when I listened to your answers and, and looked at your background that we actually had a lot in common coming at it from a very different perspective. Now, you know, there's so much we're going to talk about the cause you've got a lot of really interesting skills, but, you know, I thought as a chiropractor you might just give our listener a little bit of your own journey, you know, from the moment you kind of graduated to, to this point in time, but also to remind us of what the difference is really between a chiropractor and osteopath, the physiotherapists. So I'm wondering if you might share a bit of that with our listener.







    Dr Matthew Bourke:







    Yeah, sure. I was kinda lucky in my life, on the journey of finding my path in that I, you know, I was pretty, I was very much into my sports when I was young and into surfing a lot. And I had a recurrent low back issue that started to happen. And a friend of the family was a chiropractor and I went and saw him and he practised the technique called Sacro occipital technique. And I was just always sorting of in awe, the way in which I could walk in, in one state and walk out in another with him only using his hands and in what seemed to be an incredibly short amount of time and, how the problem never seemed to be where I thought it was, you know, he would always,

    • 48 min
    Karen Faulkner – Nurture Parenting: a lesson for us all - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Karen Faulkner – Nurture Parenting: a lesson for us all - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Registered midwife, child and family nurse and registered baby sleep consultant, Karen Faulkner from Nurture Parenting joins me to chat about baby sleep, breastfeeding and formula, modern gadgets and whether they actually make your life easier and her holistic Nurture Sleep Program. This is a life-changing episode as we all know the importance of sleep. And a sleeping baby or child means sleeping parents and carers.







    Selected Links from this episode:







    * Nurture Sleep Program* Karen Faulkner's website, Nurture Parenting















    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Hello and welcome to Unstress. My name is Dr Ron Ehrlich. Now we've covered the subject of sleep before, but today we're going to cover it from a slightly different perspective and I think if you were going to start good sleep habits, starting them from birth is a really good place to go. My guest today is Karen Faulkner. Karen is a registered midwife, a child and family nurse and registered baby sleep consultant. She's published, she's a pair as she's parenting author, her proven holistic approach, and I can attest to this because she has consulted with my own family and my own grandchildren and had done that, made a huge difference to their lives and the lives of many of my grandchildren's friends, young ones that is, and their parents as well. So if your baby's not sleeping, can you imagine waking up after 11 hours of uninterrupted blissful sleep?







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Well, I remember when my older daughter was born and that's now 33 is ago. The pediatrician said to us, you're the one thing you must do is in the first year of life, teach your child to sleep. Well, of course, we ignored that and it took us several years to recover from that lack of following, some very sound advice. And of course if you are not, if the baby is not sleeping and then the parents are not sleeping, then things can really start to go wrong. Not just emotionally within the family, but also health-wise. Sleep is as important to a newborn baby as it is to any of us at any age. And getting into a good sleep habit, a good sleep pattern, a good sleep routine is a really important part of building a foundation for a healthy life. So I hope you enjoy this conversation I had with Karen Faulkner. Welcome to the show, Karen.







    Karen Faulkner:







    Thank you, Ron. I'm, I'm very glad to be here. Thank you for inviting me.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Well, Karen, sleep is a very big topic, very important topic, one that we focus on a lot in this, podcast and there's so much I want to talk with you about, but I wondered if you might share with our listener, your own journey, how you got to where you are at the moment. Yeah. To this point in time.







    Karen Faulkner:







    Yeah. And, I was, in Manchester at finished doing a psychology degree and I got told there was no jobs for psychologists in those days. This is like the 1990s and I was told I should go and do health visiting and go back to nursing. And at the time I had no idea what health system was all about, but I knew it was a bit of which are free a bit of nursing a bit of health needs and preventing health problems, but it also had a big component of behavioral psychology and a big component was helping people, parents with their children's sleep. And we are also doing toddler behavior work as well. So we're actually trained by psychologists how to do these interventions wit...

    • 41 min
    Dr Suzy Green – The Positivity Prescription - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Dr Suzy Green – The Positivity Prescription - Unstress with Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Dr Suzy Green from The Positivity Institute joins me to discuss her new book The Positivity Prescription. This is a book (and a conversation) that comes at a very timely point in all our lives.







    Selected Links from the episode:







    * Dr Suzy Green website, The Positivity Institute* Dr Suzy Green book, The Positivity Prescription* Unstress Episode with Dr Suzy Green - The Power of Positive Thought















    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Hello and welcome to Unstress. I'm Dr Ron Ehrlich. As you

    know, mental health is a big issue and you may also have been told sometime in

    your life to be positive. Well, my guest today has dedicated her life to the

    science behind positive psychology, empowering individuals to be the best they

    can be. And in the process, deal with many of those mental health issues like

    depression, anxiety, and of course much more. My guest today is Dr Suzy Green.

    Now, Suzy is a psychologist, she's a life coach, an author, a speaker, and an all-round

    font of knowledge when it comes to the world of positive psychology and the

    power of positivity.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Suzy is not only a practising psychologist, but she's also widely published in many respected journals. She's a senior lecturer in applied psychology at the University of Sydney. She is honorary vice president of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and is an affiliate of the Institute for Well-being at Cambridge University. Suzy currently holds honorary academic positions at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne and the Black Dog Institute. And she's also the founder of the Sydney based, The Positivity Institute, and has just written a book which we're going to discuss today called The Positivity Prescription. Suzy has literally helped thousands of Australians prevent and overcome mental health issues, and I'm really looking forward to sharing some of her knowledge with us here today. I hope you enjoy this conversation I have with Dr Suzy Green. Welcome to the show Suzy.







    Dr Suzy Green:







    Thank you Ron. Thanks very much for having me.







    Dr Ron Ehrlich:







    Suzy, I know we spoke many years ago on another podcast I

    did, but I've been so looking forward to getting you onto mine. And before we

    dive in, I wondered if you could just give our listener a little bit of a short

    history of your professional journey that's led you to this point.







    Dr Suzy Green:







    Yeah, absolutely. Well, I guess I came to psychology as a mature age student in my 20s, and I realized in the very first lecture that this was my calling if you like. And it took me a long time, think eight to 10 years and two children later, I finished my masters and then a doctorate, clinical doctorate in clinical psychology. But I guess part of my doctorate, the research component was focused on evidence-based life coaching as a mental health prevention intervention, which was so unheard of in those days. And in fact, the head of our department wasn't very keen on me doing a study in life coaching when all my co...

    • 42 min

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