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Dr. Jim Said – Clinical Tips and Cases

Dr. Jim Said, ND DC

Broadcast : January 9,2014

In this podcast Dr. Jim Said gives us some clinical tips and talks through some interesting cases. Dr. Said is an ND, DC practicing out of Medford, OR. He’s been practicing for over 37 years. In this episode of The ND Update he shares with us his take on the mind, body, spirit connection and much more.

Press play to hear more on:
– The 5 domains of healing
– The importance of being congruent in a clinical encounter
– The importance of listening
– Why an ND needs to be an Generalist
– The importance of diet in every case
– What to do after diet has been fixed
– A case of debilitating pain, and no appetite cured with physical medicine
– A case of food allergies, weight loss, insomnia, and depression solved by addressing food allergies and mthfr deficits.
– A case of extremely severe menopausal symptoms cured by addressing mthfr deficits
– A case of Gilbert’s syndrome managed through diet

Resources mentioned:
Herbert Shelton Bio
Herbert Shelton – Fasting Can Save Your Life
Ellen G. White – Counsels on Diet and Foods

MTHFR Lab Testing
Raw Data – 23 and ME
Run Info Through – MTHFR Support

Can your experiences affect your offspring? Science is saying maybe.

Brian Dias

Broadcast : December 28,2013

Induced fears have been shown to be passed down at least 2 generations in mice in this latest research out of Emory University. We talk with Brain Dias, PhD about his cutting edge research in this episode of The ND Update.

In his research, mice were exposed to an odor along with a mild footshock. The offspring of the mice avoided the odor when exposed to a room that had the odor in part of it. This happened both in mice that were allowed to breed normally and in mice that were bred via in vitro fertilization. This proved that the behavior was inherited and not learned.

Further, Brian and his team, showed that in the sperm of mice that were exposed to the odor and footshock, the odorant receptor gene was less methylated. This epigenetic change allows for more transcription of the odorant receptor. The way this epigenetic change occurs is unknown.

Press play to hear Dr. Dias talk about his research and it’s implications for humans and medicine.

See the original journal article here:

Dr. Steven Coward – Four Homeopathic Cases

Dr. Steven Coward, ND

Broadcast : November 28,2013

We welcome back Dr. Steven Coward in this episode of the NDUpdate to go over four homeopathic cases he selected and the takeaway lesson from each case.

We start out the interview getting some recommendations on what resources to use to keep learning more about homeopathy.

The books he mentions are:
Allen’s Keynotes
EB Nash’s Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics
Organon of Medicine by Hahnemann
The Chronic Diseases by Hahnemann
Homeopathy: The Science Of Therapeutics by Carol Dunham

Other Resources:
Joint Annual Homeopathic Conference
Andre Sain – Montreal Homeopath

Hit play or download now to hear Dr. Coward share lessons he learned through his 13 years of practice as he discusses four homeopathic cases.

Dr. Steven Coward – Establishing a successful practice

Dr. Steven Coward, ND

Broadcast : November 6,2013

In this podcast I talk with Dr. Steven Coward about what it takes to build a successful practice.

Dr. Coward practices in Asheville, North Carolina in his personal clinic. In 13 years he has built a practice where his schedule stays full, he makes close to a six figure NET income, all while seeing patients for only around 25 hours per week. We talk about:

  • Finding a place that you want to live and practice
  • Bringing in the first patient
  • Finding the right location
  • How to make money in your first month
  • Why bigger isn’t necessarily better
  • How much money to save for start up costs
  • The importance of a website
  • How to organize your businesses
  • The advantages of practicing in an unlicensed state

Hit play or download the podcast to start learning more about Dr. Coward’s model of successfully establishing a successful practice while creating the lifestyle you want.

Medicinal Trees and More

Andrew Ozinskas

Broadcast : January 28,2013

When I think of trees I think of firewood, log cabins, shade, and more. I don’t usually think about medicine, but for a few exceptions (slippery elm, white willow). In this Podcast I talk with Andrew Ozinskas, a Kentucky herbalist, about the wide variety of medicinal trees and how to make medicines from them. We also talk about adventure travel and end the interview with a tasty recipe for a Kentucky Moonrise.

Andrew Ozinskas is a self taught herbalist and Bastyr grad from Kentucky. He has walked parts of the Appalachian trail without provisions, living just off the land. I had the opportunity to meet and travel with Andrew this past summer on an herb trip of the east coast through Bastyr. In this podcast he shares with us some of his vast knowledge of the plant world and more.

Intro –
Herbal Adventure Travel – what it is and how to do it.
How traveling and wildcrafting share similarities

6.30 – An Intro to Medicinal Trees
How diverse are they? How much Knowledge has been last?

9min – The Tulip Poplar
– major digestive and respiratory medicine in Native American culture
– in the magnolia family
– aromatic parts – go to lung
– great for sinus infections, expectorant
– a fine bitter
– compare with Lomation
– warming and heating digestive stimulating

13min – Preparing Tree Medicne
– easy to harvest and low impact

18.30 – Harvesting Slippery Elm sustainability

22.10 – How to tincture
– What proof to use and how long
– What temperature to store
– how to determine the shelf life of a home made tincture

33 min – Assesing store bought herb quality
– Tincture vs Dried Herb: Andrew’s take

40 min – American Holly
– How it is similar to herba mate
– Preping leaves for consumption

47.30 – The American Elm
– how it compares to slippery elm

52.30 – THe American Chestnut
– how it was a survival food and how it isn’t entirely extinct

1 hour 1 min – Black Birch
– how sweet birch, yellow birch and black birch are related
– the source of wintergreen oil
– a good source of methyl salicylates – good for joint pain, arthritis
– usually gives topically
– can use internally, but does have some toxicity
– slippery elm, sweet birch combinations
– good for urinary pain
– good for skin conditions too
– how to increase the methyl salicylate content though a simple process

1 hour 10 min – Kentucy Moonrise Recipe

Andrew can be contacted via email at (replace the -at- with @)

Medical Cannabis

Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND

Broadcast : September 23,2012

Over 16 states plus DC have medical marijuana laws which cover close to a million patients. New research has shown that there is an extensive system of receptors for compounds found in marijuana throughout the brain, immune system and most parts of the body. In this podcast with Dr. Michelle Sexton we try to fill in the gaps most medical schools leave out by talking about the biochemistry and clinical use of Cannanbis.

Dr. Sexton is a naturopath, a researcher, lecturer and a mom. She is currently setting up a practice in Sacramento, California.
Her research on echinacea led her into her interest in medical Cannabis. She has done a variety of research on the clinical use of Cannabis, as well as it’s biochemistry. We start off the interview by talking about what it takes to get into research.

In this episode:
Getting into Research
– Choosing the right project
– Finding the right mentor

Medical Cannabis (starting at the 11:45 mark)
– Historical use of Cannabis
– Current legal classification

The Biochemistry of Cannabis
– It’s not just about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Learn about CBD (cannabidiol)
and it’s effects throughout the body
– The endocannabinoid signalings system (ecss) and it’s role in neurotransmission and immune function
– The endogenously produced cannabinoids: anandamide and 2AG

Using Cannabis Clinically
– Helping pain patients decrease opioid use with Cannabis
– The use of Cannabis in autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis
Cannabis as an adaptogen
– Why variety matters and how to dose
– Managing an overdose
– Contraindications for use
– Using Cannabis as a “gateway herb” to natural medicine

Dr. Crystal Abernathy, ND

Dr. Crystal Abernathy, ND

Broadcast : March 24,2012

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Tips on starting your own practice
– The importance of reviewing a contract when sharing clinic space
– Why starting small is good
– The value of having a part time job
– How to have others help pay for your clinic space

How to set up a pratice at home
– The importance of having a waiting area
– How to configure the space

Why you should open a practice from home
– Get tax deductions
– Be there for kids
– Money savings

Advantages and disadvantages to practicing in an unlicensed State

– A case of chest pain traced to H. Pylori and cured by the bismuth and DGL containing supplement SF734
– Testing for fatty acids
– Why not to assume failure when a patient doesn’t return.
– Treating cervical dysplasia with the Hudson Protocol
– Deficiencies to look for in patients on the Halleleigh Acres diet
– Questions to ask to international patients

This interview was recorded last December, but I’ve been too swamped with school to edit and post it. Expect podcasts to become more frequent this coming quarter with my eventual goal to have a new podcast every week. Enjoy.

A conversation with Dr. Katie Carter, ND

Dr. Katie Carter, ND

Broadcast : November 8,2011

The premiere episode of The ND Update starts off with an interview with Dr. Katie Carter, a Naturopath based in Polson, MT. Some of the things included in the interview are:

  • Establishing a practice in a small town and the advantages of practicing in a small town.
  • How to run a successful practice and have a 3 or 4 day work week.
  • How to figure out if you need a receptionist, how to find a good one, and the qualities to look for during the interview.
  • The advantages of starting off with another practice.
  • The importance of a patient leaving the first office visit feeling better.
  • Learning Homeopathy
  • Treating an impacted stich with homeopathic Silica
  • Treating pneumonnia with homeopathic Aconite
  • Treating prostatitis with natural suppositories
  • A complex case of idiopathic thrombocytopenia, hashimodo’s disease, and H.Pylori

Enjoy the 1st episode and a big thanks to Dr. Carter for being my first guest. Please give me feedback on the interview or on any guests you would like to hear from via the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page. You can leave a comment on this post by clicking on the title at the top of the page and then leaving your comment in the box at the bottom of the page.