Episode 030: Angie Alt, Holding a Vision for Hope, A Health Coach's Calling To Cure Autoimmune Disease
In Episode 030 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, I share space with one of the visionary hearts behind Autoimmune Wellness, pioneering health coach and nutritional therapy consultant Angie Alt. You may remember in Episode 025, I held an inspiring conversation with the other half of this courageous duo, Mickey Trescott, and in this episode I continue the conversation with Angie as we seek to uncover the secrets behind communal healing, the real roots of wholesome lifestyle change and the hope that is born when we begin to see the past, no matter how troubling, not as something to run from, but as something to grow into.
In this podcast, we begin by exploring Angie’s story, a story of suffering, renewal and unfathomable faith, leading her to her current calling as a health coach guiding others through the uncertainty and hurt of autoimmune illness.
Angie highlights her innovative initiative SAD to AIP in SIX, a group coaching program that has lead thousands of folks through their transition to the Autoimmune Protocol and sustainable lifestyle change. Speaking on its early origins and immediate success, into its most recent period of growth, Angie offers us some insights into the structure of the program, who is actually involved in the group and how truly does one support those through the healing journey?
Straying perhaps from the measurable and describable, we ask some curious questions behind the cultivation of community, the opening to vulnerability, and the eventual path to empowered wellness.
Is it really all about food?
We then explore Angie’s most recent collaboration with Dr. Gauree Konijeti, MD, MPH, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California. Together the two partnered to guide 15 patients through a modified version of Angie’s revolutionary program, ultimately leading 12 of the 15 participants from multiple years of debilitating illness despite significant pharmacologic therapy into clinical remission and new found health.
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this conversation with Angie, navigating through mild sleep deprivation and a few stumbling sentences to somehow begin to answer the ultimate question:
How do we get well?
And who do we to actually do it?
I hope you enjoy the show.
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In Episode 029 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing I explore the field of naturopathic medicine with the founder and editor of Naturopathic Pediatrics: Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND.
Dr. Krumbeck received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and is a licensed physician in the state of Montana, working in her medical clinic in Missoula: Montana Whole Health.
Integrating her experiences from both conventional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Krumbeck specializes in the treatment of chronic health conditions in children, however, she recognizes and deeply appreciates that the best healing can only occur when the whole family is involved.
In this conversation Dr. Krumbeck starts by sharing her unique path to come to naturopathic medicine, literally coming full circle to her childhood home to pursue her dream of helping others heal.
Erika then provides us with her definition of naturopathic medicine, outlining the foundational therapeutic approach as well as her beautiful contrast of allopathic and naturopathic remedies vs allopathic and naturopathic approaches.
We then dig into the world of psychological and behavioral health in our children, seeking to demystify and clarify what really is ADHD?
How should we approach kids and families struggling with behavioral and learning issues?
Is it simply a psychological condition or are there underlying physiological disturbances, nutritional deficiencies manifesting in impaired cognitive functioning and emotion regulation?
Is there a green vegetable deficiency? Are probiotics and fish oil the answer?
Where does the family dynamic, parental relationships and technology fit in to this story?
Dr. Krumbeck offers her practical approach for introducing and improving dietary intake in children as well as her process for assisting parents dedicated to holding supportive spaces for curiosity and relational growth, focusing on the creation of healthy and nourishing boundaries.
While I may not have kids of my own, I was blown away by Dr. Krumbeck’s practical wisdom for helping kids grow and this episode is packed with insights and passionate joy from a clinician dedicated to healing the entire family unit.
Please explore Dr. Krumbeck’s page Naturopathic Pediatrics and see for yourself the wealth of educational resources created by Dr. Krumbeck and her team for children and parents.
We will certainly have Dr. Krumbeck back on the show to explore more of her naturopathic approach to help child heal and grow.
Learn more on Dr. Krumbeck’s collaborative website: http://naturopathicpediatrics.com
Find some clarity with her program: “Vaccines Demystified”
In Episode 028 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom Wellbeing, I have a spontaneous and exploratory conversation with my new friend, the globetrotting health coach Ellen Jaworski. Ellen has a flourishing health coaching practice and blog: Triple Peak Paleo, where she shares her unique approach to holistic health while she travels the world, inspiring others to take control of their health so they can become the best versions of themselves.
In this conversation, Ellen offers a vulnerable glimpse into her own health journey, or as she calls it “the why, behind the why,” that eventually lead her to ancestral health, health coaching and self exploration.
Ellen shares her insights on what it mean to be a health coach, answering questions such as
What is the training like to become a coach in the first place?
What does she see as the primary role of a health coach?
How does she start in cultivating a relationship with her clients?
What does it take to discover “the why behind the why?”
We then explore Ellen’s unique choice of forging a travel and telemedicine based practice, taking her expertise on the road to promote her own flourishing as well as that of her clients.
We end the podcast discussing the many ways we define spirituality and discover the heartbeat we see as greater than ourselves.
I was so lucky to have met Ellen just a few months back and believe in my core that the future of medicine will be lead by health coaches just like Ellen partnering with integrative clinicians focused on removing barriers to wellness and engaging in a self exploration towards to bountiful joy.
Please check out the show notes to see more about Ellen and her work at Triple Peak Paleo. She is a passionate and innovating soul holding space for others to grow, and I am beyond grateful to now call her a friend.
I really hope you enjoy the show.
Learn more about Ellen her amazing lifestyle by taking a look at her website: www.triplepeakpaleo.com
And her social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @triplepeakpaleo