Health Grooves:Speaking to Healers About Healing
In Health Grooves, Dr. Ricky Fishman will be in conversation with practitioners, researchers, academics and others working at the cutting edge of health care; from chiropractors and acupuncturists to functional medical doctors and naturopaths; from gene splicing cancer researchers to medical clowns who cheer up the children in hospital cancer wards. The purpose of this podcast is to dig deeply into the causes of disease and the many modalities utilized to treat them. Through conversations with many of the great practitioners he has come to know throughout his career, he hopes to cast a light onto a medicine of the future, in which people are empowered to heal themselves using both ancient time tested practices and modern technologies. We are living in an age of medical miracles, but also at a moment when our lifestyles are the cause of most disease that we are suffering from. We have become disconnected from the rhythms of the planet. We have forgotten how to eat, to move, to be in community. Disease sets in to remind us of these disconnections. The hope is that Health Grooves can shed some light onto why we get sick and how we can heal.
Malia Everette is the CEO and founder of Altruvistas Travel, a tour company dedicated to educational, socially conscious travel. From 1997-2012, Malía Everette was the Director of Global Exchange’s popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program. In this conversation, she discusses the healing power of travel and why she believes travel should be made accessible to those who might ordinarily not be able to do so.
Harry Nelson is the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain (2019) and co-author of From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care. He is the founder of Nelson Hardiman, L.A.’s largest healthcare/life science law firm (with 30 lawyers), more than half of whom devote some or most of their time to work on addiction treatment and behavioral health. In this conversation, Harry and Ricky discuss Harry’s trajectory from health care attorney to expert on the opioid epidemic.
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin struggled with backache and sciatica for years. Like millions of other back pain sufferers, she was overwhelmed with ill-defined options for treatment. Which would work? Which would simply drain her wallet? And which might leave her in worse shape than when she began? She engages in a lively conversation with Dr. Ricky Fishman, a chiropractor, a profession that receives quite a bit of scorn (along with many others) in Ms. Ramin’s excellent book.
Josh Kornbluth is an American comedic autobiographical monologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who has toured internationally, written and starred in several feature films, and hosted a television interview show. In this episode, Josh discusses his work at the hospice dealing with death and dying as well as his interest and focus on aging, dementia and empathy. We can expect all of his work to show up in monologues that will be performed nationally.
Vann Duke is a master fitness trainer and coach with 20 years in the fitness industry. He is the founder of Second Half Fitness, an organization that specializes in online fitness and wellness services exclusively for adults 50+. His unique approach to exercise and aging embraces sustainability and the belief that youthfulness can be experienced life-long. In this conversation, Vann describes his philosophy of training. His holistic approach includes movement, nutritional coaching and a focus on mindfulness.
John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. In this interview, John discusses the state of integrative medicine and the challenges that alternative and complementary modalities face in todays health care landscape.
As a first generation Salvadoran-American David Escobar sees participation in low-rider culture as his own healing journey; one that has the added benefit of asserting his “cholo-power.” In this episode, we discuss David’s ideas about cultural resistance and healing. He describes “low-riding” culture, how it evolved and the many misconceptions and misunderstandings the dominant Anglo culture of the United States has about “low-riding.”
Julia Plevin is actively engaged in bringing forest bathing to the world. In this conversation, Julia describes how she came to be involved with forest bathing and what the work means to her and those she guides through the experience. Following the conversation, Ricky reflects on the nature of healing from an energetic perspective, where he believes forest bathing is doing its deepest healing work.
John Scaringe has been serving as President for the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) for nine years. In this episode we discuss the state of professional integrative health education. The Southern California University of Health Sciences began as the Los Angeles Chiropractic College. Dr. Scaringe is a true leader in integrative medicine, setting up a medicine of the future where MDs, PA’s, chiropractors and other practitioners can work together seamlessly.
Chanda Williams, MA, RYT, is a yoga therapist with a background in body mechanics, wellness coaching, and advanced training in trauma-informed yoga practices. In this episode we discuss Chanda’s work with the Prison Yoga Project. Chanda teaches classes with incarcerated men to support them in their personal transformation through yoga practice. She describes how this work touches the men but also how it has changed her.
Dr. Cliff Hochberg practiced as a chiropractor for 31 years before deciding to go full time into health coaching. After having had a personal health and weight loss transformation himself, Cliff felt he could serve people in a more meaningful way by helping others do the same. In this episode, we speak with Cliff about his journey from successful chiropractor to health coach.
Jeff Raz has performed nationally and internationally for decades, starring in circuses (Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus and more) and plays, including Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors on Broadway. In this episode, we speak with Jeff about the role of clowning in health and healing as well as his own journey to become a world renowned clown.
In this, the first episode of the Condition podcast, Health Grooves, Ricky introduces himself and the purpose behind both the site Condition: Health News That Matters and the podcast.