My guest this week is an old friend and colleague, Alix Northup. Alix is a very centered and peaceful person, who is dedicated to the journey of body and mind, and she loves to help others along their own paths as well.
Alix is a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist. As a teen, she dealt with severe scoliosis, wearing a brace and probably dealing with a lot of frustration around it.
Luckily her mom, who was an MD with holistic leanings, got her to try yoga. She took to it immediately, and stuck with it.
Along the way she also developed a love for travel. She spent some time in Nepal a few years ago, and there began a seed of an idea to come back and teach. After some slowdowns and changes, she is excited to be leading a small group on a yogic/ cultural/spiritual journey there soon.
To learn more about Alix, visit her site here. She teaches yoga and practices massage locally in Portland, Oregon
Information on her group tours to Nepal can be found here.
The tours to Nepal are happening in October 2016 as well as October 2017.
We also filmed a short, one-pose yoga video here. This simple pose is great for back pain.
To learn more about this women's wellness community, come visit our site, Women's Wellness Collaborative.
Food sensitivities are sometimes called "the great mimicker," as they can present so many ways, from brain fog to skin rashes.
According to our guest Dr. Carri Drzyzga, the best way to find out what you are sensitive to is to do an elimination diet.
Two books we mention as great resources to do your own elimination diet are:
The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas
The Elimination Diet by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segersten
We also talk about the pros and cons of blood testing for food allergies and food sensitivities. There are different labs to consider, and Dr. Carri's favorite is Cyrex labs, as they measure both the cooked and raw version of a food, not just the raw version. The test I like is by Oxford Biomedical, called the LEAP test.
Just to make things more confusing, there are also food intolerances, meaning foods that you don't digest well. A common one you hear about is lactose (dairy protein) intolerance, which can actually be a sign of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.)
We also talk about:
Dr. Carri Drzyzga is known internationally as ‘The Functional Medicine Doc’. She is committed to helping patients find the root cause of their health problems and fix the cause with natural treatments so they can feel normal again.
Her last name is pronounced ‘Driz’-ga’ (it’s Polish), but everyone calls her Dr. Carri.
She has been in private practice since 1996, and is founder of Functional Medicine Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario.
Dr. Carri holds two doctoral degrees—Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine. Additionally, she has training in Functional Medicine and The Kalish Method, and is a Certified Gluten Practitioner. Always an avid learner, Dr. Carri has obtained a level of expertise in her profession that no other doctor in Canada has achieved to date.
She is currently studying functional neurology. If you'd like to learn more about functional neurology, check out our past episode with Dr. Peter Kan.
To register for the webinar I mentioned on this episode, please go here.
It's happening Saturday 6/18/16 10 AM, PST 1 PM EST.
Rachel Eyre is a young woman who is of the generation of women that may get their periods quite young due to environmental factors. Rachel got her period at age 8 or 9, and they came on heavy and painful. She proceeded to develop an array of troubling symptoms, including severe migraines, and was taking 40 medications at day by age 28.
Luckily for her and us, she turned to natural medicine and educated herself on the causes of women's health woes. She is now a wealth of knowledge on the following topics:
She will also cover some cool solutions that you can do at home such as:
Rachel taught me a LOT on this interview, and I think you'll learn a lot too!
Rachel's site: thehealthywomb.com
Research site about progesterone and more: cemcor.ca
Denie Hiestand is a natural health consultant, author, research expert, and former successful New Zealand dairy farmer. Denie has spent decades studying the skin and toxins/chemicals in everyday cosmetics and personal care products and identified a strong link between the high usage of chemical personal care products and the growing rates of cancers, infertility, hormone imbalances, allergies and various other modern day illnesses.
In response to his patient’s requests, Denie set about to create a completely pure and natural range of skincare products which not only contained none of the harmful additives found in the majority of commercial products, but equally importantly, contained life-giving, cell nourishing ingredients which feed and nourish the skin.
It took him eight years, many attempts and a big investment of his own money (including selling his wife's car out from under her!) to develop his skincare line, called The Cream.
Denie has a no-nonsense "New Zealand farm boy" style in his communication. His passion to prevent women from using dangerous skin care products, and his passion to formulate alternative, effective products is evident in this interview.
Here are a few things he shared about conventional skincare:
Denie's skincare line is colostrum-based. Colostrum is produced in lactating mammals the first 72 hours after giving birth.
These days colostrum is being used more a health supplement. Denie was already aware of the power of colostrum from his experience as a dairy farmer. Colostrum activates the cells, the immune system, and has "electric and zeta potential." It stimulates growth hormone.
Their colostrum is sourced from healthy, grass-fed, antibiotic-free New Zealand dairy cows. The cows produce a surplus, so collecting it is no detriment to their offspring.
Denie and his staff are extending a 20% discount plus free shipping to our listeners through June 30, 2016 with the code HEALTHYSKIN at check-out. Shop and explore at TheCream.com.