The Holistic Nature of Us

All New Podcast from Judith Dreyer!

I’m excited to introduce a new podcast series titled: Holistic Nature of us.
My intent is to take us, you and I, into a better understanding of the concepts behind our holistic nature and how that ties directly to the holistic nature of the world around us. How can we connect the dots in practical ways that we are nature and nature’s in us?

Join me for a lineup of inspiring speakers passionate about our earth and our self, They offer practical tips for practical action in easy-to-listen format, 30 minutes.

How are you changing the world? All comments and tips appreciated.

 

 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Jeff Eleveld, the Plant Guy

Description: Can plants help us with our physical therapy? Do plants clean the air, add moisture, and lift the mood? Yes, they do and more. Meet Jeff, The Plant Guy, from CT who offers therapeutic horticulture to at least 87 different types of institutions across parts of NE and eastern NY. He describes the joy, the connections and the memories they stir up for us in so many ways. Join us for a lively discussion.

About My Guest: Jeff, is lovingly named and referred to by his communities as Jeff, The Plant Guy. Jeff has over forty-five years’ experience in horticulture. For more than 25 years Jeff owned interior plant scaping company “Natures Interiors” providing interior plant, flowers and weekly care to area businesses and private homes.   He is an avid bonsai enthusiast and plant collector boasting just over one hundred seventy plants in his personal indoor collection as well as over one hundred deciduous and conifer bonsai that are kept outdoors year round. He has traveled extensively across Europe and South America visiting botanical gardens along the way.  Jeff is a published author, penning his book “How To Kill Your House Plant” on plant care along with a little bit of family history and anecdotes from his years of plant care.  Jeff has written articles for the Hartford Courant, The Green Thumb Print and Knox Park Foundation and many other publications.   Jeff is a past founding member of the Petit Foundations, Michaela’s Garden 4 O’clock Project.

Transcript: #68 Jeff Eleveld

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Woodrow Nelson, Time for Trees

Description: Planting trees is one of the main focuses for the Arbor Day Foundation. Today’s guest, Woodrow Nelson, tree lover, and planter, talks about the Arbor Day Foundation’s initiative to plant 100,000,000 trees by 2022. What is truly remarkable is that they are one-third of the way there.

Join us as we talk about trees, their benefits, and how we can help replant especially in disaster sites such as those hit by wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

About My Guest: Woodrow Nelson is a lifelong tree planter while growing up in several Midwest states through a business career in California and Ohio before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, to join the Executive Management Team of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in 2006. He is inspired by hundreds of thousands of Arbor Day Foundation members, engaging them in the conservation work of the Foundation with impact in neighborhoods, communities, and forests across the globe. Woody and his wife, Joyce, enjoy time together with their children and grandchildren.

More about the Foundation at arborday.org

More about the Time for Trees initiative at timefortrees.org

Transcript: #67 Woodrow Nelson 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Sara Banta, Wellness Coach


Description: Sara Banta relates her story of family illnesses and her journey to bring foundational health back to her family. One son was diagnosed with leukemia, a daughter had allergies and asthma and her second daughter had some learning issues. Through nutrition studies, understanding complementary medicine she helped each one find health.

Today she is also passionate about educating others on 5G technology and EMF’s. What’s good, what’s happening and are we doing enough? Join us for an engaging discussion.

About My Guest: Sara is a Health Coach and busy mother of three children who are now 12, 14 and 16 years old. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University with a degree in Economics and Psychology in 1998. In 2016, she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Invincible Wellness System. Through her journey, she has had to solve many health issues within her family including her son suffering from leukemia at the age of nine, her daughter having allergies, anemia and asthma, her husband having heart issues, her other daughter having comprehension and learning issues, in addition to headaches.  This, of course, is on top of her own issues with fertility, hormones, adult acne, IBS, digestive issues, heavy metals and much more.  She has had to Connect the dots and realize what was causing all of these issues and what the solutions were, which also involved the mind-body connection. With that, she has devoted her life to providing guidance and all natural health supplements and solutions that heal the body and the problems not just addressing the symptoms to her clients.

She has offered a coupon code for our listeners on her website acceleratedhealthproducts.com of DREYER15 for 15 percent off.

Transcript: #65 Sara Banta 

 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Tonya Pastenak, Naturopathic Physician

Description: Pollen is everywhere here in New England and while the rain washes some of it away we still have folks who are sensitive to these pollens and molds. Dr. Pasternak talks about spring allergens, our body’s response and how naturopathic/integrative medicine work together to achieve an approach that supports our body’s natural intelligence. She offers practical tips and practical advice for those seeking to understand how pollens may be affecting us.

About My Guest: Dr. Pasternak’s interest in Naturopathic Medicine was sparked at an early age and has been a long-standing passion of hers ever since. She received her bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. During that time, she participated in various independent research projects with a primary focus on genetics. To help expand the availability of naturopathic care, Dr. Pasternak volunteered her time by providing medical services to the homeless population living in Seattle’s tent cities.
In addition to treating conditions related to the immune, endocrine, and digestive system, personal experiences lead Dr. Pasternak to dive deeply into the field of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. She studied the work of many renowned experts in the field, including Dr. Klinghardt, Dr. Ross, and Dr. Burrascano. She realizes the importance of treating the whole body, including clearing infections, restoring balance, nurturing damaged systems, and acknowledging the emotional hardships that come with the disease.
Through clinical experience, Dr. Pasternak has also discovered a passion for women’s health. She has helped numerous women regain their vitality through addressing hormonal imbalances contributing to infertility, menopausal symptoms, PMS, PCOS, and endometriosis.
When working with patients, Dr. Pasternak always seeks to find the root cause of disease and values taking time to educate her patients. She creates customized treatment plans for each person, utilizing a blend of nutrition, botanical medicine, and craniosacral therapy. She is a member of naturopathic medical associations on both the state and national levels and continues to expand her knowledge by staying up-to-date on current medical advancements.

Transcript: #65 Tonya Pasternak 

Podcast: Holistic nature of Us: Meet Kathleen Gage, Author, Plant-Based Foods

Description: Want to lose weight, feel better, more productive but haven’t decided what approach to take? Kathleen Gage talks about her journey adopting a plant-based diet that improved her quality of life in so many ways: weight loss without dieting, more energy, runs marathons and manages her business with more productivity. Sounds good yes? Well, plant-based eating that minimizes processed foods, meats and increases organic, local purchases for fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains can make a difference. Join us for an enlightening discussion where Kathleen shares her story and discusses the benefits of plant-based eating.

About My Guest: As a marketing and business strategist, Kathleen Gage has made it her mission to teach solo and small business owners how to become visible to their market through the power of clarity of their message and to package their core message into speaking engagements, books, information products and consulting and coaching services. Applying the very strategies she teaches her clients, Kathleen is rapidly growing her name recognition and position in a new market moving forward in 2019; the whole food, plant-based, vegan market. On a mission to raise awareness about the health and business benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Kathleen has immersed herself into a lifestyle that is healthy, compassionate to animals and kind to the planet.

Transcript: #64 Kathleen Gage

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Christopher Salem, Author, Influencer

Description: What creates success? We all look for some kind of answer that will bring us the satisfaction of prosperity. But, there’s no magic bullet. Accountability, responsibility, creating positive patterns and habits, showing up with more mindfulness each day empowers us and our creativity which brings success. Join Chris Salem and me for an engaging and inspiring discussion on how looking at our limiting beliefs, how getting to the root cause of our problems leads to more sustainable solutions. Chris is an author, speaker, and influencer contributing to the success of many businesses across our country.

About My Guest: Chris Salem is a highly authentic person who for over four years has had a special passion for empowering and serving business leaders, entrepreneurs in various industries, sales executives, coaches, authors, speakers, and others, taking their business and life to another level. For many years, Chris has seen people aspiring to make changes and grow but struggled at different phases of their career and life. He is just like you, a regular person that has faced similar struggles. Chris shares from experience what has worked successfully through hard work and dedication to help in your challenges.
Chris also delivers world-class content to audiences as a speaker that is high-impact which shifts people toward positive action. The focus is on the “root cause” that leads to changes and results, thus moves the audience toward improving their business and personal life. Always coming from the heart and personal experience, the audience is able to draw their own conclusions as to what is required of themselves to come out of their comfort zone and strive toward prosperity. Unlike seminars or programs that scratch the surface, the focus is always on the audience to make changes by addressing the “root cause” that holds back their greatness. Chris is 100% committed to SERVING & TRAINING the audience versus SELLING just products and services.

Transcript: #63 Chris Salem

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Massiel Abramson

Description: There are many spokes to the center of the wheel of life. Holism is the glue that keeps the circle strong. My guest this week, Massiel Abramson, a licensed marriage and family therapist, works with infants and young children. She describes how urban families often struggle with the care of young infants and children. Housing insecure, food insecure, and job insecure doesn’t leave much energy for their care. Her holistic approach fosters more consistent nurturing and considers a mind, body, spirit approach. Join us for a look at how this population is doing and how holistic considerations make a difference.

About My Guest: Massiel Abramson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with infants, young children and their parents providing attachment and trauma-based therapy. She has worked in the clinical mental health field for 9 years in different capacities, management, training, and direct care. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Development with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island.

Transcript: #62 Massiel Abramson

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Dr. Gordon Pederson

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Description: Dr. Gordon Pedersen is board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Naturopath, My Doctor Suggests Institute Medical Director and an original co-author of Chicken Soup for the Enriched Soul.

Energy Medicine is another spoke on the wheel of health and healing. Several modalities like color and sound are medicines of the near future. Dr. Gordon Pedersen joins us to discuss energy medicine from the point of view of bioelectric medicine. What is it? What progress are we making? And as an added benefit he discusses the history of using silver in medicine and how today’s technology creates an alkaline solution that our bodies recognize and can utilize for healing. Join us for an engaging discussion.

About My guest: Dr. Pedersen is a Ph.D., N.D., FAPWCA, FAARM, Board Certified Anti-Aging, and Regenerative Medicine, Naturopath, My Doctor Suggests Institute Medical Director and an original co-author of Chicken Soup for the Enriched Soul.

Gordon holds five doctor’s degrees, is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and also holds a master’s degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness. He is a bestselling author many times over in the fields of health and wellness and a well-known expert on women’s issues, the immune system, gut and brain relationship, yeast and bacteria management, and silver’s uses in health.
Gordon was the only intern of Jonas Salk, noted for the discovery and development of the polio vaccine, and has formulated over 150 products, including the first formulations and studies of protein powders as they worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other premier athletes.

Gordon is frequently called upon as the world’s leading authority on silver as a health tool and has volunteered and personally funded efforts to bring silver’s benefits into Africa’s poorest communities with dramatic results on malaria; working with several National and International governmental organizations on the topic of silver.

Transcript: Podcast #61 Gordon Pedersen 

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Grandmother Nancy and the Algonquin Water Song

Description: This Algonquin Water Song expresses loving gratitude for the water and raises the consciousness and connection of women with Mother Nature’s greatest gift. The song is easy to learn, and our hope is that millions of women will sing it, raising their own connection and awareness of the water they interact with daily even in the shower or at the sink. Sing it 4 times, facing each of the 4 Directions. We believe this is a powerful step to change, leading to both a spiritual as well as the environmental shift on our planet.

This song was written by Irene Wawatie Jerome for Grandfather William Commanda’s 2002 Circle of All Nations gathering. It is recorded with permission from the Wawatie and Commanda families and the Circle of All Nations Foundation and the Elders in Canada.

Please note: This information and use of the water song is shared here with permission. It is my intent to honor our elders and their teachings. Honoring our water is needed and timely. Women traditionally hold the water. It is with gratitude I share these messages, song, and information.

About My Guest: Grandmother Nancy is of Algonquin and French heritage and has followed the Red Road since childhood. Seeking out elders willing to teach, her first two mentors were Lakota, one an author, one a medicine man. An Ojibwa medicine woman, then a Mi’kmaq grandmother later adopted her. Community elders gave her permission to pour lodges since 1991. She served as a facilitator for a Native Women’s Circle in federal prison for 17 years.

A Sundancer and a Sacred Pipe carrier, she is acknowledged as an elder and a grandmother in her communities in Canada, where she was given instruction to bring out and share certain teachings. Grandmother Nancy is a well-known storyteller, sharing legends from many different Nations in schools, health facilities, and the pow wow circuit. She was a staff member of the Joined Nations of Connecticut, a youth organization for those of Native heritage. She has given talks in Calgary, Canada, St. Croix USVI, and at various centers in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She also owned and operated an equestrian business until retirement, and now incorporates Horse Medicine in some of her lectures about Native culture.

Transcript: #59 Grandmother Nancy 

Algonquin Water Song: click on this link to view the short video with the Algonquin Water Song. I hope you enjoy it. It brought me to tears. My heart sends a big thank you to our elders who share this wisdom. It’s timely and it’s special. Remember all comments are appreciated.

Enjoy, Judith

Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Vicki Wojcik, Pollinator Partnership

Description: Pollinators are ecosystems service providers. We know they are hurting from the loss of habitat. When they disappear, become extinct they are gone for good. So many of them are endangered today of becoming extinct. So what can we do?  “Build it and they will come!” Vicki reminds us that every garden plot contributes to habitat, food, water, and shelter. Everything basic they need we need too. So, can you help our pollinators and add more flowers, shrubs, trees? I hope so. Check out Pollinator.org for regional planting guides for suggestions.

About My Guest: Vicki’s interest in pollinators was sparked during her undergraduate days with the opportunity to travel to Brazil to participate in a field course in pollinator ecology field research course in Brazil and has continued ever since. Her graduate research focused on understanding how native bees use habitats in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued throughout her career and has grown to include agricultural lands, industrial lands, and the impacts of climate change. Vicki is currently the Research Director at Pollinator Partnership she oversees the research program, keeping on top of new and emerging pollinator issues.

Transcript: Vicki Wojcik 

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