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The Small Changes Big Shifts podcast is your weekly dose of wellness encouragement. It’s the small changes that stick and ultimately compound to create big shifts in our holistic well-being. Dr. Michelle Robin and her renowned guests will share wisdom, knowledge, real life stories and practical tips to inspire and inform you as you move forward on your journey to a life of wellness.

Small Changes Big Shift‪s‬ Dr. Michelle Robin

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The Small Changes Big Shifts podcast is your weekly dose of wellness encouragement. It’s the small changes that stick and ultimately compound to create big shifts in our holistic well-being. Dr. Michelle Robin and her renowned guests will share wisdom, knowledge, real life stories and practical tips to inspire and inform you as you move forward on your journey to a life of wellness.

    Dr. Stasha Gominak Part II

    Dr. Stasha Gominak Part II

    Dr. Stasha Gominak attended college in California and  medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, receiving her MD degree in 1983. She completed a Neurology residency in 1989 at the Harvard affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. From 1991-2004 she practiced as general neurologist in the San Francisco Bay area.
    In 2004 Dr. Gominak moved with her husband to Tyler, Texas and began to concentrate on treating neurological illness by improving sleep. She published a pivotal article in 2012 proposing that the global struggle with worsening sleep was linked to reduced sun exposure.
    In 2016 she followed with a second article linking the change in the intestinal microbiome to the epidemic of poor sleep, and described a simple process for normalizing sleep and the intestinal bacterial population, called RightSleep®. In 2016 she retired from office practice to have more time to teach.
    She currently divides her time between teaching individuals, through virtual coaching sessions and teaching clinicians from a wide variety of medical and dental fields. Her popular courses and lectures help clinicians improve their patients’ health and wellbeing by improving their sleep.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Stasha in Part 2 as they talk about:

    Why humans were created to be self-sustaining with a normal microbiome. How disease isn’t related just to how well we sleep but our genetic risk factors as well. The miracle that happens every night as our body repairs itself. How to know whether your gut biome is working correctly or not. Whether or not you should be taking Vitamin D supplements and how to use them safely. What the typical Vitamin D levels are for thriving humans. Why Vitamin D should not be taken randomly but carefully. How Vitamin D deficiencies and poor microbiomes are passed to babies from their mothers. What we need to know about B Vitamins and why they are such a vital piece of our biochemistry. First steps you can take if you are struggling with anxiety and sleep issues. Mentioned In This Episode
    Stasha Gominak RightSleep® SCBS Episode 309 - Stasha Gominak Pt. 1 SCBS Sleep Campaign SCBS Episode 306 - Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Matthew Swan SCBS Episode 307 - Dr. Abid Bhat SCBS Ep 293 - Dr. Jay Dee Krull SCBS Ep. 160 – Dr. Georgia Nab Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect
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    • 28 min
    Dr. Stasha Gominak Part I

    Dr. Stasha Gominak Part I

    Dr. Stasha Gominak attended college in California and  medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, receiving her MD degree in 1983. She completed a Neurology residency in 1989 at the Harvard affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. From 1991-2004 she practiced as general neurologist in the San Francisco Bay area.
    In 2004 Dr. Gominak moved with her husband to Tyler, Texas and began to concentrate on treating neurological illness by improving sleep. She published a pivotal article in 2012 proposing that the global struggle with worsening sleep was linked to reduced sun exposure.
    In 2016 she followed with a second article linking the change in the intestinal microbiome to the epidemic of poor sleep, and described a simple process for normalizing sleep and the intestinal bacterial population, called RightSleep®. In 2016 she retired from office practice to have more time to teach.
    She currently divides her time between teaching individuals, through virtual coaching sessions and teaching clinicians from a wide variety of medical and dental fields. Her popular courses and lectures help clinicians improve their patients’ health and wellbeing by improving their sleep.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Stasha as they talk about:

    About her program, RightSleep®, and how we can begin rethinking how we heal our bodies especially with vitamins and boosting the microbiome. Why we’re seeing more and more disease due to the toxicity in our environment including our food. What a healthy microbiome looks like in and outside of the body. The wrong mentality that all bacteria is bad and we have to destroy them. Pros and cons about antibiotics. The many layers of our immune system and why a good microbiome plus Vitamin D and B levels are so important for it to do its job. What level of Vitamin D you should have according to your skin color. The connection between obesity and poor microbiome health. How she became interested in studying sleep. Unpacking genetics and how to heal the body’s unique epigenetics. The specific reasons why some people experience paralyzation while they sleep. Mentioned In This Episode
    Stasha Gominak RightSleep® SCBS Sleep Campaign SCBS Episode 306 - Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Matthew Swan SCBS Episode 307 - Dr. Abid Bhat Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect
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    • 31 min
    Houston Kraft

    Houston Kraft

    Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, author, curriculum designer, and kindness advocate who speaks at schools, conferences, and events internationally. He has spoken to over a half a million people at 600 engagements and counting.
    He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong - trainings and curriculums that create more compassionate cultures in schools and communities. They work with 2,500. schools serving over 1 million students with their content.
    In 2019, he was featured by Lay’s on BBQ and Jalapeño chip bags for their “Spreading Smiles” campaign. His first book, Deep Kindness, is being published by Simon & Schuster September 22, 2020.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Houston as they talk about:

    His background, childhood, and how kindness came to be an important part of his being. Some of the mentors in his life including fellow Co-Founder of CharacterStrong, John Norlin. The idea that we’re not human beings but “human becomings.” Why kindness is not an act but a habit and what that practice looks like in a daily routine. Taking a closer look at the values we hold important both personally and in the world of business. Why creating systems that hold us accountable to our goals are so important. How leaders can help their team members navigate through the mental health challenges that they are facing in 2021. What new way of thinking can help you prioritize what is actually important to you. Why it’s so important to protect your time, from work and meetings to personal downtime. Mentioned In This Episode
    Houston Kraft CharacterStrong Deep Kindness John Norlin Janice Hughes Are You As Busy As You Think? SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect
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    • 19 min
    Dr. Abid Bhat

    Dr. Abid Bhat

    Having a hard time falling asleep at night? Discover why and how to find out the cause of it to fix it.

    Abid Bhat, MD MBA, Sleep Medicine Specialist and a firm believer in integrating Western Medicine with Mind-Body Therapies.
    Dr Abid Bhat has been in the practice of Sleep Medicine for over 15 years. He has provided medical care to people with various sleep disorders, including insomnia (difficulty falling sleep or staying sleep), sleep apnea (a person snores loud and stops breathing in sleep), parasomnia (sleep walking), restless legs syndrome (urge to move legs while trying to fall sleep) and a number of other related conditions.
    Millions of Americans continue to suffer from sleep disruption but, unfortunately, majority of them are undiagnosed. Sleep is quintessential in preventing chronic ailments like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Dr Bhat’s passion is to present sleep as THE essential ingredient to maintain a positive state of health and well-being by combining Western medicine and Holistic Medicine.

    Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Abid as they talk about:

    The growing number of people with sleep disorders because of the COVID-19 pandemic including the latest: Coronasomnia. Top 3 common sleeping disorders: insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. How a sleeping disorder can impact relationships. The fact that 1 in 3 adults in the USA has a sleeping disorder like insomnia. How sleep apnea can lead to insomnia. Different ways that sleep apnea presents itself such as unexplained fatigue, tiredness, early morning headaches, migraines, and irritability. Why some people will actually act out what they’re dreaming and it can be quite dangerous sometimes for their partner. The pros and cons of over the counter sleep aids and prescriptions. How to prepare yourself for a good night’s rest. Why sleep is a good defense to keep you healthy and get better quicker if you do become sick. Mentioned In This Episode
    SCBS Sleep Campaign SCBS Episode 306 - Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Matthew Swan Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect
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    • 30 min
    Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Matthew Swan

    Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Matthew Swan

    About Dr. Michael Breus

    Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world to have passed the Sleep Medical Speciality board without going to Medical School. Dr. Breus was recently named the Top Sleep Specialist in California by Reader’s Digest, and one of the 10 most influential people in sleep.
    Dr. Breus is the Author of The Power of When and The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (Rodale Books; May 2011),  discusses the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism.  His first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin), an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, is a do-it-yourself guide to better sleep.
    About Dr. Matthew Swan
    Matthew Swan, MD, FACP, is a Board-certified internist at AdventHealth Medical Group Primary Care at Deer Creek.
    With experience in both internal medicine and oncology, Dr. Swan is uniquely qualified to provide care for patients with a wide range of health needs, from complex medical conditions to chronic disease management to routine preventive or acute care. He has worked as an internist at various hospitals from Florida to Kansas, including a previous role as a hospitalist physician and administrative leader at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission (then called Shawnee Mission Health). He also has worked as an assistant professor of medicine and in other clinical educator roles.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Micheal Breus as they talk about:

    Why your life will change dramatically when you change your sleeping habits. How COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on every single person’s sleep cycle. The science behind better immune function when we sleep better. How the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine can depend on your quality of sleep including what time you wake up in the morning. Breaking down the two systems of sleep: our Sleep Drive and our Sleep Rhythm. The importance of getting at least 20 minutes of movement a day and better if you can go outside. Why no single diet or way of eating may it be Keto, Paleo, or Vegan won’t work if your sleep is off. How alcohol affects your sleep, rest, ability to bounce back the next day. Discover what happens when you are sleep deprived:
    Your appetite and hunger increase Your metabolism slows down Your cortisol and adrenaline levels are very high keeping you awake You crave sugary, high carb foods Listen and learn all about Dr. Breus’ 5-Step Sleep Plan:
    Choose 1 wake up time for the entire week based on your internal chrono type Stop caffeine consumption by 2pm (but don’t go cold turkey if you drink a lot of it) Wait 3 hours after your last alcoholic drink to go to bed Exercise daily for at least 20 minutes but stop 4 hours before bed Have a 15 oz refillable glass of water by your bedside Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Matthew Swan as they talk about:
    How sleep can impact our ability to defend ourselves against viruses and disease. Why poor sleep quality decreases our immune systems ability to fight back. The fact that sleep deprivation happens when we get less than 7 hours of sleep. What course of action you should take if you’ve been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder. How to start a sleep journal and what should be included in it. Good sleep hygiene practices you can follow including only using the bedroom for sleep. How sleep can help improve your mental health and why it’s just as important as fitness and nutrition. The importance of destressing, connecting with others, and reaching out for help when you need it. Mentioned In This Episode
    The Power Of When by Dr. Michael Breus Breus’ Chronotype Quiz SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Bi

    • 43 min
    Dr. Michelle Robin

    Dr. Michelle Robin

    As we move on past the holidays and are well on our way into 2021, what are some wellness practices we can follow to help us reframe, refocus, and reset to put the odds in our favor? Join us as Dr. Michelle Robin shares how this week on Season 7 of Small Changes Big Shifts with the wellness practice of Ikigai.
    Join Dr. Michelle as she shares:

    How we can reframe and shift our mindset as we begin 2021. What steps you can take to put the odds in your favor to stay healthy. The power of choosing a word to focus on for the year as explained by past guest Jon Gordon in his book, One Word That Will Change Your Life Why Dr. Michelle has chosen the word, “surrender,” for 2021. What you can do to get back into a rhythm of wellbeing behaviours and habits. How we can be happier especially with ourselves. Exploring the 5 pillars and 10 Rules of the Japanese wellness practice of Ikigai and how to apply it to your life. Learn about the 10 Rules of Ikigai
    Stay active Take it slow Don’t fill your stomach Surround yourself with good friends Get in shape for your next birthday Smile Reconnect with nature Give thanks Live in the moment Find your Ikigai Mentioned In This Episode 
    One Word That Will Change Your Life Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles SCBS Ep. 185 – Jon Gordon SCBS Episode 258 – Sonia Choquette-Tully Big Shifts Foundation SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign

    • 12 min

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