Kelly Duffy

Mental Wellness Advocate & Ph.D. in Physiological Genomics

On this episode, I’m talking with Kelly Duffy Ph.D. Kelly is a Wisconsin native who finally decided to trade in her snow shovel for sunscreen about a year ago when she moved to Arizona. She’s a wonderful mother to three energetic boys who keep life busy, fun and hilarious. 

Kelly received her Ph.D. in Physiological Genomics in 2007 and spent several years as a research professor studying rare vascular diseases in children. Specifically, she worked with physician partners to find if they could develop more effective and less invasive ways to treat the vascular malformations.

Unfortunately, about 5 years ago she became seriously ill. Kelly was eventually diagnosed with a rare disease of her own, causing her to quit her job so she could stay home and deal with the mounting health issues. For the past five years, she has struggled to do just that. Hundreds upon hundreds of doctor appointments, treatments, pills, and a battle to stay alive, until she found something that changed her life and put her on the path to finally healing her body.

Kelly is now healthier and happier than she has ever been and would not have changed this journey for anything in the world because it has led to this place, which is exactly where she was meant to be. She has no doubt that her background combined with the battle to overcome the seemingly insurmountable health issues for the past five years has been the broken road that led her to where she is today. This unforeseen path has allowed her the ability to share with us the knowledge of self-healing and an improved quality of life.

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Mental Wellness Advocate & Ph.D. in Physiological Genomics
Kelly received her Ph.D. in Physiological Genomics in 2007 and spent several years as a research professor studying rare vascular diseases in children. Specifically, she worked with physician partners to find if they could develop more effective and less invasive ways to treat the vascular malformations.
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Our science is centered around the most recent discoveries on what is called the "Gut-Brain Axis." In fact, science now tells us that we all actually have two brains. The brain we already know about in our head, and the equivalent of another, equally important brain, in our gut.

Recent studies have revealed that our gut microbiome includes more than 100 trillion bacterial cells – outnumbering human cells by 10-to-1 (more microbes in the human body than stars in the Milky Way). Those gut microbes produce more neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine than in the brain itself! These are the very compounds that shape how we feel – and mean that balance within the Gut-Brain Axis forms the very foundation of mental wellness. If you feel sad, down in the dumps, antsy, stressed out, or just plain "off" - it may not be in your head, it's probably in your gut!

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Resources & Links From Kelly

Fuck it & Let That Shit Go | Emotional Relief Meditation

The Mind-Gut Connection

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has  by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

The Mind-Gut Connection describes:

· Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health

· The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children  thrive

The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders

How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you

· and much more.

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

If you’ve ever wondered what it would it be like to free yourself from limitations, soar beyond your boundaries, and discover true inner peace and serenity, The Untethered Soul can show you the way. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.

By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

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