The Unchosen Fork

Sarah & Kelly

It’s not the path they choose, but it’s the one they are on. Being diagnosed with a chronic, severe, or terminal illness can be heartbreaking, confusing, and lonely. And that’s just day one. The Unchosen Fork is a podcast all about life, health and keeping sane while dealing with an illness. We - two women dealing with chronic diagnoses - discuss what we know now, what we wish we had known, what we want to discover about the realities and science about illness.Some paths choose you. Join us on the Unchosen Fork. read less
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Episodes

Sleep : A to ZZZ for Getting rest when Ill
01-09-2023
Sleep : A to ZZZ for Getting rest when Ill
Sleep is critical to a healthy life and recovery; why is it so dismissed? Why do we value or encourage shortening our sleep opportunities?Our Friend, Dr. Virginia Crabtree, joins us again to discuss why we need sleep, who needs the most, and how to get the best sleep ever.Kelly dives into her questions, and Sarah is all about her naps.Join Us on the Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker Bio:Dr. Valerie Crabtree is a full faculty Member in the Department of Psychology and Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She holds a PhD in counseling psychology, and her specialty training is in pediatric behavioral sleep medicine, with a completed post-doctoral fellowship and faculty position in the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Crabtree’s research interests include sleep disturbances, fatigue, and daytime sleepiness in children undergoing active treatment for cancer as well as in cancer survivors. Dr. Crabtree is board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine and provides clinical services to children with cancer and hematological disorders, with a focus on directed interventions to improve sleep and fatigue in this population. She also has an interest in sleep and fatigue among medical trainees and has both published and presented on this topic across audiences. Dr. Crabtree and her co-author, Dr. Lisa Meltzer, published a book in 2015 entitled, “Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions.”Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
The Open and Broken Heart: Generating Gratitude during Illness
04-08-2023
The Open and Broken Heart: Generating Gratitude during Illness
If one more person asks Sarah if she is grateful for the lessons she learned due to her illness, she may lose her mind.  Thankfully, she talked to Stacey Coach about how to foster gratitude and find a connection with a higher power.Join Kelly and Sarah as they discuss with Stacey why finding your community is so essential, how shame will prevent you from moving forward, and finding a way gratitude is possible, even when angry.Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Bio:Stacey Couch facilitates the sacred bond between humans, nature and the Divine. She is devoted to helping spiritual seekers discover their inner wisdom and enter into an intimate relationship with their soul. Well versed in spirituality and symbolism, Stacey supports your ability to see the overarching cosmic design in your life. Her approach is inter-spiritual and holds a reverence for all paths that lead to the Divine. Decades of experience with nature, shamanic, archetypal, and spiritual studies creates Stacey’s unique blend of rational and mystical perspectives. She believes that by guiding others toward truth, compassion, and service that she also serves Mother Nature. Stacey has worked in the field of spirituality for seventeen years, has been the owner of Wild Gratitude LLC for ten years, and has published a memoir titled "Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks". https://www.wildgratitude.com/Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Neutral At Worst? The Complicated Understanding of Supplements
07-07-2023
Neutral At Worst? The Complicated Understanding of Supplements
Supplements are all around. The general idea is that supplements are "good for us" or at least neutral.  Dr. Alison Mondul walks us through why that isn't necessarily the case and how come it's so hard to get good research on them. Dr. Mondul also discusses #MiCares , a new research project that will help us understand the world around us.https://micares.health/Join Us on #theunchosenforkApple: https://apple.co/3uwyKPoSpotify: https://spoti.fi/3FuqPG4About our Guest Host:Alison Mondul, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her PhD in Cancer Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, her MSPH at The Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and her BS in Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.Dr. Mondul studies the role of modifiable risk factors in the etiology of cancer. In particular, she has studied how lifestyle factors and factors related to diet and nutrition, such as micronutrients and lipids, may influence prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers, as well as other genitourinary conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, and how genetic factors may contribute to or modify these associations. More recently, she has become involved in studying head and neck cancer, which is an exciting area of inquiry as it remains an understudied cancer. Dr. Mondul is a co-investigator on the new Michigan Cancer Research and the Environment (MI-CARES) Study, which began recruitment in 2022.Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
When Silence Isn't An Option: Talking to Children about Illness
07-04-2023
When Silence Isn't An Option: Talking to Children about Illness
Whether it's them or a family member, talking to children about illness and devastating diagnosis is one of the toughest things a parent or guardian has to do. Yet, no one, like the rest of raising a child, has a manual for the best way to do that.So, of course, Sarah and Kelly tackle it head-on with Dr. Virginia Crabtree of St. Jude. They dive into what to say and when to say it, and comments to avoid for both parents and kids when dealing with a topic that we would rather never have to talk about.Bring the tissues on this one, Forkkers. Join Us on the Unchosen Fork.Guest Bio:  Dr. Virginia CrabtreeDr. Valerie Crabtree is a full faculty Member in the Department of Psychology and Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She holds a PhD in counseling psychology, and her specialty training is in pediatric behavioral sleep medicine, with a completed post-doctoral fellowship and faculty position in the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Crabtree’s research interests include sleep disturbances, fatigue, and daytime sleepiness in children undergoing active treatment for cancer as well as in cancer survivors. Dr. Crabtree is board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine and provides clinical services to children with cancer and hematological disorders, with a focus on directed interventions to improve sleep and fatigue in this population. She also has an interest in sleep and fatigue among medical trainees and has both published and presented on this topic across audiences. Dr. Crabtree and her co-author, Dr. Lisa Meltzer, published a book in 2015 entitled, “Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions.”Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Dinner with Kids : Body Image, Illness and Youth
03-03-2023
Dinner with Kids : Body Image, Illness and Youth
Weird diets. Peer pressure. Thinspo. UGH.  Kids these days have more challenges than ever when it comes to body image. Add a chronic or critical illness & it's all more difficult to navigate. So what to do?Join Sarah & Kelly in their discussion with Dr. Ginger Quick about how illness & body image intersects & steps you can take to help the youth in your life.Guest Host BioVirginia Quick, PhD, RDN, FAND is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She holds her Bachelor of Science & Doctoral degrees in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University & has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 15 years. She has prior training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child &Adolescent Primary Care Fellowship Training Program at the University of Minnesota’s Division of Epidemiology & Community Health. Additionally, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). Before coming to Rutgers University in the fall of 2015, she was an Assistant Professor at James Madison University in the Nutrition & Dietetics program where her research focus was on the etiology & prevention of disordered eating behaviors among youth & young adults, particularly those with chronic illnesses.  To date, Dr. Quick 's various published research has focused mainly on the etiology & prevention of obesity & disordered eating behaviors, community nutrition interventions, & program assessment & evaluation across the lifespan. Follow her at  linkedin.com/in/virginia-quick-a6129b11/ ResourcesNational Eating Disorder Awareness Week  - NEDAMatthew D. Nemesure, Chloe Park, Robert R. Morris, William W. Chan, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Gavin N. Rackoff, Lauren A. Fowler, C. Barr Taylor, Nicholas C. Jacobson, Evaluating change in body image concerns following a single session digital intervention, Body Image, Volume 44, 2023,  Pages 64-68,  Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
The Heart Is a Lady Part : Heart Health For Women
03-02-2023
The Heart Is a Lady Part : Heart Health For Women
The best unchosen fork is the fork that doesn't happen.  Sarah and Kelly are joined by two rockstars of the Cardiovascular world, Dr. Jennifer Mieres and Dr. Stacey Rosen on how to prevent the #1 killer of women: Heart Disease.Learn all about risks factors and prevention tips and why the Heart Is A Lady Part. So grab your best scarlet, ruby, or wine-colored outfit as the Unchosen Fork  GOES RED FOR WOMEN.Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker BioDr. Jennifer Mieres drjennifermieres.comFULL BIO HERE (yall, the character count could not contain all her amazingness.)Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, is a professor of Cardiology and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell . As Senior Vice President of Northwell Health’s, Center for Equity of Care, she has oversight of and provides strategic guidance for Northwell’s diversity and health equity initiatives and serves as the health system’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Under Dr Mieres’ leadership Northwell Health has been recognized as a top Health system for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, most notably by Diversity Inc. as a “top 10”  healthcare institution for a measurable commitment to health care justice.  Dr. Stacey E. RosenFULL BIO HERE (The character count is really a shame because you need to know all the stuff that Dr. Rosen has done.)Stacey E. Rosen, MD is the senior vice president for the Katz Institute for Women’s  Health, the Partners Council Professor of Women’s Health and Professor of Cardiology  at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Rosen  is a leading expert in the field of cardiovascular disease in women and oversees  women's health services at Northwell Health with a focus on the elimination of  healthcare disparities through comprehensive clinical programs, gender-based research,  community partnerships and education. Dr. Rosen has been a practicing cardiologist for over 30 years and co-authored the new  Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Turning Up & Burning Out: Caregiving in Crisis
06-01-2023
Turning Up & Burning Out: Caregiving in Crisis
We hit our second season with a doozy.When people are hit with a devastating diagnosis or chronic illness, caregivers rise up to take care of everything. But who is taking care of the caregivers?Sarah and Kelly are joined by author, Kate Washington,  to discuss her book, "Already Toast" about her experience with caregiving and recovering from burnout. We get into the current state of caregivers, the signs of burnout, and how caregivers can get the support they need.   Sarah goes on a rant and Kelly gets philosophical.Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker BioKate Washington is the author of Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout In America (Beacon Press, 2021) and a frequent speaker on the systemic challenges facing family caregivers. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Eater, Catapult, and many other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Stanford University and lives in Sacramento with her family.https://www.kawashington.com/ ResourcesWASHINGTON, K. A. T. E. (2022). Already toast: Caregiving and burnout in America. BEACON.Donato, K. & Wakabayashi, C. (2005). Women Caregivers are More Likely to Face Poverty.Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramTikTokDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Our Favorite Things : Gifts for those dealing with Illness
02-12-2022
Our Favorite Things : Gifts for those dealing with Illness
We have lots of opinions including on things that we love to use!  Join us as we give you our top 10 Favorite things for those that are dealing with illness or just want to live a little healthier this season.Sarah and Kelly have some great gift idea that will surely please as well a why you should never ever buy a pineapple corer.Join us on the Unchosen Fork!Resourceshttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/516453/20-traditional-gift-giving-superstitionshttps://www.claverley-court.co.uk/6-gifts-shouldnt-give-chinese-new-year/https://guidable.co/culture/5-gifts-you-should-avoid-to-give-to-your-second-half-on-the-valentines-day-in-japan/Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramTikTokDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, other content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Let's Talk About Sex ... Therapy
04-11-2022
Let's Talk About Sex ... Therapy
SEX! Sarah and Kelly really do cover everything, including the sex challenges that can arise (or not) from chronic Illness.Dr. Daniela Wittmann joins the Fork to discuss how sex therapy can help those suffering from sexual dysfunction, how medical practices can make it easier for their patients to address what they make be ashamed to admit, and what questions patients and their partners should ask.And Sarah add "repertoire" to her repertoire.Join us on the Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker BioDaniela Wittmann, PhD, MSW; Department of Urology and School of Social WorkDaniela Wittmann, PhD, LMSW, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Urology in the University of Michigan Health System. She is an AASECT-certified sex therapist and a sex therapy supervisor. She received her BA Hons. in Russian Studies and Psychology at the University of Keele, Staffs., UK, her MSW at Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston and her PhD in Social Work at Michigan State University. She is one of the leading members in the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. She has 30 years of experience in individual, couple and family psychotherapy with patients with chronic illnesses including cancer and severe mental illness. Her research interests include the use of mixed methods to study the effect of cancer on sexual health and the development, testing and dissemination of interventions that promote sexual recovery after cancer treatment. She is currently the PI of a multisite study, funded by the Movember Foundation, aimed at developing and testing an intervention to support couples’ sexual recovery after treatment for prostate cancer.Twitter @DrWittmannResourcesJones, A. C., Johnson, N. C., Wenglein, S., Elshershaby, S. T. (2019). The State of Sex Research in MFT and Family Studies Literature: A Seventeen-Year Content Analysis. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45, 275– 295. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12344AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA)Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Practicing Mindfulness
07-10-2022
Practicing Mindfulness
Can we live in the moment, every moment? What about when you live with pain? What if my mind is like a squirrel?Kelly and Sarah are joined by mindfulness expert and therapist, Elizabeth Wilder Young to discuss what mindfulness actually is, how to incorporate it into your every day, and how it can help address pain.Oh, and Sarah overshares. Again.Guest Host BioElizabeth is a licensed clinical social worker providing psychotherapy, stress reduction, and mindfulness training in a small private practice in Atlanta.  She began her own meditation journey in 2007 while in graduate school at the University of California Berkeley, after recognizing signs of burnout from working with highly traumatized clients in the child welfare system. After years of experiencing the personal benefits of meditation, she became a certified Mindfulness Mediation Teacher, completing a two-year-long training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, through their Awareness Training Institute.  She was honored to be part of the inaugural group of 300+ students from 17 different countries who gathered in California for three intensive training retreats in 2017.  Elizabeth incorporates mindfulness and self-compassion practices into her work, her parenting, and her life and is grateful to have the opportunity to talk about the benefits of mindfulness on this podcast! ResourcesWolf, C., & Serpa, J. G. (2015). A clinician's guide to teaching mindfulness. New Harbinger. Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramTikTokDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Magic Mushrooms (But not THOSE Magic Mushrooms.)
02-09-2022
Magic Mushrooms (But not THOSE Magic Mushrooms.)
Some are great in a risotto, some can make you see God, and some can kill you.Kelly delivers an in-depth look at edible mushrooms and all the scientifically supported ways they are good for you.  Sarah delivers bad jokes.Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Resources:Servan-Schreiber D. Anti Cancer a New Way of Life. Penguin Books, 2009Blaylock RL. Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients. Citadel Press Books, 2019.Williams BA. Surviving “Terminal” Cancer. Fairview Press, 2002. Turner KA. Radical Remission Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. HaperOne, 2014.Chang, S., Buswell, J. (2022). Medicinal Mushrooms: Past, Present and Future. In: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/10_2021_197Stamets P. Trametes versocolot (Turkey Tail Mushrooms) and the Treatment of Breast Cancer. Global Adv Health Med. 2012; 1(5):18. Robbins O. Foods That Fight Cancer. Well Being Journal. 2019; 28(3): 11-13.Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramTikTokDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Move Where You Are: Exercising While Ill
05-08-2022
Move Where You Are: Exercising While Ill
Exercise. We know it’s good for us. We know it can help us feel better. Why is so hard to start?  Sarah and Kelly welcome personal trainer and RA survivor Ali DiGiacomo as she provides step-by-step tips to getting started, staying started, and making workouts work for you. Hear her inspirational story about going from using a cane to now inspiring thousands every day to move their body - where ever they are.  Warning: strong opinions about burpees are given. Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Guest Host Bio:Ali DiGiacomo is a professional trainer, social media influencer, and RA survivor, Ali was diagnosed at the age of 15 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, now known as Idiopathic Arthritis. She kept her diagnosis a secret, telling no one but family and her best friend. She didn't know a single person with Rheumatoid Arthritis let alone someone with an autoimmune disease. After countless amounts of medications, surgeries, and struggling with depression and anxiety; she decided to start an Instagram account documenting her experience. Through this, she met thousands of other Spoonies who were going through the exact same thing she was experiencing. She then started bringing awareness through funny videos to show others that they're not alone in this. Follow Ali on Instagram  or Tiktok at @anotherdaywithra Resources: The Spoon Theory:  Christine Miserandino; https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/Dimitrov, S., Hulteng, E., & Hong, S. (2017). Inflammation and exercise: Inhibition of monocytic intracellular TNF production by acute exercise via β2-adrenergic activation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 61, 60–68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2016.12.017 Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramTikTokDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, dSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Grief : A New Understanding
01-07-2022
Grief : A New Understanding
How does grief work? Kelly and Sarah tackle the big topic with a big guest.  Dr. Mary Frances O'Connor joins them for a conversation about grief and her new book, The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss. Dr. O'Connor shares her thoughtful insights and research on how grief is not a single circular series of phases, preparing for inevitable hard moments in one's life, and how grief can be a community experience. Kelly discusses how The Grieving Brain arrived at the exact right moment and Sarah fangirls out. Join us on The Unchosen Fork.Guest Host Bio:Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. O’Connor earned a doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2004 and completed a fellowship at UCLA. Following a faculty appointment at UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, she returned to the University of Arizona in 2012. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Psychological Science, and featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. Having grown up in Montana, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona. For more information go to www.maryfrancesoconnor.com.Resources:O'Connor, M.-F. (2022). The Grieving Brain: New discoveries about love, loss, and learning. HarperOne. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596Follow the UnSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
Labor Pains: Working While Chronically Ill
03-06-2022
Labor Pains: Working While Chronically Ill
Sarah and Kelly welcome guest host, Rosalind Joffe, to discuss all the challenges and benefits of working while chronically ill.After being diagnosed, one of the next largest concerns is working. Can you still do your job with your condition? How much do you disclose at work?  What else should I be considering?Sarah and Kelly cover all this with Rosalind, who has coached others on these questions for over 20 years.  Come for the critical career questions. Stay for Sarah's oversharing, yet again.Join us on the Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker BioRosalind Joffe has proven successes in coaching nearly 1,000 people for almost  20 years.   Co-author of  Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!, published by Demos Health, Rosalind is recognized as a national expert on chronic illness and work. As a leading career coach who focuses on chronic illness, she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe , msnbc.com, WebMD, ABC Radio, MORE Magazine and Fast Company, just to name a few. Rosalind has published in dozens of disease organization and health journals and writes a widely acclaimed blog,  WorkingWithChronicIllness.  Rosalind serves on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) where she sits on the Governance Committee and serves as Chair of the MHQP Consumer Health Council.Rosalind holds a Masters in Education, is an International Coaching Federation accredited coach, a certified Mediator and has completed advanced training in Focusing Practice.Resources  Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!, Rosalind Joffe MEd (Author), Joan Friedlander  (Author) Demos HealthFollow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
The Secrets of the MRI
06-05-2022
The Secrets of the MRI
Kelly and Sarah welcome a very special guest to break down all the secrets of the MRI.Hear from DJ Quam, an industry expert, as he breaks down  all the things that you always wanted to know. This episode has it all.Academic Drama? Check.Informative Science? Check.Real world recommendation to make MRs better? Check.Sarah oversharing yet again? Check- Check.Join us on the Unchosen Fork.Guest Speaker BioDJ Quam is a Global Product Manager with GE Healthcare's Magnetic Resonance (MR) business. In this role, he oversees end-to-end product development of Magnetic Resonance imaging systems - including engineering research & development, marketing, manufacturing and supply chain strategy and commercial activation of new and existing products. DJ also leads a Milwaukee-area non-profit supporting LGBTQ+ individuals by providing scholarships, grants and access to resources to promote their Health, Equity and Prosperity.DJ holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He resides in the area with his husband.ResourcesEngstrom M, McKinnon G, Cozzini C, Wiesinger F. In-phase zero TE musculoskeletal imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2020;83(1):195-202.  In-phase zero TE musculoskeletal imagingM. Engstrom, G. McKinnon, C. Cozzini and F. WiesingerMagn Reson Med 2020 Vol. 83 Issue 1 Pages 195-202Accession Number: 31429994 DOI: 10.1002/mrm.27928https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31429994Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely aSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
The Big Sneak
08-04-2022
The Big Sneak
TRICKS TO GET HEALTHY FOOD IN YOUR DAILY LIFEKelly and Sarah spill their "secrets" about incorporating good, real food into their daily lives. They cover the challenges and the benefits of keeping to the basics, saving time in meal prep, and how sneaking in nutrition is easier than you think.References:Isbill J, Kandiah J, Kružliaková N. Opportunities for Health Promotion: Highlighting Herbs and Spices to Improve Immune Support and Well-being. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2020;19(5):30-4Michelle Tam, NomNomPaleo Mayo, Magic Mushroom PowderKelly Wright, hopeandnourishment.com, Sneaking in the Veggies: Great Find! Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.Support the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
The Truth About The Terrible Diet TM
25-03-2022
The Truth About The Terrible Diet TM
Sarah finally discusses The Terrible Diet tm.  Otherwise known as the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP, Sarah covers how this radical approach to food has changed the course of her health, disease, and life.  Learn how the AIP process works, what a food coach is, and why vegan is not the answer for everyone.  Stay for why Sarah had to take a "sabbatical" to save her friendships. Join us on The Unchosen Fork.ReferencesMills, E.N.C., Sancho, A.I., Rigby, N.M., Jenkins, J.A. and Mackie, A.R. (2009), Impact of food processing on the structural and allergenic properties of food allergens. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 53: 963-969. https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.200800236M.D., Wahls Terry. The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles. Illustrated, Avery, 2014. terrywahls.comM.D., Myers Amy. The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases. Reprint, HarperOne, 2017.  amymyersmd.comTam, Michelle, and Henry Fong. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Volume 1). 1st Edition, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013. nomnompaleo.comAhmed, Serge H.a,b; Guillem, Karinea,b; Vandaele, Younaa,b Sugar addiction, Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care: July 2013 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 434-439 doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328361c8b8 COSNES, J., et al. “Incidence of Autoimmune Diseases in Celiac Disease: Protective Effect of the Gluten-Free Diet.” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 6, no. 7, 2008, pp. 753–58. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2007.12.022.Follow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnoSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.
An Apple a Day? Nutrition Concepts & Illness
04-03-2022
An Apple a Day? Nutrition Concepts & Illness
We start to tackle Kelly's favorite topic: Nutrition! Join us as we discuss her main nutrition principles, including the "dirty dozen", grass-fed beef, plant-based diets, and more. References:Kelly's blog: hopeandnourishment.comBroccoli SproutsDavid Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, (2009), Anticancer: A New Way of Life,  Penguin House Russell L. Blaylock, (2019), Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, Kensington PublishingMarshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. (2019, June 10). Tart cherry shown to decrease joint pain, sore muscles in some breast cancer patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 10, 2022Ben A. Williams Ph.D. , (2002), Surviving "Terminal" Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won't Tell You About,  CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformFollow the Unchosen Fork:FacebookInstagramDisclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginningSupport the showFollow the Unchosen Fork: FacebookInstagramTikTok Disclaimer: The contents of this podcast, including text, graphics, images, and other materials created and/or disseminated by The Unchosen Fork are for informational purposes only. The Contents are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, before beginning a nutritional plan and/or taking nutritional supplements. Reliance on any information provided by this podcast, others content appearing on this podcast, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk. None of the contents of this podcast are intended to be relied upon for medical treatment or diagnosis. The Unchosen Fork, their affiliates, nor any of the host family members assumes any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Podcast.