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55 minutes | 5 days ago
Hope is a verb: A fresh story to serve our planet with Emily Ehlers
Hands up if you ever get overwhelmed about all the problems facing us and our world? If we simply ‘hope’ with wishful thinking that things will get better, nothing happens, but today’s author, Emily Ehlers reminds us that hope is a verb and what a powerful reminder it is. Her beautiful new book is full of illustrations, actions and information about how we can ensure we beat overwhelm and fear, and are always able - even after the hour’s panic or overwhelm we’ll inevitably feel along the way - to muster our next action and move forward. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and our low tox shout out offers over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
73 minutes | 12 days ago
232. Liza Oates on the benefits of organic foods
This week continuing our people and planet series looking into the evidence for health benefits of an organic diet, with Liza Oates, PhD. Lisa did her doctoral research on the health benefits of organic diets after observing in clinic as a practitioner for decades, the wide-ranging benefits people felt when she transitioned them to organic food. We discuss organics, how the most important difference is ‘what’s NOT’ in the food, various associations’ claims and media claims and how to engage in thorough research when we want to investigate claims, and we talk about nutrition confusion in today’s world. It’s a great, clarifying listen if you’ve been confused about this topic. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
84 minutes | 19 days ago
231. Food Sovereignty with farmer and author Tammi Jonas
Confused about food and the planet? This week continuing our people and planet series with the president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, Tammi Jonas - a farmer, author and in the throes of writing her PhD on the biodiverse and decolonising practices of agroecological farmers, and the technical, social, and legislative enabling conditions for an agroecological transition in Australia. Tammi has been president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) since 2014. For 10 years, AFSA has worked as a collective of individuals and organisations to promote everyone’s right to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food produced and distributed in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems. On today’s show, Tammi helps us navigate the complex world of food from a beliefs and preferences perspective, to what the planet thrives on, to animal care, health care and more. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
60 minutes | a month ago
230. Can we have ‘stuff’ without breaking the planet? Professor Sandra Goldmark says yes.
“You won’t think this is tiresome when you’re having to canoe to work in midtown,” said today’s guest Professor Sandra Goldmark to a director she was working with who thought her ideas on using more sustainable materials for a show she was set designer for on Broadway, were a nuisance! She went on in her personal life to have 3 household things break one after the other, and, unable to get them easily repaired, it was another big wake up call. A Ted talk, creating pop up repair stores in NYC and a book “Fixation How to have stuff without breaking the planet” later, Sandra is a wonderful inspiration for how we can go more circular. Why can’t we easily get things fixed? Often we experience guilt and shame for needing to buy a new ‘something’ or frustration that there isn’t an easy pathway to getting it fixed. Today’s show is going to help you feel inspired to take next steps towards a more circular world. Enjoy the show and head over to the show notes for more details on Sandra’s work, a link to her book and to join the Low Tox Club lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
84 minutes | a month ago
229. Jarvis Smith: Global change through business and publishing
Kicking off our people + planet series looking at businesses and thought leaders creating change from their corner of the world, we have the wonderful Jarvis Smith from the UK, publisher, entrepreneur, hippy - and we explore how these different aspects of the self converge and find peace within the one person. Jarvis, once a budding musician who’d just released his first single, was invited onto a reality show, featuring a group of people who had to build a life on a landfill. The experience was so profound that he then founded the first “Green” Magazine” with National Geographic in 2007, now an independent quarterly magazine called the Green Pod that you can subscribe to in today’s show notes - it’s free! Today Jarvis and his partner Katie also run My Green Pod, an online retailer supporting products from around the world doing better by people and planet. It’s a philosophical conversation, a window into a pioneering mine in the education and retail space and something that will leave you feeling better than when you started, that much I promise. Enjoy the show and head over to the show notes for more details and to join the Low Tox Club. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
85 minutes | a month ago
228. Ashok Gupta: How brain retraining leads to health and happiness
I am thrilled to bring you part 2 of the “brain retraining” work of Ashok Gupta this week, one of the wonderful resources I’ve found, investigating a long term issue of mine that I’d so dearly love to nip in the bud. If you missed show #213 I highly recommend you start there or at least go back after this one. Ashok suffered from ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, around 25 years ago when he was studying at Cambridge University. Through neurological research that he conducted, he managed to get himself 100% better. He then set up a clinic to treat others and then published the well-known recovery program known as the Gupta Program in 2007. His mission: To help people retrain their brains and nervous systems to respond as required - NOT as if it’s a state of emergency all the time. He has published several medical papers and is continually researching chronic conditions that don’t resolve despite ‘people doing everything right’. I’ve suspected for some time now, that my nervous system and immune response have started having irrational responses to even the slightest of change or stressor as a ‘hangover’ from a negative reaction to anaesthetic and experiencing CIRS from mold 4 years ago. Hayfever from air fresheners; palpitations if I even walk through a mouldy house, or past an air-con system that’s dirty. I get muscle twitches when at a traffic light near a phone tower.I started to wonder if it was a nervous system ‘PTSD’. Turns out, I was onto something. Can we rewire these reactions when we’re no longer in chronic danger/ill health and return to lasting health and happiness? Ashok Gupta believes we can and his program has achieved results for many people healing from ME/CFS, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, CIRS, EHS, Anxiety and more. So, in this follow up conversation, now 3 months into the program myself and experiencing great results, I’m excited to dive into more detail. Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details as always on xxx at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
91 minutes | 2 months ago
227. Dr John De Martini - stop hiding from yourself and start living your highest value!
Are you ready to stop hiding from yourself and feel truly empowered in your own life? That is what Dr John Demartini invites us to do and I’m thrilled to have him back on the show where we talk about self love, saying no more often, changing our inner dialogue, the true power of gratitude, actually getting done what is actually important - sometimes we say something is but it’s not! Lastly, we talk about parenting kids to raise them to live their highest value and thrive, too. It’s a powerful interview and one I have needed to re-listen to, just to ensure the gold soaked in properly. If you’ve not come across his work before, Dr John Demartini is a human behaviour specialist, International best-selling author, educator, founder of the Demartini Institute and the author of 40 books that have been translated into 39 languages. He has presented along-side Sir Richard Branson, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Steve Wosniak and many others. He has been a welcomed guest on Larry King Live, CNN, CNBC, is a contributor to Oprah Magazine and hundreds of other magazines. For more information on John’s work visit, http://demartini.ink/web. Enjoy the show and head over to the show notes for more details, for the sponsor offer details and to join the Low Tox Club lowtoxlife.com/podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
81 minutes | 2 months ago
226. The Psychology of Grief with psychologist, Amanda Gordon
I’m going to make a bold claim: That every human needs to listen to this show today. I burst into tears. Big time. From thinking about loss close people to me had experienced in their lives, to then thinking about the whole community and the collective grief out there to then having a personal button pushed - grief I didn’t even know I was still moving through, probably because I never fully came to terms with the loss, such is the strange situation of growing up thousands of miles away from your family. Grief is something all of us will move through and all of us will wonder if we’re doing our best to support someone moving through it. So today, I have the wonderful clinical psychologist, Amanda Gordon on the show to help us understand our own grief when moving through it, as well as to live with that grief and tune into the ways to be a great support to someone grieving in our lives. I know this show will produce tears and pain and sorrow. It did for me. Lean into it. Reach out to someone today. Powerful, important stuff. And of course, as always, head over to the show notes for more details, our supporter offer and to join the Low Tox Club. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
104 minutes | 2 months ago
225. Dr Jade Teta: What does it mean to be a next level human
Jade Teta is back on the show with a quick metabolism research breakthrough at the start of the show and then straight onto one of his passion topics: Developing our minds into next level humans. This week’s show will push your buttons. It may not feel comfortable but growth-thinking never is, right? We look at how much of a base level, culture level or next level human we are and what that looks like. We look at ecosystem vs ‘ego’ system thinking; truth; beliefs; getting along with people who think differently or hold different beliefs; being open. I journaled for an hour after this show and pretty much could have gone double the time just to give you an idea of how much thinking you will be invited to do off the back of this show. Something I was drawn to from the beginning with today’s guest, Jade Teta (who’s a physician but doesn’t like the label) is his NON black and white approach, for his true understanding of what motivates us, how truth and beliefs evolve just as science does and then in his physician’s approach, the importance of the bioindividual approach. Today will probably push your buttons, you probably won’t agree with everything, but you will think and in a world that has us choosing camps off the back of headlines and he said/she said, deeper thinking is a powerful way forward towards curiosity about each other’s differences, embracing of our overlaps and greater peace and progress moving forward. Can’t wait to hear what you think and the show notes has the details of our March podcast sponsor offer lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
90 minutes | 2 months ago
224: Talking Pleasure with Jia Gottlieb
What does pleasure mean for you? This week we kick off a series to optimise life - call it upleveling, deepening our sense of well being and satisfaction or cultivating happiness and more pleasure, we’re exploring it all in the next few shows and on this show I interview Dr Jia Gottlieb on the topic of pleasure, a subject Jia has studied for decades which has culminated in this wonderful new book “Ahhh… The Pleasure Book”. We explore the pleasure and pain connection, addiction, guilt and shame surrounding pleasure, why it means so much more than sex and food and how to look at pleasure from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspectives to feel more deeply at peace, content and alive in your life. Now doesn’t that sound wonderful? Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
93 minutes | 3 months ago
223. Dr Perry Nickleston
Ever experienced pain? Have a pain in your back that won’t go away? How about your elbow? Having a range of chronic issues with muscles, joints, swelling that won’t leave you alone? Well, it turns out one of the least effective things you can do is chase that pain - the answer is often in a bigger picture look at your body, emotions, the way you’re moving - the lack of movement. Dr Perry Nickleston, a Chiropractic physician trained in multiple disciplines thereafter over two decades, joins me today from “Stop Chasing Pain” to go full detective on your pain and chronic issues and look at the largest contributing factors that could be driving them. We discuss cell health, detoxification efficacy, conventional treatments, eastern treatment and even what we all might do to start cultivating greater ease of movement, less pain and injuries from what we drink in the morning to the best way to sit or spend a minute’s spare time. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
101 minutes | 3 months ago
222. Dr Beth O’Hara
Reacting to everything? Itchy itchy scratchy scratchy? Maybe you can’t sleep? Wired and unable to calm down? Everything sore and achy all the time? Brain feeling like you have to pass through thick mud to form a clear thought and action? This week continuing our health series, I interview a naturopathic doctor who I believe is going to transform the lives of thousands with her work on mast cell activation syndrome and chronic environmentally acquired illness: Dr Beth O’Hara. Beth is a doctor practicing both online and in clinic from Ohio, USA and has not only studied MCAS (mast cell activation syndrome) but she has lived it, with a seriously challenging persona health journey of her own. We talk about that journey in today’s show, as well as MCAS, Histamine intolerance/excess, skin conditions, lyme, mold, electromagnetic fields and chemical sensitivity, as well as looking at contributing factors to healing including supplements, nervous system repair and more. Please do share this episode if you know anyone who has experienced strange, seemingly unrelated symptoms or who is chronically unwell, as I truly believe this show will support them on their way - as I hope it does you, if that’s you! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
82 minutes | 3 months ago
221. Dr Alan Christianson - can we reset our thyroid?
Got thyroid challenges? Turns out that a staggering 80% of people being treated for thyroid conditions, wished there were new treatment options to consider - only 7% are happy with their treatment. Yikes! This week I have Dr Alan Christianson back on the show talking dietary research, thyroid and most specifically, iodine balance, sharing what he learned through research and clinical trials in his new book, the Thyroid Reset. Alan is a naturopathic physician with over 25 years in the medical field, who shares the vulnerability of his own struggles with weight at a young age (read his full story in the show notes - what a tale!) and why that formed his passion for helping people optimise their health using all tools and research available. It’s a great interview from which I know you will learn so much, as I did. Enjoy and head to the shownotes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on today’s show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
68 minutes | 3 months ago
220. Dr Rosalba Courtney: The magic of breathing optimally
This week continuing our health series, I interview Dr Rosalba Courtney, PhD, who did her PhD in the area of breathing: How to define through testing what is optimal, what is suboptimal, and how to get a patient to regain breathing flexibility - all will be explained in the show, trust me. We talk about breathing ‘cult followings’ and how to know what works for you and what won’t as well as what won’t; how to know you need help with your breathing, the fascinating link between optimal breathing and blood sugar regulation and so much more. A fascinating conversation with one of the world’s most knowledgeable when it comes to all things breath and I’m thrilled to bring Rosalba on the show. Enjoy the show and head to the shownotes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
219: The Body Electric with Dr Melina Roberts
How much do you know about the electrical system of the body? Do you know whether yours is working optimally, why it may not be, and what to do about it? In this year’s first show, I invite Dr Melina Roberts back on the show after a great chat about gut health last year on show #201, to talk about the electrical system in the body, what the relevance of ph balance, minerals, electrolytes are as well as the top contributing factors to achieving optimal heart rate variability - a sign your autonomic nervous system is working well. It was a fascinating chat where we dove into exercise types, the No1 thing you want out of your water and much, much more. Enjoy the show and head over to the show notes for more details and to join the Low Tox Club.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
71 minutes | 5 months ago
218: Dr Carrie Jones on Mitochondria, hormones and celebrations
Dr Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician with a Master's in Public Health having over 12 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine. She is the medical director of Precision analytical, the creators of the Dutch Test - a hormone test with a difference. Carrie is back on the show, this time talking about mitochondria and celebrating - those bumps in the road that if our mitochondria are in good shape, we can bounce back, but if not, we need to pay them attention, nurture them and get them working better. Mitochondria are essentially our energy batteries, powering various functions of the cell and organism as a whole - aka, very important! Enjoy the final show of the Low Tox Life podcast for 2020. Thank you for listening, sharing and letting me know of all the ahas that occur as a part of this show existing. I appreciate you and love showing up each week to share the incredible wisdom of our experts each week, Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
71 minutes | 5 months ago
217: Jo Whitton, Quirky Cooking on deep healing through food
This week on the show a dear friend joins me to discuss openly and honestly what it is to really struggle with yours and your child’s health, how surrounding yourself with supportive people and practitioners is key and then we go on to have delicious chats about Christmas festivities, our menu plans, cooking from scratch to success and more. Jo Whitton is an author, businesswoman and founder of popular health and cooking platform, Quirky Cooking. Growing up, Jo struggled with chronic health issues. As she watched her children grow up, she noticed that they struggled with similar health conditions and began to research ways in which they could improve their health, through a whole-food and low-allergen diet. In 2008, Jo created her blog, Quirky Cooking, as an outlet to document and share her learnings about healing with whole foods. Quickly, Jo became known for her honest approach to health and life, and Quirky Cooking became a go-to platform for easy and delicious recipes. She is the best selling author of 2 cookbooks already with a 3rd due out next year. Enjoy the show and as always, you can find the sponsor offer and more details about Jo’s work over on the show notes, lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
216: Weleda - Planet stewardship through business
Every once in a while a brand comes along that sets the standard for many to follow. One of those companies is indeed Weleda, founded by Rudolph Steiner 100 years ago next year, on the biodynamic principles he was defining at the time before being condemned by the Nazis - by Hitler himself - for his progressive ideas of oneness. From those first preparations, one of which is the still famous today, cult product Skin Food, has grown one of the biggest ethical, sustainable companies in the world. I am thrilled to have Annette Piperidis, International Strategic Sourcing Coordinator at Weleda global with us on the show, to take us under the hood of the brand and show us how they maintain high standards despite their scale. Annette is responsible for ensuring that all raw materials meet the company’s high standards such as the highest standard of them all, the UEBT. Enjoy the show and head over to the show notes for our show sponsor offer and more details on Weleda at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
215: Building a true Eco Home with Blue Eco Homes
Our second Eco-Building special release this week is with Australian business owners of Blue Eco Homes, Joe and Merylese Mercieca, from the Blue Mountains region. In this show we focus on Passivhaus building philosophy and implementation to help you understand not only what some of the drawbacks are to a regular house build, but what the many benefits are to getting it right for your health and the planet in the long term. Having spent a night in their show home to experience what it was like, I can tell you it’s a home like no other. Joe had a vision to build sustainable quality homes, with minimal impact on the environment – both during construction and when occupied. This was the catalyst for Blue Eco Homes. With an aim to reduce environmental impact both during construction and habitation of their homes, Blue Eco Homes continues to pioneer sustainable innovations in the building industry. We work with local designers to build sustainable residential and commercial properties simply not offered by traditional builders. Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on xxx at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
214: The Conscious Builder - Making conscious decisions around your home renovation and build
Building and renovating is something we get asked about a lot and anyone who’s met me knows, I am NOT the best person to ask. I do however know how to find the best people to help us all navigate these bigger low tox goals and substantial investments to make the most of what is often one’s life’s savings and dream home vision. Enter one of two builders I’ve got on the show this week bringing you a northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere perspective: First up, Canada’s Casey Grey, aka the Conscious Builder. Casey was born to build as demonstrated by a voracious lego habit as a child, a passion for construction and seeing how things fit together, leading to his first job in construction at 17 and his own construction business a few years later. One day asking “WHY?” he realised he wanted to fulfil a bigger purpose than simply building houses for people, but making the experience a conscious, low impact one from start to finish: The Conscious Builder was born and the rest is history. We talk passive house, building materials, renovation vs building pitfalls and more on today’s show. Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on today’s show at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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