Naturally Savvy show

Naturally Savvy

Summary: Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Andrea Donsky, and health expert Lisa Davis discuss their passion for living a natural, healthy lifestyle. As ambassadors of all things natural, their mission is to share with others ways to become healthier by exploring better nutrition, safer products and greener options... and to help you live your life so you too can become Naturally Savvy!

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 How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who You Are | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Is it possible that depression, anxiety and chronic pain is passed down through your family's generations?Depression, anxiety, chronic pain, phobias, obsessive thoughts... these issues plague millions of people every day. Is it you? Or, could there be another reason you're suffering? The evidence is compelling. The roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains, but rather in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited: that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. Mark Wolynn, Director of The Family Constellation Institute, is an expert in inherited family trauma.  He joins Andrea and Lisa to explain what inherited family trauma is, how it can affect people in various ways, and how you can break the destructive pattern via mindfulness, meditation, and visualization.

 Healthy Butter Alternatives | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Butter lover? Try these healthy alternatives.When Cygnia Rapp was being placed on a restrictive diet (no wheat, red meat, hard cheese, butter, peanut butter, and more) that severely limited her intake of fats and oils, it quickly took the joy out of eating. As a person who loved food and cooking, Cygnia decided to fight back. Working out of her kitchen, she set out to create organic alternatives that would not only meet her health requirements but also satisfy her taste buds. She tirelessly researched fats and oils, uncovering a wealth of little-known information about healthier fats and oils and their influence on health and well-being. After months of experimentation, Cygnia developed the recipe for MELT Organic based on two critical organic oils, virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil, that supported her digestive wellness and overall health. MELT Organic CEO, Meg Carlson, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about the company and its products.

 The Lyme Disease Cure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Is it possible to cure your body of Lyme disease... and to do so without any side effects?Each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to CDC by state health departments and the District of Columbia. However, this number does not reflect every case of Lyme disease that is diagnosed in the United States every year. Many people are suffering and don't even know they may have the disease. Symptoms aren't always definitive, but if you're experiencing unexplained rashes, flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and headache), neurological problems, joint pain, and severe fatigue, you might have Lyme. Is it possible to cure your body of the disease... and to do so without any side effects? That is precisely what Dr. Cass Ingram achieved after contracting a potentially deadly case of this disease. With Dr. Ingram's natural medicine protocols, there is no way for the pathogen to hide. Lyme can be cured. Dr. Ingram joins Andrea and Lisa to share his own experience with Lyme and explain the specific natural ingredients that can be used to both prevent Lyme from occurring and cure it should you contract the disease. 

 Pilates: Stay Strong Your Whole Life Long | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Can you have the same flexibility, muscle tone, balance, and weight at 73 that you have in your 20s or 30s?Can you have the same flexibility, muscle tone, balance, and weight at 73 that you have in your 20s or 30s? Janice Lennard proves you can. For Janice, age truly is only a number. She walks the talk, or more accurately, she dances, poses, pulses and stretches the talk every day... at the young age of 73. Janice joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about her classes, her new DVDs, and the benefits of both yoga and Pilates.

 OYoga: Unlock Your Inner Sexual Goddess | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

OYoga can help you unlock your own inner sex goddess and unleash your full sexual potential.Many of the yoga practices used today were created by male figures. OYoga, created by Psalm Isadora (tantra, sex and relationships expert), is a fun and super effective combination of yoga, belly dance and burlesque to help women unlock their own inner sex goddess and unleash their full sexual potential. Psalm says that sex is about so much more than “just” sex. It’s about deep levels of intimacy, sacred connections, real vulnerability and raw openness. Having physical confidence allows you to own your sexuality, from the bedroom to the boardroom.  Psalm joins host Lisa Davis to explain more about what she does as a tantra, sex and relationship expert, as well as simple ways you can start to awaken your own sexuality. She also discusses her KISS Chocolate Meditation philosophy, which involves "making love" to a piece of dark chocolate while exploring these four sensations:  Kinectic Intimacy Sensuality Slowing Down

 Vaginal Health & Intimate Skin Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The skin around the vaginal area is very sensitive, so it's important to use vaginal care products that don't contain harsh ingredients.Women age differently than men. As estrogen levels decline, so does natural lubrication. Many women experience this prior to or during menopause, but it can impact a woman at any age. Diminished estrogen can lead to external and internal vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy, resulting in undernourished, under-hydrated, aged skin that leads many women to experience daily personal discomfort, diminished interest in intimacy and a lack of sexual spontaneity. The skin around the vaginal area is very sensitive, so it's important to use vaginal care products that don't contain harsh ingredients. Skin care designed for the face or body can cause irritation and discomfort when applied to the delicate skin of the vaginal area. Dr. Ronald Blatt has been an expert in the field of women's health for over 30 years. Board-certified gynecologist, expert surgeon and compassionate physician, Dr. Blatt's driving imperative is to treat matters of vaginal health and intimate skin care with knowledge, awareness and respect. His product line, PrivateRx, provides hydrating vaginal cream products that safely and effectively hydrate the dry, flaky, estrogen-deprived skin often associated with menopause. Dr. Blatt joins host Lisa Davis to discuss why it's important to pay attention to your vaginal health, as well as important considerations for doing so.

 Full Moon Holistic Healing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Discover the power of the moon in helping you heal.Shelly Burton, founder of the Samhara System of Energy Medicine™, holds the philosophy of involution, which is evolution from the inside out. This principle allowed her to heal a serious concussion, which had left her debilitated and extremely sensitive to emotions, over an eight-year trek. The journey led to a grounding in what it takes to heal yourself in mind, body and soul. From this, a practice supporting others to do the same, over time, was birthed. One of the healing modalities Shelly uses is that of full moon holistic healing, through her foundation, Rhythm of Change™ (ROC). ROC hosts a series of rhythmical gatherings, which are designed to align you to the soul imprint of your work here, on this plane. The mediums used in the events are ceremonial and tribal drumming, an ancient form of healing dance, hands on healing, transmission of ancient wisdom and sound, and meditative earth music. These gatherings typically align with moon cycles, so that you are deepening your alignment to the flow of the current of the tides that move us at a planetary and cellular level. Shelly joins host Lisa Davis to explain more about what she does as an energy healer, as well as how you can shift your energy to a more positive, productive space.

 Cancer Couch Foundation Aims to Prevent & Cure Breast Cancer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

How can you cope when prematurely faced with mortality?When diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2015, Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, PhD, neuropsychologist and mother of two, was completely blindsided. Initially diagnosed with Stage II, she was later told her cancer was Stage IV metastatic, the most deadly form of the disease, and it had spread to other parts of the body. Later, a bone biopsy revealed normal tissue, and she was upgraded to Stage IIIC, the closest someone can be to the most advanced form of this type of cancer. In a matter of weeks, Timlin-Scalera went through the emotional and informational roller coaster of experiencing nearly every stage of breast cancer before beginning treatment. Even as a neuropsychologist specializing in trauma therapy, she received an eye-opening crash course into the world of breast cancer research, treatments and communities. Her research found that metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research receives only seven percent of federal funding for breast cancer research even though 30 percent of people diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, eventually develop MBC. The average prognosis for patients with MBC is two to three years. In 2016, there are an estimated 2.8 million women living with a history of female breast cancer in the United States. Shortly after her diagnosis, Timlin-Scalera began writing about her experiences through her professional lens as a neuropsychologist. Using her expertise on both sides of the psychological couch, she created her popular The Cancer Couch blog as an exploration of what it means to cope when prematurely faced with mortality. Her insights have struck a chord with cancer patients, family members, friends and even those who have had no direct experience with this disease. Her writing style gracefully balances humor and pathos, which she hopes will help not only herself, but others in similar situations, to see beauty in the ordinary and appreciate everyday life with or without cancer. Having looked the beast in the face, Timlin-Scalera resolved to take a stand to help prevent and cure breast cancer by creating The Cancer Couch Foundation (501c3). The financially transparent, volunteer-managed foundation will put donations to work directly for patients with MBC. The foundation’s goal is to fund research for advancements in metastatic breast cancer in the hopes of making this a chronic but manageable disease, not a terminal illness. Timlin-Scalera joins host Lisa Davis to share her own journey through cancer, as well as how she's helping patients and their loved ones understand the reality of the disease.

 Love Incorporated: Listening to Your Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Have you ever been torn between what your head is telling you and what your heart desires?Have you ever been torn between what your head is telling you and what your heart desires? The "practical" voice in her head can be very convincing. But, the compelling voice in your heart may be calling you to your true path. Jennifer Noel Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she started her first job as a Software Engineer at a big company in San Diego. But, she wasn't completely happy. She decided to make a change.  Jennifer describes her journey of transformation from feeling depressed and unfulfilled at her job to discovering and following her true life mission. She quit her secure, high-paying job as a software developer and took a leap of faith to pursue her true calling in the field of energy medicine. The journey was not always easy. She encountered many challenges, including heartbreaking losses, financial woes, debt, naysayers, questionable decisions, and extreme self-doubt. Years of frustration, trial and error, and self-reflection kept leading her back to the same core lessons over and over again. In her book, Love Incorporated: Doing the Business of What You Love, Jennifer reveals four powerful yet simple insights which were instrumental in helping her overcome significant challenges and create a joyful life doing what she loves. The book acts as a guide to connecting with your innate wisdom and creating a truly magical and fulfilling life. You don’t need to sacrifice your passion, joy, values, or integrity to have an abundant life. Doing what you love is actually instrumental in creating true success. Jennifer joins host Lisa Davis to share her journey, both before and after she decided to follow her heart.

 5 Habits that Heal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

By implementing five healthy habits, you may be able to heal yourself from chronic disease.Janette Hillis-Jaffe is a sought-after speaker, consultant and coach with a Masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She guides people to their best health using her professional background and the wisdom she gained regarding the health care system, the mind-body connection, nutrition, and counseling during her successful effort to heal from a six-year, debilitating autoimmune disorder. Janette joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share the five habits she used to heal herself, and which you can use to heal the ailments (both physical and mental/emotional) in your life. Habit #1 Take Charge: Take complete responsibility for your health, including making lifestyle changes where necessary. Action: Schedule two set times each week to learn new recipes. Habit #2 Nurture Your Heart: Use tools to manage the tough emotions that can sabotage your efforts to heal. Action: Daily journaling and weekly peer counseling sessions with a friend allow you to vent tough emotions like fear and grief; and also talk through big health decisions. Habit #3 Believe: Adopt a fiercely confident attitude about yourself and your ability to get healthy. Action: Write a letter firing the anxious critic in your mind and read it out loud every day for two weeks. Habit #4 Connect: Build a strong support team. Action: Have your husband/partner or a friend come with you to all significant health care appointments to take notes and debrief afterwards. Habit #5 Create Order: Use organizing principles to set up systems and spaces that support your healing. Action: Organize all your lab results, notes from medical appointments, and articles into one physical notebook that you take to every medical appointment.

 How to Be an Empowered Young Woman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In a chaotic world, where airbrushed perfection is beauty, can you find your true beauty?Do you remember your first kiss? Your first heartbreak? Your first bra? The first time your best friend betrayed you? Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman peels back the truth behind becoming a woman in a chaotic world where airbrushed perfection is beauty... when, in reality, beauty is who you are. This revolutionary book offers strategies to help young women cope with contemporary issues, like body image, the media, relationships, competition, sex and peer pressure. It explores the way adolescents see and talk about themselves, and answers the big questions young women are afraid to ask. Author Naomi Katz offers truths about conquering adolescence and cultivating a unique sense of self. Weaving together narratives of real teens, Katz, a teacher who has worked with young women all over the globe, provides inspiration for growing girls looking for guidance in an increasingly complicated world.

 Do's & Don'ts of Vitamin Use | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Could your vitamin be putting your health at risk?According to a study at Harvard, over 80% of men and women take some kind of vitamin supplement on a regular basis. But, in spite of their best efforts, they may not be getting the nutrition they think due to the common mistakes that people make. Or, worse yet, these individuals may be putting their health at risk. Taking doses that are too low, in the wrong combination, or even at the wrong time of day can all mean you don’t get the nutrition you expect. You also have to keep in mind the interactions of certain medications, such as diabetes medications and acid reducers. What are the "do's and don'ts" of vitamin use? Sarah Hiner, President/CEO of Boardroom Inc., joins hosts Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to explain the difference between more expensive vitamins and cheaper, big-box store vitamins, as well as certain interactions you may want to consider.

 Simple Summer Detox Improves Skin & Energy Levels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Summer is a great time to finally shake the cobwebs of the cooler, darker spring and winter months.Summer is a great time to finally shake the cobwebs of the cooler, darker spring and winter months. One way to do that is with a summer detox. Christine Horner, MD, FACS, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her favorite ways to detox in order to improve your skin health and energy levels. Take sips of warm/hot water throughout the day. This purifies the skin, keeps your digestion going and helps with elimination. Support your liver. Mushrooms stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the liver and also support your immune system. Artichokes, dandelion leaves, dandelion root and milk thistle help the liver as well.  Up your antioxidants with superfoods such as lychee, goji berries, and acai berries.

 Carol Alt: Will the Modeling Industry Ever Change? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When Carol Alt was at the height of her modeling career, she used two staples to maintain the slender physique the industry required: coffee and cigarettes.When Carol Alt was at the height of her modeling career, she used two staples to curb her appetite and maintain the slender physique the industry required: coffee and cigarettes. She wasn't necessarily suffering from an eating disorder, but she also didn't have the nutritional knowledge on how to keep that physique and still be able to eat food. No one was teaching models how to eat properly.  Has that changed at all? Young women are still very, very thin and many of them are damaging their health to maintain that size. Plus, the increasingly small size of models sets an example for the industry. Yes, some girls are naturally thin. But many are also using unhealthy tactics to achieve the "model thin" look. Carol joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her thoughts on the current state of the modeling industry, as well as what needs to change to ensure the health and safety of young women (and men).

 Mastering Your Mind & Letting Go of Old Beliefs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Your old beliefs can be a huge hurdle in living a happy and healthy life.Your old beliefs can be a huge hurdle in living a happy and healthy life.  Past experiences can become ingrained in your mindset and prevent you from realizing your best self. Whether those experiences were instances of bullying from others or self-inflicted chastisement, they can have life-long impacts. The key is to release those past experiences and stop repeating the same old story. Shaman Isabella Stoloff suggests three simple tips for mastering your own mind: Look on the bright side. Become a watcher of your thoughts. Have a conversation with yourself... is it a conversation you'd have with a friend? Become your own best friend. Enlist creative imagery. Manifest images that make you feel good, rather than wallow in the ones that bring you down. Isabella joins host Lisa Davis to share tips for letting go of old beliefs. 

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