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You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you.
The Mission: to explore what it takes to be well in a busy world, offer self-care strategies rooted in the traditions of Chinese Medicine, yoga, and Ayurveda along with the cutting-edge research from functional medicine. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. is a holistic self-care strategist and expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture who helps self-aware, Type-A women put themselves at the top of their own to-do lists so they can experience vibrant health, enjoy their lives, and evolve their consciousness -- without losing their edge. On the show, you'll learn self-care tips to help you feel calm, confident, and energized. You'll hear personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully. You'll also get deep-dives into hormone balance, gut health, sleep issues, habit change, mindfulness, overcoming anxiety, depression and how to make time for what matters most.

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You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you.
The Mission: to explore what it takes to be well in a busy world, offer self-care strategies rooted in the traditions of Chinese Medicine, yoga, and Ayurveda along with the cutting-edge research from functional medicine. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. is a holistic self-care strategist and expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture who helps self-aware, Type-A women put themselves at the top of their own to-do lists so they can experience vibrant health, enjoy their lives, and evolve their consciousness -- without losing their edge. On the show, you'll learn self-care tips to help you feel calm, confident, and energized. You'll hear personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully. You'll also get deep-dives into hormone balance, gut health, sleep issues, habit change, mindfulness, overcoming anxiety, depression and how to make time for what matters most.

    Freeing Your Vagus Nerve: Self-Care Tutorial

    Freeing Your Vagus Nerve: Self-Care Tutorial

    Given the stress and restriction of the last year, a lot of us might be carrying around some neck pain or unproductive posture. In the spirit of allowing ourselves to do less than we're humanly capable of, this conversation will address how we can work to reverse these issues with very gentle movements. Movements that invite us to be curious about the sensations we feel rather than trying to force our bodies to move in a certain way.
    To help guide us, Kieran Schumaker joins us for this episode to share their unique approach to bodywork. If you're into optimizing the functioning of your autonomic nervous system or the blood flow to your brain, you won't want to miss what Kieran brings to this conversation.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    How Kier started connecting different sets of knowledge they were studying through structural integration What neurovascular release is and how it’s different from structural integration Some background on where the vagus nerve is and what it does in the body A tutorial on a couple self-care strategies for working with the vagus nerve Kieran Schumaker has been helping people with discomfort and pain discover greater agility and ease of movement while cultivating curiosity and an appreciation for our amazing bodies, for 23 years. A Board Certified Structural Integrator since 2005, Kier has been developing their unique approach to working more specifically with nerves and arteries over the last eleven years.
    In addition to working with clients, Kier had been mentoring and teaching other practitioners until the COVID crisis shut down their practice and put an end to in-person classes. In response, Kier started adapting their Neurovascular Release techniques so that they could work with clients over Zoom, and soon after began teaching other practitioners how to lead their clients through self-treatment sessions.
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    • 51 min
    From Surviving to Thriving - A Chinese Medicine Take

    From Surviving to Thriving - A Chinese Medicine Take

    It's been a tough year. As we slowly begin to emerge from, hopefully, the worst of the pandemic, we're also entering the full on yang-mode of summer. In the spirit of self-compassion on the heels of such a trying time, what would it look like to give yourself the gift of doing less? How can we lean into play and joy instead of the temptation of sending all of our energy and attention outwards this season?
    These questions are tough to untangle as we try to move from a mode of surviving to one of thriving.
    Dr. Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, L.Ac., joins us in this conversation to share her wisdom regarding how we can find the balance between these two phases. She provides insight into how we can attempt to harvest useful things from the pandemic experience in order to pursue meaning and purpose in life.
    On Today's Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    Navigating the tension between going with the flow of the summer season and doing what's important to stay balanced How Dr. Farrell uses gratitude as a tool for getting us through Why acupuncture can be a crucial tool for self-examination in times of survival Why grounding and stability are necessary for lasting, effective change How she guides patients through the three levels of qi Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.  Her focus is on empowerment of students and patients so that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
    Yvonne is the author of two books: Psycho Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and her latest, Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity published by Singing Dragon.
    Links:
    Psycho Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels by Dr. Yvonne Farrell
    Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity by Dr. Yvonne Farrell
    Breath by James Nestor
    Dr. Kristin Neff
    Connect With Dr. Yvonne Farrell:
    Website
    Dr. Farrell's Courses
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    Dampness & Digestion Master Class

    Dampness & Digestion Master Class

    Almost everyone that comes through the clinic is dealing with some combination of two things: stress and dampness. This episode is a masterclass, or at least a lengthy public service announcement, on dampness since some of the most common questions that come up are regarding what it is and how to address it.
    If you're dealing with tiredness, lethargy, poor digestion, brain fog, congestion, or are struggling with weight loss, understanding more about dampness can change your life. In this episode, you'll hear some guidelines for things to include in your life, but the ultimate focus should always lie on subtracting the dampening effects in the first place.
    On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    Some things to look for on the tongue, as well as other signs, that can indicate dampness Why dampness usually comes from dietary indiscretions How Phlegm relates to dampness What causes of dampness can occur that don’t come from food Links:
    The Tao of Healthy Eating by Bob Flaws
    Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine by Ellen Goldsmith and Maya Klein
    Episode 223: Moving Through Trauma with Chinese Medicine with Ellen Goldsmith
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    • 23 min
    Moving Through Trauma with Chinese Medicine

    Moving Through Trauma with Chinese Medicine

    As the world slowly begins to emerge from the worst of the COVID era, there is a lot of collective trauma that we'll be working through for years. While any healing takes time, there are ways to move through trauma in accordance with the principles of Chinese Medicine that invite more ease into the process.
    Bringing with her some practical tips for processing grief, being soft with ourselves, and aligning with the season of spring, Ellen Goldsmith joins this conversation to elaborate on ways that Chinese Medicine can support us as we heal from trauma.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What aspects of Chinese Medicine Ellen identifies as helping to work through difficult times What we can learn by learning from and aligning with the patterns of nature The advice she has for those of us having difficulty being with what is Why resilience and flexibility are so crucial Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist with over two decades of experience helping people solve their complex health challenges. Her integrative, body- centered and intuitive approach is grounded in years of study and experience in helping people from all walks of life. She is the author of Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She teaches and speaks frequently to professionals and the public as well as consulting for companies and organizations. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
    Links:
    David Kessler
    Sighing Until You Yawn 
    Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine by Ellen Goldsmith
    Episode 104: Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine with Ellen Goldsmith
    Episode 006: Energetics of  Food with Ellen Goldsmith
    Connect With Ellen Goldsmith  L.Ac.:
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    • 48 min
    Why Your Heart and Brain Like Estrogen

    Why Your Heart and Brain Like Estrogen

    Maintaining a healthy alignment with our bodies so often comes back to keeping things balanced and our hormones are no different.
    Dr. Felice Gersh is dedicated to helping women navigate life in an optimal way, particularly when it comes to the roles hormones play in aging. She joins this conversation to discuss her philosophy on how women can approach supporting their hormonal systems in a variety of ways.
    When dealing with hormone imbalances, Dr. Gersh doesn't aim for "natural," but rather an alignment with the body's systems that optimizes physiology.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    Why we need to pay attention to the effects of hormones on women’s health The other roles sex hormones play in the body aside from reproduction How estrogen metabolites interact with and support the heart Why she reframes bio-identical hormones as human identical What the role of testosterone is in women’s bodies Felice Gersh, M.D. is an award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, a comprehensive women’s healthcare practice. She taught obstetrics and gynecology at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor and now serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Felice is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS and has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She has also appeared in several films and documentary series, including The Real Skinny on Fat with Montel Williams and Fasting with Valter Longo, Ph.D.
    Links:
    PCOS SOS by Dr. Felice Gersh, M.D.
    Connect With Dr. Felice Gersh, M.D.:
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    • 58 min
    Momentum, Inertia, and Self-Kindness: Lessons from Winter

    Momentum, Inertia, and Self-Kindness: Lessons from Winter

    Chinese Medicine teaches us that winter is a time of quiet and stillness, a time for reflecting and conserving scarce resources.
    As we reflect on how we navigate the world, it's also a good time to get radically honest with ourselves about what we're holding space for in our lives. With the podcast entering a new, slower period of creation, it can be helpful to examine and take a break from things that we're keeping in motion just for the sake of motion. We can look inward and honor what our body and mind are telling us - to say no to things that are unnecessary so we can leave space open for the things that are.
    On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What the new era of the podcast will focus on An overview of how seasons and timing are reflected in Chinese Medicine Why breaks are so important and yin engenders yang One way to test if tiredness is truly fatigue or just stagnating energy Links:
    Episode 220: Q+A - 5 Elements for Personal Growth & Getting Out of the Way
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    • 27 min

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