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.
Rik Center is the author of the new book, “If You Can’t Change Your Mood, Change Your Mind ~ mindful reflections toward self-discovery.” Rik is co-founder of the Mindfulness Care Center, through which he teaches and develops a variety of mindful classes and how to work with unresolved traumatic anxiety. Rik is a Mindful-Somatic Counselor, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and has served as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at San Francisco General and CPMC Hospitals.
In this conversation we discuss Rik’s new book and the nature of mindfulness practice.
Nancy Myrick is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and has been the director of San Francisco Birth Center since 2015. She has practiced home birth midwifery since 2003 with Rites of Passage Midwifery. Nancy began attending births as a doula in 1993, received her RN in 2000, and completed her training in midwifery in 2003 through the UCSF Nurse Midwifery Education Program. She has attended hundreds of births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals and believes that choice in childbirth helps parents begin the long path toward building great humans! In our conversation we will discuss the history and the current state of midwifery in the United States, and particularly in the Bay Area.
Dr. Mark Schillinger is a writer, community leader, public speaker, family mentor, and an expert on stress management in family dynamics. He’s the creator of the parenting method, The RIGHT Way for Family Unity®, which provides a clear roadmap to help families achieve their true potential. Dr. Schillinger’s wisdom draws upon the sciences of personal growth, neuro-plasticity, positive discipline, stress management and Western psychology, as well as from the insights of Eastern philosophy and ancestral tribal wisdom.
Dr. Schillinger is the founder of the non-profit, the Young Men’s Ultimate Weekend, a wilderness, non-religious rite of passage event that shows adolescent young men how to successfully handle the challenges of the adult world. He’s also the founder of Challenging Teenage Sons, which shows parents and their sons how to enjoy more caring and cooperative relationships.
After working in the nonprofit human rights sector and overseeing advocacy travel programs for two decades, founder Malia Everette recognized the power of travel to increase intercultural understanding, forge peaceful dialogue, transform consciousness, and inspire the agency of the traveler. She simultaneously recognized the economic power of travel, when the experiences and the tourism dollars were directly benefiting local communities and the host economy. Thus AltruVistas was founded upon core ethical values as well as the pragmatic financial strategy of deeply examining our travel “supply web.”
In this conversation Malia describes the relationship between travel, health and healing, on a personal, social, and global level. Travel, she believes is much more than checking off boxes on a wish list. Rather, it is a way to heal and transform the world and ourselves.
Talal Khan is a physician delivering personal primary care by fusing modern medicine and lifestyle management. In this conversation, Dr. Khan describes his journey from idealistic resident to corporate MD, where his work was overseen by administrators in back offices far from where he was seeing his patients. He finally made the bold transition to private practice where he has been able to practice medicine in the way he envisioned, and taken control of his professional life.
Too many practitioners today are suffering burnout, or what is becoming known as “moral injury,” because of the corporatization of medicine. Dr. Khan provides insight into why.
Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, Professor of Bioethics at UC Berkeley, is the co-founder of the Berkeley Group for the Ethics and Regulation of Innovative Technologies. Her work brings together psychiatry, philosophy and behavioral economics. Her first book, From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice was called a “seminal work” by JAMA. Halpern’s most recent research projects address innovative health technologies, including genetic engineering, AI and VR. She speaks internationally, including at Davos in 2018 and 2019 (and she has been invited back now for 2020). Jodi’s research focuses on the role of emotional beliefs in bioethics and how biased and unrealistic expectations create barriers to empathy and respect for autonomy. Her work lies ate the intersection of philosophy, psychiatry and psychology.
In this conversation we discuss her ground breaking work on empathy and her new emphasis on the ethics of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Rick Snyder is the author of Decisive Intuition, and the Founder and CEO of Invisible Edge, an international consulting firm that develops intuitive intelligence for leaders and teams for more effective decision-making, sales, leadership and innovation. He speaks to businesses and organizations regularly and has been featured in Forbes, The Economist, Inc., CNBC, and Fast Company, as well as live TV. Beyond consulting, he has launched four businesses and combines that experience with 20 years of studying human behavior to coach leaders to develop and implement intuitive skills into their business plans and company culture.
In our conversation we discuss why his book and work, that seem to apply mainly to business, informs not just ones “bottom line” but the quality of ones life. In a free wheeling conversation, Rick shows why he is one of the best and most in-demand coaches in the space.
Nancy Stein, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist and founder of Seniority Matters, a company designed to help aging parents in need of companion care as well as help with tasks such as bill paying, meal preparation or transportation solutions. Nancy, who spent many years providing long-distance care for her own parents, understands the value of having an experienced, trusted advisor. As a Miami resident for 25 years, Nancy has built an extensive network of healthcare contacts and resources. You can think of her as your personal caregiving coach, who can help you create a care strategy, sort through your options and fine-tune solutions as your individual needs change.
In our conversation, we discuss the problems many of us encounter as caregivers and offers up solutions. Combining her academic work with real, in the weeds, practical experience, Nancy is a great source of information about how we can best support our loved ones as they age and need us.
Kevin Pereau is a leading digital health expert and author of the The Digital Health Revolution. He spent the early part of his career managing strategy and management consulting firms with a specialty focus on technology. His first health technology company was a consumer health scoring firm who’s mission was to provide longitudinal context around how what we do and how we feel affects who we are. “You can’t manage, what you don’t measure” is something Pereau is fond of saying and for that, you need a scoring system.
In our podcast we discuss his excellent new book and the state of digital health care past, present and future. There are few people in the industry more up to date on this subject than Kevin.
Dr. Ruchi Puri is a San Francisco based Ob/Gyn who teaches clients holistic approaches to transforming their health. She is a graduate of George Washington and Duke Universities with additional education in Ayurvedic Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture, Trauma and Modalities of Spiritual Healing. She has an integrative women’s wellness platform with on-line courses and groups to support women embody their wellness potential and regain their vitality. Her blog: Unveiling Being on www.ruchipuri.com helps readers redefine their understanding of many of the modern challenges to health we are facing today.
In this conversation, Ruchi describes her journey from being a traditional Ob/Gyn, working within the allopathic tradition, to exploring the deep causes of health, wellness, disease and dysfunction. Ruchi represents the cutting edge of twenty first century medicine.
David Kahl is a furniture designer, mindfulness practitioner, and the founder and CEO of Fully. In 2002, inspired by a Norwegian task chair that completely changed how he felt at work, he left a successful but unfulfilling career on Wall Street to build a socially conscious business around active sitting and healthy workspaces. Fast forward 17 years, and Fully is now a Portland-based B Corp that designs its own innovative, movement-inspired furniture that fosters a connection between the body and the mind.
In this interview David describes his journey to become one of the leading proponents and purveyors of high quality ergonomic furniture/equipment. Functional design is his passion. How and why that is comes out clearly in this conversation.
Nicole is a nutritionist, certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, who helps clients strategically develop food plans for themselves and their families according to their individual needs, situations, health challenges and preferences.
In this podcast, we discuss what healthy eating is; how, why and what to eat. We also discuss the dangers of the most addictive substance in our diets, sugar, and how it contributes to the chronic disease that is ravaging our national health.
Dr. Walter Randolph Adams is a bicultural evolutionary ecological, biocultural (analyzing the nexus of biology and culture), medical anthropologist, whose primary research focused on the nutritional factors underlying alcohol abuse and domestic violence. He served as co-director of an anthropological field school for 13 years in the highlands of Guatemala, resulting in three books published by the University of Oklahoma Press, all of which highlighted the contributions of the undergraduate participants.
In this interview, Walter discusses his anthropological work, the state of health care in Guatemala and the role of the IHP in that health care system.
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? As she struggled to answer these questions, she realized that she had plenty of company. In the United States, the cost of treating back pain exceeds $100 billion a year, and much of that money is wasted on ineffective tactics.
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. Born in New York City, the son of Communist parents, Josh describes himself as a “Red Diaper Baby.” One of his monologues is so titled. In addition to his solo performance work, Josh, in the last few years, has worked as a volunteer at the Zen Hospice in San Francisco and as an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Heath at the Global Brain Health Institute, as well as Hellman Visiting Artist at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center.
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. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s top actors and he specializes on working with aging clients, in their “second half of life.” He believes that we are fully capable of maintaining a high level of wellness into our later years.
John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. He is publisher-editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports which since 1995 – in various forms – has created primary connective terrain for the diverse stakeholders and professions in the field.
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.” After 21 years of service with the County of Marin, he took an early retirement to take on the position of Director of the State mandated re-Entry and rehabilitation programs at San Quentin State Prison.
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, nature connection guide and author, is the founder of the Forest Bathing Club. Julia has more than a decade of experience guiding individuals and groups of people into the forest, where the practice of shinrin-yoku helps calm the mind and create space for wellness and prosperity. Through studies with Shamanic Reiki masters, Shugendo Buddhist monks, Mayan elders, Bhakti yogis, and Renewal rabbis, she has developed a unique program that both respects and transcends tradition and brings us back into direct connection with Source.
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.
In this episode we discuss the state of professional integrative health education. Following the interview with Dr. Scaringe, Ricky does a solo reflection on one of the greatest challenges for students entering the health care field…debt.
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.
In this episode we discuss Chanda’s work as a health and wellness consultant and a yoga therapist with the Prison Yoga Project.
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. He currently works with people all over the United States virtually on the phone or via videoconferencing.
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. Jeff continues to write, perform, direct, and teach as well as work globally as a communications consultant with Stand & Deliver.
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.