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English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 236 seasons, 387 episodes, 4 days, 10 hours, 57 minutes
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Hello! Thanks for being curious about the Low Tox Life podcast. I'm Alexx Stuart, your host, and after writing and researching on health and sustainability for many years at lowtoxlife.com, I am thrilled to bring this podcast to you as an extension of the online community. The concept of living a Low Tox Life is one that rejects perfection, black and white notions of there only being one way to 'do it right'. Instead, we take a relaxed and curious approach to better choices to incorporate into our lives as and if they fit. Low Tox therefore instead of 'no tox' which to most of us who aren't on an off grid hippy commune, just isn't achievable. There's nothing more that makes me sad than having people quit before they begin because you feel like a failure. Let's feel awesome about what we can learn and do from today! On this show, we cover lots of low tox topics around sustainability, health, fashion, farming, lowering our toxic load and mind happiness and with the brilliant minds I'm so grateful to chat with, I just know you'll be inspired as I am from each show. Enjoy, subscribe, pop the kettle on and most importantly: Welcome!
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386. Your immune system needs the whole you to be well to do its job. Here’s how, with Shalani McCray

Immune support and health and tips and tricks to boost ourselves this time of year with changing seasons, is common and normal to be chatting about, and of course, often very helpful. BUT. I knew when I invited my dear friend and wise sage, Shalani McCray @livealivehq who is a naturopathic nutritionist, practitioner of many years, an EFT, MAPS and GAPS practitioner, an herbalist and an ordained interfaith minister… that we wouldn’t just be talking about garlic soaked socks and vitamin D capsules, but  about fundamental common sense inputs for being WELL and robust and having the vitality to withstand common lurgies for the most part in the first place. We talk about: DietsSunshineGriefThe Nervous SystemConnection to all thingsExploring therapeutic tools we don’t need to see someone forAnd more. Come, listen and be soothed by the simple things that count BIG, Alexx xThank you to this month’s show sponsors for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: @ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers and their new energy-efficient heating range at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate@biofirstofficial for giving AUS/USA/NZ 15% off site-wide with excellent shipping rates, too, on their often life-changing range of products for the skin including a personal favourite, the Ultra sensitive skin rescue lotion. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at check out. Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 51 seconds
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385. Exploring the lack of progress on biodiversity and conservation with author of “Wild Quests”, Satyajit Das

This podcast is a big exploration of several important topics of our times (Das hates the word ‘conversation’ and shares why in the show) People feel jaded seeing injustices inflicted on people, from corporate to political to personal, without a sense of real accountability for actions taken and how that’s impacting everything from polarization to lack of success in environmental care and regeneration. The corporatisation of not-for-profits and climate change are feeding into many people’s scepticism that the policies and solutions being tabled will get us results. Wild Animals and Das’ book “Wild Quests” to help remind us what needs our attention and witness. Why “Donate $1 a day to save the Koala/Nature reserve/World” is not working. Living with our own contradictions - impossible to escape if we want to unite over what will make a difference. Das isn’t here to give people comfortable ‘off ramps’ and this was definitely a thought provoking hour exploring things we’re all often thinking about, also often despairing over the state of, and yet never moving forward and we aim to light a fire or remind us to find our overlaps and common ways to move forward. I hope you love it as much as I did, your host, AlexxThank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: @ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate@Biofirst with 15% off sitewide for the entire month of June through to July 7 withg their award-winning skin support range. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE https://bit.ly/3ydRS8TBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/20241 hour, 19 minutes
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384. Could the secret to ageing better be so simple? Juliet Starrett explains…

How do you go putting your shoes and socks on while standing and not leaning against anything? How about 1-legged toothbrushing? Amidst the discussions on the finer points of VO2Max, perfecting your form with the bench press and focusing on protein prioritisation, Mobility and Stability too, deserve pride of place in your physical fitness but they’re not extra and exhausting ‘new to-dos’ for the list: Juliett and Kelly Starlett have got it down to 10 tests + 10 physical practices that create 10 ways to make your body work better, most of which you can incorporate into what you’re already doing - even while watching TV. Thank god, as I’m only part the way through the new Bridgerton series 😅It is such a joy to bring you this chat with Juliet, who was also a professional whitewater paddler, winning 3 World Championship and 5 national titles. Juliet is on a mission to help people MOVE more and what I love about her whole vibe is that we’re not being scared into it or shown something that feels 1000 steps away from where one might be today, but we’re invited through curiosity, play and being shown that progress = success. Get inspired with me and enjoy the show, AlexxConnect with Juliet on Instagram @julietstarrett and website: https://thereadystate.com/built-to-move Her insightful book Built to Move is now available on Booktopia: https://bit.ly/builttomove Thank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: @ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate@Biofirst with 15% off sitewide for the entire month of June - welcome to your new podcast swaps offer for one of my favourite low tox brands when it comes to skin with challenges and how frustrating it can be. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE https://bit.ly/3ydRS8TBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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383. Kids and tech: How to cultivate a healthy, safe blend of tech and reality in the digital world with psychologist, and cyberpsychology researcher Dr Jocelyn Brewer

Big tech poses a double issue regarding tech and kids and family concerns. No1. For Parents trying to learn practical skills about parenting and caring in the age of so much technology and now AI, we’re often very quickly scared to death: The algorithms favour sensationalist, fear-based marketing: the worst of the worst facts get preference over moderate, nuanced skill-building messaging and we tend to then act out of fear when communicating with our kids around tech, instead of curiosity, building trust, teaching boundaries and validating their interests with their safety in mind. No2. For Kids, the algorithms can serve sensational, sexual or violent content that they’re not ready for and don’t know how to deal with in a healthy way, often sometimes feeling shame or breeding secrecy over what they’ve discovered or private conversations they’ve been invited to. We need to figure out how to be better flashlights for their spotlight minds, and Dr Jocelyn Brewer is back on the podcast to help us take a deep breath and get really good at it. We cover:Gaming/Gaming styles and connection and community green/red flagsTech usage and how we talk about it with our kids (pro tip: WITH, not AT for starters!)Our fears around risk can create a win/lose battle where no one wins. Social media - we’re consuming a product, NOT the effort behind it. Kids don’t realise. DMs/Messaging and navigating communication and kids knowing how to deal with tough things friends go through (SO good!) Escalation - communication, content, sensationalism in algorithms. AI and the way forward with the pervasive amount of synthetic content now being generated and shared. Share it far and wide - I haven’t spoken to a single parent or teacher who hasn’t got concerns over some of these topics, and we need more practical skill building, not more fear and denial. Connect with Jocelyn on Instagram @digital_nutritionThank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: Ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Is it time to replenish your @weledaaustralia favourites or try affordable, high-performance low tox products for the first time? You're in luck as Weleda is giving Aussies 20% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE from April 29-June 3.  https://bit.ly/ShopWeledaBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/26/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 4 seconds
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382. Genius wisdom to help you in all areas of life, with Gay & Katie Hendricks

There could be a million different reasons this hour might improve your life. You will have to listen and find out, but all I will say is don’t delay.  That we have Gay and Katie Hendricks, their separate and collaborative bodies of work and their books to share so much wisdom, makes me feel good about the world and I’m overjoyed to bring them to you in the show this week. We talk about all this and more: Creative Possibility - how to harness it and foster it. Conscious living - what it is in practice and how it doesn’t look ‘one way’ for all. The magic of appreciating and taking time to notice each other and our uniquenessKatie’s “Presence; connect; play” exerciseUpper Limit Problems - How to notice self-sabotage and whether you might secretly believe you don’t deserve to experience a great life. That health problem that keeps popping up? Could it be an upper limit problem of yours? I share an old one. Chronic pain and attention issues are often the symptoms, not the problem. Love and connection to get closer together with the people we love.Put simply: We explore many big things this week that will crack us open to be put back together even better, Kintsugi-style. A must listen. A gift to share it with people in your life as is all the work Gay and Katie have done. I cannot wait to hear what you got from this week’s show, Alexx xConnect with Gay & Katie on the following platforms:Websites —hendricks.com and foundationforconsciousliving.org Instagram — @bigleaphome and @hendricks.gay    Thank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: Ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Is it time to replenish your @weledaaustralia favourites or try affordable, high-performance low tox products for the first time? You're in luck as Weleda is giving Aussies 20% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE from April 29-June 3.  https://bit.ly/ShopWeledaBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds
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381. Quantum Kids: Why combined therapies do better justice to our kids’ health, with Cole Clayton & Jalal Khan

We have more specialists than ever before, yet we are sicker than ever before. That’s why I am thrilled to bring you this week’s show, because it’s a story of two practitioners. This is a treat if you are a parent and: You’re struggling to pinpoint what your child’s breathing, behavioural, focus, congestion, crooked teeth or headache issues are stemming from when you’ve tried lots of things.You think there might be a link between an ‘event’ and your child’s current issues (a fall, a trauma, a bone break…)You want the money you spend on your child’s teeth (it’s a LOT these days!) to actually amount to solutions and lasting results. You crave a new paradigm where we move away from the world where we’re sicker than ever, we have more specialists than ever, and you hate the merry-go-round you’ve been on with your kid, spending lots with few resultsYou love big-picture thinking when it comes to healthYou want to have more empowered conversations about your child’s health with your primary care doctor or dentist and be better versed in issues that could be at play. Share it far and wide with parents you know, and I’ll also say, super useful for adults who’ve had long-term musculoskeletal or dental/jaw structure issues to look at the bigger picture for yourself, too. - Enjoy the show, Alexx xCole Clayton and Jalal Khan started The Quantum Kid after a mutual friend insisted they meet or she would force them! Within 6 months their business is achieving goals they set for 2-3 years. After combined 30 years of focused effort The Quantum Kid was an overnight success. Cole and Jalal set about to create a formula unique in healthcare, an approach to helping kids thrive that involves both practitioners working together in the same room to ensure the structures of the face, jaws and skull are ideally aligned. Connect with Cole and Jalal on the following platforms;Websites — https://www.thequantumkid.com.au/  and https://www.k2calibre.com/ Instagram — @the.quantum.kid @k2calibre @coleclaytonosteopathThank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: Ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Is it time to replenish your @weledaaustralia favourites or try affordable, high-performance low tox products for the first time? You're in luck as Weleda is giving Aussies 20% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE from April 29-June 3.  https://bit.ly/ShopWeledaBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 43 seconds
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380. Quantum Biology: The Magic, The Medicine, with Dr Catherine Clinton

Quantum Biology is the study of teeny tiny, complicated subatomic particles and energy that blow your mind. Being a beneficiary of it can be as simple as standing watching the sunrise or sunset or walking barefoot in the ground. So, if you’ve been daunted in the past, today that ends as we deep dive into this topic with Dr Catherine Clinton, naturopathic physician and Quantum Biology educator helping you understand what the most accessible, truest form of medicine is, and how to make it a part of your life that you connect deeply to and start to seek out. We discussThe science - what we know and what we’re coming to understand about our biologyCoherence - how everything is connected in nature and what ‘tuning in’ feels likeHow your quantum biology check-list becomes a want to; a necessity and not another ‘set of things you have to do for your health’What medicine can you start administering from today, without spending an extra cent on your health? Connect with Dr Catherine on the following platforms;Website — www.drcatherineclinton.comInstagram —@dr.catherineclintonFacebook —@dr.catherineclintonndA Note on PFAS being able to be processed which might catch your attention and due to only having 45 mins I didn’t unpack live and asked Catherine about the research in the follow up… 2 research papers to give a little hope. From Catherine - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38008199/From past show guest Dr Ben Reebs - turns out there’s a benefit to getting your period! Hehe https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35267175/Thank you to this month’s 2 show sponsors for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: Ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Is it time to replenish your @weledaaustralia favourites or try affordable, high-performance low tox products for the first time? You're in luck as Weleda is giving Aussies 20% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE from April 29-June 3.  https://bit.ly/ShopWeledaBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202453 minutes, 24 seconds
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379. The Allergy epidemic in our kids: Can we fix it? Dr Elisa Song say yes.

Allergies - Nearly 1 in 5 kids has an environmental allergy today, and nearly 1 in 10 has a food allergy. While these differ from person to person in severity, they are a challenge on the mental load, in the home and even more so out and about. My good friend and one of my favourite doctors in the world - she’s SO DANG SMART - Dr Elisa Song @healthykids_happykids and I deep dive into the reason so many families are dealing with allergies and in this comprehensive show, we explore: The biggest factors playing into how we got here with allergies and poor gut health.How the gut microbiome has changed in 100 years and what species we know are critical to healthy histamine and mast cell ‘flexibility’ as we grow. How to be better informed when it comes to antibiotics and how to talk to your doctorTesting and screening optionsTherapeutics - conventional and holisticThe SOS game vs the long game - building resilient health and regulated responses to what we eat and what we’re exposed to in our environments. It is PACKED. I usually say go for a walk in nature, but if your reality is dealing with allergies, it’s PAPER-AND-PEN day today! I hope it’s useful for you and people you love - share it far and wide + if you want to hear the first show we did together look up show #85 on the childhood epidemics of our times. It’s also a doozy full of practical wisdom. And the link to pre-order Elisa’s truly excellent new book is in the bio - her work is seminal in the way she’s put everything together in here. Bravo Doc! Alexx xConnect with Dr Elisa on the following platforms;Website — https://healthykidshappykids.com/ Instagram — @healthykids_happykidsFacebook — @DrElisaSongMDHer amazing book Health Kids, Happy Kids is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Booktopia: https://bit.ly/HealthyKidsHappyKids Thank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: @ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Is it time to replenish your @weledaaustralia favourites or try affordable, high-performance low tox products for the first time? You're in luck as Weleda is giving Aussies 20% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE from April 29-June 3.  https://bit.ly/ShopWeledaBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 44 seconds
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378. Stop trying to ‘control’ your emotions, and here’s why... with Cedric Bertelli

This show is all about emotions. As Cedric Bertelli, founder of the Emotional Health Institute, explains, our culture is obsessed with trying to control our emotions. It turns out however, it is this desire to control our emotions that inadvertently prevents many of us from developing emotional resilience. So, in this show, we unpack: How our responses to situations are often formed from events a long time in our pastWhy emotions don’t make sense and trying to make them make sense is futileWhat happens in our conscious and subconscious at a point of trauma and how can it form long-term imprints? How phobias can be overcome - and it’s not about ‘overcoming’ them. How we can break life-long emotional patterns that things like talk therapy haven’t helped us resolve?It is a fascinating exploration of memories, trauma and emotions, and how we can break unhelpful loops we might be stuck in, and I hope you or someone you know finds it to be as interesting and helpful as I did. Connect with Cedric on the following platforms;Websites — www.cedricbertelli.com; www.emotionalhealthinstitute.org Instagram — @cedricbertelli and @emotionalresolutionFacebook — @EmotionalResolutionWithCedric and @theemotionalresolutioneffect Thank you to this month’s show sponsor for helping you make your low tox swaps easier: @ausclimate continues giving 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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377. Good Energy—Power Your Cells, Power Your Life with Dr Casey Means

This conversation with @drcaseyskitchen is my perfect podcast cocktail: Equal Parts:Rally cry - Systeming change needed in crisis/consumer culture. Clarity on the foundational health problem - metabolic health and cellular energy. Empowering solutions that we can focus on from today to move the needle in the right direction. Casey Means, MD is a Stanford-trained physician and co-founder of Levels, a health technology company with the mission of reversing the world’s metabolic health crisis. Her book on metabolic health, Good Energy, comes out in May 2024 with Penguin Random House. She received her BA with honours and MD from Stanford, was President of her Stanford class, and has served on Stanford faculty. She trained in Head & Neck Surgery before leaving traditional medicine to devote her life to tackling the root cause of why Americans are sick. She has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Women’s Health, and more.  Connect with Dr Casey Means on the following platforms:Instagram — @drcaseyskitchenX — @DrCaseysKitchenYouTube @CaseyMeansMDLinkedIn: @casey-means-mdWebsite — caseymeans.com/goodenergy Sign up for her newsletter if you fancy: caseymeans.com/newsletterGrab her book Good Energy: https://bit.ly/GoodEnergy_Book Thank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offers: Waters Co. gives you 12% off all NEW systems - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.And Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and ahas of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/14/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 41 seconds
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376. Can “Frugal” mean “Abundance”? Jen and Jill from Frugal Friends say YES

What is Frugality felt good? What if it was about abundance and positive mental health and a great contribution to wasting less and doing more of what you love? Well… that is what Jen and Jill from Frugal Friends Podcast have made it about and I love it so much I’ve recorded a show with them. We discuss: Why the negative connotation of frugality and how to flip the script in your life? How does one start to think about living frugally in a way that doesn’t conjure 1 jar with a year’s plastic, making everything from scratch wearing a linen dress in the woods and homeschooling your kids if the stereotype doesn’t resonate? What got you both feeling frugal? Did you grow up that way? A crisis? Awakening?Frugal in the kitchen, walk us through your fave ideas that you love to get people onto when they’re exploring/trying to changeFrugality with appliances and fixing things Frugal living with kids who want ‘all the things like their friends have!’ - how can we make it a potentially positive experience in raising kids? Frugal success - little by little? Personal priorities? Best ways to make change stick?And so much more. I hope you love it as much as we enjoyed having this conversation. Get the Frugal Friends No-Spend Challenge Workbook for FREE or shop their helpful array of digital downloads here: https://frugalfriends.shop/ Grabe the Modern Frugal Living eBook for FREE with code: FREEBOOK22: https://frugalfriends.shop/products/modern-frugal-living-ebook Connect with Frugal Friends on the following platforms:Website — frugalfriendspodcast.comInstagram — @frugalfriendspodcast @modernfrugalityTikTok — @modernfrugality Thank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Waters Co. gives you 12% off all NEW systems - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.And Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 4 seconds
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375. It’s Menopause’s Moment: A new conversation about midlife, with Lisa Mosconi PhD

Lisa Mosconi PhD, renowned neuroscientist with over 200 published papers, says: Menopause is having a moment. She’s right, and she’s written the book to meet that moment. The Menopause Brain, a book being celebrated around the world. Gen X has arrived mid-life, with all the state-of-flux symptoms that come with peri-menopause and menopause and said: Enough! Why are we not talking about this? Why are we being gaslit in Dr’s offices for our symptoms and being offered multiple medications for anxiety, depression and pain, but not having a conversation about what might help us far more, due to outdated medical research claims of overblown HRT risks? We also have been robbed of the exciting potential for embracing the rite of passage into a new chapter, from a spiritual and personal growth perspective. We discuss: Menopause is not a disease, and it’s not just ‘aging’ - it is a neuro-endocrine transition: A biological eventWhat’s happening during this transition and why sex hormones aren’t just sex hormonesThe risks that increase from midlife for women including a discussion around Alzheimer’s DiseaseThe benefits of ‘getting to the other side’ from a resilience and cognition perspective. Was HRT risk ‘fear’ in the late 20th Century overblown? Lifestyle considerations to support us during our transitionValidation for your own experience: A critical piece in the transitionConnect with Lisa on the following platforms:Website — lisamosconi.comInstagram — @dr_mosconiTikTok — @lisamosconiphdGrab a copy of her book, The Menopause Brain available in Booktopia: https://bit.ly/themenopausebrain Thank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 10 seconds
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374. Living your life by your rules - and the rules can change, with Chris Guillebeau

How intentionally do you design your life? In this show, that’s what we’re talking about with Chris Guillebeau, who’s a New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, Side Hustle, The Happiness of Pursuit, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Chris designed his life from an early age and loves showing people who feel called to a more unconventional path, potential ways forward - my favourite thing about Chris and why I brought him to us? No Guru complex. There’s a beautiful, gentle style while also calling on us to expose our own hard truths and tap into our gifts. He’s a great encourager in a world of protocols, critics and clickbait, leading us towards something deeper with this one precious life. I hope you love itAlexx Connect with Chris on the following platforms:Website — chrisguillebeau.comSubstack — yearofmentalhealth.substack.comThank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Waters Co. gives you 12% off all NEW systems - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.And Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au. CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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373. Can not communicating effectively almost kill you? Dr Neha Sangwan says yes.

If you spoke from the heart, what would it say? If you acted from the heart what would you do? Dr Neha Sangwan wants us to deeply understand the health benefits of better communication with the self and with others. And so, on this show, we do exactly that, complete with role plays and practical scenarios that you can apply from today!Communication and its role in healthHow we can know if we’re “stuffing down” things we want to say.How that might show up in the body and mind over time What we can start to do to become effective communicators and not ‘let things slide’ that fester, and more. Wow. wow. Wow. Make the time and change your life, is all I have to say about this week’s show. I can’t wait to learn what your aha’s are, Alexx, your Low Tox Life podcast host and founder of the Low Tox movement. Connect with Neha on the following platforms;Instagram — @doctornehaFacebook — @DrNehaSangwanTikTok — @doctor.neha YouTube —  https://youtube.com/c/DoctornehaVisit her website intuitiveintelligenceinc.com to learn more about Dr Neha, her services, and the tools she put together to empower minds.Her book Powered by Me is also out now. Thank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Waters Co. gives you 12% off all NEW systems - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAs of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 23 seconds
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372. Lizzie Williamson: Finding the joy in movement

Question: Have you found a way to enjoy movement or is it a chore? Lizzie Williamson brings joy and positive vibes into every room she enters, and today, she’s here to talk about not only how key movement is for our health, but movement as a joyful thing to do and finding that joy through movement, in a culture that often sees movement as a ‘have to’ and something one has to try and find ‘motivation’ for. We flip the script on today’s show.We talk about: Language matters when it comes to movementMotivation: It’s not what you need to start moving, it’s what you GETWorkplaces and movementCommon excuses: “I don't have time to exercise”Movement when it all feels challenging - depression, new parents, perimenopause, injury…Lizzie shares how it was a key piece of her post-natal depression healing. Joy: The missing piece! What to do when you just don’t want toAnd a few brilliant tips in her second book: The Active Work Day Advantage! Such a great show - I can’t wait to learn what your aha’s are, Alexx, your Low Tox Life podcast host and founder of the Low Tox movement. Connect with Lizzie on the following platforms;Websites: lizziewilliamson.comInstagram: @energizewithlizzieLizzie is giving away 5 copies of The Active Workday Advantage Book for FreeThank you to this month’s sponsor for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Waters Co. gives you 12% off all NEW systems - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAS of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202454 minutes, 49 seconds
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371. Dr Shivani Gupta: Ayurveda + the magical benefits we can get from turmeric

A deep dive into the far-reaching benefits of turmeric, with Shivani Gupta on the show. We also talk: Lightbulb moments when we reconnect to culture and ancient wisdomCurcumin research to show we now know it can help us reduce dependency on certain medications. Turmeric as a raw food ingredient, cooking power and curcumin as a supplement - different usages and applications. The one thing you need to see in your curcumin supplement for best absorptionAdaptogenic teas to help you sync your circadian rhythm + travel or shift work tips when things are thrown off. Ayurveda, doshas and a simple quiz you can take to know yoursThe best thing you can do as a mini daily detox from todaySuch a great show - Simple and empowering inspiration to implement. I can’t wait to learn what your aha’s are, Alexx, your Low Tox Life podcast host and founder of the Low Tox movement. Connect with Shivani on the following platforms;Websites: ShivaniGupta.com and FusionaryFormulas.comFacebook: @TheShivaniGupta | @FusionaryFormulasInstagram: @dr.shivanigupta | @fusionaryformulasrxYouTube: @dr.shivanigupta | @FusionaryformulasTikTok: @dr.shivaniguptaTake her 7-Day Inflammation Detox Challenge for free: https://www.7dayinflammationdetox.com/Thank you to this month’s sponsors for partnering with our show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: @waterscofilters gives you 12% off all NEW systems 1 March-14 April - including benchtops, jug, mini, shower filters + Under-sink products with code LOWTOXLIFE.@ausclimate continues to offer 10% off their already discounted prices for the WHOLE of 2024 on the Winix Air Purifier range and Dehumidifiers. CODE: LOWTOXLIFEBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and AHAS of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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370. Chinese Medicine and the perimenopause transition with Dr Keri Krieger

Dr Keri Krieger, a doctor of Chinese Medicine and acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience and I met when I was half naked on a treatment table at a retreat. I’ve loved the energy she brings to the health space ever since. Today, she invites us to explore perimenopause as the opportunity of a lifetime to prune away all that doesn’t serve us, tune into our truth to our core, and support this period of great change with good humour,  vulnerability and open dialogue. We discuss: Perimenopause and menopause as medical conditions to ‘treat’ - let’s broaden beyond the view of this phase being a condition. Chinese Medicine sees perimenopause as one of the 3 of life’s ‘Golden Opportunities’. Getting the people who love you onboard through your period of change. Food - the best foods to support your system as your digestion capacity decreasesHelpful pressure points and herbal support in teas and supplementsDating during this phase and the stories we tell ourselvesPerimenopause in our workplaces - a challenge, as well as an opportunity to hone our genius.And more. I hope you find it uplifting and soothing, as we both did while recording it. Have an AHA during the show? Share it with us @lowtoxlife in an Instagram story or on Facebook. @lowtoxlifeConnect with Keri’s work:Instagram — @kerikriegerFacebook — Keri Krieger on FacebookOr kerikrieger.com Thank you to our major sponsor,  AusClimate, for helping make their dehumidifiers and Winix Air Purifiers available for 10% less than their often already discounted prices. | CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout - If you want a bit of a crash course on dehumidification and how to know whether you need one or multiple units to support a dryer home environment, head to @lowtoxlife on Instagram and click the little “Mould” highlight button for a few minutes of tips and tricks to help!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 1 second
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369. What’s for Dinner? What’s for lunch? Tips for slashing cook-time and boredom dinners and lunchboxes + addressing kids’ preferences, fussiness and agency within boundaries.

I’ve been chatting with the Low Tox Life community in DMs and groups lately about that moment when the year settles in and everything feels back to ‘normal’ for many people, especially families with the school year in full swing and no holidays around the corner. Rhythms, routines and getting done what’s got to get done in the week, whether we’re working, at school, or whatever else is going on. I find a lot of gratitude in the mundane. Maybe it’s become I’ve lived through a lot of instability of both health and home and finances through the mould years, or because I moved countries 3 times before I was 5 and then had to live with my grandparents for a bit while my baby sister was really sick and poor mum was at the hospital… The boring routine of a week is actually a great relief and joy for me. But I get it’s not that way for many, and the making of dinners and lunch boxes day after day feels more chore than ‘yay’ - throw endless demands for more ‘fun’ food, more food like so and so is eating, or your kid getting teased for being the ‘real food kid’ and it can be exhausting. Plus? I learnt polling you in my Instagram Stories the other day that most people make - wait for it - INDIVIDUAL MEALS ONE AT A TIME. So, I thought I’d record a show to address all of the things with tips and tricks, an excerpt from my 2nd book to get us jazzed about bucking the system and providing as much real food for our families and ourselves as we can and release a couple of cooking classes. ***Have an AHA during the show? Share it and spread the word! Alexx StuartFounder of Low Tox Life and the Low Tox movement@lowtoxlifeThank you to our major sponsor, Ausclimate, for helping you make your low tox swaps with their special offer: Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au | CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout - If you want a bit of a crash course on dehumidification and how to know whether you need one or multiple units to support a dryer home environment, head to @lowtoxlife on Instagram and click the little “Mould” highlight button for a few minutes of tips and tricks to help! Registrations are open right now for my business coaching program which kicks off 26th February, 2024! The Low Tox Method Program Insta: @thelowtoxmethodPreconception Ninja - Everything you need to feel empowered on your fertility journey for just $98AUD! Many success stories over the years. Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and ahas of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/20241 hour, 1 minute, 56 seconds
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368. Dr Lewis Ehrlich: Is dental health a part of your fertility optimisation work? 10 reasons it should be

If you’re in your fertility years, and you haven’t considered the health of your teeth and gums, today’s show with Dr Lewis Ehlrich helps you understand what the science is showing us about the link between those two things - we cover everything from:  Tooth decay and gum disease and what they can tell a holistic dentist about what might be going onHow what’s in our saliva can be bad for our health because of how much we swallow each dayHow bleeding when you floss can be a sign of fertility difficulties down the roadHow the way you floss impacts the potential for gum diseaseHow men’s gum health is as important as women’s in preconception and the impact of sperm motility and even erectile dynsfunctionAnd much more! It’s half an hour of power and given fertility is also a barometer for overall health, I welcome everyone to listen to this one to have renewed motivation for their oral health. Have an AHA during the show? Share it and spread the word! Alexx StuartFounder of Low Tox Life and the Low Tox movement@lowtoxlife Connect with Dr Lewis Ehrlich  on the following platforms;Instagram — @doctor.lewisFacebook — @drlewisehrlichVisit his website  doctorlewis.com.au  to learn more or book an appointment with the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre.Thank you to our major sponsor,  AusClimate, for helping you make your low tox swaps with their special offer: Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au | CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkout - If you want a bit of a crash course on dehumidification and how to know whether you need one or multiple units to support a dryer home environment, head to @lowtoxlife on Instagram and click the little “Mould” highlight button for a few minutes of tips and tricks to help! Also a PSA - Registrations are open right now for my business coaching program which kicks off 26th February, 2024! The Low Tox Method Program Insta: @thelowtoxmethodAnd today’s interview is one of our practitioner library interviews from our Preconception Ninja course - a short course you can take anytime, on your own time, that steps you through everything you need to know to get ready for pregnancy and have more empowered health conversations. We’ve got many happy bubba stories from the course over the years + I wish you every success along your way too! Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and ahas of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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367. Burn Out and powering life differently, with Dr Neha Sangwan

Burn out - Experienced it? Did you know most people don’ rtealise hey’re in it when they are? KNow to recognise the signs? In the modern world there are many things happening to cause a misalignment with our inside and our outside worlds and this misalignment (ever said ‘yes’ to something you really don’t want to do, just to please people, for example?) And today we look at: Values - how knowing yours helps you avoid decision fatigue and people pleasing. How knowing how you LIKE to show up and what feels easy and comfortable as ways to help others, is the beginning of the end of the draining people pleasing phase of your life!Learning to internalise your health compass, rather than always seeking external answers, to start being able to read your personal alarm bells more effectively to avoid burn out. How denial is really common with burn outHow agency can be developed to have more energy and feel through stress more easily.Neha Sangwan, MD, CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is a physician, engineer, author, speaker, and communication expert. She empowers individuals, leaders, and teams with effective communication tools that address stress, prevent burnout, inspire accountability and empower collaboration. She consults for top organizations like Google, American Express, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Sangwan has shared her work across three TEDx stages and authored two foundational books: TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations for Connection, Health, and Happiness; and Powered by Me: From Burned Out to Fully Charged at Work and in Life. Dr. Sangwan is passionate about combining the science of medicine with the art of communication to help people live their best lives.Such a great show - I can’t wait to learn what you aha’s are, Alexx, your Low Tox Life podcast host and founder of the Low Tox movement. Connect with Neha on the following platforms;Instagram — @doctornehaLinkedin — @drnehasangwanFacebook — @DrNehaSangwanTwitter — @doctorneha TikTok — @doctor.neha YouTube —  https://youtube.com/c/DoctornehaVisit her website  intuitiveintelligenceinc.com to learn  more about Dr Neha, her services, and the tools she put together to empower minds.Her book Powered by Me  is also out now. Thank you to our major sponsor,  sponsoring the show and helping you make your swaps with their special offer: Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutBe sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your shares and ahas of this week’s episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/4/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 25 seconds
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366. The critical importance of Rites of passage, Plant Medicine and the evolution from Conventional medicine to the Quantum and the Mystical, with Dr Maya Sheatreat

This week’s guest, Dr Maya Shetreat,  indulges my desire to bring us a  BIG conversation this week. We explore the subjects of perimenopause and passage rites in life in general, as well as discuss the bridging of the gap between conventional thinking and mysticism, indigenous wisdom and the risk of its absence in plant medicine trends and traditional, sacred ceremony. We also discuss microdosing psychedelics, meditation and how healing doesn’t have to be an epiphany or explosive ‘moment’ and in fact. We go to all those places and more in one of the most epic shows I’ve brought to the podcast. Dr. Maya Shetreat is an adult and pediatric neurologist who believes we can inhabit multiple identities. She has spoken around the world and been featured in the New York Times, NPR and Dr. Oz - and she also listens and talks to plants every day. She is a mystic and ancient astrologer grounded in mitochondria, the microbiome and mycelial science. She is an herbalist, artist, ceremonialist, urban farmer, and forager. She is the author of two books, The Master Plant Experience: The Science, Safety, and Sacred Ceremony of Psychedelics (2023) and The Dirt Cure (2016) which has been translated into 10 languages.Dr. Maya is an expert in many things and also always endeavors to remain a beginner. Intrigued? Enjoy the show, Alexx.You can connect with Maya or know more about her work on the following platforms;Instagram: @drmayashetreat Facebook: @drmayashetreatVisit her website drmaya.com to discover her programs, enjoy freebies, and know more about how you can work with her.Be sure to join me on Instagram @lowtoxlife and tag me with your share4s and ahas of this week’s episode.Don’t forget our Sponsor offers: Ausclimate giving you 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers at ausclimate.com.au CODE: LOWTOXLIFE at checkoutThe Natural Bedding Co, celebrating 40 years in business with a passion for ethics and quality workmanship are giving you 15% off a huge range of products from their online store or in store via this curated link with the CODE: LOWTOXLIFE. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 36 seconds
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365. Yemi Penn: Exploring how to clean up “Dirty Trauma” - personally, culturally and racially.

Trauma - a buzzword, lots of awareness around it, solutions coming at us from all angles these days. Perhaps rather than being a ‘trend topic’ it’s actually a realisation happening globally that there is a lot of work to do if we want to stop repeating history on personal, cultural and global levels and start experiencing and creating more peace. But how do we: Stop being at war and be of service and in gratitude? Navigate out of the safe, small worlds we often create to protect ourselves when we’ve been traumatised and live large? Stop our stories torturing us or eating away at our creativity and braveryGet risky enough to have tough conversations personally, professionally, politically, and culturally, to break toxic patterns and ‘dirty trauma’ as Yemi puts it. Go deeper into understanding trauma and the perception of it or the definition of it changes around the world. Make peace with dark pastsGet men to feel safe evolving beyond their traumas when so often they’re told ‘chin up, don’t be a wus!’ Yemi Penn has made it her life’s work to muck in and be a part of the many potential solutions through her work as an author, filmmaker, speaker and PhD candidate - a woman wired for impact. We have a brave conversation today about trauma - personal trauma that different people might experience or hear about people close to them experiencing, but also cultural trauma, political trauma, the difference between men and women in trauma and what we know, and how we might work to break trauma lines in a variety of ways. It’s a conversation with questions, ideas, suggestions and exploration, not one with answers and blueprints and rigid opinions or beliefs. We dance in the grey area. Join us! You can connect with Yemi or know more about her work on the following platforms;Instagram:@yemi.pennFacebook:@YemiPennVisit her website yemipenn.com for awesome, helpful freebies!Her book Did You Get The Memo? Is also out now and her Ted Talk is a must. Certainly a must-read for those who feel their lives have taken an unexpected turn and have been left questioning everything! Yemi shares tips, tools and mindset hacks to rip up the memo and create the life you want.Thank you to our Low Tox businesses sponsoring the show and helping you make your swaps with their special offers: The Natural Bedding Company offering you 15% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE  in January 2024 with their curated link of products for us, celebrating their 40 years in business. Aus Climate  offering 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE with their Winix Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers for a healthy home and support in wet seasons, humid climates and with unexpected leaks or weather events. And of course, join me @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share your aha’s in your stories about this or any other show - don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss upcoming shows, too! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 26 seconds
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364. Jason Hawrelak on Probiotic Science & Health: The latest probiotic research findings from the recent global conference.

Fancy a cheat sheet of 10 key probiotic and gut health needle-movers? Dr Jason Hawrelak, one of Australia’s leading researchers, teachers and clinicians in the gut health and probiotics space, is recently back from a global probiotic conference in ITALY, and on this show we cover: Probiotic recommendations, testing and choline for preconception health and babies. The question Jason asked world leading leaky gut expert, Dr Fasano: “Given the results of your two pivotal ex vivo studies, where you found gluten (gliadin) could cause temporary changes in intestinal permeability, even in healthy intestinal cells, do you agree with the recommendation, that some have made based on your research, that all humans should strictly avoid eating gluten?”. What did he say?! Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the use of Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum? Still a good idea? Probiotics being bad for SIBO patients: Debunkable? Surely it's essential to have a deep understanding about which ones in which cases might be most helpful? Ellagitannins - get to know them and get consuming them: here's why...Blasto: Not so black and white as simply being 'bad and must be killed?'Glyphosate effect on Microbiome: What has a new study in November revealed? Dr Jason Hawrelak is one of the leading Australian practitioners and educators in gut health and probiotic science. Jason is a researcher, educator, Western herbalist, and naturopath with over 20 years’ clinical experience. He did his PhD examining the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the gastrointestinal tract microbiota and teaches worldwide on the topics of microbiota modification and gastrointestinal health. He has published extensively in these areas, including 20 textbook chapters. Dr Hawrelak is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. Dr Hawrelak maintains a busy online clinical practice.  Connect with Dr. Hawrelak’s work here:Facebook: @probioticadvisorInstagram: @probioticadvisor Thank you to our Low Tox businesses sponsoring the show and helping you make your swaps with their special offers: Time for a Low Tox Bedroom upgrade? The Natural Bedding Co, an Australian business celebrating 40 years in business with a gorgeous website for online ordering,  but also stunning showrooms both in Sydney and on the Gold Coast that you want to call home, they’re so lovely. You have 15% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE with this link to a specially curated, massive selection of products Humidity, moisture issues, allergies or pollution on your mind? Aus Climate specialise in providing you with the best quality appliances for dehumidification and air purification at ausclimate.com.au - phone orders also available if you have questions to ask. 10% off their already discounted prices and now also including a portable air conditioner, use the code LOWTOXLIFE at check out. And of course, join me @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share your aha’s in your stories! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 31 seconds
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363. Reusables: A refocus on the power of reusing a container, with Bianca Cottle

Ever wonder whether you have the ‘right’ to BYO containers to the stores you shop from - especially with the ‘c*vid times hangover’ when single use was insisted upon for safety, it’s time to revisit this topic with Bianca Cottle, founder of byocontainers.org - Let’s refresh our enthusiasm for reusing containers and bringing our own wherever we go - I am first to put my hand up and say I let things slide during this time, in case anyone’s worried I’m perfect (That’s a HARD NO!) In this show, while the focus is on Australian rules, the themes apply to all of us wanting to reduce and reuse more of the things in our lives! We explore: The challenges of building a fully sustainable house (something Bianca and her partner have done!) How c*vid set us back in many ways whether it comes to progress for people and planet health but what we can learn from it.What the actual law is on reusing containers and cupsSome of the ways we can encourage businesses rather than criticising them, to drive re-use forward fasterWhat exactly the label ‘compostable’ means on bio-plastics and whether perhaps it's too good to be trueThe best reusable containers for different occasion types and situationsAnd a bunch more. Enjoy the show, share it, and let’s reduce our single-use items big time in the year ahead! Alexx xKnow more or connect with BYO Containers:Website: byocontainers.orgFacebook: @yocontainers.au Insta: @byocontainers.au LinkedIn: @byo-containers To check out more resources mentioned during our interview, visit lowtoxlife.com/podcastThank you to our Low Tox businesses sponsoring the show and helping you make your swaps with their special offers: KillaPilla code: LOWTOXLIFE gives you 15% Off the entire purchase with Free Shipping within Australia. Valid 13 November-31 December 2023. Visit killapilla.com.auAusclimate code: LOWTOXLIFE for an extra 10% Off their already discounted prices on ausclimate.com.au. Offer applies to over the phone orders too!And of course, join me @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share your aha’s in your stories! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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362. Clare Press Asks "Wear Next" As We Talk Fashion Into The Future

Clare Press has a way with fashion, a way with words and a passion for finding the threads required to weave a new story for fashion and clothes into the future with her new book “Wear Next” - a fashion world that is kind, just, regenerative, innovative and inclusive - ditching the dark underbelly of exploitation and microplastic-filled materials currently at play in most stores around the world. We explore How buying less, upping quality and reusing clothes and fabrics in fashion can practically play out and not lead to job losses en masseWe explore what's changed - has fashion's sustainability got worse or better? How can we create a more ethical and sustainable fashion future?What is the role of technology in fashion’s future? The divide between celebrity ‘art’ fashion and everyday  people’s choices Why did you write this new book, focused on solutions?The challenge of books and important work in a fast-info, head-linings-only worldI also read the first couple of pages of Clare’s book in the intro for you to get a taste of the book's journey and now want to start a new career in audiobook reading - it was so fun! I hope you enjoy it and remember - buy books. They matter -  authors are awesome! AlexxClare can be found at: Website: https://thewardrobecrisis.com/Podcast: https://thewardrobecrisis.com/podcastInstagram: @mrspress and @thewardrobecrisis Facebook: @wardrobecrisisAnd her new book online here: https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/wearnext And thank you to our Low Tox businesses sponsoring the show and helping you make your swaps with their special offers: KillaPilla code: LOWTOXLIFE give you 15% OFF entire purchase with Free Shipping within Australia. Valid 13 November- 31 December 2023. Visit https://killapilla.com.au/ Ausclimate code: LOWTOXLIFE for an EXTRA 10% OFF their already discounted prices on ausclimate.com.au. Offer applies to over the phone orders too!And of course join me at lowtoxlife on Instagram and share your aha’s in your stories! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202355 minutes, 13 seconds
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361. Alexx Stuart - Mould and Humidity FAQs

Not every mould situation is a massive problem or leads to complex chronic illness - the good news is there’s a lot you can do with a couple of tools and some literacy, to prevent mould in your home from causing symptoms or damaging soft furnishings. So, in this show, I answer some of the most common questions I’ve received heading into the humid season here in Australia and, in the show notes you have a tonne more resources to support you if you’re currently worried about mould affecting your home, possessions or health. So in this show you’ll learn how to: Gauge humidity levels in your homeKnow when it’s time to crank your dehumidification strategy Know what types of units, size/how many you might need if your air management systems in your home don’t manage humidity effectively enough as they are. Know how to not be annoyed by noise or heat generated by dehumidifiers with a simple ‘where we are not’ strategy for rotation. Know how often you need to dehumidifyKnow what testing you can consider if you think your problem in the home is beyond humidity and you need to think about mould testingAnd a bonus given I’ve been asked so much lately: Healing from mould on a budget - practical things you can do! Hope it’s helpful and any more questions, let’s keep the conversation going, AlexxFurther resources: Come say hi on Instagram @lowtoxlife Or at lowtoxlife.com The “So You Think You’ve Got Mould” resource blog I put together, points you to all the podcasts I’ve done over the years, my mould story (don’t worry the exte4nt of my experience is comparatively rare - this will only happen to a small unfortunate group of people with many factors playing into it)Access the Mould Festival  An interactive event series I hosted in October with some of the world’s top professionals in building, insurance, legal, health, healing, mould testing, building biology, prevention and more regarding mould from every aspect. Join the Low Tox Club - $49AUD ($30 US/Euro) and receive support from me and fellow low tox community members on all low tox topics but also workshopping mould situations and health.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/202341 minutes, 54 seconds
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360. Complex Chronic Illness: A Unique Puzzle With Dr Ben Reebs

Dr Ben Reebs, founder of the Portland Clinic of Natural health joins me on the show today and it is a brilliant look at Complex Chronic Illness and the biggest things that he’s found to be helpful as a doctor. The questions I ask him are: How did you arrive at 7 laws of healing - not just for your book but in the way you practice medicine? Those laws are Vitality, Disease, Cure, Compensation, Resonance, Synergy, Intention and I’m looking forward to diving into some of them… You start your book with a quote about commitment from William H Murray and my mind went to a bit of an aha “Today, in our modern world we have to commit consciously and proactively to our health, instead of it being culturally and naturally a way of life - we have to choose it because our instinct and surrounds to help us ‘be it’ are mostly gone… is this why health might feel ‘hard’ to people in modern life? It can be a lot of energy to constantly swim against the tide, right? At the very start of discussing vitality you say “No one can heal you. There is only self-healing in the laws of nature”. I love this because for the main people are so disempowered in their health journeys and often forget it’s an inside job and you need to find the right supporting partners to help facilitate that healing - so often I hear “I’ve tried everything” and they’re in a really bad way, eating 4 foods, reacting to everything, inflamed, in pain all over: when someone is in that “I’ve tried everything” boat - what are some gentle words of wisdom to share as they look within and look to find a better way forward? You talk about a move from acute infection-style illnesses, to chronic illnesses such as autoimmune, as vitality wanes - what is the mechanism of this change in the immune system? Talking about signs and symptoms that are trying to promote balance/get our attention - how can we listen to them more effectively and act accordingly rather than medicate them to make them go away - almost feels like medicating is a part of the reason we’re forgetting to speak the language of vitality/homeostasis ( outside of an SOS context for physical mental health challenges that require that short term ‘get out of crisis’ to work on the long game of course) Thinking back to all those tylenols to fix the headache, instead of ‘hmm maybe it’s the fragrance cloud I’m working in at the department store every day, not a Tylenol deficiency, right? Can you give us some more examples of seemingly innocent quick fixes we use, leading us down the path of potential chronic disease because we’re not listening enough? At the end of the Vitality chapter you invite us to simply list 5 things that bring us vitality - and prescribe MORE of them, and 5 things that make us feel LESS vital and do less of them. I love this. It’s like a little ‘stock take’ - how often do you do this in your own life and check in? Then we look at the Law of disease and we’re reminded that when we go against nature’s order it produces toxicity, deficiency and disease. Do you see the many modern environmental and lifestyle changes of the past half century as the culprits of this draining of vitality and creation of chronic disease?Something doctors - naturopathic and integrative/functional have answered the call to is supporting people with these… Lyme comes up a lot; Mold too. With your deep understanding of these infections, can you shed light on how our modern lifestyles and environments might be exacerbating the risks of these conditions? It’s never just ‘the tick bite’ or ‘the mold exposure’ is it? And can we go a bit granular on some of the things that set the stage for chronic illness and talk about ‘leakiness’? Gut, brain, cells… basics/deep dive, would love to spend some time here…Enjoy the showAlexx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 46 seconds
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359. Dr Karin Luise - writing new personal stories and learning to tune in

How intuitive are you? Oh this is a juicy exploration for you this week…I welcome Karin Luise PhD, to join us and explore intuition and harnessing the wisdom in what we can’t see, to ditch low-vibe shame (and realise how often it’s in the mix and hindering us!) and so much more: How can we feel in-power with big decisions in lifeHow can we come back to being like a baby - unapologetic for our needs, able to follow instinct? How we can become more aware of just how much we’ve ‘stuffed’ down because good kids don’t cry and what that sets us up for. The power of making the switch from ‘need/should’ and the underlying self-judgement of ‘need/should’. How to feel like your time is YOURSHow to not feel selfish for doing what you want (Self-first is NOT selfish!) How to identify what you might need to un-learn that’s holding you back. And so much more. I love, love, loved this conversation and hope you do too, Alexx xShare the show on Instagram to share your ahas - don’t forget to tag @lowtoxlife there so I can share it too! Connect with Karin here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctorkarin/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DrKarin/ Website https://doctorkarin.com/ And for your low tox swaps, our sponsors this week are: Bio-First Official is a sponsor this month and USA + Aussie peeps get 15% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE  to try/stock up on their brilliant remedies for the skin, crafted by Dr. Jude, and designed to support and heal, with no steroids or nasty hormones disruptors/preservatives: https://bit.ly/biofirstofficialAusclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 33 seconds
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358. Dr Staci Whitman - A Paediatric Dental Hour of Power

Dr Staci Whitman has an audacious goal: A cavity-free world. Here’s what we talk about:How to navigate the road towards better teeth for you and your kids if you have them, without freaking out - leaving your guilt at the door! Babies needing fillings now - what!?The health or lack of health in our mouths is relevant to the prevention of, and our risk factors for over 100 diseases - that we know of so far. How? A timeline of the biggest changes as humans and how they impacted our oral health. Toothpaste and brushing aren’t No.1 on the list for cavity prevention - but they help! The best ingredients for your toothpaste to haveFlossing for the win - if it’s pink in the sink you’ve got work to do!The biggest deficiencies driving tooth decay - hint, fluoride isn’t one of them.Endocrine disruptors/plastics and tooth decay - a new finding makes even more of a case for reducing endocrine disruptive ingredient use & exposureAssessing your dental procedures from a low tox/recovery perspectiveA day in the life of a pediatric dentist’s dental care regimeAn hour of power. Enjoy! AlexxAnd for your low tox swaps, our sponsors this week are: Bio-First Official is a sponsor this month and USA + Aussie + NZ  peeps get 15% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE  to try/stock up on their brilliant remedies for the skin, crafted by Dr. Jude, and designed to support and heal, with no steroids or nasty hormones disruptors/preservatives: https://bit.ly/biofirstofficialAusclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 37 seconds
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357. Dr Jade Teta -Transpersonal Psychology and Pain as a Path to Purpose

For the 3rd time joining me on the show is Dr Jade Teta. I can tell you all of Jade’s ‘technical’ and ‘medical’ qualifications, being a physician, having written 5 books on health and metabolism; his having written chapters for naturopath medicine text books, but what I think is more important is that Jade is an evolver and upleveller; He’s a philosopher, he’s passionate about transpersonal psychology and is currently doing a PhD in this space. Today we’re inviting you to uplevel your thinking and use pain as purpose, with us by exploring the following: Transpersonal psychology is what you’ve now turned your hand to, currently on the PhD journey… what is tpp? Pain as a path to purpose - how has this shown up for you at various times in your life, Jade? Why is self-betrayal the worst kind? Physical injury and mental pain are more similar than we give them credit - can you help us make the link?Hurt as a way to help - I love this one because it helps us shift from victim to victor by helping others, a favourite Next Level Human example of mine, to use your terminology… Let’s Fake it Till you make it - Please don’t, you say: SO what do we do instead when we want to be in the room where it’s happening but we don’t feel we deserve to be there… Being it until you see it! A lot of the things that happen in our lives that we feel are ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ like relationships ending, someone passing away, losing a job feel like endings but let’s talk about them as beginnings and how the story we tell ourselves about these stories paves the way for whether they might result in being a positive force for our lives… How can we start to unpack our stories written in the subconscious? Why do stories we tell ourselves, that are unhelpful, and we sometimes even KNOW they’re unhelpful, seem so hard to dismantle? It’s a thought provoking show that I hope will help you in your life. AlexxAnd for your low tox swaps, our sponsors this week are: Bio-First Official is a sponsor this month and USA + Aussie peeps get 15% off site-wide with the code LOWTOXLIFE  to try/stock up on their brilliant remedies for the skin, crafted by Dr. Jude, and designed to support and heal, with no steroids or nasty hormones disruptors/preservatives: https://bit.ly/biofirstofficialAusclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 51 seconds
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356. Mikki Williden PhD - Nutrition & Exercise as we age and how to tweak things accordingly.

Mikki Williden, PhD joins us to discuss the personalisation piece, regarding healthy ageing, metabolism, exercise choices, recovery from exercise, protein on different diets and more. If any of the following is something you want a calm, science-backed voice on, this is a must-listen: Health in kids - surprising research and simple fixes as we look at how metabolic issues can begin early in lifeOnly 3% of people are doing of the 5 things considered to be essential for health - how do you fare? Exercise from your 40s and onwards - do I have to ‘give up’ my favourite cardio for weights now? Recovery after exercise and how ‘what’ you do after exercise needs to change as you get older, to preserve muscle mass - one doctor tells you ketones, the next health professional tells you carbs - what is the science telling us and can it be different depending on the person/age?Protein requirements for all types of eaters and how to ‘get it in’ when you’re doing intermittent fasting/narrower eating windows. How we can mitigate issues and bounce back from ‘go with the flow moments’ in life as we get older and are less carbohydrate sensitive (ie less tolerant to them)A great, clear explainer of all of the above, Mikki is a calm and encouraging voice in an often stressful “You’re not doing it right!” health world. Enjoy the showAlexxShare the show on Instagram to share your ahas - don’t forget to tag @lowtoxlife there so I can share it too!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 6 seconds
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355. Leah Hechtman PhD - PCOS through a lifetime and how to optimise for type.

PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a multi-faceted syndrome that has the potential to be very successfully managed as well as the potential to wreak havoc on brain development, toxin-burden, weight, fertility and more if left unchecked. Depending on age and stage in life there are different effects and challenges, too. The more you know and the more proactive you are with a practitioner who can support you, the better life is. Period! Here’s what we cover in this mammoth exploration of PCOS (complete with many women’s health tangents along the way!) PCOS - Different types & criteriaGenetic and wider endocrine challenges that play into the PCOS typesGetting diagnosed and the niggles that should ensure you at least rule it outThe implication of PCOS at puberty, untreated and what to do to mitigate the associated symptoms and risks. PCOS and fertility/miscarriage risk (and the good news!) PCOS and pregnancy - hot chips and toast have a logical reason but it’s not a free pass!PCOS and perimenopause/menopauseAnd women’s health general tangents on pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy considerations and more…Share the show on Instagram to share your ahas - don’t forget to tag @lowtoxlife there so I can share it too! Connect with Leah Hechtman here: Instagram - @leahhechtman And for your low tox swaps our sponsors this week are @weledaaustralia with an amazing 20% off the range with the code LOWTOXLIFE, helping you stock up on favourites (those creamy shower bars, the fresh, Rose Face cream, the indispensable Burns and Bights gel, the Baby Calendula range and the new Skin Food face care range is delicious! https://bit.ly/ShopWeleda@ausclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. https://bit.ly/ShopAusclimateEnjoy + I hope the show’s super helpful for you this week - share it far and wide to help as many women as possible who need it, Alexx x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 4 seconds
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354. Kristina Marusic: A New War on Cancer!

The ‘war on cancer’ of the past 50 years hasn’t exactly worked. Cancer rates are higher than ever, and the dramatic rise in childhood and young adult cancers cannot be explained away with ‘better detection’ that often gets bandied about. It can be easy to be overwhelmed but, hopefully, while it’s impossible to control all possibilities, there is so much we can do. Enter investigative journalist, Kristina Marusic, who after writing a 5-part investigative piece on the rise in young people getting cancer, trying to demystify her own sister’s thyroid cancer at 25 where there was zero family history, a publisher reached out and boom: A book defining a “new war on cancer” was born - one that’s going to help us prevent the rise of cancer and turn the story around - an advocacy fight I’ve been on for years, as you all know, helping people reduce their toxin exposures in day to day life. Kristina takes us through some of the stories and situations we can change and impact for the better, along with helping us connect to groups on the front lines of activism and policy change at all levels of government. I hope you find the hope I found renewed in this conversation, and that if you’re new to all this especially, you find yourself a copy of her book A New War On Cancer - link in bio to grab a copy with a code for a discount! Yay, thanks, Kristina. Alexx, your host and founder of the Low Tox Life. Connect with Kristina here on InstagramShare and tag me, @lowtoxlife on Instagram so I can share your ahasNew War on Cancer Booktopia link: https://bit.ly/46mQEnX  Amazon​​ link https://amzn.to/3PHpBg2 Discount link/code for A New War on Cancer to accompany her interview on Low Tox Life. Below is the code and link:USA Listeners: Here’s a direct link to the hardcover with 25% off: https://cdcshoppingcart.uchicago.edu/Cart2/Cart?ISBN=9781642832198&Q=1&BDL=lowtox&PRESS=island Folks can use LOWTOX at checkout for a discount on both the print and e-book editions.And don’t forget our generous sponsors this month: Weleda Australia with 20% off the range with the code LOWTOXLIFE, helping you try their new facecare range perhaps, or stock up on favourites (those shower bars!! So creamy) www.weleda.com.auAusclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. www.ausclimate.com.auEnjoy!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/202359 minutes, 54 seconds
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353. Healthy home air: Cultivating a health home biome with PJ Harlow

On this show with PJ Harlow, I’m bringing you one of the sessions from The Mould Festival I’ve been hosting the past fortnight. In the show, we explore what a healthy home is, from identifying and dealing with mold, to having healthy indoor air from your air heating/cooling solutions, to exchange, to cultivating a healthy home biome that mould will always be a part of - we just want to keep it low and in check as a part of a healthy environment. Every now and then I come across someone who moves the needle to where it feels 100% “right” to be headed. PJ is one of those people in the ‘mould space’. IICRC certified, she is a visionary pioneer in holistic mold consulting. She is known for her forthright work ethic, pragmatic approach to consulting, and deep knowledge of the mold industry's underbelly - a lot of cowboys leaving people in worse positions that when they started and she fiercely advocates for change. She has seen things few professionals have ever seen, and she has been privileged to receive invaluable feedback from her thousands of cases. She uses this knowledge to help her clients make informed decisions about their mold remediation & home's health. A staunch advocate for her clients, PJ will always fight for their best interests. Enjoy the show and head to the shownotes for more resources over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast as well as a handy index of our 350+ shows over the past 8 years. Follow PJ Harlow on InstagramShare the show and tag me @lowtoxlife so I can share your AHAsGrab The Mould Festival access - all 16 sessions + Transcripts + Further resources. And don’t forget our generous sponsors this month: Weleda Australia with 20% off the range with the code LOWTOXLIFE, helping you try their new facecare range perhaps, or stock up on favourites (those shower bars!! So creamy)Ausclimate with 10% off their air purifiers and dehumidifiers with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Helping Aussie homes avoid excess moisture by having a good dehumidification strategy, and clean healthy air with the WINIX air purifier range. Here’s to healthy people and buildings, Alexx x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 14 seconds
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352. Psychologist Alex Howard says it’s not your fault.

Alex Howard, psychologist, author of the new book “It’s Not Your Fault” (love a Good Will Hunting reference!) wants you to know it’s not your fault indeed. He also wants you to know there is a lot you can do to move through whatever trauma you’ve experienced in your life because it doesn’t have to own you forever. If we let it own us, it can significantly impact our quality of life, emotionally, physically and in our work and relationships, so this show is a vital one to compassionately unpacking trauma and beginning the work to move through it - whatever happened, given there’s an element of relativity there in terms of how negative experiences imprint on our mind and bodies. Alexx is the CEO of the Alex Howard Group, an international group of organisations which includes The Optimum Health Clinic, the online learning platform Conscious Life, the online coaching program the RESET Program, and professional training programs Therapeutic Coaching and Therapeutic Nutrition. He has a LOT going on, and his YouTube channel is so generous and helpful, also. I hope you love the show as I did. Connect with Alex here: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexHowardtvhttps://www.instagram.com/alexhowardtherapy/And grab his book, It’s Not Your Fault here: Australia: https://bit.ly/3EXiiMe Worldwide: https://amzn.to/46p2LAMAnd of course connect with @lowtoxlife on Insta and share the show and tag me so I can see your ahas! Sponsor offers to help with your low tox swaps this October 2023: www.ausclimate.com.au - 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE for Winix Air Purifiers and dehumidifiers. www.weleda.com.au - 20% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE from their entire range (excluding gift packs)  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 7 seconds
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351. Lisa Bronner - An unlikely (and awesome!) green cleaning hero

Not a huge fan of cleaning? Lisa Bronner is the granddaughter of Dr Bronner and guess what? Cleaning wasn’t always her thing - even being a part of the Dr Bronner’s soap family wasn’t her thing - that all came later and even now, it’s more a necessity and taking pleasure in a lovely environment than it is in loving cleaning. Lisa is joining me for the first time since the show began 8 years ago now, as we talk through a bit of super-interesting Dr Bronner history, Lisa’s childhood, becoming a parent and discovering low tox cleaning, and then taking the stage as the Green Cleaning guru that many people know her as (if you don’t follow her on Facebook you should - always sharing helpful tips and recipes!). She also has a wonderful book out now and for pre-order depending on where you are in the world, called “Soap & Soul”. To connect with Lisa head here: Instagram @drbronner Facebook @​​GreenWithLisaBronnerWebsite: https://www.lisabronner.com/Australian pre order book link for Soap & SoulAmerican Amazon link for Soap & SoulAnd tag @lowtoxlife on Instagram when you share the show so I can see what your ahas were! Enjoy, Alexx xCurrent podcast offers to help with your low tox swaps till the end of September:Air purifiers and dehumidifiers: Ausclimate is now giving all Low Tox Life followers an EXTRA 10% OFF their already discounted prices on Ausclimate.com.au – Simply enter the discount code of LOWTOXLIFE on check out. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally.Block Blue Light: Helping you with red light therapy, blocking blue light, sleep masks and my favourite blue-light-free globes “sweet dreams” your discount code is: LOWTOXLIFE15 and will be 15% off sitewideYep happy to go with the panel for the major giveaway, in situ shot sounds good!Cod Liver Oil Liquid: My fave is on sale with 15% off Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the www.therahealth.com.au website. Code: LOWTOXAnd Dr Bronner’s Australia is giving you 15% off with the code GOLOWTOX until October 25th (excluding 1.89L, 3.87L and gift packs) at https://www.drbronner.com.au Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202358 minutes, 15 seconds
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350. Perimenopause and beyond with Lara Briden

Have you been told that perimenopause and menopause are medical conditions? Interested in  ancestral research or heard myths like “women weren’t  required after the child-rearing years and the problems exist because we’re living longer?”Worried about hormone replacement and what to take and when? Did you know that this is a time in your life when a rewiring of the brain is occurring? Symptoms off the charts and want the biggest go-to changes that can be made to move the needle and have a smoother sailing transition?Want to know why you’re so dang sensitive to everything all of a sudden (cue the glass of wine and zero sleep that night thanks to heart palpitations? Lara Briden joins me on the show, author of the best-selling books Period Repair Manual, and Hormone Repair Manual, and women’s health naturopathic Dr for over 20 years,  talks  us through some of the trials, tribulations of the stages we move through in menopause, and speaks not only as a world-renowned doc on the subject, but as a woman saying “it’s great on the other side, don’t worry!”It’s such an empowering hour on the subject and I hope you enjoy it. Alexx xHave a friend who needs this show? Share it with them on socials and tag @lowtoxlife so I can share it too! Connect with Lara’s work here: https://www.larabriden.com/about/With her books here: Period Repair Manual is every woman’s guide to better periods using natural treatments. It contains advice and tips for every age and situation.Hormone Repair Manual is every woman’s guide to healthy hormones after 40 using natural treatments. It covers perimenopause, menopause, and beyond.And on Instagram here  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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349. Alexx Stuart: Low Cost Low Tox Home + Health Tips

I am back with another solo show this week, with a few home, mental and physical health low cost, low tox tips, following on from the show 3 weeks ago where I focused on food and personal care cost saving tips. I hope you enjoy it. I cover: Things you can do that might cost some money now but might save you a tonne in the long run by being proactive with prevention on mould growth. Ways you can assess if you really need something or if it’s a want. Ways you can fill your cup up that don’t involve buying anything - cause we sometimes forget! Ways we can work on our mental health and rest - prioritisation, bringing in structure if you need it, and tuning into what rest and joy look like for YOU - we are not all going to have the same version of what enjoying time away from it all looks like. Bringing back the villageDitching the excuses around a healthy lifestyle/exercise being ‘expensive’ when it comes to movement and the many free things you can do to feel great in and out doors. I hope you love the tips and feel free also to share some of your favourite tips, too. Alexx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/202346 minutes, 28 seconds
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348. Jo Barrett: “Sustain”, An Exploration Of Sustenance For Ourselves & The Planet

What truly sustains us when it comes to food? Taking into account bioindividuality, health, age, sex, geographical location, climate, regeneration and taste preferences, it’s not a black-and-white conversation at all, much as many try to make it and in this conversation, we explore it. We talk: What drives an everyday desire to cook wellHow even the best chefs get frustrated with the constraints of sustainability/limited resources (phew!)How not to be overwhelmed by new skill building in the kitchenHow to find what inspires youHow to make peace with the “grey area” and not always being able to make the best choices for the planet/youOne of Australia’s most inventive chefs, Jo Barrett, joins me to unpack her journey as a person and chef into connecting on a deeper level with food and our food system, cooking from “place”, from emotions and connection, as well as working to pioneer what’s possible with curiosity and creativity. Jo made her name at the acclaimed Oakridge Winery in the Yarra Valley, before joining the groundbreaking eco-living experiment Future Food System in 2021, which involved a year of living and working with fellow chef Matt Stone, in a tiny urban, zero-waste farm situated on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne's Federation Square, a project that famed regenerative superhero, Joost Baker, spearheaded as the ultimate anti-dote example to the destructive modern food system. It was a no-waste house complete with aquaponics, solar power, micro-farms, a charcoal tank and a rooftop garden, home to Matt and Jo, who spent their days harvesting, cooking and eating the food this 100% sustainable modern urban farm produces – while all waste produced by the house was fed back into the house’s systems: a closed-loop.Jo recently opened the restaurant Little Picket in the seaside town of Lorne. Fearless and visionary, there is no one better placed to write the ultimate guide to cooking deliciously and consciously and her book Sustain, inspires and delights as it teaches us to get curious and learn new skills to sustain ourselves - and our planet - better each day in our daily lives at the kitchen table. Follow @jobarrett on Instagram and check out her new book Sustain, out now. Tag me and share any ahas on @lowtoxlife on Instagram with me or anyone in your life who needs this week’s show. .Our wonderful sponsors are helping you with your low tox swaps this September: International listeners can enjoy 15% off the full range of lights, lightbulbs, red light panels, eye masks and more at @blockbluelight_official with the code LOWTOXLIFE15@ausclimate continues to offer you 10% off their powerful dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on phone orders and online at ausclimate.com.auAnd if you’re after a high-quality liquid Omega 3 supplement, @therahealth and the same one we use at our house, you have 15% off Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the www.therahealth.com.au website with the code LOWTOXOmega-3 is important for our brain throughout life, from early cognitive development in foetuses to learning and memory in adults. Brain cells with high levels of omega-3 in their membranes are thought to be better at communicating with other cells, an important process for brain function. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 11 seconds
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347. Robyn Rosenfeldt & Alexx Stuart on the importance joy and doing “enough”.

If you’ve ever been challenged by the tug of responsibilities, to do’s, to want to do’s and to be more, today’s conversation is a balm for all the things, helping you explore what it might take and mean, to bring more peace, joy and satisfaction that you’ve done enough, into your life.  In filling up your own cup - what gives you the biggest of joys? In doing ‘all the things’ for work, family, partner, community - what is ‘enough’? Where is the line? Today I invite fellow a human at that busy intersection of business owners, teen kids, pets, partners and parents, Robyn Rosenfeldt, to have a conversation about how we can prioritise ourselves, so that we feel we have enough to give, what giving enough in different ways looks like and how to make peace with our enough in a world constantly telling us that we aren’t, well, enough. Robyn is the founder and publisher of Pip magazine, a magazine that helps you nourish yourself and the planet. Articles are filled with ideas and inspiration about living a more earth-friendly life.Here’s to a new chapter with more joy and peace that we’ve done enough - and accepting this looks different from person to person and in the many different phases of life that we lead.Enjoy the conversation and I do hope it sparks conversations and journaling for you, Alexx x Check out the wonderful @pipmagazineau on InstagramAnd share any ahas on @lowtoxlife on Instagram with me.Our wonderful sponsors are helping you with your low tox swaps this September: International listeners can enjoy 15% off the full range of lights, lightbulbs, red light panels, eye masks and more at @blockbluelight_official with the code LOWTOXLIFE15@ausclimate continues to offer you 10% off their powerful dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on phone orders and online at ausclimate.com.auAnd if you’re after a high-quality liquid Omega 3 supplement, @therahealth and the same one we use at our house, you have 15% off Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the www.therahealth.com.au website with the code LOWTOX Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/3/202356 minutes, 38 seconds
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346. Alexx Stuart: Low Tox Budgets - How to save money Part 1 - FOOD + Personal Care

On this week’s show, after hearing from lots of community members trying to save money right now in all sorts of ways, I’m sharing lots of different ways both conceptually and practically, that you can save money when it comes to the way you approach cooking, to the way you approach personal care. We unpack the pull of the cultural norm, and how asking yourself “what do I really need vs what do I feel I should do when it comes to XYZ…” I discussCooking - the use of the freezer and pantry as your ultimate discount storeBeing mindful of a culture that has us thinking cuisine-hopping every night of the week is ‘good’. Tips for localising your food sources to save and connectTips for making the most of your villageTheming your cooking for sanity and what that looks likeConsidering 50% when talking about the ‘non-essentials’Then with personal care we discussBeauty demands vs where we’re personally atConnecting with friends instead of expensive servicesConsidering what you can use less of The simplest of high performance DIYsAnd so much more…Enjoy the show and tag me @lowtoxlife in Instagram with your ideas and ahas from this week’s show! And of course, you can find all you need over at www.lowtoxlife.com Remember our wonderful show sponsors for August: Aus Climate (Australia only)10% off all of 2023 for their Winix Air Purifiers & Dehumidifier range, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on their website (Australia only)The Natural Bedding Company (Australia only)20% off their Natural Latex Mattress, Pillows + Cotton Products with the code LOWTOXAUG23 on their website or in their Sydney or Gold Coast Showrooms.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/28/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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345. Steph Lowe on iron - too high, too low, investigations, supplementation and nutrition

Got iron issues? Tired all the time and think you might? Been told your iron’s ‘fine’ or ‘normal’ but you’re still wondering what’s up? Maybe you’re worried about familial hemochromatosis. Whatever it is as it relates to iron, that’s what we’re tackling on the show this week. Maybe it’s fatigue that tips you off initially, or just not feeling yourself, but iron is one of the most requested blood tests and one of the least complete ways to tackle iron issues, when looked at in isolation. In today’s show with nutritionist Steph Lowe, we look at what to test to get the full picture of what your iron status is along with the many other markers that might be playing into the results. Steph Lowe is a mother, Nutritionist, yogi and founder of The Natural Nutritionist, a hub for celebrating the importance of real food. She specialises in low iron, low thyroid, cycle health and perimenopause.We discuss on this show: True low iron vs hidden root causes affecting iron and its transportation in the bodySupplementation and infusions often recommended and why they might not ‘stick’ in their effects on iron levels if your blood tests came back with ‘low iron’. The timing of testing both in terms of the time of day and of the cycle, for the most accurate results. Nutrition and cofactor nutrients to support healthy iron levels. Different minerals and how they impact iron levels and transportation of iron in the body. Iron pre/post menopauseHemochromatosis and ways to not have this negatively impact youWhen iron really is ‘fine’ - best lifestyle factors that encourage healthy iron. My guest, Steph Lowe, can be found at  @thenaturalnutritionist on InstagramTag me @lowtoxlife and share your ahas when you share the show on Instastories with someone who might need it. ! Remember our wonderful show sponsors for August: Aus Climate (Australia only)10% off all of 2023 for their Winix Air Purifiers & Dehumidifier range, with the code LOWTOXLIFE on their website (Australia only)The Natural Bedding Company (Australia only)20% off their Natural Latex Mattress, Pillows + Cotton Products with the code LOWTOXAUG23 on their website or in their Sydney or Gold Coast Showrooms.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/202358 minutes, 51 seconds
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344. Dr Anshul Gupta on reversing Hashimotos Thyroiditis

Got thyroid issues or an autoimmune condition? Hashimoto’s - sadly, far too many people know this autoimmune thyroid condition, and Dr Anshul Gupta is on a global mission to help as many people know as possible, that it can be reversed and put into remission. Frustrated by conventional medicine training, a board-certified family physician, he sought to improve the lives of his patients by training further in Integrative and Functional medicine, working with Dr Mark Hyman at the Cleveland Clinic. He’s since helped thousands of patients reverse Hashimoto’s and with his new book “Reversing Hashimoto’s” he wants to extend that support beyond his clinic doors. We talk all things thyroid health, labs, contributing stressors or imbalances that set the stage for autoimmune conditions and he stuck around for an extra half hour, very generously, to answer your questions submitted on Instagram - if we’re not connected there come and join the chat @lowtoxlife. A reminder we have two wonderful show sponsor offers this August for Aussies: Thanks to the Natural Bedding Company: 20% off their beautiful Organic Latex mattresses, entire pillow range and Organic Cotton products. The company's passion for using the most environmentally and ethically sound materials available is what drives their constant evolution, and I love their commitment to onshore manufacturing for their sustainable furniture range, too. CODE: LOWTOXAUG23 and their website: https://www.thenaturalbeddingcompany.com.au/And 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE at ausclimate.com.au on their wonderful dehumidifier and air purifier ranges. I receive countless DMs about how getting a dehumidifier has changed someone’s life, whether it’s for after showers to dry the bathroom out and prevent mould, or to stop wardrobe humidity and ruining handbags with mould in the winter, or the shady bedroom in the house that has trouble staying dry when it’s raining, I advocate for bringing one into your home. Enjoy the difference!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/13/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 16 seconds
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343. Managing water better for a more stable climate? Yes it’s possible, with Zach Weiss

WATER. To say I’m excited to bring you this conversation is an understatement. The climate change conversation at the ‘top levels’ is highly corporate, pushing out so called solutions like processed fake meats, cutting down trees and covering fields with solar panels for ‘green energy’ and building synthetic protein labs. Meanwhile farmers and ecological warriors are reversing desertification around the world, one project at a time, with regenerative farming transitions and water systems design. Water - we take it for granted in the cities, and feel victim to its scarcity or excess all over the world for the most part, but what if, you knew that water and they way it flows and where it goes can be one of the most powerful ways to reverse climate destabilisation? Enter Zach Weiss on this week’s show to step us through it. Protégé of revolutionary Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer, Zach is the first person to earn Holzer Practitioner certification directly from Sepp - through a rigorous two-year apprenticeship working on projects in North America and Europe.  After 10 years of building Water Retention projects for clients around the world, Sepp said that there “needs to be hundreds or thousands of Zachs working around the world, millions would be better!” In that moment, the idea of Water Stories was born; so that any professional, land steward, or concerned citizen can have the same positive impact on their waters and lands. I hope you love this enlightening chat as much as I did, Alexx. Check out the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Connect with Zach and his team’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/@Water_Stories https://www.instagram.com/wearewaterstories/ https://www.facebook.com/wearewaterstories/ Tag the show and any aha’s you had here: @lowtoxlife Our sponsor offers to help with your low tox swaps: 2023 Offer: Ausclimate is giving all Low Tox Life followers an EXTRA 10% OFF their already discounted prices on Ausclimate.com.au – Simply enter the discount code of LOWTOXLIFE on check out at ausclimate.com.au. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to discuss the unit type/size you need for your space.August 2023 offer: The Natural Bedding Company have been leading the Low Tox bedding industry in Australia for almost 4 decades. The company's passion for using the most environmentally and ethically sound materials available is what drives their constant evolution. From Cotton futons in the 80's to the current range of Organic Latex mattresses & sustainably sourced Australian timber furniture, they have a commitment to on-shore manufacturing with a workshop in Sydney's Inner West.OFFER: 10% off Organic Latex mattresses, entire pillow range and Organic Cotton products.CODE: LOWTOXAUG23GIVEAWAY: WIN a single Organic Latex mattress or use the value of the single to upgrade to a bigger size! Shipping is not included. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/6/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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342. Histamine and women - general and cycle-related symptoms with Naomi Judge.

Histamine reactions got you down? On today’s show, we discuss histamine intolerance with Naturopath, Naomi Judge, who specialises in women’s health and hormones. We look at histamine as it pertains to our food, stress, environmental toxins and the hormone connection so that we can unpack where you might be having issues, and how to “empty the histamine bucket” as they say and reduce the symptoms to the point of being able to tolerate the odd histamine rich food or stressful period in life without needing to reach for the anti-histamines every time. So if you’ve just started to realise or perhaps always known, that you feel very sensitive at particular times in your cycle or in general to heat/wine/cheese/cured meats, or look like a beetroot and can’t calm down after exercise - then it’s time to hack your histamine! The questions we cover: Histamine - it's a friend and can be a foe - what is the role of histamine in the body and what is a sign it’s malfunctioning? It can negatively impact our mood, right? Things that can set stage for poor histamine processing/overproduction (gut/infections/over-exertion-stress)How to distinguish 'needing to work on your histamine' from MCAS - are they different? Spectrum-based? in the cycle - what to know about the estrogen/histamine link? And are there any broader hormonal links between histamine/hormones? In the cycle as we age - why the hivy vibes at ovulation/end of luteal? And then when we hit menopause - does anything change there? Dietary supportSupplement supportDeeper bioindividual investigations one might want to undertake when it comes to histamine issues? Do we need to do a battery of tests? What are your low tox non negotiables vs ‘let it slides/keeping it’? Head to the show notes for more details: www.lowtoxlife/podcast Head to @lowtoxlife Instagram to share the show and tag usFollow Naomi Judge on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/naturopathnaomi/Want to dive deeper into Mast cells and histamine? Check out our shows with Beth O’Hara PhD Detoxification for sensitive peeps https://www.lowtoxlife.com/show-237-dr-beth-ohara-on-detoxification-for-sensitive-peeps/ and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome https://www.lowtoxlife.com/show-222-dr-beth-ohara/ MetagenicsThanks to our sponsors Metagenics, a global leader in practitioner-grade products for tailored lifestyle medicine. With over 100,000 practitioner partners around the world, they set the standard for production, research, independent testing and more to deliver high performance products making a huge difference to millions of people’s lives. And to our major sponsor Ausclimate - giving us 10% off their Winix Air Purifiers + Dehumidifiers for 2023, helping you clean up your indoor air and enhance health, while reducing the environmental toxin burden of mould, dust, allergens, smoke and VOCs. Shop here with the code LOWTOXLIFE.  Australia-only. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 3 seconds
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341. Katherine Maslen - When things grow when they shouldn’t in women’s health.

Ever found out you had a cyst, polyp, fibroid or something else that shouldn’t be growing? Want to know how to increase your chances of not having them pop up in your scans? In today’s show, I invite Katherine Maslen, naturopath and founder of The Shift clinic, an expert in women’s health, to talk us through what sets the stage for such things and how we can support these ‘findings’ when they come up from a holistic perspective, even though some acute care options might also be required. It’s a very useful show, also going into hormone health, herbal medicine, detection and testing options and timings and more. Katherine Maslin is a mother, clinical naturopath and nutritionist, entrepreneur and leader in the natural health space. Katherine has a unique story; after overcoming a violent childhood with domestic violence and heroin addiction by the age of 15, she discovered natural health and healing, worked on her own recovery and has been a passionate health advocate ever since. It is through making her own shifts and guiding thousands of people through their health journeys that has led Katherine to become a force for good in the natural health industry. Her why is powerful and I know you’ll learn a lot from this show - pass it onto every woman you know! Follow Katherine on Instagram https://instgram.com/katherinemaslenFollow The Shift ClinicFollow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show! Your help in spreading the word so people find these helpful topics is always appreciated more than you know!Our sponsor offers: 2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home.There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study!JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc.The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/23/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
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340. Blood Sugar Empowerment with Dr Ralph Esposito

On this show, we’re talking about stable blood sugar -possible testing you can do yourself or with a doctor, how often to check in on your blood sugar, red flags and what to do about them, best ways to achieve stabilising outcomes and good insulin sensitivity and MORE. Dr Ralph Esposito is one of my triple thread guests, ie, one of the few I’ve had back 3 times on the show (Check out two Men’s health-focused shows #91 #102). Why? Because he has trained broadly in Chinese medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist as well as being a Naturopathic Doctor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He also holds a position as an adjunct professor at New York University where he lectures on integrative medicine and specialises in hormones, integrative urology and men’s health. He has a wonderful way of explaining things that often feel complex and disempowering online, and I do hope you enjoy this interview on all things blood sugar. Check out the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Follow Dr Ralph Esposito on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dr.ralphesposito/Follow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show!  Our sponsor offers: 2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home.There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study! Follow them on Instagram. JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc. The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/Follow them here: Biofirst Instagram  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 5 seconds
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339. Dr Min Yeo - Lessons for a healthy life, looking back on her Career in Functional Medicine.

What can someone with nearly 4 decades in Functional Medicine teach us about health? That’s today’s show and it’s a LOT simpler than you think! My functional medicine doctor, Dr Min Yeo, retired last year and sometimes, when people leave or retire in your health team, they leave a space quite hard to fill - especially when they cared so well for you and truly saw you for your lived experience. Dr Min Yeo was one such person to me and to many. “100 years ago doctors listened to their patients a lot - it’s the main thing we could do and was and still is, the art of medicine. Being a doctor is being good at pattern recognition”. Just a taste of Min’s views as a doctor, from a doctor who admits to doing terribly at school, for the most part. And yet, outside of medicine, Min has been a professional violinist & Yoga Teachers Australia Certified Yoga Teacher as well as a devoted dog mum to Mimi Red Toy Poodle (Delta Therapy Dog). She is passionate about spreading awareness of the impact of environmental & lifestyle measures such as diet, sleep, exercise and stress management as a foundation for healthy living & ageing. Known to “walk her talk” & for her ability to explain complex issues in a simple, fun, relatable fashion, she has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, The Telegraph, 50 So What, The Guardian, 21 World Wellbeing Experts.Enjoy the show and check the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Follow Min at https://www.instagram.com/drminyeo/https://linktr.ee/drminyeo Follow me, Alexx Stuart your host @lowtoxlife - tag me and share your AHA’s from the show!  Our sponsor offers: 2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home. There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study!JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, like when there’s a lurgy threatening to set up shop and you need to up the ante, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc. The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER (can purchase any products to get the offer, I just wanted to share those winter-specific options for the Aussies given the time of year. Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 25 seconds
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338. Wild yoga - a call to a deeper connection to ourselves and the earth, with Rebecca Wildbear

Craving an expansive conversation? Look no further. Rebecca Wildbear is my guest once again (#171 was our first) and this time we discuss Wild Yoga - but it’s not what you might think. It’s not Yoga dance parties (although, fun!) It’s an invitation to connect with the earth and all of its magic, as well as your own wild nature, on a deeper level than ever before - and there’s space for that to look like whatever you want it to. Rebecca talks about vulnerability and ‘making a pearl of it’ instead of the traditional framing of weakness. She shares ways to move through grief either in your own life or the grief many of us hold for what’s been done to our planet, or even how we’ve contributed to that. She shares what ‘feral female ferocity’ means and how to have conversations with your body - and with trees! Intrigued? You should be. I had to go hug a tree and have a chat after this conversation and I suspect you will do too. Rebecca Wildbear, MS, E-RYT 500, is the author of Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration, & Advocacy for the Earth. She is the creator of a yoga practice called Wild Yoga, which empowers individuals to tune in to the mysteries that live within the Earth's community, dreams, and their own wild nature so they can live a life of creative service. www.rebeccawildbear.com. @lowtoxlife - Share the show and tag me with any AHA’s! Her book: BOOKTOPIA | AMAZONOur sponsor offers: 2023: Ready for an Air Filter or Dehumidifier? Ausclimate gives our listeners an EXTRA 10% OFF their excellent dehumidifiers and Winix air purifiers on ausclimate.com.au – Your code: LOWTOXLIFE. This discount can also be redeemed for over-the-phone orders verbally if you want to chat through options for your home. There are a lot of ‘pretty’ small filters being advertised on Insta these days - beware! They’re often 2-3 stage filters and don’t move the needle on your indoor air very much. Winix’s unique PlasmaWave® technology is perfect for smoke, dust, pets, viruses, bacteria, household odours, and allergies (covering a variety of allergens). Winix; the most complete air-purifiers on the market and the compact 4 stage is a gorgeous unit for the bedroom or study! Follow them on Instagram. JULY-ONLY: And Bio-First is back for US and Aussie listeners, with an offer on their Genuine Natural Remedies for skin issues, immune support and wellness. Given we're into the winter months and there's lots going around, I wanted to give a shout out to their daily health defence options ( the Manuka Defence Syrup and Spray - both delicious by the way, as a sweet something after a meal. Hehe. Creative, I know!) and extra soothing care when you need it most, then it’s the Manuka Soother Syrups with adult and kid formulations. No alcohol, added fillers, colours, flavours etc. The OFFER: $10 off when you spend $65+ across the site with promo code WINTER. Shop here: https://www.bio-first.com.au/ Follow them here: Biofirst Insta Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 55 seconds
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337. Dr Carrie Jones - Your hormones that don’t get enough publicity!

One of the show’s most popular guests (and I don’t like to pick favourite children, but one of mine too!) Dr Carrie Jones is back for the 3rd time on the show - can we call that a trilogy? Let’s, sounds super-hero-ish! Estrogen and progesterone get a lot of press in women’s health and hormone discussions, and rightly so. There are, however, some less talked about hormones that can have a huge impact on your health and on working through complex puzzles you might be trying to solve so we are pulling those hormones out of the shadows and talking about their impact on today’s show - melatonin, DHEA, prolactin (not just to do with breastfeeding btw!) and some of the hormones that cross over into neurotransmitter land…If somehow just discovering her for the first time, Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women's health and hormones with over 20 years in the industry. Dubbed the “Queen of Hormones,” Dr. Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who did her 2-year residency focused on women's health and endocrinology. She went on to get her Master of Public Health and was one of the first to become board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology for which she served on the board for several years. She hosts the highly popular show, the Root Cause Medicine Podcast which has over 3 million downloads. She is the Clinical Expert for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and is on Under Armour’s Human Performance Council. Currently, she is the Chief Medical Officer at NuEthix Formulations and Head of Medical Education at Metabolic Mentor University. Helpful links and info for today’s ep: lowtoxlife.com/podcast Instagram: @dr.carriejonesInstagram: @lowtoxlife - share the show and tag me with your AHAs! Enjoy our sponsors Till the end of JUNE 2023: Earthtank, a gorgeous new handmade ceramic water filter on the scene, is carefully thought through and tested every step fo the way to provide delicious drinking water with minerals intact, and all the bad stuff out - Fluoride, Herbicide/pesticide residue, harmful bacteria, chlorine and heavy metals. A local Aussie business, they’re offering 5% off their filters with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Follow them at @earthtank_au and shop here: https://www.earthtank.com.au/ALL OF 2023: Ausclimate, also an awesome Aussie business offers listeners 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE for their WINIX air purifiers and dehumidifiers to help you clean up your indoor air and prevent mould growth. Their range gives you guidelines on what you’ll need based on your room/area size - head to https://ausclimate.com.au/ I hope you enjoy and take notes to discuss with your practitioner.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 46 seconds
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336. Jade Miles: What is a Sustainable Table and how do we drive a truly regenerative shift in farming

This show, I chat to Jade Miles, author, podcaster, regenerative heritage fruit farmer, homesteading workshop facilitator and CEO of Sustainable Table. A fellow poly-jobist! Today we ask the all-important question: What really is a sustainable table and how to we effect big, systemic change when it comes to farming - from degenerative, to regenerative and truly sustainable? Jade has driven a catalytic change in direction at Sustainable Table from a once small scale Victorian based, education enterprise that connected eaters to their food and the growers who created it, to its current-day vision of transforming farming, food, and fibre systems through regenerative ways of being, doing and knowing. Grounded in care for people and planet, her team facilitates connection, collaboration, funding, and learning to catalyse change across Australia. “Every decision we make has an impact - on other humans, creatures and ecosystems. How do you make your decisions and will their impact be degenerative, sustainable or regenerative? Today’s show is a balm for those wanting a better way forward for our planet that doesn’t always have a corporate giant or billionaire behind it. I hope you love it and look forward to hearing what your ‘enough’ is as we discuss it towards the end of the show. Show notes here: https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/Enjoy our sponsors Till the end of JUNE 2023: Earthtank, a gorgeous new handmade ceramic water filter on the scene, is carefully thought through and tested every step fo the way to provide delicious drinking water with minerals intact, and all the bad stuff out. A local Aussie business, they’re offering 5% off their filters with the code LOWTOXLIFE - Follow them at @earthtank_au and shop here: https://www.earthtank.com.au/ALL OF 2023: Ausclimate, also an awesome Aussie business offers listeners 10% off with the code LOWTOXLIFE for their WINIX air purifiers and dehumidifiers to help you clean up your indoor air and prevent mould growth. Head to https://ausclimate.com.au/Connect with Futuresteading and sustainable table here:Website: futuresteading.com | sustainabletable.org.au | blackbarnfarm.com.auInstagram: @futuresteading | @sustainable.table | @black_barn_farmJade’s book: Amazon | Booktopia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/202358 minutes, 44 seconds
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335. Alexx Stuart talks ADHD - her diagnosis, processing of it, thoughts on how society can do better and more.

This week’s show is just me - Alexx Stuart, founder of Low Tox Life and host of the Low Tox Life podcast that you’re listening to right now and I’m talking about ADHD and me - and you! I founded Low Tox Life back in 2009 because I wanted - for myself, family and friends a lifestyle where doing a little better than yesterday across food, body, home and mind - and of course care for our planet home and over the years it’s meant I’ve produced this show, written two books, spoke at countless events, written 10 e-courses to support people in their low tox goals and over 200 gluten-free recipes and 100 blogs on reducing toxin impact in our every day. Sheesh. “How can you have ADHD having achieved all that?” is something I often get asked and today might give you a window into it. Giving someone the gift of sticking to their passions, zone of genius and strengths allows for results to happen - it doesn’t happen often in the average workplace but when you work for yourself or a great boss you can! Today’s show isn’t all about the good bits though as there are many challenges, too. When I shared I’d had an ADHD diagnosis (combined-type) in January, naturally people in our low tox community had questions, and so in this show this week I share: Why I sought diagnosis / why I suspected itHow I felt about that and began to process itThe excellent aspects of what it revealedThe unfortunate and sad aspects of what it revealed as it played out in my life growing up and at work and in lifeHow much sweeter life is when you feel supported for who you areHow the world would benefit from recognising differences in people’s brains and the ways they produce great work, contribute and express themselves. The aspects or traits that are ‘modifyable’ vs fixed and how genetics plays a role as well as trauma, environmental toxins and head injury to name a few ‘cherries on top’What I’m doing to work with the challenges of ADHDThe answers to a bunch of community questions about ADHDAnd believe it or not - even more! It’s 90 mins and I did. Not. stop. Talking. I bring you: ADHD. Hehe IYKYK. Here are some of the health professionals and resources I mentioned in the show: Some work and definitions that may help by various Drs who focus on the condition: Dr Russell Barkley: https://www.russellbarkley.org/factsheets/WhatCausesADHD2017.pdfDr James Greenblatt https://www.psychiatryredefined.org/finally-focused-mineral-imbalances-adhd-part-ii/Dr Daniel Amen https://www.amenclinics.com/conditions/adhd-add/The magnesium complex I take that I mentioned https://au.iherb.com/pr/dr-sinatra-magnesium-broad-spectrum-complex-120-capsules/101150And the rest is best to chat to a practitioner about therapeutic doses and what you specifically might benefit from. Difference between actions of medications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w44BXLATt5wFollow me at @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share any more questions about the topic or an AHA. Here’s to celebrating who we are, being celebrated for it, as well as supported for what we find challenging. Now wouldn’t that be a lovely world indeed? Alexx x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 8 seconds
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334. Exploring Neuroinflammation and mental health, with Brendan Vermeire

Is there a challenge for you around mental health or neuro-inflammation right now or someone you know? Often there is a lot to unpack across the whole landscape of health contributors and negative impacts, before deciding where to start. In today’s show, I have my friend Brendan Vermeire back on the show to unpack neuroinflammation and mental health more deeply from the last time he was on the show (show #277) - Brendan is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners and the creator of the Functional Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Course. He is also the founder of the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.™, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health. I know you’ll enjoy this explorative conversation around some of the trickier aspects of diagnosing, treating and healing in the mental health and neuro-inflammation space and you can head to the show notes for more, or these handy links below: Show notes: lowtoxlife.com/podcastInstagram: @lowtoxlife Instagram: @the_holistic_savageResources page on Brendan’s websiteAnd the questions I asked along the way: Identifying and addressing physiological root causes can make facing psychological root causes, such as unresolved trauma, more manageable.Root cause investigation can be a trauma response - Let's unpack that. - Another one is "Are self limiting beliefs your root cause"?High Cortisol due to prolonged stress/trauma is linked to decreased brain volume - wow, can you talk us through that? Research suggested that inflammation can increase susceptibility to PTSD. And then you go on to say trauma itself may increase inflammation - so is it a case of 'which one came first?' in the individual?Mold and mycotox are a major etiological root cause for neurodegeneration/mental illness.And then a couple of philosophical questions... where is the line to dance between personal responsibility + a helping hand for optimal health?Who you are (label given say with a diagnosis) and how much of that can fluctuate/be worked on vs how much is really you in all your uniqueness? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds
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333. Dr Peta Stapleton: Memory improvement through EFT/Tapping

I am thrilled to bring Dr Peta Stapleton back onto the show to discuss memory, stress, depression and tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) on this week’s show. Peta is a registered clinical/health Psychologist and Associate Professor, Bond University (Australia) who embraces evidence-based and innovative techniques. Peta is a world-leading researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques and has been awarded many achievements including the Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology), and was named 2019 Psychologist of the Year (Australian Allied Health Awards). Peta has authored The Science Behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body (Hay House), which won Best Self-Help Book (2019 Best Book Awards, American Book Fest), and most recently Memory Improvement through EFT Tapping (McFarland Publishers).   Find more details on Peta’s work in the show notes at https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/ And if you share the show be sure to tag us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lowtoxlife/   Sponsor offers: LOWTOXLIFE code for 10% off all Air Purifiers and dehumidifiers at https://www.ausclimate.com.au/ LOWTOXLIFE15 code for 15% off the whole blue-blocking and light panel range range at Block Blue Light: https://www.blockbluelight.com.au/?aff=12See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/28/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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332. Late Diagnosis ADHD: Jules Galloway & Alexx Stuart talk about their experiences so far.

This week I invite my friend and colleague Jules Galloway, naturopath & herbalist onto the show to discuss our journeys in late diagnosis ADHD this past year. We don’t have all the answers. There aren’t protocols we’re sharing or ways of ‘getting rid of the symptoms’ but it’s an exploration of why we both chose to get diagnosed, some of the things we’ve been exploring, thinking and feeling as we’ve looked back at our lives, and where we’ve arrived in places - also admitting there’s still so much to unpack. I will also record a personal show in a couple of weeks with audience questions that have come from Instagram and that will come from the community once you’ve listened to this one. Jules and per husband James Galloway, also host a podcast called LD ADHD which you can go and explore. Please do get the support you need - life is much better when we know and accept ourselves and also feel empowered to change what we can for the better, through support, therapies and various other tools. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Find more details on Peta’s work in the show notes at https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/ And if you share the show be sure to tag us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lowtoxlife/   Sponsor offers: LOWTOXLIFE code for 10% off all Air Purifiers and dehumidifiers at https://www.ausclimate.com.au/ LOWTOXLIFE15 code for 15% off the whole blue-blocking and light panel range at Block Blue Light: https://www.blockbluelight.com.au/?aff=12See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/21/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds
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331. The Tiger Protocol to reverse disease with Dr. Akil Palanisamy

Perhaps the best doctors to usher us into the new integrative era of medicine and root cause approaches, are the conventional doctors for whom a health crisis occured and they realised the tools they had been given we’re enough. This is a pattern I’ve noticed in interviewing now hundreds of doctors over the years and Akil is one such person. In today’s show we discuss why the integrative approach is far superior to conventional when it comes to the chronic disease epidemics we’re seeing all ovewr the world and how the protocol he has researched and developed over the years in his practice combines the best of multiple disciplines to support people in losing weight, gaming energy and reversing disease. Dr. Akil Palanisamy is a Harvard-trained physician, integrative medicine expert and author of  The T.I.G.E.R. Protocol. Akil practices integrative medicine, blending his conventional medical expertise with holistic approaches including functional medicine and Ayurveda.  Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/14/202354 minutes, 1 second
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330. Dr. Bill Rawls: Unlocking Cellular Health and the magic of Herbal Medicine

Today we talk about how to cultivate cellular wellness to both heal and prevent disease. My guest, Dr Bill Rawls was travelling along routinely as a 4th generation physician in his family, until he became unwell in a way that he didn’t seem to have any tools as a trained physician, to fix. When faced with Lyme disease, everything changed. In his quest to regain his health, Dr. Rawls knew he had to find his own path and new tools to restore wellness. For the past 15 years, he has extensively studied the science behind herbal therapies and new, sustainable approaches for protecting health in a proactive, preventative way, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. Today, Dr. Rawls shares the revelations that helped him and thousands of others reclaim their lives. He is the best-selling author of Unlocking Lyme, and his most recent book, The Cellular Wellness Solution: Tap Into Your Full Health Potential with the Science-Backed Power of Herbs.  I hope you love the show and pick up lots of goodness from Bill’s wisdom and wonderful way of explaining things and you can head to the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast for further details on his book and work as well as our sponsor offers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/7/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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329. Dr Wendie Trubow on environmental toxins, detoxification and testing

My guest this week is Dr Wendie Trubow and she is as passionate about environmental toxin impact to people’s health as I am so it’s an animated deep dive. Wendie is particularly focused on helping women optimize their health and lives as a functional medicine gynaecologist. Through her struggles with mold and metal toxicity, late-diagnosis Celiac disease, and other health issues, Trubow has developed a deep sense of compassion and expertise for what her patients are facing.  She is the co-author of Dirty Girl: Ditch the Toxins, Look Great, and Feel Freaking Amazing and has been regularly featured in MindBodyGreen and Huffington Post. She’s also a mother of 4, so if Wendie has figured out a way to make it all work and feel fantastic - then she’s a beacon for what’s possible. I hope you enjoy the show and you can head to the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast to learn more about Wendie’s work and check out her wonderful book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/1/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 27 seconds
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328. Elliot Kallen: A Dad on a mission to prevent teen suicide.

Today we are looking at teen mental health and what we can all do to support our teens in life. Give we talk about what spurred it all on for Dad and Brighter Day Charity founder, Elliot Kallen, which was his son taking his own life, here are some numbers if you need support today:    Australia: Lifeline: 131314 USA Crisis Text Line: text BRIGHTER to 741741 USA OK2Talk Helpline Teen Helpline 1 (800) 273-TALK UK Youth Suicide Hotline Papyrus 0800 068 4141 or 07860039967 (9am - midnight)  NZ Youthline 0800 37 66 33 Canada: Talk Suicide Canada at 1-833-456-4566 What no parent wants their story to be, told by Elliot, today’s show guest:    “Seven years ago, my son Jake, a sophomore at the University of Montana, walked up the highway and jumped in front of an oncoming truck, taking his life. In his suicide note, he wrote that he would have never told us how he felt or taken our help. We were devastated and shocked and have since learned that thousands of families had the same experience. None of his friends, family, or his coaches knew that he was struggling with depression.   My name is Elliot Kallen, and I am the President and Founder of A Brighter Day Charity.    In honor of Jake, we began this charity six years ago by creating resources for teens and parents on stress and depression to stop teen suicide. We have now grown to become a charity that has impacted tens of thousands of families. Thousands are viewing our resources every month. We have established support programs and even offer college scholarships.   Teen suicide has become a major problem in this country and is now the 2nd leading cause of death among teens.   We are experts in teen depression and don’t want other parents to experience this devastation.    I will share ideas that will make a huge difference in the lives of teens and their parents.”   Teen mental health is a real concern to many and it will take all of us to support our teens through these years. I hope this show is useful for you or someone you know and please do head to the show notes for more details of A Brighter Day Charity and the work they do over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/23/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 42 seconds
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327. Finding a practice of mindfulness, yoga and yoga nidra that fits, with Kelly Smith.

This week we’re talking Yoga, Yoga Nidra, being open to something helpful instead of suspicious, medication and more, and my guest is Kelly Smith. Kelly is a globally celebrated yoga and meditation teacher, E-RYT 500 /YACEP, founder of Yoga For You, and host of “Mindful In Minutes” to which over 100,000 people tune in each week from around the world. Kelly believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to yoga and meditation and encourages her students to find their own personal practice, listen to their bodies, and find inner joy by accessing their most authentic selves and owning their power. Kelly specializes in the non-physical limbs of yoga and is best known for her master trainings in meditation, restorative yoga, and yoga Nidra and her international retreats. If you’re someone who knows that a little ‘slow’ in your life is required but you just can’t quite make it happen, I’m hoping this week’s show helps you access and prioritise it. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/16/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 37 seconds
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326. Melissa Brown talks Financial Wellness

Melissa Browne is back on the show with a nugget-packed show on Financial Wellness. A lot of the time we’re focused on mental and physical health but a key factor in those things is not having financial stress. So, today, we talk about financially thriving and what that looks like. Mel is anti-prescription and all about helping you find what’s for you and we cover:    Financial wellness – it’s just as important as physical wellness Money Stories - figure out what you're telling yourself either consciously / subconsciously and change bad stories Eliminating bad debt  - bad vs good and the 1st thing to paydown/ get rid of Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable – can debt ever be good? Investing vs saving? Budgets don’t work. How you can work smart with your money - however much you have including the importance of cleaning up your environment How much is enough? Goals, figuring out the life you want to live & what you need to reach that Building wealth - where are the most reliable places to start Financial strength, resilience & fitness... What is a routine to promote ongoing financial health? Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/9/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 34 seconds
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325. Fracture-proof your bones, with ND, John Neustadt

Osteoporosis. It is yet another epidemic that isn’t talked about enough and today’s guest, John Neustadt, ND wants to change that. In his practice, with his company Nutritional Bioceuticals Inc, his books and work in research analytics (he’s published over 100 research paper reviews) he is on a mission to help people understand why our bones weaken and what to do to prevent and reverse it for ones’ whole lifetime. We discuss:  The best ways to assess bone density/potential bone-related issues Some of the commonly prescribed medications that can negatively impact our bone health and what to do about those/exploring alternatives Exercise that is best for strengthening bones and maintaining bone health Key lifestyle factors such as balance, nutrient intake and sleep and how they can support optimal bone health.  What to do with an osteoporosis diagnosis to improve your bones, and much much more.    Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details, where you can also download John’s book “Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A Comprehensive Guide to Osteoporosis.” for free! over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/2/202358 minutes, 37 seconds
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324. Pela founder, Jeremy Lang, on composting accessibility, soil health, bioplastics and recycling.

This week we are talking composting-for-all solutions, bioplastics soil health and recycling, and how one business is aiming to make things better with all of those things and a passion for accessibility.My guest, Jeremy Lang is the Founder of Pela. Pela is best known for their biodegradable phone cases and more recently, their countertop composter - Lomi. Pela makes everyday products without everyday waste to help educate and inspire a global community of people who are committed to making a positive impact on our planet. Pela is on a mission to eliminate 10 billion pounds of waste from the global waste stream and continues to research and develop the most innovative products to create a waste-free future. It’s always inspiring to have a conversation about how business can move us forward and always refreshing when a guest isn’t afraid to tackle the questions around design challenge, transparency and end-of-life landfill challenges, even when a product ‘does good’ while working. I hope you enjoy the show.Head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/26/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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323. How the light spectrum affects us for better or worse, with Daniel Ebbett.

We often hear sound bites about blue light exposure as being ‘bad’ or see influencers wearing orange glasses on Instagram lives, but if you really, really wanted to understand the light spectrum, what’s useful, harmful and helpful then you want to meet Daniel Ebbett.  We talk:  The light spectrum and its impact on our health - for better or worse. What common health conditions might have a light-related root cause. What neurotransmitters are affected by light - one of then being implicated in depression! How Daniel managed to convince his old boss to replace their office lighting for employee wellbeing and what the results were.  Technology and the stress placed on our system Whether the apps we can use to dim blue light actually work Why dimmable lights are bad news How to hack your blue light in the evenings to ensure you reduce it dramatically and protect your natural circadian rhythms What our biggest light source is in the evenings - and it isn’t your devices!  What the most impactful changes we can make to our homes and devices are? How the rest of the natural world is impacted by excess blue light. How travelling can be hacked to ensure you’re not messing up all your good work at home.  How Daniel, as someone who knows everything there is to know about light, sets up his home - living/bedroom/outside and devices (and he’s measured the set-up with a $4000 spectrometer to ensure it’s optimised - so that we don’t have to) Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and the articles we discussed, over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/19/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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322. Dr. Dain Heer: From Chiropractic To Beyond, In Supporting People’s Healing And Being Your Extraordinary Self

Trigger warning: In today’s show our guest shares he was close to ending his life at one point. Please reach out to 13 11 14 (Australia) or 1-800-985-5990 USA Crisis Line or your local helpline if you need support, and this show also just may help but is in no way intended to treat, heal or diagnose any conditions. Hugs to you if right now is hard.    Dr Dain Heer joins me today, after I recently had an Access Bars session that was so blissful and settling it led me to dig around a bit more and see who talks about it/ works with it and teaches it. It’s been a while since I’ve done a show that explores brain re-wiring techniques and ditching heavy stories that we hold as truth and towards the end of the show we do a live exploration of me + mould and while I can’t say it was a moment of change in my life, I can say I have just realised as I type this, I haven’t been sick from the house inspections we did the past two weekends which both had extensive water damage, so that’s interesting to me for sure - Dain made me realise that saying “the only way out is through” wasn‘t useful and that I have absolutely taken on board. We talk about:    The problem with handing all our answers over to external sources. The hope that can be found in our darkest moments. How we can get on with celebrating ourselves - all of ourselves and we discuss neurodivergence and both having ADHD. How the desire to serve others can start one way and morph into more once you start practising and seeing limitations/further tools to put in one’s kit.  The power of asking “Who does this belong to?” about every thought and feeling you have for 3 days.  How we can separate what we *think* we need to change, from what we actually want to change. Dain shares this gold “What’s true for you will always make you lighter” to help us tune into .    Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast to learn more about Dain’s work and Access Bars as a therapeutic tool. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/12/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 43 seconds
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321. Dr Vincent Pedre - The Gut Smart Protocol + how to make it your own.

Dr Vincent Pedre is the kind of doctor you want in your corner - kind, compassionate, big picture thinking and on today’s show we are deep diving into gut health - if you missed the show we did a few years back it has aged well and you might want to double down with both eps. That first one is #123.  This time round we talk about his new book, The Gut Smart Protocol, but within the show so much gold as well:    The huge amount of diagnoses that can be traced back to gut health and yet often aren’t The way we all might need to be coming into dietary changes differently depending on where we’re at (ie high histamine = don’t hit those fermented foods just yet!) and how to know what mix is best for your individual situation.  We look at Vincent’s dessert Island gut foods Tips on how to work with your doctor and so much more.    Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/5/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 12 seconds
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320. Dr. James Khong, 81, on the key principles to thriving in an anxious world

Dr James Khong has been a GP for 5 decades and at age 81, has wonderful wisdom to share with us in this week’s show. The solution to the ‘Stress Pandemic,’ as James calls these times, is a combination of Eastern and Western medicine, as well as following his Pillars of Health and reducing stress. I know you’ll love his calm reasoned and overwhelm-free approach in this show. James outlines his philosophy of wellness in his new book Pandemic Stress, Reflections of Thriving in an Anxious world - a book her wrote as a way to leave a legacy from his career and life. In over fifty years as a surgical registrar, emergency medicine specialist, innovative GP and medical consultant to the Australian Ballet, film and television industry, James Khong has had a front row seat of the medical ‘industry,’ and the view makes him sick. Ironically, it was a near-death-experience twenty years ago, which led to James’ epiphany about changing the status quo medical model. He started to combine traditional Chinese/Western/Functional medicine, which look for causes to illness, rather than just addressing the symptoms. James also introduced meditation and breathing exercises for stress reduction.   Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/26/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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319. Building a holistic support picture for ADHD with Dr James Greenblatt

ADHD - Traditionally thought of as a little-boy mental health picture is fast becoming recognised as something that many of us have been living with and creating coping mechanisms around, without being given the recognition of being neurodivergent - I am one such person diagnosed at the ripe old age of 47 - today’s show while focused primarily on children as Dr James Greenblatt’s work is focused there, it is very much a show for anyone who works with, lives with, cares for, teaches or loves anyone who either has a formal diagnosis or who you simply think “what is up with them!?” often about what they forget, their busy-ness, their inability to follow up or get a ‘simple’ thing done, their tapping their foot while you try to talk about something super important or perhaps their ‘too much’ ness sometimes. The shame that many people with ADHD feel for not being able to be like everyone wants or needs them to is really something that need not exist if we embrace diversity and difference and help each human find the space to thrive within our beautiful human race. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I did as we explore the many support tools on offer, the lack of judgement around stimulant medication, the importance of tools tips and tricks to bring out one’s best and the critical importance of removing food from the landscape that sabotages the neurodivergent brain more and faster than anything - ultra-processed food! You can head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast   Today’s guest James Greenblatt, MD is a clinical pioneer, speaker, and health system leader. Dr. Greenblatt is recognized as an authority on improving mental health outcomes with nutritional medicine. Dr. Greenblatt served for 19 years as Chief Medical Officer for Walden Behavioral Health. In 2019, Dr. Greenblatt bridged medicine and technology to launch Psychiatry Redefined, an online educational program for mental health providers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/19/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
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318. Glenn Livingston - Bye bye Binge eating to find food freedom

Trigger Warning - If you have an eating disorder or mental health condition that requires medical treatment for impulsivity, we discuss binge eating and habit reform in this episode.  Psychologist Glenn Livingston helps people towards healthy eating habits for a living. Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer overweight and/or food obsessed individuals, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants. Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food. His work centres around self-exploration, kindness and achieving food freedom if you live a life lured by food constantly without a framework for breaking free. In today’s show we explore a world where we ‘never binge again’. Is it possible? Glenn believes wholeheartedly YES. Why is it that we knowingly do things that we know aren’t good for us? How can some people make changes and stick to them and you find it super hard? Do you find yourself boredom eating? Reaching for food repeatedly before meals? Finding you eat one thing that you know is less than ideal for health only to then do it more and more ‘because what the hey, you’re not perfect now so this is you’.   xxx. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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317. Dr Ali Walker - A doctor of group dynamics can teach us about who we click and clash with

What is an ex-criminal lawyer doing on the podcast you ask? Well, Dr Ali Walker wasn’t satisfied in that line of work and went on to study executive coaching and obtain a PhD in group dynamics. She wants all of us to have a framework and literacy around our own personality, energy, communication style and how we can contribute to group dynamics with our eyes wide open as well as understanding others better - at work, in our families in leadership. You’ll learn about high, mid and low-frequency types, as well as high, mid and low-intensity types and how we are all one of each in different combinations. You’ll even see Ali profile me live and absolutely nail my frequency and intensity combo type. Very cool. Knowing ourselves and being able to spot other people’s types helps us understand each other rather than have unnecessary misunderstandings and friction - Ali will help you take things way less personally about other people’s behaviour. Her new book “Click or Clash” is worth a read if you found today’s show interesting and want to go deeper. Profound work making relationships and group dynamics profoundly simpler! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/5/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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316. Erin Lovell Verinder: Herbal Medicine And Detoxification - A holistic approach.

When we think detoxification these days, we often think quite mechanically about purging, killing things (mould/parasites), intensive programs, expensive labs et al, and while there is a time and place for all of it and it’s a bio-individual need, nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner Erin Lovell Verinder wants us to explore what a day by day, bit by bit approach looks like by exploring the magnificent plants that help us detoxify and eliminate every day as well as the ways in which we might need to up the ante from time to time. We discuss her 3 x desert Island plants as a herbalist, how important the mindset around health is, the different ways in which we can become empowered by plants-as-medicine and incorporate them safely into our day to day. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/29/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 18 seconds
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315. Jessica Maguire - Repairing the nervous system

How is your nervous system health?  Does a sugary snack lift you up and give you feel-good vibes only to have you return to fatigue or anxiety shortly afterwards?  Do you feel completely non plus about everything? Kind of numb without a way forward? Are you experiencing chronic pain or digestive issues?  Feel a cold sweat come over you when a stressful email hits the inbox and you can’t seem to move on fro that feeling?  Chronic anxiety, fatigue or a syndrome no one seems to be able to help you move forward with in an impactful way?  Trying to find a way to heal trauma from the past and not be so easily thrown into unstable emotions and physical symptoms? If you’re not looking at nervous system health and healing with any of these things and more, it is time to do that, joining me is Jessica Maguire, founder of “Repairing the nervous system” who generously shares daily ways that we can create robust nervous system health and today we’re exploring vagal tone, neuroception and more as we navigate how the power of nervous system work and support can be so incredibly healing. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/22/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 13 seconds
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314. Colleen Ryan-Hensley on “binging sober” - drawing ourselves to a place of health and healing by moving through what’s difficult.

This show takes a look at sobriety in a powerful new way where absolutes work for some and are needed, Colleen Ryan Hensley shares an additional perspective: What if we binged on sobriety the way we binged on all the things that take us away from feeling all the feelings of life and moving through it wholly awake and more empowered? Colleen is a 10-year Navy veteran, candidate for Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and founder of https://colleenryanhensley.com/ which I encourage you to connect with if today’s conversation resonates. She holds an advanced degree in performance psychology and spent 5-years with the team of cutting-edge researchers and clinicians at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth teaching High-Performance Cognitive Training to military veterans and their spouses and caregivers, active duty military, and first responders around the country. There are a lot of things we do to numb ourselves in life and today we explore how it looks and what we might stand to gain by widening the gaps between those numbing tools being in use, and the times when we’re “binging sober” as Colleen puts it. A wonderful show to encourage introspection as we close out a year and look to the next. Thanks for being here as a brilliant member of our podcast-listening community. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/18/202258 minutes, 33 seconds
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313. Bruce Scott on the power of bodywork.

We often don’t know just how good we are designed to feel and in today’s show, I interview Bruce Scott, the Body Magician, who works hard to help people feel that. Bodywork is a way through human touch and guidance, to help us nourish our nervous systems and re-write the programming of our physical and mental state as a result - a powerful tool because we are an equal part of the process rather than having something ’done’ to us and in a world where health is so often externalised, bodywork calls on us to come home and explore. How did Bruce come to do this work? It’s a powerful story in itself. At ten years of age, Bruce became sick with viral meningitis and went from being an elite gymnast to living in a dark room unable to go outside, even to school. Extensive treatments with Western medicine were not helping and by thirteen, Bruce had arthritis in every joint in his body.   He started learning tai chi and receiving a Swedish remedial massage once a week. Within six months, he was fully recovered and could play sports outdoors, run for miles and started boxing.Bruce, aka The Body Magician, says the combination of movement, breathing and massage transformed his life and  now he is using it to transform the lives of others. Known as BODYWORK, Bruce's work is a therapeutic practice combining massage, assisted stretching and breath-work to heal the body.He is on a mission to support the body’s ability to heal, and helps clients find energy, vitality, creativity and clarity through deep relaxation. Bruce works with everyone from athletes to CEO’s, mums and dads, entertainers, artists, authors and more. He helps people dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, burnout, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, hormonal challenges, migraines, PTSD, pregnancy, pre and post operative care and mor and I’m delighted to bring you this conversation that I had with Bruce on the show as 2022 comes to an end. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/11/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds
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312. Operation Crayweed - A regenerative marine ecology project en route to success, with Adriana Verges

This week I am thrilled to present you with an example of hope and progress in the regeneration space. With the right tools, funding and action we can rebuild the health of our planet and Professor Adriana Verges and her team are showing us the way with Operation Crayweed on the coast of Sydney, Australia - I’m so inspired to bring you this story because it shows a path of success and once we believe we can be successful in regeneration efforts, we see the evidence and positive effects, we then have more conviction and motivation and the ripple effects are in motion. Professor Vergés’s research focuses on the ecology and conservation of coastal marine habitats. In particular, her team investigates the ecological impacts of climate change in our oceans and develops hands-on restoration solutions to protect and conserve marine ecosystems including seagrass meadows, kelp forests and coral reefs. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details on how to support Operation Crayweed  over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/4/202251 minutes, 9 seconds
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311. Dr Lucas Tims on cancer - root causes, prevention and how we can broaden our treatment options for improved patient experience.

This week continuing our health series, I interview Dr Lucas Tims, medical director of the Riordon Clinic, Kansas, USA. Cancer through the naturopathic doctor lens gives a broader set of options to explore to not only treat the patient, but to change the terrain and make the body less hospitable to cancer now and into the future - a key piece of the treatment and healing puzzle sadly missing in conventional care which is “let’s try to kill and zap it and hope it doesn’t return or grow’. It’s inspiring to know Dr Lucas and other physicians like him are out there providing this holistic care and I hope it’s a helpful show for you, friends and any family that might need it right now. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/27/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 37 seconds
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310. FROM SCRATCH: Adventures in Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet, with David Moscow

What does “From Scratch” cooking mean to you? In modern times it’s come to mean making food at home, instead of ordering take-out or packaged snacks. Today, we take “from scratch” to it’s true meaning which is hunting, gathering, fishing and then preparing the food, exploring how that looks around the world, through the work of film maker and story teller, David Moscow. David Moscow is the creator, executive producer, and host of From Scratch and co-author of a book by the same name. He made his feature film debut at age thirteen in Big, starring as the young Tom Hanks; years later, he starred with Christian Bale in Newsies. He has appeared in dozens of films, television shows, and theater productions over a thirty-five year career. Most recently, David founded the production company UnLTD Pictures. He has executive produced more than twenty feature films and he also develops mixed-income sustainably green apartment buildings - in his spare time! I hope you enjoy our exploration and his stories, from FROM SCRATCH: Adventures in Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet. Head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/20/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 23 seconds
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309. Endometriosis with Alexandra Middleton, naturopath.

Are you or someone you know experiencing heavy, painful periods or suspecting/diagnosed with endometriosis? Today’s guest, Alexandra Middleton received so little care in her early journey that she quit investment banking and studied naturopathy to better understand and support her disease and then work to support other women in clinical practice. Endometriosis has been vastly underdiagnosed with hundreds and thousands of women complaining of debilitating symptoms and pain with nothing more than a suggestion of a pain killer and rest. In today’s show we discuss what’s at play, what some of the root causes can be that contribute to the development and progression of endometriosis, and how looking after ourselves and our environment is key as we heal and recover - with or without surgical intervention. Please share it far and wide with those who might benefit from the support and guidance. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/13/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 45 seconds
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308. Jeff Lieberman: From mess to message: How to support our teens into adulthood with “Sleepawake”

Did you feel connected, supported and ready as you headed into adulthood? Did you know yourself? Well Jeff Lieberman didn’t and had a really tough time of teen life and early adulthood, despite from the outside looking like an all-star student and human with 4 university degrees, a successful large-scale art business and hosting a show on the History Channel. Jeff jokes that he learned quantum mechanics before learning about his emotions but is quick to point out the tragedy of this. He marvels at the fact that we can measure the external universe to 10-decimal accuracy, but most of us don’t learn about our insides: our emotions, what leads to flourishing, how to take great care of ourselves. Years of personal exploration transformed him, leading to a determination to not have the road to joy be difficult for others to find. He has spent the last 15 years training in meditation, personal development, and group dynamics for well being, facilitating high school students through a 3-week intensive and adults through an 18-month program. His new camp Sleepawake has had incredible results and in today’s show you’ll get a window into just how much we can do now, and for our young adults and teens, to steer a happier, healthier course as connected ,purposeful individuals and communities. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/6/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 46 seconds
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307. Hannah Churton - Food waste solutions from the mindset, to the practicalities of worm farming and compost

This week is all about taking action on food waste - which, if it was a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter behind China and the USA - It’s a BIG deal and instead we seem to keep focusing on what’s on the plate instead of what’s in the BIN! Hannah Churton literally lives to make people feel confident about bringing worm farming or composting solutions into your life and in this show we discuss best options for a range of home styles - including apartments without balconies - and we also discuss barriers to entry, hiccups when getting started and common trouble shoots and what to do. I hope you love it as much as I did. I took extra good care of my worms this week, remembering just how important a job they did, after speaking with Hannah. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/30/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 41 seconds
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306. Julia Edgely: Broadening your understanding of homeopathy for viral and bacterial infections.

Julia Edgely joined us on the show recently to dive into the world of homeopathy, its history, the theory, the significance of different strengths of remedies and the ways homeopathy can be a big player in your life. Today’s show is actually a Low Tox Club member masterclass, which we run each month for our members, that - because it was just so useful and powerful when it comes to viral and bacterial infections - I felt compelled for everyone who listens to the show to get access to it as well, as well as giving you a window into what our masterclasses are like. In today’s show, we dive into the details of viral and bacterial infections and what remedies you need in your kit to deal with the onset and treatment of the infection at hand - we even go into the significance of different presentations of SNOT and what it tells us/what remedy we might need. We also cover red flags for when doctor/emergency care is warranted. It’s so useful and I’ve already expanded my homeopathic kit accordingly - I know you will too. To join the Low Tox Club you can go to lowtoxlife.com and hit the explore tab and you’ll see “join the club” as your first option. For more details on today’s show you can head to the podcast page. Enjoy, Alexx. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/23/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 20 seconds
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305. Alexx Stuart - Low Tox Travel Tips

This week we’re talking low tox travel tips - and I am your host AND guest, Alexx Stuart. I founded Low Tox Life back in 2010 and ever since have been creating educational resources in blogs, recipes, podcasts and two books, to help you lead a Low Tox Life. In today’s show I take you through travel tips - from minimising jetlag, to travel snacks, eating with allergies and intolerances, dealing with mould or electromagnetic frequency issues, water filters, supplements to pack for a natural medicine kit, 2 medications I pack and why I take my quilt wherever I go! I hope you find some useful tips in the show. For more details, head to lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/16/20221 hour, 30 seconds
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304. Alice Zaslavsky: The Joy of Better Cooking

Do you dislike cooking? What if a few simple tips, tricks, utensil hacks or simple mindset shifts could make your experience in the kitchen altogether more enjoyable and cost you less time and money in the process of getting food on the table? Today’s show will help as I have this uplifting conversation with Alice Zaslavsky about the power of the salad spinner (I’m not joking - listen and believe!) and so much more. If we can help just one person out there go ‘yay, what to cook tonight, I’ll have a rummage’ then it’s job done. Her new book “The Joy of Cooking” is an indispensable kitchen tool and we dive into a few highlights from it throughout the show. In the space of a decade, Alice Zaslavsky has gone from high-school Humanities and English teacher to one of the country’s most authoritative and exciting media stars and taste-makers, with an internationally award-winning and bestselling cookbook “In Praise of Veg”. I hope you enjoy the chat and you can get more details in the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/9/202258 minutes
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303. Corbin Halliday and Alexx Stuart Share their Experiences Working Through Mould Illness/CIRS

On this show, I have a conversation about what it feels like to have a little-understood and vastly under-supported illness due to mould toxicity and I do that with a fellow Aussie who’s been through it as well, Corbin. We are super open about what it’s been like along the way - the good, the bad, the ugly, the silver linings and the constant challenges. We don’t hold back. When Aussie, Corbin Halliday – working as a hairdresser at the time - was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), the result of unwitting exposure to mycotoxins from black mould, he was suffering from serious health complications such as chronic migraines, high blood pressure and nerve pains. After being diagnosed with CIRS, Corbin was motivated to adopt a lifestyle free of chemicals, including toxic-free skincare. He researched all of the products he was using and realised there was a gap in the market for organic and toxic-free skincare and self-tanning products – hence Three Warriors was born, which has developed into a multi-million $ Aussie brand coveted by celebrities and lots of people in the low tox community. I hope you enjoy the show and you can find more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/2/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 58 seconds
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302. Naturopathic Support in Oncology with Carla Wrenn

This week on the show, naturopath Carla Wrenn is back on the show discussing her speciality: Adjunct naturopathic care in oncology treatment and beyond. We talk about how she came to specialise in cancer, what it is like to establish a collaborative spirit with Oncologists, how a patient can feel empowered in the process of making changes and navigating options and the importance of mind/body practices. We discuss some of the research that shows some things to be very supportive for treatment, side effects and quality of life, as well as different dietary approaches suiting different cancers. It’s fascinating and hopeful and I hope you or a loved one finds it helpful if this is something you’re working through right now. Shownotes can be found at lowtoxlife.com/podcast for sponsor offers and further information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/25/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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301. Julia Edgely - The power of homeopathy

Curious to know more about homeopathy works? In today’s show, we dive right in with Julia Edgely. We focus on history, practice and a couple of simple home remedies we can work with ourselves, as well as knowing red flag signs of when you need professional help or emergency physician care. I also ask her what her desert Island remedy is and why - it’s a goodie and I’ve already ordered it! Julia Edgely is an internationally practising and licensed homeopath.  She treats a very wide range of patients but in certain cases, she saw a distinct pattern. Overuse of unnecessary antibiotics leads to pathologies sometimes years down the road. This led her to develop her signature method, The ABC Method which has helped hundreds of individuals and families eliminate unnecessary antibiotics use.  She believes education and knowledge is the key to helping her patients embrace their wellness journey. Enjoy the show and you can find more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast as well as the links for our sponsor offers, Alexx. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/18/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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300. Maggie Dent on GIRLHOOD

Raising or caring for young girls? Today’s show is for you as is Maggie Dent’s latest book, Girlhood. We discuss the things grown women learn about their challenges and negative patterns when looking back at their own childhood, as well as raising girls in this busy, modern and tech-fueled world. Maggie, the queen of common sense parenting is back on the show and if you missed her first two shows with us and you’re a parent or carer you must go back for a listen - shows 115 and 243. She has written a number of best selling books on parenting and education, holds and speaks at events in Australia, and appears on radio and television regularly, off the back of a multi-passionate career in education, counselling, retreat-holding and authoring books. I hope you enjoy the show and the shownotes are over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast for more details on Maggie’s latest book as well as our wonderful sponsors. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/11/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 46 seconds
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299. Building a Healthy Home from the ground up with Andy Pace

Andy Pace, Healthy Home Concierge and Founder of The Green Design Center, is back already. Our first show together was fantastic, looking at some of the disconnects between choosing building styles and materials and their impact on human health - seems to be we’re building for a very narrow success metric of energy saving while ignoring indoor humidity and mould growth potential. Add to that sloppier and more lax building codes in many places around the world where waterproofing isn’t done properly or wooden frames are filled over while still wet, and there are disasters waiting to happen - sometimes within just a year or two of the build being completed. But what if we could learn, step by step from the location to the ground and up, every facet of what makes a healthy home? Well, in today’s show we have a red hot go at doing just that. This show, while being a dream for someone considering building their home, is brilliant for renters and owners alike with the bounty of information Andy provides us in this show - we become more literate at spotting pitfalls before living in them! Yes, please. These are life skills we’re learning here and I’m thrilled to bring this show to you as well as Andy’s globally renowned expertise! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/4/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 14 seconds
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298. The Thyroid Debacle with Dr Eric Balcavage & Dr Kelly Halderman

Thyroid struggles? This show is where you need to be then for the next 70 minutes. I am thrilled to have back on the show Dr Eric Balcavage, a relentless crusader in thyroid health education and long-term root-causes-based healing. He is one of the duo that has written a new book called The Thyroid Debacle, the co-author also being a past show guest, Dr Kelly Halderman. Kelly Halderman, a conventionally trained and practised physician was hit by two chronic health conditions, one being MS and through her trusting that something more could be done than what she was being told was her lot in life, discovered functional medicine and hasn’t looked back. Eric, seeing sick patient after patient that no amount of spinal adjustments could support for long-term healing in his chiropractic practice felt the same. And so, thanks to these two Drs broadening their understanding of what helps humans achieve homeostasis and lasting improved health, and practising with and educating thousands around the world, we have a powerhouse tackling a thyroid-illness epidemic and having read the book myself I can honestly say I know just how impactful it will be for people to read it and practice what they learn from its pages. Today isn’t all about the book though, as we explore thyroid testing, what gaps there are in current treatments, how you can be on meds and still feel awful and so much more. Enjoy the show and be sure to head to the shownotes for more information and the sponsor offers. lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/28/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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297. Grace Niu - A deeper dive into Feng Shui for health

This week I have Grace Nui back on the show to dive deeper into Feng Shui and Eastern principles of wellbeing. On an 80minute exploration we dive into the idea that our body is our bodyguard, and how sometimes constant vigilance is an invitation to explore a deeper need for healing. We also talk about chronic presentations, the home, bust myths that everything needs to be a ‘certain facing’ direction for a happy, wealthy, healthy life and look at how we’re being impacted by the stages the world are in and moving to right now, energetically. It’s a fascinating deep dive and show that really helps us make sense of things on not just an individual level but as a collective in the world right now. I adore Grace’s work and we’ve included her website in the shownotes for you. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/21/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 25 seconds
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296. Long Covid: What we know is helping, with Naturopath, Carla Wrenn

Long Covid. Do you or someone you know still have covid after effects lingering on to varying degrees? Today’s show is for you. With this amount of people experiencing issues - some debilitating - it’s impossible for us to ignore anything that’s proving to be helpful, regardless of our area of training or thinking and I believe it’s holistic health’s time to shine as a true parter to crisis care and come to the rescue. Many of us who’ve had mosquito-borne viruses, biotoxin poisoning, tick borne illness and other often chronic and complicated multi-system conditions are no stranger to long lasting effects of certain exposures and infections. Never in our lifetime though, have hundreds of millions of people caught a virus within the time frame of a couple of years, with the therefore much higher influx within a period of time, of people chronically affected in the aftermath, and so, I have hope that the light will be shone for all who’ve experienced chronic post-viral/exposure issues for decades with little support. Us chronic peeps have often eventually - if privileged enough with the access and means - been driven to explore eastern medicine, naturopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy and more to find ways to improve symptoms and heal, when labs return more or less ‘normal’ and conventional drugs don’t work so we know how many tools can be in the ‘get well kit’ and I’d dearly love for everyone to know how many tools can be in your kit if you do have long covid - don’t lose hope. Many conventional doctors are so heavily regulated that they can’t discuss other options even if you want to so there’s a real opportunity for partnership between types of health professionals here. I have brought us the wonderful Naturopath, Carla Wrenn, specialised in chronic illness and oncology, to discuss the research at the forefront of long covid in the ‘out of the box’ treatment world of holistic healing and nutraceutical support. This show is so needed and I feel grateful to be able to get this information out to the many experiencing issues and debilitating symptoms. Share it far and wide. I hope it’s as helpful a show as I feel it will be and you can head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/14/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 56 seconds
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295. What makes a healthy building? The building, the materials, the maintenance - it all matters, with Andrew Pace

Care about the health of your home’s indoor air? Sensitive to a variety of chemicals and need to look at what’s happening in your home? We think about home fragrance, mold and our cleaning products but how about how long a kitchen cabinet takes to off-gas or just how low VOC that paint really is- Ah, it never ends, does it? This week to help us NOT freak out about building materials and get so many valuable tips about choosing a home if you’re renting through to choosing materials if you’re building or renovating, Andy Pace is the perfect guide through it all. Andrew Pace is a Healthy Home Concierge and Founder of The Green Design Center, a leading resource for homeowners and contractors looking to source products that are healthy and green and receive expert consulting advice on designing and building healthy green homes. He is a worldwide expert on green and healthy building products and works with customers and contractors from around the globe. As founder of the oldest healthy building supply company in the United States, Andrew has become one of the single most helpful and educational experts dealing with the day-to-day concerns of those individuals who suffer from allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/7/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 46 seconds
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294. The keys to a healthy pelvic floor with Dr. Danielle Bailey

When you think ‘Pelvic floor’ most people either think of women who’ve just given birth or elderly people, but having an unstable pelvic floor can affect us all - that’s including men, so I’ve invited a wonderful physical therapist, Dr Danielle Bailey, who helps thousands in her practice and online, get their pelvic floor in shape and transform all sorts of symptoms that aren’t just about peeing when you don’t want to - although that part is, of course, the biggest reason to get excited - even laugh and cry or sneeze, and be relaxed about it. Right? Danielle is a physical therapist and functional medicine practitioner in Plano Texas, USA, specializing in pelvic floor physical therapy. She supports women and men who experience pelvic floor dysfunction, such as urinary leakage, tailbone pain, frequent restroom breaks, pain with intercourse, and constipation. She also helps women who experience discomfort during pregnancy and postpartum. Danielle works closely with clients to help them discover the root cause of their challenging health issues.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/31/202258 minutes, 29 seconds
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293. Taking a tour of the immune system and how best to support it, with Jules Galloway.

In this week’s show we talk about the immune system again including what it needs to function, how to boost it and how to save the day when it’s under attack, with the experienced naturopath, Jules Galloway. We cover all the body’s systems that contribute to immune function, nutrients, gut health, herbal and supplement support and more in this comprehensive and supportive road-map style show. I hope it supports you and that you consider sharing it with your friends and family so we can all be our healthiest selves at a time where many infections are floating around, not to mention the main star infection that is making things particularly challenging right now. Missed our shows on immune system disarray with Dr Gary Caplan and on nutrition for immune support with Immunobiologist, Bill Giles? Worth heading back. We’ve got Long Covid coming up too! As always, show notes are available over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/24/20221 hour, 48 minutes, 53 seconds
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292. Localization as an antidote to polarization with Helena Norberg-Hodge

This week I am sharing a powerful show with thought leader and localisation champion, Helena Norberg-Hodge. I have invited Helena back, given it’s just been World Re-Localisation-Day, to discuss the practicality, possibility and benefits of localising economies, and to tackle the big topics today such as polarisation as a profit-making reality that keeps us from holding big industry accountable and changing the system that’s causing further and further economic divide and despair world wide - it’s a show to make you THINK rather than perpetuate the ‘what team are you on’ arguments we all seem forced into today. Polarisation is the enemy of true progress and today’s show focuses on the benefits of what true progress are. Can’t wait to hear what you think. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/17/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 47 seconds
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291. Dr. Nicole Beurkens - Raising kids in 2022 to be healthy, and mentally resilient and why grey-area thinking matters.

What are some of the biggest factors that affect the health of our children today? How is growing up in a polarised black and white world affecting our kids? What happens to our kids if they are raised in a way that doesn’t factor in an understanding of differences in people, politics and life choices? Today I invite Dr Nicole Beurkens, a triple advance degreed psychologist, educator and nutritionist to help us unpack raising kids in today’s ever polarised world and how we can support them to investigate the complexity of various global and local issues as well as how that feeds into greater resilience and peace. We also discuss some of the biggest things that move the needle for children’s health. It’s a powerful show and I hope you appreciate it as much as I did. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/10/20221 hour, 21 minutes
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290. Bill Giles on finding your signature diet (and how that in turn supports your immune system)

In the coming weeks we’re going to be looking at the Immune System with a few practitioners and specialists in this space - Dr Gary Kaplan’s show from last month was wonderful to kick things off. Today, I interview Bill Giles, Immunobiologist, Hypnotherapist, Yoga Teacher and more, with over 3 decades of clinical experience supporting and optimising people’s immune function. Bill was a pioneer advocating for grain-free diets in the early 90s, co founding the world’s first grain-free bakery and we talk about grains in today’s episode. We explore different foods and their effects on the immune system, from plants to animal proteins, fats and fish. We look at why fructose is such a harmful sugar but not necessarily to all people and look at how one might go about finding their signature diet for optimal health and immune function. It’s a fascinating show that has me wanting to ask more questions, so Bill will be a masterclass guest in our member’s club which you can join here: https://www.lowtoxlife.com/the-low-tox-club/ and be a part of or catch the replay and the many other member-only resources we share, there. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/3/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 45 seconds
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289. Shanya Suppasiritad - On how fashion can be exciting AND sustainable.

This week I interview Shanya Suppasiritad, a serial entrepreneur, recipient of the first TWOGOOD grant and founder of RNTR. Imagine if you could rent your favourite brands in capsule collections to wear for 2 weeks or 4 and then you returned them or the next person to enjoy and for them to find their way into a closed-loop recycling system at the end of their life, to become new clothes. This is what RNTR makes possible and I know you’ll enjoy learning more about fashion, textiles, and slowing fast fashion down while creating new jobs… it’s got a little of everything if you’re a fan of clothes but want to do better by the planet in the process. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/26/202247 minutes, 30 seconds
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288. Water Damage, ERMI testing, and all things mould with Michael Rubino, the Mold Medic

This week we are talking about water-damaged buildings, mould, ERMI testing, remediation and what some of the tell tale signs are for water damage as well as some of the best ways to build to avoid it. My expert joining me on the show is Michael Robino, President of  All American Restoration and a mold remediator with much experience working with families severely affected by mold. Michael’s passion extends beyond remediating homes, as he has now put the wheels in motion advocating for the right to clean air and a tightening up of building codes, materials used and waterproofing techniques to ensure healthier homes in the future and a greater level of rights for people experiencing issues now. On today’s show, Michael also takes us through 2 of my past ERMI test results, pointing out various aspects of the reports that show alarm bells for mold-sensitive people living there. If you want to watch that part of it, I’ve included it as a video section over in the show notes. I hope this show supports you if water damage has been something you’re grappling with and if you want more on mould, head to the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on today’s show, to find a post link where I’ve listed all of the resources we’ve shared over the years on mold, mold illness, water damage and healing. Enjoy the show, Alexx.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/19/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 36 seconds
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287. Dr Gary Kaplan - Why you’re still sick and how to get better

Have you or someone you know, been sick for a while now? Today I interview someone who’s been in the business of helping people heal from chronic pain and chronic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, tick infections and mould to name a few. Dr Gary Kaplan is the medical director of the Kaplan Center in Mclean Virginia the first integrative medical center in the Washington DC area. He is a clinical associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the author of the book WHY You Are Still Sick: Infections that break your immune system and how you can recover. His expertise includes the following: chronic illness, lyme disease, ME/CFS, chronic pain, mold toxicity, sleep disorders, PANS/PANDAS, neuropsychiatric disease secondary to autoimmunity from infections and longevity medicine. I hope this show brings you a deeper understanding of what’s going on when we become chronically ill an d how we might start making steps towards real healing.  Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/12/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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286. Josette Tkacik - A story of determination and selfhealing

Ever grappled with a chronic illness or diagnosis and felt sure that you could do much more than what was being recommended? I have as has this week’s guest, ex-professional dancer, medical miracle and famed Zumba Instructor Josette Tkacik. This week’s show isn’t filled with healing protocols or step by steps for how to heal rheumatoid arthritis, which put her in crippling pain and had her staring at a lifetime of multiple medications in her early 30s. Josette fully reversed her illness and was declared a medical miracle, but acknowledges everyone’s journey is different. This show is more about sharing a story of hope and looking at what some of the things might be in our lives that aren’t serving us so that we can create change before a crisis. Josette’s story of disordered eating as a professional ballet dancer, through to being an overworked lawyer, through to being someone who took illness as a chance to walk through a new door and inspire thousands is uplifting and affirms the fact that if we’re truly going to heal, a deep, spiritual and energetic evaluation must happen alongside any practical levers we pull through medication, supplements and diet. As always, this is not medical advice and please don’t change anything without the guidance of your trusted practitioner(s). Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/5/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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285. Hair accessories get a planet-friendly makeover

I don’t know about you but up until about 5 years ago, I never once thought “Gee, I wonder how much damage my hair tie is doing?” and yet, I had written extensively by that time about all sorts of everyday household items and the damage they did and what we could choose instead. It just goes to show, we only know what we know when we know it and today, we’re going to talk about hair ties, scrunchies, headbands and look under the hood of Koosho0 - including learning what the name means. It’s a lovely chat with founders Rachel Evans and Jesse Schiller about plastic waste, Island life without recycling capabilities, and the many things you have to think about when building a truly sustainable brand. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/29/202252 minutes, 6 seconds
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284. Discovered Wildfoods - wild game for healthier people and planet?

Firstly, as with all shows we’ve done on food - I’m not here to tell you what to eat. I’ll leave that to the doctors to guide you through, but what I am passionate about, is guiding big picture, grey area thinking in this polarised world trying to oversimplify things in black and white narratives which we all end up fighting each other over. No thanks. Not productive and I truly believe there’s room for every type of eater to do better for their health and our planet and animals - whether you eat animals or not. To that end, this week we’re talking about the impact of wild animals on the landscape - both the wild, native landscape and the farms where food is grown and ask: Could this be the most ethical, environmental meat solution yet? During the pandemic, Billy Staughton & Tara Medina (Discovered Wildfoods) launched their brand of wild-harvested Sambar venison. Coming from diverse backgrounds in events, music festivals, bars, management consulting and even stints as a jackeroo, a wild game near business seemed the logical next step. It posed many challenges but after years of getting the supply chain right, they’ve not only found a solution to help restore pristine native habitats being threatened by invasive wild game but deliver an ethically harvested, incredibly nutritious meat to Australians. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/22/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 11 seconds
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283. Mark Henry - Designing a brighter future

What’s so inspiring about a frying pan, I hear you ask? Today I interview engineer, regenerative farmer and entrepreneur Mark Henry, founder of Solid Teknics and we discuss what it means to run a truly ethical, sustainable business from the products you sell and how they’re made, to the employees under your care and the values you uphold. Join us to discuss the future of the planet and what we need to be moving towards for more equity and happiness, as well as having a planet to live on at all. It’s an inspiring chat to have with your walk - can’t wait to hear how you enjoy looking behind one of the finest low tox brands out there! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/15/20221 hour, 44 seconds
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282. Rafaele Joudry - Is Sound Therapy the missing piece in your healing?

Every now and then I learn something completely and excitingly new after 8 years of interviewing people and today I learnt more about the audio neural pathways (ie the link between our ear function, brain and nervous system) from our guest, Rafaele Joudry. Rafaele has dedicated her life to helping people overcome auditory problems and enhance their lives through better ear and brain health. She pioneered the first portable Sound Therapy program after discovering how the program could benefit her mother’s hearing difficulties. Rafaele holds a Master of Psychology specializing in Sound Therapy. She has authored dozens of articles plus three best-selling books: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, Triumph Over Tinnitus and Why Aren’t I Learning? Sound Therapy International has treated many thousands of clients for conditions such as autism, stroke, brain injury, insomnia, Parkinson’s, tinnitus, depression, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions using the Tomatis method of sound therapy that is - stimulation of the brain using high-frequency sound to repair the audio-neural pathways. Enjoy exploring sound therapy and head to the show notes for all the details of our sponsor offers this month - there are some great ones! lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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281. Dr. Cody Hanish - On stress, movement, patterns of habit, posture and tech.

This week I invited chiropractor Dr Cody Hanish onto the show, a Sydney-based chiro that lets us all watch him adjust people on his Tik Tok and Insta - it’s strangely satisfying to watch, I admit! In today’s show, we discuss the musculoskeletal system and how it interacts with lymphatics and blood flow and look at repeat patterns of habit in posture and movement, the impact of tech devices and what to do about it - as I type this I’m adjusting my posture and uncrossing my legs - I’ve discovered repeat patters of habit and I’m sure you will too after today’s show. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and our generous sponsor offers over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/1/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 15 seconds
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280. Holistic healing of people and planet with Biodynamics farmer, David McFall

“She shied away from talking about the neighbours saying they were unfortunately no longer on good terms,” David asked her what happened and eventually she shared that the neighbour had flown a pesticide spraying plane over by their property one day and the next, she miscarried. How to feel hope? Enter today’s guest, David McFall, a biodynamic farmer from Western Australia. Interviewing a farmer is always a feel-good experience on the show because they’re always farmers working with regenerative methods, leaving the landscape better and better, more biodiverse, sequestering more carbon and developing healthier and healthier water systems with each passing year. I hope you enjoy this conversation about how farming innovation doesn’t need to hurt the people who farm or the planet, and how we all have a place in the world to connect to nature in some way and be good custodians - city or country peeps. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/24/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 31 seconds
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279. Kylie Butler on confronting and moving beyond addiction

Trigger warning: Today’s show is about addiction and my guest, Kylie Butler, coming through addiction herself as an alcoholic and moving through and beyond it to support others. Kylie is a career and recovery coach after many years in corporate prior to her facing her addiction. She takes us through what the addiction spectrum looks like, how what you thought was happy might not have been, paving the way for addiction to develop, how to navigate recovery and relapse to truly get the support you need to thrive beyond addiction. It’s a powerful show for those who need this in their lives right now. I hope it’s helpful and for more info you can head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/17/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 26 seconds
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278. Are physical symptoms an invitation to explore how to get back to homeostasis? Dr John Demartini helps us unpack it.

Dr John Demartini is back on the show, and once again challenging our thinking and perception to the core - this time on the subject of ‘wellness’. As you listen, please know that this is NOT about throwing out the Epipen and antihistamines or ditching your gut healing protocol today, but it’s about simply being curious about our state of mind, raising our awareness of homeostasis within ourselves and what mental things - perceived or real, might be at play that is manifesting as symptoms in the body. Speak with your doctor before making any changes to medication. It’s a fascinating hour as John delves into the science that demonstrates just how much our mind affects our body, as many more teachers, scientists and doctors are starting to realise today. I know in my own journey of healing from mould illness that a huge part of the slowness of the recovery was not realising how much trauma had impacted my brain and subsequently my nervous system, subsequently, my entire body and the symptoms presenting. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/10/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 10 seconds
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277. Neuroinflammation and mental health with Brendan Vermeire

On this week’s show, I have the wonderful Brendan Vermeire, aka the Holistic Savage, on the show to talk about his passion for mental health. We are talking about neuroinflammation specifically and a variety of root causes - including a modern life of less resistance building and then we move through to interventions to support the healing of the body as well as the building of resilience. Clue: Many of them are painfully simple!  Brendan is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer. He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education. He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners, and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.TM, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health. When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/3/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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276. Roots and Rituals with Becca Piastrelli

Do you feel a strong sense of belonging and connection? Would you say you have strong presence of rituals in your life from season to season, and in different seasons of your family’s and your lives? Today’s guest Becca Piastrelli, author of Root and Ritual, gives us many compelling reasons to bring rituals into our lives to feel more deeply rooted within ourselves, our place, the community and the world. It’s a meaningful, thought prokoving all to arms for a life worth living. I can’t wait to hear what you take from it. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/27/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 44 seconds
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275. What practising simplicity means with Jodi Wilson

Would you say your life embraces simplicity? Today is an invitation to do that more, with author Jodi Wilson, whose book, Practising Simplicity tells the tale of how she found ways to embrace simplicity in all its, well, simplicity. While for her it looked like packing up a busy, urban life and jumping in a caravan, destination: Australia, she very much cautions against copying someone else’s exploration and finding what simplicity means to you. There is no prescription in this conversation, only an invitation to feel less rushed, more fulfilled and grateful, and more aligned with nature when you’re urban, in the country and everywhere in between. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and resources over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/20/20221 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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274. Terramation: Turning Death into Life.

This week, a heads up that in this episode we talk about death and dying a lot so if this is raw for you right now, you might want to skip it and I’m sending you strength and hugs. Micah Truman and Brie Smith from Return Home discuss how they’re making an impact on the planet and on the grieving process for the families they support as their loved ones pass away, by creating a system by which families can move through the grieving produce for weeks by their loved ones’ side, and receive the gift of fertile soil at the end of that process. I found it fascinating and it just made so much sense to me as I learnt about how it works and what kind of experiences the families have in the process. I think in a culture that has taboos around death and dying and shame around grief, it’s time for a new conversation and way forward I interview. Enjoy the show asnd I can’t wait to hear what you think. Head to the show notes for more details and extra resources over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/13/202257 minutes, 3 seconds
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273. Professor Maurie Cohen explores systems change options as we search for a healthier people and planet

In a world where conversations exploring the grey area of big, complex situations is rare, I’m thrilled to bring you this conversation with Professor Maurie Cohen, Professor of Sustainability at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Most recently, Dr. Cohen has been looking at what the global slowdown has meant for the environment and sustainable living, and what it could mean if some of the radical changes in our everyday lifestyles and consumption habits persist long-term. His work and areas of discussion in this interview cover Environmental Social Science, Alternative Mobility Futures, Socio-Technical Transition Management, Sustainability Science, Environmental Policy and Sustainable Consumption. It’s not an easy listen but you aren’t a headline thinker, so let’s dive in and I can’t wait to see what you get out of it. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/6/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds
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272. City Living? Permaculture is still possible with Nicole Schauder.

Think you don’t have enough space to grow food? Enter the ever positive and can-do Nicole Shauder who will convince you otherwise - including a step by step sprout-growing tutorial for your kitchen table! In this episode we talk about growing a serious amount of food in a regular home garden or even more restrictive growing space by exploring various zones of permaculture and what you can do where, as well as talking about seed saving, seasons, different climates, setting up garden beds and more. She and her husband Dave came from being sick all the time with two small kids allergic to everything and when they made the changes away from packets and fast food to organics and growing as much of their food as they can, the results were lifechanging with none of their subsequent four children having any allergies at all and sickness in the family being a rarity. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details on their amazing online education and upcoming app over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/27/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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271. Melanie Salmon: Healing trauma with QEC

Is trauma informing your current physical and emotional state? Are there challenges you’re finding emotionally or physically too hard to overcome no matter what you try? I am always fascinated by any techniques that support people on their healing journeys and coming across Dr Melanie Salmon’s work makes me feel lucky to be able to then share that with you on the show in the hope that it might support healing and a deep sense of wellbeing for listeners in our community. After being a GP for 40 years, Melanie wanted to be able to offer patients who weren’t healing with the tools available to her as a doctor so she studied psychotherapy and became a Gestalt therapist. Feeling that talk therapy also had its limitations, she went on a quest to see what might be able to do better, still and so, she developed something herself, QEC, which now sees coaches all around the world carrying out this life-changing therapy with people online. She is passionate about healing trauma and building internal resilience using the power of the subconscious mind. Bringing together the power of human connection with neuroscience, Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC) works to free you from past trauma, internal stress and the effects of self-limiting beliefs. I interview xxx. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/20/202255 minutes, 31 seconds
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270. Marci Zaroff on building the Ecorennaissance

Marci Zaroff is a powerhouse who has been innovating in the health and fashion space for 3 decades now, coining the term ‘eco fashion’, being at the helm of the formation of certifications such as GOTS (global organic textile certification) and fair trade parameters for fashion with Fair Trade USA. She also co-founded the celebrated nutrition school, IIN - Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I interview Marci because It’s always so interesting to me how we can make the act of buying something NOT a disaster for the planet. How entrepreneurialism can play a significant role in creating global change - it’s not always about less, it’s sometimes just a matter of choosing differently. We discuss self-care, health, attitude to life, fostering growth in our everyday lives and thinking… It’s jam packed and I hope you enjoy meeting Marci and being inspired by what we can all do in our lifetimes to change the conversation from our own corner of the world. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/13/202257 minutes, 31 seconds
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269. The playlist for your best life with Dr Joseph Cardillo

This week I interview Dr Joseph Cardillo on energy and how we can  Increase serotonin Ignite the limbic system Improve your blood chemistry Achieve better results Change your physical feelings Increase alertness Change the frequency of our brainwaves All by setting ourselves up with musical cues to support us in living our best lives and then? Layer additional cues over the top to amplify the effect of the music with other mediums. We also discuss autopilot vs intentionally living and how to support the raising of awareness required to tune into where we want to direct our lives.  And I share a funny story about Ricky Martin and my friend Nicole! The genX kids like me will love this episode because we subconsciously knew it all along that mixtapes make life better! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and sponsor offers for the Aussies over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/6/202259 minutes, 21 seconds
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268. Dr Stephen Cabral on harnessing the best tools for whole-body health

This week, I interview Dr Stephen Cabral, founder of the EquiLife & the Integrative Health PractitionerInstitute, and Author of the International Best-Selling Book, The Rain Barrel Effect. As a naturopathic doctor, Stephen has helped many around the world and it all started for him when a myriad of health issues in his late teens weren’t able to be healed conventionally. Steph has performed his studies around the world and brings an east meets west holistic healing approach to his patients, Today we talk about the most common issues that trouble us today, from metabolic disease to thyroid, digestive and immune and what some of the biggest drivers for whole-body health healing are. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/202256 minutes, 34 seconds
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267. Step into YOU with Lorraine Murphy

Do you remember a time where you felt really ‘you’. In flow? Maybe a great sense of boundless energy? The sense that there was something really motivating to wake up for each day in work, love, life? To kick off the new year I invite Lorraine Murphy, author of 3 wonderful books in the past centred around productivity, and now with a new book Step Into You, to discuss this - we talk about alarm bells that things are not going well and you need to pay attention - LOVE Lorraine’s analogy on this, and also talk about some of the tools we can use to bring ourselves back to ourselves - not entirely easy with all the demands that come up in life, often with the busy-ness clouding our own filtering and awareness of when things might not be best for us!  Enjoy the first show of 2022 and head to the show notes for more details on the book and this week’s sponsor, over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/23/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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266. Alexx with Mental Health First Aid Specialist Pippa Baker on end of year challenges and thriving through them

Do you find the holidays hard? On the final show of the year for 2021, I invite one of my oldest friends, Pippa Baker onto the show, who is a Mental Health First Aid specialist, training and supporting people from corporate to schools to social groups in all things resilience and mental health - how to feel empowered, focused on what you can control, and grateful - even on a day it’s only for a nice punnet of strawberries as she shares during our chat about a particularly tough day in the past year. We talk about the challenge of the holiday season from managing energy to loss and grief, to people who disagree with you or you with them and we carve out a path of kindness, compassion and gratitude, finishing up with some golden tips on raising kids who can do hard things.    Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/19/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 21 seconds
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265. Mark Herrema on Replacing Plastic with AirCarbon

This week continuing our eco disruptor interviews, I interview Mark Herrema. Did you ever believe we might be able to stop using plastic and replace it with something that won’t harm people and planet? Well, it may just be possible with AirCarbon and I’m very excited to see where this goes. Mark Herrema is the co-founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies. In 2003, Mark co-founded Newlight with a vision of using greenhouse gas as a resource to make high-performance sustainable materials. After a decade of research, Mark and his team developed a technology that uses a natural process found in the ocean to make a material called AirCarbon. AirCarbon is a meltable energy storage molecule made in almost all known living things that are strong, meltable, and ocean-degradable. AirCarbon is now being used to replace plastic in single-use food ware, fashion products, and a variety of other applications. Newlight has been honoured to receive recognition as “Biomaterial of the Year” by the Nova Institute, “Innovation of the Year” by Popular Science, and “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, Newlight was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mark graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and has since garnered over 15 years of expertise in process engineering, polymer functionalization, and strategic business development. I hope you enjoy this discovery as much as I have, hearing Mark’s story and the development of something truly disruptive in the plastics space. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/202150 minutes, 20 seconds
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264. Alyssa Couture on fashion for your health

This week we’re talking Fashion with Alyssa Couture - It’s been a while since we discussed fashion on the show and today with Alyssa, we talk about fashion for health - like did you know that polyester, never mind the horror of microplastics, has an acidic ph and feels unnatural on the skin as well as increasing the chance of rashes, body odour and pore clogging? So today’s conversation is one that goes very deep into fashion for people and the planet and I loved it. Alyssa’s upcoming fashion book HEALTHY FASHION: THE DEEPER TRUTHS establishes an alternative approach to apparel. Her work Healthy Fashion creates + broadcasts enlightening content on fashion deemed medicinal and I think it’s a must read - it’s way easier to avoid buying excess or synthetic clothes when we really understand the multiple why-nots, right? Visit www.hfcampaign.com for more info. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/5/202148 minutes, 27 seconds
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263. Professor James Trevelyan - Disrupting air conditioning for a healthier planet!

Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer with many accolades for inventions and innovations over the past 4 decades. From sheep sheering robots to landmine clearance technology to many things in between and now? Disrupting the air conditioning industry with something that cools people without cooking the planet - which is what, unfortunately, conventional air conditioning does. It’s exciting to have him on the show to discuss his innovation and share with the world how we can revolutionise our sleep in warm climates by cooling ourselves rather than every room in the house. I hope you enjoy the interview and if you want to cut straight to the Coolzy innovation, skip to 20mins in, but if you, like, me, enjoy hearing about how someone comes to be doing what they do today, I found it fascinating to discuss some of his key innovations over the years. Head to the shownotes for more information and the sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/28/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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262. Helena Norberg-Hodge - Local is our future

Helena Norberg-Hodge is this week’s show guest, continuing our planet series on asking the biggest questions we can and finding the simplest, local solutions we can. So if you’re interested in local-economy thinking and seeing how we can move forward, this is the show for you. Helena is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” She is author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures, and Local is Our Future (2019). She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up, and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localisation, and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network. I adored this conversation with Helena - what an opportunity to learn from someone in the field of true environmentalism for so long. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for details of her work and sponsor offers lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/21/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 42 seconds
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261. Earth Detox with Julian Cribb

Journalist Julian Cribb, author or many books including his latest, Earth Detox, has spent a career asking the biggest of questions of where the human species and planet are headed, and then answering them. In this show, we discuss the harmful effects of the desire to constantly grow, population boom and crash (and how that won’t be pretty!) pollution, environmental toxins, greenhouse gasses, agricultural inputs and regenerative agriculture solutions - all things that if we deeply understand we can then put our best effort into solutions as a collective. I hope you find the show enlightening and helpful, while the facts shared are certainly hard to get ones’ head around. You can find the shownotes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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260. Dr Perry Nickleston on Brain and Nerves Detox

It was wonderful having Dr Perry Nickleston back on the show to go deeper into the conversation on healing all things chronic - whether it’s pain, disease, systemic inflammation… We dive into a deeper look at how detoxification channel impairment - especially from the brain - can be a hindrance to healing, and we look at some of the most effective ways to promote healing, oxygenation, cell hydration and more in today’s show. If you have patients, clients, or you yourself are experiencing any chronic health challenge, this is the show - and the guy - for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and do go back to show 223 to listen to our first chat, also. The two are great together so that’s one big nature walk! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/7/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 31 seconds
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259. Dr Shamini Jain on disease healing and prevention through the neuroscience lens.

“I’ve had the experience of diving deep into the science and practice of healing, so I’m really jazzed to share that, but sometimes our own experiences are just as important to keep in that conversation”. Ooh this is a juicy interview indeed and Shamini is an excellent human I’m so happy to introduce to you - if you’ve been interested in neuroscience, and what things such as creativity, meditation, energetic healing, and the biofield have to do with preventing, treating and healing disease as well as enhancing our general sense of contentment and wellbeing, then this week is the show for you. Dr Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, educators, and artists to help lead humanity to heal ourselves. Her pioneering research in meditation, biofield healing and psychoneuroimmunology has been featured in TIME, U.S. News and World Report and CNN. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/31/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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258. Discovering the power of Sophrology with Dominique Antiglio

Have you ever heard of sophrology? These 3 shows this month have us focusing on inner work and today I speak with Dominique Antiglio. Dominique is the world’s leading Sophrologist (a dynamic meditation specialist), author and founder of BeSophro, a global Sophrology platform. She specialises in stress management, anxiety reduction and burn-out prevention, and studied under the founder of Sophrology - the late Dr Alfonso Caycedo. We discover what Sophrology is - the endeavour of supporting people in finding as better state of harmony within themselves - consciousness, physical, mental - while we learn to live harmoniously in modern life. We even do a dynamic meditation exercise live on the show. Enjoy discovering this dynamic meditation modality and what it might be able to do for you and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/24/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 54 seconds
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257. Rebecca Poole on The Significance of Sensitivity

It’s time to talk about relationships - with ourselves, with others, as parents, as lovers. We’re going everywhere today in what feels like a very useful toe-dip into the subject that is sure to have a part two. Rebecca Poole has decades of experience looking after humans and helping them feel well but after a masters in Chinese Medicine and practicing overseas in China, and several successful years of practice back home, she wanted to go deeper. “Why do people experience these illnesses chronically? Why sometimes when someone changes jobs or relationships does their health nosedive or dramatically improve?” Today, she is a healer bringing all her tools to her clients through private practice and group learning and so if you’ve ever wanted to start doing the important work of leaning into your relationship with yourself and others, I can confidently say this show is a must listen. Read more and discover this month’s sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/17/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 9 seconds
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256. A children’s health hour of power with Dr Natasha Beck

Do you have or care for kids? This is a great show with Dr Natasha Beck MPH, Psy. D and founder of Dr Organic Mommy, who passionately advocates for a cleaner world for our children, from the environment to the food we teach them to enjoy, we can make a big difference to children’s mental and physical wellbeing - and Natasha should know, she had ADHD as a kid on the standard American diet. We discuss sleep routines, boundaries, social interaction, environmental toxins, food and how to be accountable to your child so they step into their own accountability too. I hope you enjoy the show. Head over to the shownotes for details and this week’s show sponsor, lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/202152 minutes, 26 seconds
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255. The alchemy of Nourishment with Esther Cohen

Ever wanted to develop a deeper understanding of food and ourselves through the foods we eat? Today we explore intuitive eating with nutritionist and herbalist Esther Cohen and I promise you, you will feel less anxious and doubtful in your relationship to food if either of these is currently in your psyche. We talk:  Growing up with the wrong nutritional start Social pressures from media and culture in our teens and young adulthood Disordered eating - warning signs, ways to move through and beyond it Intuition and knowing when it’s the ‘good kind’ and not cravings from dysbiosis Eastern philosophy and food and what the west can learn from the 4 directions Energetics of food and how we can look at physical symptoms and the foods we’re eating, make tweaks and help the body find balance.  How the gratitude we bring to food can ensure it’s well-received, even when not ideal. Cultural foods and how the answer lies in traditional cultures to find our road back to health. Card carrying eating - how our diet orientation and labels stop us from eating for the planet and deep healing and health in the body and mind The key things that will bring us back into balance and regeneration, body and planet. It is such a rich conversation about food and Esther imparts so much wisdom. I hope you love it. The show notes have the details on Esther’s work, my new book and the sponsor offer for this month over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/3/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 23 seconds
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254. Bees - from your backyard to around the world with Doug Purdie

Doug Purdie is the author of Backyard Bees and knows everything you’d need to know about thriving as a beekeeper in your back yard or on your roof top. Doug, along with his business partner Vicky Brown at The Urban Beehive, maintains more than 100 beehives on city rooftops, balconies, backyards and in community gardens around Sydney, Australia. He is a beekeeping teacher and speaker, a past president of the Amateur Beekeepers’ Association and is featured regularly as a bee expert on TV - so, as you may be able to guess, Doug is a wealth of information and I ask him questions about bees, bees in relation to farming, is honey unkind to bees and future for bees and of course all the practicalities of supporting bees and maybe even starting a beehive! Enjoy the show and you’ll find the show notes and sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/26/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 14 seconds
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253. The power of the urban farm with Greg Peterson

When we think of farming we think of the country, the bush, grass plains, endless acres… unless you’re an urban farmer who sees possibility on any patch of land the eye can see - enter Greg Peterson, founder and director of the Urban Farm in Phoenix Arizona who heard his teacher say “Food used to be free” at a workshop as a pre-teen and the rest was history. Greg inspires us to do what we can with what we have. He inspires food growing to come back to cities and towns, balconies, backyards and verges and today we’re talking about how he got started and what we can all do to bring food growing closer to home and support urban farms. Enjoy the show and head to our show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast to connect with Greg’s work and see the sponsor offers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/19/20211 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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252. Grass roots Sustainability with Eilish Maloney

Continuing on our food-source series, this week I interview community champion and chef, Eilish Maloney and I hope in hearing her story it helps more people realise that it can start with us, and if it doesn’t start with us, swe join others who’ve started good things and support their work to collectively create a bigger impact. The Southern Highlands, NSW is a beautiful part of the world, and even though Eilish left her home town to work in some of the best kitchens in the world, she felt called to come home and start something to connect people to food source more meaningfully. The What If Society was born, helping to inspire locals and hospitality businesses to waste less, through creative products like condensed milk from cafe milks that don’t all get finished at the end of the day, to pickles from surplus produce, to restaurants in the region composting all scraps as a collective. It’s inspiring to hear these stories and hopefully inspires you to connect to your local food champions and support their work - or just maybe, start something yourself! Head to the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast.com for more information and to access the special offers this month. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/11/202159 minutes, 13 seconds
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251. Biodynamics and dairy with farmer Rob Watson

Continuing our “connecting to source” series interviewing regenerative farmers, futuresteaders, urban farmers and researchers, this week I interviewed Biodynamic Dairy farmer, Rob Watson, of Mungalli Creek in QLD. On Rob’s farm you find rainforest, kangaroos and cassowaries all around and if one of the cow’s is feeling a little unwell, you’ll commonly find them being treated with homeopathics or special essential oil blends - what a life! If you want to look at how Biodynamic dairy farming works, I ask for a lot of technical detail, including details about what makes biodynamic farming and soil special, medical care of the animals, calves, life and death and production of the products. I hope you enjoy the show and it inspires you to support your farmer. Find the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/5/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
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250. Futuresteading: A return to a simpler life with Jade Miles

What does living in awe and connection to the now while living for the future look like? It looks like Futuresteading, as described by author and farmer Jade Miles on today’s show and in her beautiful new book, Futuresteading. Jade Miles and husband Charlie Showers run Black Barn Farm, a biodiverse orchard, nursery and workshop space in north east Victoria which is a magnet for visitors to learn about permaculture, homesteading, as well as to pick-their-own from some of the 98 varieties of heritage fruit and berries. Whether you live in a city apartment, in the suburbs or on twenty acres, the principles of futuresteading offer easy-to-understand information and hands-on ideas. Learn to grow delicious food and medicinal plants; share rituals with loved ones through the seasons; feast on healthy home-cooked food for the family; nourish body and soul with outdoor expeditions and moments of rest; and create wonders with your hands. Now doesn’t that sound lovely? Enjoy the show and as always, head to the podcast show notes for more information over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/29/202152 minutes, 45 seconds
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249. Soil - The Incredible Story of What keeps the earth and us healthy, with author and farmer Matthew Evans

This week on the show we’re kicking off a food connection series, talking to farmers rural and urban, co-op founders, intuitive nutritionists, beekeepers and homesteaders - that’s the line up coming up. Where do we start? The importance of what’s beneath our feet - THE SOIL, with author and farmer Matthew Evans, based in Tasmania, Australia. We talk about the history of soil, nutrition, why our soil became so backing in nutrients, the importance of the microorganisms and what we can all do to make a difference to the health of soil and thus health of the landscapes and all the food that comes from them. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/22/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 31 seconds
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248. Fasting ins and outs for all with Dr Mindy Pelz

This week to round out our brain series, I interview Dr Mindy Pelz, a passionate evidence-based proponent for fasting and what it can do for the human body - while the benefits to the brain are something we discuss towards the end of the interview, the interview is packed with everything you might have ever had a question about when it came to fasting - why should we care? How does it work? How do different time periods work in different ways? How are men and women different when it comes to fasting and considering women, how are pre and post menopausal women different? What if it’s not ‘working’? What if I’m hungry? What if it makes me feel worse? But what about breakfast - isn’t it important? I can honestly say, this is one of the most efficient, chock full interviews on a subject I’ve done and I challenge anyone to not at least be curious about fasting by the end of this 75 min conversation. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/15/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 35 seconds
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247. Dr Jill Bolte Taylor on her stroke of insight and whole brain living.

This week continuing our brain series, I interview the legendary Dr Jill Bolte Taylor. You may have seen her Ted talk… or that time she was interviewed by Oprah - well, now, she’s finally made it to the true big time: The Low Tox Life podcast! Jokes aside, you simply must be bathed in Jill’s excitement for the human brain. Beyond her experience of a severe stroke and the 8 years till full recovery, Jill is passionate about helping us harness our brains to their full potential which includes learning the 4 characters that live inside our brains, and what it means to get to know them and what each of them needs, as well as helping us more effectively connect and communicate with those around us. So, thanks to a brain scientist losing the function of half of her brain, and having to rebuild it again, we are now able to gain more clarity about our brains than ever before. Come on this journey to learn about the left and right brains, our 4 characters of the brain and start whole-brain living - it was such an uplifting and clarifying interview and I know you’ll love it. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/8/20211 hour, 30 minutes
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246. Dr Maya Shetreat on plant medicine and teacher plants

This week continuing our brain health series, I interview Dr Maya Shetreat - neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer and author of the best selling book The Dirt Cure. This time back on the show, Maya is talking about plants of all kinds for treatments of all kinds - from medicinal plants for every day healing, to plants containing psychedelics and the power of healing treatment-resistant mental health conditions such as depression and PTSD. She even teaches people online how to safely interact with psychedelics (I am not making a recommendation to start treating yourself, simply sharing what we are starting to learn about the power of these interventions, as started on the show last year with psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr Dave Rabin and his work. It’s exciting times when we can start to see ways to support people in an area where up to 90% of patients are unsatisfied with how their treatment is progressing. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/1/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 8 seconds
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245. The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s with Dr Dale Bredesen.

This week we begin a series on the brain, with four leading experts on various aspects of brain health and recovery. This week Dr Dale Bredesen returns to the show to discuss The First Survivors of Alzheimers - the people themselves and their stories within the wider context covered in his new book. We discuss the evolution of brain research, the frustration of how slow progress can feel and the most important findings in his 30 years researching brain degeneration. If you want to actively prevent Alzheimers in your life and family’s life, and if you know someone who may already be experiencing cognitive decline, I couldn’t think of a more important person’s body of work than that of Dale’s which is why I value his time on our show over the years. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/25/20211 hour, 40 minutes, 10 seconds
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244. Dr Rebecca Huntley on Climate Change Impact to Communities

This week is an interlude show between our parents and carers series this past month and the brain series we have from next week. Our interlude is on climate change with guest Dr Rebecca Huntley who has recently been commissioned to do a report on climate and the health of individuals and communities. We discuss her book last year on climate change and how to talk about it more effectively in a melting pot of very strong opinions and beliefs, not always shared. We also discuss how superannuation is one of the most powerful ways we can contribute positively to change and we discuss how we can accelerate change from our own daily lives and how we can take it up the chain more effectively. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and sponsor offers over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/18/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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243. Maggie Dent: an hour of parenting power with the queen of common sense and comfort

She’s BACK: Maggie Dent is here to give us parenting gold as we celebrate her new book “Parental as Anything”. We talk about winning and losing, boundaries, brides, reward, building friendships, learning and teaching covering from 4 to teens - it’s a cracker of a show if you’re a parent or carer giving you a tonne of tools and vocab to use with your child(ren) to support them in thriving as the individual humans that they are and within the context of living happily in society. Share it with parent and carer friends, this is not a show to be missed. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/11/20211 hour, 22 minutes
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242. Veteran educator Rod Soper on children and resilience

Another instalment of our parents and kids series during these few weeks and it’s another super helpful show. Do you ever doubt yourself as a parent or carer? If the answer is ‘oh yeah I do sometimes!’ then enter today’s guest: Rod Soper is deeply committed to increasing the wellbeing of every child through saturating their lives with wellness. Rod is a veteran educator, having served as a classroom teacher and school principal for more than twenty years. Currently, Rod heads up Thinkers.inq, Personhood360 and is the principal consultant with Thinkers.inq consulting. He is also the chief investigator of The Playing with Gratitude research Project, a wellness project supporting change in about 3000 Australian children, families, and teachers.    All parents and carers want to contribute to the development of resilience in children as they grow, helping them with good self-regulation skills, perseverance, courage, and also developing their ability to move through big emotions and get themselves unstuck when they experience an emotionally or physically challenging situation. Today’s show is packed with the kinds of tips and things to say in different situations that you will absolutely want a notepad and pen for so pour a cuppa, take it in, and share with a friend who might want some support raising their kids. The resources we talked about are in the shownotes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast as well as show sponsor offers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/4/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 32 seconds
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241. Days Like These: Parenting comfort with Pip Lincolne

This week continuing our parents and kids series, I interview Pip Lincolne, author of the book “Days Like These” which really is a hug in a book for parents, whether you have one child, two or several, whether you have a generally great time as a parent or find it often a very challenging experience, or float somewhere between the two. Parenting is an incredibly expansive experience that fills our days with many, many things to do just to keep our little people alive and growing and as they get older, to support them in starting to make their own decisions in a healthy way. We forget that we might need support and care during this time to help us thrive through the monumental task at hand and so this show, we explore what that help, support and connection looks like. I love the example of the shower, when thinking about the challenges of parenting at the newborn stage. I remember before I became a parent, secretly wondering how on earth my highly intelligent friends who’d had a baby couldn’t get showered and changed in the morning and were still in pyjamas at 4pm! Of course all was revealed in time when my boy came along, darn it. I laughed at my pre-mum self as I dragged the bouncer into the bathroom at 3pm one day so that I could have a shower and keep my eye on him if he got upset. Sound familiar? I hope you enjoy and find comfort in today’s show and you can head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/27/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 19 seconds
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240. Vagus nerve health for babies, kids and parents

This week we begin a 4 week series on parenting and kids health topics - mental and physical and I can’t wait to share the upcoming guests with you. To kick us off I speak with Carrie Rigoni, Chiropractor and Pilates instructor with a special passion for vagus nerve support as a key factor in our babies’, kids’ and parents’ ability to thrive on the parent-child journey. We explore:  What is the Vagus Nerve - how much has our knowledge of its function and significance has grown in such a short space of time?  How can we identify if our vagus nerve isn't functioning optimally/ optimally supported - in adults and in kids and babies?  Does the birth delivery style/circumstance affect vagus nerve tone from day dot? And if so what can we do to support our bubs?  What are the factors/symptoms that might suggest Vagus nerve support is needed in babies?  And so much more. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/20/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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239. Amanda Gordon on resilience, boundaries and connection

In this show, I am thrilled to bring psychologist Amanda Gordon back after such a powerful show on grief last time she was here. Check out show 226 for a must-listen for all humans. Today we talk about resilience building, stress reduction, boundaries, have-to’s and connection to others and our partners while we navigate the stickier points of partnership and equality. It is once again, a drink of common sense reminders that really do help move the needle in our modern lives, where we can easily disconnect from others and a sense of purpose. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details and the show partner giveaway details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/13/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 4 seconds
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238. Mood Food - the connection between food and mental healt

Got gut troubles? Needing to be on a “different” diet to family or friends stressing you out? Experience anxiety and want to look at how food plays a role? This is a powerful show! The gut, stress and mental health - I invite Integrative nutritionist Elyse Comerford onto the show to discuss food and mental health but it’s not just an ‘eat this for anxiety’ show - we actually also discuss at length the impact that having to eat differently either due to allergy, health condition or healing protocol can have on our stress and hinder deep healing. Elyse is an Integrative Nutritionist & Certified GAPS(Gut & Psychology/Physiology Syndrome) Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Exercise Scientist & Founder of Well Belly Health.  Passionate about the implementation of nourishing & healing dietary principles, reducing client stress & the GAPS protocol, Elyse & her team at Well Belly Health have helped hundreds of families around the world overcome a host of health issues by focusing on listening to the body & tuning into what it needs. I hope you enjoy the show and it gives you good things to think about on your own journey. You can check out the show notes for more resources and details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/6/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 27 seconds
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237. Beth O’Hara on detoxification for sensitive peeps

As we continue on this environmental toxins and chronic illness series, I interview once again, the incredible Beth O’Hara PhD. When I first had Beth on the show a few months ago, we explored MCAS - Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and people with mast cell issues, how it presented and what might be some of the common causes for the syndrome as it’s a symptom after all - there’s a reason those mast cells are rising up to get all angry and protect us, as unpleasant as the ‘protection’ feels. So in this show, we discuss the bigger picture of detoxification and resilience building for people with chronic toxicity exposures and illnesses that stem from it, and how we can get the body back to balance and on the road to recovery. It’s an empowering and oftentimes emotional conversation and interview, given both Beth and myself have battled our own personal challenges in this area. Please, if there’s someone who’s struggled for a long time, share this with them. Don’t give up and always have hope. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details on Beth’s work over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/30/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 40 seconds
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235: Alexx goes solo with low tox guidance and FAQs

This week I’m talking about how to lead a low tox life and some of the guilt/shame snags people hit as beginners or when perhaps you’re overwhelmed along the way. I take a look at some of the considerations as we move through our own personal journey becoming more aware of food, body, home and mind, and sometimes the weigh ups aren’t black and white (actually they hardly ever are!) and how to navigate that to feel more empowered as we all simply try to do the best we can. I also cover some FAQs I get from the DMs and emails about mold / CIRS, EMFs, body products and more. I hope you find the show useful. Enjoy the show and head to the shownotes for all the links to things I mention on the show over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on today’s show. Alexx. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/16/20211 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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234. Dr Sandeep Gupta on clinical developments with CIRS / Mold Illness

Do you have a range of ongoing symptoms affecting multiple systems in the body and no idea what’s going on, getting no answers? This week we dive back into a topic close to my heart and  a health challenge I still struggle with 5 years later: Mould/Mold and Chronic inflammatory response syndrome also referred to as Biotoxin illness. Dr Sandeep Gupta, an Australian doctor at the forefront of research and treatment in CIRS is back on the show talking through allergy vs CIRS and what the difference is, treatment advances, detox do’s and don’ts, what the leading practitioners around the world are bringing to the table on this subject, choosing a home, further resources to connect to and more. It’s a powerful interview for people living with chronic inflammatory response syndrome. Please, if you have a friend, colleague or family member who’s been ill and frightened about it for a long time, today’s show is worth a listen. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/9/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 17 seconds
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233. 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.
5/2/202154 minutes, 57 seconds
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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.
4/25/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 10 seconds
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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.
4/18/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 38 seconds
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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.
4/11/20211 hour, 8 seconds
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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.
4/4/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 57 seconds
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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.
3/28/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 14 seconds
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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.
3/21/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 44 seconds
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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.
3/14/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 5 seconds
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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.
3/7/20211 hour, 43 minutes, 57 seconds
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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.
2/28/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds
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223. Dr Perry Nickelston

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.
2/21/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 54 seconds
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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.
2/14/20211 hour, 40 minutes, 55 seconds
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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.
2/7/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 52 seconds
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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.
1/31/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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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.
1/24/202157 minutes, 58 seconds
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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.
12/20/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 45 seconds
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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.
12/13/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 24 seconds
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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.
12/6/202042 minutes, 55 seconds
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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.
11/29/202052 minutes, 41 seconds
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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.
11/29/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
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213: Ashok Gupta: Heal by retraining your brain?

I am thrilled to bring you 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. 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 got both when I recently changed the darn sheets and they’d been in the cupboard for a month. I knew it wasn’t my conscious brain reacting so  I started to wonder if it was a nervous system ‘PTSD’. Turns out, I was onto something. Can we rewire these reactions? 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, here he is, explaining how a few exercises a day can help our nervous systems and immune responses stabilise. Fascinating work and hope for many. 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.
11/22/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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212: Jane Milburn: Reducing planet impact from your closet

Sometimes I have a guest on the show that makes me feel like I’ve had an hour-long hug and a cup of tea and all is just going to be fine in this topsy turvy world. Jane Milburn is such a guest. Author of Slow Clothing: Finding Meaning in What we wear. Her forever strategy is to use what you have to do what you can to ensure a resilient future. In today’s show I inched forward a few extra steps in my readiness to get more creative with turning old clothes into something new, although my husband is the one who’s handy with a sewing machine in our house. If you care about slow fashion, love repurposing things or perhaps feel a little lost as to how to get going doing better in this area, this show is very much for you. 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.
11/15/20201 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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211: The Jewelry Industry with Pyrrha Jewelry founder Danielle Wilmore

I’m thrilled to continue an “Under the hood” fashion series, this week looking at jewelry after last week’s denim show. Pyrrah jewelry are one of the few jewelry brands with full transparency and commitment to ethics in the supply chain and for their team who make the pieces so founder Danielle is.  In 1993, Wade and Danielle Papin met, fell in love and began handcrafting jewelry at their kitchen table in Vancouver. Two years later—following myriad conversations about their shared appreciation for good design and old things—they founded Pyrrha with a commitment to letting their materials inspire their work.  The resulting jewelry is Pyrrha's now iconic line of talisman necklaces, bracelets, cuffs and rings made from reclaimed silver, bronze and gold. Each piece is handcrafted in Pyrrha's Vancouver studio—a striking contrast to the glut of overseas, factory-made, mass-produced jewelry that is so common in their industry. "Everything seems to be cranked out at a staggering pace and then left for dead," says Wade. "Because we live in such a throwaway society, it’s necessary—and joyful—to create some things that can be kept." While Pyrrha remains a local treasure in its native Vancouver, the talismans have captured international attention. The line has been embraced by celebrities and style icons the world over, and retails at such global boutiques as Liberty of London, Le Bon Marche Paris and United Arrows of Japan. In 2010 Wade and Danielle took what felt like their natural next step, opening their extraordinary flagship store in L.A. The Pyrrha store allows fans to experience the Pyrrha world, as well as to see the extensive talisman collection in its entirety. I hope you enjoy learning about the jewellery trade more intimately as well as this beautiful brand 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.
11/8/20201 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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210: Building an ethical denim brand with James Bartle, Outland Denim.

On this week’s show and for the next 3 weeks we’re talking fashion - denim, jewelry and becoming a confident textile repurposer and fixer! So this week, I have the wonderfully determined James Bartle on the show, sharing his purpose-led journey to creating Outland Denim. It’s a brilliant example of business for social change and human rights justice and while this is a big feature in today’s show, we also discuss where the denim industry is at with production, sustainability and ethics all along the supply chain. I hope you enjoy it.  Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on James and Outland Denim at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/1/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
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209: Wade Lightheart: From Mr Universe to optimal health pioneer

Wade Lightheart is someone who knows by sheer experience of failure, trial, test, measuring and eventual success, what the keys to optimal health are for humans. From his experience competing in the Mr Universe, to putting on a lot of body fat shortly after, to a tragic family story in his youth and much, much more, Wade arrived at the acronym A.W.E.S.O.M.E and turned his focus to supporting people through education and his renowned supplement company, BioOptimizers. He uncovered much of the shady-ness of the supplement industry in both research and manufacturing (if you want to dig deeper, I interviewed Kate Johnston/Holm on this last year, too!) and then started on a journey to independently support as many people as possible with the issues plaguing us today: Poor digestive health and the flow on effect in all areas of our health. We talk about what the second world war had to do with the food industry history, how what we eat today is very different to what every other animal’s diet is, to how to reestablish great digestive health and vitality with some key basic concepts and changes. I hope you enjoy learning from Wade. A wealth of knowledge. Lots of health nuggets. Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on Wade and BioOptimizers at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/25/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 52 seconds
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208: Making the most of your dreams with Eric Tyrone-Brown

Do you have a strange relationship with your dreams? Run to a dream dictionary to check the meaning of them? Not have them at all or struggle to remember them? Today I chat to Eric Tyrone-Brown all about dreams and how we can start to work more actively with them to have a richer dream-state life as well as using them to our advantage in our waking hours. It’s a fascinating deep dive into dreams culturally, and also what some of the biggest scientific and cultural moments have been that were born from dreams. Enjoy the show and be sure to head to the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast to connect to our show sponsor offers and more details on Eric’s work, Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/202052 minutes, 53 seconds
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207: “Use it All” - Making the most of your food with Alex Elliott-Howery

Something like food waste isn’t a very sexy front page story on the topic of global warming, but if you made food waste a country, according to Project Drawdown research, it would be the 3rd largest emitters behind China and the USA. True story. So food waste is huge, but then the modern person busy with a calendar full of to do’s, sometimes finding it hard to get something on the table for dinner let alone a ‘considered’ meal on the table asks: What can my little house do about the fact that of all food produced, the world wastes between 30-40% of it? Well, a lot. Enter Alex Elliott-Howery, founder of Cornersmith and author of her new and 3rd book “Use it all”. Alex has devised a unique and powerful way for everyone to get really comfortable with using it all up and I was so thrilled to discuss a deep passion topic of mine personally, with a leader in the Aussie field of making food waste reduction an appealing and clever thing for us all to do. Remember the saying “It’s just 1 straw, said 8 billion people?” Well, same is true of food waste. Start where you are, do something, and as a collective we can dramatically change the story around food, grow our respect for it, our connection to it, and become clever, resourceful cooks (which means less stress in the kitchen!) SOUND LIKE A PLAN? Enjoy and head over to the show notes for this month’s sponsor offer at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 56 seconds
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206: Budgets don’t work - Low Tox Money with Melissa Browne

What do finances and low tox living have to do with each other? A lot as we explored the first time the brilliant Melissa Browne was on the show (show #90). Think about one of the biggest stress drivers in a person’s life or relationship? Money. Think about what chronic stress does to a person? Bingo. So, with a new book out that strives to unlock some truths about ourselves so that we can move forward more effectively and less stressed when it comes to our money stories and financial situations, enter this extremely useful chat about budgeting and why it doesn’t work, but more importantly, about what does! I can’t wait to hear what aha’s came to you as we discussed the different financial phenotypes - I felt I had a lot to think about after this conversation. 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.
10/4/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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205: Building resilience with Dr Brett Hill

I’ve known this week’s guest for years and been on his podcast, and when I heard Dr Brett Hill had been spending the past few years on the topic of emotional resilience after a life event that floored him - a marriage ending suddenly and not by his choosing - I wanted to bring this topic onto the show, given such events and their aftermath can be such a stressful time in our lives and also how Brett shows, they can be a catalyst for huge personal growth and our best times yet ahead. This is a very useful show to understand the impact of a relationship break up better, but also to take a look at what can help us grow emotional resilience as one of the ultimate tools in our low tox lives. 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.
9/27/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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204: The Last Migration: How fiction can help us heal the planet.

I am thrilled to welcome our first fiction author to the show this week, looking at the power of fiction in a time when reality can be very confronting. It can give us strength, raise our levels of compassion and curiosity for all sorts of issues and we explore all that and more looking at Charlotte McConaghy’s new book The Last Migration. We talk about what Charlotte found while researching her book as well as how the process has impacted her personally. The Arctic Tern, in its lifetime, will fly to the moon and back three times. It has the longest migration of any bird on the planet and flies from the arctic to the Antarctic and back again. Franny, the central character’s search for a sense of home, family and belonging mirrors that great trek of the tern. I won’t divulge more, you’ll just have to listen.  Enjoy this rich conversation 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.
9/20/202040 minutes, 7 seconds
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203: The world of colour psychology with Karen Haller

On this week’s show, I interview global expert on colour, the colour psychologist Karen Haller and boy was it a fascinating deep dive into the significance of colour in our lives - Have you got a colour you have ‘never liked?’ or are you a lover of brights or muted tones? Learn why pink and boy became our gender stereotype colours; why black isn’t actually slimming; how an event in childhood can have you hating a colour for decades unnecessarily; learn how different cultures perceive and catalogue colour and ultimately learn about yourself and your own relationship to colour. Karen also talks about how to tune into colour for comfort and security when uncertainty and low points in life come along. She is the author of the hugely successful The Little Book of Colour: How to Use the Power of Colour to Transform Your Life. 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.
9/13/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 17 seconds
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202: Michael Arterberry: On being encouraged and encouraging others!

If ever there was something we needed this year - for ourselves and to give to others, it’s encouragement. Enter this week’s guest who popped into my inbox just as I was looking for a guest to encourage us all regardless of the challenges in our lives! Michael Arterberry, Master Encourager, and Dynamic Motivational Speaker. As a teenager, Michael was fortunate to receive guidance from positive adult role models who helped him overcome adversities and set high expectations for his future. Grateful for the role these mentors played in his own development, Michael decided to dedicate his professional life to helping people navigate the difficulties of life and launch their future into motion. For more than 25 years, he has been helping teens and adults to use what they have gone through as a catalyst for success rather than an obstacle for failure. Michael received the 2010 USA Network’s Characters Unite Award for exceptional commitment to combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance within the community. He is also the recipient of the 2014 100 Men of Color Award for leadership in  In 2008, Michael founded Youth Voices Center, Inc. a non-profit with the mission of helping young people to become active, productive members of society by overcoming their obstacles, their history, stereotypes and even their own self-image and limiting beliefs. Michael is the author of "Be Encouraged: 250 Days of Motivation and Encouragement", a daily motivational book and in today’s chat we talk about his life, how he overcame the obstacles he faced, and how he used that to help countless others write a new story for their futures. I know you’re going to enjoy it as much as I did 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.
9/7/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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201: Digestive health in a high tox world - it’s possible with Dr Melina Roberts

This week we’re taking another look at Gut Health - this time with Canadian Naturopath doctor, Dr Melina Roberts. We look at gut wall integrity, enzymes, stomach acid, inflammatory foods, histamine, probiotics and more in this week’s show. Melina is the author of Building a Healthy Child and Founder of Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre in Calgary. She is recognized as one of the top Biological Medicine practitioners in North America and is a lecturer for the Paracelsus Academy. She is a leading authority in the field of naturopathic medicine specializing in Biological Medicine effectively treating digestive issues, chronic disease and cancer. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She did a 2 year post-graduate study in Biological Medicine with Parcelsus Klinik in Switzerland.   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.
8/30/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 37 seconds
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200: 200 Shows - Alexx Stuart

This week, we celebrate 200 shows! I take you through some of the highlights of the past 100 shows on food, body, home, mind and what I think the best thing for us to be focused on during these rocky times to quell fear and uncertainty and feel empowered. I also answer 10 community questions I received last week when I did a call-out on everything from washing soda, to hand sanitizer, my top 3 swaps, natural perfume picks, best dishwasher products! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for all the additional resources. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/23/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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199: Dale Bredesen: Progress in the world of Alzheimer’s disease

So many of you loved Dale Bredesen’s first interview last year, show #143 for you to go back and listen to the Alzheimer’s 101 interview so that you’re up to speed for today’s show. I just had to invite him back given he has produced a wonderful program to nurture and protect our brains as well as to support the reversal of cognitive decline. Amazing times to be living in, right? Dale E. Bredesen, MD, is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Alzheimer's (Avery, 2017). He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego, and directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is currently a professor at UCLA. I hope you enjoy today’s discussion about the latest treatment and reversal developments as well as the additional diagnostic factors coming into play for this disease that takes so many beautiful brains from people and their loved ones. It’s time to tell a new story on cognitive decline now that we know we can do something to both prevent and reverse it. Head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on Dale’s work and books, Alexx x lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/16/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 19 seconds
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198: Barbara Freese: Industrial Strength Denial - How corporate denial is public and environmental health enemy No.1

I am thrilled to have author, researcher and lawyer Barbara Freese on the show this week lifting the lid on coal, radium, leaded petrol and more. As an assistant attorney general in Minnesota, Barbara Freese cross-examined witnesses for the coal industry who disputed the reality of climate change, pushing back as they denied facts that threatened their company’s bottom line. She wrote her first book Coal: A Human History during that time, and then as time went on, these courtroom interactions formed the idea for her deeply researched new book, INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH DENIAL. This new book looks at corporate denial through 8 powerful and infuriating case studies. A long-time analyst of environmental policy, Freese showcases the campaigns of denial from businesses involved in the production of leaded gasoline, tobacco, the fossil fuels destabilizing our climate, and more. Freese argues that while the cases are different, the psychology of corporate denial has remained the same over centuries. When confronted with the harm they cause—whether to individuals or to the environment—corporations deny the evidence, blame their victims, complain of witch-hunts, attack their critics, and rationalize their destructive behaviour. INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH DENIAL also delves into how society has fought back against corporate lies using tools of democracy like boycotts, government intervention, and media scrutiny. And the book explores the question: what is it about corporations that can foster this dangerous behaviour? Drawing on years of research into how cognition and morality are altered by tribalism, power, anonymity, and of course, money, Freese sets out to answer why big business is the way it is.   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.
8/9/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 12 seconds
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197: Award Winning landscaper Monique Allen on the benefits of “Life-Scaping” your green space.

Meet Monique Allen, the Founder & Creative Director of The Garden Continuum, an award-winning landscape design/build and fine gardening company. This week we unpack what it means to ‘life-scape’ and why that’s better than simply landscaping. We go through tips for newbies, ‘black thumbs’, veggie gardening and layering your plant types to create greenspaces, balconies and gardens that will feel like home. We also talk about the mental health benefits of creating a lifescape, what resources to surround yourself with to succeed and even redefining what success means when it comes to gardening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/2/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 47 seconds
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196: John Gray - Going deeper into relationship communication

This week on the show we have Dr John Gray, known for his “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” and the many books he’s done since. If you didn’t catch show #147, head back and have a listen to last year’s show where we looked at hormone balance as key to a healthy relationship, how to get the balance right and what we can do to start communicating better. This show, we deep dive into the questions that came after you listened last year - such good questions! On this interview, we talk about spending more time than ever together during the era of the ‘Rona and how we can do that to success, as well as practical examples to use during arguments, how doing more than the other is relationship sabotage, same-sex couples and how getting the balance right happens when the hormones are the same rather than complementary and much, much more. I hope you enjoy it. I always learn so much from John. Grab more details on his books and work over on the show notes lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/26/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 37 seconds
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195: Teen periods with author of “Fix your Period” Nicole Jardim

An important women’s health topic this week: Author of “Fix your Period” Nicole Jardim was born to help women and girls with their periods. A health coach in the true sense of the word, she is supportive, positive, and can-do, full of solutions drawing on all the best science and research available to us today. In this interview, we discuss tween/teen periods - everything from conversations and resources to share with your kids, factors for establishing a healthy cycle in body and mind, right through to racial and class injustice when it comes to health care for girls around the world. It’s a super helpful show for people who need this in their life right now. I hope you enjoy it and Nicole’s book ‘Fix Your Period’ for girls and women at any age and stage before menopause, to make friends with their cycle, not see their periods as enemy No1. The show supporter details are over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy! Alexx See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/19/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds
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194: Robyn Rosenfeldt, Founder Pip Magazine talks permaculture and the interconnections that make us and our planet stronger.

So over the past month we’ve talked about home health and the role of a healthy home in our own health. Then we’ve looked at construction industry health and the potential for radical impact if we get what and how we build, into the future, right. This week, want to feel motivated to think about what you can do next when it comes to helping bolster our planet’s resilience? Tune into this week’s show where I talk to journalist, sea changer + Pip Magazine Permaculture Magazine founder Robyn RoenFeldt and plan your next inspired step. Enjoy and don’t forget to take a look at the show notes to connect to Pip Magazine and our show sponsor, Alexx.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/12/20201 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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193: Teresa Coady on Rebuilding Earth: Designing Eco Conscious Habitats for Humans

Do you despair at the concrete jungle so many cities have become as well as the increased drought and floods we find ourselves experiencing these days as our new normal? On this week’s show, I interview design, engineering and construction powerhouse Teresa Coady, author of “Rebuilding Earth: Designing Eco-Conscious Habitats for Humans”. Teresa articulates so brilliantly how construction and how we build is key to the healing process our planet and people are so desperate for. In the past 30 years, we’ve taken more out of the Earth than all of human history…and 70 per cent of it is already back in landfill, so something needs to change and Teresa’s proposal for how we move forward is something that I believe everyone needs to hear. I hope you love this interview as much as I did. Head to the show notes for further details over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/5/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 12 seconds
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192: My Chemical-free House, with Corrine Segura

I first came across Corrine Segura’s work in a google search. It was 2016, I was in an inflammation cascade that seemed to bring me a new and bizarre symptom every day and I was searching for answers that doctors weren’t able to give me at the time. I suspected our home was the major culprit with water leaks and issues over the years but it was only an inkling at that stage. Coming across work like Corrine’s, someone who’d walked the path of sick building syndrome, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity and all the rest, she had turned her mess into the study of building biology to be able to support others. She’s been a certified building biologist specialised in North America and Canada for 6 years now after her studies and the level of research she does for clients and her Facebook/Blog community is commendable. I hope you enjoy the show and make the most of the sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/28/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 33 seconds
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191: Alexx on what to look for to avoid water damage when choosing a home

So you want to avoid water damage and mould in a new apartment or house: What do you do? In this show, I talk about some of the things I’ve been finding and looking for as my family looks for a place to live. There are tips and tools in this show to help you identify a potential issue either in your own home or a home you’re considering moving into and it’s my hope that after listening to this show and taking a look at some of the past shows on mold illness and water damage, that we raise awareness on just how important it is to keep an eye on issues with leaks and drips, the state of our rooves, the way water pools when it rains and start building and demanding healthier houses and maintaining them well for healthier people inside them! Head to the show notes and sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/21/202048 minutes, 2 seconds
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190: Resetting your metabolism with Dr Alan Christianson

This week I have Dr Alan Christianson on the show talking dietary research, metabolism, thyroid and iodine. Alan is a naturopathic physician with 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 feel themselves 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.
6/14/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 9 seconds
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189: Dr David Rabin, MD & PhD: Improved methods for mental illness challenges

This week’s guest is medical psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Dr David Rabin. You can shrug your shoulders about patients not responding to treatments or you can figure out other ways to support them and that’s what David has done for over 15 years. Dr. Rabin received his MD in medicine and PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and specialized in psychiatry with a distinction in research at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has specifically focused his research on the clinical translation of non-invasive therapies that improve mood, focus, sleep, and quality of life in treatment-resistant illnesses. Through his work over the years, Dr. Rabin realized that his patients with chronic mental illnesses who were diagnosed as "treatment-resistant" (having tried two or more gold-standard western treatment courses and failed to sustain sufficient symptom remission) often experienced symptom relief with empathic listening, soothing music, therapeutic touch, biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and other similar practices in the office, but struggled to maintain these benefits at home. Today we talked about different ways to support and heal PTSD, chronic stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges so that a higher percentage of patients can find solutions. It’s a fascinating insight into Dr Rabin’s work from his research on microdosing of psychedelics, to psychotherapy, meditation and the creation of wearable tech “Apollo”. I hope you enjoy this look into David’s work and connect to the further exploration in the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 38 seconds
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188: Dr Diva Nagula - his remarkable, non-traditional battle with cancer

Have you ever had a health diagnosis or life event that floored you? Stripped you to your core? A cancer diagnosis isn't just a personal health crisis. It's a call to develop the unhealthy areas of your life into a more authentic wellbeing. Those are the words of Dr. Diva Nagula, this week’s guest. Dr. Nagula is a physician who was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. By integrating a holistic, functional approach to his traditional treatment regimen he beat the disease into remission and kept it there. His new book FROM DOCTOR TO PATIENT: Healing Cancer through Mind, Body, and Spirit takes readers inside his remarkable journey through heartfelt narrative passages that highlight the importance of balancing the mind, body, and spirit for optimal health. AND we also receive mini Medical Crash Courses that will give valuable information on topics such as inflammation, the difference between chemotherapy and immunotherapy, the role of gut microbiomes, and the importance of immunoglobulins. These call-outs provide valuable building blocks that will be useful to readers both fighting a medical battle of their own or simply trying to live a smarter, healthier life.  Dr. Nagula's story paints a picture of hope that’ll empower everybody to look carefully at their lives and create change that matters, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Find the show notes and details on how to join our Low Tox Club over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/31/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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187: Dr Elisa Song on building a healthy immune system

Welcome to a week of focusing on all that we CAN do to for our health from TODAY while living in a time of pandemic. There are many public health trials and assessments being made ‘out there’ but rather than waiting and being worried, why not actually remind ourselves of what lifestyle tweaks we can make and foods, herbs and supplements we can incorporate right now that help us be as strong as can be? Dr Elisa Song, paediatrician and founder of “Healthy Kids Happy Kids” is here not just to talk about kids but about what we know about our immune system, the virus and other viruses and what we can do from the research that exists, to stave off infection but improve outcome if we are infected. This is useful immune system information for our tool kits forever more - not just for now - so I hope you enjoy the show and be sure to get a pen and paper ready for this one - you’ll need it!  Enjoy and head over to the show notes for this month’s sponsor offer at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click show 187, Alexx.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 31 seconds
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186: Dr Ben Lynch on genes, supplements and intuitive family health

I am excited to bring you this week’s wonderful interview with one of my favourite Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Ben Lynch is the best-selling author of Dirty Genes and President of Seeking Health, a company that helps educate both the public and health professionals on how to overcome genetic dysfunction. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and three sons. Ben is particularly passionate about environmental medicine and in today’s episode we talk about home renovation and wifi/electricity, but also about genetics and his wonderful book, supplements, histamine, probiotics and what the benefit of ‘pulsing’ through your supplement regime might be and becoming a bit more intuitive about how to supplement and when you really might need them. 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.
5/17/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 26 seconds
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185: Dr Leila Masson on Heavy Metal Toxicity - diagnostics, testing and treatment

Joining me for the 3rd time on the show, Dr Leila Masson, this time talking about heavy metal toxicity in children - but as she rightly points out, you want to ensure you don’t have metal toxicity at any age, for as we get older, they are a risk factor in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s so it’s by no means a show reserved for parents. Leila is a Sydney based specialist paediatrician with nearly 3 decades in the field. She’s the author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments. She specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD.  Enjoy the show, share with those who might need it and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details at lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 14 seconds
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184: Gabriela Rosa: Fertility for the win - even when it’s hard

Have you reached a roadblock on your fertility journey? (And if this ship has sailed for you but not for someone you know - can you share this important show with them? Big thank you!) This week I speak with the talented Gabriela Rosa, fertility specialist, who helps people once they believe there is no help left to seek out - AND she and her team produce results; the kind of results that mean cute little bubbas. Fertility can be an emotionally trying time if it’s a difficult road and today we discuss some of the advances that have been made, some of the stones she finds often unturned when couples and individuals come to her for help. I hope you get what you need from this week’s show and invite you to discover Gabriela’s fertility challenge and clinical work via our shownotes, where we have everything you will need to connect to.  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.
5/3/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 14 seconds
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183: Dr Jade Teta: muscle, metabolism and mindset

How’s your relationship with your metabolism going? Are you the person who feels like none of the diets seem to work for you, while you look on at a friend who dropped 6 pounds in a week doing the exact same thing? This is going to be a transformative show, in that case. Dr Jade Teta is an inspiring student of life, an author, and a naturopathic doctor. He’s a teacher through and through in the way he helps distil difficult concepts and situations into information you can confidently move forward with. While his speciality as a doctor is integrative endocrinology (the study and treatment of hormones and metabolism) he is passionate about exercise, strength, life coaching and philosophy. I hope you enjoy this interview where Jade helps us demystify metabolism, muscle, calories and hormones to help you feel your best and keep your SCHMEK in check (that’ll make sense after the show!) Enjoy and head over to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further details on Jade’s work at lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/27/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 5 seconds
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182: Tom Cronin on how meditation can save the world

In this week’s show, the final show of our Low Tox Mind mini series, I speak to one of my favourite meditation teachers Tom Cronin, also an author and filmmaker of the recent film/book The Portal. Tom spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Sydney’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing had hit a crisis point, and it completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally. Founder of The Stillness Project, a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily, Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives and as we’re always reminded on the show - A better world starts with a healthier, happier us.    We discuss how meditation is a key factor in saving the world, through personal stories, energies at play currently in the world and more. If you ever needed another reason to prioritise stillness in your day and invite more meditation into your life - this is it. Enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed this conversation, and you can find the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast with the generous sponsor offer also. Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds
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181: Sage Magdalene: Deeper conversations with the natural world

It’s hard to put into words the crux of what this show is all about because it’s a way of thinking and being as new to me as it perhaps might be to you too. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one that if you’ve experienced any discord in your life at all either through bad dreams, phobias or fighting with others or with yourself, it’s a show that will offer many benefits to you. Have you ever considered having a conversation with a tree? A spider? A bee? All living beings are performing in ways that invite our curiosity, yet so rarely do we stop to contemplate them and in today’s show I invite Animas Institute guide, Sage Magdalene to teach us how it’s done. We also discuss the power of collage in piecing together emotions and challenges that you want to overcome, the power of the moon’s cycles and overall how nature is inviting us all the time to deepen our connection to her and all of her beings. Enjoy the show and find the show notes, Low Tox Club details and sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 6 seconds
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180: Guy Lawrence: Living in the present moment

As our low tox mind mini-series continues on the show, this week Guy Lawrence is back. We focus on finding joy in the present moment and even though this was recorded a fraction before things blew up into the Covid19 storm we’re in, it’s perfect and useful to us especially at this time. Guy is a coach, speaker, wellness advocate and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Let It In. A program designed to help people bridge the gap between the life they live and the life they truly want to live using meditation and the language of neuroscience. With over 15 years in the health and fitness industry, Guy has explored many facets of health including what’s deemed ‘alternative’. Through his explorations he has measured the effects on the body; from using meditation and neuroscience to create altered states of consciousness, shamanic rituals, cold exposure and breathwork to name a few. Guy’s passion is demystifying the process and separating the woo woo from practical applications that help create transformation in one's life. I know you’ll enjoy this show and find it both soothing and useful. Head to the lowtoxlife.com/podcast show notes to grab the extra resources Guy has provided for you! Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 13 seconds
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179: Mental Health First Aid Tips with Pippa Baker

What do you do when your bridesmaid ends their life? This week’s show, Pippa Baker processed her grief, and moved through it to the point where she asked herself: What can I do to help people before they get to the point where they feel they’ve no other option? How can we prevent this? Pippa is now a Principal Master Instructor with Mental Health First Aid Australia having run hundreds of workshops for people to navigate their own mental health challenges as well as be the supportive someone for others who are struggling. Today we discuss powerful lifestyle support for keeping a healthy mind as well as how to interact with people in your life who you think might not be letting on how they’re struggling in life at the moment, and if you’re someone struggling, how to start reaching out more and earlier and break the stigma. It’s a highly practical show and I hope you find it as useful as I did. You can find the sponsor offer and further details of Mental Health First Aid Australia over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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178: A beautiful world starts with you and me, with Bruce Lipton

Welcome to our Low Tox Mind mini-series for the next 5 shows. First up, the one and only and exceptionally delightful Bruce Lipton PhD - the list of his accomplishments as a biologist, university lecturer and as someone who bridges science with spirit is miles and miles long which we’ve included in the show notes. He is the author of the groundbreaking book The Biology of Belief as well as Spontaneous Evolution, Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here and more recently The Honeymoon Effect. In today’s interview, I ask Bruce “Who are we and how did we get here” to begin with and from there we go on to discuss the 6th mass extinction and how to prevent it, how to have longer honeymoon periods in love and life, how to cultivate belief and the positive effect it has on our biology and so much more. Enjoy the show and all show notes can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast with our show sponsor offer details too. Alexx See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 58 seconds
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177: Asha Evertsz talks SKIN: the gut/skin microbiome connection, rosacea, acne, scarring and more.

Asha Evertsz, Naturopath, beauty therapist and dermal scientist knows her skin. After our interview last year there were still so many questions left to ask and so Asha is back. This week we talk about the gut/skin/brain connection and how these systems talk to each other. We also discuss post-pill acne, rosacea, milia, stretch marks and collagen supplementation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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176: The ins and outs of colonics with Zhenya Gerson

In this week’s show as a part of our health series, we’re talking to Zhenya Gerson about poop - specifically in the context of colonics and enema, with a practitioner who has multiple top doctors referring to her here in Sydney. There’s a lot of fear and stigma around using colonics, so I thought I’d get the low down - and yes, everything seems to have a double entendre right now! We talk about colonics, when they’re for, how often to get them, who shouldn’t get them, whether kids can do them, the difference between colonics and enema and whether to source a place that allows you to be in the room alone or with a therapist guiding you. If you’ve been wondering about the benefits of colonics, this is one to listen to! Enjoy the show and as always, you can find the sponsor offer and further details in the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202056 minutes, 56 seconds
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175: Charles Eisenstein: On love, society, nature and climate

This week’s guest, Charles Eisenstein, always has me asking more questions than I had to start with. I honestly wanted to talk for many more hours. Charles is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on https://charleseisenstein.org/  garner a huge readership. I urge you to go take a spin and get lost in there for a few days after our conversation. In today’s show, we talk about love, self-love, the shame around asking for help, disconnection from each other and our natural world, and climate change - all in an hour! Not bad, hey? I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I have. If you find yourself a sensitive being in these times, feeling a bit bruised and battered, then I hope this conversation is of comfort and takes you toward a believing that we can all cultivate a place of peace and positive action, starting with one and spreading to many. In the show notes, as always, you’ll find this month’s sponsor offer lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy! Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 52 seconds
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174: Professor Stuart Palmer: Ethics, philosophy and using your money to change the world

The power of your money: Values-based financial decisions and management can be key to turbocharging our impact in the world - to quite literally invest in the change we want to see in the world. I invite Stuart Palmer, BA, LLB, MLitt, PhD former banker, lawyer and now head of ethics research for Australian Ethical Super, to discuss ethics in investments and how we can influence the world as a powerful collective when we start investing in line with our values. I hope you enjoy the show and don’t forget you can find further information over at the show notes, along with our podcast show supporter offer to help you make your low tox swaps a little lighter on - lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/23/202056 minutes, 48 seconds
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173: Soap: A platform for global change-making with CEO David Bronner.

So David Bronner’s not your average soap company CEO and today on the show we talk everything from Hemp legalisation to regenerative Ag, from LSD, to Burning Man to soap making - it’s a big interview indeed. David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of a range of organic body care and food products. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soapmaker. Under David and his brother Michael’s leadership, the brand has grown from $4 million in 1998 to over $111 million in annual revenue in 2017. David and Michael established Dr. Bronner’s as a sustainable leader in the natural products industry by becoming one of the first body care brands to formulate with hemp seed oil in 1999 and to certify its soaps, lotions, balms, and other personal care products under the USDA National Organic Program in 2003. Both actions resulted in high-profile litigation with government agencies, DEA and USDA respectively, that Dr. Bronner’s ultimately won, cementing Dr. Bronner’s activist orientation in the natural products marketplace. Over the years, David and Dr. Bronner’s have been key leaders in fights for GMO labeling, industrial hemp farming in the U.S., high-bar organic and fair trade standards, cannabis reform, and a fair minimum wage. Today, David is helping to lead the effort to establish the Regenerative Organic Certified standard, dedicating time and resources to creating an integrated, comprehensive program that addresses soil health, animal welfare, and fair labor practices to advance sustainable and ecological alternatives to industrial agriculture. In addition to his support of advocacy for regenerative organic agriculture, David directs Dr. Bronner’s resources to support animal advocacy, wage equality, and drug policy reform. One of his passions is the responsible integration of cannabis and psychedelic medicine into American and global culture and he is a board member of the Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. His activism embodies the company’s mission — which encompasses a commitment to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and to dedicating profits to help make a better world. I hope you enjoy deep-diving into the mind of one of the world’s most purpose-driven CEO’s. You can find extra resources and this week’s sponsor offer over on the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/16/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 18 seconds
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172: The Plastic Crisis with Brett Chamberlin, Story of Stuff

This week as we go into our changemakers series, the first series of the year on the Low Tox Life podcast, I invite an inspiring activist and advocate, Brett Chamberlin, to join me on the show. Brett is the Director of Engagement at the Story of Stuff, known for their high-impact animations that illustrate some of the biggest challenges the world faces, as well as what we can do to be a part of the solution. In today’s show we discuss being the change we wish to see, how to be an impactful part of a bigger movement, what the state of the plastic crisis is today and what we can all do about it at every level of society. It will leave you more hopeful and resources than you started and I’m forever inspired by the work Story of Stuff do to drive important pollution issues of all kinds forward. Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for more information and this week’s wonderful low tox partner offer to help you make your low tox swaps over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/9/202047 minutes, 35 seconds
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171: Rebecca Wildbear: A Deeper connection to yourself, the earth and your dreams

Welcome to 2020 and our very first show of the year. This year the podcast will still cover the broad scope of topics that leading a low tox life encompasses from food to body to home, mind, parenting, relationships and more but we’re going to do it in series where for 4-5 shows we focus on one aspect so we can dig deep and explore different aspects of the topic before moving to the next one. I’m excited and I hope you are too. To begin a fresh year and our ‘game changers’ series that is the first mini-series of the year, I’m overjoyed to bring you Rebecca Wildbear a river and soul guide. What’s that you say? Easier to understand that she’s got a John Hopkin’s University masters in counselling? Yes she has a masters in counselling but where she’s taken it is what’s truly wonderful: A therapist and wilderness guide since 1997, Rebecca utilizes her training and experience with counselling, yoga, meditation, Hakomi, and somatic psychotherapy to support individuals in discovering and manifesting their soul gifts. A guide for Animas Valley Institute (www.animas.org), Rebecca is also the creator of Wild Yoga™, a practice of worship, veneration, and advocacy for Earth.  Rebecca brings SO much to today’s interview based on her work as a river and soul guide, compassionately helping people tune in to the mysteries that live within the wild Earth community, Dreamtime, and their own wild Nature. She gently ushers people to the underground river of their greater story, so they may embrace their sacred gifts, live a life of creative service, and rediscover their deep belonging to the Earth community. So the game changer today is YOU if you dare. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Head to the show notes and make the most of the sponsor offer, too, over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/2/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 21 seconds
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170: Feng Shui Serenity with Grace Niu

Oh what a treat to finish the year with and YES - I’ve moved our couch since my interview with Grace Niu Feng Shui is the subject this week and Grace is a true talent. Grace is one of the 9 Accredited Feng Shui Consultants in Australia by the Association of Feng Shui Consultants International (AFSC). She is a gifted Intuitive mentor, teacher, speaker and business coach, who created the heart-centred business Feng Shui Serenity after following her own intuition away from a successful 15-year career in media to explore her life purpose. She practices Classical Feng Shui using traditional Compass School, Form School and Flying Star School. In addition, she also practices San Yuan Yuan Gua Feng Shui, which has its lineage traced back to Tang Dynasty. Currently only a handful people were taught and passed on this formula in Australia. She is passionate about practising authentic Feng Shui and only seek learnings from Masters who respects this ancient heritage. She has been formally trained by the Australian College of Environmental Studies (ACES). Enjoy the show and find her resources/website over on our show notes lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/15/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
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169: Dr Ann Shippy: Treatment protocols for mold illness

This week, the wonderfully talented Dr Ann Shippy from Austin, Texas joins me on the show to discuss environmental toxin illness, specifically mould / mold. Ann’s words about the way she practices “My approach to medicine is a unique blend of measured, precise data with a heartfelt and sympathetic attitude towards all of my patients. This method stems from my engineering background and my own failed experience as a patient of traditional medicine. I treat patients suffering from any combination of physical, environmental or genetic issues. The science and research that directly relate our environment and nutrition to health, prompted me to found two health-based foundations. My hope is to contribute to and inspire a positive movement towards solving some of the more complex health challenges we face today – and to help create a world where everyone has the opportunity for wellness.” A deeply caring physician, an expert in detoxification and a desire to get people well, enjoy today's show. If you feel after today’s show you might have a mold issue, please do go back and listen to shows 55 and 77 too as well as reading through my “Whole Mold Story” blog at lowtoxlife.com - You can find all the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast - Enjoy the show xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/8/20191 hour, 21 minutes, 27 seconds
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168: Low Tox Pets with animal naturopath Ruth Hatten

Do you have pets? Know someone who does? This is the episode for them! Animal Naturopath Ruth Hatten takes us into the world of holistic pet care for cats and dogs, from nutrition, to dental hygiene to parasites and vaccinations, we discuss the ins and outs of it all. So if you’ve ever been wondering if grains are ok for dogs or which kibble to get (newsflash: NONE!) or how often you should worm your cat… It’s all in here for you to learn from. We couldn’t cover it all so I’m going to do a live session Q&A with Ruth on more home remedies, washing and grooming, coat care and supplements with the Low Tox Club members, which you can join anytime through Patreon https://www.patreon.com/lowtoxlife for just $4USD a month. Enjoy the show and you can get Ruth’s dog supplement mix recipe over on the shownotes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast as well as enjoy the show supporter offer for this month. Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/1/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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167: Meet Steve Posselt: Author. Engineer. Climate Activist.

Steve Posselt is an inspiring change maker whose story I am so happy to bring to the show where we talk about water issues, climate change, activism, personal empowerment and what to do when people vehemently disagree with you on big issues such as this. When he talks about the risks of climate change he does it in the most powerful way I’ve heard. He’s a 66-year-old civil and water engineer, adventurer, and grandfather. He’s a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been a climate activist for well over a decade, using extremely long kayak journeys to promote awareness and education. Currently chair of the Sustainable Engineering Society he is working with Engineers Australia to come to grips with the urgency for climate change action. Old Yella, his wheeled kayak, has served him faithfully for 12 years over 12,000km, with almost 2,000km of that dragging it overland. Using his engineering knowledge his goal has been to alert people to the real risks that climate change presents and to put them into perspective against infrastructure risk calculations that we all depend on. Steve is passionate about doing whatever he can to provide a suitable world for his grandchildren. He is the author of Cry Me a River. Tough Is Not Enough is his second book. I hope you enjoy the conversation and benefit from it, sharing it with family and friends. Don’t forget of course, the show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/24/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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166: Why you need to “Talk it out” with Chris Barez-Brown.

Chris Barez-Brown began in the army and took a big u-turn into brand management and subsequently innovation and leadership development. Sensing there was so much pain in people, so much more potential and connectedness, Chris went about deepening his workshops into spirituality and fulfillment, and runs programs called “Upping your Elvis” and, newly, a social enterprise called Talk it Out which has been proven to help reduce stress levels and increase self-awareness - if anything it instantly highlights how rarely we go deep when talking to people - hopes, dreams, the things that trouble us. Chris’s passion is to help people become more energetic and collaborative and his training, including meditation, allows people to get their energy right and bring their talents and sense of flow to the fore. It’s a lovely end of year chat to pave the way for deeper connection to ourselves and others in 2020. I hope you enjoy it, Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/17/201950 minutes, 33 seconds
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165: Holistic treatment: Dr Kate Wood talks whole body/mind treatment

In this week’s show, I chat to Dr Kate Wood, founder of Healthspace clinics, ex professional athlete and someone who lives and breathes her passion for not only getting herself well, but getting to the bottom of why others are unwell and helping pull out all the stops to get them where they need to go. She has a particular passion for chronic cases. Kate has represented Australia as an 800m runner, winning five Australian titles and competing on the international stage. She also lectured track & field at the Australian College of Physical Education. After being forced into an early retirement due to injury, Kate turned to helping others with their health and wellness, with a special focus on families, pre-conception, pregnancy and paediatrics as a chiropractor and so much more as she’s added further treatment skills to her arsenal to support her patients. We talk about various modalities that can be used from NET to Thompson Drop Piece, Cranial therapy and Bicom, as well as discussing approaches to health care, preventative strategies and more. I hope you enjoy the show and don’t forget to make the most of this month’s show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast. Enjoy, Alexx! xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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164: Could you grow or wild-forage every bite of food you ate for a whole year? Meet Rob Greenfield

Ponder this: Do you think you could grow or wild forage absolutely EVERYTHING you consumed for an entire year? Well, Rob Greenfield is 1 week shy of completing a whole year of doing so and today we talk about his latest “Food Freedom” project, talking everything from how he planned, travelled, what medical precautions he took, what he found hard and what was easy and what he’s looking forward to eating when he’s done. We also go on to talk about foraging, traveling and carbon emissions and being beholden to money and how to reverse that a little in one’s life. Enjoy the show, it’s such a pleasure to have Rob back to chat again bringing with him his infectious enthusiasm for doing better by people and planet. Alexx. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/3/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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163: Navigating Life’s big decisions with Dan Palmer

When I first had Dan Palmer on the show, the feedback was a resounding “More Please!”. Why? Because often when big decisions come up in life, we don’t know how to navigate them from a place of empowerment. We are so often consumed by the uncertainty of the outcomes, driven by fear and even when we decide, we can be preoccupied with “Is this the right decision?”. Dan Palmer literally wrote the thesis on holistic decision making and in this show, talks about Quality of Life Statements, fear in decision making and we take a look at Bec’s situation with her career and Lisa’s situation deciding on schooling options to see how best to play out our decision making phase. Enjoy the show and I hope it helps support your decision-making process on your journey! The show supporter offers and show notes can be found at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/27/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 54 seconds
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162: Acne - The holistic way forward with Asha Evertsz

In this week’s show we talk about a painful subject for the many that experience it: ACNE, where I invite Clear Skin expert with multiple qualifications and past acne sufferer herself, Asha Evertsz onto the show. Whether you’re a teen, parent of a teen or experiencing bouts of or chronic adult acne, this show is for you or for someone you can think of that needs it. Thanks in advance for forwarding it onto anyone out there who needs it. We talk through every aspect of acne to leave you feeling like you know what to do next, from diet and lifestyle, to medications, to prevention and breakout SOS strategy (Loved the ginger tip!) I hope this week’s show is useful for you and as always you can check out the show supporter offers over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/20/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 55 seconds
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161: Supplements: Their quality, sourcing, packaging and need.

Kate Johnston, Naturopath and nutritionist, takes us on a journey looking into supplementation. We look at sourcing, quality, packaging, additives and then also at the act of taking them in general: do we need them, how long to take them, how to feel empowered if you think you’re being prescribed too many, what nutrients are best obtained by food, what situations require us to get added nutrients from supplements when the food isn’t able to provide a therapeutic dose. It’s a great show on what to look for when choosing supplements and how to think more sustainable about the ones we choose. Enjoy the show and find the show sponsor offers and additional resources over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/13/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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160: Our multiple microbiomes with Dr Jason Hawrelak

Do I have a show for you this week! Fan of exploring the gut microbiome? Did you know our nose, skin, mouth and vagina all have microbiomes too and healthy or not, they have impacts on our overall health? We look at not only gut but vaginal and nasal microbiomes as well this week with Australia’s foremost probiotic expert Dr Jason Hawrelak - back for a second time and boy were there some mind blowing facts shared in this week’s show. Dr Hawrelak did his Honours (First Class) and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, irritable bowel syndrome, and the clinical applications of pre- and probiotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited over 900 times. Suffice it to say, this week’s show is a good one for the microbiome nerds among us. I hope you enjoy this week’s show and as always, you can find this week’s podcast sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/6/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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159: Professor Veena Sahajwalla: Green manufacturing and the power of the microfactory

It all started when my SYD-LAX companion in June, Nigel and I were talking about the frustrating state of affairs in recycling tech (I know right? Hit the plane-buddy jackpot!) and he mentioned the hope that lay in the work a colleague of his was doing at the University of New South Wales. We were introduced and the rest is history. What a privilege to be able to bring you this hopeful conversation with Professor Veena Sahajwalla this week on the show. She is the woman behind the technology turning used rubber tyres into sheet steel, and used plastics into filament for 3D printing instead of what the majority of the industry is using - virgin plastics!  Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE HonFIEAust directs the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Australia; delivering scientific and engineering advances in sustainability of materials and associated processes in collaboration with industry. ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science to enable global industries to safely utilise toxic and  complex wastes as low-cost alternatives to virgin raw materials and fossil fuels. As Founding Director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, Veena and her team are working closely with industry partners to deliver the new science, processes and technologies that will drive the redirection of many of the world’s most challenging waste streams away from landfills and back into production; simultaneously reducing costs to alleviating pressures on the environment. She is reimagining the global supply chain by demonstrating the viability of ‘mining’ our overburdened landfills to harness the wealth of useful elements like carbon, hydrogen and materials like silica, titania and metals embedded in our waste.  Enjoy discovering this incredible woman’s work. I can’t wait to go visit her research centre and bring you some video footage of what they’re doing. As always you can head to the shownotes for more details and to join the low tox club at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/29/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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158: Digital Nutrition - Seeing digital media interaction in a new light.

Enjoyed the new music for the show? It’s a song “Birds” from Independent Australian Artist Melanie Horsnell from her 2005 Album “The Adventures Of” available along with her other fine albums over at melaniehorsnell.com (digital download for instant access!)  Have you heard of the many ways we should be consumed with guilt for wanting to interact with digital media - you need to digital detox. You need a digital diet. Just another thing to feel guilty about or feel bad about letting our children do as a parent.  Well, it was definitely a topic I wanted to discuss on the show, but I wasn’t loving the deprivation / I’m a bad person vibes that so regularly form the discussions around tech and overuse or misuse. If teaching in the low tox space for 10 years has taught me anything, it’s that a positive mindset of “discovery not deprivation” works best for implementing changes, so we set out to find an expert who could help us navigate digital media. Enter Jocelyn Brewer, who is a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age. Alongside being part of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at Sydney University, Jocelyn is completing her Masters of Applied Science (Cyberpsychology) exploring the role of self-control and mindfulness in the prevention of Problematic Smartphone Use. This exploratory research surveyed over 500 Year 7 students in metropolitan Sydney and will be completed in 2019. The conversation we have is about the good and the bad, what to watch out for as a sign that addiction wheels are in motion, how to connect over tech instead of have it be something that distances you from your kids and how to raise them to have a healthy level of awareness and self awareness around their media use. It’s a conversation I’m proud to bring to the fore and I hope you love it as much as I did. Find the podcast show notes and this month’s sponsor offer over at www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/22/20191 hour, 18 seconds
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157: The Science of Tapping with Dr Peta Stapleton

Have you ever tapped? Or perhaps you’ve seen tapping or heard about it and thought “what the heck is that gonna do for my problems”. Well, today’s show guest is Dr Peta Stapleton and she’s a big believer in the Science of Tapping (in fact that’s the title of her book!). She calls it a part of the “Fourth Wave of psychology”.  She has 22 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University. So if you thought tapping was a bit of hocus pocus, then today’s show will sort that out. Peta takes us through habits, fears, motivation, weight loss, self-worth and ‘tapping things in’ as we coined during the show. You’re going to want to listen to this and consider putting tapping in your tool kit. Enjoy the show and don’t forget to check out the extra notes and sponsor offer over in the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/15/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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156: Where is your money and what is it doing for the world?

In this week’s show we talk about the enormous power we have in the way we invest our money: Ethical investing for the world we want to see! (This episode is not sponsored nor am I personally endorsing this exact investment fund as the one you should transfer to! It’s simply a discussion about ethical investing, highlighting the great work one company is doing as an example) From today, what I hope this show will do is have us all ask ourselves: What does ethical investment look like for you on the micro-level in terms of what’s going in your shopping basket and where is your money invested right now when it comes to finance, superannuation, your 401K etc? And then finally to look and ask: is there a disconnect? Adam Verwey is the founder of Future Super and an experienced ethical fund manager and Kirsten Hunt is the COO, passionate about advancing women’s rights and financial opportunity. Together we all discuss the power in where we put our money and it’s a wonderful discussion that will leave you with great tools to start asking powerful questions of the institutions where you have your money right now as well as researching the best aligned options when it comes to your values. Enjoy the show and as always, you’ll find all the resources and the show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/8/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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155: Frustrated by your bad habits? Meet Dr Amy Johnson

What if that cellulite, or the big spider didn’t have such a hold over you? What if you could realise that it’s all just a bunch of stories we’re making up? Behavioral plans, mindsets, hard work and willpower are NOT where deep, sustainable change comes from, says my guest Dr Amy Johnson who is known for her ability to help people create lasting change. Amy Johnson PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower. She is the author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). I so enjoyed this conversation for the aha’s that happened the whole way through, realising just how much the made up stories impact the unfolding of our lives - if we let them! If you are held back by fear, can’t break your negative self talk or habits that aren’t serving you, this show is a must. Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the sponsor offer for the show over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast valid through September.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/1/201946 minutes, 48 seconds
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154: 2040 director Damon Gameau “A better world in the making!”

On this week’s show you get to meet the filmmaker who brought us the wonderful 2040 film this year - Damon Gameau’s follow up film to “That Sugar Film” in 2014 and it didn’t disappoint. As Damon said “Once you clock the vastness of the climate crisis issue, what other issue is there?” He simply made the film he had to make as a human and a dad wanting his little girl’s 2040 to be different to the bleak picture we’re seeing now. We talk about his journey into accidental activism through story telling and film, we talk about the biggest issues of our time and we even have a crack at solving them. It’s a great conversation with a great man who has a compelling vision and path carved out for us and our planet. Enjoy the show, share it with your friends and colleagues and let’s accelerate positive change around the world with this week’s catalyzing conversation. Head to the show notes for the sponsor offer and further resources lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/25/201956 minutes, 24 seconds
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153: Dr Elson Haas on toxins, cleansing and vibrant health

Dr Elson Haas, one of the founders of the Integrative Medicine movement is my guest on today’s podcast. What a treat! Something that has increased in need, while our environment and food has become more and more polluted is detoxification. Our biology was not designed for this morning world and the ol’ “We don’t need to detox, that’s what our liver is for” just doesn’t fly. One form of detoxification that has become popular over the past few decades is juice fasting so I wanted to look into this more deeply with a medical doctor to understand why. Research shows our bodies thrive on bringing ‘lean times’ in the mix and as long as you’ve spoken to your practitioner and don’t suffer adrenal / cortisol issues, then you may want to look at doing a juice fast. Today we explore what got Dr Haas interested in doing a juice cleanse, how it impacted him as a Doctor and what he then went on to study to bring a more holistic approach to supporting his patients.  We also discuss    When the perfect time of the lunar cycle/year is to do a juice fast. What the keys to overall health are after his many books and decades of medical practice. How to rely less on uppers and downers - chemical OR natural!  How to make lifestyle habit change stick in your life.  How to know what foods work for us ultimately?  What the 3 things Elson wants you to do this week to be your best thriving self.      It’s a great show and don’t forget to make the most of this month’s podcast sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/18/201959 minutes, 57 seconds
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152: Detox Series: Phase 2.5 detox with Dr Kelly Halderman

Have you heard of phase 2.5 detox and the key role it plays in supporting the healthy removal of used hormones and toxins from our system? Dr Kelly Halderman explains what it is and why it is so key - especially for people who live or work in high tox environments or who have detoxification impairment due to illness or (epi)genetics. We also talk about the full detoxification picture, how to optimise detoxification, links between poor detoxification, chronic illness, gall bladder issues and resistant weightloss. Join me in this brilliant deep dive and as always, enjoy the sponsor offer over in the show notes at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/11/20191 hour, 55 seconds
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151: A detoxification masterclass with naturopath Naomi Judge

Naomi Judge is a naturopath passionate about helping women find their best ‘normal’ possible in her work once clearing the path from all the things that jeopordise optimal health. If you’ve ever wanted to truly understand detoxification, how to detoxify from different things, how and when detoxification is NOT a good idea and what to do about life events that require an uplevelling of detoxification, this show is for you. We also discuss detoxification pitfalls and when to know you’re not on the right track. Enjoy the show and the wonderful sponsor offer available this month over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/4/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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150: She Births® founder Nadine Richardson on the journey of birth.

Nadine Richardson, this week’s show guest is an extraordinary woman and is the founder of SheBirths, the only scientifically proven method for preparing for one’s birth journey that demonstrates significantly reduced need for pain medication, cesarian section and tears - doesn’t that sound amazing indeed! This show is so wonderful as we explore the magic that is the transformative birth journey. This is for everyone who’s given birth to reminisce, everyone who is on a birth journey now or in the future, their partners, friends, and anyone you know who is going to have a baby. You will learn the significance of a doula, some of the most powerful things you can do to prepare for birth and what to do when it doesn’t quite go according to preference (she doesn’t use the word ‘plan’ which I LOVE!) Enjoy the show and check out the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/28/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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149: The Climate Crisis: The power is in your hands.

This week on the show, Anne Foster is BACK. One of our most popular shows last year on textiles, Anne Foster, founder of @Elkie & Ark is this time putting her environmental scientist/economist hat on and we discuss the climate crisis and the every day things you and I can work on to reduce emissions to 30% below 1990 - yep, you read that right! Anne takes us through the current research on reducing emissions and drawing down carbon, and we also spend time discussing personal changes we have on the cards or have struggled with, so that you get a good window into weighing up decisions and don’t feel quite so alone in the many changes we’re all feeling called to make in this intersection between the world where we did everything based on convenience and we now need to redefine convenience to include the care for our planet as a “successful performance” metric. I hope you enjoy the show and as always, you can find the show notes and supporter offer details on lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/21/20191 hour, 53 minutes, 59 seconds
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148: Muscles for a long life? Yep. Meet Dr Gabrielle Lyon.

In this week’s show, we have the wonderful Dr Gabrielle Lyon talking muscles. What happens when you cross a woman with a head cold (me that day!) and a Dr who’s about to give birth to her first baby? Well, of course, you get a very interesting show about muscles and the key role they play in the research when it comes to longevity and not just age as a number, but thriving into old age. Dr. Lyon attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in Family Practice. She also completed her research fellowship in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. The mix of study she’s done - a whopping 17 years worth - puts her in a unique position to be able to wade through all the research and cut to the chase on what brings results for people, especially those who seek to reach peak physical state. She has brought unparalleled results to her patients with personalized advanced nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioural action plans that leave no stone unturned. When you work with Dr. Lyon, you will enter into a partnership that will bring you long-term success and life-changing breakthroughs in every aspect of your life. You can feel this in the no-nonsense way she responds to questions. If you’ve struggled to build muscle and have suffered long and chronic states and want out, muscle - and Dr Gabrielle Lyon - may just be your answer. I hope you enjoy the interview. Show notes and the sponsor offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on that show’s tile. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/14/20191 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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147: Beyond Mars and Venus with Dr John Gray

I am thrilled to have Dr John Gray join me on the show this week. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships and he has authored over 20 books since the mid 90s. At the core of his work, John helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques with healthy, nutritional choices that create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness and romance.  Most of us have to communicate with the opposite sex, regardless of whether we are in a male/female relationship and this podcast will support us all that much I can tell you. We talk about the biology of what men and women need when communicating and connecting, common pitfalls in long term relationships, addictions such as porn and their detrimental effects and the role reversals often happening in families and how to navigate those in the modern world and striving for meaningful equality.  Enjoy the show and the wonderful show-supporter offer and grab all details over in the shownotes lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on this show’s tile, Alexx.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/7/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 8 seconds
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146: Utopian community of Serenbe with Steve Nygren

One of my favourite things to do for the show is to research people who are thought leaders and boy have I found one in Steve Nygren, co creator of “Serenbe”. Imagine a land plan that could provide for 20% more housing while saving 70% of the land for agriculture and recreation. Sounds impossible, right? In 2004, the Nygrens began development of Serenbe the community to demonstrate that it was absolutely possible and I talk to Steve about how it came to be that he could imagine this place and then bring it to life. The result is reminiscent of century-old communities connected to current technology. Steve has chaired many local and state boards and currently serves on three national boards dealing with environmental issues. Enjoy this show and inspiring story that will have us challenging the need to build concrete jungles to house everyone, and reimagine our urban futures. I’ll fight you for the plane ticket to go visit and maybe move there! You can find the details and general show notes with this month’s sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/30/201943 minutes, 57 seconds
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145: Nicole Bijlsma on the potential dangers of 5G

Nicole Bijlsma is a household name for the Low Tox Life community and in this week’s show we deep dive into the concerns over 5G technology and how you can protect your family. We also take a look at common questions about reducing your exposure to EMFs in the home - especially when you have solar, metal furniture or a steel roof. If you haven’t come across Nicole’s work before, you’re in for a treat. Nicole is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become a building biologist after noticing a strong correlation with many of her patients illnesses and health hazards in their home. Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment. Nicole has thirty years experience lecturing at tertiary institutions in nutrition, Chinese Medicine and environmental medicine, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive knowledge in environmental medicine has seen her speak at various conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand and New Zealand). Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia, was the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists and established the Australian College of Environmental Studies in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college is the only institution in Australia to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui. Nicole is currently completing her PhD investigating health hazards in the built environment. Enjoy today’s show and head to the podcast show notes for resources and this week’s show supporter offer. www.lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/23/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 19 seconds
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144: Feeling in tune with yourself and the world with Guy Lawrence.

With the response to my solo show on doing Dr Joe Disepnza’s work, I was keen to bring someone in who has dedicated himself to sharing the power of meditation through his work. Guy Lawrence is an eternal student of life and a powerful teacher.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/16/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 19 seconds
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143: The End of Alzheimer’s with Dr Dale Bredesen

Alzheimer’s disease: It’s something you dread that your future might reveal, and sadly the statistics are showing it to be more and more likely. 10 million cases of dementia are diagnosed worldwide each year, around 70% of those being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This is all compounded by the fact that there’s been very little progress in the past decades when it comes to treatment, much less reversal, so it’s costing families and public health departments much heartache and money with the frustration of no real solutions in conventional medicine at this point. So where does that leave us in the hope stakes? Enter Dr Dale Bredesen. Dr Dale Bredesen, the author of New York Times bestseller “The End of Alzheimer’s”, is my guest this week and I am so, so thrilled to present this interview that contains bucket loads of hope. He is at the forefront of cognitive decline science, treatment and reversal and holds the noble pursuit of solving the irreversible nature of many cognitive decline diseases before his time’s up. In his paradigm-shifting book, Dr. Bredesen offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. This conversation goes deep into the why and the how of cognitive decline the different root causes of Alzheimer’s disease, what exactly is happening in the brain to cause decline and how best to navigate options and protocols. Dale also reveals that we have 20 years of signs that are treatable and reversible before the onset of Alzheimer’s so this illustrates to me just how empowered we can be when it comes to our health in the face of much doom and gloom surrounding this difficult disease on not just the patient but everyone in the family. Enjoy the show and if you fancy that free meditation this week, do pop over to the show notes for the link lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/9/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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142: Thyroid health starts in the cells with Dr Eric Balcavage

How deep is your understanding of the thyroid? Dr. Eric Balcavage is my guest this week and is a chiropractic physician who has been in private practice in Glen Mills, PA since 1996. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from Kutztown University and his Doctorate degree in 1995 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Balcavage is continuously advancing his knowledge with post graduate studies. In this week’s show you’ll have a clear and deep understanding and feel more empowered to connect with doctors and other practitioners who can support you. So often people experience a range of symptoms caused by thyroid imbalances but did you know that A LOT is happening in the cells before the gland gets affected. And here’s the kicker: It’s often the TSH that’s tested (that’s the test that tells us if the gland is damaged. This show with Dr Eric Balcavage is your guide to not just the thyroid gland but what’s happening at the cellular level WAY before problems with the gland show up. We go through testing, what to test as well as thyroid markers to see what the big picture is, the cell danger response, thyroid health at a cellular level, identifying your key stressors and bringing your body back to balance. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. As usual the show notes and show supporter offers can be found at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/2/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 28 seconds
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141: Breaking the habit of being myself with Alexx Stuart

This week there are no questions and there is no guest - I’m chatting to you guys directly about my experience of starting to do Dr Joe Dispenza’s work. When I came through the worst of mold illness (google “The whole mold story Low tox life” to hear all about that!) I realised I was catastrophising at the smallest things, always thinking the worst would happen and that was so unlike my pre-mold self that I knew I had some mental work to do to upgrade my mind. Enter Dr Joe who I’d read in the past, seen on YouTube and in documentaries and had even bought a short course via Hay House from - just sitting there untouched. The rest is history once I finally decided it was time to transfer my appreciation for his work, to doing the work myself. It’s been insightful, profound and a window into what’s to come as I make this work a part of my life moving forward. I speak about the experience of doing the Advanced Week-Long retreat - including how non retreat like it is, and what I noticed when I meditated 6-9 hours a day for a week with a splash of climbing an enormously high ladder and jumping from a high platform once I hurled myself onto the plank at the top - picture is in the show notes and quite funny! Meditation has always been a have to. Now? It’s an “as if I would miss it!” so I’m excited to share some of the aha’s, mystical moments and synchronicities that have popped up out of doing this work. Can’t wait to connect with any low toxers who are on the same journey or who wish to be, via our Low Tox Club. The show notes and sponsor offer are available in the show notes today.  lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/26/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 53 seconds
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140: Peri menopause with Dr Carrie Jones

Dr Carrie Jones is a naturopathic physician and the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the most cutting edge hormone test on the market, the DUTCH Test. She lectures, teaches and writes frequently on the same topic. Understanding adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones is complicated. Her job is not to judge. Her job is to educate and empower and that is why I absolutely love Carrie. If you missed her on Show #87 talking hormones and stress, do head back there to archive-listen, but today? It’s all about Perimenopause. It can be a destabilising time for women but it doesn’t have to be, and Carrie takes us through what’s happening, what we can do to mitigate disaster and how testing (not sponsored by the way!) can ensure we get a clear picture of what’s going on for us bio-individually so that we can move forward with our eyes wide open through this time in our lives. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed it. As usual, you can find the show notes and show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/19/20191 hour, 26 minutes, 27 seconds
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139: Plastic Free South East Asia with Sarah Rhodes

I love highlighting stories of people who woke up one day and started playing a bigger game to make a difference to health or our planet. This week’s guest could be any of us. In June 2014, Sarah Rhodes, an Australian, attended an intensive training program on climate leadership, facilitated by Al Gore, former US Vice President and became part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. More inspired than ever and as part of her commitment to the program, Sarah set about engaging more people to take action against climate change. In July a friend invited her to join a month long challenge called Plastic Free July – the quest to avoid all single-use plastics for a whole month. This was a huge eye-opener to how much of the main plastics we all use and especially where there is plastic that is less obvious. In October of the same year, she moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where impacts of climate change are already felt – the time for action is now and now that she’s heading up Plastic Free July for South East Asia, the future is bright and we talk about her journey and what the plastic situation is like in Asia, as well as what we can do to keep focused on progress instead of ‘how bad it all is’. Enjoy the show and show notes and further resources can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/12/201950 minutes, 13 seconds
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138: Adaptogenic Herbs and healing blocks with naturopath of 25 years, Anthia Koullouros

Adaptogenic herbs: All the rage these days and self-prescribing is rife - but is it helping or hindering your health? Anthia Koullouros is a brilliant naturopath and passionate herbalist with 25 years clinical experience in Sydney, Australia. She’s also a gifted tea maker, with her OVVIO teas being sipped in some of the finest restaurants in the world as well as throughout local cafes. When Anthia and I were both speaking recently at the Mindd Forum, she closed the day with a wonderful talk and I just had to invite her on the show to share it and more with us. So, we start with adaptogens - everything from Shisandra to Amla to Bacopa Monnieri and many herbs in between, and then move to discuss stress and its many presentations, as well as fear and the block it can create for you on a healing journey. It’s chock full of useful information this show and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The show notes and podcast supporter offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy! Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/5/20191 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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137: Dr Sherrie Campbell on cutting ties with toxic family members

Are you in a toxic family or do you know someone who is? Not a light topic this week, folks. Dr Sherrie Campbell. What a brave woman and practitioner taking this personal experience of hers out to the world to offer a road map to help others in similar situations. She is a licensed psychologist in the US, inspiring author, and nationally recognized expert who’s featured regularly on TV and radio to share her expertise from nearly two decades of clinical training. I am committed to discussing from time to time on the show, areas of our life that affect our mental wellbeing. Stress will kill us faster than a hot dog and family and relationship stress and toxicity is very real for many, keeping people in fight, flight or freeze for often years on end. This show talks about the very tough experience of living in or growing up in a toxic family and how one psychologist who lived this herself, decided that enough was enough and that she could actually cut ties and give others permission to do the same, making peace with the situation and moving on. I hope this show helps you or someone you know, navigate this tricky situation. Shownotes for further resources can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and please - if things are super tough for you right now. Australia’s helpline is 13 11 14 and Wikipedia actually has a list of all the country’s helplines. Amazing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_linesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/28/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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136: Regenerative and biodynamic agriculture for resilient farms and farmers with Charlie Arnott

This week my show guest is farmer, Charlie Arnott who took his family farm reigns in 1997 in Boorowa, where they’d been farming for 50 years. After a series of epiphanies through education, steered them towards regenerative agriculture using biodynamic principles. In today’s show we talk about Charlie’s farming journey, his decision to move away from trying to get nature to do what HE wanted, and instead working to learn how best to collaborate with nature - something he believes is key to not only a prosperous farming business but also to a farmer’s mental health and the land’s health. It’s an inspiring deep dive into biodynamics and regenerative agriculture, as well as looking at some of the biggest challenges of our time ethically with factory farming and live export, as well as climate change and drought. Enjoy the show, and of course don’t forget to make the most of the show sponsor offer and additional resources to do with today’s show over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/21/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 21 seconds
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135: The gut and its microbiota with Dr Jason Hawrelak

The gut continues to be a hot topic, thus one I welcome putting on a show about when I find the kind of guest that can take things to the next level of our understanding of our inner garden. So, this week my guest is Dr Jason Hawrelak. We go deep into the microbiota, the latest gut research, gut brain connection, IBS, fodmap restriction and how to bring back the fibre minus the symptoms, constipation, Keto and certain strains that are winning in the research when it comes to depression, anxiety and more!  Dr Hawrelak is Head of Research at ProbioticAdvisor.com. His passion for gastrointestinal health, the GIT microbiota, and probiotics was ignited during the final year of his undergraduate training. Subsequently, Dr Hawrelak did his Honours (First Class) and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, irritable bowel syndrome, and the clinical applications of pre- and probiotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited over 900 times. I hope you enjoy this week’s show and as always, you can find this week’s podcast sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/14/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds
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134: The Possibility Project and where sustainable fashion and community change meet

  I’m delighted to bring you a story today of possibility. Kim Pearce and Kath Davis are the wonderful women behind The Possibility Project and clothing line Slumwear 108. These two women met by chance on the school drop off on the dawn of the new school year. They connected immediately and the next thing you knew, they were off to India together. It’s often easy to think “What change could I possibly effect!?” and thr truth is, if you want to, you find a cause and you fight for it, figuring it all out along the way. In today’s show we talk about their slow clothing line, their social justice projects, the circular economy and how we can all effect change big and small. It’s an inspiring collaboration between two women that I know you will leave feeling very hopeful about the world from. The show supporter offer and all details on Kath and Kim’s wonderful work are available over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy the show! Where there's a will there's a way - what does that phrase mean to you? You met on the school run and we'll talk about what happened from there in a bit, but first: What were you doing in your careers before that fateful school run - born and bred hippy chicks who care, or were there a series of ahas or a defining moment that made you start to see beyond the 'great deal at the fave fashion store'? So changing the world isn't a sweet little suggestion you can make over a coffee - or is it? How did you two decide to join forces and create something together? How did you decide what sort of business you would start? How was the experience of building your supply chain? Something that I love is the for people/ for planet connection in what you've created - people being trained in a vocation and paid a living wage and the upcycling/ recycling of materials... Is it easy to run things over here, and ensure people are getting paid well over there? Business is hard - and the massive list of 'to do's can often sap creativity - how do you nurture creative thinking in your days and lives to ensure you're able to continue to move forward and keep solving complex problems through your work? Who is a person who's felt like a guiding light for you on this journey? Some of your favourite examples of people helping us be our best most-awake selves in this new era... What's next for The Possibility Project? and if you had to share one thing each that you believe is a super powerful way for people to make a little change in life for the betterment of people/planet - what is your favourite to share? STAND OUT QUOTE: The Planet doesn’t need saving it needs servingSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/7/201951 minutes, 7 seconds
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133: Professor Alfred Poulos on the Secret Life of Chemicals

Once a curious mind always a curious mind. Today’s show is with retired Professor Alfred Poulos has far from ‘retired’ continuing to research and write book after book. While Professor Poulos’ medical and scientific research has been wide and varied, it has chiefly focused on the role fats play in health and disease. He specialised in genetics and fat metabolism, Professor Poulos published over 150 peer-reviewed papers.His recent interests are in nutrition, and in the chemical pollutants present in our food, water and the environment. He doesn’t fear monger or call absolutes where they’re unfounded but he does call things into question, shed light on what we DO know, and suggests a heck of a lot more caution than we’re currently taking when it comes to what we’re surrounding ourselves with. I hope you enjoy my chat with Alfred - He is a passionate foodie and home cook, he bakes his own bread and shops weekly at the Queen Victoria Market and he’s totally one of us! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for today’s sponsor offer and further links www.lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/31/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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132: Sustainable Homes - From planning to building to renovating

In this week’s very long show, I’ve actually stuck two interviews together for a bumper issue on HOME design/renovation. I have two experts in their fields here to discuss designing, building and renovating considerations for a healthier you and planet so if this is you now or in the next couple of years, please have a listen, these talented women are a wealth of knowledge. Architects Amelia Lee (you must check out her podcast “Undercover Architect”)  and Kate Hamblet share their wisdom and with Kate also specialised in interior furnishings, it’s a bumper show for all things ‘home’. Being a passionate mold inhibitor, I’ve got you covered on the mold front, in terms of underlays, wood materials and air filters too. I hope you enjoy the show - can’t wait to hear what you think and be sure to connect with their resources on this week’s show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast - and of course, this week’s show sponsor and their sweet deal. Alexx x  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/24/20191 hour, 51 minutes, 9 seconds
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131: Mushrooms could save the world? Yes, says Julian Mitchell.

Is there anything the humble mushroom cannot do? From repair damaged nerves, to fighting cancer proliferation, to improving focus or sleep… the resource is promising and building steadily. Add to that the incredible protein source they provide and their ability to grow from salvaged coffee grounds, and you have the makings for an excellent deep dive into the magic of mushrooms on today’s show. I have the founder of Life Cykel Julian Mitchell on the show with me today and I know you’ll love this conversation. Life Cykel is an evolutionary focused mycelium biotechnology company that engineers positive solutions to real world problems. Trust me, by the end of the chat, you’ll know what that means. By harvesting the Circular Economy and using its valuable fuel in partnership with mushrooms, we are able to offer incredible products and services for our health and planetary harmony. Some of their best examples include the National Mushroom Network, Mushroom Honey and Beemunity, their product that supports the immunity of bees and boy do our beautiful bees need that, sadly! Julian and Ryan co-founded the company back in 2015. From there, it's quickly grown to become Australia's leading medicinal mushroom grower and still expanding rapidly, offering cutting-edge mushroom products and decentralised food security enablement packages (ie, hyper local food growing with their mushroom kits.) I hope you enjoy today’s show as much as I did, and the show notes, low tox club details and sponsor offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x Here’s what I asked Julian?   There are a few aspects to LifeCykel - circular economy coffee ground recouping for mushroom cultivation… education/school awareness…. bee activism and bee community healing through a mushroom extract… your mushroom extract range: Where the heck do we start, right? Let’s start with the type of company you call yourself: mycelium biotechnology company - talk us through what you mean by that?   And how did you fund the growth… Lots of people get ideas but get scared they’re not going to be able to grow / have enough cash to grow… And you say something rather bold on your website: you believe mushrooms have the power to shape a new future ~ one in which we live in full harmony with our beautiful planet. Mushrooms hold the keys…. how are some of the ways mushrooms can play a role in regenerating the planet? You cultivate mushrooms and grow them from spent coffee grounds but not just the type we’re going to stir fry with a little butter and garlic… medicinal mushrooms so we’ll get into talking about those in a bit, but first: How did you come to feel called to start a circular economy business centred around spent coffee grounds / mushrooms in the first place? And how did you see this then becoming a fundraising and ag/waste education piece for schools? As you learnt more and more about mushrooms - what drew you to cultivating medicinals? Can you eat mushrooms / take medicinal mushrooms if you’re suffering fungal related issues - candida/mold illness etc? Let’s talk medicinals… Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Shitake… a bit about the magic of each one / what best used for. Any juicy studies you want to cite here would be great. Why would we choose a powder and why an extract - difference? And what does ‘double extract’ refer to? Can one overdo medicinal mushrooms? Things are all going well with all of these exciting things you guys are doing - what’s the BIG picture for you and what you want to achieve? If you had to share a simple way people could have a big impact on their waste and start thinking more circular… what would it be? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/17/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 57 seconds
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130: 90 seconds to a life you love with Dr Joan Rosenberg

Every now and then you come across a book that is a ‘Goosebump book’. Best-Selling author and cutting-edge psychologist Dr Joan Rosenberg delivers one such book with her latest “90 seconds to a life you love: How to master your difficult feelings to cultivate confidence, resilience and authenticity. I wanted to make today’s show not so much a step by step through the chapters, because I truly call on each of you to read this for yourselves, but more the kind of show that would also leave you feeling able to put things into practice from today and get started connecting firstly, more to your own feelings, and in turn more deeply to the feelings of others. We move through life often not realising how easy it is to become disconnected from what’s truly important - look at how we did it with our food source or with the very basic biological need to ground through contact with nature. What we need to also realise that it’s not just about how connected we are to where our T-shirt comes from, or how our strawberries were grown, or where the floorboards we’re choosing came from, or what ingredients are in our shampoo, but how connected are we to our SELF and in turn to others. I hope you feel as deeply excited about the opportunity presented to each of us in today’s show as I am from having had the gift of this conversation with a truly gifted clinician and thought leader such as Joan. If you’ve ever felt powerless to speak up, disconnected from your child or not knowing how to build their confidence, or perhaps conscious that you distract yourself from unpleasant feelings with Facebook, Alcohol or criticism of yourself or others, this show’s for you. Enjoy and as always, the show notes, sponsor offer and low tox club details are over on lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x Questions I asked Joan…   Neuroscientists suggest a ‘feeling’ lasts about 90 seconds, often starting with a bodily sensation: That’s so fascinating because we think our hearts/minds are doing the feeling but our body is the first clue - can you talk us through what’s happening during those 90 seconds? Of all the feelings to feel there are 8 unpleasant one - why stop at 8? hehe… Can you share some of them with us and their significance? You are on a mission to help people move away from feeling disconnected from others, ashamed of lack of achievement… What are some of the pitfalls to leading an awesome life? What does a 90 second feeling and how we respond to our feeling have to do with us becoming more abundant, more connected? Can you share a recent unpleasant feeling and what it brought up for you? What does it take to develop [or feel] confident? Is it a specific practice we can undertake when faced with uncomfortable feelings, that pops us out the other side with more and more confidence? Having emotional strength is part of confidence too - what goes into developing emotional strength? “Developing confidence” is almost paradoxical or counterintuitive (or backwards to some). What do you mean by that? Lots of people struggle with fear and anxiety - how can someone handle their anxiety better or perhaps even experience less of it? You talk about ‘releasing it’ which I find a beautifully freeing visual… Let’s talk about “Faulty thinking” - is this simply thinking that doesn’t serve us? With how visually ‘perfect’ the internet can seem, “her life is amazing” and “I could never look like that or achieve that!” Harsh self-criticism gets in the way of pursuing people’s goals or dreams – what’s your take on harsh self-criticism and how best can we navigate a world that seems to have us increasingly self criticising? 8. On the flip side of harsh self-criticism are compliments – yet so many people push them away or really play them down. You think they are really important. How come? People are always being encouraged to speak up or be assertive.  How does speaking up relate to having confidence? How does speaking up relate to being more authentic or genuine with others? In Chapter 10 as you move towards closing the book you talk about committing to one’s true self. LOVE this chapter… how would you like to challenge each of us to do a little somethin’ this week, every day, to commit to our true selves?    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/10/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 30 seconds
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129: Life in Flow with Kate Kendall

This week on the show I speak with author Kate Kendall, author of “Life in Flow” out now with Murdoch books. Kate shares myths about yoga and what it means to be a yogi (I learnt something new and it makes perfect sense!), how moving meditation can support us, what 90 seconds of feeling the feelings can do for us to bring us greater strength and joy and more. I‘ve known Kate since she was 12 and I was 17. We went to the same school and she was in my sister’s year. Many years later it was so great to bump into her at an event and learn she taught yoga local to me. I’d always wanted to love yoga but hadn’t found a way to understand why it was so special. I loved tennis and dance… fast, adrenalin fueled sports and yoga was a mystery, even though it looked appealing - all those calm, cool people looking strong and elegant and peaceful… So I went along to a class of Kate’s at Flow Athletic and I was hooked. If you’re in Sydney or visiting, treat yourself to a class with Kate and for today, we get to dive into the unlikely yogi journey she had to become one of the best-respected Yoga teachers in Australia and how everything she’s learnt has been generously transposed now into her beautiful new book “Life In Flow”. How did you get into yoga? What’s a yogi? Cause right now instagram says it’s ultra-thin, completely stress-free, green smoothie worshipping award-winning photographers… Might make the average person feel like ‘they can’t be a yogi’, right? What are some of the myths you hear about yoga?   In the simplest of terms, how do you define yoga? (You’ll be surprised about the answer!) Was there a turning point that led you to find ‘flow’? What made you want to write a book? What are some of the yogic philosophies you explore in the book that we can all use in our every day? How did you decide what the chapters of “Life in Flow” were going to be? What are the ‘moving meditations’ that you’ve incorporated into every chapter Let’s talk about what’s on the other side of uncomfortable feelings/sensations? What’s the relationship between discipline and joy? What are your all-time favourite poses? Of all the inspiring authors you’ve soaked up, which you often share in class what you’re reading at the moment, and what nuggets of wisdom are in the text… Do you have a favourite? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/3/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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128: Jewellery - The unshiny truth with Marc Choyt

Have you ever thought about where your jewellery came from? Maybe from one of the big name classics, maybe from the local hand made jeweller at the markets. Have you ever thought about whether THEY know where their materials come from? Unfortunately “shiny and sparkly” are words that don’t come to mind when I chat to today’s guest, Marc Choy, the only ethical, fairtrade gold jeweller in the USA and president of the Fair Jewellery Action Group. He wrote an expose called: Ethical Jewelry Expose: Lies, Damn Lies and Conflict Free Diamonds that we found when we were wanting to do a show on Jewellery and it is seriously confronting to learn that “Conflict free” doesn’t, unfortunately, mean all that it conjures. Please don’t feel riddled with guilt for what you didn’t know yesterday, once you listen to today’s show. Feel excited about what you’re going to change from now and I’ve challenged us all to find ethical, fairtrade jewellers in our local area and share them as resources for the community in today’s show notes. Enjoy the show and as always, all further resources are in today’s show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast And here are the questions I asked Marc: Your journey into discovering that jewellery wasn't all that glitters and had a very dark side. Were you already conscious of food system injustice / environmental toxins or was this your gateway into conscious, aware choices. Share how you and your wife made the foray into ethical jewellery? From what I understand there are a few factors at play in jewellery - It's not just the fairtrade aspects of the workforce / small scale miners it's also mining methods and processing that can be very high tox... other factors? Let's start with diamonds (I too want to share a personal story about the effects of the film Blood Diamond) - What do we need to be aware of in terms of where we've come from in the history of diamond mining and trade? And gold - I've heard you talk about how it can be a toxic process - can you talk us through it? *Let's add in anything else about the process of procurement here before continuing. Can discuss before we hit record* So how did you go about becoming certified fairtrade - ONLY fairtrade certified gold jeweller in the USA might I add? What challenges did you run into as you went about establishing the supply chain? How can we be better at sourcing jewellery / good questions we can ask when we're in a jewellery shop so that we start to raise awareness and let jewellers everywhere know that we want to know we're not hurting people/planet with our jewellery choices? Are there any 'greenwash' labels/associations used in Jewellery that are similar to "All natural" and "Sustainable Palm" labels that often are quite far from what they sound like in fairness and toxicity? And if we have time I'd love to chat about your work with Native Americans and what we can all learn from their cultural, spiritual wisdom and bring into our modern lives? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/24/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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127: SHAME with Joseph Burgo Phd

In this week’s show, I chat to Joseph Burgo, PhD about Shame - Shame itself and Shame, his new book which challenges us to use Shame as a springboard rather than be taken down by it. Resilience has a lot to do with that and Jo talks a lot about that too - how it’s cultivated and what early childhood has to do with it. Jo has been practising psychotherapy for more than 35 years and held licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist so we’re lucky to have him with us sharing his experience with patients - and with his own shame over the years and I truly feel this was a fresh conversation on the topic. I was challenged in my thinking and I hope you are too so that we can lead happier, more emotionally resilient lives. As always, you’ll find the show notes over on lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy, Alexx x QUESTIONS     What led you to study shame in your work? In the early part of your book you take us through the “Shame spectrum” - can you talk us through that spectrum now?   In the start of the book you ask us to do a survey and count our points. I felt somewhat blessed to only score 12… so quite low on the scale of ‘life shame’ it seems, but so many people score high - a couple of my family members scored in the 30s and 40s due to schooling traumas…     Are we more scarred by the latter end of the spectrum and the higher score on the shame survey? Ie harder to heal?   And it might feel like “we can never shake it” when we learn that Shame is encoded in our DNA but we can, right?   Can we have a great self esteem and still feel shame? Does the foundation of a good self esteem make us more resilient in the face of shame?   What role can parents play in becoming more aware of our actions, the way we discipline our kids, the way we build their self esteem in those early years?   What does the act of burying and denying shame do to us - should we not be socially saying “Oh don’t worry, it’s ok” when a friend sees us shamed and we brush it off? What’s a better way to heal from shame?   When does self pity set in? Is it from repeat shame?   In clinic can you share a story of how you’ve taken someone from self pity to self esteem?   Something that happens to us often is when we’re proud or have good self esteem, we’re ‘put down’ / tall poppy syndrome… How do we navigate this when it happens without shaming someone else and maintaining our self esteem?   How do we navigate narcissists?   Something I love about your book is that we get exercises at the end to help us identify shame in our lives and our pasts and heal… Self awareness being the first step, right? Can you share an exercise we could all do this week to address shame in our lives?   We’re likely to feel shame at some point down the track - maybe even later today: What is the most important thing we can do when we experience it? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/17/201959 minutes, 58 seconds
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126: Dr Jolene Brighten on the contraceptive pill and post birth control syndrome

Well I think I’ve met my match when it comes to someone who can’t shut up a bout a topic they’re passionate about - Dr Jolene Brighten is here to join me this week and we got chatting for half an hour before even hitting record! If you haven’t come across her work here’s the wrap: Before earning her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine, she graduated with a degree in nutritional biochemistry and clinical nutrition. There she was involved in nutrition research exploring interventions for maintaining healthy hormones and body composition as we age. She founded 3 clinics before age 35 and is currently the medical director at Rubus Health in Portland, Oregon. Her post-doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition have been through The Institute for Functional Medicine. She continues to study with IFM to stay up to date on the most innovative therapies and techniques to help her patients heal. She published her first book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth: The New Mom's Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester in January 2016. It was an instant Best Seller and has helped hundreds of women heal themselves after birth. Her second book, Beyond the Pill, with Harper One, has come out January 29, 2019. And in today’s show we discuss the effects of the birth control pill both during the use of it and when coming off it, and what women can do to take back their health. It’s such an empowering conversation and I hope afterwards women everywhere go rushing to grab a copy of Jolene’s incredible new book - Beyond the Pill. Enjoy today’s conversation. If you are a woman or know a woman, you need this show and you need to share it so head to instagram and pop it in your instastories so others can know more about this important topic. Details on Jolene’s work, other books and how to connect with her are in today’s show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/10/20191 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds
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125: Supporting healthy attention span in Kids with Dr Leila Mason

Does your child have trouble focusing? Can they concentrate easily for the appropriate time for their age or is it always a struggle? In this week’s show, I invite the wonderful integrative paediatrician Dr Leila Masson back onto the show (and if you didn’t catch show #7 right back at the beginning, our show on hidden deficiencies has been a game changers for people - adults AND children all around the world so go check it out too! In this show, Leila reminds us of what our children need psychologically and physiologically to thrive and be able to focus and concentrate as they grow older. We talk about her top lifestyle adjustments if you have a child who finds focus and concentrating difficult, as well as when to know if clinical intervention is required. So often we head straight for the doctor and while of course that’d keep Leila very busy if we did, she’s so passionate about reminding us of all we can do to support our children outside of the doctor’s office - and classroom! Enjoy the show and as always you can find the show sponsor offer and show notes with further resources over at www.lowtoxlife.com/podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/3/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 35 seconds
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124: Helping our children thrive: A conversation between Brenda Janschek and Alexx Stuart

This week’s show I’ve invited the wonderful Brenda Janschek, health coach onto the show with me - in the near 3 years of the show, we’ve never discussed children’s health together, despite working with thousands of parents through our Thrive course on that very subject, since 2014. So today, we look at what has helped our children thrive from cooking in the kitchen to family meal times and how we’ve navigated the ‘grey area’ of food guidance for our children out in social situations when they have to make their own choices, when and how to relax about social situations and how to ensure we don’t raise kids who are paranoid about food with labels like “bad food” which can quickly have a child feel they’re a bad person for eating it - OR can have them start to use those labels to annoy you by rebelling with ‘bad’ food. Lots of twists and turns and useful information for any parents navigating the food conversation at home. I hope you enjoy it. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/27/201959 minutes, 22 seconds
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123: How happy is your gut? With Dr Vincent Pedre

This week’s show I’ve invited the wonderful integrative physician based in New York, Dr Vincent Pedre on to talk all things gut - Dr Pedre is a Board-Certified Internist (internal medicine Dr) and Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. His philosophy and practices are a blend of both Western and Eastern medical traditions. He is a Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. In today’s exploration of gut health, we go where science meets ‘woo woo’ and I’ve detailed the questions we cover below (with a couple of great tangents to be sure!). I hope you enjoy it. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast    We're going to hopefully through this frame work cover your "cleanse/ Activate/ Restore / Enhance" process...  How you came to be a gut loving / championing physician?   You give one of the best descriptions / clarifications around the term 'leaky gut' which I'd love for you to share...  "What happens in your gut doesn't stay in your gut" - love that... Share what you mean about it and let's talk microbial metabolites and the two way street between gut and brain.  I've seen you mention 'addressing mold issues' on IG - very excited to see more and more practitioner awareness building in this field, as a mouldie, recovering CIRS person myself... Can we talk gut / liver relationship and the issue many people who are super toxic face when they start working to detoxify but their liver's so clogged you liberate the toxins and they've got nowhere to go - how can we strategically plan out a detoxification regime without it sending our systems haywire  The bacteria in our microbiome: Is the probiotic craze workin' out for us or - given diversity is so many 1000s of species, are we approaching it the wrong way with these single strain or 4-6 strain melanges?   You share a lot of thoughts around the intimate link between how we view chronic health issues / how we desperately want to recover but how our thoughts around it can sometimes keep us stuck - can you explain how you came to realise that often patients were holding themselves back and how people can take steps to break thought patterns that are contributing to their physical state?   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/20/201956 minutes, 22 seconds
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122: On women and stress: Dr Carrie Jones & Dr Libby Weaver.

So the second and last ‘mash up week’ of the summer series is a topic I see so many women struggle with in our community and even though we can be the most chilled out person (like me!) stress can be body stress from chronic illness also (like me with CIRS) so it can have a double meaning and root stress, yet a similar physiological cascade down stream. I loved both of these conversations in their entirety so if you love today’s mash up I’d encourage you to go back and listen to both the originals. These women champion women’s health in a powerful way and today we talk cortisol / cortisone balance and relationship, Estrogen, the HPA Axis and adrenal fatigue, “Rushing women syndrome”, how stress manifests, how we can change our view of stress and how wee get to show up in the world. It’s a cracker! I hope you enjoy it. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/13/201956 minutes, 31 seconds
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121: On winning at sleep… A summer series with Dr Ron Ehrlich, Dr Fiona Kerr & Alex Fergus PT

Welcome to 2019 and I hope you’ve had a beautiful year so far. This week and next, I’ve put together a couple of past podcast mash ups on two topics that come up again and again in our community as being pain-points / stuck-points… HELP points! No1 is of course: Sleep. So this week we have Dr Fiona Kerr, Dr Ron Ehrlich and Alex Fergus PT all sharing wisdom from different angles when it comes to working on your sleep, why it’s important, how naps (and the length of naps) can impact your energy and problem solving, how blue light affects you, what happens when you sleep with your mouth open and much, much more. I hope you enjoy this show as a springboard for getting your best sleep yet in 2019. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/6/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 44 seconds
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Show #120: Jonathan Fields on how to live a good life

As we’re not doing shows on the 24th or 31st, I just HAD to include this golden conversation with inspiring author and general “help you live your best life and never in a phoney way” legend, Jonathan Fields. Whether you know him from his podcast “The Good Life Project” or his book “How to live a good life” or whether you’ve never heard of him, today is a treat. A New York City dad, husband, and former SEC and mega-firm lawyer turned award-winning author, serial entrepreneur and expert in applied personal development and human potential, Jonathan has founded a number of transformational wellness-companies, taught everything from yoga and mindfulness to entrepreneurship and innovation, and led workshops, events and retreats around the world for thousands. We discuss simple strategies for building a rock solid, loveable life, accepting that it’s not always going to be perfect, yet being able to identify more easily when something’s not quite right and ensure your 3 buckets are being tended to. He also issues us all a seven day challenge on the show that is absolutely perfect - I’ll leave you to discover for yourself.  All details and further resources on lowtoxlife.com/podcast. Enjoy, Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/19/20181 hour, 21 minutes, 52 seconds
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Show #119: Dr Zach Bush on saving the planet from changing our soil to changing the internet

So just a light topic today then, hey? I am thrilled to invite triple board certified physician, Zach Bush onto the show today for a conversation that made me throw out my questions as soon as we tucked in. When you do the math on the autism prediction of 1 in 3 children having an autism diagnosis by 2030 and EVERYONE having a cancer diagnosis in their life time by that same time, it is time to go big or go home. Instead of being scared by that trajectory, Zach is taking it on with the big picture thinking required. I’ve shared “further listening / watching” links in the show notes today so that you can dive into some of his lectures on glyphosate, chronic disease and more, and in today’s conversation, while we touch on these things, we also look at the things that are currently having the biggest impact on people / planet health and also what’s going to have the biggest impact on turning it around. We look at cancer, microbes, mitochondria, soil and the flawed system that he had to leave, despite being on track to run a medicine faculty, always cleaning up with top awards. Buckle up and enjoy the show, remember to replace feelings of panic with your next micro action that moves us deliciously forward. All details and further resources on lowtoxlife.com/podcast. Enjoy, Alexx xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/16/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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Show #118: Textiles with environmental scientist Anne Foster, founder of Elkie & Ark

In my show this week we go deep into some of the labels you’ll find on your clothes, bed linen and textiles in general.  What does fair trade, made in XYZ country, made with organic cotton, GOTS certified and Ecotek all mean when it’s on the label? What are we NOT seeing on the label that is used in the farming and production process? How do we develop a healthier relationship with what we choose when it comes to textiles? How does the textiles industry impact climate change and what can we do about it? What are some of the hardest aspects of having an ethical, organic textiles business? It’s definitely a 2 cup-of-tea / 7K steps kind of podcast this week and I hope you love it as much as I loved picking Anne’s brain. She’s so considered in her thinking and exploring of the facts and by the end of the show you’ll want to buy less, source well and start supporting brands who do right by people and planet, as well as start challenging the ones you’ve loved perhaps in the past, to do better, by having the conversations that need to happen. Find all the resources we shared verbally and sponsor offer in the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on this show’s tile. Enjoy the conversation, Alexx x See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/9/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 39 seconds
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Show #117: Meik Wiking on Lykke, Hygge and global happiness research and predictors

This week on the show the wonderful two times New York Times best seller Meik Wiking joins me once again. It was one of the most popular podcasts of last year on the Danish art of “hygge” which means cosiness so I’m excited to bring you another conversation with Meik. This time we go a bit deeper into happiness research, what the single biggest factors are for a society feeling happy for the most part, and what things like language use, daily actions and government stances on climate and equality do to impact the overall stats - You won’t believe what the biggest predictor of heart disease is in the united states. I am still in shock! Enjoy the conversation and I can’t wait to hear what your aha’s were. As always you can find the show notes, details to join the low tox club and sponsor offers all over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/2/201858 minutes, 13 seconds
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Show #116: Alexx shares the top 3 FAQs from the book tour and the top 5 low tox swaps you can make!

This week it’s me chatting to you direct. No guest. I’m sharing the 3 most asked about topics from the book tour AND the 5 top recommendations I’ve made across the country in today’s show if you’re feeling a little lost or overwhelmed as to where to start or how to prioritise and not feel like you’re never doing enough - that ain’t allowed on my watch! Perfect for those newly embarked on their low tox way as well as curious to see if any old timers were surprised by what came up the most or what my top 5 were. I’ve just completed 42 Book tour events (I think in the show I said 29 - I physically just counted them in my diary and it was 42 - thank you to all who came!) and across those 42 events, I’ve insisted we take at least half an hour to take community questions and see what people are really feeling tricky, challenged by so that it’s not just me talking AT people but we move forward and solve the big challenges in our community TOGETHER. Enjoy today’s show and head to the show notes or club chat space to share your top swaps in this week’s chat thread. Head to www.lowtoxlife/podcast for the show notes and sponsor offer details.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/25/201844 minutes, 39 seconds
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Show #115: Maggie Dent on raising boys in today’s times

Maggie Dent is a well known voice of reason and comfort when it comes to raising all children, and especially boys. With 4 boys of her own all grown up now, and being a teacher in a boy’s senior school she knows a thing or two about what makes boys tick, what helps us raise good, resilient men and how to nurture the feelings of boys, allowing them to express themselves, holding space for them, and supporting them through challenging times. In this chat we discuss the unique opportunities and challenges in raising (or educating if you’re a teacher) boys, as well as her new book “Mothering Our Boys”. Maggie is so full of knowledge and love when it comes to boys and I do hope parents, coaching, tutors and teachers everywhere hear this chat and take the words of wisdom into their every day. As a parent of a boy myself I often find myself thinking “What would Maggie do?” in the, erm, more challenging times. Enjoy and don’t forget to head to the show notes for this week’s sponsor details, the giveaway and more information on how to connect further with Maggie’s work and books, Alexx x  www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast   Here are the questions I asked Maggie:   In the note at the start of your new book, you mention a survey you ran that was research for your book. What was that survey... what answers were you seeking in asking those questions?   You say you're bilingual in that you can speak man speak AND woman speak: Can you share a bit about what you see to be the fundamental difference between the way boys/girls men/women communicate?   This book really feels like it's a plea and an invitation to all mothers of boys to make a pledge and it's all leaping from your heart, you can feel it: Did it bubble away for you for a bit or did this book leap out into the world with urgency?    Early on also you talk about the alarming stats on violence, self harm, addiction and suicide in young men. What do you believe are some of the biggest contributing factors to these stats?   You talk about a limit to "free exploration" and a shift to experiencing life via a screen: How's that playing out? What effects? What is an urban, apartment dwelling family with an only child to do (ie my family)? The 2018 parent could read the stats / these shifts and be overcome with pangs of guilt and feel like they're not giving their child the childhood that will help them thrive best... BUT: Can these families create that wild freedom in new ways?  What do you see to be the best ways we can help boys develop a good moral compass?   The #Metoo movement has brought to the fore so many injustices inflicted by men from the old 'boy's code' of entitlement and power... but while we teach our boys that good moral compass it seems they're then handed over to the porn screens of the internet and see entitlement and power/domination exaggerated... How do we help them navigate kind and respectful relationships with girls when we can't control what they see 'out there' - is it as simple as being really open and having conversations about porn  and its non-real depiction of sex?   Does seeing a popularisation of "The Future is Female" make you sad? It makes me sad... I feel it's a good intention (women's equality) miscommunicated (ie, step aside men, women are taking over) when that was never the point of feminism... How do we navigate the rise of female empowerment, while holding space for men to evolve their definition in tact, in this new world?   Now onto some other, wonderful and powerful things I took from your book: What often matters greatly to your son, will be some sort of experiment / activity that you will just not understand why on EARTH it's important: Can you give us an example of that / how we can recognise potential sabotaging of their 'special projects' and what to do to ensure they feel validated in them?   How are our young boys sidelined as ineffective / 'dumb' / useless often, in schooling and at home with mixed sibling households and what are some of the best ways we can empower our boys to feel their worth / 'warrior tendency'?  Decoding boy behaviour after school: This I loved from both your book and recent seminar... I often joke with my mother friends of girls, that thank gosh we get to find out everything that's going on / needs doing through the girls because trying to get two words out of Seb after school is blood from a stone. Could you share why that is? Best ways to get good juicy chats happening with our boys (and men!)  There is a mistaken perception that boys and men don’t feel emotions as much as women — they do. They just process them and often communicate them very differently. How is that and what do we need to be aware of as parents? Signs we need to help them unpack emotions about what's going on for them socially / school-wise? Best ways to help them open up?   You talk about 'big ugly feelings' - what are they and how can we help our boy process them?   And so believe it or not folks that's a few questions from literally just the first quarter of Maggie's new book. So much goodness in there and could honestly keep talking for hours, BUT given we have a strong focus on food / body / home and mind and we've done a lot of talking about the mind today, let's finish off with a couple of questions across the other low tox life pillars: Boys and body image. In your book you mention there's research coming out about boys as young as 8-10 with eating disorders. What on earth is causing this? What can we do to support a healthy relationship with body for young boys / love and respect for ones body?   Food: The importance of family meal time both for nourishment physically and emotionally?   Fussiness / being contrary about food that's been prepared lovingly: Is it really a dislike for the food? Control / power play where they might perhaps feel powerless elsewhere?   And to finish off for today... A lot of us seem to feel instinctively that trying to make our children sit still, get good at tests is not the best way forward in education, and the literacy / numeracy rates since standardised testing seems to back us up on that feeling. If we're in a country, like Australia, where this is the case, what is your piece of advice to help us play a bigger game here to work to change the system?   If you could say one last think to mothers of boys (all mother figures in a boy's life) to help us feel empowered to be the best mother figures we can be, helping our boys to grow and thrive: What would it be?   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/18/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 34 seconds
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Show #114: Katarina Wallentin on the wonder in the world & her children’s books with a difference

I’m so thrilled to have discovered Katarina Wallentin, when she sent us her book - Clara the Climate Changer. She has worked in many hidden parts of the globe with international organizations such as United Nations, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders. Her aim has always been to explore, experience and change the world we live in to something greater for now and the future. During her travels, she has experienced first-hand that nothing on this amazing Earth is totally black or white, right or wrong - a woman after my own heart! Instead, everything is interconnected and what you see, depends on the shade of the glasses you put on. This year she is publishing two children’s books – The Baby Unicorn Manifest and Clara & the Climate Changer. She is currently working on a third book, for adults, called The Bullshitometer. Katarina lives in Stockholm with her 15-year-old daughter Emilia who she brings on her travels and adventures as often as possible and today we discuss a variety of topics based on these questions I asked her (and the tangents we went on!)   The continuous exploration of the wondrous world we get to live in - you've got a rich CV full of interesting things and you also see a world in pain: How do you stay 'light' in exploring our world with wonder? How do you not let yourself experience overwhelm for all that needs our urgent attention? (Constant struggle for the conscious low tox peeps)  Empowering people to know that they actually know - What do you mean by that, I’m intrigued! How do you raise a conscious kid in this age? There's never been more information available to us to teach with, yet by the same toke it feels that we shelter our kids from the 'real world' more than ever...  You say you love being silly with my brilliant and funny and amazing15 year olddaughter and I love being silly with my 9 year old son - I'd love to hear what that looks like for you guys?   How did you teach her balance between caring about causes / embracing playfulness?  Do you believe that balance is what's going to help us continue to drive impactful change? It's no fun if it's all super serious, right?  Tell me the story of how you decided to become a children's book author. You seem to have quite a lot ON!hehe.   Clara the climatechanger: How did that come about? A personal passion for communicating climate change to people in a relatable way? Something else?  Hope you love the show and as usual you can access the show notes, giveaway and sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/11/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Show #113: Jonathan Latham on understanding genetics, GMOs, roundup and the food movement

It’s a brilliant science nerd alert this week for you on the show as I bring you Jonathan R Latham, PhD who is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham talks frequently at international events and scientific and regulatory conferences on the research conducted by the Project. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites.  It’s so important that if we’re going to be ‘pro’ a certain type of food that we need to truly understand what we’re ‘against’ so that when challenged we don’t just heatedly say “it’s toxic”. It’s not enough and we need to meet curiosity with science so that people understand the informed position we’re taking. Here’s the frame work for the chat Jonathan and I had:    QUESTIONS  Re the food movement: the 'feed the world' debate / your views / solutions that don't involve gmos in their current usage / soil depletion / ecological disruption etc... And what you're most excited about right now with the grass roots ground swell happening all around.   The poison papers - how they came about / what the objective is / As a contributor - what does your role entail? / The records date back to the 1920s, so in looking back do we see - as with so many things supposedly 'safe' then found harmful - timelines of examples (ddt / other chemicals)... Glyphosate / RoundUp got bumped back up to the top of conversation with the recent court ruling ordering Monsanto to pay $289USD to the groundskeeper of a school, finding that his cancer was caused by RoundUp usage: What can the poison papers reveal about RoundUp / Glyphosate? We can nut this section of the chat out more precisely before we hit record...   Understanding genetics - What do we need to understand about the current GMO paradigm that isn't  working for our health / planet's health? How does what's going on now negatively impact our health (BT toxin / Glyphosate ) and the planet's (monocropping / high herbicide / pesticide use etc) Is there any circumstance / example / technology that you've seen either in the works or currently used, which GMOs might work in our food system? And then more on what you want us to understand... dangers / evidence that's come to light etc.  And of course, the usual tangents and twists you’ve come to expect on the show.   Hope you love the show and as usual you can access the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/4/20181 hour, 38 minutes, 43 seconds
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Show #112: Dr John Demartini - Achieving goals by your highest value

Well, I still haven’t quite come down from this conversation. So much to unpack from all the revelatory juice. I welcome with great enthusiasm, Dr John Demartini this week. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behavior and personal development. He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organization with a curriculum of over 72 courses covering multiple aspects of human development. He travels 360 days a year to countries all over the globe where he shares his research and findings in all markets and sectors. He is the author of 40 books published in 29 different languages. He has produced over 60 CDs and DVDs covering subjects such as development in relationships, wealth, education and business. High achiever, much? And all from such humble beginnings with health adversity, homelessness and dropping out of school early. The only limits we have are those we place on ourselves and John not only proves it in his own life, but helps many around the world prove it to themselves.     QUESTIONS I asked John along with some juicy tangents along the way…  So many people live their current life and future projections, based on the bad stuff that might have clouded them from their past. You have such an inspiring story that PROVES it's not our past that defines our 'lot in life' but the values and priorities we decide on for ourselves. Seems despite some massive adversities in your life at such a young age, that you just knew you weren't going to be bound by limitation - Can you explain how that might be? Why were you able to 'just know' when so many people can't see beyond hardship?  And then... what are some of the steps we could take to free ourselves from what we think might limit us and live freer / bigger lives? Is it doing deep work on our values first and foremost?  We can spend whole days, months and years doing all the little things that aren't so important if we stop and think about our values / priorities - how do we shift this and lead with the big stuff that matters on a deep personal level instead of 'what everyone is asking of us societally / culturally?  When is it 'rude / inconsiderate' to priorities our needs - is there a point at which this becomes selfish?   What are some of the traps we can fall into, sacrificing our true selves for the demands of others?   When it comes to the idea that people doing something meaningful with their lives tend to live longer - What about the person stuck in 2 jobs as a janitor / burger king cashier just to keep food on the table / kids clothed. One might argue that's not feeling very meaningful for them - Can the 'meaningful part' be our 'why' rather than the work itself... Caring for our kids is surely the most valuable endeavour of them all, right? So whatever it takes makes it meaningful?   Illness: We've shifted from an infectious disease mortality to a chronic disease mortality and while a lot of the contributing causes are from the environment / the toxins in food / not enough nutrient dense foods / sedentary lifestyle etc - you also place a strong link between psychology and illness. Are we also 'thinking' ourselves sicker?  Hope you love the show and as usual you can access the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/28/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Show #111: Dr Libby Weaver on rushing women and The Beauty Guide

At long last, the stars align and Dr Libby is joining me for a chat. If you’ve been under a rock, Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists, an author, a speaker and founder of the plant-based supplement range, Bio Blends. Armed with an abundance of knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help people regain their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness through her books, live events and nutritional support range. Having sold over 350,000 books across New Zealand and Australia, she is an eleven-times bestselling author and published internationally including in UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia and Italy.  What I love most about Libby is her passion transference capability - it’s one thing to be extremely knowledgeable, it’s a gift to be able to then share that knowledge passionately and inspire action in others. Here are the questions I ask Libby today - and of course we go off on the usual tangents!   Cave Woman vs Modern Woman which laid the foundation for your Rushing Women's Syndrome book and general awareness.  How is this modern world affecting women at the biochemical level? How do we see our A to our B of de-stressing? (Often there are feelings of disempowerment / feeling trapped that prevent us from stepping into our power to make the necessary changes)    Pulling back the covers on what’s really driving your stress... Let's talk about the major potential factors here and how we go about looking into our lives for our personal stress drivers  Something I've loved hearing you talk about also to challenge the idea that all busy-ness is 'bad' in the past, is "Is 'stress'