Dr Bojana Jankovic Weatherly is one of my favorite physicians, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. She has also trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness.
Dr Jankovic Weatherly is a real stickler for evidence of efficacy, whatever modality she's exploring or recommending. Which makes her a very reliable podcast guest, especially when talking about topics not fully embraced by mainstream medical practice.
And, she's a mom struggling to homeschool two children in a New York apartment while working full time from home.
We talked about the stresses that most people are dealing with around the pandemic: fear, uncertainty, economic hardship, lack of social support, disease, fatigue.
And how a mindful, gentle, kind approach can take some of the pressure off, and allow us to seek our best health without a constant voice of doubt or recrimination or “should should should.”
We also explored Dr Jankovic Weatherly's decision to stay home and serve her patients through telemedicine, and the conflict she felt (feels) over not participating in the “front lines” of New York hospitals.
And clarified options for Covid-19 testing, based on the latest clinical evidence.
One note: this episode was recorded before the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests, so if our conversation sounds painfully aware, to some extent I can blame it on timing.
And at the same time, the issues raised by his murder, and those of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and hundreds of other Black people killed by a White Supremacist culture of impunity, were on full display for a long time prior to our recording.
And while this podcast is mostly about health and plant-based living, I recognize that I can do much more to support my Black sisters and brothers leading the movement for racial justice. And that I pledge to do going forward.
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