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Healing Food

Discover YOUR Optimal Diet and Lifestyle Through Data:
Dr Casey Means on PYP 443

Tired of the nutrition debates? Confused about what YOU should be eating? Dr Casey Means of Levels Health shares the power of closed-loop data to change our lives – and health destinies – for the better.

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How to Become Intuitive: Christin Bummer on PYP 441

Christin Bummer used to lavish care on dogs via her Canine Kingdom business. Now she coaches humans to give similar consideration to themselves.  In our conversation, we explore the fruitful and scary landscape of operating intuitively rather than adhering to preordained rules.

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Mind Hacks for Getting Through a Pandemic: Josh LaJaunie on PYP 440

Josh LaJaunie returns to talk about his strategies for staying sane, strong, and fit during the pandemic. 

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Owning Our Health
with Glen Merzer and Chef AJ: PYP 437

Glen Merzer has possibly created a new genre, the comedic plant-based memoir.
Join me, Glen, and recipe contributor Chef AJ to talk about their new book, Own Your Health.

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How Our Communities Can Get Healthy at Last:
Eric Adams on PYP 432

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams returns to the podcast to talk about his new book, Healthy at Last. Part family memoir, part political mission statement, part science review, part self-help book, and part cookbook, this is a celebration of the possibilities of health for the American people in general, and the Black community in particular.

We talk about the title – from Etta James, and not Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, as I first assumed – and the fact that, in Adams’ words, “slavery never ended,” and remains entrenched in the slave foods that are still harming Black people to this day.

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Outlasting Broken and Unjust Systems: Meryl Fury on Plant Yourself 429

Meryl Fury is a registered nurse and CEO of the Plant-based Nutrition Movement. And she’s a fierce advocate for justice and sanity in a world lacking both.

Emblematic of her approach to life is the story of how she went vegetarian at the age of 15, to help her family make ends meet during the economic troubles of the mid-1970s. When her mother admonished her to continue eating meat to stay healthy, Fury refused, and even spat out the meat sauce coating her spaghetti.

Just as she outlasted her mother’s insistence 35 years ago, Fury is still striving to outlast the broken food and healthcare systems that disproportionately harm people of color. 

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Creating a Platform for Black Plant-Based Health Experts:
Judy Brangman, MD, on PYP 426

Judy Brangman, MD, aka The Plant-Based MD, visits the podcast to talk about her labor of love, the Reclaim Your Health Summit.

The summit is the first one featuring exclusively people of color in the plant-based healthcare space. Eighteen doctors, a dietitian, and a fitness expert all share their wisdom and action plans with Dr Brangman, and with everyone who signs up for this free event.

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Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy:
Jeanne Schumacher and Debra Shapiro, MD on PYP 420

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a great time to be pregnant, according to my guests, Jeanne Schumacher and Debra Shapiro of The Pregnancy Advantage. It is, on the other hand, a terrific time to prepare to get pregnant.

How does a woman do that, other than paint the nursery, give up booze, and buy a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting?

By getting healthier, detoxifying her body and environment, and taking other personal actions that contribute to a healthier world for the next generation.

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Empowering Black Health with Lisa A Smith: PYP 417

Lisa A Smith is a serial entrepreneur who’s made it her life’s work to empower the Black community with information, skills, and philosophies that support health, peace of mind, and mutual support. 

Ms Smith is the founder of the Black Health Academy, creator of the Pharm to Table course, and executive director of the 7000+ member Plant Based Nutrition Support Group operating in Detroit (see below for an interview with the founder, Paul Chatlin).

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Going from Racist to Anti-racist with Dustin and Josh LaJaunie: PYP 415

Dustin and Josh LaJaunie have amazing transformation stories. They went from obese to fit. From junk food addicts to plant-based eaters. From hunters to vegans. From sedentary to active. 

And, as you’ll see and hear, from racist to antiracist.

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