Bring on the subject experts!
In this week’s episode, we feature Alina Sepeda of Pivotal Acupuncture and Wellness in San Diego.
She is a subject expert in the field of health and well-being, schooled in Chinese Medicine and trained under the renowned Robert Levine in the Berkeley California area. Dr. Levine has practiced Tibetan and Chinese medicine, pulse diagnosis, and raw herb formulations for 35 years.
In this episode you will learn about the disparity and contrast between the more traditional Eastern and Western practices of healthcare. More glaring differences are brought to light regarding philosophy, education and training.
In my own experience, I found the Eastern approach to be far more holistic. It’s more mind, body, soul focused, and the dialogue and relationship formed between the patient and practitioner is deeper with a sense of a shared responsibility for the patient’s well-being on both parties.
Begin exploring new paths for your healing and healthcare, or just take your health to the next level. Join the conversation here with Aries and me. And thanks for listening!
To your happy and inspired life!
Mark Dale Mazur, RLP®
Registered Life Planner
What We Discuss:
Alina’s life growing up and how she learned to be adaptable from an early age
Alina as a practitioner: Thorough methodical, giving
Alina as a person: Spunky, enthusiastic, loving
A look at western medicine and its strength in research, surgical and clinical (drug) therapy
Functional medicine defined
How the body, mind and spirit cannot be separated
The link between Chinese medicine and functional medicine
How our bodies begin to tell a story about ourselves
Common issues many people have some form leaky gut syndrome
What causes leaky gut?
Autoimmune disease: What is it and how does it “work?”
The power of good food, sleep and stress management
Mark’s experiment with the leaky gut diet and protocol
Top lessons learned from Alina
Richard Branson’s one health thing: Working out
Moving one’s body throughout each day
Getting in touch with your body
Meditation to help listening to our bodies without resistance and judgement
The benefits of loving your body
Alina’s one thing that happened that without it, she would not be where she is today
How our struggles can lead us to the very gifts we bring the world
Routines and best practices
Alina’s top daily routines:
1. Greeting her son each morning with love, care and compassion
2. At the end of each day she says out loud the things she’s thankful for
3. Meditating before seeing her patients
How holding space for her patients to feel that space and release
Friday and Sunday morning yoga to check in with her emotional self
Why breakfast is the best meal of day
The importance of maintaining a stable blood sugar level
Alina’s go to breakfast options: Green drink, protein like sautéed eggs with veggies
What we should all eliminate from our diet: A toss-up between gluten and sugar
Wheat is the primary gluten food in the Western diet
The dynamic of molecular-mimicry with things like grains
Tamari over conventional soy sauce to eliminate food that contain “sneaky” gluten
Three words of advice to all: “Slow down now”
Universal health tip from Alina, move our bodies everyday
Favorite books on health:
1. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism by Dr. Datis Kharrazian
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What would Alina’s older self, tell her younger self. “Don’t worry. Stop stressing. You will end up where you ultimately are meant to be.”
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Robert Levine, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioner Scheduler