#62 Efficacy and Safety of Herbal Remedies, Sneaking More Vegetables Into Your Meals, Mindfulness and Being Effective and Extreme Restaurant Food Trends

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on January 12th and 13th, 2018 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we chat about the efficacy and safety of herbal remedies with Dr. Gordon Chang, how to get more vegetables into your meals with Megan Horsley; mindfulness and being effective with Tracey Soghrati and extreme restaurant food trends with Vito Marinuzzi

We specifically discuss:

Efficacy and Safety of Herbal Remedies:

  • Do herbal remedies work?
  • The question of dosage
  • Pathways – opioid, cannibanoid, etc.
  • Toxicity of herbal remedies
  • Health Canada regulations
  • Safety of herbal remedies
  • How you make herbal remedies; active ingredients
  • How do you get an effect from herbal remedies?
  • Herbal remedies are more effective for chronic as opposed to acute conditions

Getting More Vegetables in your Meals:

  • Why is it important to eat vegetables?
  • How do we get vegetables into the diet?
  • Swapping out grains
  • Cauliflower rice and spiralized vegetables
  • Swap out wraps
  • Sauces
  • Kale chips
  • Smoothies

Mindfulness and Effectiveness:

  • Effective Action
  • All actions have a cost or consequence
  • Five Gates of Speech
  • Is it the right time to say what I want to say?
  • Window of tolerance
  • Is what you want to say factual?
  • fact vs. opinion
  • Can I say what I want to say gently?
  • Is what I’m going to say to benefit all parties involved?
  • Is it actually necessary to say what I’m going to say?
  • holding the moment of uncomfortableness

Extreme Restaurant Food Trends:

  • People are eating more vegetables in restaurants
  • Pescatarian, Vegan, Raw Foodists
  • Vegetable forward restaurants: Quetzal, Rosalinda, Planta
  • Amending restaurant menus to meet diets

For more information about show sponsor OmegaAlpha go here.

To read Megan Horsley’s article in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more Tracey Soghrati go here.

To learn more about Vito Marinuzzi go here.

To learn more about Lisa Marvin go here.

#55 The Future of Medical Cannabis, Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance, The State of Care-giving in Ontario and the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on November 24 2018 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the future of medical cannabis with Shekhar Parmar, mindfulness and distress tolerance with Tracey Soghrati, the state of care-giving in Ontario with Christa Haanstra and the health benefits of dark chocolate with Ted Snider.

We specifically discuss:

The Future of Medical Cannabis

  • How does the new legislation impact the medical cannabis market?
  • Supply to the medical and recreational markets
  • Procedure to access medical cannabis in Ontario
  • Ailments qualifying potential medical cannabis patients
  • Ailments that disqualify one from medical cannabis
  • How do you start the process of accessing medical cannabis?
  • Online consultations
  • Online resources
  • New products and delivery mechanisms

Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance

  • Tolerating the “not knowing”
  • Distress tolerance
  • Window of tolerance
  • Anxious fantasy
  • notice your feelings
  • describe what you observe about your feelings
  • letting go

The State of Care-giving in Ontario

  • Mandate of the Change Foundation
  • The Role of Caregivers in the Health System
  • What is a caregiver?
  • Caregivers don’t self-identify
  • Systemic issues in the health system precludes support for caregivers
  • Why do caregivers struggle?
  • What is the “caregiver experience”?
  • Long term caregivers
  • Intensive caregivers
  • How do caregivers feel about care-giving?
  • Where do caregivers go (and don’t go) for help?

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • dark chocolate flavanoids
  • How dark?
  • chocolate and heart health
  • cholesterol, blood pressure, circulation
  • How much chocolate should we eat?
  • chocolate and diabetes
  • chocolate and mood
  • chocolate and brain health
  • chocolate and weight loss/exercise

Links:

For more information about show sponsor Harvest Medicine go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here.

To learn more about the Change Foundation go here.

To learn more about Ted Snider go here.