Awkward, informative, fun, or funny?!? Always, all of the above! We talk about the path, the process, what led to it, and well, what now? Why didn't I just buy the fancy red sports car during my midlife crisis?? This will be the last show as we close out the first season - 52 episodes! I will be taking a 2 month break before we return on 2/24/22. If you're loving the podcast, don't forget to rate it, write a great review, or follow me on instagram or facebook!
Lorna Bryne, an international bestselling author, is here to talk about Angels! It's amazing to think how the imagery of angels is recognized by virtually everyone, yet in our society, many of us do not believe that they actually exist. Born in Ireland, Lorna is the author of seven best-selling books, including Angels in My Hair, A Message of Hope From the Angels, and Angels at my Fingertips. Lorna has become a spiritual teacher as a result of her remarkable gift, as she has been seeing and talking with angels her whole life, as she sees them as a natural part of her waking life. Join us in this fascinating conversation, as we talk about messages from the Angels!
Today we're talking about Astrology with Jenifer Edwards! She is a gifted Maine-based Intuitive Astrologer who believes that her divine mission is to assist others in discovering their Soul’s Purpose through their unique astrological fingerprint, their birth chart. The birth chart is a soul map of our journey in this lifetime, filled with the challenges we choose to master as well as the blessings which guide and enhance our human experience. I am so excited to discuss Astrology with Jenifer! If you love reading your horoscope, you'll find this conversation fascinating! You can find Jenifer at thankgoddess.org.
On today's episode, we have Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD on the show to speak about Gut Health! Learning about the gut is extremely important. Our gut has tons of bacteria in it, and these gut bugs are responsible for much of our immune system defense as well as hormone and mood regulation. Our gut bacteria can even decrease inflammation, and they likely play a role in how we get sick. Although we may not be able to control our genetic predispositions, we can control our environmental triggers. Join us in this fascinating topic, as Dr. Rao talks about how we can heal our gut. She is the author of Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It. Dr. Rao is an Internal Medicine doctor and practices Integrative Medicine. You can find her at raowellness.com
On today's episode- we talk about Gratitude! There are scientifically validated benefits of gratitude, and it's so much more than saying "thank you". Gratitude affects us mentally and physically. There are numerous studies that suggest that showing gratitude can increase one's happiness, decrease inflammation in one's body, reduce stress, increase optimism and change our brain, increase satisfaction in life, and build greater resilience. Join us in this compelling conversation with Nisha Sidhu, who is a Mindful Life Coach, as we talk about celebrating the present! You can find Nisha at myndtreat.com.
On today's episode, we have Rebecca Hurdis on the show to talk about her life as an adoptee. Born in Seoul, Korea, Rebecca Hurdis is a transracial transnational adoptee. She spent her childhood on the east coast, before moving to California when she was 20 years old. Growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s when most of America believed in the model minority myth and assimilation for Asian Americans, Rebecca argues that such beliefs are false and dangerous. She brings up the idea that adoption is associated with trauma: it has been suggested that trauma is at the ‘Center of all Adoption’ as adoption cannot occur without trauma. And she brings up the theory of the Primal Wound, how abandonment and loss can be imprinted on the unconscious minds of those who have been separated from their biological mothers at birth. Join us for this fascinating and thoughtful conversation!
On today's episode, my friend, Dr. Heidi Olander, MD, shares her recent neurosurgical health crisis. In spring 2020, she was noted to have a lesion in her brain, with the potential to be something malignant or benign- and she was recommended for neurosurgery for a medical diagnosis. She walks us through her medical journey. One of the commonalities in life is that we will all inevitably face one or more crises or have to deal with adversity. But perhaps an important key in learning from our adversity, and becoming resilient, is to emerge from the other side of a difficult experience, as intact as possible. As scary as these experiences can seem, they can also add to our lives and ultimately help to heal us. Dr. Olander is an Ob-Gyn doctor with Kaiser Permanente San Jose and Santa Cruz.
What's clear is that even though we think we may know, most women do not have a good understanding of menopause. We have an idea of what occurs, but do we truly know what is to be expected? Menopause is diagnosed after you've gone without a period for one year, but, well, it doesn't just last one year. There's been a longstanding viewpoint, which is oftentimes misogynistic, that menopause is viewed as a pre-death, decreases a woman's worth, or affects one's femininity. But with the appropriate knowledge on this very important women's health issue, and by being in the know, you can help yourself through the process, and have a better menopause to live your fullest life. Join us in this fascinating conversation with Dana Ramsey, CNM, MSN. She is the founder of Nurture Women's Health & Fertility. Be empowered! You can find Dana at nurturesantacruz.com.
In this episode, Oriana Gliessman and I hold our first book club meeting! We discuss Anita Moorjani's memoir, Dying to Be Me. It's the book I most recommended to my patients to read, as a doctor working in primary care. What if we can all take a more active role in choosing our authentic life experiences, without experiencing a near-death experience to get there!?! Dying to Be Me is about Anita's near-death experience and how she has chosen to live differently, having almost died. Anita also brings up her spontaneous remission from stage 4 lymphoma. When I first read her book, I was truly impacted by how she was going to live, having almost died, and, well, it shook me. I started to wonder why I was wasting precious time, how we can all choose to live differently, if we are less afraid. I also pondered the fact that there are some things the practice of medicine cannot explain. Although spontaneous remissions are rare, there exist documented cases that have been published in medical journals throughout the world. I’m not sure how they can happen. For Anita, her getting sick and healing from her illness was very much a part of her spiritual journey, weaving the tapestry of her life, and, in turn, affecting all of ours. Join us in this fun discussion as we talk about this fascinating book!
On today’s episode, I speak with Kathy Nuss, who is an Occupational Therapist in Pacific Grove, Monterey, and we talk about mindful eating. Considering the fact that the rate of obesity has been consistently rising in the U.S., have we forgotten what comprises a healthy diet? The U.S. weight loss market is huge, selling "quick and easy" weight loss programs which are ineffective in the long run. Oftentimes we target the individual, but there are environmental triggers everywhere. We have become a culture that loves fat, sugar, and salt. How do we make the healthy choice when our environment doesn't necessarily support this? How do we develop a healthier relationship with food? On today's episode we begin to talk about honoring our hunger, making peace with food, challenging the food police, discovering satisfaction, feeling our fullness, and ultimately, respecting our body. You can find Kathy at wellnessfromwithinpg.com