Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Dr. Ashley Burkman

Description: Our immune system is a complex system consisting of several organs that are interconnected and interdependent upon each other and our whole body. My guest this week, Dr. Ashley Burkman, comes to us from the field of Naturopathy, a licensed physician discipline valid in several states in the USA. She gives her perspective and expertise on strengthening the immune system especially important as we head into the holidays. She offers a great paleo-based recipe that helps us decrease refined sugars yet satisfies our sweet tooth. Join us for the naturopath point of view that is holistically based. 

About My Guest: Dr. Ashley Burkman is a naturopathic physician at Collaborative Natural Health Partners and has been part of the team for over six years now. Her favorite part of working with this team is the strength there is in collaborating on patient care. While she treats a variety of health conditions, her particular interests are in endocrinology, gastroenterology, and autoimmune disease. 

Transcript: #37 Dr. Ashley Burkman  

Blog: Mindfulness and the Brain

What are some of today’s challenges that that impact our daily life? What are the pillars of a healthy mind?

My podcast guest this week, Ajamu Ayinde, brought us into the field of emotions and mind as we deal with the COVID -19 virus. Ajamu uses transpersonal hypnotherapy to foster our imagination and inner resources. And for me, that is important. All the wise sages of our species acknowledge the simple yet profound wisdom that “We are an inside job”. Our inner awareness and development are more important in most ways than the attributes of our outside life. Which brings us to mindfulness practices.

Richard J. Davidson, professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and founder and chair for the Center for Healthy Minds, makes a compelling case for how our current challenges impact us. Statistics prove we are distracted, lonely, depressed and some of us are experiencing a loss of meaning.

He describes four pillars of health that can assist us in resetting our inner programs of loneliness, depression, distractibility, and loss of meaning or purpose.

In brief:

  1. Awareness; being aware of our mind’s thoughts at the moment is necessary for real transformation to occur.
  2. Connection: not just about having lunch with a friend or receiving a hug but showing kindness and patience, lending a hand, all contribute to our connectivity.
  3. Insight: listening to our inner narrative towards relationships. What do we sound like to ourselves? If we find we are negative, which can weaken our biology, can we find a way to turn them around, manage them differently?
  4. Purpose: when we wake up excited our biology responds in so many positive ways. When we laugh and engage in what truly matters to us we soar.

COVID-19 has turned some of our worlds upside down. Dr. Davidson suggests that three minutes of a day of quiet, focusing on the breath, maybe a prayer can change the way we respond to distractions, disruptions, and fosters a healthier mind.

I hope you enjoy his discussion as much as I did. The Host offers good reminders for today’s world as we still face uncertainty through this COVID-19 pandemic.
Do you have any mindful tips you find helpful? We’d like to hear from you. All comments are appreciated. Thanks again and enjoy. Judith

 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Ajamu Ayinde: What’s on your Mind?

Description: COVID – 19 has disrupted our lives in so many positive and not so good ways. We’re quieter, not so busy, but many of us are separated from extended family and friends. How is that going? How does it feel to be limited or prevented from seeing family and friends in the way we considered normal? So much of normal is being redefined. Add to the mix the uncertainty we face with news reports, facts, and data that bombards us daily.

Our mental health is an important part of our wellbeing. I invited Ajamu Ayinde back to chat with him about what he is seeing in his clients at this time and what tips he can offer us. Mental health, mental stamina is needed as we all support and help each other, today. Join us for a thoughtful discussion.

About My Guest: Ajamu (Ah-ja-moo)  James Ayinde (Eye-in-day)
Ajamu is a Certified Medical Hypnotherapist and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Trainer.  He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with a BA in Asian Studies, emphasizing multicultural education and Performing Arts. His MA is in Motivational Psychology, emphasizing sports performance.  Certified in Clinical Hypnosis since 1995, Ajamu specializes in hypnotic childbirth preparation, pediatric hypnosis, and cancer support. He was honored as Therapist of the Year by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists in 2004 and he received further honors from the National Association of Transpersonal Therapists in 2012 and in 2017 for his work with athletes and pregnant couples, respectively.  He sees clients in Carmel, NY, and worldwide via Skype.

Transcript: Ajamu Ayinde 

 

Blog: The Art and Science of Sound Vibration Healing

” If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

 

I taught holistic health studies at a state university for several years. I found it puzzling to realize how little most folks knew about complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). We had fun exploring the different types of healing modalities that were not routinely taught in medical schools though today that is changing.

I intended to inspire them to look beyond the western medical model, based on pharmaceuticals and surgery. And when we concluded I reminded them that color and sound vibration were the medicines of the future.

My podcast guest this week, Ed Cleveland, an advanced Gong practitioner, Holographic Sound Teacher with advanced training in 5 Elements Healing from a Bonpo perspective, is a remarkable sound healing practitioner. I scheduled a visit with Ed to experience first hand the range of instruments, singing bowls, gongs and more that he mentioned.

He reminded me of my holistic classes. Students could choose to research sound as a healing modality and they often did. I hoped their research opened doors within them that sound vibration, for example, was not new and held gifts for healing.

Pythagoras prescribed music as medicine and believed that musical intervals are clear experiences of sacred geometry. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that showed music/sound was effective for both patients and caregivers helping to soothe, relieve stress. Music and sound have an impact on addiction recovery, chronic pain and releasing stress and anxiety.

Sound healing includes many instruments – crystal bowls, singing bowls, gongs, drums, flutes and more. My experience with sound healing proved to be soothing, relaxing and the variety of sounds that can be created from a large gong is nothing short of amazing.

Look for a sound practitioner with a Bonpo background. Ed used sounds that correlated to the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. I felt the wings of a bird, heard the tides coming in and out, aware of the drumbeat of the earth. All in all, it was awesome.

Sound vibration healing is making its way into our awareness and our choices. The ancient ones knew this. Shamans from long times past to the present used drumbeats in specific patterns to enter more trance states. Each culture whether using drums and flutes, didgeridoos, harps or metal bowls, chanting grasped the value of sound healing. I hope you will consider visiting a sound healing practitioner in your area. I would love to hear how sound affects you and in what ways? Thanks. Your comments are always appreciated. Enjoy. Judith

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Ed Cleveland, Sound Vibration and Healing

Description: My guest this week, Ed Cleveland, is an expert in the use of gongs, Singing Bowls, and other instruments. He offers private and group sessions that include harmonic sounds with energy work. Join us for an engaging discussion through the science and art of sound as a healing modality. 

About My Guest: Ed Cleveland is the founder and owner of The Ed Cleveland Reiki &Sound Therapy Training Center
located in Hartford, CT. He is an advanced Gong Practitioner, Neuroacoustic Sound Practitioner, Master Reiki Teacher & Holographic Sound Teacher, Medicinal Aromatherapist, as well as a national award-winning Martial Arts Teacher. Ed brings forth three decades of personal education and experience in his private practice and teachings.

Transcript: Ed Cleveland 

Blog: Alternative Therapy: Muscle Testing

 

Muscle testing or Applied Kinesiology (AK) has been around for at least 50+ years. A practitioner uses muscle strength testing to determine what ails you.

I first heard about this practice through a naturopathic physician. Naturopathic physicians or ND’s are licensed here in Ct and several other states. They are recognized as valid medical physicians and are licensed to practice medicine. Where they differ is in their scope of study. They take the same anatomy, chemistry, physiology classes that MD’s do. However, homeopathy, natural medicines and more are part of their curriculum including counselling (which from personal experience typically makes them good listeners).

When my younger son was 3 and 1/2 years old I brought him to a chiropractor who then had me work with a nutritionist. We did blood testing as she suspected food allergies. He tested + for over 20 foods. Somehow that didn’t seem right to me and I sought Naturopathic Doctor who used muscle testing and foods to determine which ones could be causing problems. Seven foods tested positive, two of which we rarely ate. I decided to remove the remaining foods: milk, soy, sugar, citrus.

Hopeful, I went home and tossed white sugar out the door and learned to cook with pure apple juice sweetener, rice syrup, barley syrup and organic flours. It was a process but after a year, including bringing in his snacks to school and parties, he was much improved.

Within 72 hours of stopping milk, soy, sugar and citrus he was like a new person.  He was a typical allergy child: restless sleeper, cranky, reddish circles under his eyes, frequent colds. Three days later, he slept soundly and had a better mood. Eventually, his stamina and foundational health improved. If I had not experienced muscle testing firsthand I might still be sceptical. It worked for him and for me too.

Dr Weil offers a look at AK, muscle strength testing: “Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology (AK) which is also know as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. Practitioners contend that by correcting this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ”

Folks like my podcast guest, Lana Nelson and her husband, Dr Nelson, have personally experienced success with patients and clients with health issues using AK. Many Naturopathic physicians use AK in their practices. Since AK began in the chiropractic field, many chiropractors are trained in AK and use it to determine which areas on the spine to adjust to achieve positive health effects.

Have you used AK? If so I would love to hear about your health responses. Thanks. Judith

 

 

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