Don’t Surrender Your “Pandemic Pet,” Instead Discover Ways To Thrive Together

girlcatWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW 

This post was republished with permission from The Animal Rescue Site. You can find the original post here

“If you signed up and adopted or purchased an animal during this last year and a half and used them for your comfort, your safety, and to make you feel better, and loved, and less lonely please give them the respect of taking the time to try and work through the problems that arrive now.”  Larissa Wohl, Pet Rescue Expert

You wake up in the middle of the night to the sounds of sharp cries coming from the room next door. You want to cover your ears and go back to sleep, but the cries turn into wails and suddenly you hear a loud CRASH! You turn on the lights and head toward the room. As you walk alongside the bed, you trip over a broken lamp and a few books that belong on the nearby book shelf. You crouch and look underneath the bed. A tiny lump covered by a big blanket, shaking, catches your attention. You slowly reach out your hand, and within minutes your scared little boy pops his head out. You hold him in your arms, reassuring him that you are not going anywhere. He is safe. You know that your child is scared and his reactions are a normal part of life. You are willing to give him everything you have, even lose sleep and go into work late to make sure he is OK. You NEVER consider surrendering him to the local county Children’s Services Agency because he disrupted your sleep and made a mess.

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Larissa Wohl Talks About Animal Rescue During A Pandemic

Written by Casey Hersch, LCSW
July 1, 2021

In this interview I speak with Larissa Wohl, Animal Rescue Expert, about animal rescue conditions and challenges as we end sheltering in place and adjust to life one year after the Covid-19 Pandemic started. Wohl discusses the disadvantages of owner release situations and why it is important owners do everything they can to keep adopted animals in their homes. She offers practical suggestions to help owners and their newly adopted animals adjust to the new routine post pandemic. 

Larissa Wohl ( is a host, reporter, producer, and animal expert. Her extensive background in news & live television made Larissa the perfect fit for Hallmark Channel & their Emmy award-winning lifestyle series, "Home & Family." During her years at Hallmark, she was guest host & daily on-camera Pet Rescue Expert, launching their Adoption Ever After initiative. To date, Larissa has helped over 50,000 pets find their forever homes. In addition to hosting & producing daily segments for "Home & Family" she's starred in many primetime specials like "American Rescue Dog Show, Cat Bowl, Kitten Bowl Live at Super Bowl LII, Tails of Joy, Love Ever After, Hero Dog Awards" & more. Larissa's a frequent guest on Cox Cable's "Animal Zone" & a popular expert for websites, magazines, podcasts and live events. She's also been featured on DailyMailTV, KTLA, KCBS, KABC, WCCO & more.

Dr. David Perlmutter Tells Us Why Gut Health Is Important

Written by Casey Hersch, LCSW
June 11, 2021

In this interview with New York Times Best Selling Author and neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, we discuss the crucial role our gut has in our whole body health. Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker, among other books, explains that most disease including brain disorders have their roots in gut health---"Sound Mind Through a Sound Gut--" Perlmutter says. Dr. Perlmutter discusses some of the common misconceptions about diet and food choices that get in the way of health and sheds light on the dangers of fructose and uric acid which he covers in more detail in his upcoming book Drop Acid out in February 2022.  This interview will empower you to take charge of your health and make lifestyle choices and changes that optimize health and longevity. Join me in incorporating Dr. Perlmutter's suggestions in our lives.

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Dr. Josh Axe Tells Us Why Gut Health is Important

Written by Casey Hersch, LCSW
June 7, 2021

In this interview with Dr. Josh Axe, founder of the popular natural health website, and co-founder of the supplement company Ancient Nutrition, we talk about the importance of gut health. "We are what we digest," Axe says, and everything from absorption of nutrients to immunity and mood depends on our gut health. Dr. Axe talks about how to use food and lifestyle as medicine and the suggestions incorporate an integrative approach to wellness. Join me in incorporating Dr. Axe's suggestions into our lives! 


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Dr. Emeran Mayer Talks About The Gut-Immune Connection

Written by Casey Hersch, LCSW
June 03, 2021

In this second interview with Dr. Emeran Mayer we talk about his new book The Gut-Immune Connection. In our first interview together, we talked about The Mind-Gut Connection and how our emotions play out in the theater of our guts. Adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and stress negatively affect gut health and we learned about the importance of stress reduction. In this interview Dr. Mayer goes into more depth about how our gut is at the center of our whole body health. Immunity, mood, disease prevention, and brain health are all connected to the health of our guts. He talks about how to feed the gut microbes so that we can create a healthy microbiome and shares why our environment and soil health affect our gut health. Everything from Alzheimer's disease, demention, diabetes, and Crohn's disease to depression can be connected to gut health. Dr. Mayer is changing the terrain for those of us with Crohn's disease/Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Autoimmune illnesses and giving all of us tools to prevent disease and experience health and longevity. Enjoy the interview and join me in finding ways to incorporate his suggestions in our lives. 

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Spending Time In Nature Reduces Stress

Casey Horsephoto credit Scott HerschWritten by Casey Hersch, LCSW
April 29, 2021

Spending Time in Nature Has Many Benefits

I don't know about you, but days can go by and I haven't spent any time outdoors. I get so busy sitting in front of my computer, writing, and answering the telephone, I forget that there is a whole world right outside my front door.  Merely 20 minutes a day is all we need in order to reap the benefits of the outdoors. This month I spent the day at a lovely place called West 12 Ranch in San Joaquin County. Here are some of the things I learned about myself and nature!

1) I Love Pigs!

 PigPhoto Credit: Scott Hersch


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Healing from Stress: Creating Awareness about the Brain-Gut Connection

gutbrainconnectionPhoto Credit: LightYourSparkle.lifeWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW 
May 2021 issue
Published at Taste for Life Magazine

This story originally appeared on Taste for Life

Every day, our guts and minds are busy having hidden conversations. Normally, we don’t care about the details of those conversations. However, according to Emeran Mayer, MD, a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist, and research professor at University of California, Los Angeles, we should pay attention to the communication occurring in our brain-gut-microbiome axis—our health and emotional well-being may depend on it.

Despite the prevalence of digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease, many people lack awareness of the connection between stress, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and their gut health, Dr. Mayer says. But when patients understand how “emotions play out in the theater of their guts,” he says they look at their symptoms or disease differently and can learn to manage aspects of their conditions rather than feeling like passive victims of the next flare or reoccurrence.

Dr. Mayer’s book The Mind-Gut Connection, published in 2016, makes the science of the brain-gut-microbiome relationship easily digestible. His forthcoming book, The Gut-Immune Connection ($27.99, HarperWave, 2021), continues to educate people on how to be proactive with their health.

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