Healing Together

Healing Together

Real health conversations with real people. Hosted by Health Together co-founders Deirdre Tomlinson and Nicolas Boillot, this podcast is for regular people who want to lead healthier lives and are interested in stories of illness and health. Our guests include patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and alternative healthcare providers covering a wide range of healing modalities and topics, and providing examples and guidance for people seeking healthier lives. Deirdre Tomlinson and Nicolas Boillot created Health Together and the Healing Together podcast because they are curious about the science and philosophy behind living better lives, and they want to bring more well-being into the world.

Episodes

November 16, 2021 37 min

Ayurvedic doctor Chelynn Tetreault discusses stress, anxiety, and mental health from the holistic lens of Ayurvedic medicine.

We talk about why the fall season of 'change' can worsen feelings of anxiety, connected as we are to all rhythms, whether daily, monthly, or seasonal. Chelynn also shares examples from her work with clients to explain why it's hard to modify our habits and how connected the body and mind are. We ...

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Borderline Personality Disorder is stigmatized in our culture, so much so that MamaJay asked to be anonymous for this episode. In this moving conversation, we talk about the difficulties of parenting a child with emotional dysregulation, when the regular moments of life can lead to explosive anger and lasting emotional extremes.  Our conversation addresses the stigma around this condition, how friends can make you feel as if you’re...

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Sandi Mauro is a Human Resources director, mother, wife, dog owner and also a patient who has struggled with multiple illnesses and injuries. Her health journey begins with a long decline over years of overworking, where she neglected her own well-being and started to rely on unhelpful fixes. We discuss how she "woke up" from her decline and some of the key actions she took to get back on feet and lead a healthier, more con...

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Karen Cadenhead was thrown into the world of cancer when she was diagnosed with anal cancer. We discuss the many challenges of cancer treatment, how to enlist help, how to build a community, ways to connect and reconnect to sources of happiness, how to take small steps, friends groups, handing the information flow for family and friends, and how to manage some of the hardest aspects of being on chemotherapy and many other drugs. 

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Master Mingtong Gu leads The Chi Center in Galisteo, New Mexico, where he teaches Wisdom Healing Qi Gong. In this conversation we discuss the meaning of “Haola,” or “all is well.” We explore how it’s possible to recognize that all is well even when things don’t feel well at all; how the labels we apply to our world and ourselves can limit our perception, blinding us to the bigger context in which we function; how we can apply an “a...

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This conversation with Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green of Living Kitchen Wellness covers the benefits of managing blood sugar through food, the way that our diets may change throughout our lives because of our ever-evolving bodies, the false decision of buying either expensive organics or buying no produce at all, and a tip that Sarah and Tamara call “the plate check.”

Diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome as a kid, Tamara Green w...

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This conversation with Dr. David Hass and Carrie Armour preceded the first annual Medical Cannabis Research and Advocacy Alliance conference, to be held in March 2021 (virtually). Dave and Carrie are deeply involved in the world of medical cannabis but come to it from very different perspectives. Dave is a medical doctor who understands the science and has seen first-hand what medical cannabis can do for some patients. Carrie is an...

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Lynne Paterson is an expert in nutrition, Yoga,  and other energy healing modalities. She’s a holistic health coach and has trained as a professional chef and taught numerous people and organizations about better eating and lifestyle modification. Lynne passionately educates men and women to improve their health by expanding self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-care through her two businesses: her yoga and wellness business, Pra...

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Kendra Wilde describes Wild Peace as "the practice of cultivating inner calm, strength, and positive growth in the midst of challenging times."

Our conversation covers a range of ways in which parents can succumb to stress, particularly with children who have behavioral challenges. Kendra has spent over a decade researching ways to counteract the effects of chronic stress, and offers a vast array of resources and ideas that ...

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This conversation with integrative OB-GYN Dr. Felice L. Gersh, MD, of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, in California, covers an expansive definition of "women's health issues" from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to environmental toxins!

We talk about how to be your own health detective, what to look for when finding an integrative or functional medicine practitioner, the history and prevalence of PCOS, and why...

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This episode features a doctor (Aaron Friedman) and a kidney transplant patient (Elizabeth Schumacher) who have developed their relationship ever since Elizabeth needed a kidney transplant as a young teenager. The evolution of their relationship over more than 35 years demonstrates how doctors and patients can experience bi-directional benefits as they get to know each other beyond the immediate healthcare situations. We discuss wh...

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Anna Penenberg's book, Dancing in the Narrows, chronicles her descent into the underworld of Lyme disease treatment and her multiyear struggle to save her daughter Dana’s life. We discuss how Anna and Dana first recognized the illness, how they realized that Dana’s doctors did not know how to help her, the difficulties of putting your life on hold to care for a loved one, the relationship dynamics between a chronically-ill depe...

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This conversation with Palmer Kippola, a functional health coach who underwent her own battle with a debilitating autoimmune condition -- multiple sclerosis -- but came out on top of it, with no active disease present in her body today. We talk about the question that sparked her journey of experimentation, trial and error, and ultimately of learning and healing. Palmer shares her perspective on how the medical system’s approach to...

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This conversation with Dr. Rachel Broudy covers how caring for elders can be reciprocal, the illusionary notion of independence in our old age (and younger years too), the difference between health and well-being, the dignity of risk, single-payer health coverage, how to keep a meaningful life even when life changes, hospice care and preparing for aging. 

Dr. Broudy has spent her career in Geriatrics and currently is leading a resea...

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This conversation with Mary Van Doorn covers her  journey from her initial type 2 diabetes diagnosis to becoming a leader among type 2 diabetes patients, a fitness instructor, and an inspiration for thousands of diabetic women who find support in her social media and fitness groups. We discuss taking control of your care, overcoming obstacles, managing friends and family who aren’t ready for the change you want to make, and living ...

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This conversation with Dr. Cynthia Li covers her struggle and healing journey with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid condition, and its many offshoot effects on her health. We discuss her search for healing and normalcy over a decade-long illness, which led her from acupuncture to qi gong and exploration of all aspects of her life, including her most important relationships. We talk about what happens in the body d...

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Cindy Tenner was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 19, and later in life battled cancer which came as a result of her earlier treatments. She continues to manage chronic health issues today as a Diastolic Heart Failure patient, even as she pursues a rich life as a professional, wife, mother and grandmother. Our conversation explores her journey, what it’s like to live in a pandemic given very high vulnerability and how s...

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This conversation with BJ Miller covers his ideas on  de-pathologizing death, the difference between necessary and unnecessary suffering, our neurotic relationship to experiencing pain and how best to be present for others when they are suffering. We address the distinction between curing and healing and discuss how caregiving, at its best, is a reciprocal relationship. BJ’s perspective on end of life is important because our cultu...

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This conversation with Ayurvedic Doctor Chelynn Tetreault focuses on gut health, specifically looking at what bowel movements can tell you about how our bodies are doing and whether we should make dietary changes or seek help. We get into frequency, consistency, odor, the effect of certain diets and stress, and more (with some unpreventable laughter). 

Chelynn is a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Doctor, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and ...

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Overview: Dr. Kat Toups, a functional medicine psychiatrist at Bay Area Wellness, was just 50 years old when she found herself struggling with full-fledged dementia symptoms. Through functional medicine, she was able to reverse her disease and return to work as a doctor and researcher. In this conversation, we discuss what functional medicine and functional medicine psychiatry are, how food itself can be medicine, the good and bad ...

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