Are You Sick of Technology? Staying Well in a Digital World

Are you sick of tech, maybe even sick from technology? Could you be?

My guest is Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste, Digital Wellbeing and Ethics Evangelist (just flipped 50 in September)

Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste is a behavioral scientist, best-selling author of Digital Self Mastery series and executive producer of the Evolving Digital Self podcast. She combines 25 yrs experience in social strategy consulting with her scholarly research in the human relationship with technology and her personal passion for wellbeing.

She connects organizations with innovative digital wellbeing strategies to match their employees’ & customers’ evolving needs and innovators with insight into human and organization behavior that impact their solutions’ ability to succeed.

A scholar, practitioner, connector and global citizen, Heidi lives by the motto:

Knowledge is Power, Sharing is Powerful.

As a flipping 50 year old, she has managed to battle debilitating depression caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) while living in Sweden, continues to fight the battle with Lyme and Hashimoto Hypothyroid and (yes) hormonal roller coaster of peri-menopause.

Questions we covered about interacting with technology and staying well with it:

  • Is technology working for or against us?
  • We’re all in front of screens and tech all day – what are some things we can do to protect ourselves from technology?
  • What about wearable fitness technology? (It’s the number one fitness trend of 2019)
  • Is there a good side/bad side to wearing it?
  • Should we be wearing it overnight?
  • How do we identify problems caused by technology we may not even attribute to it?
  • How can we learn to thrive with autoimmune disease using tech?

technologyQuestions Heidi posed about your personal tech relationship:

  • What have you built for yourself?
  • What kind of a relationship have you created?


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Is Detox Really Necessary? Why would you consider detox? and if so, how to detox naturally. These three keys are the focus on this episode.

Ever wondered how to detox… or why you should.. and if it’s just a trend, or fad? Your doctor, after all has probably never suggested it. Is it just a quick way to lose 5 lbs before the weekend? Or after hormones have had their way with you?

We answer these questions during this episode with a woman who had a front row seat to why detox is necessary and who also knows and teaches how to detox naturally. For her, it’s not a quick fix for the weekend. She’s been doing it for herself – and her familiy – for seven years.

You’ll hear how to detox naturally on this episode. Even if there are no signs of mold in your house, you’ll want to hear how your exposure in the past (before we knew better) and incidental exposure now may matter to you.

If you’re exercising, and eating “right,” and yet not reaping the rewards, it may not be hormones alone but something else acting on them. Toxins may be getting in the way of your weight loss, and your energy levels.

My guest Bridgit Danner has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and certified Functional Diagnostic practitioner since 2015.

Her interest in natural health grew from an interest in protecting the environment. Even as a child, she was donating her allowance to Greenpeace and writing cosmetic companies to ask about their practices!

While busy running an integrative wellness center in Portland, Oregon, she developed an environmental illness due to toxic mold in her home. Already experienced in hormone management and nutrition, she became acutely aware of the powerful impact of the environment on her health.

She and her family lost their house and everything in it to toxic mold, and they moved 1,000 miles to the Arizona desert to heal.

Bridgit now educates about toxins and detox through her online community, and coaches women on her functional natural approach to detox.

On this episode I play devil’s advocate with Bridgit!

So if you’ve ever had doubts about detox being necessary or trendy and a fad that will fade… then this is for you!

Bridgit shares her story of mold toxicity so you can understand the severity and longevity that it can have.

Questions we cover in this episode:

  • Doesn’t the body naturally detox every day?
  • Everyone and her sister seems to have a detox. It seems like a giant fad, what’s the difference between “good detox” and “bad fad” detox?
  • What are signs you need detox? Aren’t these signs for a LOT of things?
  • How do toxins interfere with weight loss?
  • What are obesogens? How are you exposed?
  • I asked Bridgit, How often do youdetox?

Learn more about how to detox naturally and get Bridgit’s guide at:

Bridgit Danner Detox guide

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protein shakeSome of the ingredients in your protein shake could be keeping you fat or zapping you of energy. Toxins you want to avoid are lurking in some of the most popular protein powders.

I know because I made this mistake myself. Twenty years ago when I first started using protein smoothies for quicker recovery from runs as I trained, then coached marathon training, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Today, we all have access to so much more information, that’s not the problem. The overwhelm of choices and the personal trainers and clubs selling shakes make it hard to choose unless you can read a label well. It’s not just about grams of protein, sugar, and carbs. That’s the easy part.

Before you read on, it’s only fair I tell you I carry protein shakes. I swore up and down for 30 years I’d never sell supplements. I’ve shared why I do before.

I’ve hosted webinars, created videos, and blogged at length on this topic. Good marketing does not a good product make. Below is an updated list of ingredients to avoid and why. I get asked frequently from 28 Day Kickstart students and private clients about specific brands of protein. If you’ve got a label at home, go get it to have as you watch the video and or read the list below. Add your questions to the comments.

Protein shakes are a convenient addition of protein to make the minimum quota of 20-30 grams per 3 meals a day via a delicious smoothie that feels like a treat is helpful for stopping the loss of muscle and increasing fat burning.

Ingredients to Avoid:

GMOs (genetically modified)–There’s no mandatory safety assessments, there is more toxic pesticide use, and there’s no long term studies to show that they’re safe.

Artificial colors – I hope it goes without saying that you don’t want artificial anything in your body, particularly dies or colors. A protein shake you’re taking to improve health shouldn’t have artificial colors added.

Natural Flavors – This one seems harmless. Unfortunately, this is a veil companies can use to disguise “not so natural” items under. Put this one on a “clues” list and in combination with too many words you don’t recognize or other ingredients listed here, consider it a red flag.

Carrageenan gum – of the ”gums” added to foods to thicken this one is the one to watch for and minimize.

Antibiotics – if you’re using an animal product whether it’s whey, beef, or eggs you care about what the animal used to make it was fed. If it was fed antibiotics you’re being fed antibiotics.

Hormones– If hormones were used to fatten the animals used in protein shake products you’re using, you’re getting them too.

Not “Certified Organic” – often means it contain GMOs and pesticides. Look for a statement on your protein shake that tells you it contains neither of those or is certified.

Heavy metals – Third party heavy metal testing is becoming a standard among quality brands. If it’s not listed on your protein shake label, check the website or make a quick call and ask. (EAS Myoplex and Muscle Milk – commonly found in your gym’s refrigerator – had the highest of all levels of all brands in a test of popular protein shakes).

Soy – 90% of all soy is GMO and contaminated with Roundup herbicide. Hybridized protein in soy is hard to digest and produces an allergenic reaction (weight gain or weight loss resistance). It contains phytic acid that leaches calcium and other nutrients from your body.

Fermented soy products are often recommended and safe, even providing healthy benefits. Yet, even in Okinawa where you would expect to find the best options in the world, a private client eating soy who removed it from her diet, reduced her hot flashes and night sweats such that she began sleeping and losing weight again. Test yourself, no matter what. 

Maltodextrin – Made from geneticially modified corn, this is a sweetener to avoid. (Check those “healthy” 100 calorie snacks you pick up at the store or nuts at the airport.)

Acesulmfame potassium or Acesulfame K – These are artificial sweeteners that might be cancer causing. The evidence is inconclusive but they are suspect.

Whey protein isolate – (concentrate is better) means more processing and acidifying in your body. Better proteins are made at lower temperatures and non-denatured so have more of the immune-boosting properties in them. Be sure if you have tested yourself for tolerance of whey (dairy).

The best time for whey is before and after exercise when it’s easy absorption is to your advance. At other times of day that can sabotage by spiking blood sugar.* You may be happy to learn there is a goat’s whey that my clients have found works as a good substitute when other protein options don’t match their specific sensitivity needs.

For more information read the Food Babe blog. Read the thread of comments below her post for info on Shakeology related to heart palpitations. There are multiple comments worth reading.

To think all of this began with hormone testing. I had a chat with my GI doctor yesterday (and no, I didn’t know I wanted one of those). Before I launch into what he thought about my recent elevated liver enzymes, I want to share his response when I asked his thoughts on a liver/gall bladder cleanse. He is after all a Western doctor. Liver and gall bladder cleanses are definitely on the more functional side of things. He wasn’t for or against. Here’s why. He said he’s wholly willing to embrace something outside of Western medicine but there hasn’t been enough conclusive science about it for him to have a strong opinion.

His point is this. Studies could have had too few subjects, or no organized studies may have been done to show anything. Some natural methods could in fact work but not have ever been tested and published with any science to support. It leaves things wide open for trust and experience. He did say nothing harmful can happen from it. So in the end, like a lot of tests or info gathering you and I must do: I have to make my own decision.

Like my friend Chris Wark’s opted to do everything that he could naturally instead of chemo (whether you want to prevent cancer, or you’d opt to do traditional therapies or not), I’d choose to do everything in my power no matter what I else I chose. I do believe the body can heal itself. I also believe that sometimes science is necessary to help.

So I’m back to the prospect of coffee enemas and a protocol of apple cider vinegar, Epsom salt water, and olive oil and grapefruit juice. During a light physical training weekend, that’s the plan. You don’t want to go through that during heavy stress or chaotic days.

My doc’s plan? A new blood test checking for an arm-long list of things that go a little deeper than a usual blood tests or even those hormone testing draws and then we either have something targeted to treat or eliminate them and then we just leave it as a normal abnormal and recheck in 6-12 months.

Hormone Testing to Toxin Removal

What’s been a wake up call for me and I hope for you too, is that our environment is full of toxins. They get lodged and stored in our bodies. None of my habits point to the usual reasons for non-alcoholic fatty liver – one reason for abnormally high liver enzymes. In fact, they all point away from anything that would cause it. Thus, even without external signs and symptoms, the aggressive steps to find out what it might be and eliminate anything serious.

That said, its time to dial up self care and detox. Hormone testing does one thing for sure. When you start looking, you can’t bury your head in the sand. It is all connected. I’ve loved that since I began self-ordered tests in 2014 for the research on You Still Got It, Girl! I’m temporarily at least doing filtered water until I get test results back from my tap water. Ridding yourself of old fillings, reducing exposure to large fish with mercury, eating whole foods and avoiding processed, and upgrading makeup and personal products are other things you should consider if you haven’t. I’m also spending time doing saunas. The elevation of core temperature from “full spectrum” infrared saunas has positive health benefits.

personal sauna for hormone testing and detox What is “full spectrum” Infrared? 

Infrared wavelengths are the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum consisting of near (NIR), mid (MIR) and far (FIR) rays. These rays have the ability to penetrate human tissue. This characteristic makes infrared beneficial because it heats the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where the majority of toxins reside.

Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared’s gentle heat is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Toxin Removal 

Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (like arsenic and mercury in my case that are “high normal”) accumulate in the body during modern daily life. Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat ridding the body of toxins. Hormone testing can reveal your need to reduce these literal stressors that overwhelm your system.

Increase Cell Health & Boost Immunity

Several studies have shown that near infrared properties can help improve cell health, enhance muscle recovery and boost immune defenses. A NASA study concluded that NIR LED technology can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Another study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared helps promote cell health and regeneration. Lastly, a study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half.

An Anti-Aging Bonus?

IR improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in a better complexion. I for one, have been least excited about pimples and wrinkles in the same decade when it comes to skin. That two-for-one I don’t recall signing up for. Friends of mine shared a recent study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy with me that showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of NIR therapy. That’s better skin by 2018. I’m in though it probably isn’t motivation enough alone to get me to do sauna time regularly, it’s a perk! Reduced wrinkles and crow’s feet, improved overall skin tone, softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness? I’m in.

RecoverySunlighten sauna for detox hormone testing

With my additional training right now (September is a bigger volume month), recovery is of course a concern, but when isn’t it? With a full life, a busy schedule, and very active (mentally and physically) days I don’t want any of it to slow me down. Infrared can increase recovery and reduce soreness from exercise.

As you can see, infrared saunas are worth their weight in gold, and they are not terribly expensive either. After some research and personal recommendations from friends, I’ve found Sunlighten to be one of the best on the market at an unbeatable price. So if you want to create your own wellness stay-cation and detox sanctuary like us, be sure to check out Sunlighten Saunas.

While I’m renting a home, the portable option is the answer. My ideal is a larger model for a little more relaxation that isn’t quite so mobile. I know others who like not having their face inside but I want the full benefits from total immersion.

It all started with Hormone Testing

This all seems like a little road trip I didn’t plan on taking. I came close to canceling that appointment yesterday. I felt silly really. I feel fine. Great in fact. Full of energy, no signs and symptoms, and no bad habits or issues that would seem to be indicators of the test levels. In fact, I double-checked that he had the referring Dr.’s reasons and lab tests prior because I was imagining this moment where he’d say, “Why are you here?” and I’d say, “I don’t know! Nothing seems wrong and I have 5 other things I’d rather be doing!” 

Now to make time to stop and get the blood tests. More on results next week! Meanwhile, loving some of the therapies I’m making regular habits because of this!

Could a tea habit prevent cancer? Maria Uspenski is the founder of The Tea Spot, where her mission is to advance healthier living through the everyday enjoyment of whole leaf tea. Her message is simple and powerful – tea in its freshest form is sustainable, and renders exceptional flavor and unmatched health benefits. Maria was recognized as the “Top Tea Health Advocate” at the 2017 World Tea Expo.

For more information about The Tea Spot and Maria’s book Cancer Hates Tea visit:

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Toxins could be robbing you of energy and causing your fatigue. How do you stop this stress and detox? What mistakes are we making when we detox? Dr Brad Gorski shares his experience and the facts on how to know if you need to detox, and how to do it correctly. 

For more information:

Could Essential Oils Be A Key That Unlocks Your Weight Loss? Dr Mariza Snyder fills me in!

Through functional medicine, whole foods and self-care practices Dr Mariza Snyder was able to heal her own adrenal dysregulation, fatigue and chronic migraines related to hormone imbalance.

Dr. Mariza Snyder is a passionate wellness practitioner and public speaker with over 8 years of experience focusing on women’s hormone and menopause health.  Dr. Mariza leads a community of women who educate about nutrition, detox programs, self-care rituals and essential oils. She graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West in 2008. She has a background in biochemistry and certifications in nutrition and aromatherapy.

Get her brand new book now! The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils plus bonuses! Right Now!

Every winter as the color from summer fades from my skin I notice a few more wrinkles. Never, do I notice it more though than right now. Pasty from a few more hours indoors that out, I wonder about my outdoor exercise passions.

I’m a summer girl. Always have been always will be. Hours outdoors in heat humidity, or now at altitude in the mountains strong sunshine can be tough on an active girl’s skin. Spending alternate hours in front of technology isn’t better! I invited my friend Dr Trevor Cates, known as The Spa Dr., to do a guest post because living in Park City, Utah, she gets some harsh effects of elements too! 

There’s one more reason why this is so important to me and to my clients. As if aging, wrinkles, and the elements weren’t enough, toxins you’re putting on your body can prevent weight loss or fat loss. For years, few of us were aware of the damage we were doing with the chemicals in our make up and body care items. After decades of putting things into your body via your largest organ, it makes sense that cleaning up this one act will reduce toxin stress on your body.

Read Trevor’s post and be sure if the cortisol connection to skin gets your attention.. you stop in at next week’s Flipping 50 webinar about fat loss for peri and post menopause… because it is DIRECTLY related to that too. 

By Dr. Trevor Cates

There has never been a drug or diet that research shows does all of the following:

  1. Supports healthy glowing skin
  2. Improves body composition
  3. Elevates energy
  4. Relieves stress
  5. Improves sleep
  6. Boosts mood and memory
  7. Enhances sex drive
  8. Strengthens bones
  9. Decreases risk for type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis heart disease, certain types of cancers, and arthritis
  10. Increases longevity

But research shows exercise does all of this and more!

All of these benefits from regular exercise become even more important in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond. This helps us look and feel our best, and ultimately help us age gracefully.

When it comes to our skin, exercise increases blood flow, which, in turn, helps nourish our skin cells from within. Good circulation floods our cells with nutrients while removing free radicals and toxins. The end result: a healthy glow.

In addition, moderate exercise on a regular basis keeps our adrenal hormone cortisol balanced. When it comes to skin, this is particularly important because elevated cortisol can worsen chronic skin conditions such as acne and eczema as well as increase the breakdown of collagen (which speeds wrinkles and sagging skin).

The “side benefits” of exercise such as improved sleep also add to the skin’s glow. Getting a good night’s rest gives our skin a chance to restore and revitalize overnight.

Choose exercises that fit your current state of health and fit within your daily routine. When you can, get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Protect your skin from sun damage by covering up, avoiding peak sun hours and wearing a zinc oxide based sunblock.

When you exercise regularly, you invest in your health, which shows on your face… Enjoy the glow!

Right now you can still get Trevor’s new book Clean Skin from Within free with just ($7.95) shipping and handling. It’s full of recipes for both inside out skin care and fun, economical masks and lotions you can make in the kitchen to boost your own glow naturally.

It’s a beautiful book I love! (and makes a great gift!) Get it now!


P.S. Did you listen to the Flipping 50 podcast with The Spa Dr? You’ll get some great tips!

Want to know what’s triggering your skin problems? Dr. Trevor Holly Cates, The Spa Doctor, who btw, has a face for TV thanks to walking her talk, joins me today. Her new book Clean Skin from Within is for anyone who wants to whip up recipes at home or who wants to indulge in her skin care line void of toxins and full of natural organic ingredients. Wrinkles and pimples right now? Answers within! Be sure to grab your free copy of her book below!

Get your free book AND better skin now!

wellnessu-podcastReleasing Stress

Every little exposure to toxic chemicals increases the stress your body has to deal with. If you have a special condition, you’re more sensitive and you may not see any harm in some of the habits you have. Over time however, we know exposure to a perfect storm of genetics, environmental chemicals, and a depleted immune system (are you stressed?) can result in cancer or other diseases. We all carry cancer cells. We don’t all have to get cancer.

You Store Toxins

Toxins you’re exposed to build up in your body. They’re stored in fat. Beyond draining you of energy, they can also be a factor if you’re resistant to weight loss no matter what you’re doing. They can interfere with proper hormone function. Unlike a quick cup of coffee that might give you an instant pick-me-up this shift may not be an immediate energy boost but it go a long way toward helping your overall energy and wellness by decreasing risk of disease.

  1. Change your toothpaste. Use fluoride-free.
  2. Use essential oils instead of perfume. Perfume or fragrance added to any product you’re using is another potential allergen. You don’t have to itch or sneeze for it to accumulate in your body.
  3. Swap your facial cleaners, body and shampoo. You want paraben-free and, phthalate-free products.
  4. Switch your body lotion. Similar to the message above, the largest organ in your body absorbs everything you put on it.
  5. Use the stove instead of the microwave. If you’re heating or reheating food in the microwave 3 or more times a day, pretend it’s broken for a week and start using your stovetop to reduce radiation.

If you want to go beyond, this step requires a little more investigation: Find out the contents of your water. Fluoride and chlorine levels may be published on your city website or you may need to test it yourself. Drinking unfiltered tap water high in either of these chemicals, showering or bathing in it, or brushing your teeth and washing your face with it is constant toxic exposure. It may seem minimal at first glance. It’s those daily small things that you do long term that accumulate toxins in your body.


Note that these are all daily things you do. For a deeper dive yet, check out Double Your Energy in 14 Days. The second edition is coming out soon and you’ll get it too.

What about you? Have you swapped your personal care products out already?


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