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Why toxicity test is important

Speaker 1: Welcome back. While the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, they can also be the most stressful. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here with some advice on how to detox. Okay, so we need to chat because I. A lot of people are stressed. We’re all running around Exactly.

Not enough time to do things. , but why do we get so stressed and what are we doing to ourselves this time of the year that’s not good for us?

Speaker 2: Yeah. I think we’re doing a lot of things. It, for one, for whatever reason the lifestyle and the habits are amplified during this holiday season.

It’s like everything’s surrounding food. Not always healthy food. There’s family coming in. There’s just a lot of, almost. That happens, people coming and going and here and there and everywhere. It’s good to be able to take that time to be able to detoxify yourself.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Not to mention everybody seems to be getting sick too this time of the year. So then you’re fighting all the germs as well. Exactly. So how can we detox? How can we stay healthy?

Speaker 2: Yeah. So I think the first thing too is really learning how to manage your stress, right? So taking breaths, really being your mom almost relaxed about everything and taking it in, really finding your breath with that.

Speaker 1: So what do you mean, finding your breath? Am I just supposed to be?

Speaker 2: A lot of people hold their breath. Oh, like all the time. So we’re not necessarily breathing deeply. We’re just kinda oh my gosh, I gotta do this, I gotta do that. I gotta get you kinda amped up. Yeah, totally. So that keeps you very anxious. Oh. And keeps you oh you’re not, not having enough oxygen to your brain. So a little more reactive. So if you find your breath, like we just find it now. Okay. We find her breath, then you know, things. Won’t be as stressful.

 

Speaker 1: It is hard. I found my breath.What else can we do?

Speaker 2: Yeah, so obviously staying away from healthy foods if we can’t, or at least minimizing them, so we wanna create balance.

Speaker 1: So stay away from the unhealthy foods.

Speaker 2: I’d love to say that, but realistically most people aren’t going to do that. , like I don’t typically put people through any kind of aggressive cleansing or anything like that during this holiday season.

Speaker 1: Be too traumatic

Speaker 2: it way, seeing all the cookies and cakes. It’s just way. But it’s all about balance, right? Yeah. We’ve talked about that. So adding more of the healthy things in, and so that way it almost the unhealthy things that we eat don’t really matter as much.

Speaker 1: Gotcha. And you have some cool things, some services.

Speaker 2: Yeah, exactly. So we offer our basic detox services in our practice. And so they’re designed to just allow the body’s ability to heal itself, right? Rather. And using it. So it doesn’t add like any herbs or anything like that to the body. It’s just really using like heat and dry sauna. And we have our bio, which has minerals in it.

Speaker 1: What is a BioMAT?

Speaker 2: Oh my gosh, it’s amazing. BioMAT, they have minerals of tormaline and jade and you lay on them. Really good for the horman.

Speaker 1: Really? So are you laying on a mat?

Speaker 2: Yeah. You’re laying on a mat on a table. Uhhuh. . You lay face up, it’s heated, so it also has infrared. Okay. Qualities to it as well. So really a good detoxifier.

Speaker 1: So we turned some video right now. What is that?

Speaker 2: Oh, that’s our foot detox.

Speaker 1: Oh yeah. So what is that actually doing?

Speaker 2: That’s a bio energetic cleanse. So what that does, he’s putting the, Tim’s putting the array in there. So what the array does is that it releases positively charged. Third process called osmosis. It cleans the entire body. So it, again, it’s cleaning more of the bio energetic system.

Speaker 1: So are those like those foot pads that you buy at the store and you stick on the feet? Those don’t work?

Speaker 2: I don’t know. I don’t I don’t know if they work, they don’t work. I don’t know much about ’em. I know this actually has more of that bio energetic frequency in it, so it helps your meridian system more eastern than Western medicine.

Speaker 1: Okay. Is it. To have all that stuff hooked up like that.

Speaker 2: For sure. The only thing that only people that can’t do it are people with pacemakers. Cause it actually stopped the pacemaker. Oh, scary. Yeah. Yeah. So that we know that. So no pacemaker.

Speaker 1: But everybody else, it’s totally safe to do. Yeah. And this dry sauna, what does that do for you?

Speaker 2: So infrared dry sauna helps increase blood flow, circulation, metabolism, right? Definitely burning off sugar if you’re eating all these cookies. Also if you feel like you’re getting a little sick, I put give a person a remedy and they go right in the dry sauna for 45. 45 minutes. Yeah. Gosh. Like I pass out, gosh. Oh no, not even. People start slow and then they work up. Okay. Okay, great. You’d be surprised. It’s really the last 15 minutes.

That’s the tougher part of it. Like the first 30 is okay. And then, some people don’t sweat, actually. Really? Yeah. Isn’t that amazing? If you’re too toxic, your body won’t actually. Sweat initially. What does it do with It? Just holds it all in. Just holds it there.

Oh, lie. And then before you’re dehydrated, there’s that too. We also require everybody to drink a minimum of 16 ounces of water before they Oh wow.

Speaker 1: Do it in sauna or steam. Which one do you do? This better.

Speaker 2: So I They’re not, they’re different. Okay. I love the steam cuz it opens up your pores. It’s a little more relaxing, we put aromatherapy and there sometimes too. Exactly. . It just feels good. Like you feel refreshed and clean afterwards.

Speaker 1: That gets out toxins too. Oh yeah. Cuz it opens up your. Course. So you excrete those taco great for the skin. So we can do all of this at your office. Yeah. . what do you have to do? How do we find you?

Speaker 2: So we have our website, holistic family practice va.com. We also have a promotion right now where you have five basic detoxes for $49. What? Yes.

Speaker 1: That’s a great deal.

Speaker 2: I know. It’s amazing. Whoa. Yeah. You just mentioned cos live. Yeah.

Speaker 1: So there’s the special on the screen right there to mention Coast Live. Take advantage of that. How long does all this stuff take? If you get all these.
Speaker 2: typically do one or two Okay. In a treatment with about an hour and plus every patient has a 15 minute consult with me. So we make sure there’s no in indications, contraindications, we educate the people and make sure that they know what’s up.

Speaker 1: I need to go and do that. I want some detox. So much. Dr. Steel, thank you so much. Thank you. You’ve enlighted me and happy holidays too.

Speaker 2: Awesome. Thank You

Where to start healing trauma

Speaker 1: Our next guest is here to talk about healing childhood wounds and how past traumas can actually affect your health as an adult. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to explain now, Dr. I find this very fascinating. First one. Yeah. Thank you for being here. How can a person that has experienced a trauma cope with the triggers that come up in different facets of life? Interpersonal relationships?

Speaker 2: Yeah, so there’s a lot to it. So first thing I wanna do is define trauma. Yes. Because a lot of people don’t understand what trauma is. They go, oh, my childhood was fine. Trauma can be any kind of experience. For instance, it’s deeply personal for me as well. I am a child of two Marines, my home was a war zone. Yes. Growing up, unfortunately just because of their training and background. So yelling, violence, those are obviously, we know that those are traumas, but it can be subtle traumas as well. There’s the financial stress in the home and children can feel that. So all kinds of different events can be classified as,

Speaker 1: Okay, so what are some signs and symptoms? You call it ACEs and what is ACEs?

Speaker 2: Yeah, so adverse childhood experiences were actually clinically studied several years ago. Okay. And they actually created a scoring of ACEs. Okay. Previously there was no kind of, graphic in terms of that, but, So socio social, environmental risk factors, like I just mentioned, create those adverse experiences or affect some trauma. What actually does is it affects the neural development and creates mental illness. So it affects the brain in a negative way, which then in turn creates social emotional cognitive impairment as well. So that’s why. People that have these adverse childhood experiences have such a difficult time socially, emotionally, with relationships, things like that.

And then naturally they start adopting these these risk factors. So drug use, alcohol, addictions, things like that. Even addictions to food and all kinds of other things, work, sex, those sorts of things.

Speaker 1: It would almost seem fixing. This would mean turning back time, but you don’t have to do that. There are some things that you can do to cope and develop if you have had childhood trauma.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it’s really about getting complete with the past. You can’t go back and change the past. But you can get complete with the emotional, mental effects that those events have particularly had. Myself, I’m a successful doctor. I’m in practice. You would never know unless I shared with you the experiences that I live through. So it’s a, you can turn the darkness into light as they say.

Speaker 1: How does something like say yoga help give you a new approach and a new outlook? Yes, a new step forward.

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Speaker 2: So I, not just any yoga’s great. Okay. But Kundalini yoga is like my jam. So Kini, it’s a spiritual based yoga. Okay. So spiritually, mentally, emotionally I always like to say it’s the yoga and steroids because you’re going in, you’re cleaning out what’s in the subconscious mind to help reframe those perceptions so that you see the world as a safe place.

That each other is one. I’m connected to you. You’re connected to me. We’re connected to all the viewers. Okay. And so it helps us to create that unity and that awareness, which is just amazing what we need right now.

Speaker 1: Is there anything else besides yoga that people who might be suffering through processing you?

Speaker 2: Yeah, there’s neurofeedback. There’s eft, emotional freedom technique cognitive behavioral therapies. There’s biofeedback, there’s a lot of various modalities that are naturally driven, of course, that can really. Okay. Yeah.

Speaker 1: I found this very fascinating and I’m glad you were here to share that Of course, there are so many people going through trauma and dealing with it and that there are things that you can do. So where can we find your practice?

Speaker 2: So our pr, my practice is on Laskin Road. Okay. 1213 Laskin Road. We also have some Catalina yoga classes coming up. Oh, great. I just went through my K R I certification for that. Sundays at 10 to noon. Mondays from six to eight, and all this month we’re all dealing with. And we’re just gonna clear out our subconscious mind and get ourselves free and happy and joyful again.

Speaker 1: Gosh, that sounds refreshing actually. All right. Dr. Seal, thank you so much for being here.

Vitamin D

Dr. Erica Steele: Vitamin D has a lot of antiviral properties to help naturally stimulate your body’s natural ability to kill off different things that it’s being exposed to. And now with cough, cold, and flu season upon us, we really wanna make sure that vitamin D is getting. It’s also important to take a lab level of your Vitamin D just to make sure you’re not over supplementing Vitamin D.

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You wanna shoot for between about 50 and 70 milligrams for your vitamin D in your lab panel. And so five drops typically is about 5,000 iu. And then if you have an immune system, challenge 10,000 IUs is accept. And we can find it in sources such as the liquid format. We can find it from the sun, as well as in food sources such as mushrooms.

Your holistic doctor is able to take a lab panel for you of your Vitamin D and help advise you as if vitamin D three is good for you.

BPA and Phalates

Dr. Erica Steele: Nowadays it’s important to be mindful of the products that we use inside your body, on your body, and around your body. PBAs and Phalates are found in plastics, take out containers, and even canned food lining. We wanna make sure that we reduce PBAs and phalates because they, the toxic load affects the overall organ health and function.

Ways to reduce PBAs and Phalates are not to reheat your takeout containers. Reheating or heating any kind of plastics in the microwave can create leaching with PBAs and phalates. Also, making sure all the PVC piping is PBA and ate free, not leaving your plastic water bottles in your car and drinking after them and ensuring that you have P VC or ate free.

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Bottles as well as canned foods is really important to reducing your overall intake of PB eights and phalates. PB eights and phalates can affect the body’s toxic load in the system, which can lead to many different diseases overall. So as you reduce those within your environment, you reduce toxic loads within the body, leaving your body healthy, happy, and whole for years to come.

How autoimmunity develops in human body

Speaker 1: Welcome back. Millions of Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases and inflammation, and the number of cases is on the rise, but the causes of these chronic conditions are often misunderstood. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to assor it all out for us, so I’m so glad you’re here. Yeah. Welcome.

Speaker 2: Thank you for having me.

Speaker 1: Yes. Appreciate it. And I know a lot of people have issues where they’re tired all the time feeling down in the dumps or depressed and Yeah. They don’t know what to do about it and maybe they have GI issues. Yeah. And you’re saying a lot of this could be from autoimmune diseases.

Speaker 2: Yes, exactly. And I also find that a lot of times people, they’ll go to doctor after doctor, they’re very frustrated, they feel. Hopeless, all of those various emotions that come up with not feeling well, plus they’re not feeling well on top of that. A lot of times people don’t necessarily understand what the immune system does, what it does is it connects self from non self or rather separates out self from non self so the body will attack anything that’s. Non-self, like the environment, like heavy metals. Oh yeah. Chemicals, bacterias, viruses, any of those sorts of things, any pathogens that the body may be exposed to. And then over time what happens is the body begins to misfire almost like the body gets tired, if you will. And that’s why a lot of times people with autoimmune conditions have so much fatigue because their immune systems are running like nonstop to try to. These invaders.

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Speaker 1: So what types of autoimmune diseases are you speaking of? Like thyroid, things like that?

Speaker 2: Yeah, like Hashimotos thyroiditis has an autoimmune component to it. Lupus, Lyme disease, there’s so many different, there’s about 80 different autoimmune, I know autoimmune diseases with all sorts of different variations to them, but in essence, it’s just the body attacking itself.

Speaker 1: Ooh, yeah. And so why does this happen and how do you prevent it or.

Speaker 2: So a lot of times people are talking about the understanding of the microbiome, meaning the bacterias. So we went from a period of time where, our hygiene practices were not great. , then we went to like super clean with antibacterial everything. So what they’re saying in the scientific studies are that we’ve over cleaned ourselves. So we’re not being exposed as children to all of the various bacterias that help the body to, build a healthy immune system. The first thousand days of life is critical to the. Also too, a lot of people, they don’t think about perinatal care, meaning before they actually get pregnant, getting their bodies prepared for that. So then maybe they’re eating healthy, maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re have balanced nutrition, maybe they’re not.

Then they have children and then antibacterial. Chlorine on everything, and oh no. Yeah. And so what happens with that is that then the body doesn’t build up its immune system to be able to resist against, let’s say, different bacterias or viruses that it may be exposed to.

Speaker 1: So how do you know if you have an autoimmune disease?

Speaker 2: So we look at the immune system. . So we look at a CBC with differential, which is a blood work panel. . But then we’re also looking at various different immune system markers. So we’re looking at like your H S C R P, your inflammatory markers, cuz inflammation is just a response to something in the body.

So that’s a key indicator to let us know that there’s something underlying that’s going on. We can look at organic. Profiles in terms of your small intestines, how that’s doing. Cuz again, majority of your immune system is housed in your digestive system. We also look at the large intestines too. We can see bacterias, viruses, candida, yeast. Oh yeah. All different sorts of,

Speaker 1: They can all cause inflammation and, oh yeah. . So a lot of doctors I know don’t look at the full body approach. Yeah. Why is that important to do?

Speaker 2: It’s important to do because, every organ. To every other organ. It’s not okay, your liver’s over here, your GI system’s over here, you’re all one human being And so we wanna look at all the various components to be able to balance those. It’s all about finding balance. And when a person has an autoimmune disease, that means that their body isn’t hyperdrive, they’re not in balance.

Speaker 1: Okay. I know you have some classes as well that talk. Stuff.  Tell us about that.

Speaker 2: Definitely. Every month we teach various classes. So we have classes coming up May 14th, May 19th, and May 25th. They’re all of our food for thought classes. They’re all relating to autoimmunity, inflammation, and we really understand why people pick themselves apart. Meaning like an autoimmune condition relate. To somebody, literally their bodies are fighting themselves.

Speaker 1: So from an emotional level, we look at criticism, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-appreciation, all relating to the GI system. Wow. Very good information there. You learn something new every day. Your contact information is on the screen. Yes. Dr. Steele, thank you so much for being here.

Speaker 2: Yes, thank you for having me.

Speaker 1: We appreciate it.

Speaker 2: Awesome.

Morning Healthy Breakfast Options

Speaker 1: A report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group or E W G found that several popular brands of cereal and oatmeal and granola and snack bars may con, may contain glyphosate. So that’s the same active ingredient found in the weed. Roundup. All right. Shock here. Dr. Eric Steele from Holistic Medi Family Medicine is in Virginia Beach, and she’s here to explain what this can mean for our children’s health. Okay, so when I heard that news, I was stunned. I’m like, round up what the weed killer is in my kids’ food. Yes. So what do we do as parents?

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Speaker 2: So I think, the most important thing is to stay educated. Okay. And be aware of what you’re actually putting in your body. And that’s universal, right? We shouldn’t be mindless. Just going in. I We just listen to a whole grocery store that’s all about that conscious awareness. A lot of people, especially families, are very busy. They don’t have time to read every single ingredient. That’s why I really promote more of a whole food, plant-based diet.

Where you know, if it doesn’t grow, in a tree or you can’t pick it, it doesn’t have vital force life energy in it, then you pretty much know most of those foods that, they found, they were foods that were in boxes, in bags, they were processed foods, so we already knew. You’re already knew intuitively. That those foods don’t necessarily have all the greatest things in them. But I think we just needed a little extra wake up call to say, wait a second, what are we doing to ourselves?

Speaker 1: How do we discover this? I look at, the packaging and how many sugars and added sugars and all of those things, cuz I know those are bad for us. Yeah. But like, how did we come upon upon this, that there was the same thing in Roundup?

Speaker 2: Yeah. I always say with, I have this funny analogy when I’m talking about, food. It’s kinda like a mul. Business in the front party in the back. Okay. So like in the front it’s, it’ll say heart, healthy, organic whatever.

But then you flip it over and you look at the ingredients. There’s a couple like literal rules of thumb. One, you put your finger on, their thumb on there and if the ingredients list is longer than that, it’s not healthy. But I think just over time, with trying to help with the growth population, of all the people and trying to feed, they use the herbicides to be able to cut down on some of the weeds. And then now it’s just, Spun out of control. Now we have genetically modified foods. They were trying to replicate different seeds and things like that. I don’t think at the time, like they weren’t thinking, oh, this is gonna, this is some sinister plan, , was just, they were trying to really help with the ever-growing population. Okay. And feeding everyone.

Speaker 1: Okay. So how does it impact a child that’s exposed over a long period of time?

Speaker 2: So herbicides can affect neurological system, the hormonal system. So like focus, concentration, behavioral it also, heavy metals tend to combine with minerals in the body. So that can create all kinds of even aversions to food. Especially when like teens, they start to have, their period, their cycles and things like that.

It can throw that. It has a lot of long-term impacts, unfortunately, if it’s not caught and treated, and that’s why detoxification, even though now it’s a fad, it really has been something that’s been in holistic healthcare practice for, ages. Okay. Because of all the ever-growing toxicities that are in our environment, we wanna be mindful of, I’m not afraid of them. We just wanna be mindful of them so that we can decrease those out of our bodies.

Speaker 1: In your personal opinion, do you think that this is connected to all of the issues that children are having today? You’re seeing, children that are very large or developed at a very early age. You’re seeing children with focus problems. Yeah. And do you think it’s somewhat related to this at all?

Speaker 2: I think environmental has a lot to do with the impacts. I think our food supply, I think what we’re eating. We’re eating more fast on the go. We’re not eating whole foods.

And it really puts a lot of stress on the liver. The liver has two main important jobs. You can’t live without a liver, right? And so it’s to metabolize all the nutrition that you’re eating, so your proteins, your fats, your carbohydrates, but also to eliminate toxins. So if the food that you’re eating.

That you’re supposed to be digesting is toxic, what do you think is gonna happen to the body? The metabolism is just gonna go through all kinds of havoc. Got it. And so the metabolism starts to slow because it doesn’t identify the food as food. Cuz it’s really not food. It’s junk. And and then the body can’t detoxify it properly.

Speaker 1: Okay. You have a wellness event too. Yes. Where you people can get more information, they can find out how they can feed their families properly. Tell us about it. Yes,

Speaker 2: definitely. We have three children’s health classes where we. Parents, moms and dads especially, how to really help their children and their children’s health.

So we always have about three or four dates. So we have September 15th at two 30, September 17th at five 30 and September 28th at 5:30 PM And again, all of our wellness classes are complimentary till the end of the year.

Speaker 1: Thank you so much, Dr. Steele, and check out those labels, parents out there.

Speaker 2: Please do.

Integrative Healthcare Provider

Dr Erica: Natural healthcare integrates with your traditional healthcare team by offering support for you to stay well. Prevention is one of those ways. Prevention such as maintaining your. Fruits, your vegetables, your diet. Also helping with your mental and emotional state can help prevent diseases Overall.

Natural healthcare helps support and improve organ function such as the liver. When we support the nutrients on the liver, not only does it metabolize all of our nutrients well, but it also detoxifies anything that’s not supposed to be in the body. Natural healthcare is designed to detoxify all of the environmental stressors that our bodies are being exposed.

From the air, the food, the water, integrating natural as well as traditional healthcare can allow for you to holistically maintain and optimize your health.

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What’s alternative medicine?

Speaker 1: According to statistics from the Virginia Health Department, women in Hampton roads are getting diagnosed with breast cancer at higher rates than anywhere else in the state. Several factors are playing a role in this. In the disturbing trend, and Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to tell us about naturopathic healthcare providers like herself. Yeah. And how they can help. How you doing, Dr. Steele?

Speaker 2: I’m doing well, as always. Good. Thanks for having me.

Speaker 1: Good to see you. Okay, so why do you think that our incidents of breast cancer are so high? Compared to those in other parts of the state?

Speaker 2: I would say, granted we don’t know specifically and it’s very difficult to isolate out a causative, meaning a cause for something to occur.

But we can theorize per se that it’s a lot to do with toxicity within the area, within the region. There are a lot of companies that, produce a lot of toxicity within this region that the body is affected to. We haven’t done a lot of due diligence in the aspect of studying the hormonal health and the impact of these various chemicals and toxic agents on the female reproductive system.

Speaker 1: So how can a physician like you help us that are trying to avoid having incidents of breast cancer? What can we do now so that we don’t have a problem later?

Speaker 2: Yeah, and I think this kind of goes into that conversation. People really need to start thinking about their health before they have a symptom. We’re still very reactionary in our approach to our healthcare. We’re like, we wait until we have a symptom. We’re tired, we’re exhausted, we’re not feeling well, and then we go see the doctor rather than keeping up with our checkups, doing our physicals, doing lab work routinely, and then also working with a holistic practitioner who is going to really focus on their health, not just diagnose and manage diseases.

Speaker 1: It’s the overall health. Focused on specific things.

Speaker 2: Correct. Exactly.

Speaker 1: Holistic medicine has really, become very mainstream and acceptable, but there’s still some myths about it. What are some of the challenges? Yeah, as a physician that you’re faced with when people come to you and you’re like, oh, I’m not so sure.

Speaker 2: Yeah, so it’s interesting. I have two camps that come to me. I have those that. They’ve been to every doctor under the sun. They’ve tr they haven’t necessarily liked the approaches that they’ve gotten or what they’ve heard. And then they come to me looking for the Hail Mary, right? Yeah. Yeah. So I get that.

But then I also get a lot of the DIYs who Google and Pinterest everything to death and think that, they come in telling me. You know what is and want me to cosign on it. Okay, so I get that. But a lot of times people think that we’re an alternative provider and we’re not. The US Department of Health and Human Services actually did away with that term alternative medicine years ago.

We’re really complimentary because we serve two different roles in healthcare, whereas an allopathic, meaning a medical doctor, Diagnosis and manages diseases. We actually stabilize the health and we build the health of the body rather than fighting those disease processes head on. Okay. We believe that the body can heal itself if given the right environment, and our job is to create that environment that’s conducive for healing, so I work a lot of times very integrative with oncologists and rheumatologists and a lot of different providers, endocrin. And working with them because they’re trained specifically to manage those disease processes. I call ’em the firefighters of medicine, actually. . . They’re there to wa to keep that watchful eye.

Whereas we’re there to really support handhold the patient, work with them through their nutrition, make sure that they’re getting enough nutrition, they’re digesting, assimilating that. Adequately. And then we’re self-healing, also looking at the toxins too.

Speaker 1: And you have ways that people can get more information and have naturopathic awareness classes, right? Yes, exactly. So tell me about how you offer those and how they’re available and how people can find out.

Speaker 2: Yeah. So every month we have a different theme. So this week is actually naturopathic medicine awareness.  So we’ll be educating people that are interested in naturopathic medicine and really dispel a lot of those myths.

So we have three classes Monday, October 15th at five 30, Saturday, October 20th. Two 30 and then Friday, October 26th at five 30.

Speaker 1: Wonderful. Thank you so much, Dr. Steele  it was Much, it was a pleasure having you

What Doctors Say About CBD

Speaker 1: I first, marijuana will become legal in Virginia, but C B D, which is made from the same plant, is already available and there seems to be a lot of misinformation surrounding its use here to clear it up and clear up some of the confusion is Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice and Virginia Beach, Dr. Erica, Hey, how you.

Speaker 2: Hey, how are you? Good to see you.

Speaker 1: I’m good. So break it down. There is a difference between C, b, D and thc, right?

Speaker 2: Yes. There is a distinction. So a lot of times people lump it all together. But the C, b, D, there’s CB one, CB two receptor sites that it affects, and I won’t get into the all of that piece of it, but THC is marijuana.

What people think about when they think about getting high and things like that. C B D is more from a different component of the plant that helps with inflammation in the body.

Speaker 1: Okay. And I understand there are a lot of benefits for C B D, right? Like it helps people sleep and some other.

Speaker 2: Yes, there are really two distinctions for C B D. Number one is it’s an anti-inflammatory, but a lot of times people don’t realize to get the anti-inflammatory component, you have to have a higher dosing. So like a 3000 milligram dosing, two milligrams, five milligrams, what you would purchase in a store is not necessarily gonna be high enough to be medicinal for anti-inflammatory components.

Speaker 2: Okay. Yeah. .

Speaker 1: So how do you choose whether C B D is good for you or t h C would be Okay.

Speaker 2: So it’s interesting, c B D, again, anti-inflammatory, post-traumatic stress, some mood disorders, not depression though, because, taking over a period of time it can actually make the depression worse.

But if you think about it, brain on fire, any kind of inflammatory process with the brain, it’s gonna definitely have an impact. THC actually has been shown scientifically for tumor for, to assist with tumor growth. . If a person is growing a tumor, let’s say in the instance of cancer, things like that, it has been shown to reduce those tumor growths significantly but again, it’s not a cure all and I think that’s one of the things that we really need to consider is that all of these things are not cures.

A lot of times we’ll use. Thc, not specifically in this state, of course, but we’ll see it being used in other states. More for cancer, more for people that, let’s say, need to stimulate their appetite, those kinds of things. Not necessarily mood disorders. Mood disorders. That can actually make it worse. Oh, wow. Yeah. Okay.

Speaker 1: All right. Good to know. I’ve noticed that you can go, online and. Like 1000 of the CBD oil, and then you can go like to a pharmacy and get like 3000 and it ranges from prices of, maybe $20 to like $150. So should you be leaning towards the more. Expensive because it’s better quality? Or how do you know what you’re getting?

Speaker 2: Yeah, it’s, because it’s unregulated, right? It anybody can sell anything for any price. And price is not always the indicator. But I can tell you this, that true quality CBD does cost more. However, I look for more nutraceutical brands that have GMP certifications, meaning that they’re pharmacy grade that they’ve been lab tested, they’re certified, et cetera. I stay away from multi-level marketing companies. I know people are probably gonna be what, because, their model is more profit centered. It’s not necessarily people centered. And I’m more of a people centered person. I’m also not really. Staying on anything for a long period of time, like in a case of an anti-inflammatory usage, you’re gonna use it for that short period of time and then slowly wean off of it.

Speaker 2: It’s not really meant to anything. It’s not meant to stay on for long periods of time because then you have adverse effects about it to you.

Speaker 1: Okay. We have the information to get in touch with you, cuz I know that you have a lifestyle course, but we’re out of time, but we put the board up so everybody can get in touch with you. Of course. Dr. Erica Steele.

Speaker 2: Thank you thank you. Have a great day. You too.

Organic Cotton Clothing for Babies

Be exposing your newborn or toddler to chemicals like formaldehyde and not even know it. The one mother in Chesapeake is hoping to change all that. The new option for parents in Hampton Roads. Mari bad explain.

Speaker 2: Misty Young of Chesapeake stays busy managing her five daughters, Tracy, Christina, Katie, Abigail, and baby Adriana. But Young says she became obsessed with alternative healthy options for her children. After her first four daughters developed a learning disability at a young age,

Speaker 3: they all just have been harmed by chemicals. Metals that are in our environment, in our clothing, in our food,

Speaker 2: but baby Adriana is as healthy as can.Something young. Credits to Adriana’s clothing. It’s organic.

Speaker 3: It’s definitely important to wear organic when your brain is] developing.

Speaker 4: Now parents in Hampton Roads don’t have to travel far for alternative options. Inspired by her own experiences, young has opened up an organic clothing store for little ones in Chesapeake Le Chic Boutique.

Speaker 2: Young’s Store is the only brick and mortar store of its kind in Hampton Roads and specializes in carry organic options for parents Clothing made from natural fibers, free of harmful dyes or chemicals. Dr. Erica Steele, a Naturalpathic doctor in Virginia Beach studies environmental toxins. She says harmful dyes can cause a lot of development.

Steel says, patients are usually shocked to find out how chemical filled most of our lives actually are.

Dr. Steele: Formald Hiat is found in just about everything.

Speaker 2: Air fresheners, flame retardant, sprays, even that new car smell according to steel. It’s all toxic. And when it comes to your baby, Steel says she sees more parents taking action to protect their baby from harmful chemicals.

Dr. Steele: We don’t wanna walk around in a bubble all the time. That’s not, and even if we did, it’d have to be PBA and fate free. The reality is that we really wanna build our immune systems to be susceptible

Speaker 2: according to steel. The first seven years of childhood are when children are most likely to be harmed by powerful.

At 20 to $35 for an outfit Young works hard to keep her prices competitive with big name stores like Target Sale by Sale, young Hopes to help transform her community into a more environmentally conscious one. One her five children can live to see in Chesapeake. Mari Babcock News three.