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Episode 24: Building Gratitude Into Your Life

Join your hosts Dr. Raja Sivamani and Dr. Ashley Dumont as they discuss the way gratitude can change your life and why it’s important to build it into your daily routine. Gratitude tends to change our focus to the positive aspects of life. It helps us pay closer attention to the wonderful things we have …

Episode 23: Managing PCOS and Insulin Resistance

Join your hosts Dr. Raja Sivamani and Dr. Ashley Dumont as they welcome guest, Dr. Lauren Vreeland, a Naturopathic Doctor that specializes in women’s health. If you are someone that struggles with horrible menstrual cramps, PCOS, or other inconvenient symptoms during your cycle, seeking a Naturopathic Doctor might help relieve some of those symptoms. On …

Episode 22: Food Sensitivity Testing

Join your hosts Dr. Raja Sivamani and Dr. Ashley Dumont as they welcome guest, Neal Jain, MD, an Allergist/Immunologist. Today we are discussing the differences between a true food allergy versus sensitivities to certain foods. Our body’s immune system is a complicated thing and is constantly sampling the environment. The solution to our issues isn’t …

Episode 21: Adaptogens- Rejuvenation Through Herbal Approaches

Join your host Dr. Raja Sivamani as he welcomes guest, Dr. Anne Kennard, for part 2 of her podcast episode. Last week we discussed the physiologic effects of chronic stress. Today we will be discussing rejuvenation through herbal approaches. Tune in to learn how you can optimize your nutrition, what adaptogens are, how they can …

Episode 20: Burnout and Adrenal Fatigue

Join your hosts Dr. Raja Sivamani and Dr. Ashley Dumont as they welcome guest, Dr. Anne Kennard. Today they are discussing burnout and adrenal fatigue. Tune in as they delve into what the physiologic effects of chronic stress look like. Women are particularly prone to chronic stress because of the various responsibilities they carry. Some …

Episode 19: Seeking the Root Cause of Disease: What Does That Mean?

Join your host, Dr. Raja Sivamani and co-host, Dr. Ashley Dumont as they discuss what it means to seek the root cause of disease. Many physicians and practitioners tend to treat the symptoms rather than digging deeper to find out why those symptoms are present in the first place. Today we talk about behavioral and …

Episode 18: Challenges with Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest, Dr. Stephanie Canale. Dr. Canale is the founder of Lactation Lab, which provides innovative and proprietary breast milk tests for mothers. We’ve all heard the saying that “breast is best”, but many don’t discuss the internal and external pressures that moms might face that can be detrimental to mental …

Episode 17: Different Ways to Fast

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and Ashley Dumont as they discuss the hot topic of fasting. We believe health should be approached holistically, meaning we should address all aspects, big or small, that contribute to a person’s well-being. Today we discuss the different types on fasting, what the benefits of fasting are, and what mindful eating …

Episode 16: The Science of Kombucha

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Adi Roman. Adi is a scientist that shifted career paths to start making kombucha. Even though there are many different types of kombucha, there is a difference in how they’re created. Today she shares what goes into making kombucha and what the science is behind it. Tune in to …

Episode 15: Holistic Approach to Infertility

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Aumatma Shah, naturopathic doctor, and nutritionist. Fertility issues are a common concern, but there are multiple things that can be causing them. Dr. Aumatma brings close to 15 years of experience in this episode. Today we will be talking about a more holistic approach to hormones and fertility. We …

Episode 14: Treating Anxiety From an Integrative Psychiatrist

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Dr. Judith Pentz, an integrative psychiatrist with board certification in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. In this episode, she shares her own experience with anxiety and how she approaches anxiety as a physician. We dive into the topic of medicated vs non-medicated approaches and how integrative medicine uses the …

Episode 13: Nutritional Therapy for Mental Health

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH. Leslie specializes in nutritional and integrative medicine. Last week she talked to us about touch therapy. This week we are discussing nutritional therapy for mental health. In this episode, you will learn the correlation between our diet and how it affects our mind. She teaches …

Episode 12: Touch Therapy: What Are We Missing During COVID

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH. Leslie specializes in nutritional and integrative medicine. Today she shares her 40+ years of experience in touch therapy with us. During the isolation of COVID-19, many people are missing the connection of touch and closeness of relationships. Tune in to learn what touch therapy is, …

Episode 11: Juicing Smart Without All the Sugar

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Kimber Dean, chef and nutritionist. Last week Kimber taught us how to shop smart at the grocery store. This week we’re talking about juicing and how to avoid the extra sugars. She shares tips for incorporating vegetables, herbs, grains, pulp, peels, essential oils, and more. She also walks us …

Episode 10: How to Shop Smart at the Grocery Store

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Kimber Dean, chef and nutritionist. Kimber owns a restaurant and has released her own cookbook. Her passion for creating nutritious recipes and food come from first wanting to heal her body. She was a recovering addict with anxiety, depression, malnourishment, asthma, arthritis, weak bones, weak joints, headaches, sinuses, hormone …

Episode 09: Panchakarma 101: Ayurvedic Approach of Detoxification and Rejuvenation

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Kathy Jo Staheli, an Ayurveda practitioner with a focus in Panchakarma. While our bodies have the ability to heal themselves physically, our life choices and environment play a big role in its ability to do so. Panchakarma is a multiple day retreat of detoxification, purification, and rejuvenation that is …

Episode 08: Energy Medicine Approaches to the Body

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Ellen Meredith. With more than 35 years of hands-on experience, Ellen shares her style of energy work, called “energy dialogue”. This method focuses on learning to dialogue skillfully with the body’s energies and to support holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. Sometimes unfamiliar terms can be off-putting and …

Episode 07: Holistic Approach to Gut Health with an Integrative Gastroenterologist

Join Dr. Raja Sivamani and guest Dr. Marvin Singh, Integrative Gastroenterologist, as they discuss ways to prevent and treat gut issues like bloating, IBS and colon cancer. We all have unique tendencies and today’s episode outlines the importance of being mindful of our diet, exercise and proper oral hygiene. Learn what impacts your gut microbiome …

Episode 06: The Science of Hypnotherapy with a Clinical Psychologist

Guest: Lisa Lombard, PhD Bio: Dr. Lisa Lombard is a licensed clinical psychologist and has over twenty five years of experience providing psychological services to children, families, and adults where she integrates clinical hypnosis and mindfulness into her psychotherapeutic work. She received her B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and her Ph.D. in Psychology/Human Development from the …

Episode 05: Probiotics and the Immune System: How The Foods You Eat Can Impact How Probiotics Work

Bio: Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the …

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