Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on December 30 and 31, 2023 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss how to support your immunity with registered holistic nutritionist Kristen Scheiner, coping with stress with author Dr. Christine Gibson MD, the state of mental health in Ontario with researcher and psychologist Dr. Sylvain Roy and sound healing with local lama Alex Petroyama

We specifically discuss:

Support Your Immunity, Naturally

  • Why is it important to support our immune system?
  • What can we do to reduce colds and flu?
  • Are there foods we can eat that will support immunity?
  • Digestion/gut health: probiotics and fermented food
  • Reducing refined sugar consumption
  • Lifestyle choices: exercise, rest and stress management
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • For symptoms: Elderberry, Echinacea, Oil of Oregano,
  • Reishi, Chaga and Turkey Tail mushrooms


Coping With Stress

  • Why are the holidays so stressful?
  • Specific issues that come up at the holidays
  • Loneliness
  • Mitigating stress
  • Understanding yourself and self care
  • Holiday customs and patterns
  • Navigating people and establishing boundaries
  • What do you do if you do feel stressed?


Mental Health in Ontario

  • Askforhelptoday.ca
  • The data shows demand geographically and demographically in Ontario
  • Reallocation of resources to help with the demand for psychological care
  • Overcoming the siloing of information
  • What the data shows
  • The granular information regarding the need for services
  • The information informs advocacy


Sound Healing

  • What is sound healing?
  • Sound and energy
  • A journey to sound healing
  • Sound healing is cross-cultural
  • What can sound therapy help with?
  • What happens to us in sound therapy?


To learn more about CanPrev, and guest Kristen Schiener go here.

To learn more about Dr. Christine Gibson go here.

To learn more about Dr. Sylvain Roy go here.

To learn more about Alex Petroyama go here.