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February 9, 2024

Navigating War Zones and Wellness

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Vashti Kanahele

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Vashti Kanahele is an author and functional medicine practitioner passionate about exploring diverse cultures and embracing immersive experiences. Her triumph over Lyme disease and complex chronic illness fuels her determination to empower others on their healing journeys. Having lived in Baghdad, Beirut, Phnom Penh, Lagos, and Curacao, Vashti’s experiences have shaped her holistic approach to health and wellness.

In this episode, Vashti takes us deep into her experiences in Iraq during the mid-2000s and her journey through her diagnoses of Lyme, EBV, and Hashimoto’s, leading her to a career change and an embrace of functional medicine. We talked about the stress of living in a war zone, the importance of community, stress management, and mental health care, how her experiences shaped her approach to wellness and her work, and so much more. Her experiences shape a holistic approach to wellness, inspiring us all to seek the root causes of our health struggles. Enjoy the episode!

Highlights

  • Vashti’s experience adapting to life in Iraq in the mid-2000s and the highs and lows of that decision
  • Coping mechanisms in a war zone
  • The difficulties of forming relationships in a transient work environment
  • Availability and the shifting perspective on mental health care in high-stress jobs like the Foreign Service
  • Vashti’s motivation for writing Passports and Parasites and the feedback she’s received from readers
  • The impact of food, stress, and different environments on Vashti’s health over the years
  • How fertility challenges jump-started Vashti’s awareness about her health and started her on her healing journey
  • Vashti’s transition to functional medicine and becoming a health coach
  • How Vashti’s experiences have influenced her work and the support she provides to women struggling with health challenges

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