EP 216: A Critical Look at Childbirth Standards With Nathan Riley

EP 216: A Critical Look at Childbirth Standards With Nathan Riley

The Failure of Modern Medicine: A Critical Look at Childbirth Standards

We would like to introduce you to Nathan Riley. Nathan is a board-certified OB-GYN and fellow of ACOG who left the medical industrial complex due to his disillusionment with the “standard of care” within the conventional maternity care model. He advocates for home birth and still attends births for those in need. He boasts a c-section rate of <5%, which is one of the best in the U.S. His mission is to uphold midwifery as the art that it is and to honor birth as a sacred process and the transition to parenthood as a spiritual transformation.

Questions and Topics

  • Can you give us a little background about yourself? Why did you choose the OB-GYN route? Is it something you were always interested in?
    • What do you do as an OB-GYN? What does your day-to-day look like? Do you do home visits?
    • What are some of your responsibilities?
  • What pushed you away from the typical OB-GYN career path?
    • What was it missing? When did you realize the flaw in patient birthing or the typical hospital birthing process?
  • How is it being a male working as an OB-GYN?
    • Did people or your colleagues look at you differently because you were a male going into this field?
  • How does your practice differ, and how have you achieved such a low C-section rate? (Average rate was about 30% in 2021)
    • Can you walk us through the whole birthing process, the actions you and the future mother take, and some of the emotions that come with it?
  • What do you think physicians in your field need to understand? Where is the lack of education, or even where does medical school fail its students?
  • What is man’s role in childbirth, and how do you balance the masculine and feminine roles?
    Infertility is starting to become a problem; where do you think it stems from? Is it because people choose to get pregnant later in life, or is diet and lifestyle an issue? Is it multifactorial?

    • What is some advice you can give to future mothers and fathers
  • Can you share with us some history of medicine and what is Rockefeller’s medicine?

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EP 206: Marriage and Family Therapy with Ashley Turner

EP 206: Marriage and Family Therapy with Ashley Turner

EP 206: Marriage and Family Therapy with Ashley Turner

Marriage and family therapy is a good way to work out issues within the relationship. If you know that your marriage is on the rocks or have family issues that need to be addressed and resolved, going through therapy is a big help.

Sometimes, some things can be resolved without ending in a bitter divorce or separation. It is why therapists and marriage counselors exist. If you are in this predicament, this episode is for you.

​​In this episode, we welcome our guest, Ashley Turner is, a yoga–meditation expert, Licensed Psychotherapist, writer, facilitator, and 7-figure wellness entrepreneur.

She is the founder and CEO of The Center for Yoga Psychology – an innovative, scientifically grounded training center for yoga teachers, mental health clinicians, and dedicated students fusing yoga, mindfulness, trauma resolution, shadow work, and neuroscience.

It has fast become a go-to resource for evidence-based yoga, meditation, and breathwork for mental health. 

Ashley has graced such lists as:

  • 100 Women in Wellness to Watch ~ MindBodyGreen
  • 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in the US – Sonoma
  • Top 100 Psychotherapy Blogs – FeedSpot 

She is also a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and presenter at conferences and events worldwide. Her mission is to integrate yoga and meditation into the mainstream medical and educational systems by training highly-skilled professionals and helping them build fulfilling, highly profitable businesses.

www.AshleyTurner.co | www.Yoga-Psychology.co

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

  1. Can you give a background about yourself and how you became a therapist, facilitator, and Priestess?

2. Being an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), what do married people and families struggle with? Why do those people seek therapy?

3. What advice can you give people before they get married or settle down?

4. What are some things people should know before they start a family?

5. What is some advice you can give to healthcare professionals?

      • People that work in an environment that revolves around life and death? 
      • Are people struggling to find a balance in their relationships or family? 

6. Have you had any personal struggles in relationships or family? How did you overcome them?

7. You also describe yourself as a priestess: what does that mean?

8. Is yoga for everyone?

      • What’s the best way to get started?

9. What role do you see yoga and meditation playing in healthcare?

10. What are some proven scientific benefits of yoga? What holistic interventions can healthcare providers operating in the traditional medical system responsibly offer patients?

11. What type of meditation and yoga do you practice? Why?

      • What do yoga and meditation bring you?

12. What is trauma-informed yoga?

13. What Trauma-Informed care can we offer in healthcare settings to take care of the “whole person”?

14. What are the chakras?

      • How do they connect the body and mind? 

15. And how could they be referenced in modern healthcare?

16. You speak a lot about addictions, traumas, and chakras; how are they all related?

Ending Question

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why?


Learn all about marriage and family therapy by watching the full episode here 👇👇👇


00:00 Introduction
02:10 About Ashley Turner
05:20 Recurring problems that arise in married life
08:54 How to Establish Effective Communication in Difficult Situations
14:44 How To Build And Foster Trust In Relationships
20:28 How To Identify The Ideal Relationship For You
27:04 How To Clarify Core Values & Priorities
30:30 Self-Care Strategies for Resilience in Healthcare
36:11 The Pathophysiological Benefits Of Yoga And Meditation
39:17 Yoga Meditation for Total Mind-Body Wellness
45:56 Trauma-Informed Yoga: Exploring Its Benefits and How It Works
52:09 Integrating Chakra System into Modern Healthcare
1:02:58 Wrapping up the show

EP 193: The View From The Abortion Clinic With Patrice D’Amato

EP 193: The View From The Abortion Clinic With Patrice D’Amato

The View From The Abortion Clinic With Patrice D’Amato

The view from the abortion clinic paints a different story. It’s where decisions are made, often for a good cause. But can women have an abortion without being judged? That is the real question.

What is Abortion? 

Abortion is defined as a procedure to end a pregnancy. It is also known as the termination of pregnancy through medications or surgical procedures. All around the world, 73 million induced abortions take place each year.

Among 6 out of 10 or 61% of these abortions, are unintended pregnancies, while the remaining 21% ended as induced abortions. All abortions are 45% unsafe, and 97% occur in developing countries. 

Unsafe abortion is one of the leading but preventable causes of maternal morbidities and deaths. It also affects the physical and mental health and financial and social burdens of many women in many communities. 

As nurses, what can we do to help women who want to go through an abortion? Do we have the right to refuse to take care of patients who went through an abortion based on moral objection? And when will abortion be normalized in our society?

These are the questions we must answer. 

Our Guest for Today’s Episode

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Patrice D’Amato. Patrice is a nurse, educator, and author of a new book, The View from the Clinic: One Nurse’s Journey in Abortion Care.

She has practiced nursing in various settings in her 38-year nursing career, including med/Surg, critical care, nursing education, and women’s health.

After earning her Master’s degree in Adult Health, she worked as an NP in several abortion clinics and 20 years later returned to the field while writing her book about her experiences.


The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

We are looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a little background about yourself? 
  2. Working in healthcare for over 30 years, what have you seen over time? 
    • How has nursing evolved or changed?
    • Have you seen a more significant connection to the mind/body/spirit approach vs. just medical treatment?
  3. How was it working in an abortion clinic?
    • How has it changed over time?
  4. Did your perspective or opinion change on abortions while working with them?
  5. Was it hard for you to work in that setting? What made you gravitate toward it? 
  6. One of the counterarguments for legalizing abortion has been its potential intent to be used as a contraceptive. Were there any “frequent fliers”?
  7. Did you get the opportunity to find out why women are getting abortions? If so, what was the most common reason?
  8. You wrote a book titled; The View from the Clinic: One Nurse’s Journey in Abortion Care. What made you decide to write it?
    • What do you outline or focus on in the book?


Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 


Book: www.theviewfromtheclinic.com 

To watch and learn more about abortion, click here for the entire episode 👇👇👇


00:00 Introduction
01:58 About Patrice D’Amato
04:28 How has nursing evolved or changed?
06:50 How was it working in an abortion clinic?
11:03 Thoughts on abortion
11:47 What is a medical abortion
13:04 How a surgical abortion procedure looks
15:52 Perspective on abortion
18:02 Spirituality and abortion
21:20 How Patrice deals with guilt
24:16 Relief after an abortion
26:41 abortion and the patient’s mental health
29:16 Cases of abuse and unwanted pregnancy
31:21 The future of abortion
34:48 The fetus worship
40:37 Probirth v.s Pro-life
42:12 Generational traumas
46:11 Rewiring your system
48:58 Wrapping up the episode

Savvy Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy

Savvy Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy

Savvy Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy

We often hear people as tips for saving money and staying healthy only to be met with excuses.

“It costs too much to eat healthily.”

“I don’t have the time or money for regular exercise.”

“Even if I change how I eat and move, it probably won’t make that big of a difference in my life.”

These are common statements we tell ourselves when facing the prospect of changing our lifestyle. After all, fast food is the cheapest option, and working out would mean less time for your work and personal life, right? And when you’re a nurse or medical professional, free time is very precious — why complicate matters when all you want to do is recharge?

Here’s the thing: When you make a plan, you can actually save money and eat nutritious foods. You can also figure out a fitness routine that accommodates your specific schedule. And when you do, your physical, mental, and emotional health will benefit. In other words, it’s entirely practical to live healthier and happier while improving your financial standing. 

Plan your meals    

Many people perceive meal planning to be incompatible with their lifestyles because of the time it takes to strategize for the week. But the truth is it can save you significant time (and money) once you get in a rhythm.

Research nutritious foods that interest you, and list the ingredients you need to prepare them. Then, go to the grocery store and buy only the items on the list. Once you have your ingredients, use a meal planning template to prepare your foods for the week. The entire process should only take a few hours, and you’ll have healthy meals and snacks to grab from the fridge during busy workdays.

Eat greener

Some experts believe that eating less meat can improve heart health. And it’s no secret that buying less meat can help anyone save money. Fortunately, there are plant-based proteins like legumes, nuts, grains, and seeds to provide you with energy throughout the day. When you do choose meat, opt to have it once a day on a salad or chopped in a hot dish. 

Edit your living environment

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time at home. Even if you’re only there for a few hours out of the day, it’s essential that it’s a restful time. You can make simple changes to your home environment that support a healthy lifestyle.

For example, creating a cleaning routine, adding plants, and replacing your lighting can significantly reduce stress and boost energy. Also, keeping healthy foods in your fridge and using everyday items for exercise can help you stay fit and healthy.

Seek sunshine 

Exposure to sunshine comes with well-documented benefits. Look for more opportunities to do things outdoors, whether it’s going for a leisurely walk, doing a HIIT workout in the backyard, or even sitting on the patio while reading a book. The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, and you can quickly yield a plethora of physical, mental, and emotional health benefits by spending a little more time outside.

Take extra steps to live healthier

It’s hard to exercise consistently when you’re always busy. But you can still find ways to fit in a bit of exercise no matter how much you’re working. Take the stairs, go for a walk on your lunch break, or park a bit further from the building. You might be surprised by how much these practical acts can positively impact your overall health and well-being.

Stop bad habits

Sometimes, we allow bad habits to harm our health and finances. For example, smoking cigarettes is the leading culprit of lung cancer, which is the most deadly cancer in the U.S. When you consider that the average pack of cigarettes costs nearly $7, it’s easy to see how much money they can waste. Consider any harmful habits you can kick for a better, more fulfilling life.

Meanwhile, if you’re trying to cut down on sugar, one of the first places to start is by stopping or reducing your intake of sugary drinks. You might be surprised how much sugar is hiding in your morning coffee or afternoon soda. Switching to unsweetened iced tea, water, or seltzer water can help you slash your sugar intake and improve your overall health.

Another unhealthy habit that’s easy to break is mindless snacking. When we eat mindlessly, we tend to eat more than we need and make poor food choices. If you find yourself snacking out of boredom, try occupying yourself with another activity. Taking a walk, reading a book, or calling a friend are all great ways to fight off temptation and make better choices for your health.

Finally, if you’re trying to improve your sleep habits, one of the best things you can do is turn off electronics an hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt our natural sleep patterns, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. So instead of scrolling through social media before bed, try reading a book or taking a relaxing bath. You’ll sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead.

Check-in with the doc

As a nurse, you probably know that too many people cancel doctor’s visits or neglect to fill a prescription because they think it can save them money. But in reality, ignoring health concerns can cost you significantly in the long run. 

Getting the care you need can help you avoid exorbitant medical bills down the road, not to mention help you feel better in the short term. Look into your insurance options to determine how to keep up with your checkups and maintain your health.

Choose water

If you want to save money and get healthier, drink a lot of water. Soda, juice, sweet coffee drinks, and other sugary beverages are more expensive and can lead to obesity and countless other health conditions. Keep more money in your pocket and give your body what it needs by choosing water throughout the day!

In addition to saving money, you’ll also be contributing to your health. A can of soda typically contains around 39 grams of sugar, which is well over the recommended daily limit for adults. Drinking just one can of soda per day leads to weight gain, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and other serious health problems. In contrast, water is a calorie-free way to stay hydrated and promote a healthy weight. It also helps to flush toxins from the body and aids in digestion. For these reasons, choosing water over soda is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your health.

Pay attention to your mental health

Finally, remember to take your mental health seriously. Psychological issues can drastically lower your quality of life and negatively impact your finances. Some conditions make it challenging for individuals to maintain work performance, and some increase the risk of various chronic health issues. Poor mental health can also make you more susceptible to substance abuse.

Thankfully, the world is becoming more aware of the importance of mental health and happiness. If possible, get counseling, therapy, or any other treatments necessary to maintain your mental well-being. And take practical steps to improve your lifestyle each day.

No, getting fit and healthy doesn’t mean you have to drain your bank account! Following the tips on saving money and staying healthy above can quickly put you on track for an all-around more nutritious, more fulfilling life. But keep researching other ideas and strategies for boosting your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Your body, mind, and wallet will thank you!

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EP 183: How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

EP 183: How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

Optimize your body through nutrition and you will live longer and healthier. Our bodies are naturally amazing; we heal even if we experience trauma, injuries, or wounds.

We can go through some of the most grueling physical activities and can still recover within a few days. But to achieve all that, it would be best to take care of our bodies the best way we can. 

Athletes, in particular, are almost superhuman. They go through intense physical training and stress and experience brutal injuries.

But how do they stay healthy?

Are their bodies different from ours? Do they recover differently than us? 

Nurses also experience stress and physical exhaustion. We may not be athletes, but our bodies also go through all stress and trauma. Nutrition plays a big role in keeping up with our work.

It is why it is essential for us to stay fit and eat healthily.

Our Guest

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Aiden Muir. Aidan is a dietitian with a role split relatively evenly between seeing clients and creating content.

He has a broad range of areas of interest, but he mainly sees clients in sports nutrition (particularly strength athletes), weight loss, and gastrointestinal disorders.

We talk about gut health, how to build muscle, and how to optimize your body while working nights. 


The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself?
    1. How did you get involved and find a passion for sports nutrition, weight loss, and gastrointestinal disorders?
  2. As a nutritionist, what kind of diet do you follow, and is there a specific reason(s) for it?
  3. How do you develop a good relationship with food?
  4. Are there different nutritional requirements for men and women?
    1. When it comes to fat loss, is it any different?
    2. When it comes to building muscle, is it any different?
    3. How do you find your metabolic rate? Is there a way to get a rough estimate without having to o through tests?
  5. Should people be eating at night?
    1. A good portion of our audience works the night shift. Should people eat throughout the night while working? Or should the day be limited to a particular hour?
      1. Does our body absorb food differently at night, or does it have different nutritional requirements?
    2. What foods do you recommend for someone who struggles not to eat a night?
      1. What foods, in general, do you recommend, and what should people avoid eating while working nights? 
  6. Do you think intermittent fasting is a good idea for someone that works nights?
    1. What is your general perspective on Intermittent fasting?
  7. When it comes to building muscle, what are some of the critical concepts of hypertrophy and nutrition?
    1. Do you believe in body recomposition, and what is the proper approach?
      1. Specifically, as someone that trains marital arts 4-5 times a week and weightlifters 3-4 times a week, how could I maximize my nutrition to not lose weight, gain muscle and lean out?
  8. Creatine, how much do you need to get a performance boost, and how consistently do you need to take it?
    1. Do you recommend any sports supplements?
  9. Gut health is a big trending topic; we know that specific hormones are derived from the gut, what is the key to a happy, healthy gut?
  10. There is a big push for everything plant-based. What is your opinion on meat? 
    1. Some studies show meat protein’s superiority over plant-based proteins. Is there a difference? 
    2. I’ve read studies stating that meat proteins are more bioavailable, digestible, and have higher anabolic potential than plant-based proteins.


Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Follow Aidan on Instagram for more tips and tricks so you can optimize your body at @aidan_the_dietitian and for online consultations @idealnutrition__.

You can also listen to his Podcast at The Ideal Nutrition Podcast  or visit his website at https://www.idealnutrition.com.au/ for more information.

Here’s why nutrition matters, click here and watch the full episode 👇


00:00 Introduction
01:45 How did you get involved and find a passion for sports nutrition?
04:03 What types of diets have you experimented with?
04:31 How much protein can your body tolerate?
06:25 How to develop a proper relationship with food?
08:49 How do beliefs play a role in nutrition?
11:25 Difference in Marco nutrition between Males and Females
15:08 Nutrition for night shift workers
17:21 What snacks should you be consuming?
18:32 Outcomes of Intermittent fasting?
21:24 Muscle building and intermittent fasting
25:19 Muscular hypertrophy and body recomp
28:28 How to figure out your metabolic needs?
34:18 What should be on your plate for health and vitality?
37:10 Key to a healthy gut microbe
40:11 Supplement recommendations
42:04 What is creatine?
47:07 How long do results last from creatine?
48:47 Nutrition Do’s & Dont’s
52:47 Wrapping up the episode