Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on September 2 and 3, 2023 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’ll discuss the natural approach to the treatment of pain and inflammation with Dr. Kaitlyn Zorn ND, research into Long Covid symptoms of brain fog and fatigue with researcher Ashok Gupta, the dangers of ultra processed foods with researcher Dr. David Nelson ND and a new perspective into responses to trauma with Dr. Christine Gibson.

We specifically discuss:

The Natural Treatment of Pain and Inflammation

  • The concepts of pain and inflammation
  • Causes of pain and inflammation
  • How does pain and inflammation impact our overall health?
  • Acute vs chronic pain
  • What lifestyle decisions contribute to chronic pain and inflammation?
  • How do you reduce chronic inflammation?
  • How does physical activity help chronic pain and inflammation?
  • What foods can help with chronic pain and inflammation?
  • Processed foods and sugar
  • What supplements can be used to deal with pain?
  • Curcumin
  • PEA  (Palmitoylethanolamide)
  • Serratiopeptidase
  • DMSO liquid
  • Natural body massage gels: Arnica
  • Interactions with other medications and contraindications


Long Covid Brain Fog and Fatigue

  • A story about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Long Covid symptoms
  • A new study on brain retraining/neuroplasticity
  • Brain retraining programs
  • Breathing and meditation techniques
  • The results of the (small scale) study
  • No corroborating studies
  • What symptoms does the program not deal well with


The Dangers of Ultra Processed Foods

  • What are ultra processed foods?
  • The NOVA classifications
  • Why are ultra processed foods so bad for us?
  • Our gut microbiome
  • The 80/20 rule…doesn’t apply to ultra processed foods
  • Cognitive decline in the 60+ demographic for those who don’t get necessary phytonutrients
  • Why do people eat ultra processed foods?
  • Commercial and social factors that impact health


Responses to Trauma

  • Post traumatic growth
  • Polyvagal theory: the freeze response
  • Spoon theory
  • Ifformations …not  affirmations
  • The “Container” method and leaving behind the “Box of Shame”


For more information about show sponsor New Roots Herbal go here

To learn more about Dr. Kaitlyn Zorn ND go here

To learn more about Ashok Gupta go here

To learn more about Dr. David Nelson ND go here

To learn more about Dr. Christine Gibson go here