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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 Toxicity Testing 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.Toxicity Testing 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 theToxicity Testing healthy things in, and Toxicity Testing 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.

girlsSpeaker 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, Toxicity Testing 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?

ToxinSpeaker 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 Toxicity Testing 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 affect your health as an adult. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to explain now; I find this fascinating. First one. Yeah. Thank you for being here. How can a person who has experienced trauma cope with the triggers 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 okay. Trauma can be any kind of experience. For instance, it’s deeply personal for me as well. I am a child of two Marines, and 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 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 graphic in that, but socio-social and environmental risk factors, like I just mentioned, create those adverse experiences or affect some trauma. What it actually does is affects neural development and develop mental illness. So it affects the brain negatively, which then, in turn, causes social-emotional cognitive impairment as well. So that’s why. People with these adverse childhood experiences have difficulty socially and emotionally with relationships.

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

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

Speaker 2: Yeah, it’s about completing the past. You can’t go back and change the past. But you can get complete with the emotional and 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 lived 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 further 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 bound 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 might suffer through processing you?

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

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Speaker 1: I found this 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 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 from 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, 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 essential to take a lab vitamin D level just to ensure 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 in. And then, if you have an immune system, challenge 10,000 IUs is accepted. And we can find it in sources such as the liquid format. We can see it from the sun, as well as from food sources such as mushrooms.

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


BPA and Phalates

Dr. Erica Steele: Nowadays, it’s essential 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, takeout containers, and canned food linings. We wanna make sure that we reduce PBAs and palates because 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 palates. Also, make sure all the PVC piping is PBA and ate free, not leaving your plastic water bottles in your car and drinking after them, and ensure that you have P VC or ate free.

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Bottles and canned foods are essential to reducing your overall intake of PB eights and palates. This is because PB eights and palates can affect the body’s toxic load in the system, leading to many different diseases. 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 rising, but the causes of these chronic conditions are often misunderstood. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to assure all of 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 many people have issues where they’re always tired, down in the dumps, or depressed. They don’t know what to do about it and may have GI issues. So 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. A lot of times, people don’t necessarily understand what the immune system does; what it does is it connects self from nonself or instead separates out self from nonself so the body will attack anything that’s. Nonself, like the environment, like heavy metals. Oh yeah. Chemicals, bacteria, viruses, any of those sorts of things, and any pathogens the body may be exposed to. And then, over time, the body begins to misfire, almost like the body gets tired if you will. And that’s why people with autoimmune conditions often have so much fatigue because their immune systems are running nonstop to try. These invaders.


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

Speaker 2: Like Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis has an autoimmune component. 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.

Speaker 2: So often, people talk about understanding the microbiome, meaning the bacteria. So we went from a period where our hygiene practices could have been better. , then we went to like super clean with antibacterial everything. So they’re saying in the scientific studies that we’ve over-cleaned ourselves. So we’re not being exposed as children to all the various bacteria that help the body build a healthy immune system. The first thousand days of life are critical to the. Also, many people don’t think about perinatal care, meaning getting their bodies prepared for that before they actually get pregnant. So then they’re eating healthy, maybe they’re not. They may have balanced nutrition; perhaps 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 the body doesn’t build up its immune system to resist, let’s say, different bacteria or viruses it may be exposed to.

Speaker 1: 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 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. Again, most of your immune system is housed in your digestive system. We also look at the large intestines. We can see bacteria, viruses, candida, and yeast. Oh yeah. All different sorts of,

Speaker 1: They can all cause inflammation and, oh yeah. So many doctors I know need to look at the full-body approach. Yeah. Why is that important to do?


Speaker 2: It’s essential 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 people have an autoimmune disease, their body isn’t hyperdrive; they’re not in harmony.

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 courses on May 14th, May 19th, and May 25th. They’re all of our food for thought classes. They all relate to autoimmunity and inflammation, and we understand why people pick themselves apart. Meaning like an autoimmune condition related. To somebody, literally, their bodies are fighting themselves.

Speaker 1: From an emotional level, we look at criticism, self-worth, self-acceptance, and self-appreciation, all relating to the GI system. Wow. That is excellent 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.

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