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healthHackers® is a YouTube channel and website featuring insights from remarkable figures in health, hosted by former British TV news journalist & presenter, Gemma Evans. The audio tracks from Gemma's guest interviews are posted to Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts. To watch videos - including Gemma's trials with cutting-edge wellness products and tech devices - head to youtube.com/healthhackers. Or read articles and get discounts on health tech at healthhackers.org. THE LEGAL BIT: The ...
 
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This weeks question is from Elizabeth, “My son, who is 7 is still bursting into tears, yelling, stomping, and throwing things when he makes a mistake or doesn't get his way. It’s hard for him to self-regulate when he has reached his red zone.” In today's Q&A, I'll be talking about strategies that can help your child learn to regulate their emotions…
 
The title of this episode may have you thinking that this one’s for the parents. And yes, it is a fount of child rearing wisdom. However, it is also an excellent listen for anyone that may have grown up in a household that didn’t encourage a healthy expression of big feelings. All of this is due to the clarity that today’s guest, Nicole Beurkens, i…
 
My guest this week is Sarah Frisch, an independent, agender autistic adult. Since their diagnosis in adulthood, they have earned a BA in psychology and pursued a career in autism consulting. They work with parents and other autistic people as well as organizations like Autism Support of Kent County and the Department of Defense's Autism Research Pr…
 
Today’s guest, Kimberly Johnson, is a sexological bodyworker, somatic experiencing practitioner, yoga teacher, postpartum advocate, and single mom. She joins the podcast to remind us of the immense wisdom held in our physiology. However, for many of us, who have been taught to intellectualize our feeling states; reconnecting with the body is a proc…
 
This weeks question is from Shante, “My 7-year-old son stomps, screams, yells and constantly says, ‘I hate you mom, you’re so mean.’ I tell him to use other words to express what about me is mean. Should I tell him to go to his room? How do I get him to stop doing this all the time, even when he’s slightly upset or frustrated? I also have a 3-year-…
 
My guest this week is Brendan Mahan. He is an internationally recognized ADHD and Executive Function expert, a highly engaging, sought-after speaker, and the host of the “ADHD Essentials” podcast. A former teacher, mental health counselor, and principal, Brendan helps individuals, families, schools, and businesses manage the challenges of Attention…
 
Did you know 37 BILLION diapers are thrown away each year? It’s a number that feels too big to compute. Today, we welcome Liz Turriginao, mama and co-founder of Diaperkind and Esembly, to help us parent more sustainably. Although Mother Nature seems like the obvious reason for switching to Esembly (see previous gigantic statistic), it’s not the onl…
 
My guest this week is Penny Williams. Penny helps parents of challenging kids feel less alone and break down the barriers to success and joy for their families and for themselves. Through her podcast, award-winning books, online parent training programs and conferences, parent coaching, and mom retreats, she has helped thousands of neurodiverse fam…
 
Today, we welcome Jennifer Margulis, an award-winning investigative journalist and Fulbright grantee, to the show. In this episode, Nikki and Jennifer discuss the latest research and findings on a host of issues from addiction to COVID and vaccines. Generously, they also draw on some raw and personal experiences to illustrate the deep malfunctionin…
 
This weeks question is from Heather, “Hi Dr. Nicole, my four-and-a-half-year-old son is a good kid, but we can’t get him to focus on learning. All he wants to do is run and play. When they have circle time at school, he’ll only sit for four minutes, then he’s up and looking for something else. I am trying so hard to teach him his ABC’s, and he just…
 
My guest this week is Tammi Van Hollander, a licensed clinical social worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She spent over 20 years working with children, families and individuals. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. Tammi is the author of a multi-sensory, a…
 
Today, we welcome Dr. Sophia Kogan M.D., co-founder and Chief Medical Advisor of Nutrafol, to the podcast. Nutrafol is the first clinically effective hair wellness supplement that utilizes powerful botanics — essentially, it’s hair wellness from within that legitimately works. Many cultures believed that our hair was our lifeforce. Equally, the con…
 
This weeks question is from Alexandra, “How do I guide my 9-year-old, only child, to play independently with something other than his iPad?” In this episode I will address the dreaded, “I’m bored!” complaint parents hear so often outside of screen-time. I will share creative ideas for non-device activities that your child can do independently, why …
 
My guest this week is Jenny Friedman and I discuss How to manage picky eating issues with your kids. She is a registered dietitian who specializes in pediatric extreme picky eating. Known for her playful and approachable style, Jennifer is a leading resource for parents and professionals working with children who struggle at mealtimes. She is the a…
 
Firstly, we want to give our deepest thank you to our guest,Elaina Bellis, for her vulnerability, strength, and grace in this conversation. We are honored to be able to share your story with our listeners. As you’ll come to hear, Elaina’s first son, Lincoln, was stillborn. An incredibly painful experience for any mother, Elaina walks us through her…
 
This weeks question is from Nida, “One of the things I'm struggling with right now is whether to focus on academics with my daughters this summer. Both of them are in elementary school and have some learning challenges. It has been a real struggle to help them focus and benefit from the virtual learning situations this past year. I'm feeling a lot …
 
My guest this week is Alisa Foreman. She has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. She has a strong passion for the field of psychology and supporting others on their life path through the power of therapy. She began her work at the California Counseling Center providing therapy to children, adolescents,…
 
Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist and joins us on the podcast to discuss the correlation between environmental and human health. Aly began doing her own investigations about the link between toxins and disease. Her findings on the impact of chemicals on humans, animals, and the earth both shocked and inspired her. She has since dedi…
 
This weeks question is from Audrey, “My son is six and has been diagnosed with ADHD. We struggle with managing his impulsive and disrespectful behavior sometimes at home. His pediatrician says we should use more rewards and punishments and specifically told me to use exercise as a consequence or punishment when he does inappropriate things, like ma…
 
My guest this week is Ginny Yurich, a Michigan mom of 5 who committed several years ago to having her kids spend 1000 hours a year outdoors. She is the founder of 1000 Hours Outside. She is a thought-leader in the world of nature-based play and its benefits for children. One of her top priorities is to inspire parents to invest in spending time in …
 
Today, we welcome Dr. Roy Nambudripad, a pioneer and practitioner of NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques), to the podcast. This healing modality is powerful and extends far beyond the common definition of “allergies.” In this technique, allergies are defined as factors that create sensitivity in the body -- this can of course be food, …
 
This weeks question is from Rebecca, “ My 9-year-old daughter has always been what I would describe as a worried or more anxious child. But in the past year, with COVID, it has really ramped up. She has developed fears around doing things that didn’t use to be a problem for her, including going to school. She is more clingy to me and concerned when…
 
My guest this week is Mr. Chazz. His mission in life is to enjoy the process of becoming the best version of himself and help others do the same. He helps adults see, guide, and trust children. Mr. Chazz is an Educational Specialist who, “teaches teachers to teach” in a chain of Child Development Centers. He works closely with 8 different schools, …
 
Today’s guest opened up our minds and our mats to the massive impact of textiles. Heather Parkin is the founder of Bennd, an Ayurvedic and medicinal yoga mat and textile brand. Heather introduces us to a new concept (well, new to us) called Ayurvastra. As you may have guessed, Ayurvastra is a branch of Ayurveda. Essentially, this arm of the ancient…
 
This weeks question is from Gina and Matt, “Our 7-year-old son doesn't have a diagnosed condition but has always struggled with his attention and focus, is very active, and sometimes has trouble managing his behaviors. He struggles with his behavior at school and sometimes gets angry and lashes out when he feels frustrated and overwhelmed. It could…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Austin Perlmutter, a board-certified internal medicine physician and New York Times bestselling author. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His focus is on helping others to improve decision-mak…
 
Our neighborhoods are an extension of our homes -- and yet, we can often feel that we have no ownership (or authority) when it comes to the public spaces that we and our children live and play in. Today’s guest, Kim Konte of Non-Toxic Neighborhoods, breaks down the truth about the pollutants and chemicals that are more than likely in your local are…
 
This weeks question is from Katy, “I’m wondering about your opinion on spanking a child who seems to be intentionally misbehaving and doesn't seem phased by anything else we do to stop inappropriate behavior. Spanking or a threat of spanking seems to at least get his attention and stop the behavior for a bit. I don't like doing it but I feel like f…
 
My guest this week is Greg Santucci, he is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and the Founding Director of Power Play Pediatric Therapy in New Jersey. He has been an OT for over 20 years, and currently is a Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey. Greg is certified in sensory integration and continues to …
 
Often on our podcast, we discuss the importance of healing the root causes of our personal health versus band-aid treatments that only tackle the symptoms. In today’s episode, we touch on this issue again -- but this time, from the perspective of Mother Earth. Incredibly, we were blessed to sit down with Grant Wilson, the Executive Director of the …
 
This weeks question is from Elisa, “My 14-year-old daughter doesn't like to go outside. She prefers being home and gets very uncomfortable in the spring and summer because she might sweat or because there are insects and bugs outside. She avoids any outdoor time now. I know it would be good for her to spend some time outdoors, and honestly, her anx…
 
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