Rank #1: 137: Dr Sherrie Campbell on cutting ties with toxic family members
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
Apr 28 2019
Rank #2: Show #70: A Life Less Stressed with Dr Ron Ehrlich
My dentist is a legend. He happens to also be the author of his new book “A Life Less Stressed” and boy is it a cracking and important read. Discussing disease, inflammation, the nervous system, homeostasis, carbs, precautionary principle, allergy, pain, fats and proteins it’s a comprehensive look at how we can use certain things to our advantage, how not all stress is ‘bad’ and how to identify effectively what needs to fall away.
Ron talks today with me about how this book came to be, gets deeply personal about his cancer journey, discusses the key principles of the book mentioned above and how to actually succeed at minimising stressors. We also tangent into mercury amalgam fillings and their removal - a question I get asked all the time and - well, frankly, not being an experienced dentist or a dentist at all for that matter - I felt it was the perfect opportunity to seize the day and ask Ron all about it.
For the show notes, pop to lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Jan 14 2018
Rank #3: 162: Acne - The holistic way forward with Asha Evertsz
In this week’s show we talk about a painful subject for the many that experience it: ACNE, where I invite Clear Skin expert with multiple qualifications and past acne sufferer herself, Asha Evertsz onto the show. Whether you’re a teen, parent of a teen or experiencing bouts of or chronic adult acne, this show is for you or for someone you can think of that needs it. Thanks in advance for forwarding it onto anyone out there who needs it. We talk through every aspect of acne to leave you feeling like you know what to do next, from diet and lifestyle, to medications, to prevention and breakout SOS strategy (Loved the ginger tip!) I hope this week’s show is useful for you and as always you can check out the show supporter offers over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x.
Oct 20 2019
Rank #4: Show #43: Hygge and the Happiness paradox with Meik Wiking
This week Alexx your host, chats to the wonderful Meik Wiking - A man with an idea to research happiness who then founded the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark - the happiest country on earth.
In this show they discuss 2 things. Firstly, The Happiness Paradox - what makes Denmark a recurring winner of the title “Happiest country in the world” and why the happiest countries in the world don’t have the lowest suicide rates. Secondly, they go on to chat about Hygge and his New York Times best seller: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living well.
It’s a meaningful chat and one Alexx knows you’ll be able to take on the challenge we set for all listeners this week with gusto.
See the show notes and they show supporter offer over at https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/
Jun 11 2017
Rank #5: Show #85: The modern Childhood Epidemics with holistic paediatrician, Dr Elisa Song
Hold onto your hats guys this is a BIG and LONG one. Elisa and I recorded both this conversation and another for our Low Tox Kids course in a 3 hour marathon from two sides of the Pacific Ocean. Dr Song is such a caring soul, and with her knowledge of both conventional and complementary medicine offers incredible support as we navigate the modern world with more kids having some sort of issue than not, these days. In this chat we discuss what the biggest challenges we face in children’s health are today, as well as some of the ways we can best support our children today. I hope you enjoy this important conversation and connect with Dr Elisa’s wonderful online resources. As usual, our show notes, new PATREON supporter page and sponsor offer are available over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Apr 29 2018
Rank #6: Show #110: Dr Lewis Ehrlich: Your holistic dentistry questions answered Part 2
Dr Lewis Ehrlich is a highly sought after holistic dentist who graduated from James Cook University (JCU) with the Academic Medal. With a background in professional sport and his passion for holistic health, Lewis focuses on the link between oral health and general overall health in his practice - it’s why you’ll never hear a bandaid solution for an oral health concern in my interviews with him!
Before studying dentistry, he completed a Bachelor of Science at Northeastern University in Boston, USA after receiving a soccer scholarship where he played for 2 years. He then moved to Reykjavik, Iceland where he played professional soccer before moving into dentistry and now practicing at Sydney Holistic Dental.
This show, part 2 of two that I’m recording with Dr Lewis (go back for the 1st one last month!), is the result of my asking the Low tox club chat group and alumni course groups if they had any ongoing concerns and questions about oral health - from teeth (grinding / enamel / cavities) to gums to oral microbiome to jaws to treatments and appliances and preventative health. There I was thinking I was going to be doing a show on grinding and appliance options with ‘a few’ questions from you guys but when 100+ questions quickly presented themselves, I changed tack and turned it into a two part “All your holistic dentistry questions” answered. So in this show, part 2, we talk:
- Cavities and fillings
- Preventative oral health
- Miscellaneous trouble shoots from grinding to tongue ties to geographic spots and so much more!
Head over to lowtoxlife.com/podcast for all the details.
Here are the questions answered in this second FAQ with Lewis and we twist and tangent on all things oral care in between:
On fillings and cavity protection:
At a dentist a few years ago, my 5 yr old had 3 fillings told me it was bad luck and there was nothing I could do. Dietary improvement was my first thing. What else?
I have tried using natural toothpastes and they all cause mouth ulcers and corners of my mouth to crack really bad? I really want to use natural toothpaste but I’m unsure which ingredient may be causing this? Any suggestions?? Thank you.
I'd be interested to hear about what toothpaste (glycerine or no glycerine) and/or toothbrush (electric vs manual) he recommends for children. I've read so many different opinions on this topic, particularly in relation to the glycerine in toothpaste issue, so any brand recs would be great.
would you mind asking Dr. Ehrlich if there is any actual benefit to using toothpaste, or is it just an added bonus to make your breath fresh and your mouth feel like it's had a good clean because you can "taste" the clean. I read somewhere recently that there's no real benefit to toothpaste, that it's the brushing and flossing that actually is the most important part of the process.
On preventative oral health
What does he think of Weston Price's research on teeth -diet prevents over crowding, don’t remove wisdom teeth, root canals can cause heart disease?
Does he believe vitamin d / k2 supplementation universally necessary for kids?
How do you change your mouth microbiome, with symptoms such as bad breathe, metallic taste, white tongue, excessive saliva? I know there is a correlation with gut dysbiosis and the bacteria imbalance starting in the mouth. And working on the gut is key to changing the way the gut and body functions, but are there ways to change the mouth microbiome in order to get a head start on changing the gut microbiome.
I have receding gums. I’m wondering if this is due to poor diet or brushing my gums too hard ( I like to get it really clean), and what natural remedies I could try before seeing a traditional dentist?
Anything to help get kids to look after their teeth...?
We’ve just been recommended to brush with kids fluoride toothpaste and then after rinsing pop more on the back molars that are showing signs of decay. Are there any alternatives? It’s my 4yo with the issues.
On trouble shooting miscellaneous issues
What causes grinding and how to fix?
My son has a ‘geographic’ spot on his tongue. ( changes location all the time) What could be the causes? Is it a sign of something more problematic?
Teeth clenching and how to stop it! I’m having to wear a mouth guard at night and I’ve heard miss 4 grind her teeth
Tongue tie - I’ve recently been told by a holistic dentist that I have a partial tongue tie - had no idea and I’m sure there are loads of people like me. She said it goes hand in hand with jaw clenching and teeth grinding. My question is how important is it to have corrected. I figure I’ve made it past 50 years of age without knowing - maybe I can let this one slide.
Chromogenic bacteria, how does someone get this over night (or the dark coloured appearance anyway)and what’s the best solutions for it?
If you cannot go to a holistic dentist for whatever reason, what to look for in a dentist or dental practice?
Love to know more about breathing and connection with the teeth I am reading that if we don’t breathe correctly that’s the reason our mouth is crowded etc?
Mouth taping for kids. Can you do it? Who do you need to consult/see before it’s considered appropriate?
My 8 year old has a small jaw and not enough room for his teeth, he has poor teeth as well. his gums have white marks on them above the teeth, would love to know why his gums have these marks. We eat organic only, low tox, Whole Foods diet and lifestyle... can’t work it out.
Oct 14 2018
Rank #7: Show #98: Coach Jake Carter wants everyone to feel their best.
Sometimes you come across people who you just feel in your bones are ‘someone to watch’ if what they're able to understand and help people with now is at the level it is. Jake Carter is one of those people and I came across him from past show guest, Dr Carrie Jones. Jake shares how he came to be a body science nerd after experiencing injuries in his teens and going on to be a Personal Trainer, and then how that ignited a thirst for nutrition and an understanding of the many individual things that could be occurring for someone that means no ‘one’ thing every fits us all, which then lead him to problem solving tough cases where other avenues had all been explored. His energy bursts from the microphone and into your ears and we talk lifestyle factors, health ‘hand breaks’, digestion, constipation and more in today’s show. I hope you enjoy it and you can find the show notes and show supporter offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Jul 29 2018
Rank #8: Show #83: VP of corporate responsibility at LEGO, Tim Brooks on their 2030 targets
I remember so well seeing the news break that lego were going to be aiming to be new-petroleum-free by 2030, engaging a huge task force of sustainability experts, scientists and industrial designers to work on this project. Today, some 2.5 years late, I chat to Tim Brooks, ex environmental advisor to the City of London, now with LEGO, on how their work is going towards this goal. We can all move mountains, and the big companies of LEGO’s size can effect radical change when they move the needle on how the produce their products, so I hope you enjoy this look into what Lego is working to achieve. As per usual, our show notes, new PATREON supporter page and sponsor offer are available over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Apr 15 2018
Rank #9: 155: Frustrated by your bad habits? Meet Dr Amy Johnson
What if that cellulite, or the big spider didn’t have such a hold over you? What if you could realise that it’s all just a bunch of stories we’re making up? Behavioral plans, mindsets, hard work and willpower are NOT where deep, sustainable change comes from, says my guest Dr Amy Johnson who is known for her ability to help people create lasting change. Amy Johnson PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower. She is the author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). I so enjoyed this conversation for the aha’s that happened the whole way through, realising just how much the made up stories impact the unfolding of our lives - if we let them! If you are held back by fear, can’t break your negative self talk or habits that aren’t serving you, this show is a must. Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the sponsor offer for the show over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast valid through September.
Sep 01 2019
Rank #10: 151: A detoxification masterclass with naturopath Naomi Judge
Naomi Judge is a naturopath passionate about helping women find their best ‘normal’ possible in her work once clearing the path from all the things that jeopordise optimal health. If you’ve ever wanted to truly understand detoxification, how to detoxify from different things, how and when detoxification is NOT a good idea and what to do about life events that require an uplevelling of detoxification, this show is for you. We also discuss detoxification pitfalls and when to know you’re not on the right track. Enjoy the show and the wonderful sponsor offer available this month over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Aug 04 2019
Rank #11: 153: Dr Elson Haas on toxins, cleansing and vibrant health
Dr Elson Haas, one of the founders of the Integrative Medicine movement is my guest on today’s podcast. What a treat! Something that has increased in need, while our environment and food has become more and more polluted is detoxification. Our biology was not designed for this morning world and the ol’ “We don’t need to detox, that’s what our liver is for” just doesn’t fly. One form of detoxification that has become popular over the past few decades is juice fasting so I wanted to look into this more deeply with a medical doctor to understand why. Research shows our bodies thrive on bringing ‘lean times’ in the mix and as long as you’ve spoken to your practitioner and don’t suffer adrenal / cortisol issues, then you may want to look at doing a juice fast. Today we explore what got Dr Haas interested in doing a juice cleanse, how it impacted him as a Doctor and what he then went on to study to bring a more holistic approach to supporting his patients.
We also discuss
- When the perfect time of the lunar cycle/year is to do a juice fast.
- What the keys to overall health are after his many books and decades of medical practice.
- How to rely less on uppers and downers - chemical OR natural!
- How to make lifestyle habit change stick in your life.
- How to know what foods work for us ultimately?
- What the 3 things Elson wants you to do this week to be your best thriving self.
It’s a great show and don’t forget to make the most of this month’s podcast sponsor offer over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Aug 18 2019
Rank #12: 123: How happy is your gut? With Dr Vincent Pedre
This week’s show I’ve invited the wonderful integrative physician based in New York, Dr Vincent Pedre on to talk all things gut - Dr Pedre is a Board-Certified Internist (internal medicine Dr) and Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. His philosophy and practices are a blend of both Western and Eastern medical traditions. He is a Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. In today’s exploration of gut health, we go where science meets ‘woo woo’ and I’ve detailed the questions we cover below (with a couple of great tangents to be sure!). I hope you enjoy it. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
- We're going to hopefully through this frame work cover your "cleanse/ Activate/ Restore / Enhance" process...
- How you came to be a gut loving / championing physician?
- You give one of the best descriptions / clarifications around the term 'leaky gut' which I'd love for you to share...
- "What happens in your gut doesn't stay in your gut" - love that... Share what you mean about it and let's talk microbial metabolites and the two way street between gut and brain.
- I've seen you mention 'addressing mold issues' on IG - very excited to see more and more practitioner awareness building in this field, as a mouldie, recovering CIRS person myself... Can we talk gut / liver relationship and the issue many people who are super toxic face when they start working to detoxify but their liver's so clogged you liberate the toxins and they've got nowhere to go - how can we strategically plan out a detoxification regime without it sending our systems haywire
- The bacteria in our microbiome: Is the probiotic craze workin' out for us or - given diversity is so many 1000s of species, are we approaching it the wrong way with these single strain or 4-6 strain melanges?
- You share a lot of thoughts around the intimate link between how we view chronic health issues / how we desperately want to recover but how our thoughts around it can sometimes keep us stuck - can you explain how you came to realise that often patients were holding themselves back and how people can take steps to break thought patterns that are contributing to their physical state?
Jan 20 2019
Rank #13: 163: Navigating Life’s big decisions with Dan Palmer
When I first had Dan Palmer on the show, the feedback was a resounding “More Please!”. Why? Because often when big decisions come up in life, we don’t know how to navigate them from a place of empowerment. We are so often consumed by the uncertainty of the outcomes, driven by fear and even when we decide, we can be preoccupied with “Is this the right decision?”. Dan Palmer literally wrote the thesis on holistic decision making and in this show, talks about Quality of Life Statements, fear in decision making and we take a look at Bec’s situation with her career and Lisa’s situation deciding on schooling options to see how best to play out our decision making phase. Enjoy the show and I hope it helps support your decision-making process on your journey! The show supporter offers and show notes can be found at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Oct 27 2019
Rank #14: Show #55: Chronic Inflammation Response Syndrome with Dr Sandeep Gupta
Could you be experiencing chronic inflammation? Do you feel like your symptoms add up to being any number of possible ‘things’ but also unable to be pinned down as ONE thing? Or that you treat things like brain fog, sore joints, muscle weakness, funny heart beat or adrenals and still don’t feel any better? Enter a real possibility of CIRS - Chronic Inflammation Response Syndrome. Up to 38 symptoms are commonly experienced.
A lot of you know the past year, I experienced an inflammation cascade that I’m still recovering from. For a few months there it was extremely scary until I stopped focusing on treating symptoms and trying to blow the smoke away, and started investigating what started the whole fire in the first place. While the catalyst was surgery and being ‘down’ from undergoing anaesthetic having a poor detox function; while I was down, inflammation took hold from every possible angle and with the testing available in Australia from Dr Shoemaker’s globally acclaimed healing protocol for mold illness, it looks to be mold and possibly confections.
Someone I found along my way in my research and whose wonderful online course I’ve done (discount for you guys in the show notes) is the wonderful and down to earth Dr Sandeep Gupta. Dr Gupta’s work as a Dr Shoemaker old protocol trained physician is wonderful and he always explains things in such a simple way.
I hope this episode helps anyone out there who’s perhaps been suffering a long time and not explored chronic inflammation as a possible diagnosis - whether it’s from mold or other things such as parasites / Lyme disease / Epstein Barr. This information was truly life changing for me, and I urge you to share this episode with anyone you know who’s chronically unwell with bizarre symptoms that don’t make sense. Show notes, sponsor offers and discount to Dr Gupta’s online “Mold Illness Made Simple” e course are all here: https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/
Oct 01 2017
Rank #15: Show #21: Protect your health and empower your self with psychologist Alison Hill
Psychological health is a huge factor in our low tox life and this show, we talk to psychologist Alison Hill to look at how we end up drowning in overwhelm, burn out and things we actually aren’t aligned with in both our personal and professional lives.
We explore her awesome new book “Stand Out” and delve into super simple strategies to defining what’s truly important to you in life, to see how easy it is for you to fill your calendar with things to nourish you and we set a brilliant “line down the middle of a paper” challenge to sort through your regular ‘I do’s’ over a cup of tea and make 2017 more fulfilling, joyful and empowering. Who doesn’t want a whole lot more o’ that, right?
For full access to links and resources mentioned in today's episode, head over to Low Tox Life
Dec 11 2016
Rank #16: Show #113: Jonathan Latham on understanding genetics, GMOs, roundup and the food movement
It’s a brilliant science nerd alert this week for you on the show as I bring you Jonathan R Latham, PhD who is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham talks frequently at international events and scientific and regulatory conferences on the research conducted by the Project. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites.
It’s so important that if we’re going to be ‘pro’ a certain type of food that we need to truly understand what we’re ‘against’ so that when challenged we don’t just heatedly say “it’s toxic”. It’s not enough and we need to meet curiosity with science so that people understand the informed position we’re taking. Here’s the frame work for the chat Jonathan and I had:
Re the food movement: the 'feed the world' debate / your views / solutions that don't involve gmos in their current usage / soil depletion / ecological disruption etc... And what you're most excited about right now with the grass roots ground swell happening all around.
The poison papers - how they came about / what the objective is / As a contributor - what does your role entail? / The records date back to the 1920s, so in looking back do we see - as with so many things supposedly 'safe' then found harmful - timelines of examples (ddt / other chemicals)... Glyphosate / RoundUp got bumped back up to the top of conversation with the recent court ruling ordering Monsanto to pay $289USD to the groundskeeper of a school, finding that his cancer was caused by RoundUp usage: What can the poison papers reveal about RoundUp / Glyphosate? We can nut this section of the chat out more precisely before we hit record...
Understanding genetics - What do we need to understand about the current GMO paradigm that isn't working for our health / planet's health? How does what's going on now negatively impact our health (BT toxin / Glyphosate ) and the planet's (monocropping / high herbicide / pesticide use etc) Is there any circumstance / example / technology that you've seen either in the works or currently used, which GMOs might work in our food system? And then more on what you want us to understand... dangers / evidence that's come to light etc.
And of course, the usual tangents and twists you’ve come to expect on the show.
Hope you love the show and as usual you can access the show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast Alexx x
Nov 04 2018
Rank #17: 122: On women and stress: Dr Carrie Jones & Dr Libby Weaver.
So the second and last ‘mash up week’ of the summer series is a topic I see so many women struggle with in our community and even though we can be the most chilled out person (like me!) stress can be body stress from chronic illness also (like me with CIRS) so it can have a double meaning and root stress, yet a similar physiological cascade down stream. I loved both of these conversations in their entirety so if you love today’s mash up I’d encourage you to go back and listen to both the originals. These women champion women’s health in a powerful way and today we talk cortisol / cortisone balance and relationship, Estrogen, the HPA Axis and adrenal fatigue, “Rushing women syndrome”, how stress manifests, how we can change our view of stress and how wee get to show up in the world. It’s a cracker! I hope you enjoy it. Check out all the extra resources, our sponsor offer and show notes over at lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Jan 13 2019
Rank #18: Show #22: How to achieve goals with Julia Bickerstaff
How to pick a good goal.
For the last show of the year, Alexx invites Julia Bickerstaff the queen of effective goal creation and completion, onto the show to discuss why resolutions don’t work, why goals that are for too short or long a time frame don’t work and to pinpoint the things that actually DO work when it comes to achieving the things we really want to.
The Low Tox Life isn’t just about food, health and consumer choices, but about feeling good in the skin we’re in - our whole life’s skin! So when we’re constantly down on ourselves or stressed about what we’re not achieving, this can affect different areas of our life like our health, so it’s important to address the issue of NOT getting stuff done and the unhappiness it brings, and turn our focus to the tools that will help us get stuff done and feel free, accomplished and positive. Doesn’t that sound perfect?
Pop through to the show notes here and fill out the listener survey and grab today’s notes. https://www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast/
Dec 18 2016
Rank #19: Show #76: Brodie Welch on life changing habit making
In this week’s chat I bring back the wonderful practitioner Brodie Welch, L.ac and self care strategist. Many of you have gone on to do Brodie’s courses after hearing her on the show so it’s exciting to bring her back for you. In the past she’s discussed some amazing nuggets of wisdom and practical advice from the Chinese medicine realm, such as the ‘time’ that each organ thrives and how to work with the rhythm of our bodies to optimise health. In the past couple of years, she has been running habit breaking/forming circles with great success helping people really step into the habits that lay the foundation for the lives they want to live and we have a fascinating discussion around habits, goals and what some of the factors are for making or breaking them. Enjoy the show and as always, the show notes and show partner’s special offer can be found at www.lowtoxlife.com/podcast
Feb 25 2018
Rank #20: 135: The gut and its microbiota with Dr Jason Hawrelak
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!
Apr 14 2019