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The Environment and Health

Speaker 1: From water to the air that we breathe. We all depend on the environment to sustain life, but the quality of our surroundings can significantly affect our health and well-being. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Medicine in Virginia Beach joins us now to discuss; Dr. Erica, how are you doing?

Speaker 2: I’m doing well. How are you?

Speaker 1: Sure? I’m good, thank you. So I wanna ask when we talk about the environment, what are we specifically referring to?

Speaker 2: So we wanna look at three layers to the environment. Number one, it’s your genetic environment, right? The genes that we’re built off of. It’s much like the foundation of your house, right?

And then there are all the walls of yours. Which that’s more of your internal environment. Your lifestyle, the food you put in, the health of your organs, et cetera. And then we have the roof of your house, which is gonna be more of the external environment that’s going to be more of the surfaces you touch every day, the computer, all of the things that make up our external environment and our external.

Speaker 1: Got it. Speaking of environments, we recently had the CDC mask advisement; some people are concerned and fearful about that.

Speaker 2: Yes, they are. And so that’s why I really wanted to reassure people. So if going back, genetically speaking, genetics accounts for less than 30%, which is incredible because previous to all of our genetic research, we thought it was so much more if my mother had this disease than automatically I’m gonna develop this disease.


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That sort of mindset. But we’ve learned it actually has. To play. And even though there can be defects in your genetic code, it’s really up to your lifestyle, meaning the environment you put your genes in. So that comes back to your diet. It comes back to proper health. Organ hygiene means detoxifying your organs regularly in a healthy way.

That means making sure that you’re moving your mental and emotional states. And then, of course, our external environment. So even with the masks removed, we still wanna make sure. That we keep our sanitation practices up. This whole experience with the pandemic has taught us to be very mindful of our sanitation practices.

Speaker 2: And even with sanitation. Using a lot of chemical cleaners can also negatively impact our bodies because it can be cumbersome and intense on our immune systems.

Speaker 1: Got it. Okay. So how can people take ownership? Over their environment and health, significantly when it’s impacted by other people.

Speaker 2: Yes. So that’s one of the concepts, right? So our immune system is powerful, and it’s actually made to experience exposure, right? And so the germ theory in terms of these evil germs out here and there, my innocent, precious body, really comes down to how you take care of your own health, right?

What are you eating? What are you thinking about? How are you moving your body? Are you digesting an assimilating property properly? Excuse me, Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, says all diseases begin in the gut, which is accurate. So if you’re gassing, bloating, or constipated, you do not have healthy bowel movements for two to three days.

You’re not eliminating properly. So that means some imbalances are going on with your digestive system. And then, in turn, your immune system’s gonna be inhibited as a response, which then means that when, if you are exposed to things in your external environment, your immune system is not gonna be able to have the energy that it needs to fight against whatever it is being exposed to.

Speaker 1: Wow. Okay. So these questions have prompted more questions for people with more; you have some classes to tell us.

Speaker 2: Yeah, because I’m a scientist at heart. I love laboratory diagnostics and biochemistry, so I teach classes about knowing your numbers. And so if you don’t know your numbers, you obviously can’t measure them.

You can’t create goals and don’t really know where you are. So we do have a few classes coming up. I’m really gonna teach from a fundamental level how to understand your laboratory and what your labs look like. They are still held on Zoom. So you’ll be able to do that from the comfort of your home. They’re on our website as well as the event break.

Speaker 1: All right, Dr. Erica Steele, always great to see you.

Speaker 2: Likewise, take care. Thank you.


Looking Good and Feeling Good

Speaker 1: Welcome back to Coasts Live. Our next guest says instead of setting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you should work towards creating a healthy lifestyle. I couldn’t agree more with us. Dr. Erica Castile from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach explains why. So we love it; thank you so much for returning to the show. Of course. Always. This is the time of the year. Yeah, it’s what everybody’s definitely. There’s a better way to approach that.

Speaker 2: Yeah, and I think, too, people put so much emphasis and stress on. Oh my gosh, now I, it’s a new year. I’ve gotta make changes. I’ve gotta do things. And so they do it too quickly. And then they crash and burn by February, the middle of February. The burnout. Yeah, exactly. I teach a lot of more incremental steps. Okay. In terms of creating a healthy lifestyle over a long time,

Speaker 1: they work smarter, not harder, right?

Speaker 2: Yeah, exactly. We’re doing it in the right way, gently, gradually, and consistently deliberately over a long time.

Speaker 1: Yeah. So one of the things we discussed before this segment, With losing weight, one of the main concerns is skin. Yes. So you’ve seen on some of those big shows where people lose a ton of weight very quickly, or you go gung-ho, and your skin can’t keep up with that weight loss. Correct. So you deal with saggy skin or the loss of collagen. No collagen. Exactly. You have a method, and I didn’t even think about this before: you should be proactively doing both. Correct. How you do.


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Speaker 2: Yeah. So that’s why we invested in our iNode device. Okay. Because it uses radio frequency, it builds collagen, rebuilds collagen, and helps with fat reduction. Okay. At the same time too. Yeah. It’s a simple machine. Super simple and painless. Correct. It’s painless. Exactly. It’s a little warm. That’s about it. But there’s no pain attached to it, which is really lovely. And so we do that while working with a patient on losing weight. Okay. So we have a lot; we have a metabolic health scale where we do all their assessments upfront. We have an app that tracks the food in their water. If they haven’t logged in, we actually send them. Hey, accountability right now, US accountability. Yeah.

Speaker 1: How often do you recommend, like the pro, this is as you’re losing pounds, correct?

Speaker 2: Yeah. So we do it or think of it as icing on the cake. Okay, gotcha. If somebody comes in and they’re 20, 40 pounds overweight, we really have to get them down. Yeah. First, before we start to add this in. Okay. It’s about eight to 16 weeks. And we incorporate that one to two times a week, depending on the skin’s elasticity. Okay. Depending on where they are with it. But it actually does fat reduction as well. It does it in combination. So it can also jumpstart like an added bonus.


Yeah, exactly. Your skin tightens a little bit of that fat, carbon fat. And you can see Exactly. Some before and afters. Yeah, exactly. So yeah, and these are some of my. From different parts of the country. Okay. So yeah, you can see she was good before. Yeah, they were both excellent before, but then it just adds this extra,

Speaker 1: This tightens this. Yeah, I know exactly. A lot, especially moms out there. Yes. You have what we call the sad belly button. Oh my gosh. So your belly button doesn’t get it; it droops down. Yes. But does that help with the

Speaker 2: It does. Okay. It does. We have one unique case. And of course, we have a lot, so we didn’t show it. But yeah, it was awesome. After one treatment, you could see she had twins. She has really stretched out afterward, after one treatment. And it doesn’t replace natural diet, exercise, or other things. But what it does is it really works in concert with it, which I love. Yeah.

Speaker 1: And you do; you bring it all together. , because that’s what we need more of and not this drastic approach. Yeah. So you have to be patient. I learned that the hard way after. Oh, I know. Number two, you have to be patient. Exactly. So anybody that wants to try this, let’s tell you, do have a unique, of course, we do in the new year. Help you out? Just Yes. What is that?

Speaker 2: Yeah, definitely. So we usually have ’em try, they come in for a consultation, we assess them because we also don’t want to, we wanna manage expectations.

We want to make sure that we need to put this in place first. Naturally, people come to me from all different health walks, so you know, medications, lab, we have to do lab work. We do a lot. We do a lot because it’s holistic. And then, we have the integrative medicine approach. The functional medicine approach. So we offer a lot in. Practice.


Speaker 1: Okay. If anybody has questions about it, where can they contact you?

Speaker 2: So our website, holistic Family Practice, va, I’m responsive on Facebook. Hint, hint, Go on Facebook. Yeah, exactly. So thanks. I like Luke Skywalker. Yeah. I deal with it on Facebook still no more.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Oh, that’s great. I know people are going to appreciate it. So thank you so much for the information. Make sure you reach out to her, especially on Facebook, and we’ll see you next time. Awesome. Thank you so much for being here.

Speaker 2: Thank you so much. Take care.


Healthy School Year Habits

Speaker 1: Now, back-to-school season can put a lot of stress on the entire family. And, of course, this year, that may be doubly true here to share her top five tips to be prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically for the new school year as Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice. Hey, Dr. Erica, how are you.

Speaker 2: Hi, I’m doing very well. Thank you for asking.

Speaker 1: Good. Okay, so I’m getting my kid ready for school. I’m getting ready as a professor. So what’s the first tip that you have for us?

Speaker 2: So the first tip is to get that schedule going. You really wanna maintain the program. So August is a perfect time to start that because you don’t wanna go for like a light switch on and off. You really want to ease them into those long summer days into more structured fall school schedules.

Speaker 1: Okay, good. And then the next one is about healthy boundaries. Can you explain what that is? is

Speaker 2: Yes. And many more restrictions are going on into the new year, so we really want to start teaching our kids about healthy boundaries. Our children are watching us if there are certain rules or specific regulations. And so we must have healthy boundaries if we. Hey, no television after a particular time; we need to enforce that in the home to teach them security and safety, and they feel more complete as they move into the new school year.

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Speaker 1: Yeah, okay. That’s where I fail sometimes cuz I’m like, oh yeah, I forgot. But the next one, I do because I need to give myself grace for those moments.

Speaker 2: Exactly. With everything going on in the world, I recently spoke at a school board meeting that was very heated. We also have to understand that our children are watching us.
So whatever we believe to be accurate, we really wanna make sure that we not only have grace with ourselves, but we also have grace with other people because we’re all in. The stressful environment right now. There are a lot of different things that are changing every single day, so the more that we can just relax into it, nice was, breath into it, the more grace we can have for both ourselves as well as each other is essential as we go into the school year.

Speaker 1: That one is my favorite so far. Okay. Finding a balance between everything.

Speaker 2: Yes. And so, of course, we have work, school, and family time, so that schedule is handy. So that’s where the balance comes in handy. So really, ensuring that you’re balancing all of these things.

You’re not putting too much in one bucket. I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve been an entrepreneur even when my daughter was in school, and so I always had to try to. Oh yeah, that’s right. We need to spend some quality time together. We need to work on school. So having that structure and maintaining that balance is really important.


And also, too, number one, self-care. If you don’t put your oxygen mask on first, forget it. Yeah, you won’t be able to be available for anybody else.

Speaker 1: I call my Mater Day, which is the mother-daughter day. So just had a modern day. Now this next one is about protein. I’m surprised to see.

Speaker 2: So physically, our body runs off of protein, so if we’re concerned about our immune system, we’re worried about our overall health. We really want protein, but also protein stabilizes blood glucose. So if we’re eating enough protein and our diet, which unfortunately most people don’t, our blood sugar stays stable, I don’t know if you have this issue, but if my blood sugar drops, I get a little hang. Grace goes out the window.

I’m totally frustrated with myself and the world, so I really wanted to include protein because I think many people don’t believe in terms of protein when it comes to quality nutrition.

Speaker 1: I get hungry. Okay. And now you have an immune support bundle. Tell me a little bit about that.

Speaker 2: We definitely do well with the school year. We’ve got a lot of germs running around, so we want to ensure that parents feel supported as they go into the school year and look at the preventative measures we can take. So we do have the one that includes some nutraceuticals and some homeopaths so that you can load your medicine cabinet going into the school year. And, of course, Standard sanitizer is incredible to use as well.

Speaker 1: All right, Dr. Erica Steele, you can contact her. Thank you so much for being with us today.

Speaker 2: Thank you, April. Have a fantastic day. You.

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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.

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