Rob and his close friend, a fourth year medicine student, Caroline Ruminski share with us their time impacting children in the most most positive way possible. Rob and Caroline reflect upon the wisdom within children and the many creative ways in which they express it. Together Rob and Caroline rest in the messages of the Lord, while the kids reveal how to never stop playing with His faithful words. This video showcases their wonderful work at their church, Cornerstone Community Church.
Episode 022: Dan Pardi M.S., Ph.D(c), At the Frontiers of Health Technology and Quantified Self, The Future of Functional Medicine and Sustainable Behavior Change
In Episode 022 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I have an exploratory conversation with pioneering researcher, behavioral scientist, and sleep guru: Dan Pardi. While many of you listening to this may know Dan from his passion for studying and improving your sleep, utilizing an ancestral framework through the study of hunter gatherer movement and sleep patterns, perhaps you are unaware of his background in a wellness world that extends far beyond the bedsheets.
Dan is the CEO of humanOS.me, an investigator initiated sponsored research association which leverages a novel behavior model to promote health fluency, skill development, and lifestyle insights to help people master their health practice. He does research with the Zeitzer Lab in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and in the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he investigates how lifestyle factors, like sleep, influence decision making, cognitive performance, and metabolism. Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain alertness and capable mental performance under challenging circumstances.
I could go on about Dan’s accolades and impressive resume, but the truth is, Dan’s passions do not actually rest in the pocket of your jacket or on the shiny screen of your new electronic device. Dan's life's work is deeply and profoundly rooted in his passion for discovering how exactly to help people live healthfully.
In this podcast, as I alluded to in the beginning of the introduction, we shake things up from the standard story of sleep to uncover a little bit more behind the man just trying to get you a little bit healthier.
We explore Dan’s background and amazing journey through research institutions and pharmaceutical tech to arrive at his current work in the world of practically applied self tracking, or quantified self.
We start to ask and answer some of the big questions when it comes to applying health tracking devices or quantified self in the clinical context
What is Quantified Self or Biohacking anyway?
What currently are the most common techniques for supporting positive behaviour change?
Does it come from Doctors? Health Coaches? Digital Social Support Groups? iPhone Apps?
We then dig into Dan’s newest endeavour the previously mentioned innovative program humanos.me
What is it exactly?
What is its intention? Mission going forward?
What measures are you tracking with this program and how?
And of course, does it actually help?
We then enter a discussion covering some of the pressing topics facing the functional and ancestral health movements as a whole.
Why do functional medicine clinicians need technologies such as humanos to track and deliver health education.
How can we practically tomorrow implement and start using some of this technology?
How many measures are too much?
And are there actually any downsides to tracking biometrics?
Will we lose intuition, and simply become tech robots even more reliant on our digital devices to survive?
Dan ends the conversation speculating about the future of health tracking technology, genetics, and the personalized medicine movement as a whole
If you have listened to Dan speak before, and I most certainly have followed his fascinating work, I really think you will find this interview practical, genuine and creatively optimistic.
I was so excited and grateful to have met Dan this past September at the 2017 AHS and cannot wait to continue growing our friendship, bringing the world more insightful discussions and of course nourishing health education and technology.
A big thank you to Dan for taking time to share this conversation with me and through me with you!
So without further adieu, let’s dig into the show!
Keep up with Dan through his social media using the links below!
Episode 21: Cory Muscara, From Health-Coach to Monk to Community Pioneer, Self Exploration through Mindfulness and Meditation
In Episode 21 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, we get into the world of mindfulness, meditation and the capacity of these practices, to relieve suffering and promote flourishing with founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, Cory Muscara.
To put it simply, Cory is one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. While we are all unique, yet paradoxically all of one collective whole, Cory’s background and experiences are quite astonishing.
Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, where he utilizes his extensive professional training in Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Integrative Health Coaching to facilitate a client’s creation of, and movement toward, their optimal vision of health and wellbeing.
Cory has undergone professional training to integrate mindfulness within healthcare, schools, and businesses, through teacher training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, and Breathworks Chronic Pain. He has completed his Integrative Health Coach training at Duke Integrative Medicine, is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2012, Cory spent six months in silence practicing mindfulness meditation 14+ hours a day as a Buddhist Monk in Southeast Asia. The experience taught him how powerful mindfulness can be as a transformative practice for cultivating greater peace, clarity, wisdom, and wellbeing in one’s life, and became the inspiring force behind his mission to share this work with others.
Cory currently serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College where he teaches mindfulness to school leaders and principals, and is an assistant instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his graduate work. Cory has presented mindfulness to organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Travelers, Prudential Insurance; universities such as NYU, Wharton Business School, and Dartmouth; a number of hospitals and healthcare systems in the New York area; and he regularly appears on the Dr. Oz show as a guest expert in the topic of mindfulness meditation.
Cory’s teachings and work with students stem from a deep passion for helping others, and personal experience with the transformative power of mindfulness, coaching, and positive psychology. He looks forward to helping you realize the same benefits he and his students have come to experience through this work.
Formally speaking, Cory has undergone professional training to integrate mindfulness within healthcare, schools, and businesses, through teacher training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, and Breathworks Chronic Pain. He has completed his Integrative Health Coach training at Duke Integrative Medicine, is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Positive Yoga Coaching anyone?
And just to make things interesting, in 2012, Cory spent six months in silence practicing mindfulness meditation 14+ hours a day as a Buddhist Monk in Southeast Asia. The experience taught him how powerful mindfulness can be as a transformative practice for cultivating greater peace, clarity, wisdom, and wellbeing in one’s life, and became the inspiring force behind his mission to share this work with others.
In our show, Cory and I have a curious discussion about mindfulness and meditation. What in the world do we mean when we say mindfulness anyway?
Cory reflects on his background and rather remarkable course to get to his current work with the Long Island Center for Mindfulness.
As part of the discussion, Cory lays out in exquisite detail, some of his approaches to cultivating a meditative practice with others, providing one of the most insightful practical examples I have ever heard when it comes to describing the meditative experience.
Digging deeper, I push Cory to explore the word spirituality and ask him to draw upon his unique experiences to share his views of the world “spirituality” and perhaps what we should adopt as a more unifying collective perspective.
Not wanting to forget the medical applications, Cory shares some of his knowledge having trained as a health coach incorporating principles of mindfulness and positive psychology into his work.
In the end, we conclude the discussion exploring Cory’s work expanding the practices of mindfulness and meditation with youth and the family environment.
Cory even closes the show with one of the best endings we have had to date, perhaps only second to the hauntingly beautiful story told by my mentor Dr. Greg Gelburd at the end of Episode 010.
I am so excited to share this conversation with you and incredibly grateful to have connected with Cory, thanks again to the thoughtfulness of another previous podcast guest, our resident positive Mapster Grace Cormier.
And don’t worry, Cory and Grace will certainly be back for more discussions and we further unpack the power of positive psychology coupled with a dedicated mindfulness practice.
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Thank you as always and we hope you enjoy the show!
To learn more about Cory’s current work with the Long Island Center for Mindfulness click on the link below: http://www.mindfulnessmeditationnyc.com/mbsr-nyc-teachers/cory-muscara
To learn more about Cory’s exciting and powerful work use the link below to access his website: http://www.corymuscara.com
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Episode 20: Shawna Curry RN, BN, B.Kin, Your Lifestyle Strategy and Optimizing Health, Is There Something to the Triage Process?
In episode 20 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I have a conversation with my new close friend, and pioneering nurse Shawna Curry. I recently met Shawna just a few weeks back at 2017 The Ancestral Health Symposium in Seattle, Washington where she presented some rather fascinating insights into the application of the Western Medicine acute triage process as part of her practice of lifestyle medicine and the reversal of chronic diseases.
Shawna’s background is incredibly unique, currently working as a nurse on an acute neurology unit, she has training in both kinesiology and personal training, but currently spends much of her time practicing as part of her company Your Lifestyle Strategy, helping numerous clients engage in the process of cultivating optimal well-being.
As an Amazon bestselling author, Shawna is committed to helping people become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Over nearly two decades, she has made her mark in the health and wellness space with live speaking engagements, published health articles, podcast appearances and personalized health coaching. This variety of experience has built a community of clients who benefit from her special form of intimate and inspiring health and wellness information.
In 2014, Shawna launched her company, Your Lifestyle Strategy. Over the past three years, this company has been dedicated to total-health solutions and all of the aspects of healthy living including fitness, sleep, nutrition, self-help and overall lifestyle strategies. You can be part of her movement by taking charge of your own health today.
In today’s podcast Shawna and I discuss the foundations of this triage process and her overall clinical approach, exploring the complex intersection between lifestyle habits within the areas of sleep, stress management, diet, and exercise with a person’s digestive and gastrointestinal health, all in the context of the patient’s current circumstances, known medical conditions and familial or genetic predispositions.
Shawna continue and shares her amazing visual description of this lifestyle matrix, and the practical and flexible tools she uses with her patients to personalized their “prescriptions” for wellness.
Are you a new mother, taking care of a newborn with little to no regularity in your sleep pattern, perhaps your focus and foundation should be on the other three areas of Shawna’s lifestyle table, recognizing that if another leg in the four is significantly compromised, it may result in a spiral of suffering and emerging illness.
Shawna’s passion is evident in her voice as well as her writing, most notably so in her recently released book: Healthy By Choice: Your Blueprint for Vital Living. While we discuss in the podcast many of the ideas and frameworks presented in Shawna’ book, I strongly encourage you to seek out your own copy and uncover some of its simple, yet remarkably relevant tools for helping you optimize the areas of your life for which you actually have realistic control.
I am so grateful to have met Shawna, bonding over our shared passion for reversing chronic disease, and currently doing so in the environment of traditional, Western medicine. Shawna as a nurse and pioneering lifestyle coach, and myself as a young doctor just trying to figure out what allows people to truly flourish, we are collectively dedicated to remaining curious and challenging the things we think we know.
We encourage you to check out the notes on the podcast page for links to follow Shawna and check out her new book.
And from everyone at the medicinal mind team, we say thank you for your presence in this curious exploration, for it is your encouragement and unconditional gratitude that gives us the energy to continue holding a space for all to flourish and for suffering to finally cease.
We hope you enjoy the show.
To reach Shawna, you can access her website, twitter, and instagram pages using the links below
This link to my website will take you directly to my Amazon best selling book!
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