Lane Kennedy reveals to us the power women have within their bodies if they listen. Her passion to empower, transform and support other women is what drives our conversation. Lane speaks so her story can be heard. She shares so that other women know they are not alone. And Lane cares because she believes that you have the power to change this world.
Lane Kennedy has over 20 years of experience mastering and acquiring knowledge that is required to live in today’s overstressed tech’d world. She has a wealth of intelligence and passion for helping others find bio, individualized wellness. She has become an advocate for anyone struggling or stressed looking for revolutionary solutions. Lane works with clients on real alternatives to conventional medicine, including deep mindfulness meditation practice. She is also a Bulletproof coach.
I was so excited to have Lane come on to talk about her experience with hemp oil and how she uses it in her everyday life. When we think outside the box and remain open to trying new things, it could be a life changer for you + your body.
I know hemp oil can seem to be a scary source to tap into, but the benefits it provides for you can be incredible. After all, our body has cannabinoid receptors for a reason! Enjoy Lane's FREE download to learn how hemp oil can help you!
If there is something a doctor says to you and it doesn’t feel right… dig deeper and take it into your own hands. Don't settle for what the doctor tell you; listen to your body, listen to your intuition, listen to yourself, and start learning even more.
There are so many things that we have the power to control + change when it comes to our bodies through supplements, hemp oil, meditation and mindfulness.
WE CHALLENGE YOU...
Lane and I have a few challenges for you:
The great thing about meditation is that it can be done anywhere. Lane describes that even taking a few minutes to walk outside and look at the bark of a tree to let your mind wander.
When you let your mind rest, you get into a deeper state where you can start to transform.
Lane encourages women to get in touch with themselves because that is when the healing begins. Don’t stop looking and keep seeking an answer. Because when you find it, it’s so good.
LANE'S PLANT MEDICINE MUST-HAVES
Helps boost energy and endurance. Increases fertility, particularly in men. Improve mood and reduce blood pressure. Reduces menopause symptoms. Improves learning + memory.
"Most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity. It is also used as a so-called 'adaptogen' to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. Rhodiola extracts might help protect cells from damage, regulate heartbeat, and have the potential for improving learning and memory."
"People use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire. Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure and alter the immune system."
Natural pain relief to help fight cancer, cope with anxiety, treat type 1 diabetes, reduce acne and help people in the early stages of Alzheimer's to help keep the ability to recognize the faces of people that they know.
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Erica: Lane Kennedy has over 20 years of experience mastering and acquiring knowledge that is required to live in today’s overstressed tech’d world. She has a wealth of intelligence and passion for helping others find bio, individualized wellness. She has become an advocate for anyone struggling or stressed looking for revolutionary solutions. Lane works with clients on real alternatives to conventional medicine, including deep mindfulness meditation practice. She is also a Bulletproof coach. Welcome Lane, I’m excited to have you on.
Lane: So good to be with you, Erica, thank you for having me on your show. I love connecting with other women who are out there making a difference. It is good to be here with you.
Erica: Thank you, yes, we have some great topics to talk about. I want to have you start with when you got sick back in the early 2000’s. You went to a doctor and they didn’t steer you in the right direction and it sounds like that was a big turning point for you in your life when you decided to take your health into your own hands.
Lane: 20 years ago, people were not talking about being gluten-free, people were not talking about the microbiome, people were not talking about sweating. It was not the same conversation that we are having today.
I got really sick, my hair started falling out and my bones were getting achy when I was in my 20’s! The doctors were saying that they couldn’t help me and that is not something you want to hear. You trust the doctors and you go there for help and they had nothing to offer me. They told me that I had autoimmune disorder syndrome and at that point, I was like, “What does that even mean?”
This experience started me on this journey of doing deep research on the immune system and alternative means of getting healthy. I started working with what we call today a functional practitioner, but back then he was a hippie herbalist working out of his house making potions. I trusted him because he helped two of my dear friends and they looked + transformed into new people. He sent me on this path of total body wellness and I transformed in probably two months.
It was a lot of fruit, herbs, olive oil and water. It was very transformational. From then, I’ve been on this waxing and waning of physical health. With physical health, you have mental health and spiritual health. It is all interwoven.
Erica: It is amazing how you caught onto something at a fairly young age so that you didn’t have to go down the path of pharmaceuticals. Autoimmune diagnoses are on the rise. The last stat I saw said that 60 to 70 percent of people in the next 10 to 20 years and going to have autoimmune disorders of some sort. It seems like it affects women a little bit more than men. But there really is so much more you can do; don’t settle for a diagnosis, because it’s just a symptom of something deeper that is going on.
So, after you went through all of that, later in your life you were trying to conceive a baby and I know that you have been vocal about your struggle with infertility. I would love for you to share parts of your story that you are comfortable with as you ended up having a baby.
Lane: Yes, I call Adrian my miracle baby. He wasn’t planned because doctors always told me that it was never going to happen for me. But I started going deeper into my body. I was in my own hustle of starting an online business of consulting and coaching women about their businesses. And then I started getting sick again.
My system started breaking down, so what did I do? What do I know? In my heart, I knew I had to get back to plants. I found another functional medicine doctor and she said that I needed to change my dose. By that time, I had been on bioidentical hormones for the past 20 years. So, we adjusted my hormones and added a little more fat into my diet.
Because of small tweaks to my body, low and behold my son came.
I only say this was me getting in touch with me. I feel like we, as women, are super powerful and we know everything that needs to happen within our bodies if we listen. And so, I listened. I sat and got into meditation. I started listening. I wanted to get better.
When I look at my story, it is about me getting better to share my wellness with other women. Because I am so passionate about women. We have the power to transform this world.
The Handmaid's Tale freaks me out because it really talks about the infertility of women. If I look at our society, we have a huge fertility issue right now. So, I look at the tools that I share with my friends and family. Fixing your diet is the number one thing that I help my clients do. Meditation is the next and then plant medicine is the third. I teach them this because I know that’s what helped me.
Erica: Can we talk briefly about this whole idea that doctors put into women’s heads about, “You can’t get pregnant, it is going to be so hard,” because I was told that.
I totally forgot about it until you brought it up, but I was 14 when I doctor told me that. I started having ovarian cysts at such a young age and they were blaming it on my hormones. But they started putting this crazy thought into my head at such a young age and you believe it and think that is the way it is going to go.
I know you have some good insight into the mind + body connection. How can we not take what someone tells us, especially a doctor, and dig deeper? Because we tend to look up to doctors, but we need to take our health into our own hands and listen to our body.
Lane: You are such a rarity if you got pregnant after that happening at 14 because at 14 the neuropeptides that are in your brain are already starting to link and fire together. Kudos to you for having the ability to step into your inner wisdom and say no, that’s not going to be my truth.
I feel like a lot of women listen to the doctors, listen to their partners and listen to their parents and get this messaging. But we have to create our own messaging, we have to be stronger than the body.
Because what happens is that my brain then releases signals from my brain to my body telling it to stop production. This disrupts the system, so then the body gets used to them and it looks for it. So, what I coach my clients to do is to change their way of thinking.
I think that is where meditation is so powerful. Because when we change that brain patterning, we can change that message to the body. The body is what can rule our lives, our bodies rule us. We are instinctually driven. The amygdala is there to survive, so we have to play to that higher thinking and get into a different brain wave to assist us in changing or disrupting that kind of instinctual.
Erica: Do you have a suggestion that you teach women for when they catch themselves in that thought process. It is about bringing more awareness to the body, that is the first piece. We have to be aware of our thoughts and then we need to observe how we act on them or how our body is responding.
Lane: Yes, recognizing is the first piece. Recognizing that, “oh, there’s that thought again,” and then creating some kind of mantra. I’m bigger than my body. I’m bigger than my disease. It’s stopping the body.
Erica: That is going to be everyone’s challenge listening today. I want everyone to create your mantra. Whether you are having health issues, infertility issues or not. There is always something.
So, when it comes to infertility + nutrition, what are your top suggestions for women to change with their health.
Lane: Three things: the mind, the diet and plant medicine. They are not separate pillars, they are interwoven together. When I talk about plant medicine, I talk about adaptogens and depending on women + her situation.
Easy things to start incorporating is maca, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha and hemp oil. Those are my musts.
Erica: Now you mentioned hemp oil, I want you to tell us all about it. How has it helped you?
Lane: About 18 months ago if we got on the phone, this would not be the same conversation. I found myself, again, in this dip. My son transferred to a new school, we just moved into a new house after building it for three years. I was hitting this very debilitating rock bottom place again. I also got into, what I call, the dental chair accident. I herniated two disks in my neck and another in my low back from the stress of being in the dental chair.
I went to physical therapy three times a week for nine months. After those nine months, insurance says that there is something wrong and the physical therapist said that they couldn’t do anything else.
I also went to a physio doctor and they specialize in the spine. She said that she thought it was time that I start going down the pain management path. That is not the path I wanted to go down as I have been sober for 21 years. I did not want to be putting Vicodin in my body, I don’t recommend it to anybody.
So, I was in pain every day. With pain comes no sleep. With no sleep comes disruption of the brain. And my body started falling apart. I wasn’t being a good mom. I’m surprised I didn’t get divorced. It was not a good time in my life.
A girlfriend and I were putting on a wellness event and she came over one day just as happy as could be, so in my state, naturally, I was irritated with her. And she said to me, “I have this for you, Lane. It’s hemp oil.”
At that point, I had never heard of hemp or CBD oil because nobody was talking about it. I was conscious of getting high so I was like I’m not doing that, but she left some for me anyway and I took it topically on my body. I had an immediate result, I could actually move my neck.
I call my girlfriend to tell her my results and she said, “think if you were to put it into your body, what would happen?”
So, I went onto PubMed and I started doing research because I’m a biohacker and that’s what we do. I got way deep down the rabbit hole looking at scientific studies and research. How Raphael Mechoulam discovered the cannabinoid system and that the body has a cannabinoid receptor system. When that cannabinoid receptor system breaks, all other systems start to break.
My hypothesis is that if this endocannabinoid system is in malfunction or not being nourished, then all other systems start to break down. Hence, immune conditions. Just like you mentioned, women are developing chronic conditions.
If you go back in our history, they used to pull marijuana from their gardens. They grew it for livestock and rope. So, when it was in the livestock, it was in our bodies because we were eating it. It was a part of our body. It was a part of our society.
But you can see on a graph, illness go up.
Erica: Because what happened, what did we do? We flipped natural stuff for pharmaceuticals. Our food is not as nutritious now as it used to be because our soil is depleted.
I feel like we should mention that when you take hemp oil, it doesn’t have the part of the plant that makes you high. I think that is what some people are really scared about. I also don’t think that it is for everyone, all the time. I think that if this was to prevent someone from going down the pharmaceutical path, then this is a game changer.
How do you use hemp oil now?
Lane: I now take it internally, under my tongue. I don’t topically use it, and I use it every day. When I first started, I was taking 8-12 pumps a day and now I take 3-4. I truly believe I see the change. I can see somebody change in front of me when they put the oil into their body.
I do believe that every woman needs this oil. If we look at the brain and we look at just the endocannabinoid system, we will see a ton of receptors in our brain.
Our receptors respond to our stress, anxiety or shortness of temper. So, when we nourish the cannabinoid receptors with hemp, we don’t have that response because the endocannabinoid system is in homeostasis.
I also give it to my son as he used to have chronic ear infections and he hasn’t had an ear infection for 2 years.
Erica: That is amazing. Do you have a resource for everybody? One that tells you which kind to use and how much you should be using.
Lane: I made an eBook for your listeners! There is a bunch of information all laid out for you.
Erica: Thank you so much! This conversation keeps coming back to taking your health into your own hands and listening to your intuition. Doctors are great, but some are much more open than others. If there is something that a doctor says to you and it doesn’t feel right to you… you have to dig deeper and take it into your own hands. Or you could always find another doctor.
I loved your website, can I read the first part of your website? When it popped up I was like, “I already love this lady.”
She says, “A science-based biohacker seeker of upgrading my DNA and yours (my friends say I’m a little woo… but don’t let that be a distraction.”
I love it, but when we think outside the box and be open to trying new things, it could be a life-changer for people. Is there anything else in your box of tools that you would recommend women to consider?
Lane: Meditation. That is my go-to tool. It is so transformational when done. You can start with five minutes and work yourself up. My typical practice is about 45 minutes and it is like medicine. You can start off with five minutes of your medicine.
I love going out and looking at the bark of a tree and letting my mind wander. When you let your mind rest, you get into a deeper state where you can start to transform. If you aren’t doing meditation, I invite you and challenge you to do it with the mantra.
Erica: Meditation is something that I have talked about before on the podcast as it has been something that I struggle with. It creates more chaos for me to fit in, but what I find works for me is to go for a walk in nature. You get the exercise, fresh air and you can just be.
Even today, it’s raining and sometimes it is nice to sit and watch the rainfall while getting out of your head and finding what is truly in your body and what works for you.
I feel like meditation comes up a lot because it is so powerful. It is about finding what type of meditation works for you. Do you do different types of meditation now?
Lane: I do all types of different meditation. You can go on to YouTube and find all sorts of various meditations.
Erica: I am just like you in the fact that I love going down those rabbit holes to learn more and find new topics of conversation. For you, what is the newest thing that you are learning about?
Lane: I keep going deeper into this cannabinoid research. I feel like this is our life’s greatest movement because this plant could change the planet due to how nourishing it is.
It is a remedial plant, which means it takes out toxins from the dirt. You mentioned earlier about the food sources and growing our food in the gross dirt that is changing the air quality.
For me, the next big thing that I am doing more research on is the brain states, cannabinoids and how I can get to the next level so other women can get to the next level too. How we can keep transforming by using this plant in what other applications.
Erica: That sounds amazing because the mind is so powerful. To think there is this natural remedy that has been out there forever and we can use it to transform our lives. Do you feel like it is one of those supplements that you front-load to get things rolling and then you can back down on dosage?
Lane: I feel like everyone is different because every endocannabinoid system is different. But what I can tell you is that my body is doing far better at 3-4 pumps than at 12.
Erica: Have you found research out there that talks about it improving the gut function due to the brain-gut connection?
Lane: There is a bunch of research out there. It is just knowing what to look for when you are digging.
Erica: I will have to add that to my list and dive into it one of these days. Do you ever feel like you have all of these things you want to learn and never have enough time to learn it all?
Lane: I was just having that conversation with myself, yes!
Erica: Because there is so much power even if you only have a little time here and there. The sooner you can start prevention, the better. There are so many things that we have the power to control + change when it comes to our bodies through supplements, hemp oil, meditation and mindfulness.
Do you have any other tidbits to add for our listeners about the mindfulness aspects that you teach?
Lane: Girlfriends and community are really an important part of the mindfulness path. Getting involved with other people who are on a similar type of process. Being in a community helps you not feel like you are the only one and is a great support system when you are lost and looking for an answer.
And it is so easy, I’m sure you have a community of Facebook, jump on in there and say I am here and I want to be a part of this. I find that a lot of women are shy and don’t want to put themselves out there too much. But we are in a time where our world depends on women coming together and making a statement.
Erica: It is hard. This journey we are all on can morph and we can get off the path, but we can always come back on. Sometimes along with that journey, it means bringing new people into your life to learn from, encourage and to motivate us. Do you have anything else that you would like to share or add from our conversation?
Lane: I encourage women to get in touch with themselves because that is when the healing begins. Don’t stop looking and keep seeking an answer. Because when you find it, it’s so good.
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