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Jul 26, 2022

In this week’s episode of IMPACT, we had a conversation with the inspirational Dr. Elisa Song. Dr. Song is an integrative pediatrician and a pediatric functional medicine expert. She has been doing this for over two decades now and it’s safe to assume that she is a powerful force in the integrative pediatric community. Today, she is here to talk to us about how to raise our children to grow up to live healthy and meaningful lives.

 

Dr. Song discusses how she became involved with integrative pediatric care, how Swanson’s TV dinners changed the way we view food, the rising sugar epidemic, and more. Dr. Song also speaks about everything we need to know about the gut microbiome, what vitamins most kids are deficient in, and suggests vital elements to maintain immune health.

 

As we start to pick up the pieces after a long pandemic and the catastrophe it has left in its wake, we must begin to think about the psychological toll it has had on our children. And continuing to feed them foods with artificial colors and ingredients will only worsen things. Make sure to make time for cooking healthy home-cooked meals and monitor what your kids’ minds are consuming as well. 

 

Tune in, take notes, and begin taking charge of your family’s well-being!



KEY TAKEAWAYS

[4:39] Dr. Song’s introduction to integrative pediatric care

[8:09] Proper education for physicians in school regarding nutrition

[11:14] In 1953 Swanson invented the TV dinner that changed the way we view food

[13:57] Addressing the issue of rising global sugar intake

[22:46] Everything to know about the microbiome

[33:37] Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies in kids

[44:26] Key elements of immune health

[52:51] Entrepreneurs are born and made



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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“There are so many pharmaceutical, industrial, and agricultural forces that are making it so challenging to change how we eat and how we think about food.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“From the 1950s on, there was a huge rise in diabetes, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, chronic disease in adults and kids. Well what happened in 1953? That was when Swanson invented the TV dinner. That changed history.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“The #1 thing that can make a huge difference for kids and parents is if everybody knew how to read a food label. If everybody knew how to read a food label from a child-friendly, gut-microbiome-brain standpoint. Not just calories and fat.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“If we train our taste buds to go back to understanding what real food is and also understanding the huge rise in the sugar intake… Now, the average human eats about 17 teaspoons of sugar a day.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“90% of all of our neurotransmitters are made by our gut microbiome. Serotonin makes us feel happy, calm, and relaxed. Dopamine. How many of us parents have kids who can’t sit still?... Don’t just look at their behavioral issues, look at their gut.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“Even in Indigenous cultures where we’re losing a lot of native crops and wisdom, the four crops that feed most of us are corn, rice, wheat, and sugar cane. That’s the majority of plants that most people in the world are eating.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

“One of the most common deficiencies is going to be Vitamin D… A lot of us are indoors, not getting enough outdoor time so almost all kids, I do believe, need a Vitamin D supplement to maintain optimal immune resilience.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD

 

 “Many kids actually benefit from a high-quality multivitamin. In fact, a study with kids with ADD found that the use of a very high quality multi-vitamin, across the board, had major benefits for their behaviors and their tension.”

– Dr. Elisa Song, MD



Jul 19, 2022

On this week’s episode of IMPACT, we had a tremendously important conversation with Dr. Roseann Capana-Hodge. Dr. Roseann is a mental health clinician, author, and founder of the Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann, LLC. She is definitely “Changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health,” and she is here today to give us her secrets to raising healthy kids.

 

Dr. Roseann speaks about how she became involved with treating children’s mental health, how we are in a crisis state when it comes to mental health, why parents should be managing their own stress before assessing their child’s stress, and more. With the pandemic, mass shootings, and other tragedies happening all across the world, and now with those tragedies being more accessible than ever through social media, our children are bound to feel sad and frustrated.

 

Kids and parents need to have something that comforts and calms them because if they don’t, that stressor will keep on coming back and it will bring friends. Make sure to foster strong communication with your child before outsourcing because sometimes they just want someone that’ll listen without judgment. 

 

Make sure to tune in, take notes, and apply the knowledge that this very powerful woman is spilling over onto us, today. 




KEY TAKEAWAYS

[7:44] How Dr. Roseann became involved with children’s mental health

[9:57] What “crisis state” looks like in Roseann’s office

[16:22] How to get kids to open up

[28:10] Stress management as parents to provide a good role model for our children

[40:02] Mental health problems are evident across the world

 

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Website: https://drroseann.com/

IG: @drroseann

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TikTok: @drroseann

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“We are in a crisis state, even before the pandemic happened, which is why in January of 2020, I started the Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health. And here we are in 2022, and it’s pretty bad out there.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“Parents should be the CEO of their kids’ physical and mental health.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“We are in a world of Facebook and Instagram where everything has to look a certain way, there’s filters for everything and all of this other stuff. And our kids have a tremendous amount of pressure on them, even when parents don’t put pressure on their kids.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“If you’re not having regular conversations about how to deal with stressors, and we’ll get into that, you’re not going to jump into a hot situation.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“Start being a detective and look at your child and go, ‘Wow, they really have a low frustration tolerance’. I talk about a resiliency mindset; you want to be resilient.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“The best people, in terms of how they handle stress, is how they view it. So if you don’t even view things as a stressor in the same way… we know that there’s better life outcomes.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“I call this bubble wrap parenting. We are bubble wrapping our kids and we are not allowing them to tolerate uncomfortableness. And when you learn to be uncomfortable, little bits of uncomfortableness is how your kids self-regulate.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“That stress management, that calming the brain, is something you have to do everyday. It doesn’t have to be a massage everyday, but it has to be 10 minutes of dedicated time powering your brain and body down… Gratitude practices, prayer, biofeedback, neurofeedback, yoga, there has to be quietness to it.”

–Dr. Roseann

 

“14% of people aged 10-18 have a mental health problem. That’s across the globe.”

–Dr. Roseann

Jul 12, 2022

On this week’s episode of IMPACT, we did not have a guest but we still had an impactful and meaningful conversation. Raising our children to be responsible, successful, and meaningful is something that needs to have the utmost attention as parents. What I wanted to talk about are the 7 core categories that will help kids grow to be healthy and resilient beings.

 

As parents, we may think that having our children grow up with the same customs and traditions that we had is acceptable because we did it and we turned out fine but did we really? About 1/3 of adults in North America take antidepressants. We need to examine ourselves before we embed our cultural misconceptions and habits onto them because they live in a whole new time, a whole new world than we did. 

 

Tune in to find out more!  



KEY TAKEAWAYS

[7:40] Food

[10:30] Mental health and resilience

[12:54] Failure

[15:09] Physical health

[16:29] Getting kids to love learning

[17:57] Conversations about money

[20:27] Finding their purpose

 

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“I am not concerned with what you are feeding my kids at a sleepover because when I do have control and I do get to have ownership, which is 90% of the meals that they eat, I’m really conscious about how and what I feed my kids.”

–Meghan Walker

 

“I used to say to my patients that I’m not concerned with what you do once a year, I’m more concerned about what you do every single day.”

–Meghan Walker

 

“So many of us (apologies to my parents) who raised their kids in the 80s, fall into, ‘Oh, we did it when we were kids and we are fine’… And the truth is, we’re not really fine. Over 1/3 of adults in North America are taking antidepressants.”

–Meghan Walker

 

“I want my kids to understand how they are feeling emotionally, how they are feeling physically, and the role that food can have in that place.”

–Meghan Walker

 

“Resilience is one of our goals. And we, my husband and I, as two adults who had divorced parents, we talk about resilience all the time. How do we make our kids more resilient in the absence of getting divorced?”

–Meghan Walker

 

 “I want my kids to know how to fail and be rejected with grace. I want them to feel that feeling and also know that they come out of the other side. I do not want to be so protective as a parent that I prevent them from having access to that feeling and to that situation until they are adults.”

“Not teaching your kids how to love the complete capacity of their body and how to move it; that to me is punishment.”

–Meghan Walker

 

  “I want to be responsible for cultivating that positive relationship with money because I want them to value it enough that they do the same for their children. That it isn’t something to be feared, it isn’t something that is evil, that it is something that it is, that it is a tool for creation.”

–Meghan Walker

Jul 5, 2022

On this week’s episode of IMPACT, we had an enlightening conversation with resilience master, Jess Sherman. Jess is a Family Health Educator, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Author, and host of the Feeding Families Podcast. In this show, we talk about what got her into the art of resilience for kids and how we can better our situation when it comes to overcoming anxiety and other mental health issues.

 

There are many issues that we are facing as a modern civilization when it comes to fortifying our minds but Jess makes it evident that what we feed ourselves and our children will have the biggest effect. Sugar consumption levels as well as screen time is causing kids to be more anxious and suicidal. Cutting back on these things as well as consuming more nutritious whole food can have significant outcomes when it comes to our mental stability.

 

As if our minds weren’t fragile enough, the pandemic hit and things got much worse. Jess even says that the effects of the pandemic can affect us for decades to come. That is why it’s very important to find ways to cope with our emotions when adversity hits so that we don’t keep repeating the same dysfunctional patterns that do not serve us. For those who are intrigued by this conversation with Jess, make sure to tune in to her podcast, Feeding Families, and also pick up her book, Raising Resilience, available on Amazon!



KEY TAKEAWAYS

[4:54] How Jess became passionate about raising resilient kids

[10:52] What is derailing the kids’ resilience

[15:45] We have been programmed to think that life is just stressful

[18:33] Sugar and screens are causing more stress for kids

[22:56] What’s going on with kids is worldwide

[24:00] Effects of the pandemic on kids and society overall

 

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Website: https://www.jesssherman.com/

IG: jess.sherman_raisingresilience

Book on Amazon: Raising Resilience

Podcast: Feeding Families

Free Seminar: Biology of Behaviour

Blog post: Does my child have anxiety?

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“I have always been interested in resilience which is our capacity to grow in the face of stress, in the face of life… just grow into our best sense of self.”

-Jess Sherman

 

“Our capacity to manage stress is totally run by nutrients. When you look at the HPA axis, when you look at hormones and neurotransmitters, all of those chemicals that make us feel the way we feel, those are all driven by nutrition, so there’s work to do there.”

-Jess Sherman

 

“Another thing we’ve normalized is, life is just stressful. Life is just stressful so take a yoga class, breathe your way through it, and what I’m telling people is yes that is true but we have this huge toolbox of nutrition to actually improve our stress tolerance that is often left untapped.”

-Jess Sherman

 

 “What’s going on with kids is worldwide. Anxiety is way up, depression is way up, suicide attempts are way up, emerge visits for suicide attempts… just anxiety itself, we’ve gone up from about 20% to 30-40%-ish.”

-Jess Sherman

 

“I think as a species, we went into this pandemic not so resilient. Things were already not great with our health. We were not very healthy… then this thing hit and everything got worse, emotionally and physically. And I think we’re going to see the fallout from this for decades.”

-Jess Sherman

 

“Patterns are your nervous system keeping you status quo. It takes a massive amount of energy to shift out of a pattern. It is much easier to just stay in the pattern even if it’s a self-destructive pattern.”

-Jess Sherman



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