The Matador, the Car Wash, and the Ten Commandments of Holiday Eating

When I am eight years old, my dad gets us a new car. Because he is an organizer with the United Auto Workers, a foreign car is out of the question - even as the 1973 OPEC crisis sent most Americans scurrying for fuel-efficient Datsuns and Toyotas. Also not on the acceptable list is his dream car, a sunflower yellow Corvette C3 Stingray convertible: Bad form to show up at a picket line in a set of wheels that expensive and flashy. So, practical man that he is, my dad settles on a lemon-yellow 1974 AMC Matador with a black vinyl roof.  Read more »

The Mental Health / Lifestyle Link with Dr Elizabeth Winings: PYP 242

Elizabeth Winings is Doctor of Nursing Practice at  Nemours Children's specialty care and Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She specializes in working with children and teens who are receiving mental health care in an acute in-patient setting. In her work with the children and their families, she emphasizes wholistic, therapeutic, and lifestyle approaches toward wellness. Read more »

Raising Healthy Parents with Sid Garza-Hillman: PYP 241

Sid Garza-Hillman returns to the podcast to talk about his new book, Raising Healthy Parents. In typical Sid fashion, the book is funny, irreverent, wise, and insanely useful. Sid is the Nutritionist and Program Director at The Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California, and host of the Approaching the Natural podcast. He's also a race director, YouTuber, and health coach. Read more »

From the Sidelines to the Starting Line (and Finish Line!) with Anthony Masiello: PYP 240

Anthony Masiello grew up as the "fat kid," and owned the identity with resignation. Growing up in a town with three pizza restaurants within walking distance, it was easy to avoid the healthy food his mom stocked in their refrigerator and rely on the standard American junk diet. His weight continued to grow as his health and wellbeing began to decline. One day while away at college, a conversation with his mother got Anthony to try giving up meat and alcohol for a few months and "see what happens." Read more »

Having a New Heart and Filling It With Love with Ken Lander: PYP 233

When Ken Lander disembarked from a plane on December 16, 2016, he lost his breath, stumbled, and couldn't make to baggage claim. When the 430-pound Lander was examined in the emergency room, it was determined that it was a very sick heart that had nearly cost him his life that day. Further tests revealed a 90% blockage in the left descending artery, and severely compromised heart efficiency ("ejection fraction" in cardio lingo). Read more »

Making Informed Decisions About Our Healthcare with Pam Popper, PhD: PYP 232

Pam Popper makes her fourth appearance on the podcast, to further expand on her assertion that most of us make better decisions about buying blenders and toasters than we do around the healthcare options that can often mean life or death. I invite Pam onto the show at least once a year to remind myself why I'm doing what I'm doing, and also to keep me strong and curious in defending my own health and my family's health in the face of industry shenanigans. Also, I think the Wellness Forum Health annual conference is awesome, and really important if you're the sort of person who likes to base your choices and actions upon good evidence, and you're kind of a health geek. Read more »

Peter Breggin, MD, on Toxic Psychiatry and the Heart of Healing: PYP 231

Peter Breggin, MD, has been known as the "conscience of psychiatry" since his crusade starting in the 1970s to abolish electro-convulsive therapy.  Since then, he's become an outspoken critic of the entire psychiatric profession, largely based on their reliance on neurotoxic drugs instead of humane and effective treatment options. Read more »

Replacing Fear with Love, Losing 200 Pounds, and Finding Purpose with Russ L’Hommedieu: PYP 229

When we make a big change in our lives, it's easy to forget who we were and how we thought before that change. Russ L'Hommedieu doesn't have that problem - he's got a public video record of his old ways of being and thinking: a 2 minute compilation video of his standup routine about the travails of obesity and dieting. After selling his physical therapy practice, Russ began going to comedy open mics, and achieved some success with his "fat guy bemoaning his attempts at weight loss" routine. He's funny, no question, but I can't help but be saddened at the self-defeating attitude of the man in the video. Then, 15 years ago, he became an accidental vegan and his weight loss accelerated and - for the first time ever - wasn't reversed. Read more »

Bernie Roth on Designing the Lives We Want: PYP 226

Bernie Roth is a co-founder and Academic Director of the incredibly influential d.school at Stanford University (officially known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design). He's also the author of a charming, unflinchingly honest, and hugely helpful book, The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life. Bernie's great contribution to the world, aside from his numerous inventions and innovations in machine design, robotics, and engineering, is the insight that successful, happy, healthy people generally don't achieve these nice things by accident. Read more »