bacteria in it, and these gut bugs are responsible for much of our immune system defense as well as hormone and mood regulation. Our gut bacteria can even decrease inflammation, and they likely play a role in how we get sick. Although we may not be able to control our genetic predispositions, we can control our environmental triggers. Join us in this fascinating topic, as Dr. Rao talks about how we can heal our gut. She is the author of Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It. Dr. Rao is an Internal Medicine doctor and practices Integrative Medicine. You can find her at raowellness.com
On today's episode- we talk about Gratitude! There are scientifically validated benefits of gratitude, and it's so much more than saying "thank you". Gratitude affects us mentally and physically. There are numerous studies that suggest that showing gratitude can increase one's happiness, decrease inflammation in one's body, reduce stress, increase optimism and change our brain, increase satisfaction in life, and build greater resilience. Join us in this compelling conversation with Nisha Sidhu, who is a Mindful Life Coach, as we talk about celebrating the present! You can find Nisha at myndtreat.com.
On today's episode, we have Rebecca Hurdis on the show to talk about her life as an adoptee. Born in Seoul, Korea, Rebecca Hurdis is a transracial transnational adoptee. She spent her childhood on the east coast, before moving to California when she was 20 years old. Growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s when most of America believed in the model minority myth and assimilation for Asian Americans, Rebecca argues that such beliefs are false and dangerous. She brings up the idea that adoption is associated with trauma: it has been suggested that trauma is at the ‘Center of all Adoption’ as adoption cannot occur without trauma. And she brings up the theory of the Primal Wound, how abandonment and loss can be imprinted on the unconscious minds of those who have been separated from their biological mothers at birth. Join us for this fascinating and thoughtful conversation!
On today's episode, my friend, Dr. Heidi Olander, MD, shares her recent neurosurgical health crisis. In spring 2020, she was noted to have a lesion in her brain, with the potential to be something malignant or benign- and she was recommended for neurosurgery for a medical diagnosis. She walks us through her medical journey. One of the commonalities in life is that we will all inevitably face one or more crises or have to deal with adversity. But perhaps an important key in learning from our adversity, and becoming resilient, is to emerge from the other side of a difficult experience, as intact as possible. As scary as these experiences can seem, they can also add to our lives and ultimately help to heal us. Dr. Olander is an Ob-Gyn doctor with Kaiser Permanente San Jose and Santa Cruz.
What's clear is that even though we think we may know, most women do not have a good understanding of menopause. We have an idea of what occurs, but do we truly know what is to be expected? Menopause is diagnosed after you've gone without a period for one year, but, well, it doesn't just last one year. There's been a longstanding viewpoint, which is oftentimes misogynistic, that menopause is viewed as a pre-death, decreases a woman's worth, or affects one's femininity. But with the appropriate knowledge on this very important women's health issue, and by being in the know, you can help yourself through the process, and have a better menopause to live your fullest life. Join us in this fascinating conversation with Dana Ramsey, CNM, MSN. She is the founder of Nurture Women's Health & Fertility. Be empowered! You can find Dana at nurturesantacruz.com.
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