The Power of Food and Fitness for Kids with Tourette Syndrome

Tune into the Doctor’s TV Show to Hear Danielle Natoni’s Story! (Friday, November 3, 2017)

If anyone knows how food and fitness can dramatically improve the quality of life for a child who suffers from Tourette syndrome, it’s our client Danielle Natoni, a school teacher turned fitness influencer. From the start, Danielle could tell Bianca was a unique kid. She marched to the beat of her own drum. However, as her daughter grew up, Danielle started to notice symptoms of Tourette’s appear in Bianca.

Tourette syndrome is a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. When Bianca was about 7, Danielle started noticing rapid eye movements, things like blinking, which then turned into shoulder shrugs and other symptoms. Little did Danielle know that her fitness and health journey would end up helping her daughter too.

A friend of Danielle’s who happens to have Tourette syndrome, (she met through fitness) helped Danielle come to the conclusion that her daughter had Tourettes. When Danielle would mention that Bianca was experiencing more tics than usual she asked Danielle, “did she have a lot of gluten today?” Danielle started to notice a direct response to her daughter eating foods with gluten, chemicals, sugars, and how often she had an episode.

Changes in Bianca’s nutrition and fitness regime ended up being the secret to managing her Tourette’s symptoms.

Currently, Tourettes is impacting a large number of children and parent’s don’t know how to help manage Tourette symptoms with their kids. A study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 of every 360 children between the age of 6-17 in the United States has been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.

Here’s How Danielle used food and fitness to take her daughter from funky to fabulous:

  • No gluten: Gluten increased tics in Bianca. Living a gluten-free diet helped decrease her Tourette’s symptoms.  Danielle offers an array of vegetables instead.

  • Fitness: Danielle noticed that during Bianca’s volleyball matches and games that she would not tic. The more her body moved, the less she seemed to tic. This physical activity also made her body so tired that she was able to sleep more. Danielle incorporated her fitness expertise as an influencer as motivation for her daughter.

  • Limited sugars, even those that are natural: Danielle found out that a ketogenic approach to treatments stopped people from having seizures, which is a neurological issue like Tourette syndrome. Therefore, Danielle decided to experiment with limiting her sugar intake and noticed a drastic decrease in Bianca’s tics. Danielle eliminating sodas and juices from Bianca’s diet to even limiting the amount of fruit Bianca eats.

  • Chewing gum. Danielle added a quick fix into Bianca’s routine with chewing gum. Danielle gets the healthiest version at the store and has found that giving gum after school helps to calm her down after a long day and somehow calmed the tics.

  • Limit screen time: Danielle noticed a direct correlation to how long she was staring at the iPad or iPhone to how often she ticked.

Food and fitness are extremely important aspects of managing Tourette’s, as well as other disorders/syndromes such as ADHD, Autism and so on. Limiting screen time, getting adequate sleep, removing gluten, sugars, focusing on a whole food-based diet and movement helps kids dealing with all different types of issues. However, these are not talked about enough.

These days, we could all use a little more self-care: a massage, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist or whatever else. But not all of us can spare the $150-$200 it will cost to have a session (or twenty, which is what we could all use). We’ve all got some kind of pain we’re dealing with, from migraines to back and neck pain and everything in between. And no matter the expert we seek out, why should it have to cost so much for us to find relief?

Bed of Nails has become a lifestyle for many to bridge better health by using the products to alleviate pain such as migraines, back pain, and release endorphins and more. They even have a new back acupressure strap that acts like a quick trip to the acupuncturist, without the hole in your wallet!

Bed of Nails user-friendly tools brings the self-healing benefits of more expensive treatments (such as acupuncture and massage) into the homes and workplaces of people everywhere. The healing effects of Bed of Nails include relief from stress, insomnia, and pain, as well as increased energy and overall well-being.

Bed of Nails came out in 2007 on the Swedish market and due to its healing benefits quickly spread by word of mouth and has been recognized in the Swedish healthcare sector. After just 2 years on the Swedish market, it was voted “2009 – Christmas Gift of the Year” by the Swedish Retail Institute (in 2010 it was the “tablet computer”/iPad).

Britney Spears loves BON

It is already well known that acupressure stimulates energy in the body and is great for treating chronic pain because it increases your body’s production of Serotonin which is a natural painkiller. In addition, it promotes circulation and boosts relaxation.

Bed of Nails also releases Endorphins*, the body’s very own “happiness drug” which provides a sense of joy, energy and pain relief, and Oxytocin**, which makes you calm and relaxed (yes, it is possible to feel energetic and be relaxed at the same time!). Laying on a Bed of nails also activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System which takes you into an instant deep relaxation.

*Endorphins are released in response to pain and stress and help to alleviate anxiety and depression. Similar to morphine, it acts as an analgesic and sedative, diminishing our perception of pain.

**Oxytocin – This “Bliss Hormone” can help heal your body. A mediator of anti-stress, well-being, social interaction, growth and healing. Oxytocin can act as a psychological buffer. It reduces background anxiety and naturally enhances a sense of; optimism, trust, mastery, and self-esteem. Oxytocin also influences the digestive system as much as it influences the brain. It has been proven to cool gastrointestinal inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Oxytocin also reduces levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body and lowers blood pressure.

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5 Tips To Finding Inner Peace During This Holiday Season

Halloween is so yesterday! It’s time to pack up those witches and ghouls and break out the Thanksgiving decorations! Wait, what’s that? Too soon? Feeling too much pressure?

We totally get it. It seems that in this day and age, just as soon as one holiday ends, another one is upon us (read: being shoved down our throats, threatening to suck the joy out of what is otherwise a very fun holiday). No matter how you feel about the holidays, they are indeed approaching. And along with the holidays come the endless gift lists, mall lineups, and holiday traffic jams in the parking lot (that was my spot, you cotton headed nincompoop!!) 

Stay sane and tap into your inner Buddha this holiday season, with these 5 tips from Boho Beautiful:

1. Wake up an hour earlier than everyone else.

Use this hour not to be the first to benefit from some online sale, but rather, to unplug from your devices and to spend some quality time with yourself. Have some tea, read a good book, do some sun salutations, go for a nature walk. Get yourself into a peaceful state so that when the rest of the world wakes up and “life” begins, you step into the bustle completely zenned out.

2. Do this 3-part breath exercise (called “dirgha pranayama”).

This is a great breathing exercise to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. This breathing exercise can be done anywhere whether you are sitting in a  traffic jam, at a line at the mall, or just feeling the Holiday anxiety level rise. Here are the steps to master the “3-part breath”:

  • Sit or lie down comfortably. Place your hand on your belly and begin to take 3 deep breaths into the belly, feeling it rise and fall.
  • Next, move into the rib cage. Taking 3 deep breaths and feel your rib cage expand as you inhale and contact as exhale. Paying attending to that movement continue for 3 breaths.
  • Moving upwards to the chest. Place your hand on your chest or your heart. Taking 3 deep breaths, feeling the gentle pressure of your hand and your chest expand on the inhale and release on the exhale. Do that 3 more times.
  • At last, combine the 3 breaths into one 3-part breath. Starting with the belly, take a deep breath in feel the belly rise, continue to breathe and move the inhale into your ribs and then your chest. Hold….and then exhale in reversed order chest, then your ribs, then your belly.
inhale: belly, ribs, chest
exhale: chest, ribs, belly
Continue for at least 5 or more times and feel the tension and stress release with each exhale.

3. Turn your shower into a meditative experience.

Is the shower the only time you get to yourself? No problem. Turn it into a cleansing, meditative experience. Use the flow of warm water on your face as a symbol of cleansing and purification. Visualize the water washing away all your worries, fears, and stress into the drain. Watch the water wash your body and watch it continue onwards away from you as you send off any negative thoughts and feelings along with it. Play some soft relaxing music, soap your body with natural cleansing soaps and put the intention out there as you clean your body, that once water stops and all the negative “dirty” water comes off you, you leave it in the drain. You step out of that shower, feeling refreshed, peaceful, happy, and relaxed, ready to take on the day with a positive and happy mindset.

4. Create a home sanctuary.

Your home is your personal space where you should feel completely comfortable and at peace. Try to create a small sanctuary amidst all the rest of our everyday clutter (i.e. to-do lists, the person who cut your off in traffic, etc.) Your sanctuary can be a garden in your backyard that you can take a timeout in, or your bedroom that you can decorate with candles, incense, beautiful quotes and statutes that can remind you of peace and relaxation. Take a moment to sit in your “sanctuary” for at least 5 minutes. You can practice your 3-part breath, or just simply take deep breaths and relax the body and mind. Don’t check your social media or worry about if anyone needs you at that very moment. Five minutes is all you need to reset your mind, clear your head, take a deep breath to finish the day.

5. Do this 10-minute yoga practice to help with digestion after an indulgent holiday meal.


Downward Dog

Triangle Pose

Revolved Triangle Pose

Extended Puppy Pose

Bridge Pose

Half Gas Relief Pose

Namaste and happy holidays!

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A Must-See Encore Screening: Awakening From Alzheimer’s – September 21, 2017

Earlier this month, we let you know about an amazing trio of women who were changing the way Alzheimer’s affects the world. How? By ending it. Or at least, trying to. Not a bad goal, wouldn’t you say?

Doctors Mary Newport and Pamela Smith, along with a filmmaker, Peggy Sarlin, have compiled the best research in the field and put it all together in a MUST SEE movie called Awakening From Alzheimer’s. This movie is for anyone who is suffering from the disease, knows anyone who is, or who may have the gene. Imagine – if you know you’re going to get Alzheimer’s, wouldn’t you do whatever you could to stop it? And wouldn’t you do anything you could to reverse it in someone who already has it?

We thought so.

Do not miss out on this free encore presentation of Awakening From Alzheimer’s September 21 through October 2. Discover how to reduce your risk, restore your health, and reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

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If you love yoga, pilates and animals, join the Positive Movement Tour!

What do an ex Canadian Olympic gymnast (and medalist, we should add) and an ex Canadian musician (Avril Lavigne’s bassist, no big deal) and music exec have in common?

A love of each other (you probably already guessed that), yes. But also, a love of travel, a love of the world, a love of yoga, and a serious love of animals.

Together in 2014, they began to create yoga and pilates video content featuring the backgrounds of some of the epic places they were visiting. Why?

“We wanted to create video content that would contribute more positivity, love, health, and wellness into this world,” says the starry-eyed couple.

“Today we are so lucky and blessed to have Boho Beautiful inspire and impact the people who watch and participate in our videos. As a growing community for health and mindfulness, Boho Beautiful strives to bring and contribute more positivity to the world. We both continue to pour our hearts and souls into this project we created together which we built upon these ideas that we both truly believe in becoming your personal best, bringing more kindness into this world, peace, and equality for all beings, and the continued preservation of our planet so all can live happy, healthy, and free.”

Their message is spreading, and fast (568K subscribers on their YouTube channel fast). And in a world that seems to be more divided than ever these days, thank goodness for that. Juliana and Mark’s passion for animals has inspired them to combine that passion with yoga to bring you what they call the Positive Movement Tour! Their plan?

“This tour is for the community by the community. It aims to raise awareness and financial support through donation only Yoga Events for a selected local animal welfare organization in each city. Every dollar that comes in will go directly to the non-profit organization, and every person who attends will be helping support good people doing good things for the animals.”

From September 9th through to November 21st, they plan to stop in 39 cities across the USA and to do yoga at various animal shelters and sanctuaries in each of these cities.

And November 7th – they plan to be in Houston, TX at the Rescued Pets Movement. I think we can all agree that in Houston, our pets will need love now more than ever! So if you live there or know anyone who does, spread the word!

If you don’t live in Houston but are interested in attending one of these events, find your city on the tour here, and go out to support this amazing movement of two amazing people.

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The Silent Epidemic that is Spreading Across America

Did you grow up in the Northeast? How about the Midwest? If you answered yes, listen up: according to research compiled by the Boston Globe, approximately 96% of all Lyme disease cases in the USA were contracted in 14 states within those regions. Never heard of Lyme? It’s a silent terrorizer. All you’ve ever needed was the bite of one infected tick, and – if undetected – your life likely changed forever. You just didn’t know it. It could have happened when you were seven years old at summer camp, on a walk through the woods, in the grass in your own backyard. A bug bite. Business as usual for being in nature, right? Unfortunately, no. And now too many of us are paying the price.

Imagine suffering from random symptoms like stomach pain, paralysis, joint stiffness, and so many other symptoms that it has become entirely too difficult to lay them all out. This disease seems to have a mind of its own, and it seems to affect everybody differently. Good thing it all has one thing in common: DNA. 

Dr. Crozier is a nationally recognized physician and pioneer in genetics-based medicine. A survivor of Lyme disease himself, he has dedicated his practice to using integrative medicine to use genetic testing to develop a unique treatment plan for every one of his patients with this debilitating disease. Dr. Crozier then uses genetic information to recommend a combination of IV therapies, supplements, nutrition, and other natural therapies. Dr. Crozier has successfully treated a wide array of conditions and diseases, including chronic fatigue, tick-borne disease, parasitic infection, and mold (and other) toxicity. He has even been enormously successful in reducing the symptoms of autism and ADD/ADHD in children. His underlying philosophy is to “optimize the body.”

For more information about Lyme disease or about Dr. Crozier, visit 

One Woman Making a Difference with The Fight to Find Answers for Alzheimer’s

You know that feeling when you’re trying to think of the name of a person? It’s on the tip of your tongue. You’re so frustrated because you were literally just talking about them. Defeated, you move on. It’s not until hours later that you finally remember it, “Samantha! Ah – how could I forget?”

That feeling can be incredibly obnoxious. For most of us, those moments are few and far between (though a normal occurrence in the healthiest of people). But imagine if that kind of thing happened to you all the time. Imagine if – in addition to names – you started forgetting words. Concepts. Things and people you’ve known your entire life. This is Alzheimer’s. Over 5 million people in the US alone are suffering from it, and though it is associated with older age, Alzheimer’s is most certainly not a part of normal aging. It is a disease. And it can be stopped.

One woman is trying to do that. Her name is Peggy Sarlin, a singer-songwriter, as well as a freelance journalist with a special interest in health. Last year, publisher Lee Euler asked Peggy to investigate potential remedies for Alzheimer’s after watching his mother suffer from this cruel disease. Peggy effectively went on to create a series called Awakening from Alzheimer’s about this debilitating disease. It premiered on September 21st, 2016 (World Alzheimer’s Day) and was viewed by over a million people! The series outlined information Peggy collected as she traveled around the country, interviewing 14 doctors at the forefront of the Alzheimer’s revolution. She was able to offer something to sufferers of the disease, their caretakers, and those who may have the disease and don’t know it yet: hope. Change for loved ones caring for those with Alzheimer’s. A space to imagine a future without it. 

One of the viewers from last year, Brad B, wrote that after just a few days of trying a recommended remedy on his 85-year-old mother who has “severe Alzheimer’s,” “she could get up and talk…remember what I talked about…Kick off her shoes and carry on a conversation…The best thing is that she can answer the phone when I call her for the last two days…fast!”

Because of the huge demand for this information, Awakening from Alzheimer’s will be shown again online for an encore presentation, starting on September 21, 2017, World Alzheimer’s Day. All the video interviews will be made available to viewers for free.

Peggy says, “We’re living in the age of the first survivors of Alzheimer’s, and those who have returned from it describe the feeling as an ‘awakening.’ My book and video series, Awakening from Alzheimer’s, bring the details of how to create this awakening.”

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Ain’t No Workout Like an AusFit Workout!


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Once upon a time, there was a guy named Anthony. Last name Richardson. He spent 11 years in the Australian Military. The subtext of that sentence? He’s super ripped. In 2013, he created a fitness product called AUSFIT Torsion Bars based on a very specific piece of equipment Anthony used to use during his time in the military (aka getting ripped).

A torsion bar is basically a heavy steel bar that is fitted to the chassis of military vehicles. It is used as a weighted piece of equipment during training drills and military fitness exercises (sounds like boot camp on steroids, can we get an amen?). When Anthony got out of the military, he sought out a similar apparatus to use in his civilian boot camp sessions as a personal trainer. When he couldn’t find one, he did what any good entrepreneur would do:

He made his own.

After the fourth iteration of the AUSFIT Torsion Bar, Anthony finally got what he wanted: a sleek design, robust durability and versatility. Boom. These bars are now used in boot camps, personal training sessions, cycling and Pilates, and even rehabilitation centers across Australia, as well as for the Australian and New Zealand military (Woah, that was a mouth full). One of the most amazing things about these bars is how portable they are: you can literally use them to train anywhere, anytime.

AUSFIT Torsion bars even offer a monthly ‘Train Anywhere’ membership program which educates and motivates their customers by providing fresh workout ideas by some of the best trainers in the industry. Thus, making Torsion Bars suitable for any outdoor or at home fitness routine.

A Torsion Bar workout is a high intensity, full body strength workout encompassing tradition compound movements as well as slow isolating exercises using off-set grips on the Torsion Bar to increase the load on the muscle without increasing the weight of the Bar. A Torsion Bar session will have you moving through exercises you would have usually performed with a dumbbell, Kettle bell, Barbell and Medicine Ball all in one workout with 1 piece of equipment – The Torsion Bar.
You probably want one NOW! We feel you! Thankfully AUSFIT Torsion Bars are launching in the US in August and September, so mark your calendars for the newest is smart fitness!  AusFit will be doing FREE workouts around the country!  Yes FREE!  Stay tuned to see what cities they will be in!
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Here’s Your Chance to Try a DIG Cycle Class in Calabasas for FREE!

For our local Los Angeles friends and fit family, Dunn Pellier Media would love to invite you to come out to DIG Cycle next week for a free class! Every night next week DIG will have one free class at 6 pm. You must reserve your seat quickly by emailing the link below! AND…if you want to come out to the opening night this Thursday 6-8 pm DIG is offering 50% off classes! What a great summer sale.

DIG Cycle Class
Dig Cycle’s unique cycling classes are a cardio battle between you and the bike. Mesmerizing theater illumination creates an awe-mazing party vibe, and you’ll forget how hard you are working while pushing yourself to new highs. Flip off the mental switch and enter your happy place at DIG.

DIG Cycle Strength Class
Inspired by training rituals of professional athletes, unlock your physical and mental strength with body-changing, high-intensity workouts that are contagiously fun. Featuring core sculpting TRX suspension training, DIG’s small classes offer the personal attention of one-on-one training.

DIG Cycle
5727 Las Virgenes Rd.
Calabasas CA 91302

You must RSVP by July 23rd to: DPM OFFICE

MELT Performance: Launching September 15th

A simple self-care technique for weekend warriors and serious athletes.

If you’re an athlete – weekend warrior, avid or even pro – you have undoubtedly encountered a setback in your ability to engage in your chosen athletic endeavors. A torn Achilles. ACL tear or just general knee pain. Achy joints. Back pain. Neck pain. And that word: chronic. The list of injuries and aches is endless, and it seems to get worse and worse as we get older and older. What’s more is that these ailments present differently for everyone based on the unique ways in which they hold their form, hold their tension, and use their bodies throughout the day (i.e. sitting at a desk, driving a lot, running after a small human, standing up all day, etc.).

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to heal yourself from all of this chronic pain without having to turn to expensive physical therapy, chiropractic care, and doctor’s visits?

Well, turns out, there is. A few years ago, Sue Hitzmann shook up the self-care industry with THE MELT Method, a self-treatment technique that helps people get out of and stay out of chronic pain. It’s not another exercise program. It’s an exercise enhancer. The MELT Method targets the connective tissue (aka fascia, aka the cellophane-like stuff that virtually holds all of your organs, muscles and fibers together) to reactivate, rejuvenate, and re-hydrate it back into shape AT ANY AGE! This is a simple, easy, self-treatment technique that uses a specialized roller along with hand and foot balls. And bonus: the effects are immediate: you will feel better right away!

The MELT Method has recently expanded and developed MELT Performance, a program specifically designed for athletes – weekend warriors and pros alike – who want to carry out and even improve their athletic performance without being held back by injuries, aches, and pains! MELT Performance builds upon the MELT Method with two new goals: Reintegration and Repatterning. These techniques will allow you to improve control, stability, agility, power, and speed – with no downside. It eliminates unnecessary muscle compensation, saves your joints, and unleashes your body’s peak performance.

There is so much more to say, but not enough page space in which to say it. So do yourself a favor: if you’re a human – athlete or otherwise – who wants to live a long, healthy, pain-free life, check out the MELT Method at and give your spry, 80-year-old self a fighting chance!

You’re welcome.

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