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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 • 115 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.

    Chinese Medicine For Your Gut Microbiome

    Chinese Medicine For Your Gut Microbiome

    You know we need a healthy gut microbiome in order to digest and absorb nutrients from our food – without pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. It also plays a role in autoimmune disease, hormone balance, our level of energy overall, heart disease, kidney disease, brain fog, bone health -- the list goes on. With Chinese herbal medicine, we can encourage the body to release its own digestive enzymes and bile while supporting the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines.
    On today’s episode you'll learn:
    What besides food affects the gut microbiome How the gut interconnects with other body systems  Chinese herbs that help with gas, bloating, and fat loss A simple practice you can employ to help you digest and absorb better right away Dr. Andrew Miles, DOM grew up with a Taiwanese stepfather immersed in Chinese culture, martial arts, and medicine. He studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and later studied advanced diagnostics and integrated medicine at the Chengdu University of TCM in Sichuan, China. He lived in China for years learning more about Chinese medicine in laboratories and learning from China’s top specialists. He is the host of the Botanical Biohacking podcast and works with an expert panel to source sustainably wildcrafted herbs for dampness. He has consulted for pharmaceutical companies, practiced medicine and taught martial arts in China, and has been recognized by the Taiwanese and Chinese governments for promotion and preservation of traditional Chinese culture.Through his Chinese herb company, Botanical Biohacking, he supplies some of the best herbal medicine on the planet to Chinese herbal medicine practitioners, including my clinic.
    Links:
    To get your hands on Chinese herbal medicine for your gut micobiome, visit https://chorusforlife.myshopify.com/Brodie  You'll be supporting this show!
    Chinese Medicine Resources for Better Digestion
    Episode 177: Microbiome Biohacking with Dr. Andrew Miles
    Episode 227: TCM Nutrition tips for a Healthy Digestive Microbiome with Dr. Darlene Easton, DACM
    Episode 236: Care and Feeding of Your Microbiome with Dr. Chris Damman
    The Weirdest People In The World by Joseph Henrich
    Connect with Dr. Andrew Miles:
    Website
    Podcast
    Books
     

    • 53 min
    Lessons From 20 Years in Practice

    Lessons From 20 Years in Practice

    In September 2023, my Chinese Medical practice turned 20 years old. This episode started off as a retrospective on lessons learned in these two decades as a self-employed Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, and coach. While it starts with the role of a clinician and the nature of healing, it explores issues that parents, givers, and people who care about what they do may well relate to, like:
    If you'll never know it all, when is enough enough? How healing happens -- and who is responsible The work that happens before showing up for work Detaching the ego from outcomes, even when you care How you can be a healer even without a medical practice Thank you for downloading and listening to the show, and being part of my journey of helping people live healthier, happier, more authentic lives. 
    Want to celebrate with me? Leave me a tip, share something you’ve learned here with someone else, and of course, be good to yourself so you can inpsire others to do the same. 
     

    • 19 min
    The Hormone Balance Pyramid

    The Hormone Balance Pyramid

    Moving from overwhelm to a more healthy life is often about small steps. One such step can be embracing the philosophy of seeing how so many things can be connected. Approaching symptoms we're experiencing through the lens of the mind-body connection can help us do things like calm down our nervous system and reduce stress while still doing everything we need to do in our lives.
    Ali Damron, a colleague in the Chinese Medicine field, joins this conversation to dig into this philosophy of connectedness, particularly with regard to hormone balancing. When we attune to the part our hormones play in our health, it's another great tool in treating both the roots and branches of issues we may be dealing with.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What kinds of problems Ali helps people with through hormone balancing How she begins unraveling symptoms and stress with clients Ali’s own journey with burnout and how that informs her work today The structure of the hormone balance pyramid -- and what to focus on first Ali is a wife, mom to 2 little boys, an acupuncturist and hormone expert. Over the last twelve years, she’s helped hundreds of women overcome hormonal balancing, weight loss, pregnancy, and postpartum, and menopausal symptoms.
    Links:
    Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno
    The Myth of Normal by Dr. Gabor Maté
    Nicole Sachs, LCSW
    Dr. Kristin Neff
    Free assessment quiz
    Connect With Ali Damron:
    Website
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Podcast
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    Learn more about the Helping the Health Pros Coaching & Consulting program
    Explore the Basics of Chinese Medicine course

    • 58 min
    Care and Feeding of Your Microbiome

    Care and Feeding of Your Microbiome

    Taking steps in the direction of better health is a multi-faceted process. Not only do we have to take care of ourselves, but we also have to take care of the trillions of microbes that call our bodies home. Rooted in the Earth element of Chinese Medicine, the ecosystem of our bodies is integral to our health in a variety of different ways from our ability to produce energy to feeling grounded and centered.
    Dr. Chris Damman joins us in this conversation to geek out on where the science of the microbiome verifies aspects of Chinese Medicine. 
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    What the microbiome is and why it’s so important How things like temperature and timing of food can affect our health The four Fs of food and which areas are often missed Why resistant starch is an important facet of our nutritional intake Dr. Damman earned his BA/MA from Wesleyan University, MD from Columbia University, and is a board-certified, actively practicing gastroenterologist. With a background at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he led the gut health, microbiome and functional food initiative, Dr. Damman focused on the role of diet and microbiome-targeted therapies. Dr.Damman specialized in treating gastrointestinal, metabolic, and neurologic disease throughout his five-year tenure at the foundation.
    Links:
    When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical For Health by Anahad O’Connor
    Gut-microbiota-targeted diets modulate human immune status
    Acupuncture for the Treatment of Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Connect with Dr. Damman
    Supergut
    Instagram
    Twitter
    TikTok
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    Learn more about Brodie's Classes and Meditations
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    • 42 min
    Questions from the Treatment Room, Answered

    Questions from the Treatment Room, Answered

    This season of the podcast has focused  a lot on demystifying different aspects of Chinese Medicine. From acupressure to qi gong, we've spoken with experts to dig into the details of how these practices can help us move toward better health.
    In this conversation, we're exploring some of the most common questions from patients in the clinic in an asynchronous q+a session. These questions cover a broad range from the concrete, tactical side to the more theoretical side to help gain a deeper understanding for how the practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works.
    On Today’s Solo Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    The difference between acupuncture needles and hypodermic needles How long it takes to get results from acupuncture What Chinese herbs have to do with acupuncture The process and benefits of using patterns in diagnosis Links:
    The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence
    “No convincing evidence” that depression is caused by low serotonin levels, say study authors
    Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Blots on a Field? A neuroscience image sleuth finds signs of fabrication in scores of Alzheimer’s articles, threatening a reigning theory of the disease
    Efficacy of omega-3 PUFAs in depression: A meta-analysis
    Curcumin in Depression: Potential Mechanisms of Action and Current Evidence—A Narrative Review
    Episode 14: Healthy Skin & Chinese Medicine with  Alexa Gilmore, L.Ac.
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    Explore details about the Level Up program

    • 34 min
    Self-healing with Acupressure: There’s an App for That

    Self-healing with Acupressure: There’s an App for That

    A consistent theme in this show is empowering you to embody self-respect through daily actions; to take small steps in the direction of better. The body is always seeking balance and homeostasis through its own intelligence and there are usually actions we can take to help support that process. One such way is using points on the body to take care of yourself through acupressure.
    Katie Pedrick, L.Ac. joins us for this conversation to unpack some of the self-care possibilities that come from putting your own hands on your body. As another proponent of empowering you to support your body's natural intelligence, Katie co-founded the Moxa Acupressure app as a way to further put the process into your hands.
    On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:
    Katie's journey to Chinese Medicine after starting out studying western medicine What led her to creating the Moxa app to expand access for patients How acupressure can be applied for a noticeable effect on our health The method for providing personalization in the app and why that’s important An example of how to access a point with acupressure Katie Pedrick is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a thriving practice in Boston (VIBE Wellness), as well as the cofounder of the Moxa Acupressure app. She began her career in cancer and pharmaceutical research with a masters in biotechnology from Harvard University, then turned her attention to Eastern medicine, earning her doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Pacific College of Health Sciences. She is passionate about combining modern western science with ancient eastern wisdom, and is on a mission to empower others to reach their most vibrant health through accessible wellness.
    Links:
    Use our affiliate code “BRODIE20” to get 20% off the premium annual subscription and help support this podcast!
    Connect With Katie Pedrick:
    Moxa app
    Moxa Instagram
    VIBE Instagram
    VIBE Wellness
    Tik Tok
    Youtube
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    Learn more about working with Brodie
    Explore details about the Level Up program

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Dr. Juli Kramer ,

Shifting How You Think About Your Body

Thank you Brodie for helping people see themselves as complex, holistic, energetic beings. Your insights and questions helped shape our conversation in ways that give your listeners practical tips and ways to apply the information. You are doing such important work keeping people happy and healthy across their lifespan. Keep spreading the powerful word about Chinese medicine. I’m so honored to have been a part of your movement.

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.

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