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Dr. Doni Wilson struggled for decades to solve her numerous health issues and heal her body. With focused determination, she healed herself and in doing so, discovered the Dr. Doni Stress Recovery Protocol ™. On this show, you’re going to hear from Doctors, nutritionists, and experts along with Dr. Doni who will give practical advice and wisdom to help you heal your body. This is How Humans Heal!

How Humans Heal Dr. Doni Wilson

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Dr. Doni Wilson struggled for decades to solve her numerous health issues and heal her body. With focused determination, she healed herself and in doing so, discovered the Dr. Doni Stress Recovery Protocol ™. On this show, you’re going to hear from Doctors, nutritionists, and experts along with Dr. Doni who will give practical advice and wisdom to help you heal your body. This is How Humans Heal!

    #126 Break Your Stress Addiction with Dr. Doni

    #126 Break Your Stress Addiction with Dr. Doni

    In this episode we talk about stress and how to recover from it.
     
    First, we must acknowledge that being human involves exposure to stress! 
     
    Research shows that over 60% of us had an adverse childhood event and at least 70% of us have experienced a major stress loss or trauma in adulthood. 
     
    When we exist as humans in these stressful environments it starts to feel normal to be stressed.  
     
    In fact, we can become addicted to feeling stressed and so we get stuck in stress mode. Our bodies’ cortisol and adrenaline levels get imbalanced, and our nervous system operates in constant stress alert. 
     
    Cortisol and adrenaline are our main stress hormones. It's not that we want zero adrenaline and it's not that we want zero cortisol. These are substances that we need a healthy amount of every day.  
     
    These hormones are unique to everyone. One person in stress mode might have high cortisol high adrenaline while another person might be low cortisol and low adrenaline.  
     
    I remember when my daughter was young, and I was running my practice and seeing patients and trying to keep up with my house and everything until it felt like I could barely breathe. Sprinting through each day barely getting enough sleep. I know many of you feel the same way, how are we supposed to catch up when we can't even keep up?  
     
    I kept doing research on stress until I figured out the protocol that addresses the different stress types for each person so I can help every patient in a specific way. 
     
    It’s about figuring out what was thrown out of balance by stress, what got disrupted by stress: the cortisol levels, the adrenaline levels, GABA, iron, magnesium, etc. 
     
    Many times, patients ask me how can I be tired and anxious at the same time? It's not logical!  
     
    Sometimes our bodies are not that black and white so you could have one system that's causing you to feel over stimulated (high adrenaline) and at the same time you could feel tired (low cortisol or low iron).  
     
    Your body is trying to tell you it needs help! It is trying to tell you that there is something out of balance, so we need to look at the symptoms and look for patterns to act on them. Of course, we could temporarily fix this with caffeine or even a Xanax but you would not be acting on the root of the problem and therefore you will not be really healing.   
     
    There are ways to rebalance your body using nutrients and herbs and even exposure to nature that help us reset and help your body re-calibrate and rebalance.  
     
    Recovery activities like journaling, listening to music, doing mindfulness or meditation, spending time in nature, spending time with our pets or listening to the sounds in nature, all of this helps recalibrate our nervous system or vagus nerve and it signals calmness to our brain. 
     
    There are ways I can teach you to know your stress type and start addressing it by using nutrients, start practicing mindfulness that helps you to gain more self-love and compassion and practice connecting with others.  
     
    I have done extensive research throughout the years which has allowed me to write several books about stress, including my most recent one Master your Stress Reset Your Health.  
     
    I found stress recovery is unique to each person based on their stress type. There are different ways of implementing diet, sleep, exercise changes for each person for each stress type.  
     
    I invite you to join me in whichever format works best for you whether it's ordering the book and reading the paper back or listening to the audiobook or listening to more How Humans Heal podcasts or reading the blogs or guides available on my website, or meeting with me one-on-one or joining me in one of my group programs. I'm making my protocol available in many different forms because again we're not all the same, we're not all one size one-size-fits-all in terms of how stress affects us, nor how we best learn or apply

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    #125 The Thyroid Debacle with Dr. Eric Balcavage

    #125 The Thyroid Debacle with Dr. Eric Balcavage

    In this episode we talk about: 
     
    * How stress affects thyroid function. 
     
    * What is the Cell Danger Response. 
     
    * How most thyroid issues are missed and mistreated. 
     
    * How to address thyroid function comprehensively. 
     

     
    Dr. Eric Balcavage is a functional medicine practitioner who looks to assess physiology looking for ways to really help people that want to optimize their overall health. His work is to analyze what's creating that excessive stress in your body and what you can do to reduce it, and how to support you on your way back to an optimal state of health. 
     
    In this episode he talks about how his job is different from allopathic medicine as his job is not to manage the thyroid disease or disorder but to look for ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.  
     
    Our bodies response to stress will affect us in different ways, for some people it might show up mostly as thyroid issues and for others it might show up as something else. Also, our bodies respond differently to supplements in allostatic and homeostatic states.  
     
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    So how do we go from a state of allostasis back to homeostasis? Believing that the body can heal when we give it the right tools and support and look to get to the root cause of many different health issues. 
     
    His breakthrough moment came when he read the paper by Dr. Robert Naviaux: Cell Danger Response. He realized his approach was biased as to thinking how to fix the problem or symptoms instead of really going deep into the root of them to find a permanent solution. And he realized this was actually true not just for thyroid issues. 
     
    If we just keep chasing the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem, then we are not really healing. 
     
    It’s important for people to understand that they can have signs and symptoms of altered thyroid physiology and the gland will still work fine.  
     
    50% of the US population is overweight or obese and that means that about 50% of the population has altered or adapted thyroid physiology and so their gland may be fine but it’s one thing to make the hormone and it's another thing how the hormone works in your body.  
     
    He uses an analogy to explain this: You could have a full tank of gas but that doesn't mean the car is going to run well.  
     
    Similarly, it is possible to have a normal TSH and still not have optimal thyroid physiology.  
     
    When the body is in healthy mode (low stress) it says as soon as I get more calories, I'm going to increase metabolism so if you're gaining body fat and not lean muscle mass you could have a metabolism problem.  
     
    The things that end up clogging up the system and cause the metabolism to get stuck and therefore the fatigue and the weight gain and the other issues to develop are mainly related to how our diet, sleep, breathing patterns, emotional fitness, environmental fitness, metabolic fitness, and microbial fitness affect our stress state.  
     
    Start analyzing your lifestyle and how you're supporting your health on a daily basis. You might be going to many practitioners who might have prescribed different things and you still don't feel better and you're like how much money do I have to spend and how many practitioners do I have to see before we can solve this.   
     
    You need to have stress in your life, but we must have a better set of skills to be able to have turn that stressor into a positive experience.  
     
    If you've been struggling with what you know as thyroid issues or you are wondering if you have thyroid issues, make sure to check out Dr. Balcavage’s book: The Thyroid Debacle. 
     
    https://www.amazon.com/Thyroid-Debacle-Dr-Eric-Balcavage/dp/B0B31VDBSV/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WUWKNVKTP6FI&keywords=thyroid+debacle+eric+balcavage&qid=1663080395&sprefix=thyroid+debacle%2Caps%2C66&sr=8-1  
     
    This book describes the thyroid and helps you understand beyond what you might hear from most practitioners,

    • 48 min
    #124 Learning from Real Cases with Dr. Doni!

    #124 Learning from Real Cases with Dr. Doni!

    In this episode of How Humans Heal, I share about 6 recent cases from my practice and how they relate to leaky gut, even though it wasn’t obvious that they had leaky gut! 
     
    Case 1 Woman with autoimmunity and joint pain who was under extreme stress now knows which foods to avoid, and which to choose, as well as the supplements to heal leaky gut, recover from stress, and prevent autoimmunity from flaring. She’s feeling better and onto phase 3 of my protocol, so today I helped her with maintenance tips.  
     
    Case 2 Woman who worked with a different practitioner to treat SIBO and C Diff, and then developed urticaria (hives). She called me to figure out what to do besides take Zyrtec every day. I identified that leaky gut was never addressed and likely there are still overgrowing bacteria that are triggering the hives.   
     
    Case 3 Woman who came in complaining of a burning rash behind her ears and inside her mouth. The key question is “what are you eating differently?” It turns out she’s been eating cherry tomatoes all summer and is having an inflammatory reaction. Any inflammatory issue ends up causing leaky gut – it’s time to heal it again. 
     
    Case 4 A woman with a history of autoimmunity, which is associated with leaky gut, but hasn’t been told that she has leaky gut. Her main symptom now is bloating, which is caused by overgrowing gut bacteria. We are running the tests I recommend so I have the information I need to help her be most efficient with feeling better. Her results just came in and indicate severe leaky gut.  
     
    Case 5 Man who saw a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy and colonoscopy, but they can’t see leaky gut that way. And he was prescribed an antacid, which ends up decreasing digestion of food, even healthy food. Undigested food overfeeds bacteria, leading to bloating and leaky gut. And he was intermittent fasting too long, which stresses our system more.  
     
    Case 6 A woman who had Grave’s disease, another autoimmune condition, is celebrating 12 weeks of pregnancy. That means I helped her to turn off autoimmunity and prevent a miscarriage – hooray!  
     
    I find it SO interesting to observe how leaky gut presents different ways for each person.  
     
    I want you to know that you are not alone, and that even if you have symptoms that other practitioners have not been able to solve, I’m here to help you solve it. 
     
    If you have been trying to figure out how to heal your body and leaky gut, join me in the Leaky Gut Program. https://drdoni.lpages.co/leaky-gut-program/ 
     
    Don’t recreate the wheel so to speak! I have it all figured out and streamlined for you, so all you need to do is follow my protocol.  
     
    I help patients from around the world – by phone and confidential video call. If you prefer to meet with me one-on-one, you can set that up here: https://doctordoni.com/work-with-me/  
     
    Dr. Doni
     
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    Connect with Dr. Doni: 
     
    Facebook HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    Instagram HTTPS://INSTAGRAM.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    YouTube HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/USER/DONIWILSONND  
    Weekly Wellness Wisdom Newsletter: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/WWW  
     
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    Books and Resources: 
     
    Order My New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Master-Your-Stress-Reset-Health/dp/1953295576
     
    Stress Warrior Book (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESSWARRIOR   
     
    Stress Warrior Stress Resiliency Facebook Group (FREE) 
    HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/STRESSWARRIOR  
     
    7-day Stress Reset (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESS-RESET  
     
    HPV & Cervical Dysplasia Guide (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/HPV-AND-CERVICAL-DYSPLASIA-GUIDE/  
     
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    Personalized Solutions: 
     
    If you’d like to meet with Dr. Doni one-on-one for your health, request a Health Breakthrough Session: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/BREAKTHROUGH  
     
    To get an idea of more comprehensive options, read about Dr. Doni’s Signature Consultation Programs: HTTPS:/

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    #123 Escape the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster with Dr. Mariza Snyder!

    #123 Escape the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster with Dr. Mariza Snyder!

    Fatigue is such a common issue, but often we find ourselves reaching for sugar and caffeine to keep us going, especially as busy moms and entrepreneurs.  
     
    Energy is the ultimate currency. Who doesn’t want more?!!  
     
    Dr. Mariza describes hitting energy rock bottom with chronic fatigue, when she fought her way to the bathroom each day to get ready, and reached for sugar to keep her going.  
     
    She realized that at 30 years old that way of operating wasn’t going to be sustainable.  
     
    Over the next three years, she searched for real solutions until she figured out:  
     
    -She had been racing against the clock since a young age 
     
    -Being addicted to stress was only part of the problem 
     
    -She was on the perpetual blood sugar roller coaster for years 
     
    -Survival strategies from her stressful childhood drove her into the ground 
     

     
    Dr. Mariza laughs as she remembers feeding herself peppermint patties and diet soda, until she was 35 pounds overweight, severe mood swings, PMS symptoms, and so tired, she needed naps between patients.  
     
    She doesn’t want others to hit that breaking point.  
     
    To break this pattern and get off the blood sugar roller coaster, she had to:  
     
    -Learn to love herself instead of being motivated by accolades and achievements 
     
    -Let go of (or retiring) beliefs that no longer served her 
     
    -Ask whether what worked in the past is serving me anymore 
     
    -Choose to be worthy just by being who you are 
     

     
    Your body is telling you it needs a break! 
     
    133 million adults are insulin resistant. Over 90% of us have blood sugar spikes at least once per week without knowing it is happening. And it is not on our radar. The medical system doesn’t pay attention until you have type 2 diabetes. Way before that, blood sugar issues affect how we show up and feel every day.  
     
    Dr. Mariza recommends:  
     
    -that we ask to do the blood tests for Hemoglobin A1c and fasting insulin every year 
     
    -consider using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) even for 2 weeks 
     
    -If you are hangry, have crazy cravings, or have lagging energy, it’s time to address your blood sugar levels 
     

     
    Listen in as Dr. Mariza describes 5 simple hacks to upgrade energy and support metabolic health:  
     
    -Start every day with a savory meal, not the Standard American Breakfast. Don’t spike your blood sugar with cereal, oatmeal, or a sweetened beverage.  
     
    -Start every meal with fiber or protein to blunt a blood sugar response.  
     
    -If you want dessert, choose fruit without dairy and sugar, better after lunch. 
     
    -Walk after meals.  
     
    -Stop eating 3 hours before bed, and fast overnight.  
     

     
    If you’ve been trying to solve low energy levels and figure out what your body needs, don’t miss the part where she talks about the device that has been helping her as a recovering stress-aholic to tailor each day and become more aware of the signals her body is sending. 
     
    I totally loved this conversation with Dr. Mariza and found that some of these same strategies helped me recover from burnout, fatigue and the blood sugar roller coaster. I discuss so much of this in the Master Your Stress, Reset Your Health book. 
     
    I’m so honored to discuss all of this more and join Dr. Mariza in her online Hormone Relief Summit, which is September 26-30, 2022. You can sign up here: https://www.reliefsummit.com/?afmc=1k  
     
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    Connect with Dr. Doni: 
     
    Facebook HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
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    YouTube HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/USER/DONIWILSONND  
    Weekly Wellness Wisdom Newsletter: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/WWW  
     
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    Books and Resources: 
     
    Order My New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Master-Your-Stress-Reset-Health/dp/1953295576
     
    Stress Warrior Book (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESSWARRIOR   
     
    Stress Warrior St

    • 47 min
    #122 Supplements And The Highly Sensitive Person with Dr. Doni!

    #122 Supplements And The Highly Sensitive Person with Dr. Doni!

    I consider myself to be a highly sensitive person – both in terms of my nervous system and in terms of how I respond to changes and substances.  
     
    I didn’t learn about being a highly sensitive person in medical school, however in the 1990s two psychologists – Elaine Aron and Arthur Aron – wrote a book called “The Highly Sensitive Person” in which they defined what it is to have a more sensitive emotional response to what is happening around us. 
     
    I have identified a somewhat different version of a highly sensitive person, and as far as I know, I’ve not seen it defined by other practitioners. Often highly sensitive patients are dismissed by their practitioners because they experience every side effect and react to every nutrient, herb, and even energetic treatments.  
     
    Way back when I was experiencing migraines at every turn, and vomiting when I took herbs and nutrients, I realized that my system was more sensitive to everything I tried – medications and natural substances alike. I was also highly reactive to certain foods, chemicals, fragrances, as well as changes in temperature, time zones, blood sugar levels, and lack of sleep. 
     

     
    To navigate life, let alone healing, with a highly sensitive body and nervous system is extremely challenging. There were many days I felt like throwing in the towel, but where did that leave me? So, I kept on going and figuring it out.  
     
    In the process of figuring out how to live in a highly sensitive body, I became an expert in stress, leaky gut, detoxification, methylation, hormone and neurotransmitter balancing, and quite simply selfcare.  
     
    In this episode I share what I’ve found is the most effective way to introduce nutrients, herbs and any other approaches for a person who is highly sensitive.  
     
    I also share why it is so important to identify the highest priority imbalances to address and the most efficient sequence to address them, while avoiding making you feel worse in the process.  
     
    There is a paradox of healing that I identified in the process of healing myself. That paradox is that, especially when our systems and body is completely overwhelmed, it is more effective to use the most subtle, gentle, low dose approaches so as to stay under the radar and shift the vicious cycle.  
     
    Best is to begin with selfC.A.R.E. – clean eating, adequate sleep, recovery activities, and exercise (at your pace) – and to adjust and customize for you. 
     
    If you are struggling to get well, and feeling frustrated that nothing works, or that you often feel worse no matter what you try, then this episode is for you.  
     
    Also be sure to refer to my book – Master Your Stress, Reset Your Health.  
     
    https://www.amazon.com/Master-Your-Stress-Reset-Health/dp/1953295576  
     
    And start with my 7-day SelfC.A.R.E. Stress Reset.  
     
    https://drdoni.lpages.co/the-7-day-self-care-reset/ 
     
     
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    Connect with Dr. Doni: 
     
    Facebook HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    Instagram HTTPS://INSTAGRAM.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    YouTube HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/USER/DONIWILSONND  
    Weekly Wellness Wisdom Newsletter: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/WWW  
     
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    Books and Resources: 
     
    Order My New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Master-Your-Stress-Reset-Health/dp/1953295576
     
    Stress Warrior Book (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESSWARRIOR   
     
    Stress Warrior Stress Resiliency Facebook Group (FREE) 
    HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/STRESSWARRIOR  
     
    7-day Stress Reset (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESS-RESET  
     
    HPV & Cervical Dysplasia Guide (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/HPV-AND-CERVICAL-DYSPLASIA-GUIDE/  
     
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    Personalized Solutions: 
     
    If you’d like to meet with Dr. Doni one-on-one for your health, request a Health Breakthrough Session: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/BREAKTHROUGH  
     
    To get an idea of more comprehensive options, read about Dr. Doni’s Signature Consultati

    • 33 min
    #121 Learn To Do Pilates! With Vivian Jung

    #121 Learn To Do Pilates! With Vivian Jung

    Pilates – a method of conditioning the body, mind and spirit – has made such a difference for me so I wanted to share with all of you, and what better way to do that than to talk with my favorite Pilates instructor, Vivian Piccone Jung [@authenticmethodpilates]. 
    In this episode, Vivian and I cover Pilates in depth including:  
    -What attracted Vivian to become a Pilates instructor 
    -What are the differences in Pilates training programs 
    -Who was Joseph Pilates and how we developed Pilates 
    -The benefits of Pilates 
    -Potential contraindications and considerations 

    Vivian recommends being aware and careful when you choose a Pilates class to be sure you get the most benefit.  
    What I’ve experienced is that professional Pilates instructors take their work extremely seriously, continue to participate in trainings on a regular basis, and modify and plan exercises for each individual. 
    It is all about transforming your body, most often using the equipment Joseph Pilates developed. And at the same time, listening to your body so as not to overdo it. 
    Be sure to watch the videos at the end of this episode where Vivian shared examples of how the equipment is used.  
    Vivian offers in-person classes in Manhattan and Port Jefferson, New York, as well as online classes, including her 15-day Jump Start. Find out about it here: https://authenticmethodpilates.com/15-day-jump-start-program/   
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    Connect with Dr. Doni: 
    Facebook HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    Instagram HTTPS://INSTAGRAM.COM/DRDONIWILSON  
    YouTube HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/USER/DONIWILSONND  
    Weekly Wellness Wisdom Newsletter: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/WWW  
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    Books and Resources: 
    Order My New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Master-Your-Stress-Reset-Health/dp/1953295576
    Stress Warrior Book (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESSWARRIOR    
    Stress Warrior Stress Resiliency Facebook Group (FREE) 
    HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/STRESSWARRIOR  
    7-day Stress Reset (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESS-RESET  
    HPV & Cervical Dysplasia Guide (FREE) 
    HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/HPV-AND-CERVICAL-DYSPLASIA-GUIDE/  
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    Personalized Solutions: 
    If you’d like to meet with Dr. Doni one-on-one for your health, request a Health Breakthrough Session: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/BREAKTHROUGH  
    To get an idea of more comprehensive options, read about Dr. Doni’s Signature Consultation Programs: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/SERVICES
    Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are product links and affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission at no cost to you. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Dr. Doni, host of How Humans Heal podcast, highlights all aspects of health, wellness, and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Stacey Shapiro ,

Inspiring exellent podcast

I am loving this podcast! Dr. Doni Wilson packs every episode with tons of amazing content, guests, and interviews that will motivate, uplift and inspire you. I highly recommend!

Anaeli4356 ,

Informative but..

The podcast is informative but the host talk more than the guests.. it’s a shame.

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