Episodes

  • 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/podcast

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • “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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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.

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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  • 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/podcast

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