State of the art information on natural medicine and the expressive arts for the best healthcare possible to build your immune system, and heal from lingering trauma! Most of the first 30 episodes explored the basis for Dr Heather's new book, Surviving A Viral Pandemic Through the Lens of a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. Now we venture into her upcoming book, Transforming Trauma, a drugless and creative path to healing PTSD. Dr Heather speaks with top people in the field - doctor, therapist, scientist or survivor whether from sexual assault, intergenerational trauma, vaccine injury and so on. Learn more about the doc at drheatherherington.com.
#41 With Dr. Lisa Samet N.D.
Dr. Lisa Samet is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona and has been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) for over 20 years at her clinic in Montreal, Canada. She specializes in homeopathy, nutrition and "Emotional Repatterning" to address her patients' health challenges holistically. She treats patients with a variety of complaints such as hormonal imbalance and infertility, autoimmune disease, anxiety, and depression. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the practice of homeopathy, and has published numerous articles on the subject as well. She is a passionate advocate of the techniques she describes in her new book, Emotional Repatterning, to heal old wounds and negative patterns and beliefs to move forward in life.
Her websites are emotionalrepatterning.ca and lisasamet.com.
#40 Dr. Stephen Porges and the Polyvagal Theory
Dr. Heather discusses Dr. Porges' work with him regarding the polyvagal theory. This shows how different parts of the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic system respond to where we are emotionally. We used to think the vagus nerve is all about calm and generating GABA, the calming hormone, but that in fact isn't true. By understanding what moves us or keeps us in the ventral vagus, the healthy mode, shines light on how we can move through trauma and everything else. It also shows how important social engagement is as this affects the nervous system deeply and is why compassion and community are so important to healing. I love that he was able to figure this out. He's obviously one very smart dude!! Here is his bio.
Dr. Stephen W. Porges is a distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. His more than 350 peer‐reviewed scientific papers, published across several disciplines, have been cited in approximately 40,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state and originated the polyvagal theory, which emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, and Polyvagal Safety, as well as co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and Polyvagal Safety
#39 A WAY IN : Beginning with Breath work
An excerpt from my upcoming book, Transforming Trauma, a drugless and creative path to healing PTS this episode builds on a previous episode (#35) that has a guided meditation and visualization. Now we focus on Breath work, how and why, and the need to spend even a few minutes a day to practice this still point therapy in this challenging time.
Practice it consciously and you will have more control over your breath and this will give you the ability to recruit this easily accessible activity when you are anxious, fearful or just plain fishimeled. (Yiddish for confused). It works so well before an interview or audition, and it's simple, no one will even notice.
This is the first step to master your innards, your mind, that is. It is a way inside that can calm the amygdala, straighten out our executive function that goes on in the pre-frontal cortex. So take a long breath in and an even longer breath out...whatever feels comfortable but the longer the exhale in relation to the inhale will help activate the vagus nerve, the ventral vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system.
A daily practice will give you more control over your emotions, especially when things seem to be going sideways. Life then feels more calm, centered, you feel strengthened and all becomes in reach in a time when more than ever we need to take control of our feelings, thoughts and behavior to empower ourselves and heal the trauma of our beautiful planet.
Episode #38 With Ted Kuntz from Vaccine Choice Canada
Ted is the president of Vaccine Choice Canada. He came to understand how vaccines are damaging our children (and adults) in most personal and devastating way. His son five months old when he was harmed by a vaccine. Their story (and sadly too many others) is difficult to hear. However, Ted's ability to overcome through his courage and honesty is so inspiring. Amazingly inspiring including the closeness he felt with a son severely autistic.
Ted has never stopped working to open people's eyes about the truth, the truth of he most important issue of our time, shining light on the continued lies of conventional medicine and the need for medical freedom. It was an absolute pleasure to interview a man with such integrity. Please listen and be moved.
Episode #37 With Dr Lyn Patrick, Part 2, on the Danger of the COVID vaccine
Lyn Patrick ND is co-chair of the annual Environmental Health Symposium happening the end of April this year. An old housemate of mine form Bastyr so long ago we talk about vaccines in Part 2 of our discussion about COVID and why so many in the naturopathic community have been brainwashed to believe they are something we should all line up for. The bottom line: vaccines are a coverup for bad healthcare. The fact this country (US) has such continually deteriorating health with some of the lowest healthcare scores in the world is something we should all be questioning. And if we don't the planet or at least the people on it will be going the way of the dodo and dinosaur. In fact Belgium virologist Geert Vanden Bossche, who has worked with Gates et al, and is very pro vaccine, has stated that a mass vaccination plan in the middle of a pandemic is a terrible idea and that it will lead to a massive healthcare crisis including deaths. We can only wait and see come Fall when COVID variants will most likely spike again. All I can say, and Lyn and many others join me in urging you to make a choice based on sound scientific knowledge. The COVID vaccines are an experimental drug. Why put yourself in danger when building your immune system naturally is well within your reach? This is why I wrote Surviving a Viral Pandemic through the Lens of a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. You can order it through any bookstore or get it on Amazon if you don't mind too much supporting Bezos. (His wife seems nice- she's donated millions of dollars to good causes apparently.)
Above all, stay well and happy and have fun...amazing what joy does to the immune system!
Episode #36 With Haida Gwaii elder, teacher, writer, artist, Dr. Patricia June Vickers
I am grateful and honored to speak with Dr. Patricia June Vickers, artist, writer, trauma survivor and teacher.
She will be presenting at the International Trauma Conference in Boston in May '21: Trauma treatment in Native American communities: a comprehensive approach to healing.
Dr. Vickers belongs to the Eagle clan from the village of Gitxaala, British Columbia and carries two feast hall names from her village and from the Nuxalk in Bella Coola, British Columbia. With the help of neurofeedback she teaches spiritual transformation, healing trauma, awakening, forgiveness and unearthing layers to find the authentic self.
From HARP Publishing: Patricia June Vickers, PhD presents a human story centered on the spiritual energy of respect as action that points toward wholeness. Singing to the Darkness unfolds as a visual inquiry and integrative process, fulfilling her intention to help others to observe their authentic selves, especially all those who have been conditioned through colonization of Indigenous People. Patricia’s soul catcher stories and meditations complete with twenty of her Nature-inspired paintings are just right to carry on your person and through your day.
Great holistic perspectives!
It's wonderful to hear alternative perspectives and great advice in the healthcare arena. Thanks, Dr. Heather and guests!
I like shows that aren't politically correct and seapk with intelligence about controversial subjects. This is the place. Just listening to the conversation with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in Episode 14 and I found myself sayinig, "Yep" finally conersation that expands how you think about healthcare that's holistic in nature.
Waw finally a voice speaking the uncomfortable truth
I am absolutely in gratitude for your message and your podcast. This is a much needed discussion in health care to shift the paradigm. Keep up the good work 🙏
Dr. Atousa Mahdavi