Unlock Natural Wellness with Dr. Anthony Cutting

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In this episode with Dr. Anthony Cutting learn about tools for better movement, energy, sleep, and overall health.

Takeaways We Learned from Dr. Anthony…

Unlocking Natural Wellness

Dr. Cutting emphasizes the importance of functioning at the highest level possible, not just feeling good but thriving. Despite the toxicities of the world, our bodies have an innate ability to be well if provided with the right conditions. Remember, optimal health is achievable at any age!

Overcoming Setbacks

 Dr. Cutting’s personal journey, from losing the hearing in his left ear at 15 to navigating through a decade-long struggle with health issues, underscores the power of resilience. His experiences fuel his passion for helping others overcome obstacles and achieve their highest health potential.

Foundation of Healing

The Zone Technique became the cornerstone of Dr. Cutting’s practice, highlighting the importance of balancing the brain to facilitate healing and adaptation. Understanding the body’s innate ability to heal and tapping into that potential is key to overcoming health challenges.

Proactive Approach

Dr. Cutting advocates for proactive health management rather than reactive measures. Taking daily steps to maintain health, such as proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and regular exercise, can significantly impact overall well-being.

Mindful Movement

 Movement is emphasized as the key to life, combating the sedentary lifestyle prevalent in today’s digital age. Incorporating intentional movement into daily routines, even through simple activities like stretching breaks or taking the stairs, can promote vitality and longevity.

Empowering the Next Generation

Recognizing the concerning trends in today’s youth, Dr. Cutting stresses the importance of guiding children towards healthier lifestyle choices. Encouraging autonomy and fostering open discussions about goals and well-being can empower them to make positive decisions.

Mindful Eating

Beyond just what we eat, how we eat plays a crucial role in our health. Mindful eating, free from distractions, allows for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, promoting gut health and overall well-being.

Natural Immune Support

Dr. Cutting offers insights into natural immune support strategies, emphasizing the role of nutrition, rest, and targeted supplements like zinc, elderberry, and vitamin D3. Proactively supporting the immune system can reduce the frequency and severity of illnesses.

Family Connection

 Prioritizing intentional family time fosters deeper connections and promotes well-being for all members. Whether through shared meals or meaningful conversations, carving out moments to connect strengthens bonds and supports holistic health.

Authentic Leadership

Authentic connection, whether with family, employees, or customers, is the cornerstone of effective leadership. By being present, listening, and showing genuine care, leaders can inspire trust and empower others to thrive.

About Dr. Anthony Cutting

Dr. Anthony Cutting is a Chiropractor in Meridian, Idaho and the owner of Active Chiropractic Meridian. His passion is to help you find solutions to get past what is holding you back from being as active and healthy as you want to be.

Dr. Cutting was raised in Colorado and Arizona before moving to Oregon for college. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, he graduated Cumma Sum Laude at the University of Western States to become a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine.

Dr. Cutting practiced for 9 years in Eugene, Oregon before selling his practice and moving to open his current clinic in Meridian in 2022.

Dr. Cutting has had the privilege to learn from and train with some of the top Chiropractors in the profession, including the former head of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals get out of pain, improve their health, and get back to enjoying their best quality of life.

Chiropractic helped Dr. Cutting not only overcome his own sports injuries, but also provided solutions to help him heal from debilitating pain and autoimmune issues that plagued him for 11 years. His own journey fueled the passion he has to help others in the same way to find alternative solutions and truly heal.

Read the Transcript

Katie: Hello and welcome to the Deliberate Leaders podcast. I am Katie Carpenter, executive health and wellness coach here at Deliberate Directions. So today’s podcast is unlocking natural wellness tools for better movement, energy, sleep and overall health. With Dr. Anthony Cutting. Dr. Anthony Cutting is a dedicated chiropractor, and the owner of Active Chiropractic in Meridian Idaho. He has a profound passion for empowering individuals to achieve their optimal health. Dr. Cutting specializes in providing solutions to overcome hindrances that are keeping you from living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Cutting pursued his education and human physiology at the University of Oregon, before earning his doctor of chiropractic medicine degree with top honors from the University of Western states. So he has nine years of practice in Eugene, Oregon, that he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his current clinic here in Meridian, where he continues to positively impact countless lives, drawing from his own journey of overcoming sports injuries and debilitating health issues. So Anthony Cutting is committed to offering alternative solutions and facilitating true healing for his patients. His dedication to excellence, and continuous learning has led him to train with some of the most esteemed chiropractors in the field, including the former head of the US Olympic and Paralympic committees. Welcome to the podcast, Dr. Anthony.

Dr. Cutting: Thanks so much, Katie. Thanks for having me.

Katie: So I want to give you an opportunity to share a little bit tell us about your journey to whole health and how you define that.

Dr. Cutting: Yeah, so you know…

I define whole health as not only feeling your best and feeling amazing, but more importantly functioning at the highest level possible.

You know, I believe that if given the right conditions, the body naturally knows how to be healthy, how to be well. And so, you know, we live in, unfortunately, in a toxic world, but if we take the right steps, we can help the body express that ability and you should be able to enjoy life at a very high level, whether you’re 25 or 75. Yeah, my own journey, such that originally I wanted to be in the Air Force, I wanted to be a pilot. And  unfortunately, when I was 15 years old, I lost the hearing of my left ear. And so I was no longer able to join the military. And so my family had seen in chiropractor, for various reasons. Throughout my life sports injuries, my dad had a chronic low back issue. So we loved chiropractic until I decided that’d be a good natural alternatives, and I couldn’t join the military. So I started going onto that path.

And as you mentioned, I got the undergraduate degree at University of Oregon and went up to chiropractic school. And during that period of time, as I was transitioning into chiropractic school, I started having other health problems beyond the hearing loss. And I ended up going on just over a decade long journey of trying to figure out how to get well on my own body, as I am now, you know, going through chiropractic school, and then getting into my career, trying to help others. So as I went through that I, you know, it was a tough season for many years. But I think it fueled my passion for helping people get to the highest level of health and helped me really be able to better relate with my patients, whether they’re going through something similar to me or not just understanding, being in a dark place, and then helping people find the solutions to get out of it and get back to enjoying life as fully as possible.

Katie: Yeah, a decade long is quite an adventure and find enough time to explore the depths of how you can heal. So would there be one thing that you could summarize from there that was most impactful to your health that you can just kind of pinpoint so simply now?

Dr. Cutting: Yeah, I would say well, so the one thing on my own personal journey was what ended up being the foundation of what I do in my chiropractic office.

It’s called the zone technique of chiropractic. And essentially what that is, is your bouncing the brain itself so that it is able to better regulate what’s happening in your body and control and coordinate the body and help it heal from injury and illness and then adapt to the day to day stress that we all are under.

So in my personal situation, for various reasons. I was in an unbalanced state with the brain itself and so It wasn’t able to, to help me heal and recover and adapt despite trying to eat wild and exercise and do all the things. So that was the, I guess, the big turning point of my own personal journey. And then beyond that, it’s just continuing to have a proactive approach, you know, so much of our lifestyle or in medicine, in general, it’s a reactive, you know, you wait till you’re really broken and suffering before you go do something. But it’s like taking those steps to be proactive and stay ahead of it, especially after I healed, I have to do daily things to maintain my health and stay at a high level.

Katie: That’s powerful. I think what I hear you saying is, it comes from this proactive but personal leadership, pinpoint, right? personal leadership point of like, being proactive is leading yourself well. And first, that’s very cool. So I have a question for you around like talking about, you know, how can you help yourself and be proactive? Or what are some ways that we can kind of mitigate the use of over the counter drugs and, and help ourselves and utilize things that are like strategies at home, or things I can utilize within myself to help with pain? Like, the very common things like, Oh, I’ve got the sciatic pain, or I got, you know, a headache? We’re, you know, achy knees today.

Dr. Cutting: Yeah, so all of those, you know, are symptoms that something’s unbalanced in the body.

And so a couple of keys that I tell people to focus on is, you know, you want to look at what, what are you doing with your nutrition? And is that are you eating foods and taking in beverages that are supporting health, decreasing inflammation, helping your body, you know, heal at the optimal level and function at a high level? Are you putting things into your body that are toxic, essentially, right, so what kind of how are you feeling your body, and then the next thing is, you know, getting adequate sleep at night, so many of us, we’re just in this fast paced world, and we skimp on sleep. And that’s kind of the last thing, and he just tried to push through and rely on caffeine and other stimulants, and that that’s not sustainable long term. So really taking the time to get adequate recovery.

And then as far as day to day, you know, movement is the key to life. And so, so many people, they just stop moving, living a sedentary lifestyle, you know, and we’re all hunched over our digital devices for two hours a day. So I incorporate movement into your daily life, and doesn’t have to be, you know, hard core exercise for, you know, two hours a day. But it’s, if you exercise on a regular basis, at least four or five days a week for anywhere from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. And then also move throughout your day. So rather than taking the elevator, maybe take the stairs at work, or you go to the grocery store, you know, intentionally park farther back, rather than looking for the closest parking spot. So you’re moving throughout the day. But even if you had an office job, for example, you can do you know, every hour or every 90 minutes, do a two minute stretch, break or get up grab, grab a glass of water, or I have mobility exercises that take 30 seconds to do but you can do those throughout your day. And it’s just intentionally moving. And that goes a long, long way to helping the body. Be proactively healthier.

Katie: That is so potent, what you just said, I heard you say, fuel, well get proper recovery through sleep, and rest. And then just move you guys. That’s awesome. I agree with you. I second thought. So as we lead ourselves, often we find ourselves leading these beautiful little humans that we’ve had the pleasure and honor of creating and leading in this world like our kids. And I noticed my husband thinking about this a lot. He mentioned it to me because he is a coach and a teacher at a high school and our oldest is 18 and goes to school there as well. And he said, You know, I’m really worried about this generation and their caffeine intake. And he was like, he’s like I notice it just it’s out of control with the energy drinks or, you know, even nicotine with the Zins and things like that. So what are some natural ways? And I think these are going to be connected to the last question, but maybe you’ve got some secrets, some natural ways to increase energy without relying on energy drinks, or too much coffee or caffeine.

Dr. Cutting: It’s a great question. And yeah, I’ve seen the same thing in this generation. And I would say, going back to getting proper sleep, but how do you do that? Right. And so the big issue I’m seeing with all of us, but especially this younger generation is the time spent in front of screens. And so what’s happening is so many of these kids are spending hours upon hours over their screens, and even late into the night. And so what happens is the a few different things.

But first of all, there’s this blue light that gets emitted from our digital screens, that will actually alter the body’s brain chemistry. And it, it inhibits our ability to secrete a hormone melatonin, which helps us get proper, deep restful sleep. So if we’re looking at the blue lights, these kids especially till late at night, and then they tried to go hop straight into bed after being on tick tock, or whatever, then their body doesn’t produce melatonin, they don’t fall asleep easily, they don’t sleep deep, and get that restorative healing rest that they need.

So they wake up groggy, and then they go and pound down the caffeine in the morning, so that becomes a nasty cycle.

And then the other part of the digital devices and spending so many hours over hunched over them is it’s messing with our posture, you know, our heads are going forward, the shoulders lunge slouch forward, excuse me. And that actually, without getting too technical, but it actually makes changes where in our brain, we’re being in bad posture for hours on end actually, over activates what’s called the lower part of your brain, which is your limbic system, or your emotional fight or flight part of your brain. So their bodies go into fight or flight mode, they’re even if they don’t think they’re stressed out, they are more stressed than ever, and they start dealing with anxiety, depression, being in this chronic fight or flight mode, which then inhibits sleep even worse, or it wears down during your waking hours, it wears down your energy levels and your adaptive ability to cope with day to day life and focus like you’re supposed to.

And then meanwhile also, being in this slouched posture for hours on end shuts down the frontal part of the brain, which is responsible for complex thinking, social interactions, feelings of confidence and self worth. So that combination now is leading them like I said, and into chronic fight or flight and draining their energy reserves. And so they’re going into the caffeine and the other stimulants to just focus on coke. Or the other. The other piece of that is, we’re seeing kids get put on antidepressants and attend, you know, getting diagnosed with ADD ADHD at alarming rates and getting put onto those medications. And that’s, I think, the byproduct of what we discussed here.

Katie: Yeah, that’s really important information for people to hear for their children and helping their children, lead themselves well as well, right. So bring this awareness of like, I have an 18 year old son now. And I have to let go a little bit like I had to let go of like setting his screen time limits and those things, and I’m like, but I’m constantly kind of checking in and planting that seed like, Hey, where are you at? Show me your screen time? Are you setting those limits and boundaries for yourself? Are you leading yourself? Well. So I think we have to give our kids that opportunity to think about it for themselves and take that accountability, because that in itself is also really empowering, I hope.

Dr. Cutting: Yeah, absolutely. So it’s all those things, you know, not you know, it’s hard to said the teenager especially, or you’re trying to get them autonomy, freedom, they don’t want to sound like a nagging parent.

So what I try to encourage parents to do that maybe might resonate better is hopefully you have a discussion with your children, you can have an open discussion and say, Hey, are these things these choices you’re making? helping you reach your goals? Find out what’s important to them that they want to achieve as an academic excellence or career, they’re pursuing their sports? Are they heavily into athletics and say, okay, you know, spending too much time with the bad posture in the screens, you know, taking too much caffeine, not sleeping, well, eating junk food, are these things helping you reach your goals that are important to you or not? And maybe coming out of that way? We’ll help them want to take ownership of it a little bit more.

Katie: I love that. Yes. Okay. I’ve got a question about one of the most powerful tools out there, I believe, is what are some natural ways I’m sorry? How does diet and nutrition play a role in improving or worsening our health? And not just diet nutrition, like what we eat, how we eat, specifically?

Dr. Cutting: Yeah, that’s a crucial point. Yes, of course, what you eat is important, but as you said, how so many of us are just eating on the go when they’re just in your car or on the run and you’re multitasking and you’re just quickly shoveling food and they’re not taking time to be in a calm, relaxed state, you know, fully chewing your food. And so it makes it much harder to digest, which takes a lot more work for the body. But then if the gut is having trouble digesting these large particles of food, for example, then it can cause more irritation of the gut lining and inflammation which can lead to digestive issues, which then can lead to all sorts of health problems.

So yeah, being very mindful. And again, I know life is busy. But if we can try to take a minute and carve out moments of like, okay, our meal time, it’s going to be a time when you’re not distracted by a million other things, try to find a place where you can be more mindful and take a little bit more time to make sure you’re properly eating and chewing and digesting that will actually go a long way. It’s a simple thing, that if you focus on it, it will go a long way to helping with your health.

Katie: I’d love that. Yeah, I think people underestimate mindful, eating quite a bit, right? Even for myself, as we’re busy business owners, right? And we’re like, on the go, I got it. But often, I will just take a moment and take a deep breath. As I’m chewing. I’m like, Oh, I’m super stressed. I need to calm myself down and just give myself that permission to be more mindful. In those moments of when I’m nourishing my body that actually I’m not just eating, I’m actually nourishing my body with nutrients, just awareness. I love that. So what are the natural ways to avoid the illness and support the immune system instead of relying so much on dreaded antibiotics, prescriptions just over the counter, like cold and flu medicines that sometimes we feel like can help us in the moment, but then, days later, I just feel this fatigue from it all? So do you have any, like natural ways that we can avoid illness and support the immune system?

Dr. Cutting: Great question. So I will say, well, it’s impossible to never get sick. If you do certain steps, you can minimize the frequency, the intensity and the duration of an illness when it does occur.

So the ways that we can do that would be going back to some of the things we’ve already touched upon is eating good clean food, putting healthy fuel into your body, getting adequate rest on a regular basis, exercising on a regular basis. But then also, you can take certain supplements that can support the immune system. And again, doing this proactively, rather than reactively. Don’t wait till you already are sick, which they can help with that too.

But if you know, okay, going into the winter season, you’re going to start taking some supplements to help your body or if you tend to be someone that has allergies in the spring, you can take these going into allergy season, or so what I tend to do is the supplements, I started taking them till September, and then I’ll keep taking them until about June, and then maybe take the summer off. Or you can keep taking them year long.

But my little staff that I usually recommend for helping the immune system, especially respiratory system is a sack of zinc, something called elderberry. Quercetin, which is an herb. So that’s qu e RCE T i n and then something called Transfer Factor, which is a protein peptide that helps make your immune system smarter. So if you have an autoimmune condition where your immune system overactive, it’s going to bring it back down to baseline and normal. If you are immunocompromised or you’re going to get sick, it’s going to raise it up so that it’s able to fight off the on this floor appropriately. And then the very last part of the stack is a vitamin d3 with combined with que tu and those who have to work together synergistically to have the best effects. So that little stack is something that I take on a regular basis and recommend all my patients.

Katie: That sounds great. That sounds great. Okay, so to wrap this up, I have two more questions for you. I really wanted to, to know what I think I know what my takeaway is from this. But if leaders are listening to this today, Dr. Anthony and they want you want them to take one thing away from this podcast, what would that be? And like what is it that you want them to understand more deeply about that?

Dr. Cutting: I would say the primary takeaway would be for families in the midst of busy lives that we all need. How can you intentionally make the time to be together as a family, connecting you know, talking together communicating having meals together, you know, if it’s just dinner, three times a week, I know life’s going to be busy but if you set aside time to intentionally do that and you’re connecting as a family, you’re taking the time to mindfully eat, you know, and then taking those steps as we said to get proper sleep at night. You know, spend less time on the screen just little things like that. They have go a long way to really helping you thrive and perform better and enjoy life better for many, many years.

Katie: Well, I think you just answered my second question is, what is your number one leadership tip? It sounded like connection and authentic connection and sharing your values through that connection. But did you have something else to add to that?

Dr. Cutting: I would say that’s pretty accurate, right?

Whether you’re with the family or leaving your kids or your significant other, or whether you’re a business owner leading employees, or just leading your customers, whoever, yeah, I would agree authentic connection being present with that person in front of you.

Then they know you care. And so many people they don’t, they don’t really get heard and seen. So if you’d be that exception, and you focus on them, and make sure that they know that you are listening and you care that they will follow you much more efficient, effectively. Yeah.

Katie: I love that. That’s very powerful. I wanted to share with you my takeaway today is I think the most important thing I heard you say, and I believe as well is being proactive with our health taking that time to connect with ourselves and have that self awareness and connect with ourselves in a way that we can understand how we need to be proactive with our health, and be patient with that. So I’m very grateful for your wisdom that you are so eager to share with all of us. And so thank you for being on the podcast today. Where can people find out more about you and the wisdom you have?

Dr. Cutting: So we have a few social media accounts. It’s at Active Chiro Meridian on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. We have tick tock LinkedIn. So any of those platforms, I do not use X. I figured I got to draw the line somewhere. Yeah, yeah, but all of those other social media, I’ve got a website, active chiropractic meridian.com. Or you know in in person, we’re on Fairview and meridian between Locust Grove, the pine 43 buildings over there, and you can stop on by give us a call at the office. We’re happy to help.

Katie: Great, thank you so much, Dr. Anthony. Have a beautiful day.

Dr. Cutting: Thanks, you too, Katie.

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