Rewilding Ourselves + Our Kids with Sean Guinan, Holistic Pediatrics 101

Rewilding Ourselves + Our Kids with Sean Guinan, Holistic Pediatrics 101

Have you heard of rewilding? Rewilding means restoring ancestral ways of living that create greater health and well-being for humans and the ecosystems that we belong to. This is the topic of today’s show with Holistic Pediatric Doctor and father of four, Sean Guinan. We get into the real deal conversation in our own lives with how we are rewilding ourselves and our families, shaping our culture

I rap with Sean Guinan about Rewilding Ourselves:

  • Probiotics vs. good dirt
  • Upleveling our perspective about what is normal, healthy, and natural?
  • Forest Bathing for and HIIT for Mountain Bikers
  • Why we own Trampolines instead of Playhouses
  • Baby Steps in Rewilding Yourself and Your Family


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • Learn what dysbiosis is, why it’s okay to leave a little dirt on your freshly picked greens, and why your kids should be making mud pies
  • Find out what super-easy, probiotic-rich foods you can make at home and incorporate into your family culture
  • See how we’re now being heavily medicalized from birth and what we can do about it
  • Learn to challenge your current notion of reality to systematically re-engage with your environment




Sean’s blogs on this topic:


Show Highlights:

  • 4:25 — Most people don’t have the skillsets that can help them better connect with nature because we live in a culture that facilitates obliviousness. It’s important to be educated about your local environment because disconnecting from it only does you a disservice.
  • 10:45 — We can build up, change, and redefine our family cultures. It’s okay to create our own version of “normal.” Family cultures are like food cultures, and yours is totally unique to you—just like a recipe or batch of food, it can’t ever be replicated precisely.
  • 16:40 — Getting into nature, whether through forest bathing, being by water, or simply spending time outside, needs to be part of our lived experience, particularly when we understand which of those spaces resonates with us the most.
  • 22:15 — Our experiences accumulate and magnify throughout our lifetimes. They impact us, whether we can consciously draw upon those memories or not, and whether they’re negative or positive. And this starts at birth.
  • 28:50 — When major change happens within an individual, it ripples out into their community. They can show up better for the people they love. It’s really a sort of grassroots effort.
  • 31:00 — Think of exercise as movement, as unrestricted outdoor play. Kids and adults need it. Ritual and rhythm can help you make it happen and make it part of your family culture.


Favorite Quotes:

  • “I feel like we’re a junkshow of a species right now.”
  • “Our insides are just the microcosm of the macrocosm. There’s a whole, extensive, and really complex ecosystem that’s going on inside of us. We can honor that by honoring the external…environment and our relationship to it.”
  • “We want families as a whole to have consistency with their relationship to the natural world.”
  • “Our bodies are a map, and they hold the memory of all of our experiences, whether they’re conscious or subconscious.”
  • “We can all heal from this, but part of it is acknowledging first and holding that space.”



Sean Guinan is a pediatric acupuncturist, father of four, and nature enthusiast. He is founder of the Environmental Pediatrics Institute, an online educational hub for holistic healers and wellness professionals to explore the medicine of the child-nature connection.

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