Dr. Heidi Semanie
This Learn True Health episode features Dr. Heidi Semanie, who, after the following experience, obtained her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She also has a B.S. in Biological Science with minor degrees in English and Anthropology.
No level of education, no number of degrees could have prepared her for her extremely challenging three months as a paramedic in the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She describes the magnitude of work, of need, of the devastation she saw.
It was like a war zone with looting and police escorts. Imagine seeing a bathtub in a tree, houses piled on top of each other, dead bodies that you must remove from the raging river.
Before this experience Dr. Semanie had wanted to become a trauma surgeon, but having seen what she saw, having been so intimately involved, “I just thought that I didn’t want to be the person somebody saw once a year to check in. I wanted to be somebody who could be on the ground, helping, hands-on.”
Dr. Semanie describes her student years at Bastyr University. She made some life-changing discoveries that will encourage Learn True Health listeners to reach for the stars in their quest for excellence.
Here’s What You’ll Discover:
- How to make your experiences become a positive predictor of your future calling.
- How to listen for the whisper so you don’t get hit by the cosmic 2 by 4!
- What it’s like to witness the aftermath of a natural disaster and how to survive the experience in a positive way.
- How to listen to the Universe so that life sets you up to succeed.
Health AH-HA Moment:
The Four Agreements are:
4. Emotional Connection with Loved Ones.
- You need to be healthy yourself before you can help anyone else.
- Always listen to your intuition.
- After hearing Dr. Semanie’s choices, decide what 3 items from a supplements store you would want to have on a tropical desert island.
- Spend the next week being honest with yourself. Discover what stories you tell yourself that keep you from your intended goals, e.g. “I’ll just have this one chocolate because I need the sugar.”
Dr. Megan Saunders
In this episode of the Learn True Health podcast Dr. Megan Saunders joins us to discuss holistic thinking and how it can affect us as individuals and as businesses. Dr. Megan has a unique perspective as a physician because before she went to medical school she specialized in international business and entrepreneurship.
Before she became a physician, Megan, as a business student, saw the long-term consequences that would harm businesses if they didn’t think holistically in the short term. Businesses that would penny pinch around their choices in materials and healthcare for their employees, for example, would see fewer repeat customers and higher employee turnaround.
Likewise, businesses that would invest in the healthcare and wellbeing of their employees, quality building materials, and the environment, saw long term growth and sustainability with less employee turnaround.
“…That has been my experience as a physician, looking at the long-term consequences of our actions. Having all of your actions being in alignment with the long-term goals of health. And so what is health? Physically, we need to be putting clean food, clean water, clean air into our bodies. We don’t want any sort of toxic exposures…”
Dr. Megan goes on to highlight what else we can do as individuals to stay on the path to long-term sustainable health and she brings up some fascinating points!
Here’s What You’ll Discover:
- How holistic medicine can make you more profitable if you are an employer / business owner.
- What an “obesogen” is and why you need to know about them!
- A way of thinking that will empower you to gain control of your health.
- A new way of comparing Medical Doctors to a Naturopathic Doctors.
- “Organic” doesn’t mean healthy but there is a compelling reason why you should still eat organic anyway.
Health AH-HA Moment:
Corner-cutting in the short term causes long term health issues. Making small, manageable changes now will make a big difference down the road!
- Look at where you are cutting corners to save time or money around your health. Cutting corners in the short term leads to downfalls in the long run.
- An example of cutting a corner around our health because of time constraints is going out for fast food instead of preparing home cooked organic meals.
- A solution would be to make a plan that helps you avoid cutting those corners, such as spending Sunday evening cooking your organic meals for the week.
- For those whose corner-cutting is due to their budget, try researching where you can find affordable organic produce, such as Costco or Grocery Outlet.
- In the long run, making these simple changes will decrease the toxic load on your body, which leads to disease and has been linked to obesity, cancer and hormone issues.
Hello, My Name Is Ashley James.
Thank you for listening True Health Seekers and welcome to Episode Zero of The Learn True Health Podcast!
I am honored to have you listening to our show.
Episode 0 is my opportunity to introduce myself, tell you a little bit about the show, and set the stage for what you can expect in upcoming episodes of Learn True Health.
If you don’t know me, I’m a huge supporter and believer in holistic health. I have spent many years in what some call the “alternative” health arena.
At age 6 I saw my first Naturopathic Doctor and through my whole youth, my family and I were gluten and dairy free, long before it was cool, or easy.
I grew up on gross tasting supplements and herbal concoctions, eating fruit instead of fruit loops and carob instead of chocolate.
In our household, we drank filtered water, not soda pop. And if a cold was going around we never caught it. I was so healthy following my naturopath’s advice as a child, but I took that for granted because I didn’t know any better.
Cold Brussels Sprouts
While my friends ate Nutella sandwiches on white Wonder Bread for lunch, I had broiled chicken breast and cold Brussels sprouts in my lunch box.
As a teenager, I threw caution to the wind and upgraded my healthy home-cooked packed lunches for cookies and fries from the school’s cafeteria. I stopped taking supplements and ate what all of my friends were eating. It didn’t take long for my health to deteriorate!
It was in my 20s that I realized I needed to turn back to the ways of natural medicine, but I had so many health issues from 10 years of eating wrong and not taking supplements, that I didn’t know where to start.
The internet was still in its infancy and it seemed like every diet and health book contradicted one another. The more doctors I spoke to the more confused I became. I had so many unanswered health questions and so little energy left to find the answers.
The AHA moments came when I met with Naturopathic doctors. By following their advice, I began to make huge strides towards health. I learned that Naturopathic doctors are trained to teach their patients how to achieve health. They want to teach you, so you can learn true health!
I have now been working with Naturopaths, and holistic health practitioners for the last 5 years. I learned and implemented their teachings. As a result, I regained my energy, dialed in my diet for maximum nutrition, boosted my immune system and balanced my blood sugar.
Health Is A Journey
Health is a journey, not a destination. There are milestones to reach but we are never done learning and striving for true health.
This journey has inspired me to launch the Learn True Health Podcast so other True Health Seekers like you can gain the answers you have been looking for.
This podcast will connect you with experts, Naturopathic Doctors, and holistic health practitioners, who will give you clarity and help you navigate the muddy waters of all the health myths out there!
There are SO many health myths out there.
In my early 20s, I spent a whole year eating lots of whole wheat bread and drinking skim milk because I followed the mainstream health myths! Those myths led me deeper into illness and confused me even more about what I was supposed to do.
If you have ever become sicker from following a doctor’s advice or a so-called health book, then you are not alone. If you have gained weight on a diet instead of losing it, then you are not alone. If at times you have felt hopeless or blamed yourself, felt guilty or ashamed about the state of your health or your body, you are NOT alone. This podcast is here to support you. To bring you answers. To empower you to true health.
Although I have been a student of holistic health I have also been on the professional end of the table. As a massage therapist and physical therapist assistant in my 20s, I helped those with injuries recover their health. As a trained master practitioner and trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis, and Coaching I have helped people achieve their life’s goals. As a Reiki master, I have taught healers how to incorporate energy work into their practice.
And now as a podcast host, I am honored and delighted to bring you meaningful interviews and conversations with holistic health experts who want to teach you how to achieve your health goals!
It’s important to me that this show will bring you real and concrete actionable keys to health, concepts that you can immediately implement into your lives to start making a real difference.
With each episode, I will extract what advice these doctors give to their patients for achieving optimal health.
I will uncover how those striving for true health, like you and me, can translate their years of clinical experience into actionable steps we can take to improve our health.
In each episode, my guests will share their results based health knowledge and powerful keys to removing the barriers to reaching your health goals.
To help you implement the health keys you will receive from each episode, we will have detailed show notes on our website, learntruehealth.com.
I encourage you to subscribe to us on iTunes, for Apple users, or the Stitcher app for Android, and also to get on our email list so you will be notified when each episode is available.
Our emails will contain the link directly to our show notes so you will have easy access to them.
Some of our health experts will bring up great tools or resources like books or websites they recommend. Links to those resources will be in the show notes of each episode, so that’s another great reason to be on our email list.
To get on our email list visit FreeDoctorCourse.com and sign up for our free cookbook download and for our 7-day FREE video course where you will be given videos from amazing Naturopathic doctors.
I am so thrilled to bring you the experts we have lined up in the coming weeks! We have Naturopathic doctors who have been practicing, some for over 31 years! Several of the doctors we are interviewing are both practicing physicians AND professors at top naturopathic medical schools!
We also have interviews lined up with holistic health practitioners who specialize in achieving emotional well-being, de-stressing even if you live a super busy life, releasing physical pain and achieving optimal health at any age.
So, whether you are a health nut passionate about holistic medicine, or someone working hard to get your health back, learn true health is the podcast for you.
Thank you so much for listening and I look forward to bringing you the next episode!
To Your Health,