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Stress

Self-Care: PYP 394

Some of us have had more time for self-care over the past few weeks than we even know what to do with. And we’re loving it. How can we take advantage of this time to make ourselves, our families, our communities, and our societies healthier and more compassionate? Read More

Stress and Resilience in the Time of Pandemic with Glenn Murphy: PYP 385

Glenn Murphy returns to the podcast in the nick of time, to help understand, manage, and overcome stress reactions and symptoms in this time of fear, lockdown, and uncertainty. He shares an evolutionary perspective on why this pandemic produces stress responses unlike other typical stressors, and offers exercises, solutions, and mindsets to help us get… Read More

The Illusion and Reality of Control: PYP 382

In a world in which we have virtually no control, how do we assert control in a useful way? Read More

Lost in the Land of the Liars: PYP 371

There’s a logic puzzle, well-known to those of us who never dated in high school, about an island that’s inhabited by two tribes – the Liars and the Truthtellers. It’s impossible to tell them apart by looks. You’re on this island, at a fork in the road, lost and confused, and you want to know… Read More

Should You Sanitize Your Environment?: PYP 363

The public health crisis was going to be unprecedented, and catastrophic. As the Americans clumsily extricated themselves from the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, tens of thousands of US troops would be returning home. And by some estimates, 90% of them had become addicted to heroin during their tour of duty. Read More

Stephen Porges, PhD, on Safety as the Most Important Thing: PYP 340

For my money, Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory has done more to improve our ability to heal and grow and thrive as a civilization than any other scientific breakthrough of the past 50 years.

Its advances over prior understandings of the human nervous system, psychology, and experiences of states like well-being, happiness, and love – are profound. Paradigm-shifting. And, unlike a lot of theory, incredible practical and applicable to our everyday lives.

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The Health Benefits of the “Poor Mans’ Meat” with Jeff Chilton: PYP 313

Today’s a huge departure for this podcast. For the first time, we explore the virtues of eating something other than plants.No, don’t worry. I haven’t gone paleo or keto or carnivore (although one of my prior guests has (SMH)). I’m not into fish oil or organic beef liver or hummingbird tongue.Today we explore an entire… Read More

Nourishing Our Brains and Preventing Dementia with Ayesha Sherzai, MD: PYP 279

Ayesha Sherzai, MD, is one half of Team Sherzai, along with her husband, Dean (also MD). She’s codirector of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University, where she leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She’s got three lifetime’s worth of degrees (preventive medicine, neurology, advanced research methodology, lifestyle… Read More

Nathan Runkle on Showing Mercy to the Animals in Our Care: PYP 235

Nathan Runkle is the founder of Mercy For Animals, an organization that focuses on the prevention of cruelty to the billions of farm animals raised for food in the United States. Nathan’s just written an amazing memoir, titled Mercy For Animals, with friend-of-the-podcast Gene Stone. The book is part coming of age story, part exposé… Read More

The Mindful Vegan by Lani Muelrath: PYP 230

Lani Muelrath is a good friend of the podcast (on the show for the third time), and a prolific thinker, teacher, and writer. Lani’s new book, The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness, covers the third of her three pillars of a healthy life: mastery over habits of thinking the… Read More