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The Impact EMFs Have on the Gut Lining, Blood Brain Barrier and Sleep

The Impact EMFs Have on the Gut Lining, Blood Brain Barrier and Sleep

In today’s podcast episode, I wanted to give you a sneak peek from my interview with Brian Hoyer, NTP, about EMFs. EMFs are a topic that can be incredibly overwhelming, which is why I wanted to bring Brian on to share some realistic tips on what you can do if you’d like to start looking into the impact of EMFs. Brian explains what EMFs are, how they can be impacting your child’s health and what he thinks are important first steps when trying to reduce your EMF exposure.

This podcast episode is just a quick excerpt from Brian’s full interview in the My Child Will Thrive Knowledge Vault. You can sign up to watch Brian’s full masterclass as well as other interviews with speakers just like him here.

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Toolkit Tuesday: Food, Mood, Sleep & Poop Journal

Toolkit Tuesday: Food, Mood, Sleep & Poop Journal

We’ve got a short episode today on the My Child Will Thrive Podcast, but it’s a good one! I’m taking you through the importance of the Food, Mood, Sleep & Poop Journal and why I think it’s one of the most powerful and important tools that you can use for your child (and that I used with mine.)

There’s often a lot going on in our lives, particularly as caregivers when we’re trying to maneuver through our child’s health. The Food, Mood, Sleep & Poop Journal is incredibly helpful on this journey because it tracks each and every part of your child’s day, which gives context and insight to your practitioner. We are doing our absolute best with our children, but this helps us understand if we’re missing something on their healing protocol or if we’re noticing slight changes in their temperament based on a snack.

There so much we can gain from the Food, Mood, Sleep & Poop Journal which is why I have it as a FREE tool in the My Child Will Thrive Toolkit. You can access that here.

The Toolkit includes:

  • Researched and field tested guides, tracking tools, checklists and cheat sheets allow you to get to the root of what is causing your child's challenges. so that you don't waste time creating them yourself.
  • Videos to walk you through some of the more challenging topics you will need to learn to help identify what your child needs.
  • Using The My Child Will Thrive Tool Kit gives you a head start so you can focus on what is most important – your child!

I recommend watching the video on YouTube (see below on this page) to see the journal as I walk you through it. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Toolkit Tuesday: Yearly Protocol Planner

Toolkit Tuesday

We’re starting a new segment on the podcast – Toolkit Tuesday’s! Every now and then on the My Child Will Thrive Podcast we’ll be diving deeper into the free toolkit tools that you can access here on My Child Will Thrive. I created these tools as an easy way for parents to access some quick wins when working with their child to help them thrive.

The Toolkit includes:

  • Researched and field tested guides, tracking tools, checklists and cheat sheets allow you to get to the root of what is causing your child's challenges. so that you don't waste time creating them yourself.
  • Videos to walk you through some of the more challenging topics you will need to learn to help identify what your child needs.
  • Using The My Child Will Thrive Tool Kit gives you a head start so you can focus on what is most important – your child!

In today’s short episode, I’m taking you through one of the tools in the Toolkit – the Yearly Protocol Planner. The Yearly Protocol Planner is a tool that can help you look at your upcoming year in a glance so you can make the best decisions for your child while also looking at the bigger picture for your family. On today’s podcast/YouTube episode, I walk you through exactly how to use the Yearly Protocol Planner and how it can be most helpful for your family.

I recommend watching the video on YouTube (see below on this page) to see the slides as I walk you through them. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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A Key Underlying Factor of Autism That is Often Missed

A Key Underlying Factor of Autism That is Often Missed

In today’s podcast episode, I wanted to give you a sneak peek episode excerpt from my interview with Luminara Serdar BS, CPN. Luminara shares with us the key element that practitioners tend to miss in recovery towards health. I’m excited to share this piece on the podcast because I think the path to healing can be overwhelming. Luminara’s key element is a great place to start or refocus your plans for your child. While the focus is on autism, this key element is important in all healing for our children and as adults.

This podcast episode is just a quick excerpt from Luminara’s full interview on the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit. You can watch Luminara’s full masterclass as well as other interviews with speakers just like her for free here.

Quick Helpful Tip: I recommend watching the YouTube video down below to see the slides that Luminara shares with us in her presentation!

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New Year, Fresh Start: How to Plan for Your Child’s Best Year Ever!

New Year, Fresh Start: How to Plan for Your Child’s Best Year Ever!

As we all start to get settled into the new year and what our plans are for 2022, it might seem a bit overwhelming on where to start when it comes to our child’s health. There’s a lot of information out there with new ideas and tactics coming out (what seems like) daily. Not to mention the uncertainty that is a constant in all our lives right now! Where do we even start?

That’s why I’m excited to bring to you a new podcast I recorded with my friend, Jessica Sherman, RHN. Jess is an author, speaker, mother, and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and board certified in Practical Holistic Nutrition. During this show, Jess takes us through how you can set your family up for success this year in 2022 in a simple, loving way. None of Jess’ tips are overwhelming and we dive into what you really want your vision for your life to be with your child.

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Reversing the Irreversible: One doctor’s journey adopting a child with Cerebral Palsy that changed his approach to medicine

Reversing the Irreversible: One doctor’s journey adopting a child with Cerebral Palsy that changed his approach to medicine

Today I am really excited to bring to you an interview with Dr. Aaron Hartman. Dr. Hartman is not only a functional and integrative physician, but he is a parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy. Becoming a parent to his daughter has changed the way he practices medicine because he and his wife want to ensure that his daughter will live her best life and thrive.

This conversation feels very similar to my own story with my daughter and how we went about finding the best things for my child to thrive. It’s why I created the My Child Will Thrive podcast and website so that you and other parents could find out about all the different ways we can help our children and most importantly, that you're not alone in this journey. There's always something new we can all learn together.

Listen to my conversation with Dr. Hartman (or read the transcript below) about how his journey with his daughter changed his approach to medicine and let us know what you think!

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Phenol and Salicylate Sensitivities: How Foods Impact Your Child’s Behaviour and How to Fix the Root Cause

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The amount of diets circling around out there is overwhelming. How do we even begin to determine which diet is best for our children’s symptoms? Diet is one of the most important parts of a healing journey, but there’s so much information out there that it's difficult to sift through which one is best.

That’s why I wanted to share an interview from the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Summit with Julie Matthews, CNC. Julie takes us through why dietary intervention is necessary for our children, how to better understand dietary needs and we dive deeply into phenols and salicylates. 

Did you know you can get unlimited access to interviews like this one and 90+ more expert interviews and masterclasses in the My Child Will Thrive Knowledge Vault? You can learn more about the Knowledge Vault and our special offer for year long access here

You can also sign up to listen to all the speakers in this year’s summit for free here. You’ll hear from other experts just like Julie!

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How to Support your Child Academically at Home Without the Battles

How to Support your Child Academically at Home Without the Battles

I don’t know about you, but the last 18+ months have been tricky for our children (and parents) who have had to change up their normal learning environments. I’ve heard from a number of parents and have felt this pain point myself. Even before all of the shifts in the last couple of years, helping our children with homework can sometimes be quite the battle.

Today on the My Child Will Thrive Podcast, I sat down with public school teacher and CEO for Study Help, Aimee Buckley. Aimee is a veteran school teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Aimee saw a need for children to receive help from qualified teachers outside of the normal classroom hours. In this interview, Aimee takes us through her recommendations for creating a happy homework environment, how to support our kids without the battles and what to do if you just need help. I hope you enjoy this episode with Aimee as much as I did!

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Finding the Confidence to Take Charge of Your Family’s Health

Finding the Confidence to Take Charge of Your Family's Health

Whether you’re at the beginning of your family's health revolution or somewhere in the middle, we all can use a little pep in our step or help to keep going. I know I definitely needed it! Finding the confidence to take charge of our family’s health and wellbeing is one of the toughest parts of being parents, so finding resources that can help us every step of the way is so important.

That’s why I am sharing this podcast today with Carla Atherton. Carla has written a wonderful book and has many resources for families around your Family Health Revolution. In this interview, she talks to us all about her own awakening to her family’s health revolution and what those steps can look like for you. We talk about how to reclaim your family’s health and she shares why she wrote such a comprehensive book and guide for all parents out there. You won’t want to miss Carla’s episode and make sure you grab her book in the links below!

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The Foundational Role of the Vagus Nerve

The role of the vagus nerve in neurodevelopment and the health of our children couldn’t be more important. If the vagus nerve isn’t functioning optimally there can be a cascade effect on their health and development and there will be a major block to sustained progress in many interventions you may be using. Let’s review together the foundational role of the vagus nerve in our children’s health and development.

 

What is the vagus nerve?

The vagus nerve is the tenth (X) cranial nerve and is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the brainstem and then, like its Latin name implies, it wanders through the body connecting to the organs throughout the entire body. The vagus nerve is a complex bidirectional system which means it is made up of both efferent and afferent nerves that link the brainstem to various organs.  Efferent nerves are motor nerves that carry messages from the brain to the muscles and organs. Afferent nerves are sensory nerves that carry messages from sensory receptors back to the brain.

 

What is the vagus nerve's role in the nervous system?

The vagus nerve plays a role in the part of the peripheral nervous system known as the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which is responsible for automatic or involuntary physiological response throughout the body such as heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and digestion. The ANS is made up of three parts: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Enteric Nervous System (ENS).1

The understanding of the importance of the vagus nerve continues to evolve. One of its most important functions is its role in the digestive system via the Enteric Nervous System and the body’s ability to appropriately switch between a Sympathetic nervous state (fight or flight) and a Parasympathetic nervous state (rest and digest). 

One of the areas of keen study on the vagus nerve is its role in the gut-brain axis. Digestion is a north-to-south process in the body and digestion starts in the brain. For example, if your child is struggling with switching from a sympathetic state to a parasympathetic state, then they will likely have chronic digestive problems as the digestive cascade will not have been appropriately triggered which will lead to downstream digestive dysfunction. 

In addition, the Enteric Nervous System is the nervous system of the digestive system. An example of the role of the vagus nerve to gut function is when the efferent vagus nerves send signals to the Enteric Nervous System which in turn send signals to the muscles of the digestive tract to initiate peristalsis (move the food along the digestive tract). If the vagus nerve is not functioning optimally this can result in several digestive challenges including but not limited to constipation.2

As the vagus nerve impacts gut function, it can result in gut dysfunction such as dysbiosis and leaky gut which in turn have been shown to have a significant impact on brain function.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of vagus nerve dysfunction in children?

  • Gastroparesis (in severe cases of vagus nerve impairment)
  • Constipation
  • Requiring constant digestive supports (enzymes)
  • Low heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Poor or overactive gag reflex
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A child that is having difficulty with toilet training
  • Speech delays 
  • Delays in walking or crawling

 

What can you do to improve vagal tone in children?

This is a tricky one. Most of the typical suggestions that work would be difficult to implement with children, although the list below includes them as it really depends on the age and development of each child. 

This list is not exhaustive and there is always debate over which methods are most effective and can really improve vagal tone and elicit positive neuroplasticity. There is evidence, however, that using a multimodal approach can have positive effects.3

  • Gargling
  • Triggering the gag reflex
  • Singing loudly
  • Coffee enemas
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation – there are several different tools available these days that use electrical stimulation and/or vibration
  • Low level laser4

Other things we can do to help stimulate the vagus nerve:

  • Infant massage and swaddling5
  • Probiotics – in particular Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium Longum have been shown to act through the vagus nerve to lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression67
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids8

 

What to do next?

If you want to learn more about the role of the vagus nerve and the gut brain axis, I encourage you to watch the free expert interview replays on The Anxiety Summit 5 with Dr. Navaz Habib, the author of the book Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash Your Body's Natural Ability to Heal  and the interview with Dr. Datis Kharazzian, author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working.

I hope this introduction to the importance of the vagus nerve has been helpful. Take the next step and watch the expert interviews by signing up here.