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Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday a podcast on hope, inspiration and healing on The Heart Chamber: patient stories from open-heart surgery to recovery highlights patients' physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of open-heart surgery. Health care providers also come on the show to provide different perspectives for not only making healing process less daunting but also more than possible to living your best life better than before surgery.

The Heart Chamber Boots Knighton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday a podcast on hope, inspiration and healing on The Heart Chamber: patient stories from open-heart surgery to recovery highlights patients' physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of open-heart surgery. Health care providers also come on the show to provide different perspectives for not only making healing process less daunting but also more than possible to living your best life better than before surgery.

    The Power of Positive Visualization for Healing from Heart Surgery -38

    The Power of Positive Visualization for Healing from Heart Surgery -38

    Join Boots Knighton on The Heart Chamber Podcast, where she shares inspiring insights on overcoming fear and cultivating a positive mindset for healing. In this episode, Boots discusses the transformative power of visualization, drawing from personal experiences with heart surgery and injury recovery. Discover how athletes, alongside Boots, use mental imagery to gear up for success and how this technique can speed up healing. Boots' experience with a concussion during her time as a ski instructor and the challenge posed by a heart condition emphasizes resilience and positive thinking. Tune in for hope and advice on facing health hurdles with optimism, and share your stories with us. Don't forget to leave a review and spread the word!
    The teachers Boots references in the episode are:
    Dr. Joe Dispenza
    Dr. Wayne Dyer
    Belleruth Naparstek
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    06:11 How Boots overcame a devastating TBI, relearned how to ski and visualized skiing exam success, achieving a top score.
    07:49 Boots received a surprise award nomination, but then, heart surgery happened leading to an uncertain future in ski instruction. Nevertheless, she was proud of the moment and the visualization got her through the heart surgery.
    13:26 Visualizing health, positivity, and recovery before heart surgery.
    16:14 Focusing on positivity reduces stress for better health.
    20:10 When in doubt, seek a 2nd opinion, call a therapist, visualize a positive outcome for your situation.
    21:58 Boots briefly speaks about breaking her leg but remains optimistic.
    26:49 Now, she is visualizing strength, surgery, recovery.
    Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.

    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 29 min
    Accepting a Heart Diagnosis: Strategies for Processing, Healing, and Thriving Post-Surgery -37

    Accepting a Heart Diagnosis: Strategies for Processing, Healing, and Thriving Post-Surgery -37

    In episode 37 of the Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton shares her personal journey of being diagnosed with a heart condition. She discusses the challenges she faced and the strategies she used to cope, including seeking support from friends and professionals, undergoing therapies like EMDR, acupuncture, and reiki, and embracing the power of community. Despite the initial shock and medical gaslighting, Boots emphasizes the importance of emotional processing, seeking help, and accepting the situation with radical positivity. She highlights the impact of her heart journey and how it has transformed her perspective, even leading her to start the podcast and speak at TEDx. The episode resonates with those facing health challenges, offering hope and inspiration.
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    04:56 Boots reflects on her head injury and the positive impact on her life through reframing. She compares the recovery to a deep soul excavation and finding forgotten items during spring cleaning.
    09:00 She shares her journey dealing with trauma and seeking professional support for coping and managing heart diagnoses.
    11:16 A heart diagnosis takes time, needs support.
    15:04 Accepting birth defects, overcoming grief, and sobriety journey.
    20:24 Boots is grateful for the support of various healthcare professionals and alternative healers during their health journey, and wishes she had a better understanding at the beginning. She recommends a podcast for others in similar situations.
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    23:56 Embrace challenges, listen to your soul, and please share this podcast.
    25:38 Thanks for your time and support. Please subscribe, share, review, and provide feedback. Email me with your thoughts.
    Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.

    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    a...

    • 26 min
    Cultivating Mental Resilience: Lessons from Waiting for Open Heart Surgery -36

    Cultivating Mental Resilience: Lessons from Waiting for Open Heart Surgery -36

    Join Boots Knighton in a thought-provoking conversation about the transformative power of reframing life's challenges. In this episode, Boots shares her experiences of waiting for open heart surgery and how she navigated through fear, impatience, and finally, acceptance. Through her personal journey, she presents valuable insights on embracing difficulties as opportunities for personal growth, resilience, and healing. Through her openness and wisdom, she challenges listeners to shift their mindset from asking "why is this happening to me?" to "why is this happening for me?" Don't miss this inspiring episode that offers a fresh perspective on navigating life's obstacles with courage and grace.
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    05:33 Boots shares how she endured months of fear before heart surgery, reflecting on wisdom gained.
    09:39 Reflecting on heart journey, shifting the victim mindset, and focusing on moving forward.
    13:41 Adopting a positive mindset can shift situations for the better. Gratitude and visualization can impact outcomes.
    15:56 Despite the challenges of heart surgery, Boots feels amazing, emphasizing the importance of attitude and life's lessons.
    Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 20 min
    Reflections: The Heart Chamber Podcast Celebrates One Year! & Life with a Rebuilt Heart -35

    Reflections: The Heart Chamber Podcast Celebrates One Year! & Life with a Rebuilt Heart -35

    Embark on an unforgettable episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast as Boots Knighton shares her remarkable journey of overcoming adversity and finding resilience amidst life’s unexpected challenges. From her powerful recollection of breaking her leg in a skiing accident to her thought-provoking reflections on the impact of trauma on heart health, Boots delves into the depths of her personal experiences. Gain exclusive insights into the importance of mental health therapy post-surgery, the call for insurance coverage of alternative healing treatments, and the necessity for improved referrals for women in cardiac rehab. Join Boots on a poignant exploration of the vulnerabilities and triumphs woven throughout her recovery journey. As she looks towards the future, she invites you to join her for upcoming special episodes and encourages your support in keeping the podcast thriving. Tune in for an episode filled with gratitude, love, and a captivating invitation to join the vibrant and supportive Heart Chamber community.
    Watch Boots' TEDx Talk, Practicing Dying for Living at https://youtu.be/Rs0PSmzM3hc?si=pRJ-DyGXFg5oB9ee
    Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 38 min
    Fueling Heart Health: Empowering Nutrition Strategies for Lifelong Wellness -34

    Fueling Heart Health: Empowering Nutrition Strategies for Lifelong Wellness -34

    In episode 34 of The Heart Chamber Podcast, nutrition expert Michelle Routhenstein shares valuable insights on heart health and nutrition. She emphasizes the importance of personalized care and finding qualified healthcare professionals, cautioning against one-size-fits-all diet trends. The discussion delves into the keto diet, ancestral diets, and the need for balanced macronutrients to support heart health. Host Boots Knighton praises Michelle's science-based approach to nutrition and highlights the importance of education in the medical field. Michelle's long-distance nutrition programs aim to address the root causes of heart disease through personalized, science-based nutrition. Listeners are encouraged to be proactive in their healthcare and ask questions, emphasizing the need for individualized nutrition approaches.
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    06:08 Dietitian focuses on heart health and prevention.
    10:35 Emphasis on teamwork in patient care. Doctors lacking nutrition knowledge, refer patients to nutritionists.
    14:37 Impact of stress on health; the importance of self-care for overall well-being; the need to choose the right medical professionals.
    19:24 Avoiding one-size-fits-all diets. Emphasis on personalized, sustainable approach to diet for heart health.
    21:16 Rethinking past advice.
    25:18 Low carb diets may lead to heart issues and nutrient deficiencies.
    27:28 Low carb diets lead to ketosis, but may stress kidneys, liver, and cause health issues like keto flu.
    32:22 Adequate nutrition is crucial for athletes' health and performance, as improper balance of macronutrients can lead to increased free radical production and plaque formation in arteries. It is important to question and understand the biological mechanisms behind nutritional claims.
    35:58 Group and 1 on 1 support for heart health with personalized guidance, blood work focus, resources, and accountability.
    39:26 Be your own health advocate. Understand your numbers, ask questions, and take care of your heart.
    40:29 Encourages reaching out to Michelle for heart health tips and joining her group. Airing weekly heart health episodes in February.
    A Little More About Today's GuestMichelle Routhenstein, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, serves as the owner and president of Entirely Nourished LLC, a specialized private practice in nutrition counseling and consulting focused on the prevention and management of heart disease. Employing a science-based, holistic approach, she is dedicated to enhancing individual's heart health by addressing cardiometabolic risk factors and mitigating the likelihood of cardiovascular issues as individuals age.
    Acknowledged as a thought leader and expert in heart disease management and prevention, Michelle is deeply committed to educating individuals on nurturing their hearts for healthy and thriving lives. She adopts a dynamic perspective on nutrition that addresses the root causes of chronic diseases, safeguarding individuals' hearts for longevity. Her passion lies in translating Nutritional Sciences into an easily understandable language that can be applied for the long term.
    Michelle has a compelling presence on social media, particularly on Instagram (Heart.Health.Nutritionist) and LinkedIn (/in/michellerouthenstein/), where she shares valuable information to educate and empower her followers to take ownership of their heart and overall health, guiding them in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease through nutrition and lifestyle changes.
    As the author of "The Truly Easy Heart Healthy Cookbook" and a member of the Forbes Health advisory board, Michelle has...

    • 42 min
    Breaking Free from a Broken Healthcare System for Holistic Health -33

    Breaking Free from a Broken Healthcare System for Holistic Health -33

    Dive deep into the hidden links between chronic illness, sensitivity to our modern world, and the transformative power of nature in this profound episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast. Our guest, Amy Stein, brings over 15 years of navigating the healing journey, combining her intimate knowledge of plants, energy medicine, and breath work. Join host Boots Knighton as they uncover the pitfalls of the medical system and explore the power of intuition and plant medicine as allies in the quest for health. Amy shares tantalizing insights into how parts work and interfamily systems can lead to a holistic approach to wellness that reveres self-care and personal evolution. If you've ever felt unheard by conventional medicine, this conversation is an essential balm for the soul.
    A Little More About Today's GuestAmy Stein works with women who carry highly sensitive traits and assists them with reconnecting to their bodies' innate intelligence using Mother Nature as a guide. She finds that when we awaken to our inner light and wisdom, we can sync the mind with the body and spirit. Amy combines the “power of the plants” with energy medicine techniques and breathwork to allow women to live in harmony in their bodies and environments. She was reminding them that they get to choose what is best for their life. Amy does this by teaching how to reawaken our intuition as true healing only occurs when we address the whole package. Her approach uses the “power of the plants”, mindfulness, and breath to assist you in transforming into who you are meant to be. Her coaching calls are called Mind-Body-Spirit-Breath Sessions.
    Amy is offering a free gift. You can find it here:  https://mindbodyspiritbreath.ck.page/freebreath
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Julian Hayes II ,

A much-needed message

As someone with family members who have gone through open-heart surgery, I wish they had this podcast. Boots message and mission is necessary because so many people are left with no hope.

Dr. Cody Golman ,

AMAZON WOMAN AND PODCAST

I just love Boots sincere desire to help others. She is kind caring and truly wants to assist others with the challenges of life. I just love this podcast!

Wander Bear3 ,

Fantastic and helpful

I wish a podcast like this had been around before I had my open-heart surgery. Boots’ honesty and candor about both the physical and emotional parts of the surgery is invaluable to someone preparing to have it done. It’s comforting to know you are not alone.

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