CBD helps patients with stress, anxiety and mood issues.

Mood & Stress Support

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Dr. Aimee ShunneyIn this interview Dr. Aimée Shunney discusses the benefits of CBD for her patients. Because she deals with patients who are seeking natural and complementary support for their health challenges, Dr. Shunney is able to see the results her patients experience in real world settings. That’s why I was looking forward to this interview. There is a great deal of interest in CBD and you can get a great overview by listening to the various experts that I have interviewed. Here is the link to those interviews.

In our previous interview with Dr. Shunney we discussed CBD and sleep support. In this interview we will consider stress and adrenal support with CBD. Stress and adrenal health are common problems for many. The challenge is to find what works for each of us as individuals. There are many nutrients that have been associated with stress, mood and anxiety support. Some of these nutrients are essential and you need to make sure that your nutritional needs are being met. There are also lifestyle choices that need to be evaluated.

To learn more about the nutrients for brain support check out the many interviews here on HealthQuestPodcast.com. Go to the TAG INDEX and check out the various keywords such as stress, anxiety, mood, brain support, adrenal etc. The more you learn about your health and your options the better choices you can make. Your health care is a process of discovery and you are in charge of setting your course. The best program is the one that works best for you. 

In many ways this is more a discussion about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how CBD affects the ECS. The ECS is a relatively new discovery and a ripe area for research. The emerging consensus of opinion is that the ECS is the master regulatory system and that cellular communication from the ECS to the other various systems in the body including the nervous, hormonal and immune systems are critical for overall health and balance. It may be that many of the nutrients that we use for stress and adrenal health may exert some of their effects on the ECS and that triggers downstream beneficial effects as well. There is a great deal of interest and research on the ECS and how to nourish this system. Dr. Shunney discusses her experience with patients dealing with stress, anxiety and adrenal fatigue.

One thing that is clear from these interviews interviews with the experts  is that CBD is very safe and is effective for many consumers. It is safe enough for self medicating for stress, anxiety and mood issues. Start with a basic dosage and see how CBD affects you. Then you can experiment and adjust as needed. Just try to understand your own issues and the products you choose to use. If you are being treated by a doctor and/or taking medications please discuss this with your health care provider prior to experimenting with CBD.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges you will have as a consumer is knowing which CBD products you can trust.  There are perhaps hundreds of CBD products for sale in the marketplace and I would not personally use most of them. It’s not because the products are bad, (though there are bad products in the marketplace) it’s because most of these companies have just popped up to take advantage of the exploding interest in CBD. I can tell you that most of these companies do not make their own product and many that do make their own products are offshoots of marijuana grow operations. Offshoot companies do not have the background or technical expertise that should be required. Good companies do many things to be responsible to their customers. The best companies want you to know what they do to create the best of class products. We discussed many of those in previous interviews and if it’s important to you to understand these distinctions you should listen to the interviews on CV Sciences Plus CBD Oil.

Our interview with Dr. Shunney serves two important purposes. First, I want to know what does this naturopathic doctor think of CBD? What is her experience with patients?  Secondly, I wanted to know why she uses Plus CBD Oil from CV Sciences? These are important questions. Because I understand the distinctions that exist in today’s nutrition marketplace, it is important that I learn which companies can be trusted so I can pass that on to my listeners. I turn to others that I know can be trusted. This is how we all move forward these days. There is a term called “distributed trust”. We all build networks that we trust. With something new like CBD we must all determine who are the responsible companies. When someone like Dr. Shunney speaks, I listen. I trust her experience and integrity. Dr. Shunney goes into some detail as to why she trusts and works with CV Sciences.

About Dr. Aimee Shunney
Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney, Naturopathic Physician, sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA, where she specializes in women’s health and family medicine. She blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics including dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bio-identical hormones. She is also available for phone consultations. You can learn more at her website DrShunney.com.


Reishi mushroom is a superior tonic for overall health.

Mark Kaylor

Herbs & Plants

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Known as “The Elixir of Immortality,” Reishi mushrooms have long been used in China and Japan. Reishi is classified as one of the “supreme herbs” in the sixteenth century compendium Materia Medica, and was believed to help promote healing and longevity.* For the emperors of China and Japan, Reishi is one of the superior medicinal herbs because of its apparent medical efficacy and the absence of unfavorable side-effects. Because of its rarity in nature, reishi was reserved primarily for Asian royalty and wealthy individuals until the late 20th century, when cultivation of red reishi mushrooms by the Japanese made the once rare fungi plant more widely available to the general populace around the world. 

In this interview, Mark Kaylor will explore the centuries old benefits of Reishi mushroom. Mark will also discuss the modern applications of Reishi. There is a great body of science regarding how mushrooms exerts their affects on human health. Those benefits are impressive especially in the field of immunology as well as showing support for the nervous and cardiovascular systems*. Reishi has also been shown to support healthy liver function and is considered a superior tonic*.

Mark makes the important point that Reishi grows under very specific conditions in the wild. The best Reishi is cultivated using the natural growing methods similar to wild grown environments. He emphasizes that Reishi from Mushroom Wisdom is grown and extract in the manner most respectful of the plants needs. Growing Reishi by other methods and in other mediums does not provide a comparable product. If you want to use traditional Reishi, that is grown and cultivated in a manner designed to maximize its nutritional value then you must pay attention to how a product is grown and manufactured. Mark explains some of these distinctions and what to look for.

Historic, Scientific and Medical Resources
Reishi has a long history and is one of the most respected medicinal mushrooms in Japanese and Chinese Traditional Medicine. The history of Reishi is a great place to gain historical perspective. I found a wonderful resource that will provide more information: You can download a copy of “Red Reishi – How an Ancient Herbal Treasure Can Benefit Your Health Today”. Published in 2003 by Wong Shu Sing and endorsed by the Japan Reishi Association. This FREE 50 page booklet is a reliable resource and easy to read.

PubMedReishi also has a significant body of recent science. Go to PubMed and use search term ‘reishi‘ and you will find over 900 studies on Reishi. PubMed is where you go when you want to consider the body of scientific research. It can be weighty for the average person, but I think the significance of a nutrient is somewhat revealed and validated by the amount of research interest there is. Products don’t have 900 studies unless there is evidence of benefit to justify the research. You don’t need to read the research if you don’t want to. For many of us it is enough to know there is plenty of research to back up the claims.

One excellent medical resource is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. MSKCC has compiled a great of information on natural product. You can review their information on Reishi using this link.

NOTE: As a supplement manufacturer, Mushroom Wisdom does not make any medical claims for its products*. Mushroom Wisdom’s claim is that they create superior mushroom extracts using traditional methods and modern science. They lead towards the future of mushroom supplements with respect for past. Remember: nutrients are not drugs and drugs are not nutrients. Mushrooms are medicinal foods that contain unique and powerful phytochemicals that nourish human health.

Many consumers don’t know much about natural mushrooms and the potential role in health. Its too bad because these beneficial mushrooms contains some of the most powerful immune supporting nutrients. The more you know, the better choice you will make and better choices will lead to better outcomes. It does matter what brand you choose. When you follow the history, when you include the science, when you discover a responsible manufacturer, then you can have great confidence when you choose a product. Then you will have a reasonable expectation of success. The reason I point my listeners to specific products and specific brands is that I have proved to myself that these recommendations can be relied on. The best products are the ones that work best for you. Start with a superior product and  use it consistently for 3 months and then judge for yourself. This is how you develop a nutritional program that works.

Interviews with Mark Kaylor
Mark and I are engaged in an ongoing exploration of the beneficial medicinal and healing mushrooms. So far we have discussed Maitake, Maitake SX, Poria and Lion’s Mane mushrooms. You can find all of Mark’s interviews here.

About Mark Kaylor
Radient_Health_ProjectMark has been exploring a diverse array of healing practices and traditions from around the world since college. From a Cherokee reservation to the Amazonian rainforest to mountains in China, Mark has explored the healing traditions around the world.These varied studies grew into a style of practice and approach to healing that focuses on truly holistic healing and incorporates a variety of approaches, styles, and modalities. Eschewing allopathic treatments for symptomatic relief, Mark has been in pursuit of radiant health, both in his own life and in his practice; viewing health and healing as a lifelong process or “path” rather than an end goal.Mark has been consulting and formulating products in the natural products industry for many years. He is currently creating a not-for- profit organization, Radiant Health Project, which is centered on sharing health and healing information from a holistic and natural perspective, focusing on maximizing health, vitality, and even longevity

Mark is co-author of “Syndrome X and SX Fraction” and the newsletter “Health from the Hive”. You can contact him via his website: www.RadiantHealthProject.com.Mushroom Wisdom


281 – The Power of Dr. Ohhira’s Fermented Probiotics – My Interview with Ross Pelton

We have discussed probiotics many times here on HealthQuestPodcast.com. We all now understand that probiotics exert an important and powerful effect on human health. We also understand that humans have been consuming fermented foods for thousands of years. The advent of refrigeration and food processing has resulted in less fermented foods in the diet giving us less beneficial bacteria. One solution to this lack of beneficial probiotic rich foods is to consume probiotic supplements. 

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280 – Are You Confused About Cannabidiol (CBD)? – My Interview with Stuart Tomc

There is a great deal of confusion regarding CBD. There are multiple facets to the discussion around CBD. There are diverse opinions on these multiple facets. There is a great deal of market hype. There are many products in the market place with many different and diverse claims. There are now non-CBD products available to consumers. There are legal and regulatory issues that are unclear as well. So how does one cut through the clutter and bring a little clarity to the subject. That is the task we take on in this interview with Stuart Tomc.

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279 – Achieving Health and Longevity – My Interview with Dr. John Rubinow

In this interview with Dr. John Rubinow, we will explore the basic concepts of health and longevity. These concepts that we discuss may seem self evident to those of us who have explored health and wellness for years. However there are more and more people who desire to embrace a healthier lifestyle. More and more we realize that we must make serious choices about how to live our lives. Dr. Rubinow makes the point that longevity without health is not desirable. It is the quality of life and our health status that are more important that the number of years we live.

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278 – Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthier Heart – My Interview with Jolie Root

In this interview with Jolie Root, we are focusing on is the importance of all the other things that you can and should do that support not only cardiovascular health but also the health of your entire system. Nutrients that are good for the brain and also good for the heart. Nutrients that are good for inflammation are good throughout the body. Exercise benefits the entire body as do most of the good things we can do for ourselves. So the topic we are discussing is what can you do to support health and cardiovascular health in particular.

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277 – Your Endocannabinoid System – My Interview with Jade Beutler

The Healing Power of the Endocannabinoid System  (ECS) – It’s surprising to many that the ECS was only formally recognized in the 1990’s. Since then there have been over 23000 studies published containing the word “cannabinoid”. This is a confusing topic for many. In this interview we are going to give you a great introduction into the ECS. The more you understand the better choices you will make. My guest is Jade Beutler. Jade is the CEO of Emerald Health Bioceuticals. Emerald Health Bioceuticals is a global leader in the research and development of plant-based phytocannabinoids that support the human ECS.

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276 – Silver Hydrosol for Immune Support – My Interview with Dr. Robert MacCuspie

There are a few natural dietary supplements that exist in a class by themselves. Sovereign Silver is very different than other competitive silver products in the marketplace. This interview is about how you can learn for yourself and see the difference between Sovereign Silver and every other product you can buy. That is a bold claim and it isn’t often that the distinctions are this clear. I think if you look closely at Sovereign Silver and listen to this interview you will begin to see the distinctions and why it makes an important difference.

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275 – Nutrition for Your Brain – Part 1 – My Interview with Neil E. Levin

In this interview, Neil E. Levin discuss the current state of science and some of the current recommendations about how to support brain health. We spend a bit of time on the nutritional recommendation for foods from some of the country best medical resources. What everybody seems to agree on, is that high quality, high nutrition foods are the foundation for better brain health. A lot of people miss that simple truth, that it starts with good food. Neil also makes the point that lifestyle factors are also very important. So managing stress, getting enough sleep, regular exercise and using your brain are important lifestyle factors that you must consider.

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274 – Endocannabinoid System Overview – My Interview with Chip Paul

This is an amazing time for research into the endocannabinoid system (ECS), it’s role in human health and how certain herbs and plants contain compounds that either have a direct on receptors in the body or play a role as a precursor to endocannabinoids, or both. 

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