148: Muscles for a long life? Yep. Meet Dr Gabrielle Lyon.Low Tox Life add
In this week’s show, we have the wonderful Dr Gabrielle Lyon talking muscles. What happens when you cross a woman with a head cold (me that day!) and a Dr who’s about to give birth to her first baby? Well, of course, you get a very interesting show about muscles and the key role they play in the research when it comes to longevity and not just age as a number, but thriving into old age. Dr. Lyon attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in Family Practice. She also completed her research fellowship in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. The mix of study she’s done - a whopping 17 years worth - puts her in a unique position to be able to wade through all the research and cut to the chase on what brings results for people, especially those who seek to reach peak physical state. She has brought unparalleled results to her patients with personalized advanced nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioural action plans that leave no stone unturned. When you work with Dr. Lyon, you will enter into a partnership that will bring you long-term success and life-changing breakthroughs in every aspect of your life. You can feel this in the no-nonsense way she responds to questions. If you’ve struggled to build muscle and have suffered long and chronic states and want out, muscle - and Dr Gabrielle Lyon - may just be your answer. I hope you enjoy the interview. Show notes and the sponsor offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on that show’s tile.
147: Beyond Mars and Venus with Dr John GrayLow Tox Life add
I am thrilled to have Dr John Gray join me on the show this week. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships and he has authored over 20 books since the mid 90s. At the core of his work, John helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques with healthy, nutritional choices that create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness and romance.
Most of us have to communicate with the opposite sex, regardless of whether we are in a male/female relationship and this podcast will support us all that much I can tell you. We talk about the biology of what men and women need when communicating and connecting, common pitfalls in long term relationships, addictions such as porn and their detrimental effects and the role reversals often happening in families and how to navigate those in the modern world and striving for meaningful equality.
Enjoy the show and the wonderful show-supporter offer and grab all details over in the shownotes lowtoxlife.com/podcast and click on this show’s tile, Alexx.
146: Utopian community of Serenbe with Steve NygrenLow Tox Life add
One of my favourite things to do for the show is to research people who are thought leaders and boy have I found one in Steve Nygren, co creator of “Serenbe”. Imagine a land plan that could provide for 20% more housing while saving 70% of the land for agriculture and recreation. Sounds impossible, right? In 2004, the Nygrens began development of Serenbe the community to demonstrate that it was absolutely possible and I talk to Steve about how it came to be that he could imagine this place and then bring it to life. The result is reminiscent of century-old communities connected to current technology. Steve has chaired many local and state boards and currently serves on three national boards dealing with environmental issues.
Enjoy this show and inspiring story that will have us challenging the need to build concrete jungles to house everyone, and reimagine our urban futures. I’ll fight you for the plane ticket to go visit and maybe move there! You can find the details and general show notes with this month’s sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
145: Nicole Bijlsma on the potential dangers of 5GLow Tox Life add
Nicole Bijlsma is a household name for the Low Tox Life community and in this week’s show we deep dive into the concerns over 5G technology and how you can protect your family. We also take a look at common questions about reducing your exposure to EMFs in the home - especially when you have solar, metal furniture or a steel roof. If you haven’t come across Nicole’s work before, you’re in for a treat. Nicole is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become a building biologist after noticing a strong correlation with many of her patients illnesses and health hazards in their home. Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment. Nicole has thirty years experience lecturing at tertiary institutions in nutrition, Chinese Medicine and environmental medicine, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive knowledge in environmental medicine has seen her speak at various conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand and New Zealand). Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia, was the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists and established the Australian College of Environmental Studies in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college is the only institution in Australia to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui. Nicole is currently completing her PhD investigating health hazards in the built environment. Enjoy today’s show and head to the podcast show notes for resources and this week’s show supporter offer. www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast
144: Feeling in tune with yourself and the world with Guy Lawrence.Low Tox Life add
With the response to my solo show on doing Dr Joe Disepnza’s work, I was keen to bring someone in who has dedicated himself to sharing the power of meditation through his work. Guy Lawrence is an eternal student of life and a powerful teacher.
143: The End of Alzheimer’s with Dr Dale BredesenLow Tox Life add
Alzheimer’s disease: It’s something you dread that your future might reveal, and sadly the statistics are showing it to be more and more likely. 10 million cases of dementia are diagnosed worldwide each year, around 70% of those being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This is all compounded by the fact that there’s been very little progress in the past decades when it comes to treatment, much less reversal, so it’s costing families and public health departments much heartache and money with the frustration of no real solutions in conventional medicine at this point. So where does that leave us in the hope stakes? Enter Dr Dale Bredesen. Dr Dale Bredesen, the author of New York Times bestseller “The End of Alzheimer’s”, is my guest this week and I am so, so thrilled to present this interview that contains bucket loads of hope. He is at the forefront of cognitive decline science, treatment and reversal and holds the noble pursuit of solving the irreversible nature of many cognitive decline diseases before his time’s up. In his paradigm-shifting book, Dr. Bredesen offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. This conversation goes deep into the why and the how of cognitive decline the different root causes of Alzheimer’s disease, what exactly is happening in the brain to cause decline and how best to navigate options and protocols. Dale also reveals that we have 20 years of signs that are treatable and reversible before the onset of Alzheimer’s so this illustrates to me just how empowered we can be when it comes to our health in the face of much doom and gloom surrounding this difficult disease on not just the patient but everyone in the family. Enjoy the show and if you fancy that free meditation this week, do pop over to the show notes for the link lowtoxlife.com/podcast
142: Thyroid health starts in the cells with Dr Eric BalcavageLow Tox Life add
How deep is your understanding of the thyroid? Dr. Eric Balcavage is my guest this week and is a chiropractic physician who has been in private practice in Glen Mills, PA since 1996. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from Kutztown University and his Doctorate degree in 1995 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Balcavage is continuously advancing his knowledge with post graduate studies. In this week’s show you’ll have a clear and deep understanding and feel more empowered to connect with doctors and other practitioners who can support you. So often people experience a range of symptoms caused by thyroid imbalances but did you know that A LOT is happening in the cells before the gland gets affected. And here’s the kicker: It’s often the TSH that’s tested (that’s the test that tells us if the gland is damaged. This show with Dr Eric Balcavage is your guide to not just the thyroid gland but what’s happening at the cellular level WAY before problems with the gland show up. We go through testing, what to test as well as thyroid markers to see what the big picture is, the cell danger response, thyroid health at a cellular level, identifying your key stressors and bringing your body back to balance. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. As usual the show notes and show supporter offers can be found at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
141: Breaking the habit of being myself with Alexx StuartLow Tox Life add
This week there are no questions and there is no guest - I’m chatting to you guys directly about my experience of starting to do Dr Joe Dispenza’s work. When I came through the worst of mold illness (google “The whole mold story Low tox life” to hear all about that!) I realised I was catastrophising at the smallest things, always thinking the worst would happen and that was so unlike my pre-mold self that I knew I had some mental work to do to upgrade my mind. Enter Dr Joe who I’d read in the past, seen on YouTube and in documentaries and had even bought a short course via Hay House from - just sitting there untouched. The rest is history once I finally decided it was time to transfer my appreciation for his work, to doing the work myself. It’s been insightful, profound and a window into what’s to come as I make this work a part of my life moving forward. I speak about the experience of doing the Advanced Week-Long retreat - including how non retreat like it is, and what I noticed when I meditated 6-9 hours a day for a week with a splash of climbing an enormously high ladder and jumping from a high platform once I hurled myself onto the plank at the top - picture is in the show notes and quite funny! Meditation has always been a have to. Now? It’s an “as if I would miss it!” so I’m excited to share some of the aha’s, mystical moments and synchronicities that have popped up out of doing this work. Can’t wait to connect with any low toxers who are on the same journey or who wish to be, via our Low Tox Club. The show notes and sponsor offer are available in the show notes today. lowtoxlife.com/podcast
140: Peri menopause with Dr Carrie JonesLow Tox Life add
Dr Carrie Jones is a naturopathic physician and the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the most cutting edge hormone test on the market, the DUTCH Test. She lectures, teaches and writes frequently on the same topic. Understanding adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones is complicated. Her job is not to judge. Her job is to educate and empower and that is why I absolutely love Carrie. If you missed her on Show #87 talking hormones and stress, do head back there to archive-listen, but today? It’s all about Perimenopause. It can be a destabilising time for women but it doesn’t have to be, and Carrie takes us through what’s happening, what we can do to mitigate disaster and how testing (not sponsored by the way!) can ensure we get a clear picture of what’s going on for us bio-individually so that we can move forward with our eyes wide open through this time in our lives. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed it. As usual, you can find the show notes and show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast.
139: Plastic Free South East Asia with Sarah RhodesLow Tox Life add
I love highlighting stories of people who woke up one day and started playing a bigger game to make a difference to health or our planet. This week’s guest could be any of us.
In June 2014, Sarah Rhodes, an Australian, attended an intensive training program on climate leadership, facilitated by Al Gore, former US Vice President and became part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. More inspired than ever and as part of her commitment to the program, Sarah set about engaging more people to take action against climate change.
In July a friend invited her to join a month long challenge called Plastic Free July – the quest to avoid all single-use plastics for a whole month. This was a huge eye-opener to how much of the main plastics we all use and especially where there is plastic that is less obvious.
In October of the same year, she moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where impacts of climate change are already felt – the time for action is now and now that she’s heading up Plastic Free July for South East Asia, the future is bright and we talk about her journey and what the plastic situation is like in Asia, as well as what we can do to keep focused on progress instead of ‘how bad it all is’. Enjoy the show and show notes and further resources can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x
138: Adaptogenic Herbs and healing blocks with naturopath of 25 years, Anthia KoullourosLow Tox Life add
Adaptogenic herbs: All the rage these days and self-prescribing is rife - but is it helping or hindering your health? Anthia Koullouros is a brilliant naturopath and passionate herbalist with 25 years clinical experience in Sydney, Australia. She’s also a gifted tea maker, with her OVVIO teas being sipped in some of the finest restaurants in the world as well as throughout local cafes. When Anthia and I were both speaking recently at the Mindd Forum, she closed the day with a wonderful talk and I just had to invite her on the show to share it and more with us. So, we start with adaptogens - everything from Shisandra to Amla to Bacopa Monnieri and many herbs in between, and then move to discuss stress and its many presentations, as well as fear and the block it can create for you on a healing journey. It’s chock full of useful information this show and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The show notes and podcast supporter offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy! Alexx x
137: Dr Sherrie Campbell on cutting ties with toxic family membersLow Tox Life add
Are you in a toxic family or do you know someone who is? Not a light topic this week, folks. Dr Sherrie Campbell. What a brave woman and practitioner taking this personal experience of hers out to the world to offer a road map to help others in similar situations. She is a licensed psychologist in the US, inspiring author, and nationally recognized expert who’s featured regularly on TV and radio to share her expertise from nearly two decades of clinical training. I am committed to discussing from time to time on the show, areas of our life that affect our mental wellbeing. Stress will kill us faster than a hot dog and family and relationship stress and toxicity is very real for many, keeping people in fight, flight or freeze for often years on end. This show talks about the very tough experience of living in or growing up in a toxic family and how one psychologist who lived this herself, decided that enough was enough and that she could actually cut ties and give others permission to do the same, making peace with the situation and moving on. I hope this show helps you or someone you know, navigate this tricky situation. Shownotes for further resources can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast and please - if things are super tough for you right now. Australia’s helpline is 13 11 14 and Wikipedia actually has a list of all the country’s helplines. Amazing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
136: Regenerative and biodynamic agriculture for resilient farms and farmers with Charlie ArnottLow Tox Life add
This week my show guest is farmer, Charlie Arnott who took his family farm reigns in 1997 in Boorowa, where they’d been farming for 50 years. After a series of epiphanies through education, steered them towards regenerative agriculture using biodynamic principles. In today’s show we talk about Charlie’s farming journey, his decision to move away from trying to get nature to do what HE wanted, and instead working to learn how best to collaborate with nature - something he believes is key to not only a prosperous farming business but also to a farmer’s mental health and the land’s health. It’s an inspiring deep dive into biodynamics and regenerative agriculture, as well as looking at some of the biggest challenges of our time ethically with factory farming and live export, as well as climate change and drought. Enjoy the show, and of course don’t forget to make the most of the show sponsor offer and additional resources to do with today’s show over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
135: The gut and its microbiota with Dr Jason HawrelakLow Tox Life add
The gut continues to be a hot topic, thus one I welcome putting on a show about when I find the kind of guest that can take things to the next level of our understanding of our inner garden. So, this week my guest is Dr Jason Hawrelak. We go deep into the microbiota, the latest gut research, gut brain connection, IBS, fodmap restriction and how to bring back the fibre minus the symptoms, constipation, Keto and certain strains that are winning in the research when it comes to depression, anxiety and more! Dr Hawrelak is Head of Research at ProbioticAdvisor.com. His passion for gastrointestinal health, the GIT microbiota, and probiotics was ignited during the final year of his undergraduate training. Subsequently, Dr Hawrelak did his Honours (First Class) and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, irritable bowel syndrome, and the clinical applications of pre- and probiotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited over 900 times. I hope you enjoy this week’s show and as always, you can find this week’s podcast sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy!
134: The Possibility Project and where sustainable fashion and community change meetLow Tox Life add
I’m delighted to bring you a story today of possibility. Kim Pearce and Kath Davis are the wonderful women behind The Possibility Project and clothing line Slumwear 108. These two women met by chance on the school drop off on the dawn of the new school year. They connected immediately and the next thing you knew, they were off to India together. It’s often easy to think “What change could I possibly effect!?” and thr truth is, if you want to, you find a cause and you fight for it, figuring it all out along the way. In today’s show we talk about their slow clothing line, their social justice projects, the circular economy and how we can all effect change big and small. It’s an inspiring collaboration between two women that I know you will leave feeling very hopeful about the world from. The show supporter offer and all details on Kath and Kim’s wonderful work are available over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Enjoy the show!Where there's a will there's a way - what does that phrase mean to you?You met on the school run and we'll talk about what happened from there in a bit, but first: What were you doing in your careers before that fateful school run - born and bred hippy chicks who care, or were there a series of ahas or a defining moment that made you start to see beyond the 'great deal at the fave fashion store'?So changing the world isn't a sweet little suggestion you can make over a coffee - or is it? How did you two decide to join forces and create something together?How did you decide what sort of business you would start?How was the experience of building your supply chain?Something that I love is the for people/ for planet connection in what you've created - people being trained in a vocation and paid a living wage and the upcycling/ recycling of materials... Is it easy to run things over here, and ensure people are getting paid well over there?Business is hard - and the massive list of 'to do's can often sap creativity - how do you nurture creative thinking in your days and lives to ensure you're able to continue to move forward and keep solving complex problems through your work?Who is a person who's felt like a guiding light for you on this journey?Some of your favourite examples of people helping us be our best most-awake selves in this new era...What's next for The Possibility Project?and if you had to share one thing each that you believe is a super powerful way for people to make a little change in life for the betterment of people/planet - what is your favourite to share?
STAND OUT QUOTE:
The Planet doesn’t need saving it needs serving
133: Professor Alfred Poulos on the Secret Life of ChemicalsLow Tox Life add
Once a curious mind always a curious mind. Today’s show is with retired Professor Alfred Poulos has far from ‘retired’ continuing to research and write book after book. While Professor Poulos’ medical and scientific research has been wide and varied, it has chiefly focused on the role fats play in health and disease. He specialised in genetics and fat metabolism, Professor Poulos published over 150 peer-reviewed papers.His recent interests are in nutrition, and in the chemical pollutants present in our food, water and the environment. He doesn’t fear monger or call absolutes where they’re unfounded but he does call things into question, shed light on what we DO know, and suggests a heck of a lot more caution than we’re currently taking when it comes to what we’re surrounding ourselves with. I hope you enjoy my chat with Alfred - He is a passionate foodie and home cook, he bakes his own bread and shops weekly at the Queen Victoria Market and he’s totally one of us! Enjoy the show and head to the show notes for today’s sponsor offer and further links www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast
132: Sustainable Homes - From planning to building to renovatingLow Tox Life add
In this week’s very long show, I’ve actually stuck two interviews together for a bumper issue on HOME design/renovation. I have two experts in their fields here to discuss designing, building and renovating considerations for a healthier you and planet so if this is you now or in the next couple of years, please have a listen, these talented women are a wealth of knowledge. Architects Amelia Lee (you must check out her podcast “Undercover Architect”) and Kate Hamblet share their wisdom and with Kate also specialised in interior furnishings, it’s a bumper show for all things ‘home’. Being a passionate mold inhibitor, I’ve got you covered on the mold front, in terms of underlays, wood materials and air filters too. I hope you enjoy the show - can’t wait to hear what you think and be sure to connect with their resources on this week’s show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast - and of course, this week’s show sponsor and their sweet deal. Alexx x
131: Mushrooms could save the world? Yes, says Julian Mitchell.Low Tox Life add
Is there anything the humble mushroom cannot do? From repair damaged nerves, to fighting cancer proliferation, to improving focus or sleep… the resource is promising and building steadily. Add to that the incredible protein source they provide and their ability to grow from salvaged coffee grounds, and you have the makings for an excellent deep dive into the magic of mushrooms on today’s show. I have the founder of Life Cykel Julian Mitchell on the show with me today and I know you’ll love this conversation. Life Cykel is an evolutionary focused mycelium biotechnology company that engineers positive solutions to real world problems. Trust me, by the end of the chat, you’ll know what that means. By harvesting the Circular Economy and using its valuable fuel in partnership with mushrooms, we are able to offer incredible products and services for our health and planetary harmony. Some of their best examples include the National Mushroom Network, Mushroom Honey and Beemunity, their product that supports the immunity of bees and boy do our beautiful bees need that, sadly! Julian and Ryan co-founded the company back in 2015. From there, it's quickly grown to become Australia's leading medicinal mushroom grower and still expanding rapidly, offering cutting-edge mushroom products and decentralised food security enablement packages (ie, hyper local food growing with their mushroom kits.) I hope you enjoy today’s show as much as I did, and the show notes, low tox club details and sponsor offer can be found over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x
Here’s what I asked Julian?
130: 90 seconds to a life you love with Dr Joan RosenbergLow Tox Life add
Every now and then you come across a book that is a ‘Goosebump book’. Best-Selling author and cutting-edge psychologist Dr Joan Rosenberg delivers one such book with her latest “90 seconds to a life you love: How to master your difficult feelings to cultivate confidence, resilience and authenticity. I wanted to make today’s show not so much a step by step through the chapters, because I truly call on each of you to read this for yourselves, but more the kind of show that would also leave you feeling able to put things into practice from today and get started connecting firstly, more to your own feelings, and in turn more deeply to the feelings of others. We move through life often not realising how easy it is to become disconnected from what’s truly important - look at how we did it with our food source or with the very basic biological need to ground through contact with nature. What we need to also realise that it’s not just about how connected we are to where our T-shirt comes from, or how our strawberries were grown, or where the floorboards we’re choosing came from, or what ingredients are in our shampoo, but how connected are we to our SELF and in turn to others. I hope you feel as deeply excited about the opportunity presented to each of us in today’s show as I am from having had the gift of this conversation with a truly gifted clinician and thought leader such as Joan. If you’ve ever felt powerless to speak up, disconnected from your child or not knowing how to build their confidence, or perhaps conscious that you distract yourself from unpleasant feelings with Facebook, Alcohol or criticism of yourself or others, this show’s for you. Enjoy and as always, the show notes, sponsor offer and low tox club details are over on lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x
Questions I asked Joan…
129: Life in Flow with Kate KendallLow Tox Life add
This week on the show I speak with author Kate Kendall, author of “Life in Flow” out now with Murdoch books. Kate shares myths about yoga and what it means to be a yogi (I learnt something new and it makes perfect sense!), how moving meditation can support us, what 90 seconds of feeling the feelings can do for us to bring us greater strength and joy and more. I‘ve known Kate since she was 12 and I was 17. We went to the same school and she was in my sister’s year. Many years later it was so great to bump into her at an event and learn she taught yoga local to me. I’d always wanted to love yoga but hadn’t found a way to understand why it was so special. I loved tennis and dance… fast, adrenalin fueled sports and yoga was a mystery, even though it looked appealing - all those calm, cool people looking strong and elegant and peaceful… So I went along to a class of Kate’s at Flow Athletic and I was hooked. If you’re in Sydney or visiting, treat yourself to a class with Kate and for today, we get to dive into the unlikely yogi journey she had to become one of the best-respected Yoga teachers in Australia and how everything she’s learnt has been generously transposed now into her beautiful new book “Life In Flow”.
How did you get into yoga?
What’s a yogi? Cause right now instagram says it’s ultra-thin, completely stress-free, green smoothie worshipping award-winning photographers… Might make the average person feel like ‘they can’t be a yogi’, right?
What are some of the myths you hear about yoga?
In the simplest of terms, how do you define yoga? (You’ll be surprised about the answer!)
Was there a turning point that led you to find ‘flow’?
What made you want to write a book?
What are some of the yogic philosophies you explore in the book that we can all use in our every day?
How did you decide what the chapters of “Life in Flow” were going to be?
What are the ‘moving meditations’ that you’ve incorporated into every chapter
Let’s talk about what’s on the other side of uncomfortable feelings/sensations?
What’s the relationship between discipline and joy?
What are your all-time favourite poses?
Of all the inspiring authors you’ve soaked up, which you often share in class what you’re reading at the moment, and what nuggets of wisdom are in the text… Do you have a favourite?