The Whole Health Cure

The Whole Health Cure

Experience, embrace, and discover how our simple every day choices affect our biology, mood, energy, creativity, and well-being. Each week host Dr. Sharon Bergquist talks with renowned researchers, physicians, nutritionists and wellness experts exploring the science behind true health and living to your fullest physical, emotional, and spiritual potential.

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    "Countering Effects of Burnout through Self-Reflection" with Timothy Harrison, Associate Director for CBCT®, Emory University

    Timothy Harrison is the Associate Director for CBCT® at Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. While Tim has a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University, he decided in 2014 to dedicate himself full time to teaching and sharing the benefits of CBCT. He oversees the CBCT program, including multiple research initiatives and the rigorous teacher certification process. Tim regularly teaches CBCT nationally and internationally in academic institutions and healthcare settings, and he advises on the tailoring of CBCT for research with populations that have specific circumstances including cancer survivors, veterans with PTSD, HIV+ patients, and Emory medical students. He also enjoys offering CBCT through outreach programs such as in prisons and foster care homes, and to teachers in the Atlanta Public School system.

    In this conversation, Tim talks about ​burnout, the reasons for it, its definition, and three main indicators that someone may be experiencing burnout. Most importantly, he discusses the way to counter it through self-reflection. We get into the science behind CBCT, discuss different kinds of empathy, and examine the latest research around compassion and kindness. Tune in to learn more.

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    "Culinary Medicine" with Rani Polak, MD, Chef, MBA

    Dr. Rani Polak is the founding director of both the Culinary Healthcare Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching program at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Center of Lifestyle Medicine at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; as well as an Assistant Professors, Part Time, at the Department of PM & R, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Polak’s focus, along with clinical care, is on clinical and translational research relating to the Culinary Coaching method which combine culinary training with health coaching principles. Dr. Polak is the PI of the Culinary CoRe (Culinary Coaching Research) group which aimed at expanding the culinary coaching as an effective, scalable telemedicine method to improve nutrition; and a course director of a medical education program at Harvard Medical School that disseminate culinary coaching to hundreds clinician worldwide. Dr. Polak work has been featured in many media outlets including Scientific American, Herald Tribute, US News and World Reports and USA Today.

    In this conversation Dr. Polak explains what is culinary medicine, its key components, and why it is an integral part of empowering patients to live a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Polak also talks about culinary coaching and shares innovative ways to deploy education and build skills. Tune in to learn more!

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    "Improving Human Performance " with Robert M. Chapman

    Robert Chapman is a wellness program manager for Emory Blomeyer Fitness Center / Health Fitness Corporation. He is also the assistant athletic director for the city of Snellville, GA Park and Recreation department, and a research coordinator for Emory University School of Public Health and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

    Before this, Robert was the lead manager at the DeKalb Medical Wellness Center, in charge of assisting the Wellness Center to become the first certified medical fitness center in the state of Georgia. Working with the city of Snellville park and recreation department Robert had the opportunity to work with all age groups through different mediums of wellness and fitness programing.

    Robert has a bachelors of Science degree in exercise science from Georgia State University, and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Louisiana State University. He loves spending time with his wife and 2 year old son. Robert loves to cycle, run, and exercise as often as possible.

    In this episode Robert talks about improve human performance, including the “why” behind fitness, functional fitness and connecting fitness to your purpose, fitness communities and how they differ and how to select the right trainer. Tune in to learn more!

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    "My Life, My Story" with Susan Nathan, MD

    Susan Nathan, MD is a Geriatrician and Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician at VA Boston Healthcare System. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct Instructor in Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the site director for the My Life, My Story Project at VA Boston. She is interested in the role of patient story in healthcare as well as education around serious illness communication.

    This is a conversation about "My Life, My Story", a program that was started to help VA health care providers better understand their patients and provide them with insights and information that might not otherwise manifest through single visits. If the Veteran chooses to participate in the program, their story becomes part of their medical record. The effect this program had and continues to have on veterans and healthcare providers is truly remarkable.

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    "Exploring The Feldenkrais Method" with Sandi Goldring

    Sandi Goldring specializes in helping people who are limited by pain, injury, and disability get back to their active lives. Sandi believes that the no matter what’s going wrong with your physical performance, you can learn how to move better and more comfortably so that you can function optimally.

    In his clinic and online classes, Sandi uses the Feldenkrais Method as a non-medical, integrative approach to helping people bounce back from injury and feel well. Many of his clients have already have tried “everything” else, without the success they ultimately find with Feldenkrais.

    After working as a massage therapist in a physical therapy clinic, Sandi went on to earn a Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While in PT school, he discovered the full healing potential of Feldenkrais, first by getting help with his own injury, and subsequently observing a stroke patient’s astonishing improvement. By the time he graduated, he had already been accepted in a four-year professional Feldenkrais training.

    Over the past twenty-five years, Sandi has worked across all age groups with many different conditions that interfere with living fully. He is devoted not only to showing people how to recover from disability and injury, but also how to prevent the same problems from recurring. In 2005, he founded Advanced Movement Training, located in Sandy Springs, GA, where he helps people make rapid, lasting change and achieve their full potential.

    In this conversation Sandi explains the history and science of Feldenkrais method, shares transformational stories from his clients and even leads a short demo to give listeners a sense of what it possible!

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    "Reversing MS with Plant-Based Diet" with Sarah Stancic, MD

    Dr. Stancic is a board certified physician and the founder of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC where she practices Lifestyle Medicine.

    She received her M.D. degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1993. Dr. Stancic completed an Internal Medicine residency and served an additional year as Chief Medical resident at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. In response to witnessing the height of the catastrophic HIV epidemic while in medical school in Newark, she became very interested in the field of Infectious Diseases. She wanted to be part of the solution to the AIDS health care crisis, and went on to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases.

    In 1995, as a third year medical resident, Dr. Stancic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This unforeseen health challenge changed the course of her life, both professionally and personally.

    In this interview Dr. Stancic shares her remarkable story of overcoming MS and running a marathon, despite the predictions of the doctors and against their best advice. She did it with plant-based diet. This change and the recovery that followed has laid the foundation for the work that Dr. Stancic does today.

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    "Philosophy of Public Health and Mentorship" with William H. Foege, MD, MPH (Part 2 of 2)

    This is the second and last part of our episode with Dr. William H. Foege, where Dr. Foege continues the conversation about the philosophy of public health and shares his views about the role and the importance of mentorship.

    William H. Foege, MD, MPH is the Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and the Gates Fellow at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an epidemiologist who worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. Dr. Foege became Chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of CDC in 1977.

    In 1984, Foege and several colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Its success in accelerating childhood immunization led to an expansion of its mandate in 1991 to include other issues that diminish the quality of life for children.

    Dr. Foege joined The Carter Center in 1986 as its Executive Director, Fellow for Health Policy and Executive Director of Global 2000. In 1992, he resigned as Executive Director of The Carter Center, but continued in his role as a Fellow and as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Emory University, where he is Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 1999, Dr. Foege became a Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1999, Dr. Foege resigned as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, and in 2001, he retired from both Emory University and the Gates Foundation. However, he remains active in both organizations as Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health and as a Gates Fellow.

    Dr. Foege has championed many issues, but child survival and development, injury prevention, population, preventive medicine, and public health leadership are of special interest, particularly in the developing world. He is a strong proponent of disease eradication and control, and has taken an active role in the eradication of guinea worm, polio and measles, and the elimination of river blindness. By writing and lecturing extensively, Dr. Foege has succeeded in broadening public awareness of these issues and bringing them to the forefront of domestic and international health policies.

    Dr. Foege is the recipient of many awards, holds honorary degrees from numerous institutions, and was named a Fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1997. He is the author of more than 125 professional publications. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, received his medical degree from the University of Washington, and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

    In this conversation Dr. Foege shares his philosophy of public health today based on decades of his rich, diverse and all-encompassing experience. He talks about challenges, domestically and internationally, of structure, reimbursement and ethics of public health, as well as his personal experience working in many internationally renowned public health organizations he was and is a part of.

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    "Philosophy of Public Health" with William H. Foege, MD, MPH (Part 1 of 2)

    William H. Foege, MD, MPH is the Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and the Gates Fellow at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an epidemiologist who worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. Dr. Foege became Chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of CDC in 1977.

    In 1984, Foege and several colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Its success in accelerating childhood immunization led to an expansion of its mandate in 1991 to include other issues that diminish the quality of life for children.

    Dr. Foege joined The Carter Center in 1986 as its Executive Director, Fellow for Health Policy and Executive Director of Global 2000. In 1992, he resigned as Executive Director of The Carter Center, but continued in his role as a Fellow and as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Emory University, where he is Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 1999, Dr. Foege became a Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1999, Dr. Foege resigned as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, and in 2001, he retired from both Emory University and the Gates Foundation. However, he remains active in both organizations as Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health and as a Gates Fellow.

    In this conversation Dr. Foege shares his philosophy of public health, based on decades of his rich, diverse and all-encompassing experience. He talks about challenges - domestically and internationally - of structure, reimbursement and ethics of public health, as well as his personal experience working in many internationally renowned public health organizations he was and is a part of. This is part 1 of a 2-part conversation that we will continue next week.

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    "Organic and Sustainable Farming Practices" with Daniel Parson, Farmer and Educator

    Daniel Parson is in his twenty-first season of organic growing. He started in 1998 at wildflower organics in Dawsonville, GA, where he worked four years. Next, he managed the Clemson University student organic farm for two years, and operated Gaia Gardens in Decatur, GA for five. In 2009, he started a new venture, Parson Produce, supplying a CSA, local restaurants, and farmers markets in Clinton, SC. In 2014, Daniel moved to Oxford, GA to start a campus farm for Oxford College of Emory University, producing food for the dining hall, CSA, and Emory Farmers Market while serving as a resource for student education and research.

    Daniel has two degrees from Clemson, a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Plant and Environmental Science, focusing on cover crops and organic systems. In addition to growing produce, Daniel has presented workshops on various organic topics to many state and regional groups, including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Southern SAWG and Georgia Organics. Daniel received the 2009 Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year Award and in 2008 was listed on Mother Nature Network’s 40 farmers under 40. Also, he served on the Georgia Organics board from 2006-2008 and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association board from 2012-2014.

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    "The Science behind Changing your Athletic Game" with David Goldman, MS, RD and the Chief Science Advisor of The Game Changers

    David Goldman, MS, RD, CSCS, CPT is the Chief Science Advisor to The Game Changers. He has a dual Ivy League graduate degree in physiology and nutrition and helped build Facebook HQ's nutrition program from scratch. David has years of experience as a dietitian and strength and conditioning specialist that spans from obesity research to coaching Olympic athletes and celebrities.

    David talks about the evidence-based nutrition science for optimal athletic performance, addresses some of the myths and common beliefs, and shares what he learned from his research and the stories of the athletes that he works with personally.

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    "Plant-Based Eating in Professional Sports" with James Wilks, Producer of The Game Changers

    James Wilks is the producer of "The Game Changers" film, and a mixed martial artist best known for winning Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. He also serves a combatives trainer for government agencies including the US Marshals, US Marines, US Army Rangers and US Navy SEALs.

    In this conversation James talks about "The Game Changers" - a new film produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet — and it’s backed by them too — with additional EPs including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Directed by Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos, "The Game Changers" follows the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists. Wilks’ journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance, but the health of the entire global population.

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    "Plant-Strong Menu Options" with Rebecca Portman

    Rebecca Portman is a Food and Nutrition Specialist with Forward Food, a Program of The Humane Society of the United States, and partners with institutions looking to increase more plant-strong menu options into their programs. Many K-12 schools, universities, hospitals, the military, detention centers, and the like, have a great interest in bringing more fruits, vegetables, and plant-based proteins to the center of the plate. Rebecca and her team of chefs and dietitians offers a variety of free tools and resources to assist programs implement sustainable, customized plant-strong programs for each individual institution, including hands-on culinary training and education.

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    "The Longevity Diet" with Valter Longo, PhD

    Valter Longo is the director of the Longevity Institute at USC in Los Angeles, and of the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM (Molecular Oncology FIRC Institute) in Milan. His studies focus on the fundamental mechanisms of aging in simple organisms and mice and on how they can be translated to humans. Dr. Longo received the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH) and the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo "Rising Star" Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

    Dr. Longo is an author of "The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight".

    In this conversation Dr. Longo discusses main take-aways from his 25 years of research and how it applies to aging, nutrition, and disease across the globe. He talks about the role of fasting, various kinds of it and how it effects our bodies on physiological level. Dr. Longo also introduces the term "fasting-mimicking diet", or FMD and explains its role in creating longe-term health and facilitating healing. Tune in to learn more!

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    "What is Lifestyle Medicine?" with Jonathan Bonnet, MD

    Jonathan Bonnet, is a board-certified Sports, Obesity, and Lifestyle Medicine physician. He is a team physician at Emory University and is passionate about optimizing health, improving performance, and promoting longevity. Jonathan has a background in exercise physiology and is also a certified personal trainer. He completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at Ohio State University before getting his master’s degree from Harvard University. He completed finishing his Family Medicine residency at Duke University, and his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida.

    Jonathan served on the board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine from 2014-2016 and is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published research in sleep medicine, nutrition, sports and exercise, obesity, and behavior change.

    Jonathan is a co-creater of "The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits" and worked closely with Dr. Beth Frates who you may remember from Episode 26. In this episode he talks about pillars of lifestyle medicine and tools to create health long term. He shares his perspective on setting priorities, navigating busy lifestyle, and the implications of saying "yes" or "no" to things.

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    "How to Bring More JOY to Your Life" with Hanni Berger

    Hanni Berger is the founder & CEO of JOYVIAL giving you access to a network of trained and experienced health coaches who help the athletes of the business world (i.e. Executives) stay on their A-Game.

    In this conversation Hanni shares her personal journey and what inspired her to leave a career of a successful executive and dedicate her life to helping others address stress and find more joy in their life. Hanni talks about how our body responds to stress, different technics that can help affectively process or prevent negative consequences of stress, and what does it look like on a practical level. She talks about the science of stress and inflammation and their effect on every physiological process in our body, including our genes. Tune in to learn more!

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    "Digesting Disease Reversal and Prevention" with Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA

    Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is double board certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician utilizing food as medicine since 2012. She currently is the Managing Editor for the Plantrician Project’s International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention and works closely with the journal’s Editor in Chief, Dr. Kim Williams. The journal is focused on plant-based research and bringing this important work to the forefront of modern medicine and the general public.

    In this episode Dr. Marbas talks about starting the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. What was the reason and motivation for the journal? Why is it important for public to have open access to the primary source of information? What are the challenges? What are the goals and the vision? Dr. Marbas is also co-founder of Healthy Human Revolution whose mission is to provide the resources that will empower individuals with the knowledge, tools and mindset to successfully adopt and sustain a whole food plant based diet. Tune in to learn more about her work.

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    IG and FB @IJDRP

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    "Increasing Your Stress Load.. Can Be Good?" with Amir Rashidian, D. C.

    Dr. Amir A. Rashidian is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center. Established in 2006 and serving over 18,000 patient visits annually, the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center focuses on high-tech diagnostics to detect and correct disturbances in the nervous system.

    In this conversation Dr. Amir talks about stress, its sources, consequences and approaches to handle it. As he says, if we live long enough, we are bound to experience challenges that will be out of our control, and being well prepared and having the necessary tools to deal this stress, learning how to handle stress, building habits and creating rituals that can help, and slowly increasing your stress load can build your stamina and achieve greatness. Tune in to hear more about Dr. Amir's story and learn simple tools to living a healthier life today and thriving years from now.

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    His book, The StressProof Life: The Secret to Health, Wealth, and Happiness on Amazon:

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    "Emotional Resolution" with Cedric Bertelli

    Cedric Bertelli is the founder and director of the Emotional Health Institute. Cedric is of French origin and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over ten years. He began his training in Emotional Resolution in 2009 in France and has continued this work in the United States since 2011. In addition to working with clients individually, Cedric trains mental health professionals and educators across the United States on the Emotional Resolution process.

    In this conversation Cedric talks about the physiology of emotional resolution as a technic of working through trauma, conceptualizing emotions, conscious and subconscious, and which of those defines our identity and triggers our reactions.




    Twitter: @CedricBertelli

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    "The Role of Nursing in Lifestyle Medicine" with Aaron Stuber, RN

    Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN, DipACLM is a registered nurse, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, a graduate of the Wellcoaches online program for Health and Wellness Coaches and is currently finishing additional health coaching training through the Wellstart Health program. His academic and clinical interests include nutrition science, Lifestyle Medicine, behavior change science, cardiovascular disease and sports performance as well as the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome with evidence-based lifestyle interventions.

    In this episode Aaron shares his experience in the hospital system and how it inspired him to get training as a health coach and Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner. He talks about some of the frustrations and the inconsistencies in messaging and medical advice he has observed, and how it molded his professional work and career interests. Aaron shares data about how nurses are perceived in hospital setting and makes the case for why nurses are ideally suited for implementing Lifestyle Medicine in acute and primary care settings, and why hospitals and clinics should be investing in Lifestyle Medicine education for their nurses.

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    "The Evolution of Plant-based Nutrition at Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta GA" with Karen Goodlett, MD

    Karen Goodlett MD is an internal medicine doctor, Assistant Physician Program Director of Quality Resource Management and Co-lead of 21-Day Plant Power Challenges sponsored by Kaiser’s Wellness Committee. In this interview she tells a story of how one person, and then a small group of people, made a big difference by bringing plant-based nutrition to Kaiser.

    This is how it unfolded:

    In June 2013 Dr. Michael Greger (who was on our show last week!) was invited to speak to physicians at Kaiser Permanente regarding “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” (

    In August 2013 Kaiser organized their 1st 21-Day Plant Power Challenge! Dr. Goodlett is a participant in the challenge and converts to following a Low Fat Whole Food Plant-based Nutrition Lifestyle by the end of the Challenge.

    September 2014 Kaiser had their 2nd 21-Day Plant Power Challenge (PPC). This time Dr. Goodlett is was a Co-Leader of the Challenge.

    In January 2015 Dr. Goodlett, along with other PPC leaders, created a webinar which was presented to Kaiser’s National Healthy Lifestyle Group on how to sponsor a 21-Day Plant Power Challenge, which led to other Kaiser Regions around the nation sponsoring 21-Day Plant Power Challenges patterned after their model.

    In 2015 and 2016 Kaiser was a major sponsor of the Food as Medicine Conference held at the Emory Conference Center (now re-branded as the Remedy Food Project .

    In September 2016 one of Kaiser's Nurses and Dr. Goodlett sponsored a smaller departmental 21-Day Challenge at the Kaiser Headquarters which led to the development of their weekly Plant Power Lunch Support Group at the Kaiser Headquarters.

    In November 2016 The Kaiser PPC Leaders assisted The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine in sponsoring the event - Kickstart Your Health Atlanta (

    In January 2018 a Kaiser Nutritionist created a Whole Food Plant-based Nutrition Class for Kaiser’s Healthy Living Class offerings to our patients and the public.

    In September 2018 Kaiser has their 3rd Plant Power Challenge for which Dr. Goodlett was a Co-Lead yet again.

    In May 2019 Kaiser’s Weight Management Program began offering a Plant-based Nutrition Class.

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    "How Not to Diet?" with Michael Greger, MD

    Michael Greger, MD needs no introduction. Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award and became a diplomat of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

    In this conversation we talk through some of Dr. Greger's previous work and discuss his new book "How Not to Diet" that will release in December 2019. Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or weight loss fad—and yet obesity rates continue to rise, and with it a growing number of diseases and health problems. In "How Not to Diet" Dr. Greger suggests a different approach. He dives deep in the science and lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss — factors such as calorie density, the insulin index, and the impact of foods on our gut microbiome—showing how plant-based eating is crucial to our success. Dr. Greger talks about the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities.

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    Free Downloadable Evidence-Based Eating Guide:

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    "Addressing Burnout Through Movement" with Susi Hately

    Susi Hately (prounced HATE -LEE) helps entrepreneurs and executives who are skirting the edge of burnout. She helps them get back on their game and use their skills and talents most effectively. Building on her BSc. Kinesiology, and teaching yoga since 1999, she is the author of several best selling yoga therapy books and videos, and is founder of the Calm.Steady.Strong(tm) yoga program for cancer patients, survivors and their families which was studied at the University of Calgary from 2002-2009. Using yoga as the prime modality, Susi’s specialty is helping high achievers rechannel their energy so they aren't exhausted and depleted. She teaches them how to see their symptoms as their body's communication mechanism, and how to truly listen and act on what they are perceiving. The result - a calm, connected leader with sustainable productive energy.

    This is a conversation about burnout: how to recognize it in the body, how to address it through movement and posture, creating mental clarity, achieving optimal performance and contributing to long-term happiness.

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    "Making Work a Healthy and Joyful Experience" with Jennifer McKenna, Founder & CEO of JMac Consulting

    Jennifer McKenna is founder & CEO of JMac Consulting. She is passionate about building the strongest, healthiest cultures possible, Jennifer has devoted the past 17 years to helping leaders consciously develop their leadership skills, create a strong vision, face enormous challenges and harness their impact to make a positive change in their companies and communities.

    Jennifer talks about finding meaning and purpose in work and life, and how to do it in a balanced way. That includes making change fun and productive, setting boundaries and identifying clear priorities. Jennifer shares important tools and strategies for creating positive and fulfilling work environment that play to our strengths and create joy, instead of leading to burn out.

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    "Whole Health: A Comprehensive Approach to Veterans' Wellness" with Javier Valle, MD

    Dr. Javier Valle is an Assistant Professor in the Emory Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, a medical officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and a senior VA Quality Scholar Fellow--a 2-year healthcare quality improvement fellowship at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. Board certified in preventive medicine with a Master’s degree in Public Health in epidemiology, he practices lifestyle medicine at the Emory Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Dunwoody and teaches lifestyle medicine to second and third-year medical students at the Emory School of Medicine. At the Atlanta VA Health Care System, he is the lead for implementation and evaluation activities of the Whole Health System. Whole Health is a national VA healthcare delivery system that is transforming the model of care from a disease-centered to a Veteran-centered approach to health.

    Dr. Valle talks about the new VA initiative - Whole Health. As VA shifts from a health-care system focused primarily on treating disease to one guided by a personalized health plan that considers the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental needs of Veterans, the Whole Health System acknowledges that health care involves more than the physical human body. The whole health model is a holistic look at the many areas of life that can affect someone's health — work environment, relationships, diet, sleep patterns, and more.

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    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of Dr. Valle and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of either the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Emory University.

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    "Lifestyle Habits and Brain Health" with Karima Benameur, MD

    Dr. Benameur graduated from the University of Oran in Algeria where she received her MD degree. She subsequently trained at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, then at the National Institutes of Health where she was awarded the excellence in research award. She moved to Atlanta to complete her residency and fellowship at Emory, and was selected as Chief resident of education. She was appointed to current position on the Emory faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurology in 2014, and has been part of the Neurohospitalist team ever since.
    Her daily work consists of taking care of hospitalized patients with neurological diseases, and educating residents and medical students. She sees first-hand the effects of poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle on brain health, as it presents in a myriad of neurological diseases, the most common of which is stroke. Her passion is teaching not only her patients and their families, but also other physicians and medical students about the importance that proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle changes can have on brain health.

    Dr. Benameur talks about the influence our lifestyle choices have on brain health. What is the effect of nutrition, exercise, sleep, mindfulness practice and social connection on brain health? What is the effect of chronic inflammation and stress? Is memory loss a normal part of aging? And finally, what actions and choices can we make to maintain optimal brain heath and good memory long-term? Tune in to learn more!

    Dr. Benameur has a course on Coursera called Biohacking Your Brain's Health. You can find it here:

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    "Lifestyle Design for Long-term Health" with Dan Witkowski, MD, FACOG, FACLM

    Daniel Witkowski, MD, FACOG, FACLM is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Witkowski is a Certified Nutritionist and has been a Lifestyle Medicine Physician since 2011. He is the co-creator, with his wife Pamela, of Lifestyle Design MD™, a program where they educate individuals, families, and health practitioners on how to obtain optimal health and prevent and reverse chronic disease through nutrition, fitness, stress management, and lifestyle design. In this interview Dr. Dan shares his journey of finding lifestyle medicine and incorporating it into his practice. He also shares the bases for intentional lifestyle design that sets you up for health and long-term wellness.

    For more resources, please visit:




    Twitter: @danwitkowskimd

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    "Nutrition and Optimal Performance" with Stephan Esser, MD

    Stephan Esser, MD is a physician, author and motivational speaker specializing in sports medicine and lifestyle modification. He is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their best health and maximize fitness, fun and function.

    This is a conversation about nutrition, its effect on muscles and joints, and optimal performance. Dr. Esser talks about mind-body connection, importance of sleep and recovery, and overall lifestyle. He discussed the orthopedics issues that he sees on daily basis, his comprehensive approach of treating the whole patient, and how plant-based diet plays into the process of healing.

    To learn more about Dr. Esser's work please visit:




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    "Finding Your Health Zone" with Douglas Amis, Ed.D.

    Douglas Amis, Ed.D. is a Co-Founder of Health Zone Life and creator of the Health Zone Life Model along with Dr. Pankaj Vij. Dr. Amis set out on this project with the objective of providing an open source model that medical professionals could freely use both as and educational tool and in their practice. The website’s goal is to provide platform for professionals who are leading the efforts to improve the health of individuals in the face of epidemic levels of diabetes and related diseases.

    Dr. Amis talks about health, aging and describes in detail his model which illustrates the lifespan and the impact of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and lifestyle on the arch of a lifetime. The intention for the model to illustrate that there is another way to live where the quality of life can be recovered and extended to near the end of life; that the last half of life can be as full and rewarding as the first, and finally that the body has natural ability to heal itself if only we would stop repeatedly injuring our self by our diet and lifestyle.

    To review the model and for other resources please visit:

    Healthzonelife Model:

    Healthzonelife on Facebook:

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    "Musing Together: Finding the Intersection between Art and Health" with Virginia Shearer

    Virginia Shearer, the Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education at the High Museum of Art, has more than 20 years of experience in museum education. Ms. Shearer oversees all areas of the High’s Department of Education, where she focuses on creating a platform for engagement and connectivity that extends the museum’s reach and deepens the High’s relationships with the Atlanta community through experimental, collaborative, and research-based practice.

    This week we talk about the intersection between art and health and the program called "Musing Together". "Musing Together" is a High Museum of Art program in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, that lets those in early stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners enjoy a free visit to the High, discuss and experience art in its fullness, and connect with their family and friends. Virginia talks about how the program was created, the principles it is based on, and shares the wonderful stories of the participants whose lives were deeply impacted and enriched through these efforts. Tune in to learn more!

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    Credit: CatMax Photography, LLC.

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    "Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene" with Heather Prayor-Patterson, PhD

    Dr. Heather Prayor-Patterson is a clinical psychologist with an emphasis in health psychology. Over the last 8 years of practice, her focus has been on using cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat psychological concerns related of chronic medical conditions including insomnia, obesity, diabetes and chronic pain, as well as, using evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. In this conversation Dr. Prayor-Patterson talks about sleep issues that unfortunately have become so prevalent in today's society. She discuss the root causes, different kinds of sleep issues, including insomnia, and the ways we can help these conditions and retrain our bodies enabling them to finally get some rest. Tune in to learn more!

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    "Reversing Cardiovascular Disease" with Brian Asbill, MD

    Brian Asbill, M.D., is a cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates and Medical Director of Preventative Cardiology for Mission Health CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program), an intensive therapeutic lifestyle change program offered through Lifestyle Medicine Institute for the prevention, management, and reversal of vascular disease. Dr. Asbill believes the foundation of good health is based on good habits, including eating the right foods, moving more and managing chronic stress. He most enjoy seeing patients take ownership of their health by incorporating lifestyle changes.

    In this conversation Dr. Asbill shares a story about the patient who changed the course of his career. Dr. Asbill explains in detail the mechanism of cardiovascular disease, and speaks extensively and the concept of its reversal through lifestyle change.

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    "Transformation through Plant-Based Lifestyle" with Steven Lawenda, MD

    Steven Lawenda, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in Southern California Kaiser Permanente. In 2013, Dr. Lawenda transformed his own health with plant-based nutrition and has since co-created Lifestyle Medicine programs that have transformed both the lives of patients and the way in which health care is delivered at his medical center. Dr. Lawenda recently co-authored a review of Lifestyle Medicine with several esteemed colleagues that was published in the Permanente Journal. He is a two-time recipient of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group Everyday Hero award.

    In this conversation Dr. Lawenda shares hist story of transitioning to whole food plant-based lifestyle and the profound difference it made in his life. He discusses food addiction, calorie density, and reversal of common chronic conditions that is possible and well-documented in research.

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    "What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training" with Tim Harrison

    Timothy Harrison is Associate Director for CBCT® (Cognitively- Based Compassion Training) at the Emory University Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. He oversees the many CBCT programs, including multiple research initiatives and the rigorous teacher certification process. Tim regularly teaches CBCT nationally and internationally in academic institutions and healthcare settings, and he advises on the tailoring of CBCT for research with unique populations including cancer survivors, veterans with PTSD, HIV+ patients, and Emory medical students. CBCT® is a cognitively-based compassion training that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion. Through progressive exercises one gains insight into how one's attitudes and behaviors support or hinder compassionate response.

    To learn more, please visit:

    CBCT Overview:

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    "Understanding Protein" with Garth Davis, MD

    Garth Davis, MD, is the medical director of the Davis Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Davis is the author of two books: Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and The Expert’s Guide to Weight-Loss Surgery.

    Dr. Davis starred on the hit TLC show Big Medicine and appeared in recent documentary What The Health.

    In this interview Dr. Davis breaks down the science behind the most popular American macronutrient - protein. He explains what protein is and the role it plays in both - health and disease. Dr. Davis elaborates on the differences between animal and plant protein sources, and addresses popular myths about daily intake requirements and the effect that animal protein has on our bodies.

    To learn more about his work please refer to the resources below:



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    "Simple Truth About Eating Healthy" with David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

    David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/President of the True Health Initiative. Katz earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). The recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees. Katz was named one of the nation’s top nutrition experts for 2017-2018 by ( He holds 5 US patents, with others pending. He invented the research method known as “evidence mapping;” is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI™) algorithm; and invented the dietary intake assessment method called Diet Quality Photo Navigation ( He has authored roughly 200 peer-reviewed publications and many hundreds of health columns both on-line and in print. Katz is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, and has a social media following of roughly 900,000.

    This is a conversation about sifting through the overwhelming body of nutritional information and diet feds and learning to identify the truth about the food... Dr. Katz wrote a 745 page book on this topic.

    The Truth About Food book:

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    "Childhood Obesity, Food Advertising and Gut Health" with Sujit Sharma, MD and CEO of Chuice

    Sujit Sharma is an Atlanta-based pediatric ER doctor and CEO of Chuice, the innovative JuicySuperSalad redefining convenient snacks. In this conversation Dr. Sharma talks about striking current statistics of childhood obesity and its relation to food advertising and public policy. He draws a parallel with evolution of policies and behaviors around smoking. Dr. Sharma talks about the importance fiber, explains the difference in the benefits between smoothies, juices and Chuice; talks about the concept of gut health and what defines it.

    To learn more, please follow the links below:

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    "Empowering People Through Culinary Skills" with Chef Julia Peters

    Juliet Peters is a Director of Levy Culinary Academy. The Academy provides practical culinary training to residents of the neighborhood that gives each student the foundation to be a culinary professional. Initially, the program was housed at a homeless shelter on the Westside, which allowed Julia to immerse herself in the culture and community of students. Due to the success of the program, they were able to relocate to The Georgia Dome, which now allows more students to attend the 8-week course. Tune in to learn more about Chef Juliet's work and the program that has proven to change the lives of graduates and their families.

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    "Lifestyle Medicine as a Subspecialty" with Jennifer Rooke, MD

    Dr. Jennifer Rooke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is the founder and Medical Director of the Optimal Health and Wellness Clinic at Morehouse Healthcare.

    The Optimal Health and Wellness Clinic is a Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Dr. Rooke’s professional goal is to expand the scope of clinical preventive medicine to include treatment with evidence-based lifestyle interventions such as plant-based nutrition; stress management, physical activity and sleep management.

    Dr. Rooke is board certified in both Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    In this interview Dr. Rooke discusses her clinic which uses a patient-centered, integrated approach to medical care that promotes optimal physical and mental health. What does lifestyle medicine appointment look like? What are shared medical appointments? What are the benefits of a plant-based diet and what are easy and effective ways to transition to it? Dr. Rooke answers all of these questions and shares her story of finding plant-based nutrition as an effective tool to combat disease and what motivated her to go into lifestyle medicine. Tune in to learn more!

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    Cardiac Longevity with Joel Kahn, MD

    Joel Kahn, MD, of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahn has double board certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes health articles and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show, Dr. Oz, Larry King Now, Joe Rogan Experience, and with Bassem Yousef. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns 3 health restaurants in Detroit and Austin, Texas.

    This is a conversation about cardiac longevity and evidence-based lifestyle approaches to improving and maintaining our heart health. Dr. Kahn also talks about "arterial age" and cardiac health tests that are on the market today and their effectiveness.

    To learn more about Dr. Kahn and his work, please go to

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    "Heart Disease Prevention and New Cholesterol Guidelines" with Gina Lundberg, MD

    Gina Price Lundberg MD FACC is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Clinical Director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center. She is a Preventive Cardiologist and has practiced at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta since 1998.

    In honor of February Heart Health Month, we talk about the number one killer of Americans - heart disease - and the ways to prevent it. Dr. Lundberg covers lifestyle components such as exercise and diet, talks about popular tests and discusses the new cholesterol guidelines released by CDC. Tune in to learn more!

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    "Six Components of Wellness" with Sal Lacagnina, DO

    Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health. In this role, his mission is to motivate, educate and empower people to improve their health and wellness. Dr. Sal, as he likes to be called, is one of Lee Health’s champions responsible for developing a comprehensive health, wellness and preventive care program for more than 19,000 employees and family members.

    In this conversation Dr. Sal speaks in detail about the Lee Health Wellness Wheel, which includes the following 6 pillars of healthy lifestyle:

    • Nutrition
    • Physical Activity
    • Sleep
    • Stress Management
    • Mental and Behavioral Health
    • Purpose Driven Living

    Dr. Sal also discusses both the challenges and the benefits of comprehensive wellness programs, the need for culture change, incentives that are effective and the return on investment that goes beyond financial wins.

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    "Defeating Diabetes" with Brenda Davis, RD

    Brenda Davis, Registered Dietitian, is a leader in her field, and an acclaimed speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences internationally. She has worked as a research dietitian, public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda serves as the lead dietitian in the Diabetes Wellness Project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. As a prolific health writer, Brenda has co-authored nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics with over a million copies in print, in 13 languages. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Current scientific studies show that most people with type 2 diabetes can reverse the disease by eating a plant-based diet and making other healthy lifestyle changes. In this interview Brenda talks about foods that help regulate blood glucose levels and foods that send those levels skyrocketing. In her work, she explains how not all carbohydrates promote diabetes, how plant-based protein reduces diabetes risk, and illustrates why a whole-foods, plant-based diet is naturally low in fat and sodium. Brenda also talks about her wonderful experience of working in Marshall Islands and shares some of her favorite recipes!


    Brenda's new book is called "The Kick Diabetes Cookbook":

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    "The Whole Health Approach to Medical Weightloss" with Arvinpal Singh, MD

    Arvinpal Singh, MD is a Medical Director at Emory Bariatric Center and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Singh is certified by American Board of Obesity Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Singh cares for bariatric patients presenting for surgical and nonsurgical weight management, and manages not only their weight, but their obesity related co-morbidities. Dr. Singh lays out a comprehensive map for a whole health approach to weight management, including diet, activity, sleep, stress and support. Dr. Singh acknowledges the complex nature of obesity and many traps within and outside of our control, and talks about scenarios where surgical weight management is an appropriate tool and how to make it successful.

    To learn more about Emory Bariatric Center please visit:

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    "Native American Cuisine and Traditional Ecological Knowledge" with Lois Ellen Frank, PhD

    Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. (Kiowa) is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, a Native foods historian, culinary anthropologist, educator, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, photographer and organic gardener. Dr. Frank is a Culinary Ambassador Diplomat with the U.S. State Department and Office of Cultural Affairs, where with Chef Walter Whitewater (Diné), she has traveled to Ukraine (2013), the United Kingdom (2015), and Russia (2016) to teach about the history of Native American foodways, work with food as a form of diplomacy, and educate how the Native American food contribution with foods that we eat every day has changed the Old World. This is a conversation about the history of Native American cuisine, its wisdom and influence on the cuisines worldwide. Tune in to learn more!

    To learn more about Red Mesa Cuisine, please visit

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    "Plant Proteins and Their Impact on Health" with Milton Mills, MD

    Milton Mills, MD practices urgent care medicine in the Washington DC area, and has served previously as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine and as a member of the National Advisory Board, for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He was featured in the recent attention-getting film “What the Health,” and will also appear in the upcoming film “The Silent Vegan.”

    In this conversation, Dr. Mills talks about plant-based protein versus animal-based protein, and how they play into chronic and autoimmune disease. We cover the topics of iron, B12 and omega 3, as well as many misconceptions about protein in general. Tune in to learn more.

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    "Habit and Lifestyle Change" with Howard Jacobson, PhD

    Howard Jacobson, PhD is co-founder and Chief of Behavioral Science at WellStart Health. He is the host of the Plant Yourself Podcast, and contributing author to Whole, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Proteinaholic, by Garth Davis, MD. In this conversation Howard shares his own journey of finding plant-based nutrition, weight-loss, and what helped him make it "stick". He reframes motivation, talks about building identity, developing skill and creating habit. Howard touches on new approach to healthcare and talks about WellStart Health. He also gives insight to working with Dr. T. Colin. Campbell, the author of China Study. Finally, he shares his experience with practicing Russian Martial Arts and the benefits of getting used to being uncomfortable.

    To learn more, please visit:

    Or Follow Dr. Jacobson on social media:

    @askhowie on Twitter and Instagram

    @Go_WellStart on Twitter

    @go_wellstart on Instagram

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    "Brain Health, Alzheimers and Early Detection" with James J. Lah, MD, PhD

    Dr. James Lah is the Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at Emory University, where he also serves as Director of Emory’s Cognitive Neurology Program and Clinical Core Leader of the NIH funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. In addition, he serves as a member of several key committees for the Emory School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Federation for Aging Research. Dr. Lah has received national and international recognition for his leadership in Alzheimer’s research, and in 2009, Emory University appointed Dr. Lah to the Alice and Roy Richards Endowed Chair for Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Alzheimers is currently ranked as the 6th leading cause of death in USA and the most common cause of dimentia. What is the difference between Alzheimers and Dementia? What are the causes of these conditions? This is a conversation about the research findings related to Alzheimers, brain health and healthy aging. How much is determined by our genes and how much can we control with the lifestyle? What preventative measures are most effective and what does the science say about treatment potential? Tune in to learn the answers to these questions.

    To learn more or participate in Emory Healthy Aging Study, please visit:

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    "Scratch Cooking for Health Care" with Mike Bacha, Executive Chef at Emory University Hospital

    Mike Bacha is an Executive Chef for Emory University Hospital. Mike have spent the past nine years reforming an institutional kitchen into a kitchen that prides itself on producing in house food from scratch, sourcing local sustainable ingredients, and providing healthier options for patients, guests and staff. His mission as the Executive Chef is to continue to develop Emory's menus to focus even more on the sustainability of food and educate his staff, visitors and patients about the importance of food sourcing and good cooking techniques.

    Mike takes us behind the scenes on what cooking for a large hospital looks like. He shares his journey and provides simple tips on adding flavor, local sourcing, and sustainability.

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    "Value on Investment (VOI) of Employee Wellness Programs" with Michael Staufacker

    Michael Staufacker is a Director of Health Management in Central HR Administration at Emory University in Atlanta. He develops, implements, and evaluates health management programs and services for 30,000 university and healthcare employees.

    In this conversation Michael and Dr. Bergquist discuss the history and trends of employee wellness programs, the lessons learned and the direction forward. Michael talks about implications and benefits of work-site wellness programs to employees and employers, ways to measure the success, new areas of focus, effective tools, strategy behind incentives, the role of technology, the role of leadership, and much more.

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    "COACH Approach to Wellness" with Elizabeth Frates, MD

    Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Pegg Frates, is a physician, a certified health and wellness coach, a part-time Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School, and a board member at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Frates is a founder of Wellness Synergy - a wellness coaching company, empowering individuals and groups to attain their optimal level of wellness.

    Dr. Frates talks about shifting the perspective from "expert" approach to what she calls "COACH approach" to wellness and healing - an approach rooted in compassion, openness, appreciation, curiosity and honesty.

    To learn more please visit:


    Twitter: @BethFratesMD

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    "The Power of Lifestyle Medicine" with Mladen Golubić, MD, PhD

    Mladen Golubić, MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Dr. Golubić is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, five book chapters, and numerous articles on Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies for WebMD, and was a reviewer for several scientific journals.

    This is a conversation about the nature of Lifestyle Medicine, its goals, methods and benefits. We discuss the differences between lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine, functional medicine, explain the meaning of "lifestyle intervention", a concept of "teaching kitchen" and many other methods and technics that has been shown to be powerful and effective vehicles of lifestyle change benefiting long-term health and wellness.

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    "Reducing Stress through Mindfulness Training" with Joe Burton

    Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil, the leading mindfulness training platform helping employees to reduce stress, increase resilience and improve their sleep and performance. He is an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former President of Headspace and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies.

    Joe shares his personal story and the shift in perspective that motivated him to found Whil. It is a conversation about modern stress levels, the pressing need for emotional resilience and mindfulness training, understanding how our brains works, as well as the resources and simple practices available to manage stress on both individual and corporate level.

    Learn more and connect at:

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    "Training for Peace" with Shaun Lewis

    Why is it that when service members are preparing for combat we call it "training", but we call efforts to transition back to living in peaceful environment "seeking help"? What if we reframed this approach... What if it was NOT "seeking help", but "training for peace"?

    This week our host ,Dr. Sharon Bergquist, sits down with Shaun Lewis, the Lead Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Emory Healthcare Veterans program. Shaun is a 17-year Army Veteran, with three years Active Duty and 14, and counting, in the Army Reserve, including two overseas tours, one a combat tour in Iraq planning and conducting route clearance missions.Since 2014 Shaun has worked in Veteran services for education, career development, and healthcare.

    Shaun and Dr. Bergquist talk about PTSD, its root cause, some of the surprising facts related to it, and the stigma that is still very present in the day. Shaun shares his personal experience, as well as the stories of some of the veterans he has worked with through Emory Healthcare Veterans Program.

    To learn more please visit

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    "Innovative Healthcare Delivery Models: Separating Healthcare from Health Insurance" with Brian E. Hill, MD

    Brian E. Hill, MD is a Founder, President and Chief Medical Officer at HIPnation, an innovative healthcare delivery company with the mission to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, 24-7 primary care services. Dr. Hill is also a partner and practicing physician with Urology Specialists of Atlanta, is on the board of the Medical Association of Atlanta and is a delegate to the Medical Association of Georgia annual House of Delegates. He has been selected to the League of Leaders with the Institute of Healthcare Consumerism and service on the IHC editorial advisory board. Dr. Hill is the author of Stop the Noise: A Physician’s Quest to Silence the Politics of Health Care Reform as well as numerous articles on healthcare reform.

    To lear more visit:

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    "Meat Alternatives: Plant-based vs Clean Meat" with Bruce Friedrich

    Bruce Friedrich is executive director of The Good Food Institute (GFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes innovative alternatives to industrially produced animal products. Bruce has penned opinion pieces for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Bruce is a popular speaker on college campuses and has presented repeatedly at most of the nation's top universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. Bruce co-authored two books, contributed chapters to six books, and authored seven law review articles. Bruce graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown Law and Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College. He also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

    This is a conversation about innovative solutions to animal food alternatives that are emerging on the market today. Producing animal products for mass consumption is extremely inefficient, and is increasingly so with rapidly increasing population on the planet. Bruce talks about the environmental impact of our modern diet, and inefficiencies inherent in it. He talks about his work, and the mission of the Good Food Institute in the area of science and research, food innovation and policy.. He describes the innovative solutions, such as plant-based meat and clean meat, that are rapidly getting support and investment from large food companies.

    To learn more, please visit:

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    "Dinner with the Doctor" with Dr. Michael C. Hollie

    Michael C. Hollie, MD is a practicing physician board certified in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Hollie is a leading speaker for "Dinner with the Doctor" (DWTD) - an instructional program developed to educate people about how to implement a whole food, plant based (WFPB) approach for treating, preventing and reversing disease.

    Dr. Hollie talks about how he found whole food plant-based diet (WFPBD) and the health improvements he has experienced that lead him to share it in his work; he talks about starting Dinner with the Doctor program and how it went from a small class in a local church to a program that continues to change lives for thousands of people; he shares his experience with working on Eating You Alive documentary, as well as the educational work he does in Romania on nutrition and chronic disease.

    To learn more please visit:

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    "Evidence Behind the Plant-based Diet and Where to Start the Journey" with Matt Ruscigno, RD

    Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian with two nutrition degrees, including graduate training at Loma Linda, one of the only accredited universities promoting plant-based diets. He is the past-Chair of the Vegetarian Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and co-author of No Meat Athlete. Matt lives in Los Angeles where he has taught community college and worked with low-income youth creating after-school cooking and gardening programs. Currently he is the Chief Nutrition Officer for Nutrinic, a healthcare company that uses plant-based diets to reduce risk for chronic diseases.

    This is the conversation about the evidence behind and how to follow a plant-based to diet to reduce, prevent and reverse chronic disease. Matt briefly covers ethical and environmental argument for plant-based diet, and goes in detail about the health benefits of this lifestyle. He talks about the barriers in behavioral change, ways to overcome them and the proven health benefits that are inevitable when transitioning to plant-based lifestyle.

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    "Public Health and Preventive Medicine" with Matthew McKenna, MD

    Dr. Matthew T. McKenna is a Professor in Emory School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine where he has been director of the Division of Preventive Medicine for almost two years. He has extensive experience in public health and preventive medicine.

    This is a conversation about ways to improve public health in communities and a power of each individual to make an impact. It is also a conversation about making changes in our personal lives - simple steps that, when incorporated in every-day life, make a big difference. This includes behaviors, simple principles around food, exercise and stress management.

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    "Helping Kids and Families to Develop Healthy Eating Habits" with Linda Craighead, PhD

    Linda Wilcoxon Craighead, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta and has been the Director of their Clinical Psychology Training Program since 2003. Dr. Craigheadhas been a guest on Dr. Oz show and has published extensively in the areas of eating disorders and weight concerns. She developed an intervention called Appetite Awareness Training (AAT): How to listen to your body and overcome binge eating, overeating and preoccupation with food. Dr. Craighead has also published a book on AAT for children and their families called Training Your Inner Pup to Eat Well.

    This is a conversation about helping kids and families to develop healthy eating habits, helping kids develop a healthy body image and teaching parents how to talk about food in a healthy way.

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    "Functional and Integrative Nutrition" with Dr. Betsy Redmond

    Dr. Redmond has experience in research, private industry, public health, and over a decade of experience in integrative and functional nutrition. She holds a PhD is in Nutrition from the University of Georgia, and a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from Emory University. This is a conversation about functional and integrative nutrition, various testing options available on the market today, common nutrient deficiencies , and how and when to look for dietitian. To learn more visit

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    "Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet" with Jonathan Crane

    Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Religion, Emory College. This is a conversation about ethical eating and how science, philosophy and religion all point us in the same direction. What is your role in your eating practice?

    Jonathan has recently published a book - "Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet"- available for purchase at

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    "The Power of Plants: The Roots of Future Medicine" with Cassandra Quave, PhD

    Dr. Cassandra Quave is a medical ethnobotanist whose work is focused on the documentation and analysis of botanical remedies, including those used in the treatment of infectious disease. Dr. Cassandra Quave is Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads antibiotic drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. To date, she has authored more than 60 publications, 2 edited books and 3 patents. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, BBC Focus, Brigitte Magazin and National Geographic Channel, and featured on NPR, National Geographic Magazine and several major news outlets including the Washington Post, The Telegraph, CBS News, and NBC News.

    This is a conversation about the the true, unique and profound power of plants as medicine, the knowledge that has been passed down through generations, as well as new discoveries, recently verified through studies. Dr. Quave shares her knowledge and experience from years in both - the lab AND the field, tapping into the roots of future medicine. Check out the Quave Research Group website:

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    "Exercise as Medicine" with Felipe Lobelo, MD

    Felipe Lobelo is an MD and has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, he is an Assistant Professor at Rolling School of Public Health and his interest is in lifestyle and chronic disease, and how to make lifestyle interventions mainstream in medicine. He directs Global Research and Collaboration Center for Exercise as Medicine, managed by American College of Sports Medicine. Exercise is so profound and affects more than 40 disease conditions. So what is the link to this on biologic level? How does exercise affect our genes? Tune in to find out!

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    "Yoga: a Work-in, not a Work-out" with Carla Haack, MD

    Dr. Carla Haack is an Assistant Professor at Emory University, a general surgeon and is leading research in contemplative practice in medicine. Dr. Haack became a certified yoga instructor in 2015 and has been active in studying, teaching and sharing yoga and mindfulness with the community at Emory University Hospital since that time. In this conversation Dr. Haack shares her personal path to discovering yoga and how she incorporates in in the operating room, she talks about the history of yoga, its different styles, and various benefits of incorporating yoga in your practice.

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    "Integrative Medicine and Cancer" with Omer Kucuk, MD

    Dr. Omer Kucuk is a medical oncologist and professor at Emory Universtity with a major interest in nutrition and cancer prevention, Dr. Kucuk mainly treats patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. Dr. Kucuk has conducted the first clinical trial to show the benefits of soy isoflavones and lycopene in prostate cancer treatment.

    In this conversation Dr. Kucuk and Dr. Bergquist discuss the role of Integrative Medicine in cancer treatment and prevention, and highlight specific complementary treatments and lifestyle components, like proper nutrition, exercise and stress management, that reduce the risk of cancer, improve the chances of survivorship and response to treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer, reduce the likelihood of recurrence of cancer and improve the overall quality of life long-term.

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    "Fierce Compassion and Veganism: A Story of Transformation" with Dominick Thompson

    Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community, an activist, a social entrepreneur and an athlete. He is a founder of Crazies and Weirdos®, a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable clothing made in New York from recycled and organic materials. He is also the founder of The RUNNING HERD, a sports and fitness brand, dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019. Dominick shares his incredibly inspiring story of rough childhood, facing the consequences of his actions, embracing adversity and re-inventing himself as a successful vegan athlete entrepreneur. If you are still concerned about your protein intake on a plant-based diet, one look at Dominick might just put those fears to rest.

    To learn more and connect with Dominick follow the links below:

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    "Compassion and Biology of Interconnectedness" with Jennifer Mascaro, PhD

    Jennifer Mascaro, PhD is a biological anthropologist who studies human social cognition, and biology of interconnectedness. In her research, Dr. Mascaro explores how our prosocial emotions and behaviors impact our physical and mental health. This conversation centers around compassion - its meaning, expression and social norms around it, health implications of practicing compassion, and ways to get better at it.

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    "Food Sex Connection – Aphrodisiacs?" with Dr. Joe Esposito

    This week we are welcoming Dr. Joe for another conversation on the topic of Food Sex Connection - what is the connection between nutrition and sex life, and how to prepare a romantic dinner that enhances our love life instead suppressing it. Dr. Joseph Esposito is board certified in Chiropractic, pain management, orthopedics and double board certified in nutrition. He also has a B.S. in clinical nutrition, is a retired dietitian, award winning author, and has been in practice for over 32 years. Dr. Joe hosts a nationally syndicated radio show called “The Dr. Joe Show”.

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    "Beautiful Skin at Every Age — An Inside-Out and Outside-In Approach" with Gabriele Miotto, MD, MEd

    Gabriele C. Miotto, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the Associate Program Director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship program. Working in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery for more than a decade, Dr. Miotto’s greatest achievement is a happy patient. Dr. Miotto brings a woman’s perspective and an international view that is unique to someone that trained in the two largest countries for plastic surgery: Brazil and the USA. During this conversation Dr, Miotto talks about the spectrum of cosmetic services available today, helps navigate the "must" products for vibrant looking skin and how to choose them, and shares simple lifestyle habits that help enhance the overall appearance.

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    "From Family Medicine to Plant-Based Doctor" with Laurie Marbas, MD

    Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is a board certified family medicine physician and board certified in lifestyle medicine. Dr. Marbas shares her story of discovering the healing power of plant-based diet through one of her patients' experiences and making it a "norm" for herself, her family and her patients. Since then, Dr. Marbas has witnessed many cases of disease reversal. She talks about her approach to helping patients adopt healthy diet, strategies to get families, including children, to eat more veggies, and tips on how not get give into cravings.

    Podcast: How To Health, found on youtube and iTunes, SoundCloud, and stitcher.


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    "Home Cooking 101" with Jenny Bilko, RD

    Jenny Bilko, MS, RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian at Emory’s Paul W. Seavey Comprehensive Internal Medicine Clinic. Jenny has a true passion for healthy eating and shares simple and effective tools for how to make cooking at home easy, affordable and fun!

    For more tips and helpful information follow Jenny on Instagram @jbilko .

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    "Microbiome and the Effect of Dietary Choices on Gut Health" with Will Bulsiewicz, MD

    Will Bulsiewicz, MD is a practicing clinician at Lowcountry Gastroenterology in Charleston, SC and an expert in gut health and microbiome. He has been featured in numerous national magazines, including Men’s Health, Women's Health and Reader’s Digest, has been profiled by The Post & Courier and Vanderbilt Magazine, and regularly gives lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. B also has an accomplished background in research, with more than 20 articles published in peer reviewed scientific journals including repeatedly publishing in the top American gastroenterology journals. His Instagram page, @theguthealthmd , started in 2016, has quickly become one of the Internet’s most trusted sources for gut health guidance. In this conversation we define what gut health is, discuss how diet effects it, as well a touch on the topics of probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and antibiotics.

    Sign up for Dr. B's newsletter on his website: or follow him on Facebook and Instagram: @theguthealthmd

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    "The Whole Body Approach to Obtaining and Maintaining Good Health" with Dr. Joe Esposito

    Dr. Joseph Esposito is board certified in Chiropractic, pain management, orthopedics and double board certified in nutrition. He also has a B.S. in clinical nutrition, is a retired dietitian, award winning author, and has been in practice for over 32 years. Dr. Joe hosts a nationally syndicated radio show called “The Dr. Joe Show”. Dr. Joe speaks about the whole health approach and 3 things we need for obtaining and maintaining good health: a well functioning nerve system, well functioning digestive system and good nutrition.

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    "How Healing Works: Get well and stay well using your hidden power to heal" with Dr. Wayne Jonas

    Wayne B. Jonas, M.D. is a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, and a widely published scientific investigator. Dr. Jonas is the Executive Director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Drawing on 40 years of research and patient care, Dr. Jonas explains how 80 percent of healing occurs organically and how to activate the healing process. Dr. Wayne Jonas lays out a revolutionary new way to approach injury, illness, and wellness; explains the biology of healing and the science behind the discovery that 80 percent of healing can be attributed to the mind-body connection and other naturally occurring processes. Dr. Jonas also details how the healing process works and what we can do to facilitate our own innate ability to heal. His advice will change how we consume health care, enabling us to be more in control of our recovery and lasting wellness.

    For more information about "How Healing Works" book visit For more information about Dr. Wayne Jonas and his work visit Follow Dr. Jonas on Twitter and Facebook @DrWayneJonas

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    “Why dieting fails, and how to overcome your body’s resistance?” with David Prologo, MD, FSIR, ABOM-D

    A conversation with Dr. David Prologo - an interventional radiologist whose research has focused on the application of image guided techniques to the delivery of stem cell therapies, the treatment of cancer pain, and for obesity management. He is a nationally recognized expert in ablative therapies and has pioneered several new procedures in the subspecialty, including the cryoablation of nerves.

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