Healing Together

Healing Together

Real health conversations with real people. Hosted by Healthenly 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 Healthenly 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.... Show More

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February 8, 2021 38 min

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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This conversation with Margi Hofer covers a range of experiences as she worked through the diagnosis and then treatment for Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an incurable cancer. Margi’s age and gender make her an unlikely victim of this disease, and she discusses how that affected her, how her support network came to her aid, her reactions to the current pandemic, and her advice for people going through similar challenges.

A long-time museum c...

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In this podcast we speak with Frenchman and ex-insomniac Delbert Curtis about sleep, insomnia, and his top tips and tricks for improving your sleep. Earlier this year, Delbert published The Self-Empowering Sleep Book, which is full of practical recommendations based on his own experience living with insomnia for over 20 years before finally successfully addressing it seven years ago. Throughout this episode Delbert shares a number ...

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This conversation with Gabrielle Hartley, author of "Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate," is not our usual health conversation. However, we felt the health factors around marriage stress were important to address during this pandemic. Divorce lawyer Gabrielle Hartley walks us through some of the best and worst decisions that can be made at this time, especially for couples who are experiencing stress yet u...

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This conversation with Dr. Martin Rossman introduces his journey into understanding the mind-body connection and the imagination’s healing potential. He discusses easy ways to reduce stress and achieve a healthier mindset, and touches upon the direct and indirect consequences of living in a state of psychological and emotional stress. Dr. Rossman’s web site is thehealingmind.org where listeners can find the free meditations and gui...

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This conversation with Anne Basting covers her ground-breaking approach to engaging with patients in the midst of dementia and cognitive decline - a new, generative, and playful way of imagining elder care. Basting's work has challenged conventional wisdom and resulted in extraordinary changes for patients and caregivers alike. 

We discuss storytelling and our human need for narrative, relationships and the value of living in th...

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This conversation with Dr. Lissa Chipeco is ideal for anyone who is caring for elders or getting older themselves. We discuss COVID-19 and how it’s changing life in the nursing home where Lissa practices, testing guidelines, how frightening this time is for residents and staff, fatality rates, and the ways this disease presents. We also talk about how we can best take care of our elders, both as individuals and as a society, and Li...

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