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!!


July 12, 2024 62 mins

Hello, Happy summer, and welcome back to the show! We have an interesting show today as Dr. Toni Liu is here to share her story.

She brings up developing a harsh, high-achieving inner critic, which became associated with emptiness, confusion, guilt, and shame, as she learns to honor herself, to find out who she truly is. 

Dr. Toni Liu is a nomadic cartoonist, ex-gynecologist, relationship coach, sex educator, podcaster, and a...

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Join us on this episode as my friend Oriana Gliessman asks ME questions about my book, "Untangling: Liberating Myself from an Enmeshed Family and Impossible Medical Career." My book came out last week! Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

We may have looked like hell recording this interview, but isn't that the first sign of friendship? Oriana comes clean and states that she errrr, she doesn't generally like self-help books...

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Generational trauma is trauma that extends from one generation to the next and can sometimes include cultural trauma. Cultural trauma begins when a group experiences a traumatic event that causes economic, cultural, and familial distress.  In response, people belonging to that group develop physical or psychological symptoms.  

Today, we have Jordan Thorpe on the show to get the conversation started on cultural trauma, as he bri...

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The reality of having a teenager in the household has hit us hard, and to be honest with you, I feel like I am practicing restraint by not automatically being an ass back. I thought my daughter was gonna cause me more problems because she’s a girl, but I have to say, my teenage boy is much more irritating that I anticipated.  You see the surges of testosterone in his behavior, and I realize it’s hard to maneuver something new, but ...

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We are doing it!  Today on the podcast, we are discussing difficult moms. One of the ways in which I've been able to find purpose in, and add some reason to, my difficult relationship with my mom has been by talking with others with less than idyllic mom relationships. The mother-child relationship is a difficult one to begin with, don’t you think?  And sometimes, it can be even more messed up!?!  And I like speaking with my friend...

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March 28, 2024 26 mins

Hello friends! For this episode I'm going to share the first two chapters of my upcoming book Untangling: Liberating Myself from an Enmeshed Family and Impossible Medical Career. 

It's really been a long ass journey, but I'm still standing! And I'm super excited that this book is close! And if you're enjoying the podcast, don't forget to rate the podcast, however you get your podcasts!

I had been working as a doctor for almos...

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Today, we talk about generational trauma with Ken Robins!

Dr. Bruce Lipton, the author of The Biology of Belief, notes that we are programmed to live a certain way by those who take care of us. In turn, this affects how we live, a lifestyle we may not have knowingly chosen for ourselves. Glennon Doyle, in her book Untamed, calls it an unnecessary burden that is passed on. Some people call this family karma or family patterns. Ot...

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February 29, 2024 67 mins

Moral injury exists in the practice of medicine, and it's not discussed. 

It was originally coined by a psychiatrist to describe the wounds that form when a person's sense of what is right is betrayed by leaders of high status. Whether or not we think about it, we all hold a moral compass and sometimes we see this being jeopardized by what we partake in, witness, or fail to prevent. This is especially true in the pract...

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Hello!  Welcome to the first episode of Lost or Found podcast for 2024!  It's been a minute and I hope that you all know that I've really missed talking, learning, and laughing on air. I had a lot to focus on, including working on my upcoming book, Untangling, as I still continue to work on it. I hope it will become something that many people can relate to, as I bring up untangling from what has brought me a lot of pain. As Martha ...

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Alex Soto is back on the show to talk about his incredible work as a fitness and functional trainer, as well as the profound body work that he does for his clients.

While many would be turned off by the idea of fitness training, as we are more prone to injury as we get older, it's important to actually feel strong in our bodies while also appropriately addressing the painful and weaker areas.  It's preventative an...

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Alex Soto is on the show to talk about his journey into understanding the pain that people carry in their bodies.  He is a physical trainer and functional trainer, and does excellent body work, such that his clients, once they find him, stay with him, and continue to work with him as they find themselves getting stronger in their bodies.  His mission is to decrease acute and chronic physical pain. I find him super in...

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Okay, so I'm going to do something different this week.  Today's episode is all me.  I feel like it's a pivotal moment in my life, considering I still carry that super shy person inside of me.  I'm excited, a little scared, and well, Why not??

I’ve been mentioning in the last few episodes the imaginary letter that I wrote on behalf of my mother- by me, for me, to me.  And it originally started off as a monologue w...

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Today we discuss Enmeshment based on Jennette McCurdy’s bestselling book I’m Glad My Mom Died.  What can happen when perhaps...you’re too close.

When you think of childhood emotional trauma, one might think of neglect, but the opposite, being “too” close can lead to enmeshment trauma.  A child can become the “parentified child”, where the child takes on caring for the parent’s emotional needs, such that their parents’ ...

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It's true that plant based lifestyles reduce the risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, certain risks of cancer (specifically colon, breast, and prostate cancers), depression, and in older adults, decreased risk of frailty, along with better mental and physical function.

Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, se...

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What if we all have something special within all of us, ready to be awakened, to be pulled out into our existence?

Perhaps that is a fundamental truth that we continue to deny. You are already very special. But how do we start to really remember?

Father Raniero is a Catholic monk from the New Camaldolese Hermitage in Big Sur and he is here to talk about our awakening and enlightenment.  He was one of my original int...

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Today, we're going to talk about our suffering.  We talk about suffering, because suffering has a lot of meaning for us. Yet a lot of times, we view our suffering as something to be ashamed of or to run away from. 

Why does it seem like our initial response is to put our tears in a bottle? Could there be a purpose to our suffering? Does suffering just prove that we are real? How do we turn our pain into something that ...

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Have you ever been told that you’re “too sensitive” or that you “shouldn’t think so much,” particularly by people who strike you as too insensitive or who you believe should think a little more? You may be a highly sensitive person, or HSP.

Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?

We base our discus...

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I’m excited to speak with Dr. Lishanna Emmert! She had been on the show previously, in episode 65, when she spoke about acupuncture.  The truth is, I’m interested in all modalities of healing.  I think the combination of holistic medicine and western medicine can offer such a broad array of options for one’s healing. There is really so much that we can learn from each other. 

Today Dr. Emmert talks about anger, rage, and resent...

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Hello folks, can you believe, we are on episode 100!!!  It's been fun having meaningful and open conversations as I try to understand and grow, while trying to understand and grow some more.  I hope that these conversations have become meaningful in your life, and help you to think about things.

Today I have Dr. Dave Clarke back on the show, and we’ll be discussing Dr. Gabor Maté's bestseller book, The Myth of Normal: ...

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There are times when we find family, elsewhere.  And that’s okay. I think it’s healthy.  

Experts in the field have defined chosen families as “nonbiological kinship bonds, whether legally recognized or not, deliberately chosen for the purpose of mutual support and love.” Basically, these are the people who understand you, lift you up, celebrate you, help you, and love you, even without biological ties.

I think...

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