Lost or Found

Lost or Found

My name is Dr. Michelle Choi, and I'm an Internal Medicine doctor in Santa Cruz, CA. I left my medical career in September, 2020, to become a podcaster. I practiced medicine in the inpatient and outpatient settings for over 10 years, before making the major life decision to leave my traditional career as a doctor. I do not believe that we're doing enough to get to the underlying causes of what is causing illness. And the way in which healthcare is structured in our nation, if doctors simply don't have the time to talk with our patients, or if it's much easier to get insurance coverage for a pill for depression rather than counseling, whom are we really helping? Why not do more than just putting a band-aid on the issue? After years of frustration, I decided to leave the career I'd worked my whole life for, in search of what may contribute to our feeling whole. I believe that we all have the capacity to be who we really are, not just a whiff of who we are. And perhaps by being honest with ourselves, can we unlock the key to our own healing, and find our path to a meaningful life. Join me on the Lost or Found podcast, as we contemplate the components of true health. Be your true advocate! Dare to be inspired!!

Episodes

November 17, 2022 63 min

A true love story is not a fairy tale.  For Realz.  It takes vulnerability and effort to be in a relationship.  And what if the goal of conflict is not to win, but it is a way in which to get to know your partner better and develop deeper intimacy?

I am super excited because Dr. Dave Clarke is back on the show again. This time, we are talking about about relationships.  

Together we read the book, 8 Dates by John Gottman and...

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On today's show, we are talking about yoga with Daisy Thayer!  According to the National Institutes of Health, there is scientific evidence that shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality of sleep.

Yoga provides a retreat from our busy and chaotic lives, while providing many mental and physical benefits. Yoga develops inner awareness. It helps us to focus ...

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While many of us would like to imagine the holidays to be idyllic, the reality is that  sometimes it's not.  

The holidays can be emotionally, physically, and psychologically taxing, and every family, no matter how loving, has its fair share of challenges.  Do we break the people-pleasing pattern which is typically at our own expense, or do we set boundaries and prioritize some of our needs and give at a sustainable rate?

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It's that kind of episode today!  Just talking about the things that we do understand and the things that we don't, the love and the frustration, the funny and sometimes not so funny.  Being real with my own issues, my increased frustration with my little girl than boy sometimes, as I continue to see how I act and react, and check myself.  It's a fun episode as we sometimes agree and disagree, but all of it is A-OK.  Ge...

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We’ve got a great show today, as Jonathan Miller is back, to talk about how humans have changed our food.  Processed food isn't a modern invention, it's as old as humanity itself and may have helped create our species, although today, there is a far more negative connotation with the polystyrene-like snacks. Processed food has, for better or worse (and likely both), changed our relationship with food.

Join us in this sup...

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I am super excited about this interview because I've become a huge fan of the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and of Dr. Larry Arias. They're both THAT special.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bird that tries to perfect the art of flying. He may be a bird, but he's a badass, who's gonna-become-a-renegade bird. He has an unbounded passion for flight despite the rebuke of his clan or flock. He'...

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Welcome to today’s show!  I’m excited to have Dinasha Cellura on the podcast as she talks about her organization, the Live Like Leo Foundation.  She started this organization with her husband to serve and guide our youth, after experiencing the tragic loss of her son, Leo, in 2020.  Their foundation, through grants, finances expenses related to learning abroad programs for underprivileged young adults - giving young minds the oppor...

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When Janae Thomas was a little girl, she loved walking in cemeteries for fun, and she still loves walking in cemeteries for fun! Janae literally loves everything old.  I chose to interview Janae today because I've never met someone who quite sees the beauty of the past like her. She appreciates history and legends, without judgement.  As we live our lives, perhaps we are sometimes too busy to think about what had been. Join ...

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Children today are faced with an increasingly complex world.  What does a child need to thrive?

Most people know that children need shelter, food, and love to be happy and healthy, but there's more to consider.  Overall child well-being can be affected by the child's own personality and those around them like their family and community.  While providing a uniform definition of child well-being is difficult, it's gene...

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On today's episode, we have my favorite psychologist back on the show, Dr. Chris Fahrenbach!  We talk about Loss and Change in our lives, both the collective loss and our personal loss.  Sometimes, with loss and change, we grieve what has happened, and our grieving is a form of learning - one that teaches us how to be in the world.  Whether you're facing the end of a job or relationship, the death of a loved one, or organiz...

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In this life's journey, you are your own driver! Get in the driver's seat!

Is there an aspect of your life where you feel like it's time to take charge?  If we don't advocate for ourselves, who honestly will?  On this week's episode, my friends Carla Roa and Kim Rodriguez join me to discuss what it means to "be the boss of you."  It begins with understanding the priorities that define you. Deep comm...

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Today we are talking Siblings!  I hope that you do have a fantastic relationship with your siblings, but sometimes that’s not the case.  It’s an important relationship, but sometimes as we get older, the relationship can become more complicated.  It’s one of the longest relationships in a person’s life, as you grow up in the same environment, share the same parents, and look back on common memories and similar experiences.  And eve...

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"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails," - Donna Roberts.

Strong friendships are a critical aspect of most people's emotional well-being.  Research shows that close friendships are associated with greater happiness, self esteem, and sense of purpose such that people with close connections are healthier, recover from certain illnesses more quickly, and live longer.  It's Legit...

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Karen Snedeker is on the show today to talk about her near death experience.  At the end of a mission trip to Brazil, a truck going at full speed struck their car while they were stopped alongside the freeway. The majority of the impact was on the side in which she was sitting. A horrific accident, where the car had been crushed, Karen came out of that accident without any external bleeding, although she sustained 7 fractures in he...

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Everybody poops and most of us don’t talk about it.  And while it may not be pleasing to talk about our bowel movements, our poop offers us valuable clues to our health.  

On today’s episode, Jonathan Miller returns to the show to talk about his love of ferments and beans, one of the ways in which we can improve our BM’s.  If you’re producing soft, well formed logs that aren’t hard to push out and are very regular, then your bow...

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How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain?

The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect.  Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. She draws upon traditional Buddhist wisdom and offers life-changing tools for transformi...

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Today on the podcast, we discuss Ascended Female Masters!  Ascended Masters are enlightened beings whom many believe have evolved beyond the need to reincarnate on earth and now act from a higher plane of existence to assist humans in their movement toward enlightenment, guiding the human race in its evolution.  Think Mary, the Beloved Mother; Isis the Egyptian goddess of Nature; and Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, compassion, and p...

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On today’s show, we have psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke, the author of Dopamine Nation, here to talk about dopamine, which rules the pain and pleasure centers of the mind.  She describes that we live in a time of indulgence with unparalleled access to high-reward and high-dopamine stimuli. In an era of overconsumption and instant gratification, Dopamine Nation explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix- a...

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In Duchenne muscular dystrophy, milestones for a child reverse themselves.  Kids eventually regress, moving backwards in their development. 
On today’s episode, Sara Aluffi is on the show to talk about her younger son, Joaquin, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Duchenne is a rare genetic disorder, primarily affecting males, causing the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time. Duchenne is eventually fatal.  Join...

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Dyslexia is so common, affecting 20% of the population and represents 80-90% of all those with learning disabilities. It can include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. It can occur in anyone, and the level of severity may be different. People who are very bright can be dyslexic.

It’s important to think about and to address appropriately- as dyslexia can affect a person’s self ima...

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