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Our self-awareness journey through our son Theo's Autism and PANDAS diagnoses. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/purelivingfamily/support

The Pure Living Family Podcast Shawn Blymiller

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Our self-awareness journey through our son Theo's Autism and PANDAS diagnoses. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/purelivingfamily/support

    Introducing Samantha Larsen one of our newest members of the Pure Living Family Foundation Board

    Introducing Samantha Larsen one of our newest members of the Pure Living Family Foundation Board

    One of the biggest challenges that parents face when their kid is diagnosed with autism or other autoimmune chronic illnesses is an existential crisis. The world that they visualized and imagined for their future just changed drastically. One of the main goals and ambitions of the Pure Living Family Foundation is to help support the parents of these special kids as they face their new reality. Hear how Samantha and Tyler Larsen processed the diagnosis and how they have managed this new lifestyle over the last 5 or so years.

    We love their sincere, genuine, authenticity. We feel so lucky to have such an amazing woman, mother, and friend as part of our team. We know you will love her as much as we do. We are excited about the future we will build with this amazing family. Samantha is an amazing athlete and is implementing this tremendous passion for health and wellness to help her beautiful son Ty and share her findings with everyone that she can.


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    • 48 min
    Introduction to our Board member Abraham Lopez

    Introduction to our Board member Abraham Lopez

    Hello friends,

    Let me introduce you to my friend Abraham (Abe) Lopez. He is never serious, except for this podcast :). Abe lightens up every interaction with his sarcastic witty humor and we are so grateful to be able to work with him at the Pure Living Family Foundation. Our goal is to introduce you to our team at our Foundation and give you a little insight into what motivates us and why we want to serve the parents of special needs kids around the globe.

    Abe talks about his experience of moving to the United States from Guatemala, meeting his future wife in elementary, and later becoming a father to his beautiful son Kingston, and managing the autism diagnosis while fathering his two other kids, Mia and Oslo.

    This conversation helped me realize that men and fathers of kids with special needs really need community. Mothers are coded to speak about their experience with other Moms. But it is not masculine to speak about your thoughts and your feelings. I felt like I connected with Abe at such a deeper level from this podcast interview.

    Let us know what you think


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    • 29 min
    Dr. William Cimikoski tells his story of why he started Utah Stem Cells

    Dr. William Cimikoski tells his story of why he started Utah Stem Cells

    I can't express how grateful I am for this podcast interview with Dr. Cimikoski from the Utah Stem Cell Clinic. You will see why he is an incredible man. Dr. Bill tells us how he found regenerative medicine and how he uses Platelet Rich Plasma and Mesenchymal Stem Cells to treat people with chronic pain and illness. Everything from joint and ligament pain in what is called prolotherapy, to Autism, Congenital Heart Failure, and so much more with intravenous stem cell therapy. He helped restore my faith in our current healthcare system. There are providers who care about people and not just about making money. Dr. Bill is an example of that.

    Theo was treated with stem cells on July 11, 2023, and he is eating everything in sight. We will keep you informed in the coming weeks and months to tell you how he is doing after the treatment. Listen to this podcast to learn more about regenerative healthcare and the latest research. The top athletes and celebrities around the world are getting these new-age medical treatments and you can too.

    Check out https://utahstemcells.com/. Also please check out our health and wellness grant that we have set up through the Pure Living Family Foundation. You can read more about it here:


    Below is the link to the Duke University study that was done for the treatment of autism with stem cells:


    There are several different autism studies at Duke that are relevant, as well. If you go to the link and then use the search engine at Duke to search around you will learn about a lot of different studies relative to autism and the use of stem cells.

    Email us at purelivingfamily@gmail.com if you would like the PDF document.

    #stemcells #regenerativemedicine

    Use code #THEOBOY when booking


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    • 55 min
    Dr. Ray Andrew of Prestige Wellness talks about how he discovered Functional Medicine

    Dr. Ray Andrew of Prestige Wellness talks about how he discovered Functional Medicine

    As we have talked more about Functional Medicine a lot of families ask us if we could refer a practitioner. I am grateful to have been introduced to Dr. Ray Andrew of Prestige Wellness Institute in Springville and Moab, Utah. A spry 56-year-old who loves to mountain bike and be active outdoors, he is super passionate about wellness.

    Dr. Andrew has been in private medical practice since 2002. He graduated from the University of Utah and then went on to earn his medical degree at Saint Louis University. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

    You can check out his website at https://prestigewellnessinstitute.com/.

    We talked about how Dr. Andrew found Functional Medicine and how he continues to be passionate about learning. A member of the A4M fellowship since 2009, he attends 6-8 conferences each year, never able to learn too much to help his patients turn their health around.

    Dr. Andrew’s practice is cash-based. This enables him to spend the time with each patient that is required to get to the bottom of their health challenges instead of sending them out the door with prescription drugs in six minutes, as insurance medicine does. Most people who see Dr. Andrew’s team have already seen a handful of insurance doctors, including specialists, and have not gotten the help they need.

    With annual U.S. healthcare spending currently at $4.3 trillion, Americans have nearly the poorest health of the developed nations. Our financial priorities are completely backward.  

    At the Pure Living Family Foundation, one of our goals is to help families in need obtain the kind of timely health care Dr. Andrew’s offices provide. Families can apply for The Pure Living Family Foundation health and wellness grant here:

    ⁠The Pure Living Family Foundation Health and Wellness Grant⁠

    Dr. Andrew shared with me an article on autism that he has not yet sent to press. The following segment really stood out to me:

    "In a twist of irony, we are told that substances (vitamins, minerals, herbs, hormones, amino acids, fatty acids, peptides, etc.) that have supported human health for thousands of years may be dangerous and should be subjected to government approval, but the thousands of new chemicals we inhale, touch, eat, drink, and put on our skin every year require no safety testing whatsoever."

    This led us to talk about the toxic soup that we live in today and how it impacts our special needs kids.

    Dr. Andrew referenced the book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic, by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.

    Following is a short excerpt:

    "But consider for a moment a commonsense test of the hidden horde hypothesis. By one estimate, in the history of mankind, well over 100 billion people have been born on Earth, 99 billion of them before 1930. If autism rates were truly 1 in 150 throughout that period, then we would expect to have seen close to 700 million autistic people born before Leo Kanner's first case in 1931. Yet, try as we might, we find no mention of these people in the history books, in literature, in folklore, or in family records of any kind. How could this many cases go unnoticed and unrecognized for so long? How could this many severely ill people have remained hidden, much less functioned adequately without help for so many years?...

    ... The reason reported rates are higher is because the real rate is higher. Some may find it hard to accept, the the truth is inescapable; something new and terrible is happening to a generation of children."

    Studies referenced:

    S.K. Katusic et al., "Case Definition in Epidemiologic Studies of AD/HD," Ann Epidemiol, 2005, 15(6): 430-7.

    Carl Haub, "How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?" Population Today, February 1995, www.prb.org/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleEverLivedonEarth.aspx.


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    • 29 min
    Functional Medicine Coach and Professional Personal Trainer Adam Vognild

    Functional Medicine Coach and Professional Personal Trainer Adam Vognild

    I would like to introduce you all to Adam Vognild. I love his story of how he found the Functional Medicine model working as a Personal Trainer. Adam's wife, Meadow, is an allied professional working as a physician assistant in neurology. If you are wanting to focus on your health and wellness, you might benefit by working with Adam. If there is someone looking for a male personal trainer and functional medicine coach, he is your guy.

    You can find him on his website here:




    Remember your kid will not have you as support if you reach burn out. Everyone loses when your health is poor. Remember to check out our website at www.purelivingfamily.com


    #functionalmedicine #healthandwellnes #totalwellness


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    • 26 min
    Never a Dull Moment

    Never a Dull Moment

    In this episode we discuss a scary choking incident we had with our son Theo and how it's impacted the rest of our family. 

    Special needs life never calls for just an easy going day!  We often worry the kind of stress that our daughter is exposed to because of this life and discuss getting her some outside help. 


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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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Thanks for bringing awareness to the world through Functional Medicine!

I’m a new subscriber to your podcast. Thank you for bringing awareness educating your viewers through your personal story and knowledge in functional medicine!

Erin1429 ,

Authentic and real

Have truly enjoyed following this family on multiple platforms. Mainly for the realness and the way they continually advocate and share they’re journey as a neurodiverse family.

Alvarez1433 ,

We don’t feel alone

Through the journey with my son of being diagnosed with autism I honestly felt lonely with no hope I cried and cried but finding Angela through Instagram and seeing her share what other moms may be going through was a huge help and the research she has done is so helpful. Thank you Angela and your family looking forward for more too hear from you guys ❤️

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