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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.

A Healthy Curiosity Brodie Welch, L.Ac.

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 111 Ratings

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.

    Why Acupuncture is the Best for Musculoskeletal Pain

    Why Acupuncture is the Best for Musculoskeletal Pain

    What do you do when your back hurts, or when your neck and shoulders get tight and sore? Acupuncture is a potent medicine for joint pain, muscle pain, and nerve pain that provides an immediate relaxing, anti-inflammatory effect in a way that other healing modalities can’t. A growing body of research shows that acupuncture is a potent medicine for joint pain, muscle pain, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. But people often try it only after drugs, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and aren’t yielding optimal results.
    In this episode, Licensed Acupuncturist and host Brodie Welch and Dr. Anthony Lombardi unpack why acupuncture should be your go-to treatment modality available for muscle and/or joint pain due to its ability to neuromodulate, returning the neuromuscular system to homeostasis: improving range of motion, strength, while reducing inflammation.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    How Dr. Lombardi’s journey to acupuncture began in chiropractic school What advantages he sees in acupuncture compared to chiropractic therapies What motor points are and how they overlap with acupuncture points Why a series of treatments is typically necessary for lasting change Dr. Anthony Lombardi is a 2002 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program in Hamilton, Ontario, and has been practicing acupuncture for 19 years. Upon graduation, he founded Hamilton Back Clinic and since then has become a private consultant to athletes in the NFL, CFL, and NHL. Over the past 19 years Anthony has given over 100,000 acupuncture treatments. In addition to practicing, Dr. Lombardi was also an instructor in the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University from 2004 to 2013. He developed his EXSTORE® system, which he currently teaches along with motor points and electro-acupuncture, to physicians and practitioners the world over.
    He regularly writes and contributes articles on motor points in the Canadian Chiropractic and Chiropractic Economics magazines. Dr. Lombardi’s library continues to grow, with some 60 webinars available on a variety of MSK and pain conditions, as well as patient practice management topics. He holds live courses throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has a mentorship/education community on dranthonylombardi.locals.com.
    Links:
    Dr. Lombardi’s Webinars
    EXSTORE Certification
    Connect With Dr. Anthony Lombardi:
    Website
    Locals Profile
    Instagram
    Email
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    For more of the science on how acupuncture works, check out episode 203. 
    Work with Brodie
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    • 46 min
    Move Your Stuck Qi with Breathwork

    Move Your Stuck Qi with Breathwork

    Chances are, if you're checking out this episode, you're looking for tools and techniques to help tune into yourself and be a better self-healer. You're probably also aware that the things we do every day can make a massive difference in how we feel as opposed to only finding healing in a bottle.
    In this conversation, Amy Kuretsky, L.Ac. joins us to examine the deceptively simple, yet powerful technique of breathwork. As a broad term, breathwork is about simply bringing some intention to how you are using or manipulating your breath to reach specific outcomes such as regulating energy, clearing trauma, and reprograming old beliefs.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What some of the differences are between types of breathwork Who often benefits the most from the type of breathwork Amy practices The benefits she found for herself through her practice How breathwork can help to unpack trauma A short example of the breathwork Amy works with Amy Kuretsky (she/her) is a breathwork facilitator and business coach working on Dakota and Anishinaabe ancestral land. Her work is focused on helping successful businesses tap into their intuition and do business differently so that they can fall back in love with their work.
    She uses the breath as a tool for healing and business building and has led online and in-person breathwork groups all over the world. This past year, she organized with a group of other breathwork facilitators for more anti-oppression and trauma informed training as part of the Breathwork for the People collective.
    Along with her coaching business, she also has a background in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and co-owns Constellation Acupuncture and Healing Arts, a healing space in NE Minneapolis.
    Links:
    Stanislav Grof
    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
    Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof
    Breath by James Nestor
    Get Amy's free 15-minute guided breathwork meditaton to relieve stress and move energy!
    Connect With Amy Kuretsky:
    Website
    Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts
    Instagram
    Constellation Instagram
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    Learn more about Brodie's Classes and Meditations
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    • 41 min
    Deep Listening, Gifts of Winter, Overcoming Low Motivation

    Deep Listening, Gifts of Winter, Overcoming Low Motivation

    Winter is cold, dark, slow time of year, and since we’re a part of nature, it’s easy for us to feel the same way: sluggish and more inclined to hibernate than to get things done.
    This most yin of seasons is necessary to balance the yang of life, and we ignore its gifts at our peril. In this episode, we examine how we can embrace the yin nature of winter,  along with:
    The connection between slowness, empathy, and connection What winter is about according to Chinese Medicine How qi gong can make you a better listener Why doing less is seasonally appropriate How to overcome winter’s inertia to keep moving forward  
    Links:
    Register for Brodie’s 1-hr Intro to Qi Gong: Embodied Meditation for Your Nervous System (Feb. 9, 2022)   https://inaura.com/events/qigong-basics/ Brodie’s on-demand qi gong class Enjoying the show?  Help support us and keep the show going with the tip jar!

    • 24 min
    The Shiny & Dark sides of Habit Change: My Personal Story

    The Shiny & Dark sides of Habit Change: My Personal Story

    What would you really like to make time for on a regular basis, that somehow keeps getting pushed to the back burner? Whether it's writing a book, starting a meditation practice, or dropping a few pounds, developing a consistent routine is often the key to realizing your goal.
    And developing a new routine -- or stopping an old behavior -- is hard. And it's about more than just willpower.
    It takes time, energy, strategy, planning, and support.
    It takes examining the emotional triggers, and being able to see what hidden subconscious forces might be holding us back.
    In this episode, Brodie shares not only share a personal win, but also some of the healing that it took to make it happen. You'll hear which tried-and-true techniques helped her succeed, and an old story she was forced to examine and break up with. May it inspire you to Do the Thing!
    On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What helped with keeping a daily exercise commitment for over 13 months Why it’s important to get well acquainted with the forces of resistance How defining what enough is can help us stay balanced Links:
    Episode 120: How to Change Habits with James Clear
    Episode 167: Brain Science and Behavior Change with Dr. Kyra Bobinet, MD MPH
    Glo yoga app
    Aaptiv workout app
    Dr. Kristin Neff
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    Learn more about working with Brodie
    Email Brodie
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    • 22 min
    Regaining Self-Trust: Advice from a Former Cult Member

    Regaining Self-Trust: Advice from a Former Cult Member

    From time to time, every one of us makes mistakes and bad decisions. Once we recognize what happened, it can often be hard to regain our self-trust.
    Kelly Thiel joins us for this conversation to share her own experience of losing self-trust and how she's been able to work on rebuilding it. Her story inspires us to let go of resentment and anger to move forward; to move on from perfectionism and mistakes to find trust in ourselves once again.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    How discernment relates to self-trust in Chinese Medicine What some of the conditions were that led Kelly to the NXIVM cult The difference in the feelings of evolution versus things that are actually dangerous to us Why the answers we seek always come from inside ourselves How she defines enlightenment for herself now Kelly Thiel is an accomplished voice actress, author, speaker, consultant, and spiritual seeker. She practices yoga, does Pilates, and and has worked with spiritual healers around the world on her personal journey towards enlightenment.
    She is also a former member of an abhorrently abusive cult called “NXIVM”, which has been the subject of multiple documentaries on HBO, STARZ, and A+E
    Kelly has survived and reckoned with her trauma such that she now helps others conquer theirs.
    Kelly is set to release her much anticipated second book in 2021. This candid telling is an inspiring call to action, that champions readers to be their own guru, take ownership, action, and take back control, on their way to becoming “Unapologetically Glorious”.
    Links:
    The Frank Report - NXIVM Archives
    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
    Dr. Kristin Neff
    Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult (2020)
    Connect with Kelly Thiel:
    Website
    Instagram
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    Explore the Basics of Chinese Medicine course

    • 47 min
    TCM Nutrition tips for a Healthy Digestive Microbiome

    TCM Nutrition tips for a Healthy Digestive Microbiome

    Our digestive microbiome supports every other system in our bodies. Since we can't use what we can't digest and what we can't digest can cause problems, we can see cascading effects through our bodies if something's not right.
    Here to unpack how the digestive system works and its central role in the body is Dr. Darlene Easton. She brings us some practical insights to help us understand our digestive functions and shift our understanding of our place in the world as living ecosystems.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    Why Dr. Easton thinks everyone should be obsessed with digestion What she would like people to do differently to improve their microbiome and digestive health How we can use Chinese Medicine to address common issues like acid reflux, instead of over-the-counter medications Why bile is so important to our bodies Dr. Easton earned her MSAOM (1998), MSACN (2011) and DACM (2020). She is an NCCAOM diplomate and board certified CNS. Dr. Easton has earned 2 post-graduate certifications from Guangzhou TCM Hospital and 9 certificates from Zhejiang University Hospital.
    With 20 years in higher education, she’s taught all aspects of TCM including dietary therapy and nutrition. She was an associate professor at NY College of Health Professions (1999-2003) and NYCC’s Finger Lakes School of AOM (2003-2019). Dr. Easton is now in private practice offering health and nutritional consulting while she continues to teach online to professionals around the world.
    Links:
    TCM Hub
    Dr. Easton’s Free Resource Handouts
    Connect with Dr. Darlene Easton:
    Website
    Dr.  Easton’s  Online  Course
    Facebook
    Email
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    Explore the Basics of Chinese Medicine course

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

CarmenPearcey ,

Everyone should listen!

A phenomenal podcast designed by a phenomenal acupuncturist. Every episode I’ve listened to, I’ve come away with gems of info and inspiration. I highly recommend!

Elgaryou ,

Moving thorugh Trauma with Chinese Medicine

It was a real pleasure to dive into how we can move through trauma with Chinese medicine on Brodie Welch's podcast A Healthy Curiosity. Speaking with a Chinese medicine colleague brings an immediate shared language that we canmake accessible to all who listen.

maryanneyoga ,

Healthy curiosit

Thank you for the awesome podcast today! Loved your thoughts and insights and how TCM is used in your life! Don’t feel you need to put hours into preparing a podcast/ just share your thoughts through the lens of TCM is so insightful!!! Love it!

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