Ayurveda: Moderation is the Key

Shaaranya Geetanjali Chakraborty’s health journey includes many stops along the way before finding Ayurveda. Not only did the ancient tradition of medicine cure her of chronic constipation and eczema but it changed the course of her career. Shaaranya is a graduate of Vedika Global founded by Acharya Shunya, scholar of the Vedic Sciences of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta. You can learn more about Shaaranya’s work here.

For more information about Ayurveda, check out Acharya’s book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy.

 


Skydiving, Triathaloning, and Mountain Climbing!

Joe sky dives, Nancy runs, and Rob climbs

Three stories about people taking on physically and emotionally challenging adventures. Joe Akmakjian, who lives with Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA), is the first adult MDA National Ambassador. Joe celebrated his 24th birthday by jumping out of a plane with friends. Nancy, after surgery and treatment for ovarian cancer, trained for an AIDS ride and moved on to compete in triathalons. Rob Besecker decided to celebrate his recovery after a series of cardiac surgeries by climbing Mount Everest.


Medical Cannabis

This podcast episode explores the experiences of six people who have used medical cannabis for a variety of conditions including cancer, depression, muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, bone fracture, and bipolar disorder.

There’s a lot of information about medical cannabis but I recommend watching this CNN documentary. Check this map to see where your U.S. state is in terms of medical cannabis legalization.


The Science of Yoga

Murali in the cow-face pose

In this episode my guest, Murali Ventkatrao, discusses the yogic perspective on health and current scientific research exploring how yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation affect human physiology and has the potential to treat many pervasive diseases.

For additional information about Murali and an introductory webinar delving deeper into the science of yoga, visit the Ananda Institute.

 


The Healing Power of Touch

Acupressure, Swedish, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Cranial-Sacral, Rolfing, Sports — these are all different massage modalities. Carl Johns, massage therapist and instructor at McKinnon Institute, practices what he calls Acucraniatsu.

In this podcast episode Carl answers my questions about medical massage, reflexology, and working with clients who have a chronic health condition.

A couple of books Carl mentions are: Job’s Body by Deane Juhan and Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu.


Yoga Therapy: Cancer

What is yoga therapy? This podcast episode explores the question as it applies to people with chronic health conditions and most specifically those undergoing or post-cancer treatment. Cheryl Fenner Brown, a yoga therapist, talks about her work with the Cancer Support Community and the research project which helps frame the training she does with yoga teachers and health care practitioners.

To find a yoga therapist in your community, check this website.


A Woman’s Best Friend

Service dogs can be a best friend for someone with a chronic health condition. In this podcast episode Hazel Weiss, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, talks about her experiences with first Hams and now Virgil. Melissa Marshall, featured in podcast episode, The Cancer Fight Song, talks about her new puppy-in-training.

Hazel mentions two organizations — Bergin University of Canine Studies and Canine Companions for Independence. You can read the policy on service animals at the City of Berkeley’s website.


The Cancer Fight Song

GHF004This week’s guest is Melissa Marshall. We’ve known each other since elementary school. And guess what? She wrote “the cancer fight song!”

Listen to Melissa’s story and visit her foundation’s website.

Let me know on Facebook if you’d like to see a photo of us from elementary school.