HEAL: Dr. Kate Sydney and Mandy Ashlock on Breast Health (Ep. 30)


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Episode 30: Heal

Learn about self care for healthy breasts with Dr. Kate Sydney and Mandy Asklock, LMT.

"I invite you to explore a little bit, be curious.” - Dr. Kate Sydney

In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Dr. Kate Sydney and Mandy Asklock, LMT about self care for healthy breasts. They share important information about the anatomy of breasts, the lymphatic system and simple ways to care for this vital part of our bodies. Dr. Kate Sydney explains, “we don’t address things until they become a disease…We’re either not thinking about our breasts at all or we have breast cancer, and nothing in between. It’s important to address these blank spots in our education.”



Dr. Kate Sydney is an acupuncturist, doctor and herbalist who runs a practice called Tend Natural Health in Portland, Oregon. She is also the owner of a Paleo Cookie delivery business called Morsel Code Cookie Co which recently debuted a seed cycling cookies for women’s health. She recently teamed up with her friend and colleague Mandy Ashlock who is a therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner to create a course on breast health. Amanda has training in numerous healing modalities including craniosacral therapy, holistic pelvic care and pre and post natal massage. Mandy owns a practice in NW Portland, Earth Over Air, and is a member of the Portland Wellness Collective. She is also completing an herbal studies program through the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and beginning studies for licensing in Acupuncture.

We talk about overcoming shame and cultural messaging around the breasts. We discuss how to pick bras for health and comfort and some recommendations for women-led bra companies. We cover how to do a self breast massage and what oils are easy to use for that. We also touch on some nutrition tips for healthy breasts and how to pick out safe deodorants.

We also talk about:

  • How the breasts are connected to the heart

  • The benefits of Poke Root Oil

  • Why Vitamin C is important for healthy breasts

  • Deodorants that work without harmful chemicals


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