United Bodies

United Bodies

United Bodies is a podcast about the lived experience of health. Join health and disability writer, producer, and activist Kendall Ciesemier and her guests as they explore how different components of our health – mental, physical, social, and spiritual – interplay with one another and intersect with the whole of our identity. When we understand these forces in our lives, we can meet both ourselves and others with more empathy and maybe even realize our fights for equity, justice, freedom, and accessibility are united.

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February 26, 2024 44 mins

Moving your body, in any way you can, can be a liberating experience—to feel your power, your strength, your security and resiliency through a step forward, a dance, a roll or stroll through nature. 

Studies support this—movement has a profound impact on our brains: reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, encouraging creativity and ingenuity. Think about it: when we are babies, we move our bodies naturally. We are born with the de...

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Content warning: child abuse

Trauma is everywhere we look. Most prominently, trauma is marked by a sense of powerlessness and loss of control. This is one of most overwhelming parts of experiencing trauma. It’s terrifying to lose control over our bodies and our lives. Recovery is then about regaining control over all that was taken from us. 

One tool that can help us is the act of writing our stories. When we are able to reclaim our ...

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Welcome to the second half of United Bodies, where we’re focused on building the world we need. A huge part of building a better world is about imbuing our world with joy and there’s nothing that makes me feel more joy than laughter. I love to laugh and I particularly love to laugh about my own problems. This is what I think they call… coping. 

Laughter is contagious. It literally extends our lives. Laughter can also help ...

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We are living in a time of collective mourning. Millions of people are mourning loved ones lost to COVID, others are mourning those lost to rampant gun violence or police brutality, and still others are mourning the smaller or slower losses: the loss of progressive illness, relationships, jobs. It can feel like everywhere we turn, there’s new loss. 


Grief is long, complicated, isolating, and devastating. It’s also something tha...

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Content Warnings: This episode includes discussions of suicidality, psychosis, violence, and police brutality.

Over the last number of years, we’ve made significant progress in destigmatizing mental health care -- many of us openly talk about going to therapy, follow therapists on social media, and even trade tips on dealing with side effects of taking popular medication for depression and anxiety. 

However, this de-stigmatization ha...

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There is a huge gender gap in those that experience pain and how pain is treated. More than 51 million people in the United States – more than 20 percent of adults – live with chronic pain, but 70 percent of pain sufferers are women.

To make matters worse, women and nonbinary people, particularly women and nonbinary people of color, are treated poorly by the medical system. Our pain is ignored. Our needs ar...

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Content Warning: Child Sexual Abuse

If you listen to a podcast, scroll through Instagram, read your favorite news site, chances are that you’ll run into an ad for a new wellness product that you likely do not need. Preying on our innate fear of our own mortality, the wellness industrial complex is the manifestation of a kind of capitalism, colonization, and white supremacy, that promises you that if you buy this green juice, or do t...

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Together, throughout United Bodies, we’ll explore how different components of our health—mental, physical, social, and spiritual—interplay with one another and intersect with the whole of our identity. When we understand these forces in our lives, we can meet both ourselves and others with more empathy and maybe even realize our fights for equity, justice, freedom, and accessibility are united.

The first half of our season is focuse...

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December 27, 2023 1 min

United Bodies is a podcast about the lived experience of health. Join health and disability writer, producer, and activist Kendall Ciesemier and her guests as they explore how different components of our health – mental, physical, social, and spiritual – interplay with one another and intersect with the whole of our identity. When we understand these forces in our lives, we can meet both ourselves and others with more empathy and m...

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