Hi Guys! Can’t believe we’ve just wrapped up our third month! We’ve talked to 14 different guests so far from all walks of life and we hope you’ve been following along. Each and every story is a unique perspective not only on the specific invisible conditions discussed, but on life itself and how chronic illness plays a role. Whatever you or your loved one is going through, you’re not alone and we are here to help.
So! Let’s look at March – we had so many great guests and incredible conversations. We talked with Sonora Chase about acoustic neuromas and Al-Anon; Karen Felice on Reiki as a healing modality; Paige Fockler on her podcast and depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder; and Dr. Kent Holtorf on medical “quackery” and his health journey with chronic Lyme disease.
The importance of self-care was a recurring theme this month, and in a world where “busy-ness” is often rewarded, invisible conditions can go long unnoticed and unacknowledged. Our overarching lesson is to be mindful of what you need, and not let those needs come second to anything. We hope that our guests this month help you discover some new ways to evaluate your day-to-day.
Sonora Chase is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She has now survived not just one, but TWO acoustic neuromas – benign, fast-growing brain tumors that have affected her hearing, balance, spatial awareness, and facial nerves. In this episode, she shares her brave story – which involves a battle with health insurance companies, the steep learning curve of discovering her rights as a patient, and one big happy ending: getting the doctors she wanted and having both tumors removed.
Karen Felice is a renowned Reiki Master Teacher (RMT) in the Usui and Karuna traditions. She’s no stranger to the demands of a busy work-life, with a background as a TV news producer and editor. Having made a career shift in 2011 with her training school and Reiki practice, Reconnect to Wellness, she now keeps a space in West Hollywood, CA, and is a published author. Her first book, Compassion Speaks, offers a modern approach to self-care through messages of compassion for self and for others.
Paige Fockler is a performer and podcaster who lives with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. She is the host of Greetings From Depression, a podcast in which she interviews individuals who live with mental illness, and aims to create an environment in which discussions about mental health are acceptable, productive, and completely de-stigmatized.
Episode 15: Medical “Quackery” and Evidence-Based Therapies for Chronic Illness with Dr. Kent Holtorf
Kent Holtorf, M.D. is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group, and a founder and director of the non-profit National Academy of Hypothyroidism (NAH). He has trained numerous physicians across the country in the use of bioidentical hormones, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction, and innovative treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic infectious diseases, including Lyme and its co-infections. Lyme, in particular, has been the focus of the Holtorf Medical Group and has been a passion of Dr. Holtorf’s – not least because he, himself, lives with chronic Lyme.